The Area and Links


Commerce: Lancaster is the trading center of the county and portions of adjoining counties, having a trading center population of well over 100,000.
A county wide organization, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, with a membership of over 500 business and professional persons, represents the business community of Lancaster County.

Such annual features as the RedRose Festival, the Carolina Legends Festival in May draw large groups of visitors to the city.

Government: The city has the Council form of government. An Administrator is appointed by the council.
The County government is a Council-Administrator form of government. The Administrator is appointed by the Council.

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History: Lancaster was founded by settlers from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was known as Barnettsville when the first courthouse was erected in 1795. In 1802, application was made for a charter for the village which was thereafter called Lancaster. Long known as "The Red Rose City," Lancaster is a veritable rose garden in the spring when thousands of roses are in bloom all over the city. The red rose was the emblem of the House of Lancaster when the War of the Roses was fought in England from 1455 to 1485. It is used as a symbol today just as it was in Lancashire, England, in the Fifteenth Century.

Industries: Major industries in the trading area are: Textiles, foundry, metalworking, paper production, agricultural products, forestry, poultry, processing brick and block manufacturing, electrical and electronic products, hosiery, mining, steel fabricating, medical products, alkaline batteries, plastic laminates, railroad spikes, sportswear, spices, textile, wax, heat exchangers, flags and banners, textile machinery, distribution, retail, cabinetry, banking, housing development , automotive and trucking products, Internet Marketing Company-Red Ventures, Gold Mining in Kershaw, and communications services.

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Civic, Fraternal and Service Organizations: Among the organizations are American Legion, American Red Cross, Masonic bodies, Ladies Literary Garden and Study clubs, Rotary, Lions, Civitans, Shrine, Moose, PTAs, CAP, Ministerial Association, UDC, DAR, VFW, DAV, BSA, GSA, Sertoma, Home Builders Association of Lancaster, United Way of Lancaster County, Piedmont Carolinas Association of Realtors, Carolina Chapter Professional Secretaries International, Golden Agers, Senior Citizens, NAACP, Retired Teachers Assoc., Men's Prayer Breakfast Club of Lancaster,  and Optimists.

Churches: Over 100 churches in Lancaster County representing major Protestant and Catholic faiths make possible a full and well rounded religious life.

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Schools: Lancaster County School District has excellent schools. The district has 11 elementary, four middle and four high schools and county vocational center in the system. Two high schools were opened in fall, 1993 and renovations in seven of our elementary and middle schools were also completed. A new High School opened in Indian Land in 2009. The district has approximately 11,500+ students, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The University of South Carolina Lancaster offers associate degrees in Nursing, Criminal Justice and Business. Several Four year degrees are possible. Other associate degrees, Associate in Art and Associate in Science, are awarded at the completion of sixty hours toward a baccalaureate degree prior to transferring to the main campus in Columbia or a four-year regional campus. Selected junior, senior and graduate courses are available. The Lancaster Campus is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the academic program, USCL also offers a comprehensive continuing education program. Fall 1997 enrollment was 1,064 undergraduate and 360 graduate students.

York Tech has an extension campus in the Kershaw area for technical education course.

School Links:

USC-Lancaster   http://usclancaster.sc.edu/

Clemson University www.Clemson.edu

Lancaster County School District www.LancasterSCSchools.org

Wnthrop University www.Winthrop.edu

York Technical College www.YorkTech.com

Harvard University www.Harvard.edu

Clemson Institue for Economic and Community Development    www.clemson.edu/public/ciecd

 

Other Links:

A Brief History Of Lancaster, SC http://www.mylancastersc.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={6DAE4DBC-F7BC-41F7-8A36-559E7384BD93}&DE={2D1600A1-8901-4469-8EA5-3636EDF74ACD}

Lancaster County www.LancasterCountySC.net

Lancaster County Community Profile  http://mylancastersc.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={6DAE4DBC-F7BC-41F7-8A36-559E7384BD93}&DE={0FC267F3-B306-49BB-9665-EBCA0AEA4465} 

Lancaster County Library  https://www.lanclib.org/

Lancaster County SC Newcomer Information www.LancasterCitySC.com/newcomers

Legal/Court  Information for Lancaster County   www.courtsystem.org

Lancaster County Chapter of the American Red Cross http://www.columbiaregionredcross.org/general.asp?SN=7293&IDCapitulo=0G8BK64OKO

City of Lancaster www.LancasterCitySC.com

City of Lancaster Utility Services http://www.LancasterCitySC.com/Departments/Utility.aspx

Lancaster County Water and Sewer District www.LCWASD.org

Lancaster County Natural Gas www.lcngasc.com

Lancaster's Online Visitor & Information Center http://www.lancastercitysc.com/SeeLancaster/default.aspx

The Lancaster News www.TheLancasterNews.com

Lancaster County Library www.LancLib.org

Spring Memorial Hospital www.SpringsMemorial.com

Kilburnie Inn www.Kilburnie.com

Duke Power Co. www.Duke-Energy.com

Duke Power Co./ Economic Development www.Duke-Energy.com/Economic-Development/Economic-Development.asp

Lynches River Electric Co-op www.LynchesRiver.com

Comporium Communications www.Comporium.com

CN2 News (News in Lancaster, York and Chester Counties www.CN2.com

The State ( News from the SC state Capital) www.TheState.com

WISTV in Columbia, SC www.WISTV.com

Myrtle Beach, SC News http://www.MyrtleBeachOnline.com

Mick Mulvaney , Congressman SC 5th District http://mulvaney.house.gov/

Senator Lindsey Graham , US Senator from SC http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/

The Charlotte Observer from Charlotte, NC www.CharlotteObserver.com

Lancaster County Airport http://www.airnav.com/airport/KLKR

Kirk Air Base www.AirNav.com/airport/T73

State of South Carolina www.SC.gov

SC Quick Reference http://www.SCCommerce.com/resources/scquickreference.aspx

Lancaster County Economic Development www.LancasterSCWorks.com

Clemson Institue for Economic and Community Development   http://www.clemson.edu/public/ciecd/

Lancaster SC Chamber of Commerce www.LancasterChamberSC.org

Julie Roberts www.JulieRoberts.com

Julie Roberts Fan Club www.JulieRobertsFanClub.com

Commercial Real Estate www.loopnet.com

South Carolina Highway Patrol www.SCHP.org

Lancaster City Police http://LancasterPoliceSC.us

Lancaster County Sheriff's Office www.lacoso.net

Secure A Domain name for yourself http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=9894274

Garris Jewelers www.GarrisJewelers.com

South Carolina Aviation Association www.SCAAonline.com

WSOCTV (Charlotte, NC TV) www.wsoctv.com

SC History www.scmemory.org