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GOP hopefuls for council District 1, auditor and U.S. House to face off

Hear what candidates have to say May 26

By The Staff

Candidates for county and national offices will take the stage at a local primary candidates forum next week.
Carolina Gateway and the Indian Land Action Council will hold a Before You Vote 2016 Candidates Forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Inspiration Ministries/CrossRidge (formerly the City of Light) auditorium, 2001 Prayer Center Drive.
Rick Jiran with Duke Energy will moderate the forum.
All of the candidates in contested races on local primary ballots have been invited.


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Kershaw town council passes first reading of $3.8M budget

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed first reading of the proposed $3.8 million 2016-17 budget Monday night, though its members aren’t quite sure yet how it will impact taxpayers.
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.
The town, he said, has received the final index numbers for the mandated Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) credit factor, which provides a property tax rollback for homeowners.


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County OKs traffic impact-fee study

By Mandy Catoe

Traffic and growth in the Panhandle was the focus at Monday night’s Lancaster County Council meeting, where the council moved forward with an impact-fee study for transportation.
The council’s vote added traffic to the study, which is already looking at recreation, public safety, EMS and other factors that might be addressed with impact fees paid by residential developers. To enact an impact fee, an impact fee study has to be done. In particular, this study will consider a fixed fee amount to deal with transportation issues caused by new developments.  


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County council considers stormwater management fee

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster County Council dealt with stormwater management, a noise ordinance, business registration and two grants during its Monday night meeting.

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Council discussed options for handling the county’s stormwater. One option could result in a countywide fee to pay for the management of stormwater in the Panhandle.


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Financial transparency goal of online efforts

City puts checkbook on website

By Greg Summers

For the first time ever, if you want to see where every city of Lancaster check is going, it’s just a few mouse clicks away.
The city has upgraded its website to give citizens more detailed information on municipal finances, as well as to provide them with the latest online data available.     
“Anybody can see anything that they want about how we handle taxpayer money,” said Mayor John Howard.  
City Finance Director James Absher unveiled the changes during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.


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Kershaw shifts work schedule for street, utility departments

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is adjusting the work schedule of employees in its street and utilities departments to give them a half day off in the middle of the week.
Starting May 1, those seven employees will work from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour for lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for a total of 34 hours. They will work from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (six hours) on Wednesdays with no lunch break.
Right now, the weekday schedule for utility workers is 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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2 candidates will compete in District 5

By Greg Summers

Squeezing in just before the deadline passed, two candidates are seeking the open District 5 seat on Lancaster City Council.

Nick Parris and Hazel Taylor filed Friday at the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office. The District 5 election is June 14, the same day as the statewide Democrat and Republican party primaries.


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Will council OK hospitality tax before IL can grab the money?

County risks losing big bucks

By Mandy Catoe

A revenue race is on, with Lancaster County Council trying to decide whether to impose the maximum 2 percent hospitality tax countywide before Indian Land can become an independent city in control of its own finances.

While the idea is still only at the committee level, the county would be rewarded by winning the race for the hospitality tax in the county’s growing, busy panhandle. Striking early in order to get half later seems worth the push.


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Will county OK hospitality tax before IL can grab the money?

By Mandy Catoe

A revenue race is on, with Lancaster County Council trying to decide whether to impose the maximum 2 percent hospitality tax countywide before Indian Land can become an independent city in control of its own finances.
While the idea is still only at the committee level, the county would be rewarded by winning the race for the hospitality tax in the county’s growing, busy panhandle. Striking early in order to get half later seems worth the push.


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Kershaw’s foot-dragging almost cost it $1M from state

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw’s procrastination almost cost it two state grants totaling $1 million to build a water tank at Haile Gold Mine, but the project is back on track and the town will get to keep the money.
The two S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) grants were awarded to the town in July 2015 for infrastructure projects at Haile Gold Mine that will help bring jobs to that part of the county.
Kershaw provides water service to the mining operation, which is about 3 miles east of the town on Haile Gold Mine Road.   


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