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Business

  • Long-awaited 521 BBQ opening

    Restaurateur and barbecue pit master Mike Dial no longer has to say “soon” when someone asked when the new location of 521 BBQ is opening in downtown Lancaster.

    Those who ride down South Main Street this week will know it’s time when they roll down their car windows and deeply breathe in the aroma of barbecue pork pit-cooked for 14 hours.

    “I’ve been asked that question thousands of times,” Dial said. “The time was right to do something.” 

  • Anytime Fitness program helps military vets readjust

    Anytime Fitness has joined with the national Lift for the 22 organization to offer free one-year gym memberships to military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    The program’s goal is to fight suicide among veterans by bringing them together while also increasing their health and wellness. 

    Karen Phillips, manager of the Anytime Fitness gym on the Lancaster bypass, said one of her relatives suffered from PTSD, and the program is “just something that touched my heart.”

  • Bent Creek breaks ground in IL

    About 25 people gathered in the 88-degree heat July 10 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Taylor Morrison’s newest development in Indian Land.

    Bent Creek, off Jim Wilson Road, is the developer’s second community in Indian Land.

    The first houses in it are expected to be completed in the late fall, said Kevin Granelli, president of Taylor Morrison’s Charlotte division.

    The community will consist of 272 homesites, with two- to six-bedroom homes ranging from 2,200 to 3,750-plus square feet, with prices starting in the $300,000s. 

  • Buford grad Jayson Jordan Young Engineer of the Year

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Buford High School graduate Jayson Jordan has been named Young Engineer of the Year by the S.C. Society of Professional Engineers.
    Jordan, 31, received the award June 9 at the group’s annual conference and trade show.
    Jordan, who lives in Lexington, is technical director at the S.C. Asphalt Pavement Association. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Clemson University.

  • Bustling Benford Brewing

    Benford Brewing Co., Lancaster's own craft brewery, has grown from a backyard hobby to a supplier of beer from the Carolinas coast to Nashville.

    The brewery is on a farm located at 2271 Boxcar Road, just off Riverside Road in western Lancaster County. Bryan O'Neal, 42, runs the one-man operation, which continues to grow due to hard work, creative marketing, the farm appeal, and the natural spring water that flows from three springs.

  • Shiver me putter!

    Family-friendly fun is about to get a huge boost in Indian Land with a new miniature golf course scheduled to open by the end of June.

    High Seas Miniature Golf is an 18-hole pirate-themed course now under construction at 10001 Charlotte Highway near Southern Spirits and Phantom Fireworks. 

  • Getting young adults prepped for entering local workforce

    While many young adults are planning for college in the fall, some of their peers will soon be actively seeking employment. To meet their needs, ResCare Workforce Services, along with partnering agencies, is planning two job recruitment and resource fairs.

    The first event will be held this Friday, May 12, from 2-4 p.m. at the Chester YMCA. The second event will be next Friday, May 19, from 2-4 p.m. at the Lancaster Adult Education building.

  • INSP real estate project might include a YMCA

    A 191-acre real estate project being undertaken by the owners of Inspiration Network (INSP) in Indian Land will feature commercial, retail, office and residential components, and developers are hoping to secure the area’s first YMCA. 

    The Upper Palmetto YMCA, serving York, Chester and Lancaster counties, said it’s “considering expansion into Lancaster County,” according to a release.

  • Ex-Gov. Hodges gets promoted to CEO of large lobbying firm

    Former Gov. Jim Hodges has been named president and CEO of one of the 20 largest lobbying and public affairs firms in the nation.

    The Lancaster native will take over daily operations of McGuireWoods Consulting on Jan. 12, 2018, the company announced Monday. McGuireWoods has offices in seven states, Washington, D.C., and Europe. 

  • Column: Using home equity as retirement income

    An article from Investment News highlighted a recent study from the National Council on Aging that measured the interest in and understanding of home-equity products among both older homeowners and financial advisers.

    The study revealed that as retirees age their retirement concerns increase due to rising medical costs and the fear of outliving their retirement savings.