Category Archives: Featured News

New sewers and sidewalks

A number of low- and moderate-income households are in the process of getting new sewer systems and sidewalks thanks to a nearly $500,000 project undertaken by the City of Union.

Workers with Smith Backhoe and Grading have been busy at the corner of Lybrand and Blassingame streets and surrounding streets working on the projects which got […]

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27 eyesore houses targeted for demolition in Lancaster

Twenty-seven derelict properties in the Lancaster city limits have been identified for inclusion in the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) $5.6 million program to get rid of uninhabitable homes.
The city is working with COG to acquire, demolish and landscape blighted vacant residential properties through a Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP).
In April 2015, COG was awarded […]

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Funding set for road improvement

Kershaw will get funding for one of the eight road improvement projects awarded to Lancaster County last week by the Council Of Governments (COG), according the Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

Repairs will be made to the intersection of Marion and Minor Streets for an estimated cost of $112,500.

“This was the number one project in the […]

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SC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) News

The SC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) will now be assisting qualified water, sewer and storm water infrastructure projects statewide, including areas that were not previously eligible. To learn more, plan to attend the RIA’s grant application workshop being held on July 19, 2016 in Columbia. Representatives of local governments, special purpose districts, public service districts, […]

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County a ‘Work Ready Community’

Union County’s ability to successfully attract new industry and to retain and assist in the expansion of existing industries just got a tremendous boost.

In a letter dated May 24, Cheryl M. Stanton, Executive Director of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, informed Kathy Jo Lancaster, Site Coordinator for the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community […]

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York County leaders debate growth plan

A proposed long-range York County plan that calls for extending development east along the Dave Lyle Boulevard corridor has some County Council members voicing doubts.

The proposed York County comprehensive plan, updated every 10 years and developed over the last 18 months with input from citizens, was unanimously approved on an initial council vote Monday, though […]

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SC House overrides Gov. Haley’s $40 million farm-aid veto

The S.C. House voted Tuesday to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of $40 million in state aid to farmers whose crops were damaged in October’s historic rainfall and flooding.

After several speeches from the House podium pledging to help farmers – many looking on from the House balcony – representatives voted 112-2 to override the governor’s […]

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Lash Group plans to employ 2,400 at new Fort Mill HQ

Gov. Nikki Haley lauded Fort Mill and York County for “rolling out the red carpet” to business Monday during a ribbon-cutting for Lash Group’s new headquarters.

Haley and local leaders attended an opening ceremony for the five-story, 250,000-square-foot Kingsley Park building, where company officials said they plan to double the 1,200-person work force by 2020.

The patient […]

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SCDOT Seeks Public Comment On Proposed FY 2017 State Program

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking public comment on the Fiscal Year 2017 State Program. The State Program provides statewide budget information including a distribution of resources among state funded maintenance programs.

The 2017 State Plan was prepared as required by Act 114 and contains objectives and performance measures for the preservation and […]

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City fund to help businesses start, expand

The city of Lancaster will create an economic development incentive fund to help promote and recruit local commercial businesses within its borders.
City council unanimously voted Tuesday night to use the $25,000 it had originally budgeted for its 2015-16 Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. membership/participation dues as a start.
City officials severed ties with the in-limbo LCEDC […]

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105 new jobs coming to Fort Mill

For the second time in just more than a year, an automotive supplier has announced plans for a multi-million expansion that is expected to create more than 100 new jobs in York County.

Schaeffler Group said Monday it would create 105 new jobs with a $36.5 million expansion at its Fort Mill campus on Springhill Farm […]

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York County Road Closure

Hensley Road in Fort Mill will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, April 11, 2016 as part of the Fort Mill Southern Bypass construction project. This work is being performed by Triangle Grading and Paving, Inc. under a contract with York County Pennies for Progress Program. Hensley Road will be closed 0.06 miles east […]

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$70M development proposed along Catawba River in Rock Hill

Riverside on the Catawba River, a $70 million mixed-used development that could bring hundreds of residents and jobs to Rock Hill, is being considered by city planners.

The developer, Premiere Design Solutions, is asking the city to rezone the property to master plan commercial to allow the variety of uses. The property is in York County […]

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‘Made in USA’ means 65 new jobs

A partnership between Standard Textile and Marriott International will create a total of 65 new jobs in Union County.

The new jobs were announced during a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Standard Textile plant at 100 Highpoint Drive attended by Marriott International Executive Chairman J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Standard Textile President and CEO Gary Heiman, South […]

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Community Input needed on Union County Transit Needs

Union County, in cooperation with the City of Union and the towns of Carlisle, Jonesville, and Lockhart, received South Carolina State Mass Transit Funds from the South Carolina Department of Transportation to conduct a Transit Feasibility Study. The outcomes of the study will show public need and benefit, likely users, analysis of possible alternatives, and […]

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COG: Growth at Exits 62 & 65 “catalyst for Chester County’s future”

Catawba Regional Council of Governments Director Cole McKinney told a group of Chester County’s government leaders development in the area between I-77 Exit 62 and Exit 65 is “a catalyst for Chester County’s future.”
McKinney is the Regional Initiatives and Technology Director for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG), which serves Chester, Lancaster, Union and […]

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Knowledge Park gets its first set of rules

Rock Hill is taking another step toward developing its $200 million Knowledge Park business community with the tentative approval of a master plan.

That plan sets general guidelines for redeveloping the former Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Co. plant.

Last week, Rock Hill City Council gave first reading to zoning changes and set those broad development guidelines […]

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Heath Springs hopes to roll 2 water-line projects into 1

Springs water tower goes back on line. Now town officials are looking for a new funding source for the next round of much-needed water and sewer infrastructure improvements.
Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes said he has already contacted Grazier Rhea, community development director for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, to inquire about grants that […]

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There’s still much to be done

Let me first take this opportunity to say thank you to the citizens of this great city for giving me the opportunity to serve you. This is a responsibility I do not take lightly. And I truly believe that the quality of a community comes about from the people that are a part of it.

I […]

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Planners predict Pennies projects pick up in 2016

Pennies for Progress lost a little momentum to end 2015, but planners expect solid progress in the new year.

It begins with a new director in Patrick Hamilton, who starts in January. Also in 2016, the Fort Mill Southern Bypass should be complete and a new list of road projects will take shape for the next […]

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2015 economic numbers less, but regional growth trend continues

By numbers alone, 2015 was a less-than-average year for economic development regionally.

The efforts of Chester, Lancaster and York counties yielded a combined investment of about $3.8 million and the promise of 3,600 new jobs.

Impressive numbers? Yes, but not when compared to 2014 when three projects alone represented an $800 million investment and the promise of […]

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Kershaw considers plan for industrial site

The idea of buying and developing the old Springs Mills property as a small industrial park is no longer feasible for the town of Kershaw.
But that doesn’t mean its leaders aren’t exploring other options to attract jobs to the southern part of Lancaster County.
Last month, town council heard a presentation from Columbia-based Carlisle and Associates […]

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Rock Hill OKs $8.1 million for new bike track, tourism needs

A new tourism bond approved by the Rock Hill City Council on Monday will raise $8.1 million to spend on new tourism draws or pay for improvements at existing ones – in hopes additional activity will attract new visitors and spending.

The largest project the city paid for with the bond revenue is construction of a […]

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Group gets trail grant

The latest development along the Catawba River isn’t new homes, but rather a trail to allow more public access between Fort Mill and Rock Hill.

Carolina Thread Trail leaders awarded $150,000 to Nation Ford Land Trust to build about two miles of natural surface trail along the Catawba River. The path will provide access to Thread […]

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1521 revealed: Boise Cascade expanding

Boise Cascade, the parent company of Chester Wood Products in Chester, has announced a $23.5 million expansion expected to create 52 new jobs in Chester County.
Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) is one of the largest producers of plywood and engineered wood products in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products.
Boise Cascade […]

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Heath Springs’ new water lines in place

Phase V, the last stage of water-line upgrades for the town of Heath Springs, has been completed.
Now, it’s just a matter of getting the water flowing.
In the next few days or weeks, problems with low water pressure and discolored water should be resolved.
Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes updated town council on Phase V at […]

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$804,346 awarded for projects

Two grants totaling more than $800,000 will be used to help finance a streetscape project in the downtown area and a project involving the Union County Carnegie Library.

Mayor Harold Thompson announced this week that two Community Development Block Grants have been awarded for local projects through the State of South Carolina’s Community Enrichment Program. Thompson […]

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2 new business parks planned for Rock Hill

Development of two Rock Hill-area business parks could help York County overcome a shortage of buildings for economic development.

Scannell Properties of Indianapolis announced Friday plans to develop 100 acres between Paddock Parkway and East Springdale Road, south of the Ross Stores Distribution Center. As many as five buildings – about 400,000 square feet of space […]

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Fort Mill Schools take on more growth than expected

Fort Mill Schools continue to see an uptick in enrollment, even more than first predicted. The latest projections have the district approaching 18,000 by 2020.

“We just moved here last summer,” said Stephanie Sidarweck, a Fort Mill parent.

Sidarweck is one of a growing number who moved to Fort Mill for the school district.

Projections by the Catawba […]

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$20 million and 40 new jobs

Twenty years after it first began operations in Union County Haemonetics is investing approximately $20 million to expand its facility on Medical Sciences Drive in the City of Union to quadruple production and create 40 new jobs.

During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon, Union County Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution and first reading […]

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Two new projects could bring 1,700 jobs, $1.7 billion in investment

When Giti Tire announced that it was bringing 1,700 jobs and more than half-a-billion dollars in investment last summer, it seemed as though Chester County was feasting on one of the biggest economic development projects in state history. As it turns out, that may have just been an appetizer.
Chester County Council has already passed third […]

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SCDOT seeking public comment on multiple projects and programs

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is providing public notification that public comment is being sought for:

-The Recommended Transit Funding Plan for Statewide Vehicle Replacement and Facilities Improvement Program
-Three Projects Selected for Eastern Federal Lands Access Funding in Clarendon, McCormick, and Richland Counties
-For Revised Priority Lists for Interstate Reconstruction and Preservation Projects
-To Include Two […]

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Council considering Dave Lyle Blvd. extension project

Though the idea to connect York and Lancaster counties via an extension of Dave Lyle Boulevard has long been tossed around, Lancaster County officials are hoping to breathe new life into the proposed project.
During Lancaster County Council’s Sept. 28 meeting, Council chairman Bob Bundy discussed the possibility of partnering with York County to investigate how […]

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City seeking $500,000 grant

The City of Union is looking to undertake a total of more than a million dollars worth of infrastructure projects including streetscape improvements within the city itself and sewer system improvements in the Buffalo Mill Village.

Streetscape Improvements

During its September meeting Tuesday evening, Union City Council voted unanimously to approve a recommendation that the city provide […]

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County looks to enhance fire service

County officials formally accepted a grant last week that could stem the tide of shrinking volunteer firefighter numbers in Lancaster County.
On Aug. 24, Lancaster County Council unanimously accepted a $1 million-plus federal grant to help recruit and retain local volunteer firefighters.
The grant acceptance comes about a month after members of Lancaster County Fire Rescue learned […]

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Sunfiber means success

The name ‘Sunfiber’ may not be familiar to everyone, but around Chester County, it’s another word for “success.” The plant located outside of Richburg continues to expand their building spaces and continues to expand their number of employees.
Sun Fiber produces PET (a plastic material in the polyester family) stable fiber. The fiber is used in […]

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2016 Federal Aid Pavement Improvement Program – Request for review and comment

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is providing public notification of projects identified for the 2016 Federal Aid Pavement Improvement Program prior to inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The projects listed in the program have been allotted $190,104,000.00 and will include the reconstruction and rehabilitation of a total of 489.72 miles of […]

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Project could cost $1,199,995

The Main Street Junction/Junction Park project involving the renovation of the old Super 10 building and the construction of new facility on the old Teritex site could cost the City of Union just under $1.2 million.

Union City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday with councilmen Ricky Harris and Yates Giles opposed to authorize Mayor Harold Thompson to […]

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County to host consortium

Local residents, public officials and service agencies will all have the chance to weigh in on local housing needs at an upcoming public forum about a federal housing grant program.

Representatives from the Lancaster County HOME Consortium will hold several public meetings across a four-county area, including one at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 in Lancaster City […]

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Update: Giti Tire construction is “on the ready”

Grading on schedule. An air quality and construction permit on the verge of being approved. An announcement of an earlier start to production than was anticipated. A subcontractor outreach event. All the elements of a continued successful project seem to be coming together for the Richburg Giti Tire plant facility, Chester County Economic Development Director […]

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Chester native, mayor of York, receives Preservation Award

The 2015 South Carolina Historic Preservation Awards were presented by Lt. Governor Henry McMaster on June 5 at the State House.  Among this year’s honorees were: Dr. J. Edward Lee, mayor of York, who received the Elected Official Award.

Born in Chester, Lee is the author or co-author of 15 books, including the award-winning “Yorkville to […]

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SC Consolidated Plan for Housing & Community Development Survey

The Department of Commerce, Grants Division, and its partner agencies are in the process of preparing the State Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development for the upcoming 5 years, 2016-2020. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires this Plan in order for the State to receive funding for the State Community […]

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Region riding economic momentum

A year ago this week, South Carolina celebrated one of its biggest economic paydays: $800 million in investments and an all-time, one-day record of 7,000 new jobs.

All are slated for Chester and York counties.

On the morning of June 16, Giti Tire announced it would manufacture tires in Chester County, hopefully by 2017. The Asian company […]

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Neighborhood Initiative Program – Request for Qualifications (RFQs)

NIP-8 Debarrment Certification Form

NIP-9 Conflict of Interest Certification

RFQ – Demolition Contractors

 

 

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Richburg will consider removing blighted properties

Richburg Town Council is considering entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments aimed at removing some blighted residential properties in the town.
At their June meeting, council heard a presentation by Cole McKinney with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG). McKinney told council earlier this year the Catawba […]

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Updates coming to Paradise

More than a dozen homes in a historic Fort Mill neighborhood will be refurbished through a public/private partnership.

Habitat for Humanity of York County recently received $70,000 from Lowe’s, a home improvement chain with stores in Fort Mill and Indian Land, to help improve the exterior of 18 homes in the Paradise neighborhood. The historically African-American […]

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Karlisa Parker named local developer of 2015

Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker was awarded the 2015 Local Developer Award by the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.
The award was presented to Parker on May 7 at the SCEDA annual meeting in Myrtle Beach,
The award recognizes the hard work and dedication of local developers in South Carolina who have made a significant […]

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More than 260 attend York job fair

Amanda Craig, 26, has been job hunting for a year without a lot of luck.

On Thursday, she was able to get face to face with dozens of employers looking to hire.

“I’m looking for any job,” said Craig, who lives in Smyrna and has worked in home health care, as a waitress and in a fabrication […]

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Notice of Public Review for the Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP) FY 2015-2017

NOTICE OF FIFTEEN DAY (15) PUBLIC REVIEW AND INTENT TO SUBMIT TO SCDOT FOR THE CATAWBA REGION. THE CATAWBA REGION INCLUDES CHESTER, LANCASTER, UNION, AND YORK COUNTIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP) – This document outlines the Catawba Regional Council of Governments’ proposed annual work program as well as priority work tasks and […]

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Romarco secures gold mine funding

Romarco Minerals Inc., parent company of Haile Gold Mine, has secured $200 million in financing to break ground on construction projects at the site as early as next month, company officials said.

In a release issued Friday, April 10, Romarco announced a credit agreement for the loan had been signed with Caterpillar Financial Services Corp., ING […]

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