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Kershaw town council denies $25K KCPC request

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – The Kershaw Community Park Council on Monday asked the town council for $25,000 to secure an equal grant for the playground-replacement project at Stevens Park, but the council turned down the request.
The $25,000 would have won KCPC a matching amount from the J. Marion Sims Foundation, a big step toward the community group’s $375,000 goal.
“We just don’t have it,” Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman told anxious KCPC board members after council discussed the matter behind closed doors for more than an hour.


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Special election for open council seat is April 17

Morrow lone candidate in Heath Springs race

By Mark Manicone

Tameka Morrow, a teacher at North Elementary School, is running unopposed in the race for the open seat on Heath Springs Town Council.
“Everyone has a voice, but I’d like to put the voice of the younger generation – the generation of the offspring of the retirees,” Morrow said. “It’s time for a younger generation to come in, and I would like to put a fresh face on council.”


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Quinn Jr. gets fine, probation, no prison

By Mark Manicone

Former House Majority Leader Richard Quinn Jr. has been sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to misconduct in office.
Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen delivered the sentence 9 a.m. Monday at a hearing in Beaufort. In addition to probation, Mullen sentenced Quinn to 500 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine.
Special Prosecutor David Pascoe, who argued for Quinn to receive the maximum sentence of one year in prison, objected to Mullen’s sentencing, but the judge didn’t let him get far.  


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Filing ends Monday for Heath Springs council

By Greg Summers

Noon on Monday is the deadline for individuals to file as candidates for the upcoming Heath Springs Town Council special election.
A special election will be held April 17 to fill the unexpired two-year council term of Eddie Moore, who was elected as Heath Springs mayor last November. The at-large nonpartisan council seat became vacant in January after Moore was sworn in as mayor.

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To file, candidates must be a resident of Heath Springs and must be a legal resident of the town 30 days prior to the election.


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Rick Quinn Jr. to be sentenced in corruption case

By Mark Manicone

Sentencing is expected Monday for former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn Jr., who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in December as the result of the State House corruption probe.
Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen is expected to take up the case during a hearing in Beaufort at 9:30 a.m., according to the Charleston Post and Courier.


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Mysterious computer-coding problem affects 24 IL industrial properties

Glitch causes $1M tax shortfall

By Greg Summers

An unexplained computer glitch caused 24 Indian Land industrial properties to receive no county property tax bills, throwing off incoming tax revenues by more than $1 million and sending officials scrambling for answers.


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House votes to protect SCE&G ratepayers

By Greg Summers

COLUMBIA – The S.C. House has temporarily pulled the plug on the $37 million that SCANA gets each month for two nuclear reactors that will never generate the first kilowatt of electricity.
On Wednesday, the House voted 119-1 to drop the $27 per month fee that SCE&G electric customers are paying for a now-abandoned reactor project at V.C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in Fairfield County. SCANA is the parent company of SCE&G.
Rep. Brandon Newton (R-Lancaster) said it was time for the legislature to take a stand on behalf of beleaguered ratepayers.


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Rep. Gowdy won’t seek reelection

By Mark Manicone

Trey Gowdy, who led the Benghazi investigation in the U.S. House that uncovered Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, is getting out of politics.
“There is a time to come and a time to go,” Gowdy wrote Wednesday on Twitter, announcing that he would not run for reelection this year. “This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system.”


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Kershaw may need rec center property for new industrial park

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – No, the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center on North Matson Street isn’t for sale.
But Kershaw town officials are exploring the possibility of buying it from the county.
Engineering plans for Kershaw Commerce Park show the main entrance cutting through the rec center parking lot. The park must have two entrances, and a dirt road on the site isn’t wide enough for a southern entrance.
“We didn’t find out about this until two weeks ago,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.


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County’s IL office might open in March

By Greg Summers

Lancaster County officials hope to have the satellite county government office in Indian Land ready in about two months.
“Work is under way,” said County Administrator Steve Willis. “The locks have been changed. The utilities have been changed over, and actual renovations are getting ready to start with a completion of Feb. 28.”


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