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August 2021

Enjoy Carowinds' Taste of the Season Outdoor Experience!

Happy holidays, y’all! Savor the holidays' flavors at Carowinds’ Taste of the Season: An Outdoor Holiday Food Festival. Sample tempting treats with your Tasting Card and make magical family memories —safely on select days November 21 - December 20.

Darwin Murphy Artist Exhibit

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is excited to announce we launched a NEW! Virtual Exhibition on our website so everyone has access to this wonderful exhibit of a talented local artist.

Lancaster County Potters tour

Come check out some amazing potters in Lancaster County from 10am -4pm on Saturday, Oct26th. Each artist will be featured at their studio on this self guided/paced tour. 

Reader's Digest Names Rock Hill on List of Small Towns About to Become More Popular

Check out the article from Reader's Digest that puts Rock Hill on the list of small towns about to become more popular.

Take a Look at Town Magazine's Nature Calls Article

Check out Town magazine's Nature Calls article featuring several SC State Parks & Landsford Canal...

Cheraw Featured on SCETV's Our Town

Check out Cheraw on SCETV's show, Our Town!Cheraw is a quaint town that lies on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River. It’s a town known for its history and hospitality, that’s home to generations of local “Cheravians.” Click to read more and watch.

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts Debuts New Arts Video Series: Creative Tuesdays with Liz

Lancaster, SC-- On Tuesday, April 14 @ 11:00 am the Lancaster County Council of the Arts will present an introduction to our new video series, 'Creative Tuesdays with Liz', featuring arts teacher Liz Bell as she presents fun arts projects. 

The One-Of-A-Kind Trail In South Carolina With 14 Bridges And Endless Tree Tunnels Is Quite The Hike

The Peak to Prosperity Passage is a mere 10.8 miles of that larger trail — and so far, we think it's the most beautiful 11 miles you'll ever see along the bigger trail.

Golfers' Choice: Best of South Carolina golf courses

We love all of the great courses in South Carolina, but special congratulations to Edgewater, Cheraw State Park and all of the Blythewood courses!

The Barn Express In South Carolina Looks Like A Convenience Store But Is Actually A Delicious Southern Buffet Restaurant

Underrated, unassuming, and no-frills are perfect qualities for a delicious dining experience, as far as we’re concerned.


This past year I visited Old 96 District as well as the Olde English District in northwestern South Carolina and was taken with the variety of art available.

New Way to Think About a South Carolina Vacation

Vistas throughout Historic Brattonsville can trigger reflections of the people once living here.

16 Farms, Festivals, and Scares for Fall Fun

Known for its welcoming nature and prime outdoor activities, York County, South Carolina, encompasses all things fall this year with its seasonally inspired festivals,...

You can learn about Catawba Indian pottery traditions at this Levine Museum event

Catawba Indian pottery is the oldest continuous ceramics tradition in North America. It’s hard for people to imagine just how long this style of pottery has been made.

Filmmakers march forward with plans to make Revolutionary War movie in N.C.

Based on the Battle of Kings Mountain, the story centers on a ragtag band of militias backing the patriot cause that surprised and overwhelmed British-loyalist forces near the N.C.-S.C. line on Oct. 7, 1780....

Get away: Daycation just across the border from Charlotte in York County

York County, South Carolina, is a hidden gem that many only associate with Carowinds amusement park. While Carowinds is an amazing place to go, the area has so much more to offer.

'A wilderness experience': Do rivers hold the key to rebirth for these towns?

Where the hard rock of the Piedmont gives way to the sandy Coastal Plain, two company towns that lost their companies are looking for economic revival to the rivers that put them on the map. Great Falls in South Carolina and Badin in North Carolina grew

Bite of the Week: Lamb Lollipops at Mill Pond Steakhouse

It’s worth getting your Boykin on and driving down some country backroads to get to this OG steakhouse on the edge of a pond on the site of a pre-Civil War post office and general store.

30 must-do fall activities in Charlotte (2 of them are ours!)

You’ve still got a couple weeks of summer left, but it doesn’t hurt to start planning ahead for the fall.

Lancaster artist wins national competition

Bob Doster won first place for his sculpture titled “A Memorial” in the 33rd annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition on July 27 at Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, a release states.

Get ready to race: Carowinds adding new water attraction, nighttime festival

Boogie Board Racer is the “longest mat racing slide in the Southeast,” a release from the park states.

Attractions Near Me In Columbia, South Carolina

Take a day trip north of Columbia to Winnsboro and see the South Carolina Railroad Museum, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fort Mill Greenway is offering something new for visitors. You can see it later this week.

Glass walls bring in natural light and a view of the landscape as visitors are welcomed to the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill.

Native American Studies Center Fly-Through

Check out this video of their facility in Downtown Lancaster, produced by the Native American Studies Center.

Rock Hill just won All-America City status.

“They showed us today that they do a great job of engaging the whole city in creating a healthier community.”

Downtown Camden's small business scene is the 'heart' of the community

Small businesses are the backbone of communities across the nation, and Camden is no different.

South Carolina pepper "reaping" rewards of booming hot sauce market

It’s one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry worldwide.

Best small town for culture? Head to Doylestown, Pennsylvania (but also check out #10!)

What each lacks in size it makes up for with a big cultural punch – museums, art galleries, performing arts and busy event calendars.

Go outside: 50 best outdoor activities within 2 hours of Charlotte

Pause the Netflix, it’s time to go outside. Here are the 50 best outdoor activities within two hours of Charlotte.

Landsford Canal State Park: Bald Eagles In Rock Hill’s Backyard

There is another rare, majestic site. Visitors can choose one of three paths: Canal, Nature, and Eagle Point trails.

10 best public golf courses around Charlotte, ranked

Looking to tee it up around Charlotte? Here are the 10 best public golf courses in Charlotte, ranked.

Re-Living A 1961 Civil Rights Sit-In And Becoming Friends With One Of The Friendship Nine

Where were you in 1961? In 1961 I was going on 7 years old and living a peaceful and happy life in New Jersey.

South Carolina Road Trip Through the SC Midlands

These Palmetto State gems include fun places to visit in Greenwood, Edgefield, Rock Hill, and other towns in the South Carolina Midlands region.

The Best Craft Beer Bars In All 50 States, Puerto Rico & D.C.

We love the South Carolina choice! Beer aficionados can now go on the ultimate road trip. A new survey points them to the best craft beer bars in every state, the District of Columbia and — get that car on a ferry — Puerto Rico.

These are the South’s best bed and breakfasts

We salute them all, but extend special congratulations to #2, Kilburnie!

Uncomplicated South Carolina – Exploring the Olde English District

Have you ever just wanted to go off the beaten path, turn off your mobile phone and soak in the backroads and small towns?

Pinkies Up

Although Carol Allen grew up drinking tea in northern Minnesota, she was late to the (tea) party.

UPDATED: on Your Restaurant Radar January Hidden Gems

While they will keep making donuts and to-go breakfasts in the tiny space that got them started, in the bigger digs, the Paulks will focus on lunch and dinner and a little something they make called wingnuts.

New barbecue restaurant finds a big surprise inside

One wall of the restaurant features a surprise artifact: A big Pepsi-Cola advertising mural that may be more than 100 years old.

South Carolina’s Best Farm Brewery Is Unexpectedly Awesome

The folks at Benford Brewing Co near Lancaster, have taken agri-tourism to the next level, creating a farm brewery that's extraordinary.

Restaurant Round-up: January Hidden Gems

Located at 149 South Congress Street, in Winnsboro, SC. This tiny little donut and breakfast shop is the brainchild of Crystal and Shawn Paulk.

About Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill

I found solace at Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill in York, S.C., where the abundance of alcoholic and non-alcoholic apple cider and mouthwatering cinnamon donuts runneth over.

York County introduces state's first craft brew trail

York County's Convention and Visitor's Bureau announced its first-ever "brew trail," which features seven local watering holes.

New life on the river to spark tourism in Great Falls, S.C.

As part of the relicensing agreement, Duke Energy will work with the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to develop a state park on Dearborn Island, giving $1 million.

‘Not about the coffee’: York roastery helps the disabled learn job skills

Roasting coffee beans, talking with customers and learning to be professional is giving 21-year-old Kristofer McLamb an opportunity to make a better life.

THE SUFFER IS REAL: Jason Weigandt Visits ClubMX

Even in the rain, the track was amazing. It was the kind of place you’d take a photo of, hang it on the wall, and imagine doing endless laps.

'Palmetto Palate' to celebrate SC farmers, chefs

This story features Chester's own Cotton Hills Farms! Great stuff!

What’s Cooking at Vinny’s Taste of Italy

The vote is unanimous: Vinny’s Taste of Italy is as authentic as it gets. MUST make reservations beforehand.

Eat Shop Stay Play Camden SC

Eat, shop, stay, play and more in Camden, SC

Exploring all South Carolina has to offer

Culinary expert Heidi Billotto shares her favorites from the palmetto state on the Charlotte station, WCNC-TV.


The Olde English District is the region of South Carolina that immediately borders the southern side of Charlotte.

Summer road trips: Explore South Carolina's lesser known historic sites

Shot-outs to the Green Book of South Carolina, Rose Hill Plantation State Park, Musgrove Mill State Park, Andrew Jackson State Park and Historic Brattonsville!

Rock Hill eatery named one of America’s top outdoor restaurants

The Pump House in Rock Hill has been named one of Open Table's top outdoor restaurants in the U.S. in 2018.

Carowinds named to Time's Top 10 best amusement parks.

Fury 325, the world's tallest and fastest 'giga coaster' - between 300 and 399 feet tall - was named the hottest Carowinds ride.

Vernon Grant: An Illustrious Career

Art that occupies public spaces can transform any ordinary room into an area of significance and reflection.

Nature meets history along the banks of the Catawba River in the Olde English District by David Lucas

The Catawba River winds its fast-moving, muddy course through the heart of South Carolina’s Olde English District tourism region, and improved access to the river is bringing visitors and driving economic development in this fast-growing community.

2018 Red Rose Festival on WBTV

Watch to learn all about this 2-day free event with a pageant, food, music and more!

14 Tips for a Summer Road Trip Thru Olde English District, SC

If you are looking for summer road trip ideas with a twist, South Carolina’s Olde English District, located just south of Charlotte, NC, is just the ticket.

Making a Mark in Metal

Lancaster's own (and our favorite) Bob Doster, is included in his list. Congratulations Bob!

10 traditional tea rooms perfect for Mother’s Day

If you plan on taking mom out for Mother’s Day, maybe you should consider a tea room, says Lorna Reeves, editor of TeaTime magazine.

South Carolina Strawberry Festival Fort Mill, S.C.

If strawberry shortcake and chocolate-dipped strawberries bring a smile to your face, treat yourself to the South Carolina Strawberry Festival. It’s 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m. May 4 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 5 at Walter Elisha Park in Fort Mill.

5 foodie stops you must make while driving through Rock Hill, from breakfast to cider

Here you’ll find a food-centric itinerary for visiting Charlotte’s epicurean neighbor to the south, Rock Hill.

South Carolina Travel: Olde English District

I’ve always enjoyed discovering new places, but sadly had not made it south of the North Carolina border… until now.

Best Beer Bars in America, Chosen by Readers

Well, looka there! See which one was chosen for South Carolina!

VIDEO: Kristen Hampton eats a 'Carolina Reaper,' the hottest pepper in the world

Fort Mill's "Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper" has once again been certified as the world's hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records.

HOBOS Shakes & Burgers

Another great new Olde English District video!

Legal Remedy Brewery

Another great new Olde English District video!

The 10 Best Buffets in South Carolina!

Coming in at #1! Known primarily for their exquisite catering, Old South hosts a Sunday buffet you won’t want to miss.

Awards Presented at Annual Tourism Conference

The prestigious Governor’s Cup was given to the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships held last summer in Rock Hill.

The South Carolina Steakhouse In The Middle Of Nowhere That’s One Of The Best On Earth

This restaurant seems so far out in the middle of nowhere that the term ‘destination restaurant’ isn’t too far fetched.

Historic Camden Selected as Site for The Wall That Heals Display May 3-6, 2018

Camden is the only South Carolina location on The Wall That Heals 2018 Tour Schedule. Honoring the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War, The Wall That Heals bears the names of the more than 58,000 men an

Preschoolers should ‘buckle up’ for new rides, attractions at Carowinds

Carowinds theme park unveils new rides and attractions each year for big and little kids at heart, but in 2018, preschoolers take center stage.

Inspiring Black History from South Carolina

From baseball All-Star Larry Doby to Martin Luther King's mentor to enslaved people whose names we do not know, walk in the steps of America's heroes in South Carolina.

Vinny's restaurant in Chester is owner's link to Sicilian home

“Ever so often, I bring things to remind me more of Italy,” says Lombardo, who built the new landmark by hand.

Having a Large Time in a Small Town: a Boykin Christmas Parade Tradition

Aside from being the birthplace of the Boykin Spaniel, the unincorporated town of Boykin, South Carolina, hosts one of the finest Christmas traditions in the state.

50 things to do in South Carolina before you die

South Carolina is not your average state. From mountains to beaches, industrial cities to quaint parishes, there’s plenty to appreciate in the Palmetto State.We especially love #20, #21, #25 and #45.

The Beat Goes On: Small town service complements ‘best breakfast’

A great story in the Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal about a writer's experience at Great Fall's Flopeye Diner.

Trail of History: Fort Mill and the Anne Springs Close Greenway

Find out about the Greenway's connection to local history and prominent people like Billy Graham. Historians will also share about the area’s connection to the Civil War and efforts to preserve Fort Mill’s rich history despite encroaching development.

6 day trip destinations just beyond Columbia

Sometimes you just want to get away, and when you live in a city as centrally-located as Columbia, all you need is a tank of gas and GPS.

Former Celriver plant honored with statues, memorials in Riverwalk community (PHOTOS)

Metal sculptures of former Celriver plant workers, figures created by Lancaster artist Bob Doster, seemed to stand among the participants during the ceremony. Enlarged photos of employees and the plant are also displayed.

Each Year This South Carolina Town Transforms into a Winter Wonderland

Rock Hill, South Carolina takes Christmas so seriously, that for four days in December it changes its name to ChristmasVille. Starting on December 1st, this historic city becomes a winter wonderland complete with all the festive trimmings required to kick

This South Carolina Town Transforms Into the North Pole Every Winter

For four days this holiday season, a town in South Carolina will become the epicenter of all things merry and bright.

Witches In Winnsboro?

At least four people were put on trial and accused of being witches and warlocks. Watch the video to learn more about this and the Fairfield County Museum.

Rock Hill's Legal Remedy is One of the Top 10 Coolest Brew Pubs for Families

Legal Remedy embraces a legal theme where "justice is served." The bar taps are judge's gavels and the over 21 crowd can choose from 24 taps.

Kemp McLeod: South Carolina's 2017 Farmer of the Year

McLeod's Farm might be one of the state's finest, but what about one of the nation's finest?

Equestrian Destination: Camden, South Carolina

Behind many a good horsewoman stands a supportive parent and great horse enthusiast. That certainly is the case for Olympic show jumper Laura Kraut and her sister, Mary Elizabeth, whose riding careers started at the hands of their mother, Carol Kent.

Popular York County sunflowers attract tourists, photographers

Thousands of sunflowers are blooming at the Draper Wildlife Management Area in York County off Brattonsville Road. The sunflowers are a popular attraction for tourists and photographers during the first couple of weeks in July. The area is free and open t

Discover small SC towns on these summer roads trips for peaches

Sander’s Peaches in Filbert is where author Dori Sanders holds court. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you might find her under the shed on her family’s peach farm, selling fruit, signing autographs, telling stories and dishing cooking advice.

Southern Hospitality at South Carolina’s Bed-and-Breakfasts

According to Bruce Brown of the Bloomsbury Inn in Camden, “Our smile is our greeting card. Our hospitality is our trademark. Our guests’ personal experience when they leave Bloomsbury is our brand.”

The Best Backroads Fried Chicken in South Carolina

2 Chester County and 1 Chesterfield County restaurants make this list: Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Mickey's and the Front Porch. Read on for more information!

How to spend the perfect day in Old Town Rock Hill. (Seriously, it’s worth the trip)

It turns out that Rock Hill has a lot going for it. Here’s how you might spend a Saturday. Almost all of these places are within very easy walking distance of each other.

The coolest ice cream sandwiches across the country

Check out #48 for this tasty treat made close to home.

5 best places for waterside cocktails within 30 miles of Uptown (Charlotte)

Offers an impressive change of pace when you want to shake up your typical special occasion dinner or date night routine. Visually stunning.

Camden's Best Kept Secret

From historic locations to working farms, great shops to art exhibits and concerts, you won’t be at a loss for things to do—unless you want to be. (Begins on page 110, or see below for the .pdf)

Boykin Spaniel Week celebrates SC’s state dog

More than 200 Boykin spaniels will compete in the annual Boykin Spaniel National Field Trials. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend the field trials and many other events, including activities and games for children, planned in coordinat

The man of steel: Lancaster artist shaping heavy metal and young artistic minds

Walk into Bob Doster’s Lancaster studio and you could see sparks fly.

Hometown Spotlight: Union, SC

Diaries from the 1800’s report the Cross Keys House is one of the oldest homes in the state and was host at one time to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Yes, there’s good craft beer in South Carolina, too

Did the border make that much of a difference? Was this another example of the stranglehold that North Carolina distributors have over craft brewing?

New and Exciting Adventures: Fishing in South Carolina

Explore the Palmetto State’s beautiful waters and make memories that will last a lifetime. South Carolina’s mountains, midlands and coast are all within a short driving distance, so you can fish all three regions in a single weekend.

There’s An Old Abandoned Canal In South Carolina You Can Actually Explore

These ruins are hidden in the woods, but you can legally, easily and safely explore them.

How To Give Back To The Community By Drinking Beer

Along with donating proceeds to various causes, these best breweries with conscious are organizing charitable events and implementing environmental endeavors within their operations — all while offering guests delicious experiences.

6 unique outdoorsy day trips within 2 hours of Charlotte

Less than an hour south of Charlotte, Landsford Canal State Park is home to the world’s largest population of Rocky Shoals spider lilies.

Carowinds laying foundation for new County Fair attraction

Construction continues at Carowinds, where in this photo the upcoming "County Fair" section of the park is being worked on. This space will house four vintage fair-style attractions that will take riders back to a 1950s fair with “home-grown thrills."

2017 Top 10 Best Romantic Inns

Bloomsbury Inn in Camden, South Carolina features all-season fireplaces because the warmth can add a spark to any relationship.

Southern Soul

Riding high from their first tour as full-time musicians, The Suffers play on a historic stage just south of Charlotte.

Riding High at BMX

In 2017, the largest and most prestigious BMX competition, the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships, will be held July 25-July 30, 2017 in Rock Hill, SC.

Four chefs tapped to promote SC food, tourism

And one of them is from York County!

The One Town In South Carolina That Turns Into A Winter Wonderland Each Year

Every year in December a town in South Carolina changes its name for four festive days and, with or without snow, transforms into a winter wonderland.

December 3rd Artisans Market Offers Tremendous Selection of Handcrafted Gifts

If your holiday list has you searching for unique gifts, the Artisans Holiday Market of December 3rd is your one-stop shopping destination.

Union County Dragway comes alive

NHRA sanction helps provide a grand vision for the future.

Customers’ Yelping earns Fort Mill business a trip to San Francisco

Perhaps this drive to succeed on all levels is what has contributed to her business’ newest honor: Cupcrazed was recently named to Yelp’s Top 100 businesses list in the nation.

10 of the Best Amusement Parks in the U.S.

Carowinds was named one of the 10 Best Amusement Parks in the U.S by the Huffington Post!

2016 Union County Fair Schedule

Four days of shows, rides, music, and fun.

Lots to see and do at Rock Hill’s riverfront

I liked a lot about this city back then – from the inexpensive living, to the walkability of the area, to the attractive Winthrop University campus.

Fort Mill’s Greenway wins South Carolina Parks’ Excellence Award

“This award would not be possible without the outstanding Greenway staff that go above and beyond every day."

Ice cream for adults only: Fort Mill beer shop has alcohol treats

Technically, it’s a craft beer and wine store, but The Tipsy Barrel owner Hitesh Patel has his shiny bar taps and inventory arranged in a way to invoke all the right emotions of a 21+ kid.

Travel Fun: Top Five Amusement Parks In The United States

Carowinds comes in at #5! Continue to read the entire story.

‘American Pickers’ looking for places to film in South Carolina

This fall, the hosts of the History channel documentary series “American Pickers” are returning to South Carolina and looking for places in the state to film.

ETV Carolinas: The Museum of York County and The Pump House Restaurant

Fans were excited about the event and seemed more than thrilled to spend their Sunday afternoon at the Museum of York County.

These 10 Charming Pumpkin Patches In South Carolina Are Picture Perfect For A Fall Day

Here are 10 pumpkin patches for you to visit in the Palmetto State. Check out #2 on the list!

Carowinds’ Coaster Voted “#1 Steel Coaster in the World”!

Always revealing some surprises, this year’s poll did not disappoint. ....Finally, fan-favorite Millennium Force at Cedar Point was out-voted for “Best Steel Coaster” by a single ballot by Fury 325....

A 1931 Chevy, money laundering machine and other finds at Branham’s Precious Metals

Rodger Branham's passion is old and unique stuff. Some may call his business, located between Ridgeway and Blythewood on Highway 21, a junkyard, but he refers to it as Branham's Precious Metals. And for those needing a part to a vintage vehicle, he might

Carowinds to add winter festival, vintage rides

WinterFest, scheduled to open in Nov. 2017, is expected to give guests a way to ring in the new year in a “winter wonderland” atmosphere, including ice skating, live shows and song and dance. Carowinds

Historic Charlotte Area Gold Mine About To Re-Open To Dig up $5.7 Billion Worth of Gold

Located in Lancaster County, SC, the historic Haile Gold Mine was one of the first operating gold mines in the United States.

3 delicious dishes to make with Southern peaches

Dori Sanders, the best-selling novelist and South Carolina peach farmer, knows why her peaches taste so sweet. It’s because she talks to them. ” ‘Little peach, honey. Are you ready to come off? ’ ” she says, describing her fruit-whispering process.

Boykin Mill Farms featured in S.C. Ag + Art Tour

Boykin Mill Farms and the town of Boykin will be featured on the giant Agri-tourism event taking place in Kershaw County June 18 and 19.

TV show shot in Rock Hill, York and Chester gets debut this week

“Outcast” shot in York, Chester counties last year. Downtown York turned into “Rome, W.Va.” Local landmarks appear in Cinemax series.

New winery in York Co. inspired by contented cat

Cat’s Paw Winery first in York County. Owner made his own wines when he couldn’t find one he liked. Winery hopes to upgrade tasting experience.

Catawba Indians and ‘Pocahontas’ star announce film production partnership

Native American actress Irene Bedard’s film and television company Sleeping Lady Films Waking Giants Productions will team up with Catawba Indian Nation’s Red Heritage Media

New hotel breaks ground at Red Ventures headquarters in Indian Land (Lancaster County)

The hotel will open in March 2017. It’s a TownePlace Suites by Marriott.

SC businessman hopes to turn chili pepper fame into fortune

Ed Currie’s Carolina Reaper holds world record for hottest chili pepper. Peppers grown in York County.

10 Best Water Parks to Visit in 2016 (Hint: Check out #8)

Riding high from the success of last year’s record-breaking roller coaster Fury 325, Carowinds prepares for another banner year with its newest addition, Carolina Harbor Waterpark.

Why a Saturday afternoon in Fort Mill is a good idea

This is the place to go for a fresh of breath air for an afternoon.

Raising Cane

Little known, but still practiced in South Carolina, is the process of raising cane for the production of syrup.

Catawba Indians buy movie, television production company

The Catawba Indian Nation has gained instant credibility for a proposed $350 million film studio project, buying its own multi-media production company.

Historic Charlotte Area Gold Mine About To Re-Open To Dig up $5.7 Billion Worth of Gold

Located in Lancaster County, South Carolina, the historic Haile Gold Mine was one of the first operating gold mines in the United States.

Flipside Restaurant in Rock Hill is worth the drive

Part of it is because I have family down there, but part of it is also because the city’s food scene has really been picking up steam lately.

Sweet tea to moonshine: New S.C. campaign promotes beverages to boost tourism

The “Satisfy Your Thirst” initiative launched by the state’s tourism office in February promotes the distinctive beverages produced and sold in South Carolina, and encourages visitors to discover more.

Pump House now open on Catawba River in Rock Hill

The Pump House restaurant on the Catawba River opened for business Thursday and was quickly sold out for dining, restaurant owners said.

South Carolina peach season may be best in years

South Carolina is one of the top three peach-producing states and 2016 looks to be a great year for the sweet, succulent fruit.

Meet The Women Who Run the Town of Ridgeway

The Town of Ridgeway has flourished in recent years, bringing in new businesses, with all but three being owned by female entrepreneurs.

These 15 Historic Villages In South Carolina Will Transport You Into A Different Time

... South Carolina wasn’t built on five or six big towns alone. There are dozens and dozens of smaller towns and communities that contributed to making South Carolina such a great place and they have history behind them too. Here are 15 of those historic

Horry joins popular AG + ART tour

Four Horry farms are gearing up to participate in the hugely popular nine-county AG + ART tour in June, but organizers are still looking for volunteers and sponsors.

USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center Celebrates Native American Food and Culture March 18-25, 2016

Corn, squash, chocolate, potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries—almost half of the crops grown in the world today were first domesticated by Native Americans.

Rock Hill to Host the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships

The City of Rock Hill will host the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships at the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track on July 26-30, 2017, with official training held on July 24-25, 2017.

Camden Selected to Host the EQUUS Film Festival!!

The City of Camden is the host city for the EQUUS Film Festival® WINNIE Winners Tour, billed as the world’s premier showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts, in which the horse is put center stage. Camden has proclai

Fulfilling a lifelong dream | Ceremony formally opens Fresh Seafood on Main

A lifelong dream that began with a childhood love of fishing was formally realized Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fresh Seafood on Main.

Boise Cascade investing $23.5M in Chester operations

"This $23.5 million investment shows the confidence that the company has in our more than 350 employees in South Carolina and represents a sound investment in the future of this facility and of this company,” said Chris Seymour, Southeastern Area Manager

New welcome center in Fort Mill a first for South Carolina

$4 million project is state’s first new welcome center in more than 30 years. Much of center’s information will be digital. Personal touch still essential.

Rock Hill’s ChristmasVille begins Thursday, here's the full schedule

‘Decade of Reflections’ is theme of four-day festival honoring Christmas. New events: Grant the Gnome scavenger hunt, Very Important Gnome Club. More than 65 events are scheduled for Thursday-Sunday in downtown Rock Hill

Duke Energy gets new Catawba license

Federal hydroelectric license good for 40 years. Recreation, conservation among expected benefits.

El Molcajete brings authentic, homemade Mexican cuisine to Rock Hill

“We want people to come in who don’t know what they want to order,” Abaez said. “We want people to try things they are scared to taste. “If they taste it they will love it.”

A jump for courage and fellow vets: Blind veteran skydives in Chester

On Veterans Day, he went skydiving to encourage veterans like himself “to step outside of the box.”

Reliving the American Revolution

One of America’s most devastating defeats during the Revolution occurred at Camden on Aug. 16, 1780.

Chester's Giti Tire fires up branding effort with Rose Parade sponsorship

Giti to launch U.S. branding campaign as tire sponsor of the Rose Parade. Campaign coincides with construction of company’s first U.S. plant in Chester County.

Chester’s Giti Tire giving away trips to Rose Parade, Rose Bowl game

Winners get all-expense paid New Year’s trip to parade, game in Pasadena, Calif. Work on Giti’s Richburg tire plant continues.

Craig’s career has been history in the making

After 26 years at the helm, nearly 600,000 visitors and almost 91,000 guided tours Joanna Craig, 73, Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site’s executive director, is retiring Dec. 31.

Red Ventures to double size of Indian Land headquarters

“We are incredibly excited about expanding our footprint in South Carolina and look forward to sharing more about the future vision for the Red Ventures campus during our groundbreaking event next week,” spokeswoman Katie Zach says.

Sale in works for Regent Park golf course

Regent Park Golf Club soon could be turned into apartments and townhomes. York County Councilman Michael Johnson posted plat drawings on his Facebook page after fielding questions from neighbors. The development hasn’t been approved by the county planni

Here are the 2015 Buzzies – The Herald’s Readers’ Choice Awards

For 17 years, The Herald and have given you a chance to tell us about your favorites around town with The Buzzies – our annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Criterium Course Groundbreaking

The paved Criterium track will provide a safe, enclosed area for recreational and competitive cyclists to enjoy. The venue also boasts ample parking, RV hook ups and offers a vista of the entire track.

Haemonetics expands Union County facility, adds 40 jobs

“The S.C. community has been an integral partner in our manufacturing operations for the last 20 years, and our decision to further invest in the Union facility reflects upon the diverse pool of talent, partners and resources that South Carolina has to of

Marriott hotel planned for Fountain Park area in downtown Rock Hill

An 84-room boutique Marriott hotel will anchor the next phase of the Fountain Park area of downtown Rock Hill, officials announced Thursday. Comporium plans to invest about $50 million in the project.

New initiative wants people to create their story in York County

New logo and tag line unveiled Thursday by Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Newly restored McCaa’s Tavern offers glimpse of colonial life in Camden

In 2015 as in 1815 – and for ages long before – what problem is there that couldn’t be settled over a good beer? Well, they can’t all be settled, but at least there’s beer to be had. Ah, bless the taverns.

Confederate Flag Removed, South Carolina Awaits NCAA’s Return

“They are ready for us,” says Auvis Cole, president of the South Carolina Sports Alliance, of the NCAA. “We’re waiting for them to put out the bids.”

SC welcome center in Fort Mill going digital with $4M improvements

A rendering of the new S.C. Welcome Center expected to open on Interstate 77 in Fort Mill in summer 2016.

Windy Hill Orchard: Yes to hard cider and doughnuts, no to apples

Because the thing is, Windy Hill has lots of other great offerings beyond picking apples. In fact, I would have driven there solely for their other offerings. There’s live music, fresh fried apple cider doughnuts and killer hard cider.

43-Mile Yard Sale Aims to Promote Small Towns

The Big Grab 43 Mile Yard Sale has started, taking people along roads less traveled in the Midlands.

Talking Tourism

Tourism is booming in York County where we are leaveraging partnerships for continued growth and increased revenue. Check out the CN2 video.

TV cooking show films in York County

“Paul and Nick’s Big American Food Trip” follows top U.K. celebrity chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn on their culinary road trip through the United States. The two retrace the history of Scots-Irish Americans and Scottish immigrants who helped define mode

Kings Mountain: Beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War

Kings Mountain National Military Park was recently featured in the Travel section of USA Today!

Riding up, up in the air at this year’s Summerfest in York

Caldwell said the festival aims to offer traditional favorites each year, as well as something new. This year, the new attraction will be helicopter rides by Carolina Helicopters LLC in Conway.

Brattonsville fest features art as old as Carolina clay

The one-day festival tells the the story of the South’s rich pottery heritage in multifaceted ways. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Going to South Carolina on Your Pandora Channel

Beach music. Hootie and the Blowfish. Edwin McCain. Sure, everybody knows these. But do you know that Dizzy Gillespie was from South Carolina? How about the Marshall Tucker Band?

4 Great Water Parks in South Carolina Away From the Beach

When the kids need to burn off energy but the famous heat and humidity of South Carolina make you feel like a boiled peanut when you venture outside, there's only one solution: a water park. Luckily, there are several great ones across the state to choose

Going to Carowinds? Here’s Your Guide to the Park’s Excellent Roller Coasters

With 13 roller coasters at Carowinds, including two of the 10 tallest coasters in the world, there's a coaster for every age and every level of daring.

Historic home in Clover transformed into B&B, event venue

Old homes, big porches and beautiful gardens. Laura Brewer found a combination of these in her 1890 home on Main Street in Clover.

Cool Off at Carowinds by Splashing into Boomerang Bay

What's the best remedy for the South Carolina heat? A tall, icy glass of sweet tea? A shady spot under a live oak draped with moss? Both are good, but how about 20 acres of water slides, wave pools and a three-story spray ground?

Haier to invest $72M, add 400 jobs at Camden plant

Haier America is a unit of China-based Haier Group, which makes a range of appliances from mini-refrigerators for dorm rooms to air conditioners.

Time for a road trip to Rock Hill: 14 things to do 30 minutes south of Charlotte

Here’s what I missed in Rock Hill while I was driving to Charlotte every day and some new things that have popped up since I left.

York transformed into Rome for Cinemax exorcism drama

“Outcast” is being produced by Kirkman, who was the executive producer of “The Walking Dead,” and Chris Black. David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle are executive producers.

Inside Rock Hill's first brewery (PHOTOS)

Legal Remedy’s 10,500-square-foot home was formerly an auto dealership, dating to the late 1950s.

Location Notebook: Union County, SC, Moves Forward

Union County, South Carolina, has pieced together a diverse economy from its historical textile roots.

York, Clover named two of SC’s most charming small towns

Both York County towns were listed in the top 15 in South Carolina, according to rankings compiled by

Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King

“I never thought the Chinese would be the ones bringing textile jobs back,” said Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation, who helped put together subsidies for Keer estimated at about $20 million.

The City of Lancaster Earns Arts Culture Designation

The Red Rose City has received yet another statewide recognition that places it in a top-notch position.

Chester State Park Pic Among State Winners

Brian Fox of Blythewood won first place in the wildlife category for his photo of a spotted sandpiper at Chester State Park. Fox said he visits the park often.

12 South Carolina Restaurants to Try Off the Beaten Path

Sometimes the most memorable meals are served in places tucked away — places that locals know and love, that visitors can discover on a scenic drive.

5 Incredible Things to Do in South Carolina's Olde English District

Get your greens (and a few more sites) in with this helpful guide written by Christopher Korchin for Air Canada’s enRoute magazine.

Food Friday: Tyler Ryan (from WACH Fox News) Down on Old McCaskill's Farm

Tyler Ryan (from WACH Fox News) and the Tyler's Travels Team went to Camden and the Old McCaskill's Farm for a Food Friday. Watch the video and come for your own visit soon!

Clover is Ranked #1 Among Best Towns to Raise a Family in South Carolina

Explore the best towns to raise a family. Niche ranks US towns based on school ratings, crime rates, age demographics, and access to affordable housing and childcare. A high ranking indicates that a town attracts young families with good schools (more)

Travel's Best Amusement and Water Parks 2015

Hint: #2 on this list from is located in the Olde English District.

History Comes Alive: Local Woman Takes Part in Civil War Commemoration

It’s been an hour since her demonstration, but Kitty Wilson-Evans still feels the urge to break out into song and perform a monolog capturing the spirit of American slaves nearly 200 years ago.

York is Among the Best Old House Neighborhoods 2013: The South

From the hometown of Martin Luther King Jr. to the birthplace of Tabasco sauce, these neighborhoods, with their rich histories, will charm you from the first moment you see them.

Filmmaker plans movie on Chester’s ‘Zoloft killer’

CHESTER — The 2001 case of a Chester County man who blamed the antidepressant drug Zoloft for the shotgun slaying of his grandparents when he was 12 is coming to the big screen.

Superhot Pepper Business on Fire as Americans Opt for Spicier Eats

Watch this video to see how the quest for the hottest peppers in the country leads to a farm in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Fairfield County and Winnsboro, SC

Generations have checked Winnsboro, South Carolina’s stately town clock to arrive on time for work - in the historic inland town’s shops, schools, cotton brokerages, textile mills.

A Trip to Fairhaven in the Land of North Carolina for a Taste of the Renaissance Life

Along the way, we made a worthwhile stop at the Olde English District Market (I-77, Exit 65).

Bloomsbury Inn named winner in 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for second year in a row

For the second year, Bloomsbury Inn has ranked in the top 25 and is the only inn in the state of SC to be ranked in the top 25 for 2015. Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels; Top B&Bs and Inns; and Family, Luxury, Romance, Service and

Pinetuck Golf Course: Old School

Just off Interstate 77, three miles from Exit 73, Pinetuck Golf Club is one of those South Carolina courses that takes a golfer back to the era of steel spikes, persimmon woods and pure love of the game.

World's Hottest Pepper Is Grown In South Carolina

Last month, The Guinness Book of World Records decided [Ed] Currie's [Fort Mill] peppers were the hottest on Earth, ending a more than four-year drive to prove no one grows a more scorching chili.

National BMX Events Held in Rock Hill March 20-22, 2015

The Novant Health BMX Supercross Track will host 3 days of exciting BMX action in March. The events to be held Mar. 20 – 22 are the USA Cycling Elite National BMX Championships and the USA BMX Carolina Nationals.

Wilson-Evans Channels Life of Bratton Slave She Has Created

Wilson-Evans is one of the most sought-after interpreters of slave life during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Old McCaskill's Farm Store: A Throwback to the Past

Check out Old McCaskill's Farm (near Camden) featured in the Lake Murray Magazine winter issue! (Click on the link, and enter page 28 to read the entire article).

The Charming People of Cheraw

Meet five residents who make this historic town a great place to live, work and visit. When you venture off the beaten path in South Carolina, you’re often rewarded with a little piece of the past,...

Rock Hill has been named #4 in the Top 10 Soccer Cities

Rock Hill has been named one of the Top 10 Soccer Cities by, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live and visit.

Download Your Free Copy of the SC BBQ Trail Map, Festivals and Events and More!

The digital version of the map will be updated quarterly.

Historic Camden: History, Horses and Southern Hospitality Lure Visitors to Charleston’s Sister City

Article by Charles and Mary Love in Charleston Design Magazine (pages 136-139)

Families, Antique-Lovers Visit McConnells Tractor Show

Antique tractors, big and small, attracted hundreds of visitors, young and old, to rural York County on Saturday for the 17th annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show in McConnells.

Off to the Races

An interesting blog/article on the Carolina Cup in Garden and Gun magazine.

ROAD TRIPS: Discover Cheraw: ‘The prettiest town in Dixie’

Built on the edge of the Great Pee Dee River at the last stop for steam boats, Cheraw offers abundant military history.

The Making of a Modern Farmhouse

Architect Ken Pursley creates a rural home that is anything but homely

Family Launches Blackstock Music Festival to Benefit Communities in Poverty

This year's festival will be held on over 1,000 acres of Leonhardt family-owned farmland in Blackstock, South Carolina on May 30-31.

Legendary Locals of Fairfield County is now available!

Local legend says that Marquis Charles Cornwallis, Revolutionary War hero, rode into this area and declared, "How fair are these hills" and thus, Fairfield County was born.

Rock Hill set to host the 2015 US Quidditch World Cup

US Quidditch recently announced Rock Hill, SC as host of the 2015 USQ World Cup

City of Lancaster Receives Award

The City of Lancaster receives an award from the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

BMX Worlds Return to U.S. in 2017

The UCI BMX World Championships are returning to the US for the first for the first time in 16 years as Rock Hill, SC will play host to the 2017 event at the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track.

Road trip: On the Move for Fruits, Vegetables and Stories

William Alexander tells the story that there is a certain way to pick apples.

Lavender landscape: York County couple transforms their farm into a piece of Provence

Arrive at Chris and Jackie Pinard’s home this time of year and you are welcomed by a curve of purple – long lanes of lavender plants flanking the gravel drive.

Check out the New South Carolina State Park Television Spot!

Discover the natural beauty, recreational opportunities and history at South Carolina's 47 state parks. We've got something for everyone from the mountains of the Blue Ridge to the shores of the Atlantic. Come Out & Play!

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall coming to Fort Mill in October

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall – a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – will make its first stop in Fort Mill in October, returning to York County for the first time in 11 years.

Florence’s Push for Public Art Takes Flight

Lancaster-based sculptor Bob Doster will hang a 6-foot circular stainless steel piece of the city of Florence logo in the James Allen Plaza.

Christian-themed movie being shot in York County

Filming is underway at several locations across York County on “One Church,” a Christian-themed movie starring Jessica Lynch, a soldier who was captured in 2003 while on duty in Iraq.