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  • Hilton-Jones, 18-year veteran, is LPD Employee of the Year

    Kayla Vaughn
    kvaughn@thelancasternews.com
    Melvenia Hilton-Jones has been a welcoming smile at the Lancaster Police Department for more than 18 years, working as a records clerk.
    She was recognized for her dedication to the job at the office Christmas party when she was named 2018 Police Department Employee of the Year, along with Officer Elizabeth Catoe, who was named Officer of the Year.

  • County launches job-search site

    The Lancaster County Economic Development Department has launched a new website that showcases open jobs that are available at local manufacturers and corporate facilities. 
    The standalone website – www.lancastercountyscjobs.com – is designed to connect manufacturing and corporate industries to prospective employees, and sorts open jobs into manufacturing or professional categories.

  • Wells Fargo settles for $575M

    Wells Fargo will have to pay $575 million nationally to resolve claims that it violated state consumer protection laws, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced last week.
    Nearly $6.8 million of that will be paid for infractions in South Carolina alone.
    “Today’s settlement sends a message loud and clear that South Carolina’s consumer protection laws must be obeyed,” Wilson said. “Hard-working families who must make every dollar count can ill afford such alleged deceptive and unfair practices by their bank.”

  • Zamek named chair of S.C. Alzheimer’s Association

    From release

    Seth Zamek, owner and executive director of Senior Helpers, has been appointed chairman of the S.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. His term began July 1, and lasts two years. As chairman, Zamek leads a board of 21 board members from around South Carolina.

  • E-mail fraud targets IL firm

    An Indian Land company was the victim of a cyber crime last month, costing it more than $13,600.
    Christian Kropac Jr., president of PCI Group Inc., said the communications and security company was the target of a “spear-phishing” attack, in which the culprit sends a fraudulent e-mail that appears to come from a trusted source, to trick the recipient into divulging valuable information.
    Kropac emphasized that the criminal did not hack into the company’s computer system or have access to any customer information.

  • Book tracks history of Haile mine

    KERSHAW – We’ll admit it. Some of us are hard to buy Christmas gifts for.
    But if you’re a local history buff, there’s one book on Lancaster County you might want to drop hints about.
    It’s “The History and Rebirth of the Remarkable Haile Gold Mine,” by Jack Morris, a former bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal.
    “It’s a book that the movers and shakers of Lancaster County ought to be aware of,” Morris said.

  • Punky’s On Main: New décor, varied menu, lots of business

    Punky’s On Main, which opened last month in the old Charley’s Café space on Lancaster’s South Main Street, is off to a bustling start.
    The restaurant’s “soft opening” began at 11 a.m. Nov. 26, and soon every table at the newly renovated eatery was filled.
    “There wasn’t nothing soft about it!” said co-owner Scott Edwards. “It was awesome. We were packed.”

  • Kershaw moves toward costlier business licenses

    KERSHAW – For the first time in more than a quarter century, the town of Kershaw will increase its business license fees.
    “There’s been a lot of change since 1992, and the business license fees have not,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    On Nov. 19, town council unanimously approved first reading of an eight-tiered rate-classification system that sets minimum fees based on business type, as well as a rate based on gross income.

  • Epworth gets double scoop of grant money

    Megan Parrott
    Carolina News & Reporter
    Epworth Ice Cream, a Columbia company launched in July, announced in mid-October that it received $100,000 in grant money from the Google Impact Challenge.
    The company initially announced on Oct. 2 that it had won a $50,000 Google Impact Challenge grant. The additional $50,000 was received after winning a People’s Choice voting event.

  • Founders Federal Credit Union opens Rock Hill Center

    Founders Federal Credit Union recently opened its Rock Hill Center. Purchased in 2016 from the Rock Hill School District, the location is 42,000 square feet and houses 80 back-office employees, with a future capacity of 200. Operations include eBranch, contact center, loss control, recovery services and consumer lending. Lancaster-based Founders Federal, founded in 1950 in Fort Mill, serves more than 219,000 members at more than 30 locations and has more than $2.3 billion in assets.