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  • Fab Fours honored for innovation

    Cutting edge is more than a catch phrase at Lancaster-based Fab Fours.
    If company owner and CEO Greg Higgs can come up with a better way to design and produce a high-end aftermarket bumper or accessory for a truck or Jeep, you can count him in.
    “Every day, that’s part of our challenge in manufacturing… and Fab Fours is just getting started,” said Higgs, whose company recently was recognized as Innovator of the Year by the S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

  • Passion for helping clients overcome life’s obstacles

    Lancaster resident Lana Stover was singled out as one of the top contributors to her field at the state conference of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities earlier this month.
    Stover, originally from Heath Springs, was presented the award for outstanding service in the areas of research/education, training/supervision and management.
    She has been the program coordinator at the Chester-Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs (CLDSN) office since 2007.

  • Duke targets Kershaw for free electricity-conservation efforts

    KERSHAW – Town residents are about to get some help with their electricity bills.
    Duke Energy will offer its Neighborhood Energy Saver Program for all 1,100-plus homes in the Kershaw area starting the first week of December.
    “It’s all about energy efficiency,” said program manager Sue Dinnsen, noting that the program focuses on communities where at least 50 percent of the households have readily identifiable energy-conservation issues and somewhat limited resources to make improvements.

  • Ross donates $2,500 to Friends of DW Library

    Friends of the Del Webb Library
    The Ross Stores Foundation believes in giving back to the communities where the company’s stores are located.
    The new Ross Dress for Less store at 7810 Charlotte Highway in the Promenade at Carolina Reserve is no exception.
    The foundation researched local nonprofits and chose the Friends of the Del Webb Library as the recipient of a donation in honor of the store’s grand opening celebration.

  • Grants available to train companies’ existing staff

    From release
    S.C. employers are getting a new tool to upgrade the skills of their current employees, as the state divides up a $1.5 million grant into the state’s 12 Workforce Development Areas.

  • New Comporium store shows how company’s products work

    After more than a decade at its University Place shopping center location in Lancaster, Comporium Communications has moved around the corner into the old Blockbuster Video building facing the bypass.
    Chief Operating Officer Matthew Dosch said the move is part of a new retail template the company is rolling out and the new location is its biggest store so far.

  • Guest Column: How to choose the best Medicare option for you

    With Medicare Open Enrollment running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, here’s a question I’m hearing often.
    What is better – original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan?
    The first approach would include original Medicare Parts A (hospital) and B (doctors), which usually covers 80 percent of your medical cost, plus a Medicare supplement (also called Medigap insurance) sold by private insurance companies, which helps pay the 20 percent that original Medicare doesn’t cover. This approach would require a Medicare Part D (prescription) plan.

  • Event venue gets new owner

    Last week The Coker Ranch in the Antioch community came under new ownership and has since undergone a rebranding project, transforming into Laurel Haven Estate.
    Jenna Bice, who purchased the property, will continue to run the estate as a venue for weddings and special events.
    The Coker Ranch, previously owned by William Coker, was founded in the late 1970s for the purpose of breeding, showing and selling purebred Black Angus cattle. For the past 10 years the ranch has been hosting weddings and corporate events.

  • New postmaster a 27-year veteran

    Lancaster’s new postmaster shipped in from Gastonia, N.C., last week.
    Marvin T. Randolph, originally from Buffalo, N.Y., has 27 years of experience with the U.S. Postal Service.
    “I’ve been doing it a long time,” said Randolph, who got his first job for the post office in 1991 and worked in a number of different roles before becoming the postmaster at the Gastonia branch.
    Throughout his career, Randolph has seen a lot of changes, particularly the increased automation of the Postal Service.

  • Duke upfitting plant to pack more punch

    Jessica Wells
    Duke Energy Illumination
    Inside a mountain beside South Carolina’s Lake Jocassee, Duke Energy’s largest hydro plant is growing.
    Workers at Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station began disassembling the plant in January to install new equipment, including massive spherical valves and three 700,000-pound transformers. Their creative engineering will allow Bad Creek to power roughly 250,000 more homes without building a new plant.