• County jobless rate falls

    The most recent unemployment rate for Lancaster County has dropped again, mirroring the biggest one-month drop in South Carolina since officials started tracking data in 1976.
    Lancaster County’s February jobless rate was 6.3 percent, a drop from 7.9 percent in January. The last time it was below 7 percent was in 2002.
    That recent number is a far cry from June 2009, when the county’s unemployment rate peaked at 18.6 percent.

  • Newspaper wins state press award

    by Denyse Clark/dclark@thelancasternews.com
    COLUMBIA – Carolina Gateway brought home one editorial award from this year’s S.C. Press Association weekly newspapers awards luncheon March 22 in Columbia.
    Reporter Reece Murphy won a first-place award for his beat reporting of Indian Land for Carolina Gateway.
    “Solid and detailed writing about a community and its people – Murphy’s writing makes the residents and their issues come alive,” the judges said.

  • Briefcase 4-16-14

    Business After Hours at Agape
    Agape Health & Wellness Studio, 6251 Carolina Commons Drive, Suite 200, Indian Land, will host the next Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17.
    Business After Hours is a get-acquainted reception, mixing business and pleasure.
    All chamber members are invited, and reminded to bring their business cards for door-prize drawings during the evening.

  • Vote for your favorite area businesses by Thursday

    Carolina Gateway readers can recognize their favorite area businesses by voting in the paper’s fifth Best of the Best contest.  
    Readers may vote online at www.carolinagatewayonline.com or fill out an official entry form to nominate their favorite businesses in each of 61 categories.
    The official entry form is printed on page 10 in this week’s paper.

  • Briefcase 4-9-14

    SCDPS appoints Miller to new post
    Lt. Cpl. Gary Miller has been appointed by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety as community relations officer of Highway Patrol Troop 4, which includes Lancaster County. A retired S.C. Army National Guard recruiter, Miller has served in Troop 4 since joining the patrol in 2007.

  • Walgreens to host charity yard sale April 12

    by Ashley Lowrimore/for Carolina Gateway

  • Need tax prep help?

    Does the idea of doing your taxes make you break into a cold sweat? Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone.
    “A lot of people are intimidated by taxes,” said Tracy Olinger, a volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide program in Fort Mill, one of two area organizations that offer free tax preparation help to elderly and low- to moderate-income taxpayers.
    Indian Land resident Myron Pace, 17, got some help with filing his first tax return last week from the Fort Mill Tax-Aide program.

  • Briefcase 4-2-14

    Blethen receives national certification
    Joey Blethen has been certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board and the National Recreation and Park Association.

  • Briefcase 3-26-14

    Hospital seeks junior volunteers
    Springs Memorial Hospital is accepting applications through March 29 for its summer Junior Volunteer program. Applications may be picked up in the hospital lobby, 800 W. Meeting St., Lancaster, and from guidance offices at area middle and high schools. Students age 14-17 are eligible. For details, call (803) 416-5459.

  • Chamber’s legislative breakfast this Friday

    from Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce
    It’s a new year for the U.S. Congress and S.C. Legislature and both have begun considering significant statewide and national issues, which will impact the business community of Lancaster County in both the short-term and long-term future.