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City will demolish 17 condemned buildings

Continuing its efforts to remove eyesores from city streets and revitalize neighborhoods, the Lancaster City Council is moving to demolish 17 condemned buildings.
The money comes from a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), to which the city added a 10 percent match of $50,000.
The council last week awarded the demolition contract to Jones Grading & […]

Bring Your Best Ideas to the Southern Panhandle Hands-On Workshop

Bring your best ideas to the Southern Panhandle Hands-On Visioning Workshop happening Tuesday, November 5th at the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, SC.  The workshop will start at 5:30 pm and residents are asked to RSVP to crcog@catawbacog.org.

The Southern Panhandle Small Area Plan includes key areas surrounding Highway 521, south […]

Catawba Regional hiring for two positions!

Click on the links below to view the job postings.

Community and Economic Development Grant Writer/Administrator

Regional Planner or Senior Regional Planner

Moore: The U.S. Census needs you

Earl Moore, the U.S. Census coordinator for Chester County, brought some compelling reasons to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census: 1,500 of them to be exact.

That’s the average amount, $1,500 per every person in the county that is counted by the census – a total of $15,000 per person for every 10 years the census […]

Greenway taking shape

un rays break through the canopy of leaves overhead, and birds sing to each other in the trees.
Walking a newly cleared path through the dense woodland, you would hardly think you were within Lancaster’s city limits.
“It’s just beautiful. You really feel like you’re in the wilderness,” says Sherri Gregory, president of the Lindsay Pettus Greenway, […]

$400,000 worth of improvements approved

The next step in the expansion of the Union County Airport, improvements to the Union County Fairgrounds, and fixing the leaking roof in the Union County Magistrate’s Office will cost nearly $400,000.

Meeting in special session Thursday evening (August 26) Union County Council voted unanimously to allocate the funds needed to pay for these projects.

Airport Expansion

Supervisor […]

Faddis Concrete Products launching Chester County operations

Faddis Concrete Products, an American-owned provider of high-quality precast concrete products, today announced plans to establish operations in Chester County. The $6.7 million investment will create 60 new jobs.

Since 1989, Faddis Concrete Products has offered a comprehensive selection of approved products for transportation, industrial, architectural and Homeland Security projects.

Located at 2794 Old Richburg Road, Faddis […]

‘The perfect location’: $10M plan, 210 new jobs breathe life into Lancaster Co. site

A kitchen cabinet and bathroom vanity manufacturer is making its home in Lancaster County.

Adornus Cabinetry announced plans Thursday to set up a manufacturing site at 1551 S.C. 9 Bypass. It’s the former Duracell site, once an employer of several hundred people. The Adornus move marks a $10 million investment set to create 210 jobs.

“One of our primary […]

The plan for up to 2,000 new Rock Hill jobs is on track

A Rock Hill business park set to bring up to 2,000 new jobs is a step closer to construction.

On Monday night Rock Hill City Council voted to move forward with an agreement between the city, public and private stakeholders to create a commerce site near the county airport.

“It is a preliminary agreement,” said Stephen Turner, […]

U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman to Host Eight Town Halls

Over the next month, U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman is scheduled to host eight (8) in-person town hall events throughout South Carolina’s 5th congressional district. A list of events can be found below, along with links for additional information.

While dates and times should be firm, venue arrangements are still being finalized for two counties. Any and […]

SCDOT seeking input on the Multimodal Transportation Plan

SCDOT is updating the Long Range Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (MTP) to address South Carolina’s growing transportation needs.  Click here to take the survey.

County first in the state for job creation

Lancaster County is first in the state for job creation and fifth for total economic development investments for fiscal 2019, which ended June 30.
The standings were released Friday by the Lancaster County Economic Development Department and are based on job creation announcements released by the S.C. Department of Commerce.
According to the data, almost 1,500 new […]

Tega Cay Comprehensive Plan Update – seeks community input

The City of Tega Cay is updating its Comprehensive Plan and as a part of community outreach, electronic surveys are available for residents to complete.  These short surveys give participants an opportunity to share their ideas on Tega Cay’s challenges and its possibilities.  One survey includes questions on community characteristics and values.  While the other […]

From a sprout to a seedling, Roseburg steadily growing

To use a lumber metaphor that the people of Roseburg Forest Products might be somewhat familiar with, the Chester Engineered Wood plant started as a sprout, and has now grown into a seedling, on it’s way to becoming a full-grown tree. In other words, the Chester site has been at the current location for about […]

‘A moment we’ll all look back to’: Rock Hill’s new free bus service is ready to roll

Rock Hill is putting a model for the entire world on its streets. But for people only needing to go a block at a time, it’ll be there, too.

The first of four My Ride Rock Hill bus routes begins Monday. Service to the downtown and Knowledge Park areas starts the free, electric bus program followed by routes […]

Billions of dollars in gold sparks mine expansion, promise of 250 jobs near SC town

Potentially rich deposits of gold in South Carolina are fueling the expansion of a huge mine that has boosters excited about the prospect of 250 new jobs in a tiny community with a history of unemployment.

OceanaGold’s expansion plan says the Australian company would increase its existing 4,552-acre Haile Gold Mine site by more than 900 […]

Census puts numbers to the area’s rapid population growth

The U.S. Census Bureau released new municipal population estimates Thursday. Those numbers show some areas are growing like wildfire – especially along Interstate 77 – since the most recent official census in 2010.

Fort Mill

At the rate it’s going, Fort Mill is likely to double its population in the decade since the 2010 census.

The town […]

HS sewer project cost rises $10K

Replacing one of its aging sewer lift stations and repairing two others will cost the town about $10,000 more than anticipated.“It’s going to be little a more than we thought,” said Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore. The original construction cost was estimated at $490,000, but the low bid of came in at $595,500. But the […]

YouthBuild wins $787K federal grant

YouthBuild Lancaster has received $787,621 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor. YouthBuild, a program of Communities in Schools Lancaster, is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 complete high school or state equivalency degree programs.

YouthBuild members earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand […]

Development activity strong in Rock Hill, economic leaders say

To hear economic leaders tell it, Rock Hill is open for business.

The Rock Hill Economic Development Corp. met Tuesday to offer a snapshot of the city’s development scene. The nonprofit has several major projects on its horizon, from the redevelopment of the former Herald newspaper site on West Main Street to several large-scale spec buildings […]

County near top in S.C. population growth

Lancaster County was the fourth fastest growing county in the state last year, behind Horry, Berkeley and York, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates. Fueled by Panhandle growth, Lancaster County’s population soared 24.5 percent from 2010 to 2018. It increased 3 percent from 2017 to 2018. The county has jumped from 76,652 residents in 2010 to […]

Rock Hill unveils free, clean My Ride bus with service to begin in June

Rock Hill’s newest — and free — transportation option is off and rolling. Next stop? Summer service connecting the city.

The city received its first My Ride bus, debuting it Tuesday morning at Fountain Park in downtown to a crowd of more than 100 people. My Ride buses start their routes July 1, with a downtown […]

Job Seeker Services Coming to Clover and Surrounding Areas

Reaching
into the rural areas of York County has been top of mind for SC Works Catawba,
the region’s reemployment system. Job seekers in some of those rural pockets of
York County will soon have close access to job seeker services.

York
County Business Retention & Expansion Manager Teresa Curtice introduced Clover
Town Administration Allison Harvey to SC Works Operator and […]

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.7 Million for Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Infrastructure Upgrades in South Carolina

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $3.7 million in grants to the state of South Carolina to make critical infrastructure upgrades needed to help the state respond to recent natural disasters.

“The Trump Administration has repeatedly emphasized the need to upgrade America’s infrastructure,” said […]

’A headquarters destination’: What Project Silver may bring Lancaster County

An 87-acre Indian Land site is up for rezoning and could bring a massive corporate location near Bridgemill, Ansley Park and Thousand Oaks.

The 9258 Charlotte Hwy. site currently has a home with a garage and barn.

The plan for what’s called “Project Silver” shows a two-story, 300,00-square-foot office building. The site would have 350 employee parking […]

A startling development (or even two or three)

“You’re it.”

That’s what brokers and developers of all kinds are telling Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker Dean when it comes to considering Chester County as the Next Big Thing for development.

The growth in the county, not only in the industrial sector but now also in the housing sector, has led those developers and […]

Federal grant will upgrade Heath Springs sewer facility

Heath Springs will get a much-needed $1.4 million upgrade at the town’s wastewater treatment plant, thanks to a federal grant that pays for 86 percent of the work. The money for the upgrades is coming from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program facilitated by the S.C. Commerce Department. Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to provide […]

York County leaders turn focus to mass transit needs

As Charlotte plans for mass transit, neighboring communities in South Carolina soon may look to join them.

There may be little alternative.

“We talk about roads,” Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study director David Hooper told his group’s policy committee late last week. “We’ve widened most of the roads. I keep saying this. Everyone is not going […]

Straight Talk interview on Fort Mill School District population growth

Straight Talk with Manning Kimmel radio interview with Dr. Chuck Epps, Fort Mill Schools Superintendent and Cole McKinney from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments on January 25, 2019. The interview discussed population projections for the Fort Mill School District. Click here to hear the interview.

Clemson Extension partnering on Resource Rodeo for S.C. farmers

The Clemson Extension Agribusiness Team is partnering on an event aimed at offering a plethora of resources and programming to help South Carolina farmers succeed.

Centrally located in the state’s capital, the 2019 S.C. Farmer Resource Rodeo is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at the River Center at Saluda Shoals, 5605 Bush River […]

2018 a very successful year

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ServiceMac plans 1,000-job IL operation

ServiceMac plans 1,000-job IL operation | TheLancasterNews.com

ServiceMac, a new mortgage-servicing company, is setting up its headquarters in Indian Land and plans […]

City part of ‘Project of The Year’

A program that enabled the City of Union to demolish and clear away dilapidated houses has been named the SC Association of Regional Councils (SCARC) Project of the Year for 2018.

In a statement released at the end of November, Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) Executive Director Randy Imler announced that “Catawba Regional’s ‘Neighborhood Initiative […]

York County may buy 1,900-acre riverfront location

York County soon could buy roughly 1,900 acres for an Anne Springs Close Greenway-type project on the Rock Hill side of the Catawba River.

“It’s a very exciting project,” said Bill Shanahan, county manager. “When you think about it, how often does council get to make a decision like this?”

As of Monday morning, the county hadn’t […]

Another 1,000-job prospect on radar

Another company is eyeing Lancaster County for a corporate headquarters/customer service center that could create almost 1,000 high-paying jobs by 2024.
Dubbed “Project Mustang” by Lancaster County Economic Development, the company is looking at multiple locations in the Charlotte area, including one here.
“Mustang is Indian Land focused. That’s all I can say about the specifics at […]

A Chester County manufacturer is bringing new jobs. It isn’t the first time

A major Chester County manufacturing plant is expanding and adding 75 new jobs.

Carolina Poly Inc. produces trash bags, plastic sheeting, shrink films and other products. It’s part of Poly-America, one of the largest polyethylene film manufacturers in the U.S. Carolina Poly announced in 2015 is was investing $100 million in Chester County. The 500-square-foot facility […]

Nutramax upping local jobs by 60%

Eight years after arriving in Lancaster, Nutramax Laboratories is expanding for the third time, announcing Wednesday that it will invest another $20 million in facilities and hire 225 employees – a 60 percent increase in its local workforce.
From the governor’s office to Lancaster County, officials hailed the move.
“It’s difficult to put into words just how […]

County targets federal grant to demolish rundown houses

The Lancaster County Council unanimously approved a $40,500 commitment Monday night to go after a $405,000 Community Development Block Grant to tear down a dozen dilapidated and uninhabitable homes in the mill village.
The 12 homes are in Brooklyn Avenue area, as well as the Midway corridor on York Street.
If the county gets the grant, the […]

Local workers get paid, on-the-job training through SC Works program

At 64, Lancaster resident James Blackmon is learning a new trade.

After retiring as a truck driver in 2016, Blackmon realized he wanted to fund home projects and needed a job. That’s where SC Works stepped in.

SC Works is a brand of services aimed to help job seekers in South Carolina. At no cost to the […]

River tourism in Great Falls

Serenity envelops the Catawba River just outside Great Falls, where red-shouldered hawks surf the thermals in search of bass, catfish and prehistoric-looking gar in a 450-acre reservoir.
Things will get much livelier just downriver, however, when this stretch of the Catawba River is reborn with two whitewater runs and enhanced recreational opportunities including kayaking, fishing and […]

ShayoNano makes it official, announces Chester operations, 40 new jobs

For two weeks now, all that has been needed to make ShayoNano’s the latest addition to Chester County’s industrial boom has been an official announcement. That came on Wednesday.

ShayoNano USA Inc., an innovative developer of advanced materials has announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Chester County. The company’s $14.7 million capital investment […]

Slowing down? Think again. York County paves way for $7.9M, 100-plus job site

The company makes its money slowing down, but Performance Friction Corp. is accelerating business in York County.

Performance Friction is expanding its Clover operation by investing $7.9 million in new building and equipment for the next five years. The expansion will create 100 to 110 new jobs.

“The equipment and building is necessary for us to modernize […]

Pacolet Milliken launching solar project in Union County

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises is launching a new renewable energy operation, Midway Green Solar, LLC, in Union County. This project is expected to bring approximately $12 million of capital investment.

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. is a private, family-owned investment company with a history that dates back to the 1860s. Located on property adjacent to Midway Green Industrial […]

Steel maker to bring HQ and 139 jobs

Lancaster County’s already dominant manufacturing base is set to expand even further.
County and state officials announced Tuesday that Synergy Steel, based in Union County, N.C., will be moving its headquarters and metal fabrication facility to Lancaster over the coming months.
With its relocation, the company is expected to invest $2.8 million and create 139 jobs during […]

Steel company expanding to Rock Hill, expected to bring 180 jobs to area

A new steel manufacturing site is expected to be up and running later this year in Rock Hill, bringing 180 new jobs and a $9 million investment to the area.

Schuff Steel Company will update an existing 148,000-square-foot fabrication site at 1345 Spencer Hall Road. The 45-acre site adds to a nationwide footprint for Schuff Steel, […]

Sharonview FCU to relocate headquarters, add jobs

Sharonview Federal Credit Union is relocating its corporate headquarters within Lancaster County and plans to add scores of new jobs, the organization announced Wednesday.
Sharonview’s President and CEO Bill Partin said the credit union will move from its current digs near the Redstone Ventures campus in Indian Land to new headquarters a little further south on […]

SC is about to pave 600 miles of road. Here’s where in York, Lancaster, Chester

For more than 30 miles of tri-county area asphalt, the drive is about to get a good deal smoother.

Off a record-breaking year for rebuilding state roads, the South Carolina Department of Transportation just approved $417 million to pave another 600 miles.

That money will pay for 19 projects in York, Lancaster and Chester counties.

York County is […]

Timken announces $2.5M expansion

Timken Tyger River Plant, a leading manufacturer of bearings and bearing components, announced today that it is acquiring new equipment and machinery to increase capacity at the Union County facility. The project is expected to bring over $2.5 million in capital investment to expand operations and industrial growth.

The Timken Company is a Fortune 500 company […]

IL sidewalk project gets final OK

The Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study committee (RFATS) gave final approval Friday to a measure that will provide the additional funding to build a sidewalk near Indian Land High School.
The sidewalk will be built on the northwest side of River Road.
“The project will be a go sometime later this year. I just can’t tell […]

New headquarters to bring 1,100 jobs, $34 million investment to Fort Mill

A mortgage service company is bringing more than 1,000 jobs and a $34 million investment with its new headquarters in the Fort Mill area.

RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corp. is coming to 2280 Deerfield Drive in the Southbridge Business Park at the former Knights Stadium property. The company announced the move Tuesday morning after York County Council […]