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  • County near top in S.C. population growth

    Lancaster County was the fourth fastest-growing county in the state last year, behind Horry, Berkeley and York, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates.
    Fueled by Panhandle growth, Lancaster County’s population soared 24.5 percent from 2010 to 2018. It increased 3 percent from 2017 to 2018.
    The county has jumped from 76,652 residents in 2010 to 95,380 residents in 2018. It gained 2,756 residents from 2017 to 2018.

  • Sidewalk crusader victorious

    Eighteen months after launching a one-woman campaign to build sidewalks alongside two Indian Land schools, Pam Houge is getting her wish.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation has approved a bid to build an 1,100-foot-long, 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the northwest side of River Road near Indian Land Middle and High schools.
    The completion date for the project, which will stretch from congested U.S. 521 to ILHS, is Nov. 5.

  • Learn about historic Six Mile Cemetery on May 5

    by Melody Craig/special to Carolina Gateway

  • Woman reported missing is jailed

    A Rock Hill woman, reported missing for two weeks, was found hiding out in Fort Mill with a Lancaster County warrant out for her arrest.
    Julia Petagna, 19, was found at 8 p.m. April 23 at a storage facility on S.C. 160 in Fort Mill, said Trent Faris of the York County Sheriff’s Office.
    The bench warrant was issued after Petagna failed to appear for a February court date. She was arrested on drug charges in August and again in December.
    She was released in August on a $5,000 surety bond and in December on a $10,000 surety bond.

  • Gloria Davey's dream comes true

    Beginning Saturday, April 27, Lancaster County’s first no-kill animal shelter will become fully operational, with the capacity to save many of the county’s homeless pets from euthanasia.  
    Nonprofit rescue group Paws in the Panhandle bought Palmetto Kennels in 2017, and has since been renovating the facility off U.S. 521 just north of Shiloh Unity Road. It will now operate as both a boarding kennel and a rescue center.

  • Strawberries 'not for the faint of heart'

    VAN WYCK – After a long, wet winter, spring’s sweet strawberries are ripe for picking.
    The berries are fruiting a bit early for The Ivy Place owner Terry Graham, who opened his Van Wyck fruit stand and you-pick operation earlier this month.
    He said in the six years he’s grown strawberries, no two seasons have been the same.

  • Driver dies in S.C. 5 wreck during storm Friday

    VAN WYCK – A Fort Lawn man was fatally injured in a wreck during Friday’s storm when another vehicle hit his truck on S.C. 5, causing it to flip over.
    Mark Sikes, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene April 19 by the Lancaster County’s Coroner Office.
    According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, Sikes was driving south on S.C. 5 at Steele Hill Road in his 1994 Ford pickup shortly before 3:30 p.m. He slowed to turn and was hit by a 2002 Kia driven by Darrick Lamont McClintock, 42, of Rock Hill, Miller said.

  • Del Webb Library celebrates spring

    from Del Webb Library at Indian Land
    From egg hunts to story times, the Del Webb Library at Indian Land was hopping the week leading up to Easter.
    Youth Services Librarian “Miss Maggie” Keeble kept the kids entertained while many were out on spring break by offering a dozen programs over the course of a week, each one with its own egg hunt and goodies for participants.

  • Groundbreaking on the Greenway

    The Lindsay Pettus Greenway broke ground behind the Barr Street Learning Center on April 11, with dozens of people wielding shovels and garden spades amid a flurry of celebratory bubbles.
    The trail will cut through the city of Lancaster, connecting people to schools, sports facilities, downtown, shopping areas and the hospital. As planned, it eventually will be about 5 miles long and run along Gills Creek.
    Butterflies were re-leased during the ceremony in honor of conservationist and local historian Lindsay Pettus of Indian Land, whom the greenway is named for.

  • ‘You got it!’

    A Charlotte woman has stepped forward with the $2 million Powerball ticket bought at an Indian Land QuikTrip last month and says she’s retiring early.
    The winner told S.C. Education Lottery officials she was filling up her car at the store at 9565 Charlotte Highway and sent her son in to buy a ticket. He checked her Powerball ticket the next day.
    “You got it!” he screamed when he saw the first five white ball numbers matched those drawn on March 20 – 10, 14, 50, 53, 63.