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Government

  • 20-year police veteran to lead city department

    As an undercover drug officer, she interacted directly with narcotics dealers in some of the city’s most drug-infested areas. That job may not be highly celebrated, but it is one that can be quite dangerous.
    That’s how Harlean Howard got her start with the Lancaster Police Department 20 years ago. Since then, she’s moved through the ranks, assumed more and more responsibility and will now hold the highest title of all.
    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Howard as the department’s next police chief.

  • Town targets sagging pants

    GREAT FALLS – Pull up your pants or be fined.
    That’s the gist of the ordinance Great Falls Town Council gave first reading approval to Dec. 20.
    Mayor Don Camp presented the ordinance to council.
    “This is primarily to stop what we see everyday on the street,” Camp said.
    “Great Falls Town Council recognizes that our young people are a product of their environments, and, therefore, it is important that the adults around them demonstrate qualities which best characterize Great Falls,” the ordinance said.

  • Comporium gives $300,000 to repave road

    Comporium Communications has donated $300,000 to support one of the county’s newest businesses, Nutramax.
    Glenn McFadden, chief operating officer of Comporium, presented the money at a small celebration Tuesday morning. Speaking to a small crowd assembled outside Lancaster County Council chambers, McFadden said his company is contributing the money under South Carolina’s infrastructure tax credit law.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Howard to become next police chief

    Harlean Howard will become the city of Lancaster’s next police chief.
    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Howard, who’s in her 20th year with the Lancaster Police Department. She’s held the rank of captain since 2003. 
    Howard will succeed Hugh White, who recently announced plans to retire. White has been with the department since 1982, serving as chief the past 11 years.
    Howard’s appointment as chief becomes effective Jan. 7. 

  • County in good financial shape, auditor says

    Despite three county departments ending the fiscal year over budget, Lancaster County received another good rating during this year’s annual audit.
    Sheila Morgan, a certified public accountant with McAbee Talbert Halliday & Co., presented the audit results at Lancaster County Council’s Dec. 13 meeting. Morgan issued the county an unqualified opinion, meaning it was in good financial shape.

  • Expansion of HS fire station about to start

    HEATH SPRINGS – Prep work has begun on the long-awaited expansion project at the Heath Springs Fire Department station.
    Fire Chief Patrick Helms gave Heath Springs Town Council members an update on the work Tuesday. The department will more than triple the size of its existing Duncan Street station – going from about 3,000 square feet to more than 10,000 square feet, Helms said.
    The work is being paid for through a $976,000 federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant that the fire department received last year.

  • Field crowds in District 16 race

    The race for Mick Mulvaney’s former state Senate seat is getting crowded, with six candidates now saying they will run for the post.
    Republicans Mike Short and Rob McCoy both announced Friday that they are throwing their hats into the ring.
    Mulvaney resigned from his Senate seat on Dec. 10. The Indian Land Republican defeated longtime incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. John Spratt in November to win the 5th District congressional seat. Mulvaney will take his seat in Congress in January.

  • Two council projects have obscure names

    Shrouded in secrecy and labeled with mysterious code names, two newly proposed County Council ordinances sound like something out of a spy novel.
    Project Football and Project December are two separate economic development ordinances under consideration by council. But trying to find out anything more about them is a little more difficult.

  • Kershaw Town Council supports Catawba water reservoir project

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has joined the ranks of local entities to support a proposed water supply expansion project.
    Mike Bailes, director of the Catawba River Water Treatment Plant, addressed Kershaw Town Council on Thursday about a planned 92-acre water reservoir near the Catawba River.
    The reservoir would provide water for 30 days in a severe drought or another “worst-case scenario.” The effort is a partnership between the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District and Union County, N.C.

  • Developer withdraws annexation request

    The city of Lancaster will allow a property owner to reapply for annexation into the city.
    Earlier this year, 121 acres of land were annexed and given an interim zoning of R-10, a residential district. Those two tracts of property – owned by St. Katherine Properties, LLC – are adjacent to the Forest Hills and Partridge Hill subdivisions near West Meeting Street.
    St. Katherine Properties had requested an R-10 classification, though the city’s zoning board recommended an R-15, which is less dense – requiring 15,000 square feet per lot. R-10 requires 10,000 square feet per lot.