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  • VFD leader Dennis Straight killed directing traffic at wreck

    A Lancaster County firefighter was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 on Nov. 7.
    Dennis Straight, 59, of Van Wyck died after being transported to Springs Memorial Hospital, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. He was the assistant chief of the Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, where he had worked since moving to Lancaster County 20 years ago.

  • Fans whip up controversy at Sun City

    The golf fans at Carolina Lakes Golf Club are irritating some residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes whose homes abut the manicured 18-hole course.
    These aren’t the kinds of fans that follow golfers around and applaud their birdies. These are 4-foot-diameter, high-velocity wind machines that the course uses 24/7 to cool nine of the 18 greens during the hot-weather months.
    The fans’ constant drone in the summer has prompted complaints from some residents that the course must be violating the county’s noise ordinance.

  • Firefighter killed while directing traffic at wreck

    A Lancaster County firefighter was struck and killed while directing traffic at a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 Wednesday night, Nov. 7.
    According to the Lancaster County Coroner's Office, the victim is Dennis Straight, 59, of Lancaster. Straight was a firefighter with Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department.
    According to Cpl. Bill Rhyne with S.C. Highway Patrol, Corey Wright, 33, of Kershaw was driving a 2013 Chevy Malibu about 7 p.m. Wednesday when he attempted to merge onto S.C. 5 from U.S. 521 and hit the firefighter.

  • IL Fall Festival 'better every year'

    The Indian Land Fall Festival entertained thousands of visitors at its 13th annual event this weekend.
    Featuring dozens of performers, hundreds of vendors and many festival rides and activities, the event was the largest to date. There were three main areas at the Indian Land schools complex, using the student parking lot, training field and stadium.
    For the first time ever, the festival was extended to two days and, fortunately, beautiful weather graced both days after a soppy set-up Friday night.

  • IL man dies in fire on Sunday

    An Indian Land man died in a house fire on Camp Cox Circle early Sunday morning.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Harold Kenneth Miller Jr., 51, died from carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injuries.
    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers, there were three adults in the home when the fire broke out about 1 a.m. Sunday, but Miller never made it out of the house.
    There were no working smoke alarms in the home, Rogers said.
    One of the family members woke to the smell of smoke and alerted the other two of the fire.

  • Van Wyck: County’s most spacious town

    by Stephanie Jadrnicek/for Carolina Gateway
    VAN WYCK – The town of Van Wyck has geographically grown into the largest municipality in Lancaster County since its incorporation in August 2017.
    Van Wyck Councilman Richard Vaughan said the town now includes 219 property parcels.
    “The original incorporated target area was 1.4 square miles and less than 900 acres,” he said. “We have now reached approximately 10 square miles and 6,000 acres.”

  • Step back in time at lantern tour Saturday

    by Laura Ledford/Andrew Jackson State Park
    Step back in time to experience life in our area during Andrew Jackson’s time. Spend an evening in the 18th century. Come see for yourself what life was like for early settlers living in the Waxhaws. See how the American Revolution affected our region.
    Watch as costumed volunteers bring to life the events that shaped the community and demonstrate the skills it took to survive in this backcountry settlement.

  • Come one, come all to the IL Fall Festival

    It’s only fitting in the fast-growing Panhandle that the Indian Land Fall Festival is expanding to two jam-packed days this year, with a longer list of attractions and amusements to celebrate all things autumn.
    The 13th annual event will run 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Indian Land schools complex at 8063 River Road.

  • Sun City Strong! grows stronger

    by Melanie Aves/Special to Carolina Gateway
    The third annual Sun City Strong! Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease will take place Sunday afternoon, Nov. 4, at The Lodge in Sun City Carolina Lakes (SCCL).

  • Adopting a little girl from India

    It’s not an uncommon scene in Lancaster County – a team of volunteers gathering to paint, repair, clean and spruce up the home of someone who needs a helping hand.
    But the blitz of activity Sept. 22 at Susie Callahan’s house in Lancaster wasn’t a church mission project. It was part of the effort to help Gretchen Wilhelm adopt a little girl from India.