• Starnes to step down

    KERSHAW – Kershaw will be getting more than a new mayor in January 2016.
    After Wayne Rhodes recently announced he was dropping out of the November 2015 mayor’s race, the town’s administrator is following suit.
    Tony Starnes has told town leaders Dec. 31, 2015, will be his last day on the job.
    Starnes said he told council at a special meeting held Aug. 27.
    “I think some of them knew and some of them didn’t,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure we were all on the same page.”

  • Kershaw's mayor’s race now wide open

    KERSHAW – Nov. 3 just got a lot more interesting for voters in the county’s most southern town and for the Lancaster County Election Commission.
    Wayne Rhodes, two-term incumbent mayor for Kershaw, announced last week he was withdrawing from the race.
    Lancaster County Voter Registration Director Mary Ann Hudson said Friday, Sept. 4, Rhodes informed the office he was dropping out of the Kershaw mayor’s race.

  • Rubio stumps in Sun City

    Beverly Lane Lorenz
    For The Lancaster News

    INDIAN LAND – Excited and enthusiastic crowds began arriving early Thursday morning, Aug. 27, on the back lawn of the Lake House at Sun City Carolina Lakes to get a spot to see and hear U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who is campaigning for the Republican nomination for president.  
    Rubio’s popularity rose significantly following his performance during the Aug. 6 Fox News debates, with many calling him the winner of the main event.    

  • City council funds study

    Funding to continue a critical operational study of the city of Lancaster’s wastewater treatment plant was approved by city officials earlier this month.
    During Lancaster City Council’s Aug. 11 meeting, council members approved funding $12,500 to continue a contract with W.K. Dickson, a community infrastructure consulting firm.
    Council’s vote to continue the study at least through September came minutes after a report from City Administrator Helen Sowell and Brian Tripp, an engineer with W.K. Dickson.

  • Filing ends for councils

    Candidate filing ended at noon Friday, Aug. 14, for the November 2015 non-partisan town council races in Heath Springs and Kershaw.
    Non-partisan means candidates don’t run with a political party.
    Three people – newcomer Tracy Benton and incumbents the Rev. Eddie Moore and Iva Lee Drakeford – filed for the two at-large seats on Heath Springs Town Council.
    In Kershaw, two candidates filed to run for mayor.
    Incumbent Mayor Wayne Rhodes will seek another term.

  • City council considers requests at hearing

    Lancaster City Council held a public hearing and budget workshop Tuesday, June 16, for its proposed $23.8 million fiscal 2015-16 budget.
    One school project request and several council recommendations were made at the meeting, but not all of them were fully approved.
    During the public hearing, Reggie Lowery, executive director of Communities In Schools (CIS), addressed council about its continued support for YouthBuild.

  • City to scrap playground ‘firetruck’

    At its Tuesday, April 14, meeting, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a request to remove a Mack fire truck static display from Wayne Fields All Children’s Playground beside the Municipal Justice Center and sell the parts for scrap metal.
    The money received for the scrap will be set aside to buy new playground equipment to fill the vacant spot for the children of the park, per a motion made by councilman John Howard.

  • LCEDC, officials exchange FOIA docs

    “Letting the sun shine in” is a phrase used to describe the public’s efforts to access information about government officials and actions.
    Based on that interpretation, the weather has been awfully sunny in Lancaster County following a flurry of Freedom of Information Act requests filed during the last few months amongst county officials, media and the public.
    Revelations about some of those FOIA requests were made public during a recent joint workshop March 24 between Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

  • Council, LCEDC discuss concerns

    Are there concerns amongst state leaders about the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and have LCEDC leaders tried to meet with state delegates about those issues?
    Those questions, and more than a few answers, were brought up during a recent joint meeting March 24 between Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
    Held inside council chambers and lasting almost three hours, the meeting touched upon a number of topics, including several weighing heavily on some council members’ minds.

  • Concerns addressed at joint council, LCEDC meeting

    “Clearing the air” seemed to be the theme of the day during a joint meeting March 24 between Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
    Held in council chambers, the special meeting was the culmination of months of concerns, conversations and accusations from a slew of county officials about the state and structure of the LCEDC.