• Officers honor retiring sheriff

    At one time, Johnny Cauthen had long hair that ran way down his back.

    That was before he embarked on what would become a three-decade career at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Cauthen, who sports a completely different hair style these days, is winding down his career. He’s retiring this year after serving more than 31 years in law enforcement, including the last 12 as Lancaster County sheriff.

    Chief Deputy Barry Faile will be sworn in next month as Cauthen’s successor.

  • Senator favors roll call voting

    When the state Senate convenes next month, the issue of transparency will be on the agenda.

    Roll call voting, a system of recording each member’s decision on an issue, will be front and center when the General Assembly meets on Jan. 13.

    Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, a Republican from Gaffney, recently filed for a bill that would increase the number of roll call votes.

    This is in contrast to the current system of voice votes, where lawmakers simply say “yes” and “no,” but are not held accountable.   

  • Vaughn: Much progress made since ’05

    Lancaster County Councilman Bryan Vaughn remembers sitting at the controls of a bulldozer, preparing to ceremonially break ground for Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    He looks back on how far that community and its residents have come, and how far Indian Land as a whole has come during his time on County Council.

    Vaughn, 44, who took office in 2005, chose not to run for re-election this year. Sun City resident Larry McCullough will take Vaughn’s place on council in January.

  • Residential development slows in IL

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County Planning Director Chris Karres updated members of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Indian Land Council on developments under way in the Panhandle at the Indian Land council’s recent meeting.

    Karres said residential growth has slowed in Indian Land, but commercial development continues.

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  • New law allows background checks on EMS personnel

    Effective Dec. 15, every EMT, intermediate EMT and paramedic certifying or recertifying in South Carolina will have a national background check performed prior to receiving their certification.

    The public puts great trust in EMS personnel and we see them at a vulnerable time. We do our best to make sure that we have personnel with good character responding to calls. This should go a long way toward reassuring the public that all EMS personnel in the state have a clean record.

  • L&C heading to Obama’s inauguration

    The L&C Railway is offering a trip to Washington, D.C., to see history made when Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th president – and the nation’s first black president – on Jan. 20.

    Two cars – the J.P. Henderson and the Hollywood Beach – will be taken to Charlotte on Jan. 17 and attached to the rear of Amtrak’s Carolinian for the 10.5-hour trip.

    The Carolinian travels daily between Charlotte and New York City, with stops in Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia.

  • Volunteers add trees to AJ park

    Jenny Hartley


    There may be even more reason to celebrate Arbor Day in Lancaster County, as trees come down in the Panhandle to make room for homes, shopping malls and medical offices.

    But trees are safe at Andrew Jackson State Park, where an Arbor Day celebration was held Dec. 5.

    Members of various Lancaster County garden clubs planted blueberry bushes and apple trees in the orchard at the park in honor of the day.

  • IL town center project gets green light

    Coleman & Associates


    UHF Development Group, Coleman & Associates and The Tuttle Companies received final approval Dec. 1 on a 411-acre planned development district in Indian Land. 

    The rezoned land is to become part of a master-planned “town center,” encompassing more than 600 acres, with four developers contributing to the project. The development may include retail, office and several types of residential neighborhoods.

  • Christian Services needs toys

    Jenny Hartley


    Many Lancaster County families are probably tightening their belts and cutting back on buying Christmas gifts this year.

    But for many families, the situation is even more dire, and there could be children in Lancaster County who don’t receive a single gift.

    Christian Services’ Angel Tree program aims to provide needy children with gifts at Christmas.

  • It’s Official

    United Way taking applications now

    United Way of Lancaster County is accepting eligibility applications from nonprofit organizations seeking funding for the upcoming year.

    Applications should be received by noon Friday, Dec. 19. Eligibility standards and applications are available at www.uwaylcsc.org. For details, call (803) 283-8923.

    Next council   meeting Jan. 5