• Kershaw moves toward costlier business licenses

    KERSHAW – For the first time in more than a quarter century, the town of Kershaw will increase its business license fees.
    “There’s been a lot of change since 1992, and the business license fees have not,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    On Nov. 19, town council unanimously approved first reading of an eight-tiered rate-classification system that sets minimum fees based on business type, as well as a rate based on gross income.

  • ‘Eb Scrooge’: New twist on a Christmas standard

    Charles Dickens’ well-known tale “A Christmas Carol” is a staple of the holiday season, but this year, the Lancaster County Community Playhouse is putting a new spin on the classic.
    “Eb Scrooge: A Southern Fried Carol” by playwright Ian Mairs, shifts from Victorian London to our very own Lancaster for this unique retelling of the traditional story.

  • Van Wyck ‘piggybacks’ county’s comprehensive plan

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News

    VAN WYCK — As Van Wyck Town Council members steer the town’s development and direction, they look to Lancaster County as a leading example.
    At its November meeting, council approved the first reading to adopt the county’s comprehensive plan.
    Van Wyck Mayor Sean Corcoran said the main motivation behind adopting the county plan simply has to do with the work involved in crafting the plan.

  • Gilbert gets his groove on to thank major employers

    Recruiting industry to one of the state’s fastest-growing counties is serious business, requiring lots of no-nonsense, straight-laced, data-filled communication.
    Well, maybe not all the time.
    The Lancaster County Economic Development Department has produced a light-hearted, zany, lip-sync video to the Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” It highlights several local industries as a way to say thank you.
    The video, taped in September and posted Nov. 19, is gaining viewership on Facebook.

  • Breach affects patient records at CMC, some other hospitals

    Hackers may have accessed more than 2 million Atrium Health customers’ billing information and Social Security numbers in a breach reported by the company Tuesday.
    Charlotte-based Atrium, formerly Carolinas Healthcare System, operates major medical facilities that serve many Lancaster County residents, including Carolinas Medical Center and regional hospitals in Pineville and Waxhaw.

  • Progress on $3,500 Bretagne rooftop fees

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County is nearing an agreement with developers for a $3,500-per-home rooftop fee on 108 homes to be built in the final section of The Regions of Bretagne neighborhood.
    County council has passed two of three required readings on the deal, with the final one coming in December.
    “It’s had a terrible time… bankruptcies, all kind of things happening to them. Right now, we have an opportunity with this approval for good things to happen at Bretagne,” said county council member Larry Honeycutt.

  • Huge tree falls across 521

    Traffic backed up Monday afternoon on U.S. 521 heading into Lancaster after a huge tree fell across both southbound lanes just south of the S.C. 5 ramp.
    County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers happened to be driving toward Indian Land on the northbound side of 521 around 1:30 p.m. Monday and saw the massive tree collapse onto the pavement.
    “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the top of the tree start to move,” he said. “It fell rapidly until it finally hit the ground as I was approaching the hill.”

  • Yule season kickoff draws crowd of 500

    Homeplace Bed and Breakfast held its 19th production of the Bethlehem Marketplace on Nov. 16 and 17, drawing a crowd of nearly 500 people.
    The narrator takes visitors on a journey through a remake of the marketplace at Bethlehem, where they witness Jesus’ birth, arrest, death, resurrection and return to Earth.

  • One SC Fund awards $275K for Hurricane Florence relief

    From release
    COLUMBIA – The One SC Fund Grants Committee has announced the second round of grant awards for Hurricane Florence relief and recovery projects across South Carolina.
    Grantees will receive a total of $275,000 to support their projects.
    The One SC Fund was established by then-Gov. Nikki Haley in November 2015 after the Thousand Year Flood to help South Carolinians who are recovering from a disaster.

  • It’s time for tree-lighting, parade, Santa in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw will kick off the 2018 holiday season in the county with its annual Christmas parade and community tree lighting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25.
    And there will be plenty of family fun to enjoy, said Dayna Singleton, coordinator of the town’s Community Heart & Soul project.
    “I’m very excited…. It’s going to be a really great time,” Singleton said.