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Council will reconsider zoning denial

Avondale ups incentives to county

By Mandy Catoe

The Avondale development in Indian Land will be back on the table at the Juen 13 county council meeting, five months after council members killed the project in the face of neighbors’ protests.
Council member Charlene McGriff made a request after the executive session at the May 23 council meeting for a motion to rescind the council’s rezoning denial for the Avondale Planned Development.
Council discussed ongoing contractual negotiations between the county and Charlotte-based developer Sinacori Builders during the executive session.  


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Local GOP races include County Council, county auditor, Congress

Primary to decide IL council seat

By Reece Murphy

Lancaster County voters heading to the polls for the 2016 statewide primaries June 14 will cast ballots in up to three races, depending on where they live.
In the meantime, a county elections official said issues with the Van Wyck precinct lines have been sorted out and new voter registration cards mailed to those eligible to vote at the Van Wyck Community Center poll.

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U.S. House District 5 Candidate Bios

Ray Craig
◆ Age: 55
◆ Family: Three children: Claudia, 19; Anna, 16; and William, 13
◆ Education: Clover High School graduate; bachelor’s degree in history, Clemson University 1983, study for master’s degree in history, Winthrop University, incomplete
◆ Occupation: Customer service at a local grocery store
◆ Political experience: This is my first bid for public office.
◆ Contact info: (843) 489-2010; vote.craig.2016@gmail.com; 2085 Cutterpoint Drive, Suite 301, Lake Wylie, SC 29710-4649

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Lancaster County Auditor Candiate Bios

Allen Blackmon
◆ Age: 60
◆ Family: Wife, Jane Bridges Blackmon; son, Kevin and his wife, Mary; daughter, Leigh Pate and her husband, Michael; two fantastic grandchildren
◆ Education: Bachelor’s degree, Clemson University; numerous continuing education courses
◆ Occupation: Retired from the S.C. Department of Revenue
◆ Political/job experience: None
◆ Contact info: (803) 804-2189; berentals@gmail.com; P.O. Box 86, Heath Springs, SC 29058

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County Council District 1 Candidate Bios

David Freeman
◆ Age: 49
◆ Family: Wife, Ginger, married for 27 years; son, Brodie, attends The Citadel; daughter, Sidney is a senior in high school.
◆ Education: Attended Indian Land schools
◆ Occupation: Business owner
◆ Political experience: Serving on Lancaster County Planning Commission (for past year); served four years on Lancaster CountyBoard of Zoning Appeals (three and a half years as chairman); over 30 hours of government training and continuous education

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25-year veteran will lead county’s in-house department

Economic development director hired

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster County announced Friday it has hired a 25-year economic development veteran to head its new in-house department that will handle business recruitment.
Jamie C. Gilbert comes from Chester, Md., where he has been executive director of the Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development for 15 months. He starts work in Lancaster July 18.
County officials said Gilbert’s credentials and experience made him a great candidate for the job, but his people skills, high energy and enthusiasm sealed the deal.


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Three auditor candidates face off at forum

By Reece Murphy

Among the 2016 Republican candidates participating in the 2016 Before You Vote Candidates Forum on Thursday evening at Indian Land’s Inspiration Ministries/CrossRidge auditorium were three candidates running for one of Lancaster County’s least-known elected positions – county auditor.
Allen Blackmon, Suzette Connell Murphy and Susan Hunter Wallace all represent new blood for the office, as each seeks to fill the position of current Auditor Cheryl Morgan, who announced in January she would not seek re-election after more than 30 years.


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Figures still floating due to reassessment

County OKs 2nd reading on $47.9 million budget

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster County Council unanimously passed the second reading of its $47.9 million 2016-17 budget Monday night.
Among the highlights: the Department of Social Services will receive funding to expand, a career ladder will be implemented at the County Detention Center, and telecommunication officers will get salary increases.


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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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