• 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.

  • Group tours aging courthouse

    It took about 45 minutes June 18 to convince Keith Deese that Lancaster County needs a new courthouse.

    Deese is a member of the county’s capital projects sales tax committee.

    The committee is charged with developing a ballot question for a proposed bond referendum in which voters will decide whether to approve a 1 penny sales tax to fund a new courthouse and other county building projects.

  • Karma’s story moves councilmen

    Jenny Hartley


    Karma, an abused Labrador retriever now being cared for by Indian Land residents Summer Kingery and Ken Hedges, was mentioned at County Council’s meeting April 28, when council was discussing second reading of an ordinance to toughen several of the county’s animal laws.

    Pictures of Karma were passed around to council members, showing how a collar had been embedded in the dog’s neck, probably for 18 months, leaving bloody gashes and an infection.

  • County budget funds new IL staff

    Jenny Hartley


    Lancaster County’s new budget is 5 percent higher than last year’s, and much of the increase will cover additional personnel in the Panhandle.

    “Most of that’s for Indian Land,” said Lancaster County Finance Director Veronica Thompson.

    County Council was to consider first reading of the 2008-2009, $30.2 million budget at Monday night’s meeting. Last year’s budget was $28.9 million.

    In its current form, the new budget contains no tax increase.