• Clinking glasses: Renovation wraps up at ‘Best Craft Beer Bar in S.C.’

    The Craft Stand celebrated its post-renovation grand reopening this month with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a room packed with patrons and, of course, good beer.

    “Thank you, guys. We wouldn’t be here without you,” said Brandy Geraghty, co-owner of the Lancaster business along with husband Don. “You keep my lights on and my kids fed, so I don’t have to look for a real job.”

    The Main Street watering hole has also been named the 2018 Best Craft Beer Bar in South Carolina by the website CraftBeer.com. 

  • Joe Ghent Jr. wins state award for leadership in conservation

    From release

    Joe Ghent Jr., a third-generation leader in Lancaster County’s conservation community, has been named Outstanding Commissioner of the Year by the S.C. Association of Conservation Districts.

    Ghent has been a Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District commissioner for 16 years and currently serves as chairman. He received the state award Feb. 27 during the 2018 Conservation Partnership Conference in Columbia.

  • Marcus Brown launches eatery using grandmom’s best recipes

    Miss Etta Brown’s famous fried chicken is back, along with a dose of her mouthwatering home cooking.

    Her grandson, Marcus Brown, has opened Daily Bread Family Restaurant at 1358 Flat Creek Road.

    “I got ’em, sure do,” Brown said of his late grandmother’s  secret family recipes. “That means some chicken and some good food in general.”

    Brown graduated from Newberry College in 2016 after playing football for the Wolves. He has a business degree and also owns a landscaping company.

  • Craft Stand expands its seating capacity

    Eighteen months after opening its doors, The Craft Stand, downtown Lancaster’s craft beer destination, has knocked down a wall and expanded its seating capacity.

    Owners Don and Brandy Geraghty took out the big red wall behind the bar to open up space in the back room. 

    “We don’t have an official number, but it will definitely increase our capacity,” Brandy said. 

    The cooler and sinks will be moved to the other end of the now L-shaped bar. The floor will be painted, and the lighting improved. 

  • County fire rating improves

    Commercial property owners in the county can look forward to an upcoming reduction in their property insurance premiums, thanks to improvements in the county’s firefighting systems.

    Officials learned Jan. 22 that the countywide ISO (Insurance Services Office) Public Protection Classification, commonly called the “ISO rating,” has been improved from Class 6 to Class 4. 

  • Honors for Food Lion manager

    Adam Threatt, manager of the Food Lion on North Main Street in Lancaster, is one of four finalists for the 1,100-store corporation’s manager of the year award. 

    Threatt, 35, has already been named regional manager of the year out of the 24 stores in his region and division manager of the year, representing nine regions.

    On Thursday, he will be at the company’s Salisbury, N.C., headquarters, competing against three others for the Ralph W. Ketner Store Manager Award, which honors a manager for commitment to customers, employees and the community.

  • Rick Wade gets U.S. chamber job

    From release

    WASHINGTON – Lancaster native Rick Wade has been named vice president of strategic alliances and outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    “Rick’s wealth of knowledge enables him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country and to share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system,” said Suzanne Clark, senior executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber. 

    “We’re excited to welcome him to our talented team.”

  • Knolwood Apartments get top-to-bottom renovations

    Knolwood Apartments, 88 units off Pageland Highway just east of Lancaster, are getting a $2.17 million facelift, a massive project that will take three months. 
    “We turned about eight units a day for 11 days,” said Manager Rachel Ealey. “We had 40-some contractors… at the same time, working on a unit.”

  • Job growth requires ready facilities

    Lancaster County is primed for continued job growth this year, county Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert says, and it’s scrambling to find enough good facilities to meet their needs.

    “The top issue is clearly product development,” said department Director Jamie Gilbert, discussing the county’s 2018 goals for job creation.

    “There is strong interest by some local industries looking to expand that need locations for their operations,” Gilbert said.

  • LHS grad editor of Myrtle Beach Herald

    Janet Blackmon Morgan, a 30-year veteran journalist who grew up in Lancaster, is the new editor of the Myrtle Beach Herald.

    Morgan has spent the last 20 years in Myrtle Beach working for The Sun News. She is an accomplished news photographer who has won dozens of S.C. Press Association awards. In 2010, the SCPA named her photojournalist of the year.

    “I like telling stories,” Morgan said. “We get to see people at their highest and lowest points, and we get to share that with people.