Today's News

  • Sun sets on construction at Sun City?

    INDIAN LAND – Sun City Carolina Lakes lost a part of its short history Aug. 3, when Pulte Homes began demolition of the Sun City sales center and two nearby parking lots, as the company prepares to begin construction of the community’s final homes.
    Before the Lake House amenities center opened in 2007, the sales center also served that function, with many of the community’s initial club meetings held there.
    It was the inital meeting place for the Indian Land Rotary Club and its parking lots were the site of the first two Indian Land fall festivals.

  • Council pulls LCEDC funding

    Lancaster County Council ended its longtime public/private sector partnership with the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. during its meeting Monday evening, Aug. 10.
    Responding to a motion by Councilman Larry Honeycutt, Council voted 4-3 to withhold future funding from the organization with the goal of creating a new county department to handle economic development matters.

  • County council votes 4-3 to no longer fund LCEDC

    Lancaster County has cut ties with the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
    During its meeting on Monday evening, Aug. 10, Lancaster County Council voted 4-3 to no longer fund the organization beginning in October.
    The motion, made by Councilman Larry Honeycutt, called for withdrawing funding for the organization, with the goal of moving toward the creation of a county department to handle economic development matters in the upcoming months.

  • Shooting suspect should face jury

    I read the recent article about the individual who was shot during a recent armed robbery attempt at M&R Mini Mart.

    I know the victim, and I consider him a friend. The suspect who shot my friend will eventually have to face justice.

    I had a career of almost 30 years in law enforcement, and I’ve seen many terrible things. The suspect will probably say he isn’t to blame, because of the system.

    I recently spoke with the wife of the shooting victim. He is in a battle for his life, and the life he knew is gone.

  • Council’s workshop left out some key items

    Each August, Lancaster County Council takes a luxurious three- or four-day working vacation on Hilton Head Island for the S.C. Association of Counties meeting. Often, they have a meeting during this vacation and so it was be this year, although it is a work session, not a regular meeting.

    Council planned to review its current list of projects, a 93-page agenda available online on the county website, under council agendas. It is interesting to review some of the things that made the list, and some that did not.

    Some projects from council’s list:

  • Estridge could be removed from board

    One Lancaster County councilman vowed July 27 to “challenge” a decision to remove him from the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. board of directors during the middle of his term.

    The declaration from Councilman Jack Estridge during council’s meeting was just the latest development in a string of conflicts surrounding the LCEDC and the group’s bylaws, which have been in a state of flux for months.

  • Local BSA troop in transition

    Lancaster County is losing one of its more storied Boy Scout programs, but is gaining its first Trail Life USA troop as a result.

    “We are transitioning Troop 72 from Boy Scouts to Trail Life USA,” said the Rev. Dr. Kyle Sims, First ARP pastor. “We are in the process of being chartered and will most likely be S.C. Trail Life Troop 72. We don’t see this as dropping anything, but just transitioning.”

  • Traffic stop ends in drug arrest

    Gregory A. Summers


    A routine early morning traffic stop for a car with no headlights turned into much more when more than 75.44 grams of marijuana were found in the driver’s pockets and inside the vehicle.

    Derek Tyrek Buchanon, 19, 2813 Rolling Hills Road, was charged July 29 with two counts of marijuana possession with intent to distribute, and a passenger in his car, Samantha Brook Bell, 20, 403 W. Arch St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Spec building plans on hold

    Christopher Sardelli


    Plans for constructing a spec building in Heath Springs are indefinitely on hold following the suspension of a critical loan program that could have helped pay for the structure.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell said Thursday, Aug. 6, that the future of a proposed 50,000-square-foot building to be built in the Heath Springs Business Park is uncertain after learning Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s largest power producer, has suspended one of its loan programs.

  • County Council recognizes deputies

    Reece Murphy


    Lancaster County Council recognized three officers with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office for honors received from other organizations during its July 20 meeting.

    Recognized during the meeting\f the Year; Deputy Jason Leaphart, the American Legion Forty & Eight’s S.C. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; and crime scene investigator Ken Taylor, honored by Indian Land VFW Post 12136.