• Etched in Stone: Straight’s name added to fallen firefighters memorial

    Dozens crowded behind Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse on Thursday morning, June 13 – most  of them first responders – to honor firefighter Dennis Straight, who died in the line of duty in November.
    Straight’s name was added to a list of fallen firefighters etched on a memorial behind the courthouse, as well as to a stretch of S.C. 5 named in his honor.

  • IL teen is Legion’s state Scout of the Year

    Jared Collins, 18, has been involved in Boy Scouts since first grade, working his way up from Tiger to Eagle Scout – a title acquired by only a few.
    In addition to reaching the highest level in scouting last year, Collins was also named the state’s American Legion Outstanding Scout of the Year for 2019.

  • Council OKs Marvin Road/521 project

    The first reading to rezone five tracts totaling 25 acres on Marvin Road and U.S. 521 from general business to the mixed-use category was unanimously approved June 10 by Lancaster County Council.
    Marvin and 521 Holdings LLC made the rezoning request to permit a mix of multi-family residential (apartments) and commercial uses on the property.
    The Lancaster County Planning Commission recommended denial for the development in May, but the planning department recommended it for approval.

  • Take a seat for CarFit program

    by Melanie Aves/for Carolina Gateway
    Don Hagwell is passionate about cars and public safety, and he’s discovered a way to combine his interests to benefit the local community. Hagwell is spearheading a new CarFit program in Indian Land to help seniors get seated in their cars correctly, for safety and optimum visibility.

  • Kayaks displaced as Catawba rages

    by Melanie Aves/for Carolina Gateway

  • County opioid deaths spike again

    After dropping significantly in 2018, opioid-related deaths in Lancaster County shot back up in the first half of this year, exceeding the record pace of 2017.
    As of June 1, a dozen people have died in the county, compared with 15 in 2018 and 25 in 2017, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    “Opioid abuse knows absolutely no age range or socio-economic background,” Deese said. “Our oldest death is 63 and our youngest is 16, not including a baby who died in utero last year.”

  • VW vigil remembers young people lost to drugs, alcohol

    Van Wyck turned out in full force Thursday evening, June 6, to show love and support to the families of four young people who died recently from drug- or alcohol-related causes.  
    Several local residents, spearheaded by Janice Witherspoon, organized a candlelight vigil to remember those who have died and to raise awareness about the substance-abuse problem that inflicted the tragic losses upon the community.

  • Business focused on 1 product: Suboxone

    During the past few months, Suboxone signs have been popping up on roadsides across Lancaster County.
    The advertisements are for Metrolina Pain and Dependency, a company that provides facilities, staffing and management services to doctors specializing in opioid dependency and pain management.
    Suboxone, a narcotic used to treat narcotic dependence, was a controversial topic at BATTLE (Bringing Awareness to the Local Epidemic), a recent forum hosted by Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese and Chainbreakers Outreach founder Delois Carpenter.

  • New chili cookoff kicks off festival

    The “Best Week of Fall” is going to feature a brand new event this year – the Carolinas Chili Championship.
    Organizers are calling “chiliheads” from all over the country to participate in the competition, which will send winners of multiple competition categories to the International Chili Society World Championship Chili Cook-off in 2020.
    McClancy Seasoning, based in Indian Land, will host the inaugural event, which will kick off the weeklong Indian Land Fall Festival, with events Sept. 28-Oct. 6.

  • Too much water

    Nearly a foot of weekend rain along the northern Catawba River basin has washed down into areas of Lancaster County this week, flooding some neighborhoods and closing a section of Van Wyck Road near Steel Hill for most of the day Monday.
    Rick Jiran, Duke Energy spokesman, said early Tuesday that inflow from the river basin has caused Lake Wateree to spill over, and it is expected to exceed 103.5 feet with more rain anticipated. The lake level will be difficult to forecast until the rain has stopped and the river flows have stopped rising, he said.