• It's Official

    Intersection now four-way stop

    The S.C. Department of Transportation has changed the intersection at Harrisburg and Barberville roads from a two-way stop on Harrisburg Road to a four-way stop on both roads, effective Jan. 12.

    Signs have been put up notifying motorists of the change. For details, call (803) 283-3397.

    County planning group to meet

  • Council to look at salary study at special meeting

    New County Council members will be brought up to speed on two county issues at a work session Monday night.

    Dennis “Cotton” Cole, Larry McCullough and Kathy Sistare were sworn in for their council duties on Jan. 5.

    Council has two items on its agenda for Monday’s meeting, which begins at 4:30 p.m.

    A study has been done of county employees’ salaries, and the results were presented to council members in October. The new members haven’t reviewed the study.

  • It's Official

    County planning group to meet

    The Lancaster County Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in Room 224 of the Lancaster County Administrative Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.

    This will be the group’s monthly workshop to discuss the agenda for its next meeting Jan. 20.

    For details, call (803) 285-6005.

    County Democrats to meet Monday

  • Cauthen looks back at his career as sheriff

    Memories of the fire at the old Lancaster jail in 1979 are still clear as ever for retiring Sheriff Johnny Cauthen.

    Eleven people died that December day in what was the result of an inmate’s arson.

    Throughout his 33-year career in law enforcement, Cauthen would see dozens of people killed, shot, stabbed, raped or otherwise harmed.

    He’s seen brutality at its worst and humanity at its best – and thoughts about the good are what allow him to believe his tenure was worthwhile.

    But Cauthen believes now is the time for him to call it quits.

  • Faile sworn in as new county sheriff

    Former Lancaster County Sheriff Williford Faile has watched his son grow from a boy to man.

    His son, Barry Faile, stepped into a new position that must have made his father most proud.

    The younger Faile was sworn in Friday morning as the county’s new sheriff.

    He succeeds Johnny Cauthen, who announced his retirement last year.

    Elected officials and law officers from at least five different counties were among those who filled Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to witness the swearing-in.

  • It's Official

    County offices close for holidays

    Lancaster County offices will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1. Convenience sites will also be closed on Thursday, Jan. 1.

    New sheriff to be sworn in Jan. 2

    Newly elected Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile  will be sworn in at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, in Bundy Auditorium in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Next council   meeting Jan. 5

  • 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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