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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)

It’s not every day when neighbors band together to achieve a common goal, but when they do it is noteworthy. In the case of residents of Mount Vintage Plantation near North Augusta, what they accomplished was truly remarkable.  Earlier this

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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 until a legal dispute over dueling boards is settled.  The nine members of the board elected in a

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

The so-called Shadowmess imbroglio has mushroomed into a full-blown legal dispute.  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.  The association alleges the meeting

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Shadowmoss headed for showdown (SC)

In a word, it’s a mess. A Shadowmoss mess.  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

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Neighbor helps rescue couple from condo fire on Seabrook Island

The cause is under investigation, but Walz said fire officials are looking into conflicting reports that there had been “alternate means of cooking in the evening.”  Berkeley Electric Cooperative cut power to Seabrook Island on Friday ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

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Massive fire spreads to 5 condos in Myrtle Beach (SC)

When the owner called the fire department, she says they did not answer her call. She called police next who said they had received 39 calls and it was impossible for them to get anyone to the scene.  Firemen are

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Residents find hardships when challenging their HOA (SC)

A homeowners association can be a make or break the issue between a good community and a community that has a high turnover in its population.  According to Nate Johnson, the government affairs director with Coastal Carolina’s Realtors Association, problems

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Not Many Dams Repaired After The Floods (SC)

A year after the flood and a number of dams still need repair but The Department of Health and Environmental Control says some progress has been made.  There were 51 DHEC regulated dams that were breached last year and so

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Homeowners vote to end Hargray bulk agreement (SC)

Homeowners in the Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge subdivision have voted to end “confidential bulk service” agreements requiring them to pay for bundled phone and internet services.  The vote is related to litigation filed by the homeowners association against subdivision

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Shadow “Mess” complaints and HOA oversight in South Carolina

Neighbors are butting heads and allegations are flying in a West Ashley neighborhood that’s already had a rough year.  Some residents of Shadowmoss Planation started a grassroots attempt to overthrow their Homeowner’s Association board, under the claim that the neighborhood

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Richland County to replace more than 100 trees mistakenly cut down (SC)

Richland County is promising to replace more than 100 trees that were cut down after a bureaucratic mistake.   Officials put a request to do something about trees in the Landon Place subdivision on hold in the way of last October’s

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Mill Creek residents can finally cut cord on unwanted Hargray services (SC)

Residents of Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge can finally cut the cord on that pesky old landline phone they never use.  Homeowners in the Bluffton community are no longer obligated to buy Hargray Communications cable, internet or phone services they

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Decision to not restore lake not sitting well with residents (SC)

After thinking it over for about a year, the Homeowners Association sent a letter to the Department of Health and Environmental Control saying “HOA has decided not to restore our lake and instead return it to natural wetlands.” The decision

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Hermine causes flooding, strands neighbors in Cameron Village (SC)

Tropical Storm Hermine caused major flooding in the Cameron Village neighborhood off Highway 707. The storm left huge puddles of water in some areas of the neighborhood, leaving many neighbors stuck.  “Fifty percent of our community is still underwater and

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October flood victims shaken by Hermine (SC)

One homeowner says he raised his house to get big savings on insurance, but also as a matter of peace of mind. And the Lake Katherine Homeowners Association decided to open the gates on the lake’s dam to bring the

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DeBordieu completes 5 years as Firewise community

Blanche Brown, general manager of the DeBordieu Colony Community Association, said that over the last five years, DeBordieu residents have committed time, effort and resources to mitigate the risks to their homes and landscape from wildfire.  “Since we are located

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Editorial: Mount Vintage HOA saves North Augusta area golf course (SC)

It’s not every day when neighbors band together to achieve a common goal, but when they do it is noteworthy. In the case of residents of Mount Vintage Plantation near North Augusta, what they accomplished was truly remarkable.  Earlier this

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Neighborhood attempting to overthrow HOA (SC)

Often, News 2 hears from people who are unhappy about their Homeowners Association (HOA). Now, a group of neighbors in Shadowmoss Plantation in West Ashley are banding together to get rid of their HOA board members. It started with the

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Homeowners Association threatens to take dog from woman’s home (SC)

A Mt. Pleasant woman says her Homeowners Association (HOA) is forcing her to get rid of her dog, even though it’s done nothing wrong.  Nancy Butler says, “Nobody has the right to come and take any one’s dog away from

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Mount Vintage Golf Club sells for $2.9 million (to HOA) (SC)

A group of North Augusta area homeowners paid $2.9 million to purchase Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Course, according to property records obtained by The North Augusta Star.  The Mount Vintage Plantation Homeowners Association formally acquired the course last week from

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Mount Vintage Golf Club sold to HOA (SC)

Mount Vintage Golf Course has been purchased by the Mount Vintage Home Owners Association for $2.9 million.  Read the article………….

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Wilson Blvd. repair delayed by dam agreement (SC)

Ten months later, October’s historic flood is still having a major impact on one Midlands community.  Wilson Boulevard in Richland County was damaged by the failure of the Lake Elizabeth dam in October. The dam is still broke and the

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News 2 I-Team: HOA taken for $16,000 (SC)

“He did all the right moves,” she remembered. “He sent me an orchid. He was very diligent in the beginning.”  Then excuses started. It was months before she heard from him. She demanded her money back or for work to

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SC: Homeowners near lakes consider new round of votes to raise taxes, repair dams

Three Midlands neighborhoods prepared for a vote to raise their own taxes to finance repairs on community dams damaged in the October 2015 floods.  On Aug. 23, homeowners whose properties abut Cary Lake in the Arcadia Lakes area, Rockyford Lake

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Some Lexington County (SC) homeowners eager to explore flood buyouts

Some homeowners in the area fear plans that might widen congested I-26 nearby will send more stormwater into the creek and its tributaries.  “The future is we’re going to get more and more inundated,” said Art Guerry, president of the

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City officials, Lake Katherine (SC) residents seek better flood control in new deal

Homeowners around Lake Katherine and Columbia City officials celebrated a new deal to help run sewer lines through the Lake Katherine neighborhood, deepen the lake and improve cooperation to combat future flood disasters.     Read the article…………..

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Penny-Pinching Cripples Dam Safety in South Carolina

Tree limbs, broken medical equipment, crumbling walls and ankle-deep muck greeted Nori Warren the day she walked into her storm-battered veterinary clinic after the worst flood Columbia had experienced in decades.  Upstream dams had broken, adding millions of gallons of

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Four Richland County (SC) neighborhoods weigh new tax for dam repairs

Homeowners in each of the Northeast Richland neighborhoods will go to the polls in the next two months to decide whether to tax themselves extra – possibly for as long as three decades – to replace dams that either broke

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Litchfield Plantation (SC): Lawsuit over control of HOA heads toward dismissal

The developer of Litchfield Plantation and property owners last week withdrew motions that would have either ended or extended a 5-year-old suit over control of the homeowners association. Filings from both sides say they are preparing a consent order to

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Some dams may not be rebuilt in Richland County (SC)

In the face of legal and financial questions, some Richland County property owners are preparing for a future without the placid lakes that increased their land values and made life pleasant.    Read the article…………….

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‘Tis the season for political signs (SC)

You can’t miss them dotting neighborhoods and roadways around the county and town. It’s political season and it seems candidates’ signs for various local and state races have filled almost every vacant patch of grass.   Read the article……………

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Flood survivors throw thank-you party for contractor ‘angels’

ucker and his Forest Lake Place condominium neighbors welcomed their “angels,” as one resident described them, for a thank-you party Saturday honoring the restorative work they have done over nearly the past eight months.     Read the article…………

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Myrtle Beach woman refuses to move “God Bless America” sign, HOA issues fine

The Board of Directors at Cascades at Azalea Lakes sent resident, Jane Buck, a letter on May 20, 2016 that a sign posted on her front yard was in violation of the association’s rules.  Jane Buck says she’s lived in

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Don Christy, owner of PAI on Hilton Head, expected to plead guilty

A well-known property manager will likely plead guilty to fraud Tuesday — more than a year after he was accused of stealing more than $3 million from communities and property owners on Hilton Head Island.    Read the article…………

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Groups want to change lack of oversight, regulation for HOAs in SC

When homeowners are part of an HOA, they expect their street lights will stay on and their lawns will get cut. But there are groups that manage millions of dollars paid in dues to the HOAs each year — and

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Ceiling falls on firefighter during West Columbia (SC) Condo fire

A Columbia firefighter was injured while responding to a West Columbia fire that displaced about 15 people Monday.    Read the article…………

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Developer Control of Homeowner Associations Could Diminish in South Carolina

The South Carolina 2015-2016 Appropriation Act established the “South Carolina Committee on Homeowners Associations.” Thirteen individuals, consisting of lawmakers, developers, homeowner association managers and property owners were appointed to debate various issues affecting the level of authority that developers have

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Homeowners near Upper Rockyford dam might tax themselves to pay for repairs (SC)

A group of Richland County homeowners could be the test case for a solution to pay for costly dam repairs after historic rains and flooding damaged dozens of dams across the state last fall.     Read the article………………

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Resident fighting to install solar panels on her house (SC)

A Summerville resident has been denied permission from her homeowners association to erect solar panels on her house, but she plans to put them up anyway.  Read the article…………..

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Proposed bill pushes for tax deductions for homeowners who pay HOA fees

“Homeowners and associations are paying property taxes to the local municipalities in addition to paying annual assessment to the Homeowners Association,” he said.  Two U.S. representatives introduced the proposal known as the HOME Act, which stands for Helping Our Middle-Income

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Summerville (SC) homeowner says efforts blocked to add solar panels

Solar panels can help a household save on energy costs and cut down on their carbon footprint. But they’ve started a controversy in one Summerville neighborhood.  Stephanie Bernard said her family spent a lot of time outside; it was part

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Lawsuit alleges unfair trade practices by Mill Creek developer, Hargray Communications (SC)

The suit, filed March 8 in the Beaufort County Court of Common Pleas, centers around an agreement between the executive officers of the Mill Creek Homeowners Association, the officers’ employer and Mill Creek developer D.R. Horton, Inc., and Hargray that

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Dozens of Lowcountry homeowners associations sue property manager

More than 50 homeowners associations from Seabrook to Summerville filed a lawsuit this week alleging that a property manager billed at least some of them for services that weren’t provided.     Read the article………..

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