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Business

  • Tales over ale at new IL brewery

    INDIAN LAND – David Tonkery started out brewing beer in his garage, but what began as a hobby for the brew-lover has now become a business.
    Lore Brewing Co. – David and Danielle Tonkery’s first business venture – is set to open early this fall and will be the first brewery to set up shop in Indian Land.  
    The couple, who moved to Indian Land in 2012, realized there was a market for the business in their hometown, which has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

  • Retired Marine buys Leigh Ann’s

    After being run by a mother, and then her son, for almost 40 years, Lancaster institution Leigh Ann’s has found a new owner.
    But the popular downtown restaurant won’t be changing much from what regulars know and love, said Greg Lusk, who bought the business back in July and wants to continue its tradition of good food and great service.
    Lusk, an Indian Land resident who grew up in Austin, Texas, recently retired from the Marine Corps and discovered Leigh Ann’s when he started thinking about running his own restaurant.

  • Catawba Falls Event Center opens overlooking the river

    David and Sherry Walden grew up in Lancaster, and this weekend the couple will open a business that celebrates their hometown’s talent and natural beauty.
    On the edge of Lancaster County just this side of the Catawba River, the Catawba Falls Event Center nestles among the trees.
    The event venue, which will welcome visitors for its grand opening Saturday, is a hidden gem. The long, winding road up to the property leads to a spectacular view of the flowing river below.

  • Clarence, Kia Lyons open FirstLight Home Care
  • 2 new local online radio outlets

    Local radio has made a comeback across the county with a pair of new “stations,” but this time it’s on computer-based platforms instead of the time-honored airways.
    Willip Gaither has launched SkyGRadio (www.skygradio.com) in Heath Springs and Danny Phillips is getting former WAGL-AM back on the air at www.waglradio.net.
    “You can’t survive unless you have internet radio,” said Gaither, whose family-run station plays gospel music. SkyGRadio programming also includes syndicated ministers and inspirational speakers.

  • 5 businesses win annual awards

    Five Lancaster County companies received recognition last Thursday at the second-annual Industry Appreciation Awards Breakfast.
    Presented by the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development and the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, the event honors industries in five categories – small industry of the year, large industry of the year, new industry of the year, international industry of the year and gold standard.

  • Comporium offers faster internet in Kershaw, Heath Springs areas

    Comporium customers in Kershaw and Heath Springs will soon have access to internet download speeds significantly faster than the national average.
    Comporium plans to complete a system upgrade in early August that will enable approximately 2,500 customers served by the company’s cable system to access internet download speeds of up to 750 megabits per second.

  • CrossRidge picks designer, contractor for office project

    INDIAN LAND – Design and development firms have signed on to create the high-end office building that CrossRidge Center is planning near the new YMCA site in Indian Land.
    When government officials gathered May 31 to break ground on the Upper Palmetto YMCA, CrossRidge Center chief operating officer Ben Cerullo announced plans to develop a 75,000-square-foot Class A office building as part of the CrossRidge Center complex.

  • Huddle House opens in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Huddle House opened its doors in Kershaw on July 23, and business has exceeded expectations.
    “Generally, Huddle Houses do well when they open,” BAM Ventures operations director Ty Reeves said. “We’ve had a large amount of sales volume in Kershaw. A big percentage of our orders are to go. It’s been great… more than what we expected.”

  • Keer settles age-bias suit for $32K

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land textile manufacturer Keer America Corp. will pay $32,000 to settle an age-discrimination lawsuit, according to a U.S. District Court consent decree.
    The plaintiff, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claimed that the company offered Scott Gamble, a then 47-year-old sales leader, a job on April 18, 2015, but terminated his employment a few weeks later due to his age.