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  • MLK parade Saturday features 100+ floats

    If you thought last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade was big, just wait until Saturday, Jan. 19.
    This year’s parade is Lancaster’s biggest MLK parade ever, with more than 100 floats and 80 companies, organizations and charities signed up.
    This will also be the first year that a college band – Benedict College – will march in the parade.  
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris, chair of the parade organizing committee, is thrilled with the growth.

  • Local couple remembers Miracle on the Hudson

    by Stephanie Jadrnicek/for Carolina Gateway
    Although 10 years have passed, Ann and Carl Oblak will never forget Jan. 15, 2009 – the day their plane crashed into the Hudson River.
    The couple had recently moved into their new home in Sun City Carolina Lakes and were returning from visiting friends in New York.
    “It was snowing that morning and we arrived early at the airport to try to get an earlier flight, but they didn’t have any room,” said Ann, 81.

  • SCDOT begins ‘Pothole Blitz’

    Maddening, hazardous potholes have popped up all over Lancaster County – deep craters that evoke an asphalt moonscape – and highway crews are working overtime to repair the damage.
    “To be honest, it’s scary,” said Michael Jackson, who has been dodging the chasms along S.C. 522 in Rich Hill on his way to work in Camden. “There’s so many out there, you’ve got to slow down.”
    Last week, he couldn’t avoid hitting a big one, and now his Honda Civic has a badly bent rim.

  • County’s annual homeless PIT count Jan. 22

    The face of homelessness in the region is familiar to Kevin McCray, resource development director for United Way of Lancaster County. He believes people would be amazed and shocked by the day-to-day living conditions of the area’s homeless.
    “A lot of people are surprised to hear that we have homeless military veterans in the area,” McCray said. “We even found a double amputee sleeping in the woods in a tent.

  • ‘Shocking’ leap in per-capita income

    Lancaster County’s per-capita income has jumped 16 percent in the past year, a mind-blowing leap that has us ranked third-highest in the state, with average income trailing only Charleston and Beaufort counties. 
    “Shocking. This ascension is like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Lancaster County Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert said after the data was released Jan. 2 by the S.C. Department of Revenue.

  • ‘Regional gem right in our backyard’

    The span over Twelve Mile Creek, a graceful swinging walkway suspended by cables, is winning awards and drawing praise from hikers along Lancaster County’s section of the Carolina Thread Trail.
    “We have a regional gem right here in our backyard,” said County Planning Director Penelope Karagounis, marveling at the bridge and 3.5-mile walking trail that connect Indian Land’s Walnut Creek subdivision and Waxhaw’s Mill Bridge neighborhood.

  • In Memoriam: Remembering those we lost in 2018

    Mack McDonald, longtime IL fire volunteer, dies at 57
    On the outside, DeWayne “Mack” McDonald could sometimes come across as gruff.
    But beneath that outer layer was a man who fiercely loved his family, his neighbors and the Indian Land community.
    A diabetic and two-time kidney transplant recipient, McDonald died June 15 after suffering a heart attack. He was 57.

  • Fireman: You can’t ever show fear

    Lancaster County has 13 active volunteer firefighters in the county who are 70 or older. Indian Land’s Paul Blackwelder, 80, is one of them.
    Blackwelder has been with Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department for 63 years and credits the success of the department to the “bang-up firemen” that volunteer there.
    “I give credit to my guys who’ve all these years made our department what it is,” he said.

  • A bookworm’s national tour

    by Anne Murphy/Special to Carolina Gateway
    Reading takes you places. When we immerse ourselves in a novel, we get to visit places that are not immediately available. Whether you want to catch the Hogwarts Express to work on your defense against the dark arts, solve a few crimes with everyone’s favorite titian-haired sleuth, Nancy Drew, or simply prolong your beach vacation by visiting Elin Hilderbrand’s Nantucket without all those tourists, books can take you anywhere.  

  • Lights, camera, action!

    by Denise Johnston/for Carolina Gateway
    Local model and actress Joan Schuermeyer, 77, challenges her brain to fire on all cylinders by taking on roles in movies and commercials.
    Though Schuermeyer was born in Ohio, she has lived most of her life in the South, claiming Hickory, N.C., as her hometown. She moved to Sun City Carolina Lakes in 2013.