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Business

  • Preserving Van Wyck charm

    Van Wyck, the quiet hamlet at the base of the booming Panhandle, will soon have an economic expansion of its own – but one fitting to its history and scale.
    Karen Andrade, an architect and business developer from Waxhaw, has bought three historic homes in the heart of town and is renovating them, hoping to open a restaurant, a salon and another building that might house several businesses.
    The owner of Bene Properties has been investing in real estate for over 30 years, and when she stumbled upon Van Wyck, she knew she had found something special.

  • City’s chief computer geek shows his Cajun roots with new venture

    Jarvis Driggers, the city of Lancaster’s IT director, lives in a world of sophisticated hardware and finicky programs – the go-to guy when municipal computers get the hiccups.
    But when he can tear himself away from the keyboard, Driggers employs a radically different set of skills, chopping up ingredients and creating exciting flavors for his favorite Cajun dishes.

  • 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.

  • Apartment developer targets city for 50 units

    A new affordable-housing complex could be coming to Lancaster, bringing 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments designed for senior living, just behind Belk at Lancaster Square Shopping Center.
    City council approved the first reading of an ordinance to rezone property for the complex – 4.2 acres between S.C. 9 Bypass East and Woodland Drive – from general commercial to multifamily at its Feb. 12 meeting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Women of Distinction

    Five of the county’s most active business and community leaders were honored Wednesday at the local chamber’s annual soiree, and for the first time since the group began giving the awards three decades ago, all of the winners were women.
    “It makes me so proud,” said Melissa Prince, the incoming chair of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. “These are professional women who care, and are smart, and are out there making a difference.”