• Straight laid to rest Nov. 17

    Hundreds of firefighters and other emergency personnel filed into Second Baptist Church on Nov. 17, along with friends and family of Dennis Straight, to honor the assistant fire chief.
    Straight, 59, was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 on Nov. 7.
    He was the assistant chief at Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department and had worked there for 20 years. He was also an active community volunteer in Van Wyck, where he lived, and at Andrew Jackson State Park.

  • ‘American Pickers’ seeking S.C. leads

    The History Channel’s antique sleuths Mike Wolfe, right, and Frank Fritz are bringing their show “American Pickers” back to South Carolina in January, and they’re scouting for interesting collections to rummage through.
    The documentary series explores the world of antique “picking” as Wolfe and Fritz travel the country looking for valuable finds.

  • IL YMCA a place to get healthy, have fun

    Lots of new details and images of Indian Land’s new YMCA have been revealed, showcasing the facility’s prime amenities and cutting-edge design.  
    An eight-lane swimming pool, cross-fit functional training, yoga and spin rooms, and an indoor walking track are only a few of the features planned for the sleek, contemporary structure.
    A zero-entry outdoor pool – think of a beach without sand – and waterpark are also in the cards, contingent on additional funding.

  • 4 days of rain cause flooding

    The sump pump at Nita Brown’s home sure picked a bad time to go out.
    On Thursday afternoon, Nov. 14, Brown had about a half-inch of water in her basement on Ander Vincent Road, off Waxhaw Highway. 
    “I’m so sick of this mop, but the ground is just so saturated that there’s no place for the water to go. I’m ready for it to stop,” said Brown, who lives adjacent to a small tributary that flows into nearby Twelve Mile Creek.

  • Help keep leaves off ground, out of storm drains

    from Lancaster County Stormwater Management
    They’re beautiful to look at as they drift from the trees, but autumn leaves left on the ground can have a disastrous effect on Lancaster County’s waterways.
    Street and yard flooding, litter dams and algae growth can occur when leaves block or enter the storm drain system.
    One wet and windy storm can drop enough leaves to clog drains all across the county. Keep leaves and yard debris out of the storm drains. 

  • Governor lowers flags in honor of Dennis Straight

    S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff Saturday, Nov. 17, in honor of Van Wyck’s Dennis Straight.
    Straight, the 59-year-old assistant chief of the Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, was struck and killed Nov. 7 while directing traffic around a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5. He had been with the department for 20 years.

  • WWI scholar to lecture on 30th Infantry, ‘Old Hickory’

    by Melody Craig/special to Carolina Gateway
    Deep in the forest of Compiegne, aboard a private railway carriage in the region of Picardy, France, the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, was agreed upon at 5 a.m.
    Taking effect at 11 a.m. Paris time, it would silence the guns of World War I between the Allies and Germany. It is often referred to as the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.”

  • Fire/rescue procession to honor Dennis Straight

    A memorial service for fallen Van Wyck firefighter Dennis Straight will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Second Baptist Church of Lancaster.

  • 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.