• 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.

  • 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.