• Truffle-sniffing dog one of Ag+Art tour’s highlights

    by Kelly Morrissette/For Carolina Gateway
    Last weekend’s annual Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour featured a huge variety of attractions, from honeybees, hens and truffle hunts to gardens bursting with geraniums and lilies, from displays of antiques and artifacts to visits with authors and artists.
    S.C. Truffieres & Howell Specialty Farmz at 9010 Pryor Drive in Indian Land was a new stop on the five-year-old tour, which included 10 stops and three ancillary sites this year.

  • Winthrop students join paper staff

    Two Winthrop University students – Kali Coleman and Selena Stroble – have joined the staff of Carolina Gateway/The Lancaster News for the summer.
    Coleman is honing her journalistic skills at Carolina Gateway through an S.C. Press Association internship. She is majoring in mass communications at Winthrop, where she recently served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Johnsonian.
    A native of Graniteville, Coleman is the daughter of Tiffany and Robert Coleman. She has an older sister and younger brother.

  • Animal advocates celebrate progress

    Sun City Carolina Lakes animal lovers joined with Lancaster County Council members, an animal-welfare expert and Nutramax Laboratories on June 14 and pledged to improve the lives of pets across the county and at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter.
    More than 60 people filled the Sun City Lake House meeting room Wednesday afternoon for the annual community meeting for two Sun City-based rescue groups – Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters (LASS) and Wags and Whiskers.

  • Legionnaire of the Year

    Indian Land resident William Chick has won the S.C. Legionnaire of the Year award for the second time. He received the award at  the American Legion South Carolina Department convention, held June 1-2 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia.
    He first won while a member of Chapin Post 193 in 2001.
    He won the award this year for his work with forming Indian Land’s new American Legion Post 250.

  • Sheriff wants help reviving Adopt-a-Highway

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking volunteers from across the community to help revive the Adopt-a-Highway Program.
    Participation in the program, in which community groups take responsibility for cleaning up roadsides in specific areas, has fallen off in recent years, said sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Murphy.
    A sheriff’s officer periodically takes one to three inmates out on the highways to pick up trash, but that’s not enough manpower to make much difference. A large number of roadways are left unclean.

  • IL woman seeks NAACP Woman of the Year title

    An Indian Land woman is hoping to be named South Carolina’s 2017 NAACP Woman of the Year.
    Through her participation in the 39th annual contest, Robin Massey-Kirk is trying to raise money to support the NAACP’s legal, civic engagement and youth initiatives.

    The winner, who will be announced June 23 at the S.C. State Freedom Fund Celebration in Columbia, is based on whoever raises the most money for the state’s NAACP efforts.

  • Visit local farms this weekend

    Cherry Doster
    See Lancaster SC

    Lancaster Performing Arts will usher in the annual Ag+Art Tour with a celebratory kickoff at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 16.

  • 4-H offers wide variety of summer youth camps

    Numerous activities are available for the youth of Lancaster and Chester counties this summer, thanks to a collaborative effort from the counties’ 4-H programs.
    Offered through the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, programs are available for every age group.

  • Crosson wins AJ State Park’s volunteer award

    The Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park gathered at the park’s main shelter for its annual volunteer appreciation picnic June 2.
    After enjoying their fill of hamburgers, baked beans, cornbread salad, watermelon and homemade strawberry, banana and chocolate ice cream, they headed into the amphitheater for the main event – the presentation of the group’s annual Volunteer of the Year award.

  • Mulvaney: ‘100 mph all the time’

    For Mick Mulvaney, it’s yogurt for breakfast, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, and if he gets there in time, late-night fish-of-the-day from the Harris Teeter in the basement of the Crystal City, Va., condo he rents.
    He has lost almost 15 pounds and is working 15-hour days, but he isn’t complaining.
    Mulvaney calls it the high life of a cabinet member.
    “I eat breakfast at my desk and lunch at my desk,” said Mulvaney, who resigned from the U.S. House in February when President Trump named him White House budget director.