• County Council may need to raise taxes

    Off-duty sheriff’s deputies are providing security at the Lancaster County Administration Building and Family Court Building on Catawba Street in the wake of two recent arsons at court buildings.

    The deputies don’t have a choice.

    On Aug. 7, after the fire at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office, and three days after the burning of the Lancaster County Courthouse, Circuit Judge Brooks Goldsmith gave an order for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to provide security at county buildings until further notice.

  • DHEC: Concrete plants to become quieter soon

    Ron Garrett of S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said he recently spent the night in a trailer near the Brookchase neighborhood in Indian Land. Garrett has been acting as a mediator between Brookchase residents and the concrete plants in 521 Perimeter Commerce Park. Residents of Brookchase and nearby Lakeview Landing say the plants generate large amounts of noise and dust. Garrett updated Lancaster County Council members on measures being taken to reach a solution between the plants and residents at Last week's council meeting.

  • County comes through for library

    With little discussion, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved giving $200,000 to buy furniture and books for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land on July 28.

    When the item came up on the agenda, Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band started to speak, but Councilman Larry Honeycutt interupted him with, “Can we just cut to the chase and call for the vote?”

    "I immediately thought 'OH NO!'" Lancaster County Library board member Karen Paulson said.

    She said the whole thing went by so fast, her head was spinning.

  • Crew finds makeover extreme

    Five workers from the Indian Land-based The Master's Construction Co. spent 12 hours volunteering on ABC network's award-winning show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Even a half hour of rain couldn't keep them from finishing a deck by 2 a.m Friday morning.

    Matt McGinn and Steven Sturdevant of Indian Land, Casey Nicholls of Fort Mill, Kyle Quick and John Stoeter of Charlotte and Antonio Gutierrez of Matthews were part of 500 volunteers selected to build a new house for the King family in Charlotte.

  • Council to discuss library funding, sales tax

    Lancaster County Council was to discuss economic development issues, a proposed 1 percent sales tax, noise at Panhandle concrete plants and funding for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land on Monday.

    Council was expected to vote on contributing $200,000 to the Indian Land library at the meeting after a request from Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band at council’s last meeting.

    Band told council members then that he had applied for a grant from the state for the $200,000 to buy books and furniture for the new library, but it wasn’t approved.

  • Pleasant Valley's VFD still looking for land

    The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department has looked for a new location for over two years.

    “I never thought it would be this much of a problem to get land, but it has been,” Pleasant Valley Fire Chief Paul Blackwelder said.

  • New SC law impacts bicyclists, motorists

     Whenever George and Renee Gunter go street biking, they pass two white bicycles next door on Niven Road in Indian Land. One month ago, those bikes weren't there. Ten months ago, they had no reason to be there.

    George and Renee were at a bike shop last October 21 when they got a call from Renee's mother. An accident involving two bikers had happened by the Gunters' house. 

  • Partners in Crime Prevention

     Sidebar: Local Crime Watch Groups

    Van Wyck, meets first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., in Van Wyck's community center, led by Clarence Witherspoon, (803) 285-0134 or (803) 287-3437.

  • Indian Land Action Council Update

    The Indian Land Action Council is back in action. The recently elected executive cabinet has new plans for everything from goals to council committees.

    The council’s founder and new chairman Bryan Vaughn met with co-chairman Alan Patterson, secretary Stacey Vaughn and treasurer Judy Fuller two weeks ago. They will present their ideas to the group at a special meeting on Thursday, July 17.

  • Council hears from tax committee

    Lancaster County Council was to hear from the chairman of its capital project sales tax committee Monday.

    Charles Harrell was to speak to council about progress the group has made since it began meeting this spring. The group is looking at possible projects to include in a November referendum that will ask voters to OK a 1-cent sales tax.

    “The committee will seek council’s input before any formal agreement is put before them to approve,” said County Administrator Steve Willis.