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  • County fire rating improves

    Commercial property owners in the county can look forward to an upcoming reduction in their property insurance premiums, thanks to improvements in the county’s firefighting systems.

    Officials learned Jan. 22 that the countywide ISO (Insurance Services Office) Public Protection Classification, commonly called the “ISO rating,” has been improved from Class 6 to Class 4. 

  • Knolwood Apartments get top-to-bottom renovations

    Knolwood Apartments, 88 units off Pageland Highway just east of Lancaster, are getting a $2.17 million facelift, a massive project that will take three months. 
    “We turned about eight units a day for 11 days,” said Manager Rachel Ealey. “We had 40-some contractors… at the same time, working on a unit.”

  • 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.

  • Chamber kicks up heels, dishes out awards

    About 300 local business people, corporate sponsors and guests piled into The Lodge at Sun City Carolina Lakes on Thursday for the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual soiree, a night of celebration, award presentations and the changing of the guard.
    The event, presented by Founders Federal Credit Union, was the chamber’s 62nd annual meeting. Chamber members got dressed up, ate good food, enjoyed live music and toasted the accomplishments of six award honorees – Pamela Trimnal, Odell Steele, J.C. Rainey, Melissa Prince, and Pat and Michael Clancy.

  • 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.

  • Aldi recalls apples sold at some Carolinas stores

    Grocery chain Aldi has voluntarily recalled certain apples supplied by Jack Brown Produce Inc. because of a Listeria contamination.

    The affected products were available for purchase after Dec. 13, and limited to certain Aldi stores in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina, the company said in a statement.

  • Workers cheer ‘mudbreaking’ at Movement Mortgage site

    Movement Mortgage held a raucus pep rally and a “mudbreaking” in the rain Wednesday, launching construction of a facility that will double its workforce in Indian Land.
    Nearly 800 cheering employees packed the lobby of the company’s not quite two-year-old headquarters in Bailes Ridge Corporate Park.

  • 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.