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Lancaster welcomes new city council member

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Hazel Taylor was sworn in Wednesday night as the new Lancaster City Council representative for District 5. She  was elected June 14 to fill the unexpired city council  term vacated by Mayor John Howard.


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Kershaw: New budget includes property tax rollback

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed first reading of the proposed $3.8 million 2016-17 budget Monday night, though its numbers are not yet finalized.
Mitch Lucas, the town’s interim administrator, said he is still waiting on the final county numbers on how much the town will get in property tax revenue for 2016-17.


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County council votes for hospitality tax

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster County Council took the first step Monday night toward approving a 2 percent  hospitality tax. The first reading of the ordinance passed 5-2.
The tax would apply to all establishments that sell prepared meals and beverages located in the unincorporated areas of Lancaster County.
“Estimated revenue from the hospitality tax could be as high as $800,000 per year,” said County Administrator Steve Willis.  


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Holt, Freeman reinstated after much finger-wagging

By Mandy Catoe

Facing an agitated crowd from the Panhandle, Lancaster County Council on Monday night reinstated two Indian Land members of the county planning commission who had been removed for missing too many meetings.
Jerry Holt and David Freeman both missed five meetings this fiscal year, which automatically vacated their seats under county ordinance.
Before voting, council members warned the two that if they wanted to be on the commission, they had to show up.


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In reversal, 4-3 vote puts Avondale back on track

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster County Council reversed course on the Avondale development Monday night, voting to more forward with the project despite pleas from an overflowing chamber of red-shirted Indian Land residents.
But the council also is placing the proposed Ansley Park project back on the agenda for its June 27 meeting, to address neighbors’ concerns about a change in the plan that they fear will worsen traffic.
The Avondale ordinance will return to council for a second reading June 27. A public hearing will be held before the third and final reading.


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Graham, Stroble in runoff for District 1

By Reece Murphy

Top vote-getters Terry Graham and Melvin Stroble will face off again June 28 in a runoff election for Lancaster County Council District 1.
Graham, of Van Wyck, and Stroble, of Indian Land, were two of four candidates in the running for the District 1 council seat of outgoing councilman Larry McCullough. The others were J.R. Wilt of Van Wyck and David Freeman of Indian Land.


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No surprises: Mulvaney wallops challenger Craig

By Greg Summers

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney was cruising to an easy victory Tuesday night in the Republican Party primary.
Mulvaney, who is seeking his fourth term in Congress, beat political newcomer Ray Craig, who had come out swinging in the race.
“Most folks within the district are fairly comfortable with my voting record and representation,” Mulvaney said Tuesday night. “They might not agree with me 100 percent of the time, but they know I am working hard on their behalf.”   


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Taylor wins city council seat easily

By Greg Summers

Hazel Taylor will become Lancaster City Council newest member after a landslide win in Tuesday’s special election.
Taylor beat U.S. Postal Service worker Nick Parris Jr. 154-20 in the nonpartisan race for the District 5 seat, which involved voters in the University and Lancaster West precincts.
A retired Lancaster County employee and 16-year member of the Lancaster County Election Commission, Taylor was in her first run for  public office.


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Auditor runoff pits Blackmon, Hunter Wallace

By Mandy Catoe

The Lancaster County auditor race will be settled in a runoff election June 28 between Allen Blackmon and Susan Hunter Wallace, since none of the candidates received a majority of the votes cast Tuesday.
Hunter Wallace received 1,789 votes in Tuesday’s Republican primary, or 43 percent. Blackmon got 1,299 votes, 31 percent. Suzette Connell Murphy received 1,070 votes, or 26 percent.


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District 5 Lancaster council seat to be decided

By Greg Summers

Tuesday’s special nonpartisan Lancaster City Council election will produce a new representative for District 5.
The 928 registered city voters in the Lancaster West and University precincts will chose either Nick Parris Jr. or Hazel Taylor to fill John Howard’s remaining term, which expires in 2018.
Howard resigned from the seat in March after he was elected mayor to fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Shaw. The mayor’s term also runs through 2018.
Parris, a lifelong Lancaster resident, works for the U.S. Postal Service in Rock Hill.


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