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January 30, 2015

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VOL. 96, NO. 347 2 SECTIONS, 20 PAGES FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015 DAILY 75¢, SUNDAY $1.50 TODAY: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High in the 50s. FORECAST, 8A Index-Journal is published with pride for the people of the Lake- lands. You are important to us. If you miss your paper, please call 223-1413 (before noon on weekends). Inside today's edition n ABBY 5A n BUSINESS 8A n CALENDAR 2A n CLASSIFIEDS 7B-12B n COMICS 6B n EDITORIALS 6A n ENTERTAINMENT 5A n LOTTERY 5A n MARKETS 5B n OBITUARIES 4A n SPORTS 1B-4B Index-Journal is committed to editorial excellence. To report an error, contact Executive Editor Richard Whiting at 943-2522 or Tied for fifth Still hot in SEC Greenwood's Martin starts strong in Phoenix USC women's hoops team stays perfect this season Sports 1B Sports 1B Expo offers help for bridal planning Along with Shell came a sibling and Shell's parents, Victor and Angela Anderson, of Due West. "We have an October 3 wedding planned," Shell said. "We've already found a venue and someone to make our cake, but we are looking for table centerpiece ideas and a photographer." It has been nearly 25 years since Victor and Angela Anderson planned their own wedding, Victor Anderson said. "I just want to make sure money is spent wisely and we see what's available," he said. "Who knows? Maybe this will inspire us to plan something special for our 25th anniver- sary next year." Dana Merritt, of Greenwood also was in attendance with her daughter, Christina Thi- beault, 22, who also has an October wedding planned. "We're coming here to get ideas," Thi- beault said. "Having all these different peo- ple in one place will hopefully remind me of everything we need to do." The event also gives area vendors a chance to highlight the latest wedding trends. For example, certified master sugar art- ist and cake designer Kathy Scott, of Sweet Expressions in Abbeville, got to show off edible lace and edible burlap ribbon. Made from sugar, the intricate designs are adorn- ing wedding and holiday cakes. Nita Hozey, of Praise Unlimited Wed- dings in Abbeville, has been coordinating By ST. CLAIRE DONAGHY | PHOTOS BY MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL Models adjust veils and dresses as they prepare for the bridal fashion show featuring Belk clothes and Voila Bridal and Formal wear. Chelsea Schmieding walks across the stage modeling her Voila bridal dress and veil during the 2015 Bridal Expo. Bride-to-be Christina Thibeault, 22, right, and her mother, Dana Merritt, look at Fairytale Floral's table for wedding ideas Thursday during the 2015 Bridal Expo hosted by Praise Unlimited Weddings at the Piedmont Technical College James Medford Family Event Center. The power of the World Wide Web lies in the user. Greenwood Partnership Alliance is seeking to empower that user via a search engine optimization study that will lend insight into how much power actu- ally has and where it can improve from there. Julie Miner, director of market- ing and community development for Partnership, announced the new project to board members Thursday during their regular meeting. The six-month contract with Worthwhile, a digital strategy and design company in Greenville, will determine their site's strengths and weaknesses, including determining page views, improving user flow, implementing a site specific strat- e g y, c re at i n g a digital advertising strategy and creat- ing a social media strategy. "I think they're going to be very h e lpf u l i n t r y - ing to be strategic through our web- site. The website is, of course for the business we do, a huge resource for us," Miner said. "That may be the only impression they ever get of our company or our industries." Miner said the focus of the web- site is to make sure it serves as a good reflection of the community and is functional for different busi- nesses interested in Greenwood. The project is intended to estab- lish patterns and trends forming the baseline of where the site currently stands, according to Miner. Next, improving on their current opportunities and potentially intro- duce a larger-scale redesign in 12 months. A snapshot of the site from Worthwhile as reported to the board presented the site's traffic increased during the past month with the recent announcement of Colombo Energy (Portucel) helping. It was determined by Worthwhile that new business or expansion announce- ments are playing key parts in driv- ing up numbers; however, the site is not dependent on those announce- ments. Another early discover y was a need to drive more social media views and interaction. In other business: • Heather Simmons Jones, chief executive officer for Partnership, presented the office expenses for the renovations and relocation to the top By COLIN RIDDLE Partnership contracts dot-com for Web study C ouples planning weddings turned out Thursday for the 2015 Bridal Expo hosted by Praise Unlimited Weddings at the Pied- mont Technical College James Medford Family Event Center. Bride-to-be Jemonica Shell, 29, of Honea Path, and her fiance, Charles Pitts, 32, were among couples attending. SHOP ONE STOP See SHOP, page 4A JULIE MINER n SEARCH ENGINE HEATHER S. JONES See STUDY, page 4A McCORMICK Business and government leaders celebrated the eco- nomics of being in McCormick County during the Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting Thursday night at the McCormick County Senior Center. "We have to talk positive and tell our children to invest in McCormick Coun- ty," McCormick County Council Chair- man Charles Jennings said. A project aimed to bring more people of all ages to the county is the continuing development of Savannah Lakes Village through its partnership with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Executive Partners in Augusta, Georgia. Savannah Lakes Village is on 25 miles of the shoreline of Lake Strom Thurmond. "You all know a pretty big secret and most of the country doesn't know about it," said Joe Todd, of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Executive Partners. By DANIEL PERRY Celebrating McCormick County Chamber honors economic promise of home, business development See CHAMBER, page 4A

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