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  • China trip delights travelers

    Last month, 124 people traveled across the world with the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce on a sightseeing tour of China.
    Residents from throughout the county took advantage of the opportunity, bringing along friends and family from other parts of the United States.
    “It was an exceptional trip,” said chamber Vice President Melissa Walker-Price, who traveled with the group in April. “We saw wonderful things like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City.…”

  • Man killed by train Sunday

    A Lancaster County man was hit by a moving train early Sunday morning, May 19, at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75).
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the train conductor called 911 shortly after the incident happened.
    Based on witness statements, Rogers said it was an apparent suicide.
    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said she would not release the victim’s name, out of respect for his family.

  • Local veterans play softball for a good cause

    by Melanie Aves/for Carolina Gateway
    The Veterans’ Softball Group from Sun City Carolina Lakes (SCCL), will host its annual veterans’ softball game Monday, May 27, at the Waters Edge Park athletic complex in Sun City.
    The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with the presentation of colors by the Nation Ford High School ROTC Marine color guard and a flyover by the Sun City Blue Angels. The game begins immediately after the flyover.

  • Opposition torpedoes VW business plans

    After a heated public hearing May 6, developer Karen Andrade abandoned plans to create a small business hub in the heart of Van Wyck – a project fiercely opposed by some members of the community.
    Three local residents voiced their objections to the Van Wyck Planning Commission at the meeting, and were received with applause by many town members gathered to hear the outcome of the contentious rezoning proposal.
    Van Wyck resident Donna Sigman presented the commission with a petition against the rezoning signed by 28 members of the community.

  • Give Local tops $200K for 1st time

    Give Local Lancaster was an even bigger success than usual this year, topping $200,000 in fundraising for the first time and far outstripping last year’s total of $159,305.
    “I really have limited words to express how amazed I am,” said Give Local Lancaster coordinator Holly Furr. “It’s amazing the support that is given to these nonprofit organizations.”
    The total as of Monday morning, May 13, was $201,796 from 998 donors, pending some final checks to be added in.

  • Bonda leaving soccer team

    Indian Land High School girls soccer coach Mark Bonda, who has built the Lady Warriors into a Class AAA state power, will leave his post after 12 seasons leading the program.
    Bonda, 36, has announced his resignation as the Lady Warriors’ soccer coach.
    Bonda, and his wife Lisa had a daughter, Harlow, earlier this year, and he wants to devote more time to his family.

  • Battling opioid epidemic forum May 9

    The opioid crisis has crept into communities across the country, including Lancaster County.
    On Thursday, May 9, experts will open the floor for questions about the epidemic at B.A.T.T.L.E. (Bringing Awareness to the Local Epidemic), a forum hosted by Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese and Chainbreakers Outreach founder Delois Carpenter.
    The forum will feature a panel of doctors, law officers, emergency responders, counselors and other experts, as well as recovering addicts and survivors who have lost family or friends to opioid addiction.

  • Help Stamp Out Hunger at food drive Saturday

    May 11 is Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day.
    “The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is just one example of how letter carriers work to make a difference in the lives of those they serve,” said Lancaster Mayor Alston DeVenny.
    The national event, which started in 1991, takes place on the second Saturday in May and is supported by the United Way. Letter carriers collect non-perishable food items as part of the country’s largest one-day food drive, before delivering them to local food banks.

  • AJ State Park celebrates World Migratory Bird Day

    Andrew Jackson State Park, 196 Andrew Jackson Road, Lancaster, will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 11, with a walk, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in front of the museum.
    Wear comfortable walking shoes to explore the park as the group seeks to discuss and identify birds.
    All ages and experience levels are welcome. The walk will last about an hour, followed by youth craft time at 10 a.m.
    Please dress for the weather and remember sunscreen and insect repellant. Bring binoculars and bird field guides, if you have them, and a  camera.

  • Give Local Lancaster is today

     

    The fourth annual Give Local Lancaster is all day Tuesday, May 7, with 54 nonprofit agencies from Great Falls, Fort Lawn and Lancaster County participating.