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Judge rules he can keep straddling 2 federal agencies for now

Mulvaney steps into political storm

By Greg Summers

WASHINGTON – A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that Mick Mulvaney can keep juggling two executive branch agencies at the president’s behest, keeping him at the center of a partisan battle over consumer protection.
Mulvaney, the White House budget director and a former U.S. House member from Indian Land, showed up for his second job Monday morning as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He carried at big bag of Dunkin’ Donuts.


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Heart & Soul project to generate ideas aplenty

Kershaw gets $100K grant to chart path

By Greg Summers

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KERSHAW – Kershaw officials want dialogue and new ideas to shape the town’s vision, and they’re about to get an earful thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded this week.
The town received the Community Heart & Soul grant from the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation and its local partner, the J. Marion Sims Foundation.


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City council OKs switch to digital communication

By Mark Manicone

The Lancaster City Council has approved an upgrade to the city’s dispatch system.
Council unanimously voted for the agenda item 5-0, with council members Tamara Green Garris and Linda Blackmon absent from the Nov. 14 meeting. The upgrade will cost the city $22,330.
“It’s one of those things that – it’s not that we want to do it…, we’ve got to do it,” said Mayor John Howard.


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13 agencies scramble in drill for catastrophic power outage

Cyber-attack scenario

By Greg Summers

A mock cyber-attack against the U.S. power grid kept 57 people from 13 Lancaster County agencies hopping for several tense hours Wenesday, reacting to the catastrophic scenario.
The drill, called GridEx IV, was designed to test local responses to the loss of the electrical system for an extended period of time. More than 5,000 government, business and nonprofit stakeholders nationwide participated in the training.


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Van Wyck picks 1st town council

By Reece Murphy

Van Wyck voters chose their first town council Tuesday, completing the nearly two-year process of protecting the rural enclave from being gobbled up by ever-expanding Indian Land.
Choosing among nine at-large candidates, voters tapped Richard Vaughan, Cassandra Watkins, Xavier Kee and Bob Doster to guide the town through its first two years as a municipality.  
The town’s first mayor, Sean Corcoran, ran unopposed and will be officially designated at 10 a.m. Thursday.


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Hectic 2 years for Mayor Dorman

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Midway through his first term as mayor, Mark Dorman has seen his share of day-to-day headaches.
Town Administrator Joe Boyes resigned under pressure in February 2016 after only 16 weeks on the job.
The municipal golf course, poorly maintained and losing customers, needed big upgrades. And the old Springs Industries Kershaw Plant was an abandoned hulk.


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New finance chief settles into challenging role

By Mark Manicone

Lancaster is facing big budget challenges in the next few years, so you might think the city’s top finance job would be a hot seat.
But Daniel Driggers, who arrived two months ago to fill the vacant finance director’s position, doesn’t see it that way.
“My job is not to be the fix-it person. That’s not my role,” Driggers said. “My role is to maintain transparency and make sure were communicating good financial data in a timely way.”


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Time to elect folks to run Van Wyck

By Reece Murphy

When Van Wyck voters went to the poll in August, they chose to become a town and set up its governmental structure.
Next week, residents of the state’s newest municipality will decide who will run it.
Van Wyck’s inaugural election to seat its first town council and mayor is Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road. The poll is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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Incumbent Coates tops Norville for Kershaw council

By Kayla Vaughn

Incumbent Eddie Coates beat newcomer Wesley Norville by a 3-to-1 margin Tuesday in the race for an at-large Kershaw Town Council seat.
Coates won 75 percent of the vote, with 132 votes to Norville’s 44. Only one absentee vote was cast.
While he’s glad the election is over, Coates said, “I’m ready to continue working until my next four years are up.”
“The turnout really floored me,” he said. “I was not expecting even 100 people to show up.”


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Moore elected Heath Springs mayor

By Greg Summers

HEATH SPRINGS – Eddie Moore became the first black mayor elected in Lancaster County history on Tuesday, winning a three-candidate nonpartisan race in Heath Springs.
Moore avoided a runoff by getting 53 percent of the 189 votes cast.
“I’m blessed. To whom much is given, much is required,” said Moore, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church. “I’m a servant to my savior and to all our citizens alike. Heath Springs has great potential, and we must all work together and play our parts. We must come together to succeed.”


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