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City meets with officials to discuss concerns

Council tackles animals

By Jesef Williams

Controlling dangerous and mismanaged animals was a main focal point of Lancaster City Council’s Tuesday, July 24, meeting.
City Administrator Helen Sowell said the city has received an increased number of animal complaints in recent months and has met with officials to revisit related ordinances and practices.
Back in 1992, the city eliminated its Humane Control Department and opted to mirror Lancaster County’s existing ordinance and rely on the county’s enforcement of animal control.


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Tee Time golf cart sets world speed record of 98.06 mph

Reece Murphy
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A unique golf cart built by an Indian Land company lived up to its reputation for speed with a mind-blowing, record-setting run Saturday, July 7.
The Spirit of Lancaster County, South Carolina, also known as Tee Time, successfully completed a 98.06-mph, 7.4826-second eighth-of-a-mile (660 feet) run at the Mooresville, N.C., Dragway – fast enough to set a solid bar for the Guinness Book of World Records’ Fastest Electric Golf Cart.


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Karagounis is interim planning director

By Chris Sardelli

The county’s planning department has found a new director, albeit temporarily.


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Karagounis is interim planning director

By Chris Sardelli

The county’s planning department has found a new director, albeit temporarily.


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County Council lifts zoning moratorium in Indian Land

By Chris Sardelli

After two years of debate and a multitude of ordinances, prospective businesses received the green light this week to apply for commercial property rezonings in the Panhandle. 

Lancaster County Council voted 3-2 at its meeting Monday, June 25, to remove a rezoning moratorium in Indian Land. 

Councilmen Larry McCullough and Jack Estridge dissented, while Councilwomen Kathy Sistare and Charlene McGriff were not present. 


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2012-13 budget includes tax hike, employee raises

Kershaw passes $3.31 million budget

By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW – Employee pay raises and a minor tax hike are part of the town of Kershaw’s budget for 2012-13.

Town Council unanimously passed final reading of the $3.31 million budget at a special meeting Thursday, June 14.

The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Kershaw town residents will face a property tax millage rate of 72.1 mills – a 3.1 percent increase from the existing 69.9 rate. That equates to an increase of $1.70 in the yearly taxes on a $100,000 owner-occupied home.


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Additional funds allocated for church, Barr Street center

City Council passes first reading of budget

By Jesef Williams

More financial support for Hope on the Hill and the Olde Presbyterian Church has been built into the city of Lancaster’s 2012-13 budget.

The inclusion came during a discussion of the budget at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, June 12.

Councilwoman Sara Eddins began the talks by listing some of her concerns with the initial draft of the budget. City support for Hope on the Hill and the historic church highlighted Eddin’s budget punch list.


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Budget and Control Board briefs Council members on redistricting process

New district lines for city of Lancaster?

By Jesef Williams

The city of Lancaster’s district lines could look different next year.

Wayne Gilbert of the S.C. Budget and Control Board spoke at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, June 12, about redistricting and the options available to the city.

Gilbert, who works in the Budget and Control Board’s office of research and statistics, shared data that’s based on 2010 Census numbers.


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Council hears Health and Wellness proposal

Smoking ordinance lights up council debate

By Chris Sardelli

Will smokers soon be seen huddling en masse outside Lancaster County restaurants, theaters and other public buildings as they light up their next cigarette?

It’s very possible, especially if County Council decides to approve a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking in enclosed public places and enclosed areas of work. 

The proposal and its ramifications were a hot topic at council’s meeting on Monday, June 11. 


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Increase part of proposed 2012-13 budget

City Council looking at property tax hike

By Jesef Williams

City of Lancaster residents may face a property tax increase for the first time in four years.

The proposed hike is part of the drafted 2012-13 budget city of Lancaster officials are now considering.

The recommendation calls for the city’s millage rate to go from 143.5 to 149.7 mills. That results in about a $24 tax increase on a $100,000 owner-occupied home, said City of Lancaster Finance Director James Absher.

The last time the city raised taxes was for the 2008-09 fiscal year, when the rate went from 140 to 143.5 mills.


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