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Government

  • Council waives fee for church

    A request from a local church to waive a building permit fee launched a discussion amongst county officials last month about exempting all religious institutions from similar fees. 

    The issue was discussed during Lancaster County Council’s June 23 meeting after county staff received a request from Antioch Baptist Church to waive building permit fees for a new sanctuary building. 

  • Close Bear Creek Park?

    A surge in trespassing and littering inside a county park has county officials asking for the public’s help in tackling the problems. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis brought the issue of Bear Creek Park to Lancaster County Council’s attention during its June 23 meeting. 

    Located off Potter Road and along Bear Creek, the park has been attracting unwelcome attention from trespassers after hours, Willis said. 

  • Heath Springs Town Hall roof repairs postponed for now

     Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    HEATH SPRINGS – Roof repairs, final approval for the town's 2014-15 fiscal year $592,000 budget and transfer of municipal elections to the Lancaster County Election Commission were discussed at the Heath Springs Town Council meeting held Tuesday, June 17. 

  • Horton drops out of council race

     Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    Heath Springs businessman Gary Horton has withdrawn from the November race for the Lancaster County Council District 6 seat.

    Citing personal time constraints, Horton, owner of Horton Machine Shop, notified the Lancaster County Republican Party and the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office on June 5 that he was dropping out of the race.

  • Where to vote in Lancaster County
    •  Absentee – Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster    
    • Antioch – Antioch Baptist Church, 3052 Taxahaw Road, Lancaster
    • Belair II – Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land
    • Camp Creek – Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, Lancaster
    • Carmel – New Hope Baptist Church, 2393 New Hope Road, Heath Springs   
  • Capital Sales Tax Commission now looks at details to craft project list

     Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County Capital Sales Tax Commission members have begun parsing the details of public proposals and comments gathered over the past month that will help determine the future of the county’s 1 cent capital project sales tax.

  • Used Municipal Justice Center furniture headed to Pageland PD

     Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster City Council heard numerous requests at its Tuesday, May 27, meeting,  ranging from giving furniture to a neighboring law enforcement agency to a chance for local residents to become homeowners.   

    Police Chief Harlean Howard approached council with a request to transfer used furniture from the Municipal Justice Center on Arch Street to the Pageland Police Department.

  • County council discusses preliminary framework of "Project L"

     An unnamed company has the potential to bring significant investment and jobs to the county, though the exact nature of the company is still unknown.

    During its May 19 meeting, Lancaster County Council discussed the preliminary framework for a fee agreement between the county and the company, which is currently only known publicly by the code name “Project L.” The specifics of what the company manufactures or where it would be located were not discussed. 

  • GOP solicitor hopefuls square off

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    Repeat offenders, extreme case backlogs and limited court time all impact the way local criminal cases are handled, and each was up for debate May 21 during a forum for two candidates running for the 6th Circuit solicitor’s seat. 

  • City council votes to rescind ‘careless driving’ charge charge

     Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    Since April 1993, Lancaster Police Department officers have had some leeway in issuing “careless driving” tickets instead of a charge with more serious ramifications, but that policy came to a screeching halt at the Lancaster City Council meeting Tuesday, May. 14.