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  • Friends seek to preserve historic cemetery

    by Denise Johnston/for Carolina Gateway
    Red, white and blue  wreaths and flags marked the location of the Old Six Mile Cemetery for Veterans Day. Jerry Marcus, former American Legion Post 250 commander, spent an entire morning dressing the graves for the holiday.
    Marcus and some other volunteers have spent countless hours researching, cleaning and dressing the long-neglected resting place of some of the earliest citizens of the area.

  • County cracks down on fire-code violations

    After two local businesses were found with locked fire exits, Lancaster County has announced a crackdown on companies that are not meeting standard fire codes.
    County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said he is spreading the word and trying to get tips from county residents and help from the local business community.

  • Softball with Santa

    The Indian Land High School softball team held its first Christmas softball game Dec. 8 before the first Indian Land Christmas Parade. Despite the cold rain that day, ILHS players were dressed in their favorite yule holiday attire for the game.
    The event included raffles and games for kids, and Santa Claus visited the field about noon.
    After the game, the Lady Warriors rode in the parade to celebrate the team’s 2018 region and district championships.
    All proceeds went to help offset tournament fees and travel expenses, equipment and uniforms.

  • Light Up the Z

    Sun City Carolina Lakes' Pod Z held its sixth annual Light Up the Z night Dec. 7. Sun City residents were invited to stroll or ride through the pod to enjoy the sights, sounds and treats of the season, along with carolers and a huge train display.

  • Lighting of the Way

    Christmas messages and songs were shared in Van Wyck churches during the town’s annual Lighting of the Way event Dec. 9. Wet conditions took participants inside the sanctuary of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church to start the multi-denominational gathering, with rain prohibiting the traditional candle-lighting along Old Hickory Road. Other churches in the Lighting of the Way were Van Wyck Methodist, Trinity Presbyterian and White Oak AME Zion.

  • Angel Child brightens Christmas for 12 children

    by Stephanie Jadrnicek/for Carolina Gateway
    VAN WYCK — Twelve children in the Van Wyck area will have presents under the tree on Christmas morning thanks to Angel Child, a local project that provides new clothing and toys for children of needy families.
    Van Wyck resident Linda Pelletier started receiving phone calls in early November from people who wanted to give to Angel Child and soon bags of candy and gifts began filling her house.

  • IL fire chief arrested in prostitution raid

    Thomas Wayne Pickard, the Indian Land fire chief and a lieutenant with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, was arrested early Friday, Dec. 14, during a sheriff’s raid on a York County motel and charged with first-offense prostitution.
    Pickard, 52, was among seven people arrested at a motel off Carowinds Boulevard in Fort Mill shortly before 3:30 a.m., said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Christmas Basket Fund seeks donations

    Ward Faulkenberry and his fellow 472 American Legionnaires started a holiday food drive 59 years ago that has become a legacy of local yuletide giving.
    That effort – named the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket in his honor – is still seeking donations.
    Led by HOPE in Lancaster, the annual fundraiser ministers to some of the county’s financially hardest-hit families. This year’s goal is $9,000.
    As of Friday, $3,460 had been raised.

  • IL gets wet Christmas Wish

    The winter weather couldn’t stop the inaugural Indian Land Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, with residents braving the cold, driving rain and nipping wind.
    “It went really, really well,” said parade organizer Melvin Stroble. “It was really a success for our first parade. We had people that didn’t leave until Santa left. We could only imagine how much more we would’ve had if the weather was good.”

  • Maj. Shaw honored as top S.C. law officer

    Maj. Matt Shaw has been named Officer of the Year by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, the fifth officer with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to win statewide honors this year.
    Shaw was recognized at the association’s annual conference in Myrtle Beach on Nov. 6. He was nominated for the award by Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
    “He serves this agency with 100 percent dedication,” Faile said. “He is here early, leaves late and responds to major incidents. He sets the pace for our employees.”