• Business Briefcase 6-6-18

    Gilbert completes state institute
    Lancaster Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert received a certificate of completion from the S.C. Economic Development Institute May 18 at the conclusion of May’s community development session held in Lake City.
    The institute is a partnership between the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Economic Developer’s Association.

  • Portofino’s brings Italian taste to IL

    Portofino’s speaks the language of Italian cuisine. Because, literally, they speak Italian here.
    It’s one of the first signs tipping off customers that they haven’t stepped into a run-of-the-mill American-style ristorante Italiano.
    One of the newest eateries in booming Indian Land, Portofino’s Ristorante Italiano e Pizzeria opened in early May in the ever-growing Redstone commercial development on U.S. 521.
    The eatery boasts a 2,300-square-foot restaurant plus an 800-square-foot patio, constructed by Charlotte-based Roby Commercial.

  • Business Briefcase 5-30-18

    County receives finance award
    The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Lancaster County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, for its comprehensive annual financial report.
    The county finance department was recognized at the May 14 Lancaster County Council meeting for winning this award for the 19th year.
    Morning Business Connections June 1

  • Two local businesses win state awards

    COLUMBIA – Three Lancaster County businesses made a clean sweep of the state’s annual Impact Industries awards in late April, winning the top honors for small, medium-sized and large companies in the 11-county grouping Lancaster is part of.
    On April 26, Gov. Henry McMaster named Movement Mortgage (large), PCI Group (medium) and Fab Fours (small) as the winners for the Tier II counties. Coordinated by the S.C. Commerce Department, the awards recognize Palmetto State companies for business success, economic impact and community involvement.

  • Paper wins awards in LCNI contest

    The Lancaster News won eight awards, including three first places, in the annual competition among the 83 newspapers owned by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.
    First-place honors went to reporter Reece Murphy for his four-day October series on the accelerating opioid crisis. The series also took the top award for news series in the S.C. Press Association’s competition in March.
    The other first-place awards went to reporter Gregory A.  Summers for feature writing and to design team leader Athena Redmond for general page design.

  • Business Briefcase 5-23-18

    Info session on China trip May 24
    Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will hold an info session 5:30-7 p.m. May 24 on its China trip next April. The session is at The Lodge, 2955 Sun City Blvd., in Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    Chamber Vice President Melissa Walker-Price and incoming chair Melissa Prince, who just returned from this year’s trip to China, will show a video and photographs and answer questions on the trip.
    Ag+Art Tour kickoff dining event June 7

  • IL Walmart adding home delivery

    Whether you need a carton of eggs or a lawnmower, your local Walmart is gearing up to serve you in a way it never has before.
    Starting Thursday, May 17, the Indian Land Walmart, located at 10048 Charlotte Highway, will become the first store in South Carolina to offer home-delivery for nearly everything the retailer sells, said Heidi Welch, assistant manager of e-commerce.
    The only exceptions? Alcohol and apparel. Aside from that, the store will deliver groceries and anything else it has in stock – no matter how big or small, according to Welch.

  • Business Briefcase 5-16-18

    Ribbon-cutting at Essex Homes May 17
    Bailes Ridge – Essex Homes, 1071 Waterlily Drive, Indian Land, will hold its ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. May 17, with assistance from the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. All are welcome.
    Albert graduates from FBI academy
    S.C. Highway Patrol Capt. Bobby J. Albert recently graduated part of the 271st session of the FBI National Academy.
    Albert is commander of SCHP Troop 4, which includes Lancaster County.

  • Keer ramps up new plant

    A fresh infusion of manufacturing jobs is coming to Lancaster County.
    China-based Keer America is set to add about 350 jobs when its newest yarn production plant on Old Bailes Road in Indian Land opens later this month and becomes fully operational sometime in mid-June, company officials said May 1.

  • Millard joins paper’s staff

    Hal Millard has joined the staff of Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News as a reporter.
    Millard, who began work April 9, will primarily cover Indian Land, Van Wyck, and the business beat, in addition to general assignments and politics.
    A native of Spartanburg, Millard comes to Lancaster from Lexington. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Journalism.
    Millard has served as a reporter and editor at a number of newspapers, executive-level business newsletters and websites throughout the United States, from Florida to Alaska.