• Solicitation calls not from S.C. sheriffs’ association

    The S.C. Sheriffs’ Association is warning the public about a phone scam requesting donations on behalf of the group.
    The association’s executive director, Jarrod Bruder, said the group does operate an Honorary Membership Program but does not solicit through telemarketing.
    “Our office has been inundated with phone calls today from individuals who believe they are returning a missed phone call,” Bruder said in a Thursday press release.

  • Dogwood planted on Arbor Day

    by Jane Massey/Special to Carolina Gateway
    A group gathered at Andrew Jackson State Park to plant a native dogwood tree to celebrate this year’s Arbor Day on Friday, Dec. 7.
    Arbor Day, started by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 to help raise awareness of the value of trees in our environment, is the first Friday in December in South Carolina.

  • County in winter storm’s crosshairs

    The frozen precipitation barreling toward the Carolinas likely will dip far enough south to hit Lancaster County with its first severe winter storm since 2014.
    The National Weather Service forecast at 4 p.m. Thursday said the Panhandle has the greatest probability of snow accumulation, with up to 8 inches possible at the state line.

  • Huge tree falls across 521

    Traffic backed up the afternoon of Nov. 26 on U.S. 521 heading into Lancaster after a huge tree fell across both southbound lanes just south of the S.C. 5 ramp.
    County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers happened to be driving toward Indian Land on the northbound side of 521 about 1:30 p.m. Monday and saw the massive tree collapse onto the pavement.
    “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the top of the tree start to move,” he said. “It fell rapidly until it finally hit the ground as I was approaching the hill.”

  • Cancer survivor gives back this Christmas

    Breast cancer survivor Heather Bokelkamp knows what it’s like to go through cancer treatment during the holidays. That’s why she decided to pay it forward this Christmas by developing and delivering care pouches to cancer patients at Levine Cancer Institute.
    “Small things make a big impact,” Bokelkamp said. She remembers the outpouring of cards, care packages and words of encouragement she received during her treatment in 2015 and 2016.

  • Cook granted bond in toddler's death

    Kayla Marie Cook, who has spent 11 months in jail awaiting trial in the death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder, was granted bond Thursday, Nov. 29, after her attorney cited severe health issues.
    Cook, 26, was charged with homicide by child abuse last December and was denied bond in August. Her attorney, Ross Burton, called for another bond hearing because of a change in circumstance, citing Cook’s failing health.

  • Indian Land’s 1st Christmas parade Dec. 8

    The holiday season is getting into full swing this weekend, when Indian Land will debut its new festive tradition with the first Indian Land Christmas parade.
    “I think it’s going to be wonderful,” said Melvin Stroble Sr., chairman of the nonprofit Indian Land Christmas Parade Organization.
    The festivities will start earlier in the day in the cafeteria at Indian Land Middle School, with Whoville Story Time presented by Publix.

  • Is your heart purple? Then this is for you

    Purple Heart recipients and members of county veterans organizations are encouraged to attend a special presentation at the Lancaster County Council meeting Dec. 10, designating the county as a Purple Heart County.
    The county will be presented with a 24-by-18-inch museum-quality canvas print on behalf of all veterans in the county to pay tribute to its residents who have received the Purple Heart.

  • Another 1,000-job prospect on radar

    Another company is eyeing Lancaster County for a corporate headquarters/customer service center that could create almost 1,000 high-paying jobs by 2024.
    Dubbed “Project Mustang” by Lancaster County Economic Development, the company is looking at multiple locations in the Charlotte area, including one here.
    “Mustang is Indian Land focused. That’s all I can say about the specifics at this time,” said Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert.

  • County cuts back recycling program

    Lancaster County is cutting back its recycling program, at least for now, according to County Administrator Steve Willis.
    “The cost has gone to $98 a ton, and its just $28 to bury it in the landfill,” he said. “If the market revives, great. If not, then we’ll stay this way for the foreseeable future.”
    The city of Lancaster is scrapping its program altogether.