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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Mulvaney acting WH chief of staff

    WASHINGTON – Mick Mulvaney is headed to the West Wing.
    President Donald Trump named the Indian Land resident his acting chief of staff on Friday, Dec. 14.
    Mulvaney is current White House budget director, former acting head of the federal consumer watchdog agency and a former congressman.
    “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

  • 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.

  • Lennar paying county $600K to settle rooftop-fee dispute

    Lennar Homes will pay Lancaster County $600,000 to settle a dispute over how much the developer was supposed to pay the county in rooftop fees on early phases of an Indian Land subdivision.
    Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Dec. 10 to accept the settlement from Lennar after meeting in executive session for nearly a half hour to discuss the matter.
    Lennar Homes has developed 51 communities in the Carolinas. Its Lancaster County projects include Heritage Hall, The Greens, The Grove, The Retreat at Rayfield and TreeTops.

  • Animal shelter bids higher than expected

    Lancaster County officials hoped to break ground on a new 8,600-square-foot animal shelter next spring, but the project now faces a major snag after the lowest bid came in $500,000 over budget. 
    Now, they’re trying to figure how to trim the costs back and keep the project on track as much as possible.

  • County ninth in U.S. for drawing business talent

    A new national study ranks Lancaster County one of the top 10 small counties in the nation for luring the best and brightest workers.
    Lancaster placed ninth nationwide for drawing new residents, new jobs, skilled workers and developing a more skilled and better-educated workforce, according to the third annual Talent Attraction Scorecard published by labor-market researcher Economic Modeling LLC, also known as Emsi.
    The county was in the 5,000-99,000 population category.

  • Continental Tire evacuates after bomb threat

    A corporate headquarters in Indian Land was evacuated Thursday afternoon after one of its workers got an email saying there was a bomb in the building.
    Employees at the Continental Tire of Americas center in MacMillan Business Park off U.S. 521 were sent home just after 1 p.m. Dec. 13, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield.
    “Somebody there got an email saying there was a bomb in the building and unless they received money, the bomb would be set off,” he said.

  • Huddle up with Indian Land’s FCA

    by Denyse Clark/for Carolina Gateway
    The Indian Land community now has an official Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter. 
    Pastor Michael Davis, Indian Land FCA staff member and a special education teacher at Indian Land Elementary School, said the FCA gets students together to develop leadership skills and also help them to go out and get disciples for Christ.
    Despite its name, the organization is not just limited to student athletes. All students are welcome to join the group.