https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Trek to Everest’s base https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/trek-everest%E2%80%99s-base <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jdrn_ameliaold_everest_p2color.jpg" alt="Amelia and Tim Old made a 13-day Hike for Hope trek in November to raise funds for the Carolinas chapter of Cancer for College, a foundation providing scholarships and mentoring to cancer survivors. " title="Amelia and Tim Old made a 13-day Hike for Hope trek in November to raise funds for the Carolinas chapter of Cancer for College, a foundation providing scholarships and mentoring to cancer survivors. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Tim Old nearly choked on his drink.<br /> He and wife Amelia were dining out when she broached the idea of hiking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity.<br /> &ldquo;My first reaction was disbelief and shock,&rdquo; he recalls. &ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t something that would ever come to mind.&rdquo;<br /> As a freelance travel writer, Amelia is known for her adventurous spirit. She shares tales of her philanthropic-focused trips on her blog Passports from the Heart.<br /> Panthers coming south? https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/panthers-coming-south <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/efe_obada.jpg" alt="Defensive end Efe Obada shows a tackle dummy who&#039;s boss during practice Nov. 14 as the Panthers gear up to face the Lions." title="Defensive end Efe Obada shows a tackle dummy who&#039;s boss during practice Nov. 14 as the Panthers gear up to face the Lions." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> At last week&rsquo;s big press event, York and Lancaster counties both got shout-outs as possible sites for a relocated Carolina Panthers headquarters and practice facility, but York seemed to be several strides ahead.<br /> Lancaster officials were caught a bit off guard by Gov. Henry McMaster&rsquo;s press conference March 13, attended by a bevy of York County politicians.<br /> Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said he was aware that discussions between the state and the team began a few months ago, but he hasn&rsquo;t heard anything since.<br /> County ranks low on appearance https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/county-ranks-low-appearance <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/strat_gs_030719_2281_color.jpg" alt="Lancaster County Councilman Terry Graham talks with Sheriff Barry Faile during a break at the March 7 strategic planning workshop. County leaders are using the results from the 2018 citizens survey to help form a new strategic plan. " title="Lancaster County Councilman Terry Graham talks with Sheriff Barry Faile during a break at the March 7 strategic planning workshop. County leaders are using the results from the 2018 citizens survey to help form a new strategic plan. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Seventy-three percent of the local residents who took part in a 2018 National Research Center survey said Lancaster County needs to clean up its image.<br /> County leaders were stunned by the revelation when they looked at the survey results in depth during a four-hour workshop March 7 at the county building.<br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of surprising. If our overall image is that low, then how come people keep moving here? It&rsquo;s really surprising,&rdquo; said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.<br /> IL motorcyclist dies after hitting log truck https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/il-motorcyclist-dies-after-hitting-log-truck <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/river_road_cycle_v_logging_truck.jpeg" alt="Robert William Hritsko of Indian Land died of blunt-force trauma March 11 after being thrown from his motorcycle during the accident." title="Robert William Hritsko of Indian Land died of blunt-force trauma March 11 after being thrown from his motorcycle during the accident." align="left" hspace="6" width="92" height="85" /><p> An Indian Land man died March 11 when his motorcycle collided with a logging truck on U.S. 21 near Fincher Road north of Fort Lawn.<br /> According to the Chester County Coroner&rsquo;s Office, the victim, Robert William Hritsko, 56, died of blunt-force trauma.<br /> Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the wreck, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m., was the result of Hritsko&rsquo;s motorcycle crossing the center line.<br /> IL housing targets millennials https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/il-housing-targets-millennials <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/soba_rendering_courtesy_of_overcash_demmitt_architects_0.jpg" alt="SoBa @ RedStone, a 260-apartment complex under construction at the Red Ventures campus off U.S. 521, is a prime example of the &quot;live, work, play&quot; trend popular with millennials. " title="SoBa @ RedStone, a 260-apartment complex under construction at the Red Ventures campus off U.S. 521, is a prime example of the &quot;live, work, play&quot; trend popular with millennials. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Indian Land may be on its way to becoming home to a younger demographic, as the northern part of the county undergoes further development featuring more apartments, restaurants and employment opportunities.&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;That really suits the millennials, the next generation, moving in,&rdquo; said Dean Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, describing how companies such as Movement Mortgage, Red Ventures and CompuCom are attracting younger employees with different, often IT-based, skill sets.<br /> ‘Buddy Plan’ signing Sunday https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/%E2%80%98buddy-plan%E2%80%99-signing-sunday <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/buddy_plan_front_covercolor.jpg" alt="Indian Land author Don McCorkle will discuss his book &quot;The Buddy Plan&quot; and sign copies from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Historic Courthouse at 101 N. Main St., Lancaster. " title="Indian Land author Don McCorkle will discuss his book &quot;The Buddy Plan&quot; and sign copies from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Historic Courthouse at 101 N. Main St., Lancaster. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Don McCorkle grew up in the Panhandle, and Bruce Logan grew up in Detroit.<br /> But their lives are forever linked through their individual relationships with McCorkle&rsquo;s lifelong friend Jacky Bayne.<br /> Pronounced dead twice &ndash; once in the field and once at a hospital &ndash; Bayne was in a coma for 30 days after he was horribly wounded by a land-mine explosion on July 17, 1967, near Chu Lai, Vietnam.<br /> Call Bayne&rsquo;s miraculous survival the X-13 factor.<br /> Park honors AJ’s birthday Saturday https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/park-honors%C2%A0aj%E2%80%99s-birthday-saturday <p> <em>by Laura Ledford/Andrew Jackson State Park</em><br /> Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson&rsquo;s 252nd Birthday Celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.<br /> Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items were made by hand during Jackson&rsquo;s time. If you are lucky, you might get to chat with Old Hickory.<br /> Knight column: ‘A really cool way to spend a career’ https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/knight-column-%E2%80%98-really-cool-way-spend-career%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5841.jpg" alt="David Knight takes a break from his tasks as public information officer for the school district to read a story to Hannah Denkins’ class at Heath Springs Elementary School." title="David Knight takes a break from his tasks as public information officer for the school district to read a story to Hannah Denkins’ class at Heath Springs Elementary School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: A tip of the hat from CG/TLN staffers to David Knight, who retired Feb. 8 as public information officer for the Lancaster County School District. He&rsquo;s a pro who walked the tightrope well &ndash; satisfying his boss while getting us information we needed to cover our most important institution. We asked David what he&rsquo;d like to tell our readers as he walks out the door.</em><br /> <br />