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Kershaw council hears park update

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council may install a new gate to allow students from Kershaw Elementary School to access Stevens Park from Ingram Street during daylight hours.
At its Monday, Sept. 21, meeting, council directed Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes to explore the possibility of having a gate or gates installed.
The consensus decision came after council heard an update on needs at the park from Kershaw Community Park Council board member Frances Moreland.


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County council withdraws formal request for forensic audit

County plan for new economic development department moves forward

By Chris Sardelli

Plans are moving forward for Lancaster County’s first in-house economic development office.
Following Lancaster County Council’s decision in August to rescind funding for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., county officials laid the groundwork for a new internal county department with first nods for two ordinances during council’s Sept. 14 meeting.
Up first, council approved first reading of an ordinance creating the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development by a vote of 6-1, with Councilman Jack Estridge dissenting.


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Municipal bodies, LCEDC respond to FOIA requests

By Chris Sardelli

City, county and economic development officials have all acknowledged receiving a series of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by The Lancaster News on Sept. 9, though no records have yet to be released.


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Council sets aside $12k to begin condemnation process

City moves ahead to condemn home

By Greg Summers

Members of Lancaster City Council unanimously voted Tuesday, Sept. 8, to allocate and set aside $12,000 to begin condemnation process on a home at 212 W. Meeting St.
Mitch Norrell, city attorney, said on June 25, the public works department found a major issue while routinely smoke-testing sewer lines on the parcel. There is a sewer line under the edge of the house that has a storm water drain line directly on top of a sewer line.
The storm drain, Norrell said, runs from the courthouse parking lot at the corner of Catawba and Dunlap streets.


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Committee to gather public input on five state agencies

By Chris Sardelli

State representatives are hoping an online survey will allow residents to weigh in on the effectiveness of five state agencies currently being studied, part of an ongoing analysis of the intricacies of South Carolina’s government.
The S.C. House Legislative Oversight Committee announced earlier this month it is gathering input from residents about five state agencies under review, including the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, School for the Deaf and Blind, Commission for the Blind, Department of Public Safety, and Treasurer’s Office.


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Threshold amount for vehicle more than one ton set at $2,500

City revises employee policy

By Greg Summers

You don’t have to tell Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chuck Small, the bigger the truck, the bigger the repair bill.
He recently encountered it when a damaged mirror had to be replaced on a fire engine.
“The mirror was $1,200,” Small said. “You’re talking about opening a door and scratching a mirror.”


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Kershaw administrator’s last day will be Dec. 31

Starnes to step down

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Kershaw will be getting more than a new mayor in January 2016.
After Wayne Rhodes recently announced he was dropping out of the November 2015 mayor’s race, the town’s administrator is following suit.
Tony Starnes has told town leaders Dec. 31, 2015, will be his last day on the job.
Starnes said he told council at a special meeting held Aug. 27.
“I think some of them knew and some of them didn’t,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure we were all on the same page.”


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Wayne Rhodes drops out of race, won’t seek third term

Kershaw's mayor’s race now wide open

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Nov. 3 just got a lot more interesting for voters in the county’s most southern town and for the Lancaster County Election Commission.
Wayne Rhodes, two-term incumbent mayor for Kershaw, announced last week he was withdrawing from the race.
Lancaster County Voter Registration Director Mary Ann Hudson said Friday, Sept. 4, Rhodes informed the office he was dropping out of the Kershaw mayor’s race.


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Hundreds wait in hot sun for GOP hopeful’s visit

Rubio stumps in Sun City

Beverly Lane Lorenz
For The Lancaster News

INDIAN LAND – Excited and enthusiastic crowds began arriving early Thursday morning, Aug. 27, on the back lawn of the Lake House at Sun City Carolina Lakes to get a spot to see and hear U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who is campaigning for the Republican nomination for president.  
Rubio’s popularity rose significantly following his performance during the Aug. 6 Fox News debates, with many calling him the winner of the main event.    


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Third-party lab testing for wastewater also approved

City council funds study

By Chris Sardelli

Funding to continue a critical operational study of the city of Lancaster’s wastewater treatment plant was approved by city officials earlier this month.
During Lancaster City Council’s Aug. 11 meeting, council members approved funding $12,500 to continue a contract with W.K. Dickson, a community infrastructure consulting firm.
Council’s vote to continue the study at least through September came minutes after a report from City Administrator Helen Sowell and Brian Tripp, an engineer with W.K. Dickson.


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