Today's News

  • 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.

  • Shutdown will delay $400K monthly lunch payments to school district

    The federal shutdown will delay the Lancaster County School District’s $400,000 monthly reimbursement for the free and reduced-price lunch program.
    A one-month delay would not be a problem, school officials said Thursday. But if the shutdown – now three weeks old – extends into February, they’ll have to start dipping into their reserves to keep the program going.
    The school district could fund the meals through March or April, said Tony Walker, LCSD chief financial officer.

  • Education tops 2019 legislative agenda

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. General Assembly opened its 2019 session Jan. 8, with many to-do lists topped by education reform throughout the state.
    Among the ideas discussed at a legislative preview event were teacher pay raises, shifting some lottery revenues to K-12 education, issuing state bonds for school construction and repair, and consolidating small school districts to save money.

  • County launches job-search site

    The Lancaster County Department of Economic Development has launched a new website that showcases open jobs that are available at local manufacturers and corporate facilities. 
    The standalone website – www.lancastercountyscjobs.com – is designed to connect manufacturing and corporate facilities to prospective employees, and sorts open jobs into manufacturing or professional categories.

  • North Star fosters lifelong learners

    by Stephanie Jadrnicek for Carolina Gatewa
    When Cat Maas was pregnant with her first child, she began considering her daughter’s future school options. She didn’t think public school was the right fit for her family, and she longed for an educational setting with more freedom and creativity.  
    “We were looking at a Montessori school,” Maas said. “From there, I started learning more about Montessori and was introduced to Waldorf education. I knew that’s what I wanted for my children – a Waldorf education.”

  • OLOG parishioner enters convent

    by Barbara Lengers/Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
    A member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church has taken the first step toward becoming a nun.
    Molly Rusciolelli, 22, entered the postulancy of the Franciscan Daughters of Mary on Dec. 31.
    “The entire parish is overjoyed at Molly’s entrance into the convent,” said Father Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace. “It’s such a blessing for all of us to see a young woman who is willing to take the leap and discern a religious call.

  • Chamber Soiree is Jan. 30

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and its members will celebrate their 2018 accomplishments and kick off the new chamber year at its Soiree on Jan. 30.
    Founders Federal Credit Union is presenting sponsor.
    The 63rd annual meeting will be held at The Lodge at Sun City Carolina Lakes, 2955 Sun City Blvd., Indian Land.
    The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception preceding the meal and live music and the business portion of the event.

  • 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.