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  • Duke Energy tracks down electric thieves

    Jennifer Rothaker
    Duke Energy Illumination
    The setting: A gated community. The suspect: A retired police officer. The crime: Electricity theft.
    Duke Energy investigators were skeptical at first. A well-off retired officer and a high-earning attorney – why would they steal? But they caught the former officer switching out his meter. Busted, he wrote a check on the spot for 18 months of stolen electricity.

  • Kershaw stalls business-fee hike

    KERSHAW – Kershaw business owners will get a 12-month reprieve on pending increases in the town’s business license fees.
    The new rates were scheduled to take effect April 1, but have been postponed until April 1, 2020.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved the delay at Monday’s monthly meeting. 
    “Sometimes, I jump the gun,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas, noting that computer issues made it “more complicated than I thought” to put the fee increase into effect.

  • County OKs 264 apartments on U.S. 521 at Shelley Mullis

    A 45-acre multiuse development that includes office space, retail stores and 264 apartment units will be built along U.S. 521 just south of Shelley Mullis Road in Indian Land.
    After reviewing a conceptual site map at its Jan. 28 meeting, Lancaster County Council passed third reading of the Widewaters Land Co. zoning request that changes two tracts from general business to regional business, which will accommodate the multifamily housing units.
    The vote was 6-1, with Terry Graham opposed.

  • Craft Stand celebrates its 2nd year voted tops in S.C.

    The Craft Stand on Lancaster’s Main Street was packed Friday night as owners Don and Brandy Geraghty announced it has been named South Carolina’s Best Craft Beer Bar for the second year in a row.
    “We love Lancaster,” Brandy Geraghty said. “In this contest, customers go on and vote for their favorite craft beer bar. This just shows how much our customers love our bar.”
    The contest is held each year on CraftBeer.com, and one winner is chosen from each state, then listed on the site.

  • County OKs 264 apartments on U.S. 521 at Shelley Mullis

    A 45-acre multiuse development that includes office space, retail stores and 264 apartment units will be built along U.S. 521 just south of Shelley Mullis Road in Indian Land.
    After reviewing a conceptual site map at its Jan. 28 meeting, Lancaster County Council passed third reading of the Widewaters Land Co. zoning request that changes two tracts from general business to regional business, which will accommodate the multifamily housing units.
    The vote was 6-1, with Terry Graham opposed.

  • New event venue: North Corner Haven

    For more than 40 years, the Dooley family kept North Corner Haven a family secret. When they grew weary of their bustling lives in Charlotte, they would drive just over the state line to their 600-acre farm of forest, pasture and ponds to relax, reflect and recharge.
    “We would retreat to the farm to fish, hunt, garden and enjoy nature,” North Corner Haven founder David Dooley said. “It was an opportunity for us to be together and celebrate key milestone events.”

  • RedStone prepares for Phase 2
    Almost a year after its grand opening, the RedStone shopping center has almost completed Phase 1, consisting of over 70,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and commercial space, in addition to the Stone Theatres 14-screen movie complex.
    RedStone, which is being developed by MPV Properties of Charlotte, is located on U.S. 521 at S.C. 160 in the heart of Indian Land.
    “We’re very pleased with Phase 1,” said MPV Properties Development Manager Mike Bilodeau. “We’re happy with the execution. We love the location.”
  • Reopened Red Rose Café keeping the Hartleys busy

    Brenda Hartley just couldn’t keep out of the kitchen after retiring and closing her home-style country-cooking restaurant 10 years ago.
    The Lancaster native reopened the doors of the Red Rose Café in December and has since been welcoming new and old customers alike. The restaurant is at 2704 Flat Creek Road, about 3 miles east of Lancaster.
    “She’s got some good food,” said one of Hartley’s regular customers, Rodger Payne, who eats at the Red Rose Café twice a day when he can. “She’s good!”

  • Business primer for Lancaster 5th graders

    Discovery School fifth graders boarded buses Jan. 10 and headed for downtown Charlotte to spend a day immersed in the business world.
    The “Junior Achievement Biztown” economic simulation was designed to teach students about how business works, and how different businesses connect to the wider economy.
    Junior Achievement is a nationwide, nonprofit organization that develops programs to foster economic and financial literacy for K-12 students. The same “Biztown” program is also used at the high school level.

  • Movement buying Eagle Home Mortgage

    Indian Land-based Movement Mortgage announced Jan. 9 that it is acquiring construction giant Lennar Corp.’s mortgage subsidiary, Eagle Home Mortgage.
    Movement Communications Director Adam O’Daniel described the acquisition as a terrific opportunity. “Eagle Home Mortgage is a company that we’ve respected for a long time,” he said. “We have been actively recruiting their top loan officers for the last few years.”