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  • Comporium matches $10K in local FCA fundraising

    Comporium Communications has donated $10,000 to the Lancaster chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
    The donation was given by Comporium last month as a match to the $10,000 already raised by the FCA chapter.
    Randy Mellichamp, the area director of the Lancaster FCA, said this was one of the largest donations ever given to the local group.
    Shaun Barnes, director of external relations for Comporium, said the donation continues the company’s longtime support for the group.

  • Duke Energy tops 5K solar customers in S.C.

    From release

    GREENVILLE – More than 5,000 of Duke Energy Carolina’s S.C. customers have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses, reaching the company’s legislative goal for customer-owned solar capacity.
    Customers can still install solar – and sell the electricity they produce to Duke Energy – but no longer at the price established under the legislation. They will get the same price the utility pays for electricity generated by large solar power plants.

  • Promenade nears completion

    Lancaster County’s largest current retail construction project is closing in on completion.

    Work at The Promenade at Carolina Reserve, located in southern Indian Land, is on schedule with the first stores slated to open later this summer, said Brad Combs, vice president of real estate for Hutton, the Tennessee-based project developer for property owner Lennar Corp.

  • 2 new hotels target Richburg

    Travis Jenkins

    Landmark News Service

    There will soon be more places for people to live in Richburg, but there will apparently also be more places for folks who are just passing through. 

    The Chester County Zoning Board of Appeals recently heard plans for another new hotel and some extended-stay suites. According to minutes of the June 14 meeting, applicant Edlin Monsour addressed the commissioners and asked to have the developer introduce the proposed project.

  • Firework sales blow up for July 4

    The aisles and registers at Phantom Fireworks in Indian Land were quiet Tuesday morning, but that won’t last for long.

    From mom-and-pop stands to large year-round marts such as Phantom, an Ohio-based chain, the approaching July 4th holiday is the silly season for fireworks retailers.

    Sitting in her office, assistant manager Andrea Carrigan said the store, located at 9999 Charlotte Highway, is expecting tons of business over the next week for herself and the store’s 34 other peak-season employees.

  • Suncrest plans to build 235 townhomes by Sugar Creek

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News
    A mixed-use development of 235 townhomes with open spaces for public and private recreational use is in the pipeline for the Panhandle.
    At a recent public hearing, the Lancaster County Planning Commission recommended approval of Suncrest Real Estate and Land’s master plan for a 75-acre development along Sugar Creek.
    Lancaster County Council will consider a resolution on the plan at its Jan. 28 meeting.

  • ServiceMac plans 1,000-job IL operation

    ServiceMac, a new mortgage-servicing company, is setting up its headquarters in Indian Land and plans to hire 1,000 employees there over the next five years.
    The company is moving into Bailes Ridge Corporate Park off S.C. 160, according to Wednesday’s announcement from the company and the S.C. Commerce Department. The privately held firm plans to invest $24 million in a 100,000-square-foot office facility there, to be completed in 24 to 36 months.

  • Chamber wins top award from Carolinas group

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has been named Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
    The local chamber competed against 27 other accredited chambers with 700 or fewer members. The award was presented at the CACCE’s annual management conference in Blowing Rock, N.C.

  • As developers arrive, IL couple giving up horse-riding business

    In 1996, Charlotte Cannon purchased Fox Point Farm in Indian Land and built it into a successful horse-riding business.
    She and her husband, Tommy Robinson, taught riding lessons five days a week and hosted summer camps at the 20-acre farm off Henry Harris Road.
    “It’s a very family-orientated business,” Cannon said. “I’ve taught the parents and the children. I just adore doing this job.”

  • Movement Mortgage lays off 75 in IL

    Movement Mortgage, a big driver of the Panhandle’s recent economic boom, announced layoffs of 180 workers Thursday, including 75 at its Indian Land headquarters.
    The company blamed lower loan volumes, a consequence of rising interest rates that have triggered a downturn in housing and mortgage markets across the country. It cited predictions for continued softening of loan demand in 2019.