• Willis to speak on referendum concerns

    It's down to the wire, and County Administrator Steve Willis will be out this week in several parts of the county to answer voters questions about the upcoming sales tax referendum.

    County Council proposed a bond referendum to pay for a new courthouse before the historic Lancaster County Courthouse burned on Aug. 4. Before the fire, residents were to vote on whether to build a new courthouse at all.

  • Norrell: Mulvaney broke promises; but Mulvaney says Norrell is being dishonest about his business

    Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell is accusing her Republican challenger in the state Senate District 16 race Mick Mulvaney of leaving Lancaster County on the hook for a housing development he once owned.

    The issue revolves around an 800-acre housing development in Indian Land called Edenmoor – one of the largest planned development districts, or PDDs, ever approved in the county. Originally called St. Katherine, Mulvaney began work on the property in 1999. The development is located off U.S. 521 between Jim Wilson Road and S.C. 5.

  • AJ, IL bands compete in state finals

    Even though they didn't finish as high as they would have liked, Indian Land High School band director Mathew Willis said he is extremely proud of his group's performance this past weekend.

    The Warrior band finished seventh in Class A state finals Saturday. The band earned a berth to the finals after coming in first at Upper State preliminaries a week before.

    Indian Land also finished seventh at state in 2007.

  • Joslyn Clark to close plant here

    A Lancaster-based fire protection company is closing its doors.

    Joslyn Clark Controls, which manufactures diesel and electric fire pump controllers, has announced plans to leave Lancaster.

    According to a press release from the company, it will be consolidating its Lancaster operations and moving them to another facility in the United States. The company will begin moving this fall and could be completely moved by early 2009.

  • Bob Conley challenges Lindsey Graham for U.S. Senate

    South Carolina voters will get to choose who will represent them in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who's seeking a second term, is running against Democrat Bob Conley.

    Here's what the campaigns see as the top issues and what they think makes their candidate the better choice."

    Bob Conley

    A North Myrtle Beach resident, Conley, 43, is labeled by some as a conservative Democrat. He sought the Democratic nomination after serving as a member of the Horry County Republican Committee."

  • Solicitor ready to finish case

    A local prosecutor is preparing to submit his conclusion regarding a case about a former Indian Land High School administrative assistant who was allegedly paid thousands of dollars for days she did not work.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said he has gathered all the information he needs and is now trying to find time to write his findings. He said recent court proceedings have kept him busy.

  • Issues facing young black males focus of three-day conference

    Community leaders and others will gather this week for a three-day event that addresses issues facing black boys.

    The second State of the African American Male Conference starts Thursday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Organizer Bobby Bailey said the conference was organized as a response to conditions and statistics that suggest blacks don't achieve as high as other groups. The aim is to discuss problems, present research and hear new ideas for programs that can be used locally.

  • Garver Homes moves to downtown Lancaster

    Garver Homes celebrated its grand opening in downtown Lancaster with a ribbon-cutting and open house on Thursday.

    The home-building firm, owned by Gary Shamp and Mick Mulvaney, recently moved its corporate headquarters from Charlotte, where it was sharing office space with another firm, to 309 N. Main St., next to the Allen Tate office.

    Shamp has been building homes in the Carolinas for more than two decades, starting as a laborer for a major homebuilder while in high school.

  • Planners OK 'town center' rezoning

    In a close rezoning vote, developers got the go-ahead to build homes, medical offices and retail stores at U.S. 521 and Collins Road in Indian Land.

    The Lancaster County Planning Commission approved 4-3 U.S. Trust Properties' request to rezone 411 acres from R-15P to Planned Development District (PDD) 26. The rezoning will allow the developers to build 2.63 homes per acre, increasing the density by 200 homes.

  • Long cuts financial ties with voucher supporter

    Deborah Long is the latest political candidate to distance herself from New York City millionaire and political activist Howard Rich.

    After it was discovered that Long, Republican candidate for the state House District 45 seat, accepted campaign contributions from organizations linked to Rich, she decided to return the $12,000 in contributions. Rich supports school vouchers and has contributed money to Republican campaigns throughout the country.

    "It was getting to be too much of an issue," Long said. "I wanted to clear the air and concentrate on the issues."