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Columns

  • See column: Let’s look at IL town vote through lens of our history

    With Indian Land and the Panhandle growing so rapidly, it is now home to many newcomers from all over the country.
    I am constantly meeting transplants from the Midwest and Northeast. They have a lot of questions about this incorporation vote on March 27, and they don’t know a lot about the history of our region.

  • See column: VTIL’s case is all ‘glittering generalities’

    I’m a New Jersey native who retired and moved to Indian Land in 2014.
    After looking in York, Union and Mecklenburg counties, I finally decided on settling here in Indian Land. I found a thriving community with all the services my family needed, but less government and taxes than the other three counties offered.  

  • Carnes column: VTIL understating town’s property-tax burden

    As an elected official, I have tried to maintain neutrality in my comments about Indian Land incorporation. To incorporate or to not incorporate is an issue that needs to be decided by the voters within the proposed incorporation area.  
    However, I do feel that the information presented to the public needs to be accurate. In conversations with Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL) members going back to 2015, I have pointed out that the budget needed to be realistic and information needs to be presented accurately.

  • Starnes column: County Council has sold us out

    I am writing in reference to several letters that I have read over the past months concerning the proposed town of Indian Land.
    Just to give some background, my family is originally from Indian Land (150 or so years), and my parents moved down to Lancaster when I was a small child.
    My husband and I moved back to Indian Land 27 years ago so that our children could attend a small community school and we could build a home on the original family land. I have many fond memories of Lancaster and Indian Land.

  • Musco column: VTIL: Much of town’s budget would be taxes we already pay

    A huge portion of our town’s budget will come from tax money we already pay today.
    Every time money is spent in Indian Land, customers are charged a local option sales tax. That money is distributed between Lancaster County and the cities of Lancaster, Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck.
    Today, we do not have a claim on our own tax dollars. However, that changes when we become a town.
    What is the local option sales tax?

  • Murray column: For Sun City folks, there’s no upside to incorporating IL

    I recently attended a presentation in Sun City Carolina Lakes by the pro-incorporation group and those who don’t support the Indian Land incorporation effort.
    After listening closely to both presentations, I am convinced that incorporation is not the best option for us.

  • Gordon column: Frustrating 7-year fight to slow traffic on Doby’s Bridge Road

    Doby’s Bridge Road in Indian Land is like a raceway, and the number of vehicles using this road is very high compared to years past.
    My main concern is to get people to slow down for the curve in front of my home, which is near Gordon Drive just before the bridge.
    I have helped many people on this turn who have wrecked their vehicles. There have been multiple unreported wrecks I myself have witnessed.
    For years, people have been driving recklessly and passing stopped school buses. I have sent in so many videos of people passing school buses.

  • Redmond column: Council represents all, not just those in Indian Land

    In response to John Delfausse’s column Dec. 27 asking a lot of leading questions about why Lancaster County Council doesn’t give Indian Land the support he wants, here’s the answer, sir: County Council is responsible for the betterment of the entire county, not just Indian Land.

  • Faile: Let’s set record straight on IL town costs

    Much has been spoken and written about the future of law enforcement in Indian Land if the incorporation effort is successful.
    I want to share a few comments to set the record straight.
    Section 23-13-70 of the S.C. Code of Laws sets out the responsibilities of deputy sheriffs in our state: “The deputy sheriffs shall patrol the entire county at least twice weekly by sections assigned to each by the sheriff, remaining on duty at night when occasion and circumstances suggest the propriety thereof to prevent or detect crime or to make an arrest.”

  • Pettus column: What will incorporation do for longtime residents, besides raise taxes?

    In reading John Delfausse’s guest column in the Dec. 27 issue, I have several things that I don’t quite understand.
    He starts out by bashing Lancaster County Council on a number of issues, which I actually agree with. It’s true that poor planning has had an impact on where we are today. I doubt, however, there has ever been a council of any county or municipality that has received 100 percent support from its constituents.