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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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So far, no filers for District 5 seat

By Greg Summers

So far, no candidates have filed to run for the vacant District 5 seat on Lancaster City Council.
“Nobody has even called to ask about it,” said Rick Crimminger, chairman of the Lancaster County Election Commission. “I’m surprised that some folks in one of the neighborhoods of the district haven’t come together about who they want to represent them on city council.”
The filing period ends at noon Friday.


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City fund to help businesses start, expand

By Greg Summers

The city of Lancaster will create an economic development incentive fund to help promote and recruit local commercial businesses within its borders.
City council unanimously voted Tuesday night to use the $25,000 it had originally budgeted for its 2015-16 Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. membership/participation dues as a start.
City officials severed ties with the in-limbo LCEDC in November 2015, choosing instead to support the county’s new economic development department.


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Mayor promises fiscal discipline

Howard takes oath

By Greg Summers

With his hand on a Bible held by three of his grandchildren, John Howard was sworn in as Lancaster’s mayor Monday night at city hall.
Howard, the longest-serving member of Lancaster City Council, was elected Feb. 23 to fill the unexpired term of Joe Shaw, who died last November. Shaw’s widow, Charlotte, who had endorsed Howard for the job, attended the ceremony.


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County brings in search firm for economic development job

By Chris Sardelli

Months after local officials dissolved their relationship with the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., plans are moving forward with the search for a director for Lancaster County’s new in-house department.
County Administrator Steve Willis says the county has hired Texas-based executive recruitment firm Waters & Co. to identify top candidates for the new position. The county had previously put the word out through local newspapers and economic development association websites, but felt a professional firm could help hasten the process.


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Van Wyck’s Graham owns The Ivy Place

District 1 draws 3rd candidate

By Chris Sardelli

A third candidate has entered the fray in the already crowded field for Lancaster County Council’s District 1 seat.
Van Wyck resident Terry Graham, owner of wedding venue and strawberry farm The Ivy Place, announced Thursday his intention to run for the seat being vacated by two-term Councilman Larry McCullough.


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Ex-Biden aide running against Rep. Mulvaney

By The Staff

Fran Person, a former aide to Vice President Joe Biden who once played on the Gamecocks’ offensive line, will challenge Rep. Mick Mulvaney for the 5th District congressional seat.
The 33-year-old Tega Cay Democrat announced his candidacy Monday in a YouTube video, saying he would work to improve education, fix the nation’s infrastructure and end the federal sequestration budget cuts.
The teamwork needed to get things accomplished, he said, has been lost in Washington.


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McCullough won’t run for 3rd term

By Chris Sardelli

Two terms are enough for Lancaster County Councilman Larry McCullough, who announced this week he would not run again for his seat.
McCullough, who was elected in 2008 and served as council chairman for two years until 2015, represents District 1 in the county’s Panhandle. He is the second county council member this month to announce he wasn’t running. Council Chairman Bob Bundy revealed in early February that his first term would also be his last.


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Money from sale of former Wamsutta Building

Council might use $500K for EMS training center

By Chris Sardelli

County officials are mulling whether to use $500,000 in proceeds from the sale of a county building to help construct an EMS training center.
Lancaster County Council considered a resolution Monday night, Feb. 22, to earmark money from the sale of the former Wamsutta building at 3888 Chester Highway for use in developing a “suitable training facility” for Lancaster County EMS.


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Mayoral candidate profile: Anthony Elder

◆ Age: 51.
◆ Contact information: Kaiwana2014@gmail.com or (803) 416-2514.
◆ Family: Wife, two daughters and one son.
◆ Education: 1983 graduate of John Marshall High School, Richmond, Va.; two years at Wingate University.
◆ Occupation: Self-employed – Personal Touch Detailing.
◆ Civic/volunteer involvement: Dixie Youth Baseball (2016); The Leader in Me (2016).
◆ Political/job experience: Assisted Jim Hodges with S.C. House District 45 campaign; Board of Assessment Appeals (20 years).  


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