• 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.”

  • Solicitation calls not from S.C. sheriffs’ association

    The S.C. Sheriffs’ Association is warning the public about a phone scam requesting donations on behalf of the group.
    The association’s executive director, Jarrod Bruder, said the group does operate an Honorary Membership Program but does not solicit through telemarketing.
    “Our office has been inundated with phone calls today from individuals who believe they are returning a missed phone call,” Bruder said in a Thursday press release.

  • Dogwood planted on Arbor Day

    by Jane Massey/Special to Carolina Gateway
    A group gathered at Andrew Jackson State Park to plant a native dogwood tree to celebrate this year’s Arbor Day on Friday, Dec. 7.
    Arbor Day, started by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 to help raise awareness of the value of trees in our environment, is the first Friday in December in South Carolina.

  • County in winter storm’s crosshairs

    The frozen precipitation barreling toward the Carolinas likely will dip far enough south to hit Lancaster County with its first severe winter storm since 2014.
    The National Weather Service forecast at 4 p.m. Thursday said the Panhandle has the greatest probability of snow accumulation, with up to 8 inches possible at the state line.

  • Huge tree falls across 521

    Traffic backed up the afternoon of Nov. 26 on U.S. 521 heading into Lancaster after a huge tree fell across both southbound lanes just south of the S.C. 5 ramp.
    County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers happened to be driving toward Indian Land on the northbound side of 521 about 1:30 p.m. Monday and saw the massive tree collapse onto the pavement.
    “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the top of the tree start to move,” he said. “It fell rapidly until it finally hit the ground as I was approaching the hill.”

  • Cancer survivor gives back this Christmas

    Breast cancer survivor Heather Bokelkamp knows what it’s like to go through cancer treatment during the holidays. That’s why she decided to pay it forward this Christmas by developing and delivering care pouches to cancer patients at Levine Cancer Institute.
    “Small things make a big impact,” Bokelkamp said. She remembers the outpouring of cards, care packages and words of encouragement she received during her treatment in 2015 and 2016.

  • Cook granted bond in toddler's death

    Kayla Marie Cook, who has spent 11 months in jail awaiting trial in the death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder, was granted bond Thursday, Nov. 29, after her attorney cited severe health issues.
    Cook, 26, was charged with homicide by child abuse last December and was denied bond in August. Her attorney, Ross Burton, called for another bond hearing because of a change in circumstance, citing Cook’s failing health.