https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en China trip delights travelers https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/china-trip-delights-travelers <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2998color.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Last month, 124 people traveled across the world with the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce on a sightseeing tour of China.<br /> Residents from throughout the county took advantage of the opportunity, bringing along friends and family from other parts of the United States.<br /> &ldquo;It was an exceptional trip,&rdquo; said chamber Vice President Melissa Walker-Price, who traveled with the group in April. &ldquo;We saw wonderful things like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City.&hellip;&rdquo;<br /> Council votes for $98.7M county budget https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/council-votes-987m-county-budget <p> The average taxpayer will see about a $28 increase on the county portion of their tax bills for fiscal 2019-20, under the $98.7 million budget that Lancaster County Council passed unanimously on first reading May 13.<br /> The proposed budget, which requires three readings, is $4.7 million higher than the current budget.&nbsp;<br /> The value of a tax mill is $349,838, and the budget was originally built with a 3.3-mill increase in the general fund (87.5 mills). But the amended version passed by council could climb as high as 4.5 mills once all the numbers are in.<br /> Stormwater fee may rise to $75 in IL https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/stormwater-fee-may-rise-75-il <p> The $60 annual stormwater fee that Panhandle homeowners are paying isn&rsquo;t bringing in enough money to fix underground infrastructure overwhelmed by fast-track growth here.<br /> Lancaster County leaders have proposed increasing the fee to $75 for the upcoming budget year to raise an additional $300,000.<br /> The $15 increase will be specifically earmarked for special projects, which includes repairs, maintenance and infrastructure improvements.<br /> Man killed by train Sunday https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/man-killed-train-sunday <p> A Lancaster County man was hit by a moving train early Sunday morning, May 19, at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75).<br /> Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the train conductor called 911 shortly after the incident happened.<br /> Based on witness statements, Rogers said it was an apparent suicide.<br /> Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said she would not release the victim&rsquo;s name, out of respect for his family.</p> Local veterans play softball for a good cause https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/local-veterans-play-softball-good-cause <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/170529_0021color.jpg" alt="A Vietnam veteran rounds the bases at the annual Memorial Day veterans softball game last year. This year’s game is at 1 p.m. May 27 at the Waters Edge Park athletic complex in Sun City Carolina Lakes. " title="A Vietnam veteran rounds the bases at the annual Memorial Day veterans softball game last year. This year’s game is at 1 p.m. May 27 at the Waters Edge Park athletic complex in Sun City Carolina Lakes. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <em>by Melanie Aves/for Carolina Gateway</em><br /> The Veterans&rsquo; Softball Group from Sun City Carolina Lakes (SCCL), will host its annual veterans&rsquo; softball game Monday, May 27, at the Waters Edge Park athletic complex in Sun City.<br /> The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with the presentation of colors by the Nation Ford High School ROTC Marine color guard and a flyover by the Sun City Blue Angels. The game begins immediately after the flyover.<br /> County’s credit rating upgraded https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/county%E2%80%99s-credit-rating-upgraded <p> Moody&rsquo;s Investors Service has upgraded Lancaster County&rsquo;s credit rating to the second-highest level, which will lower the interest rates the county pays when it borrows money by issuing bonds.<br /> The rating agency moved the county&rsquo;s status to Aa1 from Aa2 on April 30.<br /> &ldquo;The local economy continues to diversify, with a growing financial services, technology and healthcare industry presence,&rdquo; a Moody&rsquo;s news release states.<br /> The new score should lower borrowing costs in the future.<br /> YouthBuild wins $787K federal grant https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/youthbuild-wins-787k-federal-grant <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/youth_build_.jpg" alt="YouthBuild member Justin Stevenson, 19, helps build a ramp at a home in Lancaster." title="YouthBuild member Justin Stevenson, 19, helps build a ramp at a home in Lancaster." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> YouthBuild Lancaster has received $787,621 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor.<br /> YouthBuild, a program of Communities in Schools Lancaster, is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 complete high school or state equivalency degree programs.<br /> YouthBuild members earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations and undergo training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.<br /> Report ranks ILHS 39th best in state https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/report-ranks-ilhs-39th-best-state <p> Lancaster County schools ranged widely on a recent report released by U.S. News and World Report ranking high schools across the nation.<br /> More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well students were prepared for college, according to U.S. News.<br /> Indian Land High School ranked highest in Lancaster County, coming in at 3,741 in national rankings and 39th among South Carolina&rsquo;s 221 high schools.<br />