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13 agencies scramble in drill for catastrophic power outage

Cyber-attack scenario

By Greg Summers

A mock cyber-attack against the U.S. power grid kept 57 people from 13 Lancaster County agencies hopping for several tense hours Wenesday, reacting to the catastrophic scenario.
The drill, called GridEx IV, was designed to test local responses to the loss of the electrical system for an extended period of time. More than 5,000 government, business and nonprofit stakeholders nationwide participated in the training.


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Van Wyck picks 1st town council

By Reece Murphy

Van Wyck voters chose their first town council Tuesday, completing the nearly two-year process of protecting the rural enclave from being gobbled up by ever-expanding Indian Land.
Choosing among nine at-large candidates, voters tapped Richard Vaughan, Cassandra Watkins, Xavier Kee and Bob Doster to guide the town through its first two years as a municipality.  
The town’s first mayor, Sean Corcoran, ran unopposed and will be officially designated at 10 a.m. Thursday.


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Hectic 2 years for Mayor Dorman

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Midway through his first term as mayor, Mark Dorman has seen his share of day-to-day headaches.
Town Administrator Joe Boyes resigned under pressure in February 2016 after only 16 weeks on the job.
The municipal golf course, poorly maintained and losing customers, needed big upgrades. And the old Springs Industries Kershaw Plant was an abandoned hulk.


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New finance chief settles into challenging role

By Mark Manicone

Lancaster is facing big budget challenges in the next few years, so you might think the city’s top finance job would be a hot seat.
But Daniel Driggers, who arrived two months ago to fill the vacant finance director’s position, doesn’t see it that way.
“My job is not to be the fix-it person. That’s not my role,” Driggers said. “My role is to maintain transparency and make sure were communicating good financial data in a timely way.”


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Time to elect folks to run Van Wyck

By Reece Murphy

When Van Wyck voters went to the poll in August, they chose to become a town and set up its governmental structure.
Next week, residents of the state’s newest municipality will decide who will run it.
Van Wyck’s inaugural election to seat its first town council and mayor is Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road. The poll is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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Incumbent Coates tops Norville for Kershaw council

By Kayla Vaughn

Incumbent Eddie Coates beat newcomer Wesley Norville by a 3-to-1 margin Tuesday in the race for an at-large Kershaw Town Council seat.
Coates won 75 percent of the vote, with 132 votes to Norville’s 44. Only one absentee vote was cast.
While he’s glad the election is over, Coates said, “I’m ready to continue working until my next four years are up.”
“The turnout really floored me,” he said. “I was not expecting even 100 people to show up.”


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Moore elected Heath Springs mayor

By Greg Summers

HEATH SPRINGS – Eddie Moore became the first black mayor elected in Lancaster County history on Tuesday, winning a three-candidate nonpartisan race in Heath Springs.
Moore avoided a runoff by getting 53 percent of the 189 votes cast.
“I’m blessed. To whom much is given, much is required,” said Moore, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church. “I’m a servant to my savior and to all our citizens alike. Heath Springs has great potential, and we must all work together and play our parts. We must come together to succeed.”


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Heath Springs, Kershaw going to polls Tuesday

By Greg Summers and Mark Manicone

Voters in Heath Springs and Kershaw will head to the polls Tuesday to have their say on council terms that start in January 2018.
Both elections are nonpartisan, which means candidates don’t have to register with political parties. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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Harris responds on paying Blackmon’s legal expenses

By Mark Manicone

Ex-Lancaster City Council member Jackie Harris has filed a rebuttal to council member Linda Blackmon’s motion asking that Harris be forced to pay Blackmon’s legal fees resulting from the challenge to the 2016 election results.
Harris’ attorney, Elizabeth Hyatt, disputed Blackmon’s claim in an Oct. 13 motion that the election protest was “frivolous” and filed solely to keep her from taking office.


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Kershaw meeting on cleaning up old Springs site draws big crowd

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Nancy Watson wants the abandoned Springs Industries Kershaw Plant property on the north side of town cleaned up.
She is tired and frustrated over the 9.1-acre eyesore that paints an unflattering image of the town and its citizens.
“It was a nice clean mill, a nice clean mill village, and we were never afraid to go out at night,” Watson said Tuesday night during a question/answer community meeting held at her beloved Kershaw Second Baptist Church.


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