• Chamber drive nets 30 new members

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce bumped its membership up by almost 10 percent  in its annual membership  drive. 

    “We are excited to welcome 30 new members who have joined the chamber and partner with us to make Lancaster County a better place to live, work and do business,” said Dean Faile, the chamber’s president and CEO.

  • Chamber launches membership drive

    Business people packed The Craft Stand on Main Street on Wednesday to kick off the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership campaign.
    About 50 business owners and executives intermingled and struck up conversations over coffee at the morning gathering.
    “We represent all the businesses in the county, whether they invest in the organization or not,” said Dean Faile, the chamber’s president and CEO. “We’re trying to make Lancaster County an economically better place for businesses to thrive.”

  • County government holding 1st job fair

    With Lancaster County’s low jobless rate and an influx of economic activity, employers are having a hard time filling many positions. 

    The county government is organizing its first-ever job fair for later this month to round up applicants for its own vacancies, which number about 20. 

  • Gilbert to become master in his field

    Some might rightfully say Jamie Gilbert has already become a “master practitioner” of economic development, but soon he could have a piece of paper certifying it.

    Gilbert, Lancaster County’s economic development director, has been approved for a new and highly selective program for senior-level economic development leaders that should only burnish his skills, and potentially help the county accrue even more business investment in coming years. 

  • Charley’s Cafe shuts down, new owners going casual

    Charley’s Cafe and Catering – downtown Lancaster’s only fine-dining spot – is no more.
    Owner and head chef Ken Killingsworth, who opened the restaurant in 2000 at 306 S. Main St., served his last dish Saturday night, said his friend and fellow downtown business operator Don Geraghty, owner of The Craft Stand beer pub and a huge fan of Killingsworth’s crab cakes.

  • ‘Can’t wait to get inside’ Hobby Lobby

    The long-awaited shopping at The Promenade at Carolina Reserve has officially begun.

    At a little past 9 a.m. Monday morning, as more than 100 people waited patiently outside for an official ribbon-cutting to conclude, Hobby Lobby opened its doors to customers.

    It’s the first retailer to open in the mammoth 300,000- square-foot complex, located at the corner of U.S. 521 and Jim Wilson Road, across from Carolina Commons shopping center and Sun City Carolina Lakes.

  • Old Springs plants again rumble with textile manufacturing

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    Putting a new coat of paint on the water tower overlooking the Springs Frances Plant is symbolic of the new face that Derrick Close is putting on the textile industry in Fort Lawn.

  • Lancaster ranks No. 1 in Carolinas

    When it comes to attracting investment, few places have been better at it recently than Lancaster County.
    For the third time in the past four years, Lancaster has ranked first in incoming economic investments among all 46 S.C. counties, according to Smart Asset, a New York-based financial technology and investment information firm. This year, we outpaced all 145 other counties in the Carolinas.
    Nationally, for 2018, the county ranked 26th out of the 3,007 counties in the continental United States.

  • Victory lap for county

    What a difference a decade can make.
    It was just 10 years ago, as the Great Recession took hold, that Forbes magazine listed Lancaster as the “most vulnerable” town in America.

  • 10 days of events for IL Fall Festival

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    The best week of fall will be Oct. 26-Nov. 4 when the 13th annual Indian Land Fall Festival takes place. 

    Festival chairman Michael Neese previewed this year’s event at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Morning Business Connection on Aug. 3.