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  • Comporium donates $150,000 to greenway for STEM project

    From release

    The Lindsay Pettus Greenway has received $150,000 from Comporium Communications to incorporate STEM-related education elements at the greenway’s proposed environmental center.

  • IL Fall Festival countdown begins

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    The Indian Land Fall Festival team marked its official kickoff for the November event at The Ivy Place in Van Wyck on Sept. 8. There are only 45 days left until the big event on Nov. 3-4.

    Nearly 150 Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members, event planners, sponsors, vendors and volunteers enjoyed a dinner from Archie Boy’s BBQ under the big tent. Organizer Mike Neese thanked participants and gave them an overview for this year’s bigger plans. 

  • Chamber drive nets 30 new members

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce bumped its membership up by almost 10 percent  in its annual membership  drive. 

    “We are excited to welcome 30 new members who have joined the chamber and partner with us to make Lancaster County a better place to live, work and do business,” said Dean Faile, the chamber’s president and CEO.

  • Distribution, manufacturing fuel Fort Lawn resurgence

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    A quiet revitalization is going on at the four former Springs Industries plants in Fort Lawn, led by Springs Creative CEO Derick Close.

    Close bought the Fort Lawn plants that his family used to own – Elliott, Frances, Leroy and Riverlawn – and has made them the components of Springsteen Logistics, a division of his Springs Creative Group.

  • Gilbert to become master in his field

    Some might rightfully say Jamie Gilbert has already become a “master practitioner” of economic development, but soon he could have a piece of paper certifying it.

    Gilbert, Lancaster County’s economic development director, has been approved for a new and highly selective program for senior-level economic development leaders that should only burnish his skills, and potentially help the county accrue even more business investment in coming years. 

  • County government holding 1st job fair

    With Lancaster County’s low jobless rate and an influx of economic activity, employers are having a hard time filling many positions. 

    The county government is organizing its first-ever job fair for later this month to round up applicants for its own vacancies, which number about 20. 

  • ‘Can’t wait to get inside’ Hobby Lobby

    The long-awaited shopping at The Promenade at Carolina Reserve has officially begun.

    At a little past 9 a.m. Monday morning, as more than 100 people waited patiently outside for an official ribbon-cutting to conclude, Hobby Lobby opened its doors to customers.

    It’s the first retailer to open in the mammoth 300,000- square-foot complex, located at the corner of U.S. 521 and Jim Wilson Road, across from Carolina Commons shopping center and Sun City Carolina Lakes.

  • Old Springs plants again rumble with textile manufacturing

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    Putting a new coat of paint on the water tower overlooking the Springs Frances Plant is symbolic of the new face that Derrick Close is putting on the textile industry in Fort Lawn.

  • ‘Boss Lift’ shows employers Guard and Reserve in action

    Thanks to a U.S. Defense Department program, a small group of Lancaster County employers will get a first-hand look this week at what it’s like to train and serve in the National Guard and Reserves.

    Despite low unemployment currently for most veterans, the impetus is to enable employers to gain greater appreciation and understanding of their service-member employees, who may either be deployed overseas or called away periodically from their jobs to train.

  • 10 days of events for IL Fall Festival

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    The best week of fall will be Oct. 26-Nov. 4 when the 13th annual Indian Land Fall Festival takes place. 

    Festival chairman Michael Neese previewed this year’s event at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Morning Business Connection on Aug. 3.