Today's News

  • Council OKs $98.9M county budget

    After one last tweak June 10 to include some unexpected funding from the state, Lancaster County leaders officially adopted the 2019-20 fiscal budget by unanimously passing the final reading.
    The new budget is $98.9 million, which is $4.9 million more than the current budget of $94 million.
    Last week, council added $150,000 in additional revenue from the state’s Local Government Fund.

  • State switching to paper-based ballots

    Beginning Jan. 1, the state will switch to a paper-based ballot system that provides a paper trail for all elections.
    Officials announced June 10 that Election Systems and Software (ES&S) Express Vote of Nebraska has been awarded a $51 million contract to provide the state with a more secure voting system.
    It will replace the paperless system that’s been in place in the state since 2004.

  • IL teen is Legion’s state Scout of the Year

    Jared Collins, 18, has been involved in Boy Scouts since first grade, working his way up from Tiger to Eagle Scout – a title acquired by only a few.
    In addition to reaching the highest level in scouting last year, Collins was also named the state’s American Legion Outstanding Scout of the Year for 2019.

  • Council OKs Marvin Road/521 project

    The first reading to rezone five tracts totaling 25 acres on Marvin Road and U.S. 521 from general business to the mixed-use category was unanimously approved June 10 by Lancaster County Council.
    Marvin and 521 Holdings LLC made the rezoning request to permit a mix of multi-family residential (apartments) and commercial uses on the property.
    The Lancaster County Planning Commission recommended denial for the development in May, but the planning department recommended it for approval.

  • Take a seat for CarFit program

    by Melanie Aves/for Carolina Gateway
    Don Hagwell is passionate about cars and public safety, and he’s discovered a way to combine his interests to benefit the local community. Hagwell is spearheading a new CarFit program in Indian Land to help seniors get seated in their cars correctly, for safety and optimum visibility.

  • Kayaks displaced as Catawba rages

    by Melanie Aves/for Carolina Gateway

  • Camp Broadway brings out stars

    Local aspiring performer Gavin Mahoney, 16, joined music legend Cyndi Lauper at Carnegie Hall on April 29.
    Mahoney, now a rising junior at Indian Land High School, performed with Camp Broadway during the New York Pops 36th anniversary party.
    The party honored Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning musician Cyndi Lauper and media executive Ken Lowe, former CEO of Scripps Network.

  • Soccer standouts off to Louisiana

    Two Lancaster County soccer standouts are headed to the Bayou State to compete for elite regional honors.
    Kinsey Bishop, who plays at Indian Land High School, and Peyton Kennington, who plays for Andrew Jackson High School, are teammates on the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club.
    The Charlotte Independence is the former Discoveries Soccer Club, following a merger this spring.
    The team won the State Cup title in February in Lexington to qualify for the 2019 U.S. Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships in Baton Rouge.

  • ILHS duo headed to all-star games

    Two recent Indian Land High School graduates will play in the annual CAWS (Coaches Association of Women’s Sports) North-South All-Star softball games this week.
    The elite tournament, featuring all-star teams from the North and South in all classes of S.C. high school softball play, is Tuesday-Thursday, June 18-20, at USC Aiken.
    Indian Land High stars Daniella Wilson and Peyton Darnell will play for the Class AAA-AAAA North softball squad.

  • Visit county farms during Ag+Art Tour

    by Cherry Doster/See Lancaster, SC
    The annual Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour will kick off Friday, June 21, at the picturesque farm that is home to Benford Brewing Co., with music, cooking demos, 5-K, food trucks, craft brews, artisans, vendors and outdoor family games from 6 to 10 p.m. 
    Flatland Express Bluegrass will provide the perfect soundtrack for fun on the farm from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by Fiftywatt Freight Train, which will rock the evening to its end. Guests will enjoy free admission and parking.