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Business

  • New Comporium store shows how company’s products work

    After more than a decade at its University Place shopping center location in Lancaster, Comporium Communications has moved around the corner into the old Blockbuster Video building facing the bypass.
    Chief Operating Officer Matthew Dosch said the move is part of a new retail template the company is rolling out and the new location is its biggest store so far.

  • New postmaster a 27-year veteran

    Lancaster’s new postmaster shipped in from Gastonia, N.C., last week.
    Marvin T. Randolph, originally from Buffalo, N.Y., has 27 years of experience with the U.S. Postal Service.
    “I’ve been doing it a long time,” said Randolph, who got his first job for the post office in 1991 and worked in a number of different roles before becoming the postmaster at the Gastonia branch.
    Throughout his career, Randolph has seen a lot of changes, particularly the increased automation of the Postal Service.

  • Event venue gets new owner

    Last week The Coker Ranch in the Antioch community came under new ownership and has since undergone a rebranding project, transforming into Laurel Haven Estate.
    Jenna Bice, who purchased the property, will continue to run the estate as a venue for weddings and special events.
    The Coker Ranch, previously owned by William Coker, was founded in the late 1970s for the purpose of breeding, showing and selling purebred Black Angus cattle. For the past 10 years the ranch has been hosting weddings and corporate events.

  • 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.

  • Duke upfitting plant to pack more punch

    Jessica Wells
    Duke Energy Illumination
    Inside a mountain beside South Carolina’s Lake Jocassee, Duke Energy’s largest hydro plant is growing.
    Workers at Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station began disassembling the plant in January to install new equipment, including massive spherical valves and three 700,000-pound transformers. Their creative engineering will allow Bad Creek to power roughly 250,000 more homes without building a new plant.

  • Wells Fargo gives $7,500 to greenway

    From release
    Wells Fargo has donated $7,500 to the Lindsay Pettus Greenway to assist with funding the first 2 miles of the planned recreational trail and environmental education center along Gills Creek in Lancaster.
    “We believe that helping our communities become more resilient and better stewards of the environment will improve the long-term quality of life of our customers and team members,” said Lain Reavis of Wells Fargo. “We’re proud to support the Lindsay Pettus Greenway.”

  • 40 years and counting at Annette’s Hallmark

    Amy Glover and Barbara Wrape have been side-by-side at Annette’s Hallmark House since 1978, when Wrape and her husband, Fred, bought the business.
    The store, in Lancaster Square Shopping Center on North Main Street, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.
    Glover, who now runs the business, grew up in the shop. She was 9 when her stay-at-home mom became a business owner and manager. The store had been in Lancaster for five years already, but the previous owners decided to sell it once their lease was up.

  • Still room for vendors at IL Fall Festival

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    When the Indian Land Fall Festival returns Nov. 3-4, visitors will have no shortage of vendors to explore. 

    Want steampunk-inspired jewelry, handmade soap or new gutters for your house? You can find it as you browse the nearly 200 art, craft, business and nonprofit vendors that have signed on for the two-day festival at the Indian Land schools complex.