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Government

  • Jury finds Sam Parker guilty

     Kimberly Harrington

    Landmark News Services

    CHESTERFIELD – Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker was found guilty on all eight counts against him and will serve at least two years in prison.

    “Today is a sad day in my life,” Parker said, in addressing the Circuit Court Judge Lee Alford and the court. 

    “I respect the verdict…I apologize to Chesterfield County and what I put this county through.”

  • Resident input sought to shape new sales tax ballot question

     Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    If you had a say in what capital needs projects Lancaster County taxpayers should fund over the next several years, what would it be?

    That’s the basic question the Lancaster County Capital Project Sales Tax Commission will be asking residents during a public comment period April 24 to May 30 to help determine future uses, if any, for the county’s 1 cent capital project sales tax.

  • Council considers election change

     Michele Roberts 

    For The Lancaster News

    HEATH SPRINGS – The  Heath Springs Town Council met Tuesday night, April 15 and discussed a variety of issues, including the possibility of moving town elections from July to November, as well as lawn care and maintenance for the town.

  • LCEDC discusses spec building grant

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    Local economic development officials are hoping a state spec building grant could eventually help attract new companies to Lancaster County. 

    Application for a $350,000 rural product development initiative grant, which is available through a S.C. Department of Commerce program, was presented as a possible resolution during Lancaster County Council’s meeting on March 24. 

  • Council talks grants for Keer

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    Now that a major textile manufacturer has formally announced its plans to move to Indian Land, officials have secured a grant to help with infrastructure upgrades at no cost to the county.

  • County officials traveling to China

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    A team of county officials are hoping a 10-day economic development related trip to China and Taiwan could reap benefits for the future of Lancaster County. 

  • Candidate filing period wraps up

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    The filing period for the 2014 General Election year ends at noon today, March 30, for candidates filing  in Lancaster County for several offices.

    “If anybody out there wants to get in at the last minute, they can,” said Lancaster County Director of Elections Mary Ann Hudson. 

  • Comprehensive plan meetings set

     Catawba Regional Council of Governments

    Lancaster County will kick off the first phase of its comprehensive planning process – Outreach and Visioning – on Tuesday, March 18, and will conclude the 2014-2024 Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan at the end of the year.    

  • Candidate filing opens Monday

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    The 2014 General Election year begins officially Monday, March 17 with the start of candidate filing for partisan races.

    The Nov. 4 ballot will include candidates for 21 partisan races raging from County Council to the governor’s office and Congress, all of whom must file now regardless of whether they face a primary challenger June 10 or not. 

  • Unanimous vote

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    As the glass front doors parted in front of him, Keith Tunnell stepped inside the sunlit lobby of 1033 W. Meeting St. and smiled. 

    Looking around at the spacious building, complete with offices and a conference room, Tunnell perused the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.’s new home.