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Home Care In York, SC

Home Care York, SC

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic York Downtown Historic District gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in York, SC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Phil Davidson and his staff provides the best service around in the York County area...Very professional and they truly care about their clients...I highly recommend Always Best Care of Rock Hill”

Will J.

“Looking for a loving and caring place for a parent, grandparent or any loved one? Look no further than Phil and his team at Always Best Care of Rock Hill!”

Tamaya M.

“I have enjoyed working with Always Best. They are informative and helpful. When I need to schedule care, they are very responsive. Definitely a good choice in companion care.”


“Always willing to help”

Christine B.

“I have worked for many agencies as a CNA. Always Best Care of Rock Hill, SC is by far the best! They treat their clients and caregivers with generosity and compassion. They go "above and beyond" in every area. You can't go wrong with them.”

Loretta B.

“They gave my mother the most wonderful, loving care. They were very accommodating when we needed to make changes in the schedule. After dealing with two other agencies I wish I had gone with them from the start. They deserve a 10!”

Bobbie S.

“New Employee & I’m loving it already”

Sonda P.

“Needed care for my mother with dementia, and father with medical issues. The team at Always Best Care were very responsive to our needs for 24/7 care for about 8 weeks. They try hard to have the same caregivers come to the house for continuity of care. The family really appreciated Phil's assistance with placing my parents in Assisted Living. His knowledge of the local York County homes was invaluable to placing my parents in a welcoming environment. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to help with senior care!”

Mary E.

“I have had the best support from a caring and supporting staff over the past year. The AMAZING part is that I live in CA and they're providing these services in Rock Hill. When I have any questions they are quick to get my answer back in a timely manner.”

James G.

“I could probably say that I was a past client of this provider, but because I continue to receive words of encouragement and advise from them, I still claim the current client status. Their help with my mother that was provided while she was at home was fantastic. They also have helped guide us through hospital and rehab stays. I would have to give them a 5 star rating and honestly can not think of one thing that went wrong on their part while we used their care The Caregiver was excellent. I wholeheartedly would recommend Always Best Care to anyone that finds themselves needing a caregiver to come along beside them.”


“Always willing to help”

Christine G.

“We're using Always Best Care for my parents. They're fantastic. The caregivers are professional, courteous, entertaining, and accommodating. They mainly provide medication management and companionship. I feel like they give personal touches, and there's a certain professionalism to them that other agencies I contacted didn't have.”


“Excellent care was given to my mother. Thank you for being there when we needed you.”

Robin J.

“Always Best Care has been providing care givers for my 91 year old father for more than 2 years now. I have been happy with their staff. My father is cared for with love and dignity and with their help I've been able to keep him in my home.”

Laura A.

“Always Best Care service was very helpful in locating an assisted living facility for my Mother. Very professional and I would use them again.”


“It was time to consider alternative living arrangements for my mom. She was living on her own in a single-family home that she loved. She was in need of assistance with daily household chores, driving, and managing daily functions. I was given Phil Davidson's name from a social worker. He explained that Phil (and his company Always Best Care), may be a good resource for me and my mom. We began with some in home care (3-5 days a week). Phil met my mom, established a great working relationship with her, and had one of his staff members become my mom's in home caregiver. Phil took the time to get to know my mom and aligned her needs and personality with the right person to help her. Eventually we needed to look for an Assisted Living community. Phil was there to guide us. He arranged meetings with a variety of communities and toured with them with us. Phil knew the right questions to ask and always kept my mom's wishes on his checklist. I especially liked that Phil does not get paid by us, but rather by the facility that we ended up choosing. Phil and his staff were great to work with. Exceptionally professional and understanding of my mom.”

Rich S.

“I had a wonderful experience using Always Best Care Senior Services! The owner, Phil Davidson, along with our wonderful caregiver, Sarah , came to my house so that I could meet them and get to know them before my parents moved in with my family for several months! As we sat discussing our plan of care, I got the feeling they would treat my parents like part of their family! And they sure did! Sarah was kind, patient and very knowledgeable with my parents and their medical issues. Sarah was so helpful to me and my family! I would not have been able to make it through those months without her! I felt at ease and had no worries when I was at work, or having some ME time! I knew my parents were in caring and trustworthy hands! So, I would highly recommend Always Best Care senior Services!!”

Stephanie C.

“Phil, I just wanted to recount to you what my Mother told me on the phone this morning about your employee, and my parent's caretaker, Vicky Jo. Vicky Jo started with my parents in March of 2012, during a very difficult time. My father had fallen and broken his neck, on top of coping with Parkinson's. My mother took care of him, as well as their home and while we could help some, the day to day chores took a toll on her. We were afraid we were going to lose her health as well. In a huge stroke of luck, we were able to find a two-bedroom apartment at Chandler Place which would provide meals and emergency response services, alleviating a good bit of my mom's responsibilities and stress. In an even bigger stroke of luck, we began using Vicky Jo two hours every morning to help my father with bathing and dressing. In the months that followed, Vicky Jo has not only provided physical support, but significant moral support to both my parents. She is very capable, upbeat and genuine. My mother is absolutely devoted to her and feels she can trust her with anything. We couldn't be more grateful for her, and for you as well for providing her to us. I also want to take a moment to thank you, as you have gone above and beyond in your interaction and care of my parents. I can tell you truly care about my folks and their well being and it is such an amazing thing to see in this day and age when everything seems like it is only about the money. Blessing to you and your business. I know that you will be a God Send to other families as well and I wish you the best. Please know that if you are ever in need of a referral, I would be delighted to provide one for you.”

Barbara S.

“It is a pleasure doing business with a professional and ethical company”

Kristen B.

“Phil, We so love Sara and are very appreciative for the way you run your business. You really stand out in an industry and a time when people just go through the motions. You are a very special man and I pray that you will be very successful in your business.”

Karissa L.

“Thank you and your team for providing the great help and assistance during this summer. The care givers that we had were excellent and very professional. Thanks for being so flexible with the scheduling.”

John R.

“Dear Phil, "We would like to thank you and your staff for providing such wonderful live-in care for our Grandfather from June through October 2013. Our family found ourselves in the most unimaginable situation when our Grandmother was unexpectedly hospitalized in late May and ultimately passed away in June. As you know, she was the sole caregiver for our Grandfather who has severe Alzheimer's disease. We are so very fortunate that we discovered your agency! You were able to promptly place qualified caregivers in his home and this gave our family immediate peace of mind. The level of care and compassion that you and your caregivers demonstrated toward our Grandfather is more than we ever anticipated and we will be forever grateful. You all walked with him through the terrible tragedy of losing his wife of 67 years. You and your staff provided extraordinary physical and emotional care for him through his grief and made getting him back to a "normal" life your top priority upon her death. In addition to the care you all provided my Grandfather, you were so kind to help educate us on the progression of Alzheimer's. You were a wonderful resource to us on what to expect in the next phases of this disease and help us plan for long-term care for him. While we are very sad to have to place him in a memory care-assisted living facility, we made the decision knowing that this will be the best place for him as he ages and his disease worsens. Your guidance and expertise in helping us choose the right facility for him helped make this daunting task bearable. Thank you again for all that you have done for our grandfather and for our family! We will be forever grateful!”

Ashley S.

“Phil, We so love Sara and are very appreciative for the way you run your business. You really stand out in an industry and a time when people just go through the motions. You are a very special man and I pray that you will be very successful in your business.”

K L.

“Dear Phil, Thank you and your team for providing the great help and assistance during this summer. The care givers that we had were excellent and very professional. Thanks for being so flexible with the scheduling.”

John A.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in York, SC?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in York, SC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Lincoln Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Tutoni's Restaurant or visit Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in York, SC

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in York, SC, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your SC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in York, SC understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Carolina Gardens at York
  • Best Assisted Living Aiken - Luxury Senior Living Aiken SC & Senior Care South Carolina
  • Agapé Senior
  • White Oak Manor York
  • York Senior Center
  • Senior Care Authority
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in York, SC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in York, SC

QTS buys 400 acres in York County, South Carolina

QTS is acquiring 400 acres of land in South Carolina’s York County for a new data center campus.Citing York County real estate records, BizJournal reports two entities affiliated with QTS Realty Trust LLC acquired a total of approximately 400 acres off S.C. Highway 274 in recent weeks for more than $11.2 million across three purchases.One of the entities, QTS York I LLC, acq...

QTS is acquiring 400 acres of land in South Carolina’s York County for a new data center campus.

Citing York County real estate records, BizJournal reports two entities affiliated with QTS Realty Trust LLC acquired a total of approximately 400 acres off S.C. Highway 274 in recent weeks for more than $11.2 million across three purchases.

One of the entities, QTS York I LLC, acquired its land from Catawba River Investments LLC, records show. The other entity, QTS York II LLC, acquired its land from York County.

The Daily Herald reports one of the portions of land was at 2107 Hands Mill Highway, and the other was at 5805 Campbell Rd, a neighboring plot.

York County’s portion of the land, located at 2157 Hands Mill Highway, was sold to the developer as part of ‘Project Cobra’; a $1 billion data center project first revealed in June 2023. The county council is considering a number of tax breaks for the development.

Project Cobra intends to “acquire, construct and install land, buildings, improvements, fixtures, machinery, equipment, furnishings and other real and/or tangible personal property constituting a new data center facility in the County," council documents state.

Details around number, size, and capacity of the data center campus are unclear at this time. The site on Hands Mill Highway is largely greenfield land.

York County is in northeast South Carolina, east of Greenville and Spartanburg, and close to the city of Charlotte over the border in North Carolina.

Google has a presence in both South Carolina in Berkeley County to the south of the state, and North Carolina in Caldwell County. Microsoft is developing data centers in North Carolina in Catawba County. Meta has a campus in North Carolina’s Rutherford County, while Apple operates a site in Catawba County.

Local operators DC Blox and Dartpoints have a presence across South Carolina. Operators including TierPoint and Flexential operate sites over the border in Charlotte.

Blackstone-owned QTS currently has no presence in South or North Carolina. It does have two sites in neighboring Georgia in the Atlanta area, and a third campus in development in Fayetteville.

Here are the Rock Hill region candidates, and how to learn more on the biggest races

Almost a dozen communities across the Rock Hill region will choose mayors next week, along with dozens of city or town council candidates.Election day is Nov. 7. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the region. Details are available at county voter registration offices or at All races next week are nonpartisan. Only county council seats in the reg...

Almost a dozen communities across the Rock Hill region will choose mayors next week, along with dozens of city or town council candidates.

Election day is Nov. 7. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the region. Details are available at county voter registration offices or at All races next week are nonpartisan. Only county council seats in the region file candidates by party affiliation.

Fort Mill has its mayoral job and one of three open town council seats contested in the coming election. Ryan Helms and Guynn Savage vie for mayor. Lisa Cook, Lindsay Curby and Matt Vilardebo contend for one town council at-large seat. Fort Mill also has two unopposed council candidates, incumbents Ronnie Helms in Ward 2 and Chris Moody in Ward 4.

Fort Mill Economic Partners and the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum that’s viewable at the FMEP Facebook page.

Clover only has contested races. Greg Holmes and Bo Legg filed for mayor. Mike Easler, Brittany Farr, Jason Manos and Amy Nivens contend for three town council seats. The Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum Oct. 26 that is available to view on that group’s Facebook page under the live tab.

Five candidates face off for two city council seats in Tega Cay. Brian Carter, Adam Grabiec, Ron Kirby, Carmen Miller and Daniel Robert all participated in an Oct. 25 candidate forum hosted by the regional chamber of commerce. It’s online at the city’s webpage or on Youtube.

Rounding out election season are a host of decisions in smaller communities, uncontested races or non-election day votes. They include:

? In Rock Hill, Brent Faulkenberry defeated Hope Matthews for the city council Ward 2 seat by 19 votes on Oct. 17. Incumbents Derrick Lindsay in Ward 1 and Kevin Sutton in Ward 3 won uncontested races.

? York only has uncontested races. They are Mike Fuesser for mayor, Eddie Brown for city council Ward 2, Marion Ramsey for city council Ward 3 and Stephanie Jarrett for city council Ward 4.

? Bryan Jenkins and Bill Nance face off for mayor in McConnells. Uncontested town council candidates are Liz Christenberry, Bill Covington, Jim Hoban and James Sciba.

? Hickory Grove candidates, all in uncontested races, are Larry Earl for mayor and Ollie Bankhead, Kevin Faulkner, Harry James Good and Kyle Wyatt for four town council seats.

? Sharon has Nicole Perkins unopposed for mayor, and three candidates on the ballot with four town council seats open. Candidates are Herschel Brown, Jr., Ashley Glenn and Margarette Parrish.

? Smyrna has all uncontested races. Frances Faulkner for mayor, plus only three candidates for four open town council seats in Kimberly Linow, Amy Myott and Jessica Smith.

? Contested Lancaster County races include Iva Drakeford, Howard Mickle and Vincent Webb for two town council seats in Heath Springs and Loyd Fox, Kristen Setzer and Kyle Starnes for two town council seats in Van Wyck.

Uncontested races are Mike Dorman for mayor and Bobbie Faulkenberry, Michael Cook and Randy Seegars for three town council seats in Kershaw.

? Chester County candidates are Flora Barber and James Harris for mayor and Flora Barber, Nancy Beatty, Recorda Holmes, Albert Stewart, Jr. and Helen Ruth Williams in Richburg; Joseph Wilson for mayor and Cole Abell, Buddy Courtney, Valeria Erwin and Mitchell Lisenby for town council in Lowrys; Carlton Martin for mayor with Lee Ann Gaston and Angel Waits for town council in Fort Lawn.

This story was originally published October 30, 2023, 12:06 PM.

Nearly 20 years after SC legalized tattoo parlors, York County’s first is set to open

York County’s first tattoo parlor is ready to make its mark, with grand opening activities planned for Saturday.The Local Tattoo has a noon ribbon cutting and 1 p.m. raffle at 1140 S.C. 55 E. in Clover. The tattoo shop will give away $3,000 in ...

York County’s first tattoo parlor is ready to make its mark, with grand opening activities planned for Saturday.

The Local Tattoo has a noon ribbon cutting and 1 p.m. raffle at 1140 S.C. 55 E. in Clover. The tattoo shop will give away $3,000 in free tattoo prizes, according to an online event page.

Artists are taking online bookings now. Walk-ins are welcome, too. The new shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to its website.

The shop is one of two buildings on the same parcel between Courtney’s BBQ and Brew and the Clover Area Assistance Center.

A former gas station built in 1950 sits on the property. So does the former Market on Main building. A Belmont, North Carolina, company bought the property in 2013.

Devon Aguila and Heather Ireland moved to Clover last year from Arizona. They closed a shop there and planned to open one in their new hometown when they realized they were somewhere different. Where they left, tattoo shops were everywhere.

”We were really looking to get a location in our town,” Ireland said. “We really haven’t seen any tattoo studios in York County.”

South Carolina law didn’t allow tattoo parlors until 2004. Now the state health department regulates them.

Tattoo parlors aren’t allowed within 1,000 feet of a school, church or playground, but otherwise it’s up to counties or municipalities to set their own zoning rules for where they can be.

Almost two decades after tattoo parlors became legal, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control lists 162 parlors statewide. Columbia has 22 of them. Myrtle Beach has 16. Spartanburg has 12 parlors, Sumter and Anderson contain eight each and several smaller communities across the state have a handful each.

The Local Tattoo in Clover is the first and only one located in York County. Neither Lancaster nor Chester counties has one, either.

In 2017 Long Island, New York, entrepreneur Lou Rubino moved south and set up shop in unincorporated Fort Mill for three tattoo-related businesses in an industrial park near Carowinds. Within a year about 50 employees worked at Ultimate Tattoo Supply, United Ink Productions and World Famous Tattoo Ink. The companies brought tattoo machines, needles and ink, and even started the Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival in Charlotte.

There are other surface level ties to tattoos in the area.

Rock Hill has Tattooed Brews, a bar and restaurant concept that celebrates the inked lifestyle in its name but doesn’t ink customers. The Mercantile in Rock Hill opened a temporary tattoo parlor in 2019 billed as a family friendly place for inked art lasting two to four days.

Tattoos were part of a much larger conversation in Rock Hill that same year, in relation to the since failed Carolina Panthers headquarters project that was once destined for York County.

Representatives for the NFL team sought several concessions related to the anticipated move of its team practice facility from Charlotte to Rock Hill. They wanted to be allowed two potential uses disallowed by state law — gambling venues and bars selling alcohol past 2 a.m. They also wanted two potential uses prohibited by Rock Hill law, cigar bars and tattoo parlors.

Ultimately none of those requests were the reason the Panthers project fell through last year. The timing and allocation of public funding were reasons given by the team.

Earlier this year a petition popped up calling for Rock Hill zoning rule changes to allow a tattoo parlor. City planning staff brought up tattoo sites in some recent public meetings on other zoning questions, but haven’t made significant changes.

York County took up questions on tattoo parlors as part of its recent recoding of zoning rules last year.

Ireland said it took a while to find a spot that fit parameters to get a licensed tattoo place in South Carolina.

”Our vision for this studio is, we’re really looking to offer our community a high-end tattoo studio,” Ireland said. “They come in and all our staff are professional. It’s bright, airy, clean.”

There’s pressure, Ireland said, about being the first parlor in the county. “We want to be accepted by our community.”

Ireland said there can be negative stigmas associated with tattoos or parlors. Owners hope if there are people in the community with concerns or who are skeptical, they’ll come out Saturday and meet the new crew.

”We’re here for the art,” Ireland said. “We’re here for the clients.”

This story was originally published November 3, 2023, 2:03 PM.

See where more new Lake Wylie homes are on the way, plus more in York County

The York County planning commission moved forward with several plans Monday night that would allow new homes and businesses.The most significant residential change comes in Lake Wylie. There, two decisions would add almost 180 homes.Here are the proposed land changes and uses approved by the commission:? The planning commission approved a preliminary plat for a 155-home subdivision on almost 96 acres in Lake Wylie. Aberforth at Allison Creek sits at the intersection of Charlotte Highway and Daimler Boulevard. Fiorenza Pr...

The York County planning commission moved forward with several plans Monday night that would allow new homes and businesses.

The most significant residential change comes in Lake Wylie. There, two decisions would add almost 180 homes.

Here are the proposed land changes and uses approved by the commission:

? The planning commission approved a preliminary plat for a 155-home subdivision on almost 96 acres in Lake Wylie. Aberforth at Allison Creek sits at the intersection of Charlotte Highway and Daimler Boulevard. Fiorenza Properties is the developer. Big Allison Creek sits just south of the property.

The property sits on land that was part of the Big Allison Creek development agreement approved more than a decade ago by the county. That agreement requires commercial space that isn’t planned yet, but does appear on the residential plat.

A submitted plan shows a roundabout at Daimler and S.C. 49. Just west, plans show two 9,500-square-foot commercial buildings and four 5,000-square-foot commercial buildings. Homes are behind the commercial space with roads leading to five cul-de-sacs and several planned ponds.

? The planning commission approved a preliminary plat for the fifth phase of the Gentry at Hands Mill, within Hands Mill at Lake Wylie. The commission approved plans in 2018 for Gentry, at 129 homes. The final phase is 24 homes on almost 15 acres. The new approval was needed after trees were removed from areas not shown in prior plans, though the overall project still meets its tree save and open space requirements.

The Valita Road homes and property involved in the decision include two marinas off a peninsula on Lake Wylie.

? A plan to rezone almost 6 acres in Fort Mill will go to York County Council after the planning commission recommended in favor of the change. Brothers Storage applied for the rezoning to allow a boat and RV storage operation with trucking on the west side of Flint Hill Road, north of Pikeview Road.

In May, the county issued a stop work order for zoning violations and land disturbance without a permit for the property cleared prior to allow tractor trailer storage. A sketch plan submitted with the application shows almost 90 parking spaces.

? The planning commission also voted to approve a plat that splits an almost 72-acre property into two parcels, the smaller piece at about 5 acres, along Charlotte Highway between North Shiloh and Adkins roads between Lake Wylie and York. Both properties would remain residential and agricultural.

? An almost 6-acre parcel at 1674 Lawrence Road, south of Clover, would be rezoned as part of a split from one residential parcel to two. The planning commission recommended in favor of the decision which would add one home.

This story was originally published September 13, 2023, 11:43 AM.


John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education mainly in York County and Lancaster County. The Fort Mill native earned dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and multiple McClatchy President’s Awards for news coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.

$1 billion ‘Project Cobra’ data center could be coming to York County pending council vote

York County Council can finalize an incentive agreement Monday night for the $1 billion QTS Data Centers project. The decision would come after a scheduled public hearing.For months the county has been working through details on the agreement. York County on Friday released it’s agenda for Monday’s meeting, which listed a final decision on the incentive agreement. That was the first time the county identified QTS Data Center, which previously bee...

York County Council can finalize an incentive agreement Monday night for the $1 billion QTS Data Centers project. The decision would come after a scheduled public hearing.

For months the county has been working through details on the agreement. York County on Friday released it’s agenda for Monday’s meeting, which listed a final decision on the incentive agreement. That was the first time the county identified QTS Data Center, which previously been called “Project Cobra.”

The Herald had connected the project via land records and prior county decisions to the Kansas-based data center.

QTS is projecting a $1 billion investment and 12 new jobs. The proposed economic incentive deal would require a minimum $900 million investment and 10 jobs within eight years.

Property that ordinarily would be taxed at 10.5% would instead pay a fee, if the company hits promised targets, based on a 4% assessment. Millage would be adjustable. The deal would extend over 40 years.

The company also would be eligible for credits against that fee of 20% to 35% during the four-decade term. Those special source revenue credits are based on infrastructure produced by the company.

QTS owns property for the site in the Campbell Road and Hands Mill Highway area of Lake Wylie. The Herald previously reported QTS had 360 acres in that area after spending more than $10 million in July.

A $7 million purchase was for more than 230 acres at 2107 Hands Mill Property and surrounding areas, north of Paraham Road. QTS spent more than $4.3 million for another 130 acres at 5805 Campbell Road.

Also at Monday night’s council meeting, set for 6 p.m. at the county government center at 6 S. Congress St. in York, two more decisions await.

Both involve economic incentive agreements.

The county can finalize an incentive deal with Silfab Solar Cells. The Herald previously reported plans for 800 new jobs and a $150 million investment for the solar manufacturer eyeing 7149 Logistics Lane in Fort Mill. There has been citizen and council member push back on that project related to roads in that area.

The Silfab project was initially labeled Project Mountie. The incentive deal would be a similar assessment rate reduction and fee in place of a tax, this time for 30 years.

Also on Monday’s agenda, council can decide whether to convey terms from an existing economic development incentive deal for RG Baxter Lane to Exeter 7149 Logistics. The county completed a fee deal with RG Baxter Lane in 2019.

The Herald reported RG Baxter Lane bought 72 acres of farmland in the Gold Hill Road area of Fort Mill in 2019 for almost $8.5 million. The Herald also reported RG Baxter Lane applied that same year for a 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse project, Stateline 77.

Documents listed with the decision to convey the incentive agreement list the same Stateline 77 subdivision property. The property, building and incentive arrangement would transition to Pennsylvania real estate investment management company EQT Exeter.

This story was originally published September 15, 2023, 3:40 PM.


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