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  • 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.

  • 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.