• Shovels turn for animal shelter

    Lancaster County officials and animal advocates broke ground on a $3.1 million animal shelter May 20, capping their 20- month effort to replace the cramped, outdated facility on Lynwood Drive in Lancaster.
    Located on Pageland Highway, the 8,600-square-foot shelter will take about a year to build.
    “We’re going to be the one that people talk about. That’s going to be good for Lancaster County,” said shelter Director Alan Williams, noting that facility discussions often come up at state meetings he attends.

  • Summer reading blasts off!

    Calling all space explorers! The Lancaster County Library system is launching its space-themed “Universe of Stories” summer reading program for all ages.
    Patrons can register online or at the Del Webb, Library at Indian Land, 7641 Charlotte Highway.
    In addition to reading or listening to books for prizes, the library will offer several events for all ages in conjunction with the summer reading program.
    A special kick-off celebration is 1-3 p.m. Friday, May 31, featuring a 1:30 p.m. presentation by magic story artist Yasu Ishida.

  • Senior Health and Fitness Day May 29

    The Lancaster Senior Network Coalition will host its third annual Senior Health and Fitness Day today, May 29, offering a wide variety of information on services for local seniors.
    Last year’s event attracted more than 300 people, and organizers are hoping to see an equally impressive turnout this year. The event is 7-10 a.m. at the Gregory Family YMCA, 512 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster.

  • Former ILES assistant principal dies

    Trevor Althof, 42, died Sunday, May 19, 2019.
    Althof, of Waxhaw, was assistant principal at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School, a post he previously held at Indian Land Elementary School, where he worked from 2014-18. His wife, Heather, is the art teacher at Indian Land High School.
    A celebration of life service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the Lancaster High School Multipurpose Building, 870 Roddey Drive, Lancaster.

    In lieu of flowers, school supplies or other donations for Brooklyn Springs Elementary may be brought to the service.

  • 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.