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  • Maple Leaf: A dream come true

    INDIAN LAND – Christie Pedder always dreamed of having her own farm – a place out in the country where she could grow vegetables, keep horses and escape the tedium of a finance career.
    Her daughter, Mary Thomson, also had a dream – one where horses were the center of her life and not just a hobby.
    In spring 2018, both women’s dreams were realized at Maple Leaf Stables.
    The farm offers boarding, training and horse-riding lessons for ages 6 and up, from beginners to advanced riders.

  • Builders Supply puts the sun to work

    LANCASTER – Besides passing solar legislation in 2014, S.C. Sen. Greg Gregory learned about the benefits of solar power by reading Elon Musk’s biography.
    “Elon Musk is essentially the Thomas Edison of our time,” Gregory said. “Something really interesting I read in that book is that the sun generates enough energy by shining on the Earth for one day to power every mechanical thing on the Earth for one year.”

  • Red Ventures shifts 260 jobs to IL

    INDIAN LAND – Red Ventures is bringing an additional 260 jobs are coming to Lancaster County.
    The internet-marketing company announced Wednesday that it was closing its north Charlotte call center and merging it with its Indian Land headquarters.
    The Charlotte location is at University City, near the UNC Charlotte campus.
    Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias said all the employees at the Charlotte operation will be offered sales jobs in Indian Land. 

  • HomeGoods to open April 28

    The Promenade at Carolina Reserve is filling up, with another big retailer set to open this month at the 300,000-square-foot shopping complex in Indian Land.
    HomeGoods will open its doors to customers for the first time at 8 a.m. April 28. It will be the company’s seventh store location in the Charlotte regional market.
    HomeGoods merchandise includes furniture, rugs, lighting, décor and more.

  • Nutramax grows again

    Nutramax Laboratories broke ground Thursday on another $20 million in facilities that will double its manufacturing operations in Lancaster.
    A large crowd attended the ceremony, including Gov. Henry McMaster and many local government leaders, as company officials celebrated the expansion.

  • 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.