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  • Senators grill Mulvaney on nanny taxes, budget spats

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney testified for three hours Tuesday at a Senate confirmation hearing, addressing his failure to pay taxes on a household employee and saying he would give President Trump his honest assessment of cutbacks needed to salvage Social Security and Medicare.

  • 700 more jobs at Movement Mortgage

    Movement Mortgage will create 700 more jobs at its Indian Land headquarters over the next five years, doubling the size of its operation on S.C. 160, Gov. Nikki Haley's office announced Tuesday.
    The $18 million investment includes the construction of an additional 91,000-square-foot building at Bailes Ridge Corporate Park. Hiring will begin in the first quarter of this year.
    The expansion follows the news six weeks ago that Texas-based Compucom Systems will move its headquarters to the same business park, creating 1,500 jobs with a $41 million investment.

  • Nutramax employees, friends enjoy presidential inauguration

    A group of Nutramax Laboratories employees and friends made some exciting political memories Friday, attending the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
    “It was an amazing experience and an honor to be able to witness history in this great country,” said Kristen Blanchard, the company’s vice president of external corporate affairs. “We were blown away by President Trump’s speech and found it very inspiring.”

  • Chamber may move its offices downtown

    Dean Faile began his 10th year as president of the Lancaster chamber Thursday night urging the group to relocate its offices to downtown and join in the revitalization of the city’s business core.
    Faile spoke to more than 200 chamber members and guests at the group’s largest gathering of the year, the annual meeting, dinner and awards ceremony at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building.

  • Paving hassles ahead

    A major repaving project begins Monday in downtown Lancaster, as state, city, utility and contracting crews give the entire length of four-lane White Street a facelift.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation will try to inconvenience folks as little as possible during the project, said Ken Wilson, resident engineer with the SCDOT.
    “But drivers can expect flagmen, and occasional detours if needed, while crews are working,” he said. “We want to get in and out as soon as we can.”

  • Stroble gets board seat without vote

    Melvin Stroble of Indian Land will take the Lancaster County school board District 1 seat next month, since no candidates filed during the 14-day write-in period.
    Stroble was the only candidate to file, which will save the Lancaster County School District the estimated $6,000 cost of a special election.

  • Honoring 5 who excel in business, community

    Hundreds of business people, civic leaders and elected officials hobnobbed into the evening at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s packed Bradley Building during the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and soiree.
    The festivities continued past press time Thursday night, but the chamber released an advance copy of the awards that were to be given out at the end of the evening. The honorees were Susan Rowell, Mike Dial, Stan Johnson, Lisa Hallman and Keith Harris.
    Rowell was named Business Person of the Year.

  • Wreck kills Lancaster woman

    Well-known Lancaster hairdresser Leslie Porter Saldana died Wednesday and four children were injured when the SUV she was driving ran off S.C. 903 and slammed head-on into a tree.
    The 4:15 p.m. single-vehicle accident happened about 3 miles east of Lancaster, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller.
    Keller said Saldana, 47, was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated. She was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

  • IL rallies around Grace Trumpower

    Indian Land High students are now giving back to junior Grace Trumpower, who has been a “guiding light” in the school and community, despite her own disability.
    The ILHS National Honor Society and teenILead, an organization built on addressing issues in the Indian Land area, have partnered to host a fundraiser at Friday’s home basketball game to raise money for Trumpower’s stem-cell therapy, which will cost more than $40,000.
    A separate online fundraising effort has already raised more than $22,000 to help with the medical costs.

  • State hearing on Van Wyck incorporation is postponed

    A legislative committee scheduled to make a recommendation on Van Wyck’s incorporation proposal in Columbia last Thursday deferred hearing the matter after the day’s session ran long.
    A group of 33 Van Wyck residents attended the hearing by the seven-member Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation, a long-awaited meeting the community had been anticipating since submitting its incorporation proposal in March.