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Housing Authority Board to meet Oct. 18

The Housing Authority of Lancaster Board of Commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Dr. James A. Boykin Boardroom, 3502 Caroline Courts. For details, call (803) 285-7214.

IL fire district board to meet

The Indian Land Fire Protection District Commission meeting is 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, 185 Six Mile Creek Road.

Community relations commission meets

The Lancaster County Community Relations Commission meeting is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the county administration building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.

Candidate hot dog luncheon

Town of Heath Springs Mayoral Candidate E. L. Moore will host a free hot dog luncheon from noon-3 p.m. Oct. 21 at Heath Springs Town Hall, 103 Duncan St., Heath Springs.

Fire hydrant testing 

Lancaster Fire Department will do its semi-annual fire hydrant testing in the city through November. Opening fire hydrants can sometimes cause temporary discoloration of water in nearby homes. 

The discoloration is not harmful and will clear up by running the water for a few minutes. Be aware and drive slowly through testing areas as streets may be wet, and be aware of fire department personnel in the area. For details, call Lancaster City Fire Chief Justin McLellan at (803) 283-4385.

City council meets

Lancaster City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in Lancaster City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St.

County school board to meet

The Lancaster County school board meeting is 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the district office, 300 S. Catawba St., Lancaster. For details or to sign up in advance to speak during open session, call (803) 286-6972.

Law enforcement public forum

The Republican Party of Lancaster County will sponsor a Law Enforcement Public Forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Carole Ray Dowling Building of USC Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive. 

Speakers include S.C. Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile, Captain B.J. Albert with S.C. Highway Patrol, Lancaster City Police Chief Scott Grant, Michael Greene with SLED, Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman, S.C. House Speaker Pro Tempre Tommy Pope and Lancaster County GOP Chairman Sandy McGarry.

Environmental group seeks volunteers

An environmental organization is looking for local participation and volunteers to reconnect with nature. For details, email kayakcatawba@yahoo.com.

CCA offers help with energy bills

The Lancaster County Office of Carolina Community Actions Inc. is taking applications to help low-income families with home energy bills and other programs and services. 

Family households must be income-eligible and provide supporting documents to qualify.

Apply from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 101 Wylie St., Lancaster. For details, call (803) 285-2034.

Senior rental help available

The Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging administers an emergency rental assistance program for seniors funded through the S.C. Finance and Development Authority. 

The program provides short-term help to low-income seniors ages 60 and older. It provides money for rent, which will be sent to the property owner or landlord. For details, call Pam Grant at (800) 868-9095 or e-mail grantp@aging.sc.gov.

Reading Pals seeks volunteers

United Way of Lancaster County Education Initiative, in collaboration with the Lancaster County School District, is looking for volunteers to visit Brooklyn Springs Elementary School at least one hour every week to help children acquire better reading skills and read on grade level. 

Those interested must complete a school volunteer application at www.lancastercsd.com and attend orientation for volunteer tutoring with United Way of Lancaster County. For details, call (803) 283-8923.

To add your government or political group’s events to this listing, e-mail them to news@thelancasternews.com, fax it to (803) 283-8969, or mail it to The Lancaster News, P.O. Box 640, Lancaster, SC 29721.