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  • Duracell powers down in Lancaster

    Duracell will start phasing down operations at its Lancaster location next March to consolidate production of AA and AAA line of batteries at a single plant in LaGrange, Ga.
    Company officials told The Lancaster News of its future plans early Wednesday afternoon.
    The S.C. 9 Bypass West plant, which manufactures AA alkaline batteries, has about 430 employees and is the county’s seventh largest employer.

  • Duracell to power down Lancaster plant

    Chicago – Duracell announced today, July 27, that it is consolidating North American production of AA and AAA batteries from two U.S. plants to one facility in LaGrange, Ga.

  • Bike/walk study seeks community feedback

    The Rock Hill and Fort Mill Area Transportation Study (RFATS) is seeking community input on its effort to facilitate bicycle and pedestrian connectivity by creating local bikeways, walkways and trails.
    An online survey is available through July 31 asking what would make the community safer and more friendly for walking and biking. It also wants to know what destinations that are most likely safe to walk and bike to, as well as demographic information. It also asks survey takers to rank types of bike facilities.

  • Check out the new UDO, zoning map

    The Lancaster County Planning Department has completed the new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and Zoning Map after an 18-month-long effort that included several public input meetings.
    The new zoning map and UDO will be on display at the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office, with planning department staff available for comments and questions, for the next few weeks leading up to an Aug. 23 public hearing on it.  

  • Scientists track ‘crazy’ ant that might soon invade S.C.

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — A dangerously prolific invasive ant species, which first surfaced in the United States 15 years ago, has been spreading throughout the South and now appears on the verge of entering South Carolina for the first time.

  • Red Ventures branching out in IL

    Red Ventures plans to hire another 1,500 employees, increasing its workforce to 3,750 at its Indian Land campus after it completes an expansion that will double its size there next year.
    Red Ventures CFO Mark Brodsky drew a full house to the Indian Land Action Council meeting Thursday, July 21, where he spoke about the company’s unparalleled growth over the past seven years, and offered an update on current projects and what’s coming next.

  • Who ya gonna call? Don-drai-co!

    Yes, those are Lancaster native Dondraico Johnson’s dance moves in the summer blockbuster “Ghostbusters.”
    The 36-year-old choreographer mapped out scenes involving up to 150 actors and and even got to appear on screen himself.
    Johnson, who has worked on many movies and TV shows since moving to Hollywood, said it was tremendous fun working with stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, as well as director Paul Feig.

  • Lancaster News staff wins 9 LCNI awards

    Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway staffers won nine awards this week in the 2015 news and editorial contest sponsored by the papers’ parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.
    LCNI, based in Shelbyville, Ky., owns 51 community newspapers and dozens of other publications in 12 states, including the two Lancaster County papers.
    Publisher Susan Rowell said it is an honor to be recognized by LCNI and she is proud of the editorial staff’s commitment.

  • Heath Springs backs Little Free Library

    HEATH SPRINGS – Members of Heath Springs Town Council will back the local nonprofit Little Free Library (LFL) initiative and will provide a spot to install one of the oversized “bird houses” for books.
    Educator Lisa Bridges, a former county school board member and wife of Heath Springs Mayor Pro Tem Mark Bridges, came before town council Tuesday night to discuss the initiative and left with its full support.

  • IL man arrested on child-porn charges

    A Sun City Carolina Lakes man has been arrested on multiple child-pornography charges following an investigation by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sheriff’s office investigators arrested Ray Gene Cook Jr., 63, of 12298 Gadwell Place, Indian Land, July 15 on 17 counts related to the distribution of child pornography via an internet file-sharing network.