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Government

  • Quinn Jr. gets fine, probation, no prison

    Former House Majority Leader Richard Quinn Jr. has been sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to misconduct in office.
    Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen delivered the sentence 9 a.m. Monday at a hearing in Beaufort. In addition to probation, Mullen sentenced Quinn to 500 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine.
    Special Prosecutor David Pascoe, who argued for Quinn to receive the maximum sentence of one year in prison, objected to Mullen’s sentencing, but the judge didn’t let him get far.  

  • Filing ends Monday for Heath Springs council

    Noon on Monday is the deadline for individuals to file as candidates for the upcoming Heath Springs Town Council special election.
    A special election will be held April 17 to fill the unexpired two-year council term of Eddie Moore, who was elected as Heath Springs mayor last November. The at-large nonpartisan council seat became vacant in January after Moore was sworn in as mayor.

    Requirements
    To file, candidates must be a resident of Heath Springs and must be a legal resident of the town 30 days prior to the election.

  • Rick Quinn Jr. to be sentenced in corruption case

    Sentencing is expected Monday for former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn Jr., who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in December as the result of the State House corruption probe.
    Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen is expected to take up the case during a hearing in Beaufort at 9:30 a.m., according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

  • Glitch causes $1M tax shortfall

    An unexplained computer glitch caused 24 Indian Land industrial properties to receive no county property tax bills, throwing off incoming tax revenues by more than $1 million and sending officials scrambling for answers.

  • House votes to protect SCE&G ratepayers

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. House has temporarily pulled the plug on the $37 million that SCANA gets each month for two nuclear reactors that will never generate the first kilowatt of electricity.
    On Wednesday, the House voted 119-1 to drop the $27 per month fee that SCE&G electric customers are paying for a now-abandoned reactor project at V.C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in Fairfield County. SCANA is the parent company of SCE&G.
    Rep. Brandon Newton (R-Lancaster) said it was time for the legislature to take a stand on behalf of beleaguered ratepayers.

  • Rep. Gowdy won’t seek reelection

    Trey Gowdy, who led the Benghazi investigation in the U.S. House that uncovered Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, is getting out of politics.
    “There is a time to come and a time to go,” Gowdy wrote Wednesday on Twitter, announcing that he would not run for reelection this year. “This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system.”

  • Kershaw may need rec center property for new industrial park

    KERSHAW – No, the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center on North Matson Street isn’t for sale.
    But Kershaw town officials are exploring the possibility of buying it from the county.
    Engineering plans for Kershaw Commerce Park show the main entrance cutting through the rec center parking lot. The park must have two entrances, and a dirt road on the site isn’t wide enough for a southern entrance.
    “We didn’t find out about this until two weeks ago,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.

  • County’s IL office might open in March

    Lancaster County officials hope to have the satellite county government office in Indian Land ready in about two months.
    “Work is under way,” said County Administrator Steve Willis. “The locks have been changed. The utilities have been changed over, and actual renovations are getting ready to start with a completion of Feb. 28.”

  • Packed hall honors Mayor Taylor

    HEATH SPRINGS – Ann Taylor’s last official act as Heath Springs mayor Tuesday was swearing in mayor-elect Eddie Moore and new council members Peggy Bowers and Elaine Lehr.
    But the standing-room-only crowd had something special in mind for Taylor when she tried to slip away quietly after the ceremony.
    State lawmakers Vincent Sheheen and Mandy Powers Norrell presented Taylor with resolutions from the S.C. Senate and House honoring her for decades of work for the town.

  • Senate overrides McMaster on buses

    The S.C. Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto regarding the allocation of $17.5 million of S.C. Education Lottery money for school bus replacement.
    The Senate voted 44-0, with Sen. Danny Verdin, R-Laurens, absent, according to The Greenville News.
    The governor vetoed a total of $20.5 million for S.C. school buses that would have come from the state’s education lottery. The Senate postponed the vote on the other $3 million.
    The S.C. House voted 107-8 last Tuesday to override McMaster’s veto.