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  • Job growth requires ready facilities

    Lancaster County is primed for continued job growth this year, county Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert says, and it’s scrambling to find enough good facilities to meet their needs.

    “The top issue is clearly product development,” said department Director Jamie Gilbert, discussing the county’s 2018 goals for job creation.

    “There is strong interest by some local industries looking to expand that need locations for their operations,” Gilbert said.

  • LHS grad editor of Myrtle Beach Herald

    Janet Blackmon Morgan, a 30-year veteran journalist who grew up in Lancaster, is the new editor of the Myrtle Beach Herald.

    Morgan has spent the last 20 years in Myrtle Beach working for The Sun News. She is an accomplished news photographer who has won dozens of S.C. Press Association awards. In 2010, the SCPA named her photojournalist of the year.

    “I like telling stories,” Morgan said. “We get to see people at their highest and lowest points, and we get to share that with people.

  • Campbell buys Snyder’s-Lance

    CHARLOTTE – Campbell Soup Co. announced Monday that it will expand its interest in the snack business by buying Snyder’s-Lance Inc. for $4.87 billion.    

    Campbell said on Monday it would pay Snyder’s shareholders $50 per share in cash.

    “This acquisition will dramatically transform Campbell, shifting our center of gravity and further diversifying our portfolio into the faster-growing snacking category,”  Campbell’s CEO Denise Morrison said in a statement.

  • County rec leaders busy at state level

    Two staff members at Lancaster County Parks and Recreation are taking their game to the state level.

    LCPR Programs Director Mike Barnes has been elected programs chairman for the S.C. Recreation & Parks Association (SCRPA) Board of Directors.

    LCPR Deputy Director Katherine Small was recently selected for SC LEADS, a series of advanced training SCRPA classes.

    Barnes said that recreation programs extend beyond typical league sports. 

  • Using insurance benefits before end of year

    From release

    During this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in holiday planning and forget to take advantage of your insurance benefits.  Individuals should direct their attention to outstanding healthcare needs and take full advantage of paid-up deductibles or available funds in Flexible Spending Accounts.

  • Small-business optimism soars

    From release

    COLUMBIA – Not since the roaring Reagan economy has small-business optimism been as high as it was in November, and S.C. business owners share that sentiment, the National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday.

    “We haven’t seen this kind of optimism in 34 years, and we’ve seen it only once in the 44 years that NFIB has been conducting this research,” said NFIB President Juanita Duggan, releasing the group’s Index of Small Business Optimism. 

  • Clemson launches center for manufacturing research

    From release

    CLEMSON – Clemson University this month announced the creation of its Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the centerpiece of the university’s commitment to education, research, innovation and workforce development in an industry sector crucial to South Carolina’s future.

    From 2011-16, manufacturing job growth in South Carolina increased 16 percent, and manufacturing now accounts for 11 percent of the state’s total employment.

  • Giti plant impresses Sen. Scott

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    “Breathtaking” is not a word normally applied to tire manufacturing, but that’s what U.S. Sen. Tim Scott called the Giti Tire plant outside Richburg on Monday.

    Scott, a Republican from Charleston, got a firsthand look at the economic progress in Chester County as he toured the facility, which plans to employ 1,700 over the next few years, and spoke to some of the workers and officials there.

  • Antiques veteran opening store on Heath Springs’ Main Street

    Pat Dennis is no stranger to the antiques business.
    The West Virginia native has over 26 years of experience under her belt, managing multiple stores and acquiring collectibles.
    And now, she is setting up shop in a 1,500-square-foot store in downtown Heath Springs.
    Two Peas in a Pod, at 113 N. Main St., is holding a grand opening at 11 a.m. Thursday, sponsored by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce.
    The business’s name refers to Pat and Will Dennis – the husband and wife who own the store.

  • Shoppers gather pre-dawn for Aldi reopening

    Eager shoppers lined up before dawn to be the first in the newly remodeled Lancaster Aldi store. The line of people stretched to the far end of the store wall and over into the parking lot.
    By 8:15 a.m., all the parking spaces were filled at the 1201 Old Charlotte Road location, just north of S.C. 9 Bypass. People started parking in neighboring lots and walking over to the store, just to get in line. Others parked on the grass, out of the way of traffic.