Today's News

  • More than X’s and O’s

    Buford High School Football Coach Tripp Watts will admit it was a selfish idea.
    In 2014, Watts was brainstorming a way to save some meal money during the Jackets’ preseason drills.
    The math is easy in this two-edged sword.
    On a player level, take a 16-year-old eating machine whose growing every day, figure $7 a meal and multiply that 12 times. That’s $84 per player.
    “Some of our guys and their families just can’t afford that, so I was trying to come up with anything that would work,” Watts said.

  • What’s the next move for LCEDC?

    Through all of the raucous debates during the past year regarding employee benefits, the I-77 Alliance, bylaws and forensic audits, the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. continued to move forward as it retained its quarterly funding from Lancaster County.
    But all that changed Monday night, Aug. 10, following a vote by Lancaster County Council to withdraw the remainder of its allocated funding for the LCEDC and to instead create a new county government department for economic development.

  • 120 rising youngster participate in Countdown to Kindergarten

    Lancaster County First Steps has been working with rising kindergartners throughout the summer in order to prepare them for the upcoming school year.
    The Countdown to Kindergarten program began in June and will end just prior to school starting Monday, Aug. 17.  

  • 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.”