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Government

  • New finance chief settles into challenging role

    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.”

  • Hectic 2 years for Mayor Dorman

    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.

  • Time to elect folks to run Van Wyck

    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.

  • Incumbent Coates tops Norville for Kershaw council

    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.”

  • Moore elected Heath Springs mayor

    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.”

  • Heath Springs, Kershaw going to polls Tuesday

    Voters in Heath Springs and Kershaw will head to the polls Tuesday to have their say on council terms that start in January 2018.
    Both elections are nonpartisan, which means candidates don’t have to register with political parties. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Heath Springs
    Heath Springs Town Council has five members – four at-large council seats and the mayor. Terms for two council seats and the mayor expire in January.

  • Harris responds on paying Blackmon’s legal expenses

    Ex-Lancaster City Council member Jackie Harris has filed a rebuttal to council member Linda Blackmon’s motion asking that Harris be forced to pay Blackmon’s legal fees resulting from the challenge to the 2016 election results.
    Harris’ attorney, Elizabeth Hyatt, disputed Blackmon’s claim in an Oct. 13 motion that the election protest was “frivolous” and filed solely to keep her from taking office.

  • Kershaw meeting on cleaning up old Springs site draws big crowd

    KERSHAW – Nancy Watson wants the abandoned Springs Industries Kershaw Plant property on the north side of town cleaned up.
    She is tired and frustrated over the 9.1-acre eyesore that paints an unflattering image of the town and its citizens.
    “It was a nice clean mill, a nice clean mill village, and we were never afraid to go out at night,” Watson said Tuesday night during a question/answer community meeting held at her beloved Kershaw Second Baptist Church.

  • Blackmon: ‘I wasn’t thinking straight’

    Backtracking on Linda Blackmon’s back pay, the Lancaster City Council denied her request for a $6,750 payment from the city Tuesday night, after which she declared she “wasn’t thinking straight” when she cast the deciding vote two weeks earlier to give herself the money.
    That Oct. 10 vote appeared to violate state ethics law, which prohibits public officials from voting on matters that “affect their own economic interests.”

  • Council rethinks Blackmon back pay

    Lancaster City Council is reconsidering its Oct. 10 vote on council member Linda Blackmon’s $6,750 in back pay for the nine months when her taking the District 3 seat was delayed by a legal challenge.
    This comes after ethics questions were raised because Blackmon did not recuse herself from the vote on the payment. Her yes vote broke a 3-3 tie at the Oct. 10 council meeting.
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris requested the motion to reconsider, to be discussed at Tuesday night’s council meeting, which began after press time.