https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en VFD leader Dennis Straight killed directing traffic at wreck https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/vfd-leader-dennis-straight-killed-directing-traffic-wreck <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/11224657_846404118813293_6059196841932009514_o.jpg" alt="Dennis Straight, 59, of Van Wyck died at Springs Memorial Hospital, after being hit by a car while directing traffic at a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 on Nov. 7. He was the assistant chief of the Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department." title="Dennis Straight, 59, of Van Wyck died at Springs Memorial Hospital, after being hit by a car while directing traffic at a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 on Nov. 7. He was the assistant chief of the Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> 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.<br /> Dennis Straight, 59, of Van Wyck died after being transported to Springs Memorial Hospital, according to the Lancaster County Coroner&rsquo;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.<br /> Veterans share military experiences https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/veterans-share-military-experiences <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_2756color.jpg" alt="Retired Navy veteran James Taylor speaks to a sixth-grade class at Indian Land Middle School about his service on a nuclear submarine as part of the Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 12. Over 50 veterans showed up at ILMS to share their experiences in the service with students. " title="Retired Navy veteran James Taylor speaks to a sixth-grade class at Indian Land Middle School about his service on a nuclear submarine as part of the Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 12. Over 50 veterans showed up at ILMS to share their experiences in the service with students. " align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> Veterans Day is often filled with parades, salutes and assemblies aimed at recognizing and honoring those who served in the military, but Indian Land Middle School did something different.<br /> ILMS brought in over 50 veterans, and asked them to share their service and life experiences with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. There was a veteran for every classroom, and some even had two.<br /> <strong>Navy provided his career</strong><br /> Fans whip up controversy at Sun City https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/fans-whip-controversy-sun-city <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fans_supp_color_adj.jpg" alt="This 4-foot-diameter fan situated at the edge of the fairway is intended to keep the grass from burning during the hot summer months. Some residents say the fans are too loud and disrupt the peace and quiet of their Sun City Carolina Lakes neighborhood. " title="This 4-foot-diameter fan situated at the edge of the fairway is intended to keep the grass from burning during the hot summer months. Some residents say the fans are too loud and disrupt the peace and quiet of their Sun City Carolina Lakes neighborhood. " align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> 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.<br /> These aren&rsquo;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.<br /> The fans&rsquo; constant drone in the summer has prompted complaints from some residents that the course must be violating the county&rsquo;s noise ordinance.<br /> It's Official 11-14-18 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/its-official-11-14-18 <p> <strong>IL fire district board meets Nov. 14</strong><br /> The Indian Land Fire Protection District Commission meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, 185 Six Mile Creek Road, Indian Land.</p> <p> <strong>Community Relations Commission meets</strong><br /> The Lancaster County Community Relations Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Marine Corps League Lodge, 347 Brooklyn Ave., Lancaster.</p> Business Briefcase 11-14-18 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/business-briefcase-11-14-18 <p> <strong>Farmers market still open Saturday</strong><br /> The Lancaster County Farmers Market, 1920 Pageland Highway, Lancaster, is open 7 a.m-1 p.m. Saturdays in November and December, while supplies last. The market offers local and S.C.-grown produce. Call (803) 285-5545 for details.</p> School Notes 11-14-18 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/school-notes-11-14-18 <p> <strong>Beach cast in CCU&rsquo;s &lsquo;Our Town&rsquo;</strong><br /> Collin Beach, a theater arts major from Indian Land, has been cast in the lead role of George Gibbs in Coastal Carolina University&rsquo;s production of &ldquo;Our Town.&rdquo;<br /> Twenty-two Coastal Carolina University students bring to life Thornton Wilder&rsquo;s timeless, Pulitzer Prize-winning play Nov. 7-15 in the Edwards Theatre at CCU.</p> <p> <br /> <strong>ILMS Beta Club induction Nov. 14</strong><br /> Indian Land Middle School will hold its Beta Club induction ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 14.</p> Religious News 11-14-18 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/religious-news-11-14-18 <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img-0308color.jpg" alt="Father Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, left, blesses Leo, the horse Brittany Casteel is holding, during the church’s Blessing of the Animals in October. The blessing is held in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Looking on are Liz Dulski from Mitey Riders in Waxhaw, where Brittany rides Leo, and Brittany’s grandfather, Bob Johnson, right. " title="Father Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, left, blesses Leo, the horse Brittany Casteel is holding, during the church’s Blessing of the Animals in October. The blessing is held in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Looking on are Liz Dulski from Mitey Riders in Waxhaw, where Brittany rides Leo, and Brittany’s grandfather, Bob Johnson, right. " align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /><p> <strong>Faith hosts mobile pantry Nov. 14</strong><br /> Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will sponsor a Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on Nov. 14.<br /> The truck will be in the parking lot of the new Faith Presbyterian Church building at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Van Wyck Road.<br /> Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the distribution of food about 9 a.m.<br /> Coming Up 11-14-18 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/coming-11-14-18 <p> <strong>Upcoming area blood drives<br /> <small>American Red Cross</small></strong><br /> &bull; Nov. 14, noon-5 p.m., Coats and Clark, 301, 3430 Torringdon Way, Charlotte<br /> &bull; Nov. 14, 2:30-7 p.m. Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land<br /> For details, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.<br /> <small><strong>Community Blood Center</strong></small><br /> &bull; Nov. 16, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Nation Ford High School, 1400 A.O. Jones Blvd., Fort Mill<br />