• Local author traces his path from illiteracy to success

    Author and motivational speaker Aron “Paul” Seaborn shared the story of his journey from illiteracy to success at the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast on Jan. 21 at Covenant Baptist Church in Lancaster.
    The Indian Land resident spoke about his struggle through life and told the audience about how King inspired him to keep going.
    “My life started when I listened to Martin Luther King Jr.,” he said.

  • Sun City honors MLK Jr.

    by Melanie Aves for Carolina Gateway
    On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the lights dimmed and the haunting strains of Sam Cooke’s classic song “A Change is Gonna Come” brought a hush to the packed house at the Lodge in Sun City Carolina Lakes (SCCL).
    As images of the long struggle for justice from the mid-20th century to the present panned across giant screens, the celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. presented by the SCCL Renaissance Club began.

  • Three killed in Sunday wreck on U.S. 521

    Six people were involved in a single car wreck in Indian Land early Sunday morning, Jan. 27, leaving three dead and three seriously injured.
    The deceased have been identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as Sandra Coffey, 31, Crystal Johnson, 40, and Demarco Frazier, 30, all of Lancaster.
    According to S.C. Highway Patrol, the 2009 Honda Accord, driven by Alicia Coffey, 27, of Lancaster, was traveling south on U.S. 521 shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday when it ran off of the right side of the road, hitting multiple trees.

  • Fitness season: New year busy at local gyms

    Nearly 40 women filled the gym early Jan. 11 at Burn Boot Camp Fort Mill in Indian Land – some of them returning to the Raise the Bar six-week program and others new to it and trying to get healthier in the new year.
    Patsy Johnson, who works at the gym, said she was right where those ladies are two years ago.
    “It changed a lot,” she said of the program. “I can’t imagine my life without it now.”

  • MLK parade Saturday features 100+ floats

    If you thought last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade was big, just wait until Saturday, Jan. 19.
    This year’s parade is Lancaster’s biggest MLK parade ever, with more than 100 floats and 80 companies, organizations and charities signed up.
    This will also be the first year that a college band – Benedict College – will march in the parade.  
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris, chair of the parade organizing committee, is thrilled with the growth.

  • Local couple remembers Miracle on the Hudson

    by Stephanie Jadrnicek/for Carolina Gateway
    Although 10 years have passed, Ann and Carl Oblak will never forget Jan. 15, 2009 – the day their plane crashed into the Hudson River.
    The couple had recently moved into their new home in Sun City Carolina Lakes and were returning from visiting friends in New York.
    “It was snowing that morning and we arrived early at the airport to try to get an earlier flight, but they didn’t have any room,” said Ann, 81.

  • SCDOT begins ‘Pothole Blitz’

    Maddening, hazardous potholes have popped up all over Lancaster County – deep craters that evoke an asphalt moonscape – and highway crews are working overtime to repair the damage.
    “To be honest, it’s scary,” said Michael Jackson, who has been dodging the chasms along S.C. 522 in Rich Hill on his way to work in Camden. “There’s so many out there, you’ve got to slow down.”
    Last week, he couldn’t avoid hitting a big one, and now his Honda Civic has a badly bent rim.

  • County’s annual homeless PIT count Jan. 22

    The face of homelessness in the region is familiar to Kevin McCray, resource development director for United Way of Lancaster County. He believes people would be amazed and shocked by the day-to-day living conditions of the area’s homeless.
    “A lot of people are surprised to hear that we have homeless military veterans in the area,” McCray said. “We even found a double amputee sleeping in the woods in a tent.

  • ‘Shocking’ leap in per-capita income

    Lancaster County’s per-capita income has jumped 16 percent in the past year, a mind-blowing leap that has us ranked third-highest in the state, with average income trailing only Charleston and Beaufort counties. 
    “Shocking. This ascension is like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Lancaster County Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert said after the data was released Jan. 2 by the S.C. Department of Revenue.

  • ‘Regional gem right in our backyard’

    The span over Twelve Mile Creek, a graceful swinging walkway suspended by cables, is winning awards and drawing praise from hikers along Lancaster County’s section of the Carolina Thread Trail.
    “We have a regional gem right here in our backyard,” said County Planning Director Penelope Karagounis, marveling at the bridge and 3.5-mile walking trail that connect Indian Land’s Walnut Creek subdivision and Waxhaw’s Mill Bridge neighborhood.