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Local cemetery dealing with rain water runoff after pond damage (SC)

The problem started over eight years ago when a drainage pipe for a neighboring pond, Lake Williams, broke. The pond is owned by the University Estates Homeowners Association.  An Aiken Standard article from May 29, 2009, mentions the damage and

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Charleston accounting manager charged with embezzling more than $750,000 (SC)

An accounting manager accused of embezzling from her Charleston employer was in court asking for a public defender Thursday, after federal prosecutors accused her of depositing more than $750,000 in two unauthorized bank accounts.  There was no clue what became

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Federal government buying out flood-plagued Bridge Pointe townhomes in West Ashley (SC)

For the first time, the federal government has agreed to buy out flood-stricken homes in Charleston.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a $2.45 million grant to buy out the owners of 35 Bridge Pointe townhomes in West Ashley,

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What’s causing Bees Ferry flooding? One man thinks he knows, and offers possible solution (SC)

He’s the HOA president for the Sienna neighborhood of nearby Grand Oaks Plantation. While his street hasn’t flooded, Porter worries how storm water affects Shadowmoss, Hickory Hills, and Hickory Farms.  Porter believes litter, debris, and nature are blocking the flow

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Creating a state homeowners association czar is a bad idea (SC)

Last May, as the 2017 legislative session in Columbia drew to a close, a bill that had been passed by the House, designated H. 3886 and titled the South Carolina Homeowners Association Act, was put on the Senate calendar for

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Cane Bay Trail is a concern, needs permanent fix, residents say (SC)

People in Cane Bay want a fix to an ongoing problem. They say there’s drainage issues along the Cane Bay Trail in Berkeley County. they say the trail is also unfinished.  People who live in the area say the trail

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Neighborhood gator’s removal involves city police, upsets residents (SC)

Some in Conway’s Ridgewood West neighborhood are grieving the loss of its popular alligator, Earl, and a Conway man has been charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits when he shot the gator.  Conway police cited him with

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‘It’s no way to live’: West Ashley residents give U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, Charleston mayor an earful (SC)

Frustrated West Ashley residents who have experienced repeated flood damage to their homes pressed U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and other elected officials for answers Friday morning.  Shadowmoss residents were recently flooded, for the fourth time in

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Daniel Island Community (POA) Rallies For Hurricane Harvey Victims (SC)

When West Ashley resident Mary Summy saw what was happening in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey it broke her heart. Not just because of the devastation, but because of its impact on people she cares about. She lived

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What’s the solution for Harbor Island’s woes after Hurricane Matthew? Not a public beach (SC)

Harbor Island residents who wanted federal money to help clear away homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew won’t be creating a public beach to get it.  Beaufort County officials proposed the idea of public beach access in return for facilitating the

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Unhappy Property (Manager) Loses in South Carolina

“If you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur.” – Anonymous In South Carolina, as in most states, there exist various consumer protection and licensing laws, intended to protect the public from the unauthorized practice of law

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Property owners on Cary Lake being assessed taxes to pay for dam repair (SC)

The town of Arcadia Lakes (pop. 954) is coming back from the domino effect. In October of 2015, Cary Lake’s earthen dam fell prey to the rushing waters.  Soon, perhaps as early as September, after more than a year and

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Longborough homeowners respond to backlash over new sign (SC)

Residents in the Longborough neighborhood spoke out on Friday following backlash seen on Facebook regarding a new sign in the community.  The sign designates a dirt trail and dock as private property owned by the Longborough Homeowner’s Association.  Anyone who

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Mt. Pleasant neighborhood split over solution for goose controversy (SC)

Residents in Belle Hall Plantation are split down the middle after rumors about a homeowners association plan to kill geese have been circulating throughout the neighborhood.  Some residents agree with managing the goose population while others claim that it is

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No Trespassing sign posted at waterfront Longborough Park upsets downtown Charleston residents (SC)

The Longborough Park has a small dock often used by upper peninsula residents who don’t live in the private, upscale neighborhood. But the Longborough Owners Association made it clear this week that outsiders aren’t welcome with a new sign that

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8 people treated after Surfside Beach condo fire (SC)

Horry County Fire Rescue crews responded to a condo fire in Surfside Beach Wednesday morning.  Read the article………….

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Neighbors at odds over dam repair (SC)

Lake Dogwood recently became the fourth community in Richland County that voted to tax itself to rebuild a dam, bringing life back to Dogwood Lake.  Forty-nine of the community’s 110 registered voters went to the polls, voting 33-15 to create

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Sanford’s bill aim: ‘Treat taxpayers the same’ in private community storm cleanup (SC)

If another hurricane strikes South Carolina, Rep. Mark Sanford wants residents in private communities and neighborhoods with homeowners associations to be eligible for help cleaning up debris.  The Republican congressman introduced a bill last week — the Disaster Assistance Equity

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Mount Pleasant man’s battle for solar panels remains unsettled (SC)

Mount Pleasant resident Steve Zimmerman just wanted to get off the grid.  In December, Zimmerman moved into Lakeshore subdivision, a cozy little community of about 70 homes off bustling Rifle Range Road.  Soon after, he started investigating the possibility of

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Lakes become wastelands in flood stricken communities (SC)

Close to two years after more than 50 dams breached in the October 2015 flood, the Department of Transportation says nearly a dozen privately owned dams still sit in limbo.  Others have already made the decision not to rebuild. At

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Can HOA board members be required to sign a Code of Conduct?

Q: Our HOA board has developed a code of conduct policy for board members. It specifically states that board members who violate it can be removed. Our bylaws include a specific process for removal of board members, based on a

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Development finally coming to former Deer Track Golf Resort after sitting empty for years (SC)

Development of an empty lot at Deerfield Plantation, formerly Deer Track Golf Resort, in Surfside Beach has finally begun, after it sat vacant since the resort closed in 2006.  Retreat at Ocean Commons and Montage at Ocean Commons will be

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Timetable could soon be coming to replace bridge damaged in 2015 flood (SC)

For months now, SCDOT officials say their biggest barrier to getting the roadway fixed was a dam that sits underneath it. Both the dam and the road collapsed due to rising waters on Lake Elizabeth during the epic flood.  Officials

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Three pets killed in Legend Oaks condo fire (SC)

Fire crews responded to a group of condos in Legend Oaks for a large fire early Sunday morning.  Residents tell ABC News 4 the fire started around 5 a.m. on Golf View Road. While no injuries were reported, we were

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Workers fall after partial balcony collapse at North Myrtle Beach condo (SC)

Two workers fell from a third-floor balcony at a North Myrtle Beach condominium complex when the balcony partially collapsed.  According to City of North Myrtle Beach spokesperson Pat Dowling, the balcony collapse happened at Nautical Watch condos, located at 4515

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Carolina Forest resident protests HOA on side of road for 3 days (SC)

An HOA battle is brewing in one Carolina Forest community, with one man who spent several days protesting his HOA on the side of the road.  If you’ve driven down Carolina Forest Blvd in the past few days, you may

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Proposed annexation could help continued South Charleston growth

The South Charleston City Council is considering an annexation proposal from The Ridges subdivision. The Ridges has approximately 225 households, the majority of which are custom-built. Homeowners have wanted to join South Charleston in the past year because of the

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West Ashley homeowners say suspects with guns attempt to break into cars (SC)

A West Ashley neighborhood is on high alert after several home surveillance cameras captured some attempted car break-ins showing the suspects holding guns.  It happened in the Hunt Club neighborhood off Bees Ferry Road Monday morning.  A member of the

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Florence community forms HOA to fix damaged Bennett Lake dam (SC)

Lake Bennett in Florence is still empty months after the dam broke during hurricane Matthew.  Bob Lynch and his wife built their home on Lake Bennett 15 years ago for the water view. Now it’s not quite the view they’re

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Two people injured in Myrtle Beach condo fire (SC)

Firefighters in Myrtle Beach worked to put out a structure fire at 4106 Fairway Lakes early Monday morning.  The fire happened around 6 a.m. at a condo complex. Two people were transported to the hospital and one person suffers from

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Longs neighborhood upset with HOA, new bill in Senate could help (SC)

A new law that would put stricter regulation on homeowners associations is now making its way through the state Senate and for one neighborhood, the changes can’t come soon enough.  State Sen. Greg Hembree proposed a bill this year that

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State lawmakers plan public hearing on HOAs on Oct. 29 in Horry County (SC)

Is your homeowner’s association harassing you over the state of your landscaping?  Does your HOA shield its finances from view? Are you an HOA?board member concerned about possible changes in state law?   If you answered “yes” to any of

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BEWARE: Certain Acts of Community Management Companies Constitute the Unauthorized Practice of Law in South Carolina

In an opinion expected to affect community management companies and owners’ associations throughout the State, the South Carolina Supreme Court has provided clarification as to what it deems to constitute the unauthorized practice of law, particularly as it relates to

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First failed dam in Forest Acres being rebuilt (SC)

Homeowners on Lower Rockyford Lake in Forest Acres area are excited that work is starting to rebuild a dam that broke and emptied their lake during record rain in October 2015.  “Our wait is over,” Bettianne Davenport said Monday as

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Mount Pleasant townhomes win $7.2M verdict over ‘faulty construction’

A Charleston County jury announced the award this week for the 105-unit Waverly at Hamlin Plantation Townhome Association after a six-day trial over “faulty construction.”  The homeowners group sued John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods of the Carolinas Inc. in 2013

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HOA says residents not allowed to fly U.S. flag was misunderstanding (SC)

Outraged residents in Indian Land reached out to Channel 9, saying their homeowners association told them to take down their U.S. flag.  Estates at Audubon Lake Estates neighbors are upset after a man in an unmarked car was seen taking

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Road to Harbor, Fripp remain closed, but some find way on and off islands (SC)

Mike Lewis, Harbor Property Owner Association board member, said most major roadways on Harbor have also been cleared and security remains on the island.  There is still a long road ahead of the community once it returns as damage is

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Man rescued from balcony in Hilton Head Island condo fire (SC)

A Hilton Head Island condominium unit went up in flames Sunday morning, injuring one person.  The fire started in the bedroom of a third floor unit of The Sea Cloisters on Starfish Drive, according to a Hilton Head Island Fire

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Senator Hembree pre-files bill to regulate SC Homeowners Associations

South Carolina Senator, Greg Hembree, pre-filed a bill to require more regulation of Homeowners Associations in the state.  Hembree said he’s received complaints about a lack of education for HOA board members as well as huge fees to take HOA

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Residents give Sugar Creek neighborhood its heart (SC)

Sugar Creek is far more than its mature trees and traditional homes. The community thrives because residents join together for fun and purpose, and in doing so, they give the neighborhood its heart.  Kevin Keilman serves as president of the

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Pulte rejects county’s offer on Sun City roads, drains (SC)

Sun City Carolina Lakes’ developer has rejected Lancaster County’s demand that it secure a $3 million line of credit to handle storm-drain repairs before the county will take responsibility for all of the development’s roads.  In a Nov. 15 letter,

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Hurricane Matthew’s tree damage – some of it preventable? (SC)

While plans for revising local tree policies have not yet been adopted, experts offer several suggestions to mitigate tree damage before the next hurricane.  Scientists at the University of Florida analyzed tree damage after 10 Florida hurricanes and found advanced

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Hilton Head Plantation to raise fees to cover hurricane costs (SC)

Hilton Head Plantation property owner’s will be paying an additional $250 in fees next year to cover the costs of Hurricane Matthew.  About $1.1 million has been budgeted for 2017 to cover the costs of damage from the storm, a

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Summerville neighborhood looks to council for flooding solution (SC)

More than a month after Hurricane Matthew, some affected homeowners in Summerville say the real fix has not come.  At least a dozen homes were flooded last month and previously in October 2015 in the Arbor Oaks neighborhood.  Arbor Oaks

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Charleston County stormwater bill surprises Johns Island community (SC)

A seven-fold hike in the Charleston County stormwater bill for Ravens Bluff Homeowners Association on Johns Island has some residents feeling sticker shock.  “The amount of the increase was what was so surprising to my neighborhood,” said Debra Menard, who

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1 injured in condo complex fire near Rosewood Drive (SC)

Columbia firefighters responded to a fire at condos Monday morning that resulted in one injury.  The fire was reported at 448 Deerwood St., off of Rosewood Drive in between South Beltline Boulevard and South Kilbourne Road, around 8 a.m.  By

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Mount Vintage HOA saves N.A. golf course (SC)

Earlier this month, the Mount Vintage HOA completed the purchase of Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club

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Competing Shadowmoss board countersues in HOA dispute (SC)

The competing board of the Shadowmoss Plantation Homeowners Association wants a judge to appoint an independent third party to oversee the association

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Shadowmoss strife ratchets up as HOA board files lawsuit (SC)

The Shadowmoss Plantation Homeowners Association is suing a group of disenchanted residents who were elected to replace the HOA’s board of directors last week.

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Shadowmoss headed for showdown (SC)

One disgruntled group of the West Ashley neighborhood wants to throw out the board overseeing the homeowners’ association after what it perceives as a series of egregious missteps. The board counters that the disaffected homeowners aren’t following protocol and threatens to sue

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