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  • Panthers coming south?

    At Wednesday’s big press event, York and Lancaster counties both got shout-outs as possible sites for a relocated Carolina Panthers headquarters and practice facility, but York seemed to be several strides ahead.
    Lancaster officials were caught a bit off guard by Gov. Henry McMaster’s press conference, which was attended by a bevy of York County politicians. County Administrator Steve Willis said he was aware that discussions between the state and the team began a few months ago, but he hasn’t heard anything since.

  • Red Rose Brew Bash downtown Friday and Saturday

    Downtown in the Red Rose City turns green this weekend in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
    Hosted by The Craft Stand, the third-annual Red Rose Brew Bash will kickoff at 5 p.m. Friday with a free block party featuring live music, food and Benford Brewing Co.’s Green Irish Honey beer.
    The festivities continue from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, with more than 80 different beers on tap and three different musical performances, including Rumor Mill, Crashbox and Buckdancer.

  • IL motorcyclist hits log truck, dies

    An Indian Land man died Monday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a logging truck on U.S. 21 near Fincher Road north of Fort Lawn.
    According to the Chester County Coroner’s Office, the victim, Robert William Hritsko, 56, died of blunt-force trauma.
    Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the wreck, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m., was the result of Hritsko’s motorcycle crossing the center line.

  • SCDOT employees will pick up litter Thursday

    From release
    Be careful driving the state’s highways this Thursday. The hundreds of people walking along picking up litter might not be very experienced at it.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation is holding its 2019 agency-wide highway litter clean-up event that day.
    DOT’s “Spring Spruce Up” includes hundreds of agency employees – from engineers and attorneys to administrative staff and leadership. They’re all volunteering to pick up litter along roadsides across the state.

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  • Kershaw gets ‘no’ from Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo Bank will not donate its vacated building in downtown Kershaw to the county for a new library branch, county council members learned Monday night.
    County Administrator Steve Willis told council members that if the county wants the prime location on Hampton Street to replace the library branch hidden away on Fork Hill Road, it will have to pay.
    “We’re not going to get the building donated to us. That’s just not going to happen,” said Willis, noting that he has directed County Attorney John DuBose III to negotiate the selling price.

  • Another HQ is targeting Indian Land

    The location of another corporate headquarters in the Panhandle will hinge on getting an 87-acre tract on U.S. 521 rezoned from residential to general business.
    Nicknamed “Project Silver” by the Lancaster County Economic Development Department, the company wants to build a two-story, 300,000-square-foot office building on the tract, which is between Thousand Oaks Road and Windsor Trace townhomes.

  • Thieves target parking lots at local churches during worship

    Thefts from parking lots at four local churches last Sunday morning have sheriff’s investigators seeking the public’s help.
    The thefts are believed to have been committed during morning church services, according to a release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    “One of the last places we should expect our possessions to be taken is at church while we are worshiping,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “From the facts we know so far, it appears these thefts are related, and two or more people acted in concert to commit them.”

  • Gas authority buys old Porter-Belk site

    One of Lancaster’s economic pillars for nearly a century, Porter-Belk Lumber Co. couldn’t withstand the twin blows of the Great Recession and the departure of Springs Industries.
    Since closing in 2015, its buildings have stood silent off Kershaw Camden Highway just south of downtown. The roof on the old cabinet shop caved in as the property owner waited for whatever economic future the site might have.

  • Big job, bigger life

    Despite being known best for her leadership in Lancaster’s business sector and on community projects, Kristen Blanchard’s life very much revolves around her family.
    “I love being a mom and a wife,” she said. “I have an incredible husband who is a great stay-at-home dad.”
    She and her husband, Jim, and kids Ryan and Caitlin spend a lot of time together, mostly outdoors, exercising and playing sports.