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Government

  • Simpson withdraws from school election

    One of the candidates looking to fill the Lancaster County school board seat held by the late Dr. Peter Barry has dropped out of the race.
    Al Simpson submitted a letter of withdrawal Friday afternoon to the Lancaster County Election Commission.
    Ronald Burke and Bill Sumner are the remaining candidates. The special election for the District 4 seat will be Nov. 30.
    “I got an employment opportunity that’s not going to allow me to serve in that position,” said Simpson, who wouldn’t elaborate.

  • Police search for two men after standoff

    The search of a Culp Street home provided no leads in the whereabouts of two men who ran from police during a traffic stop on Friday.
    Capt. Harlean Howard of the Lancaster Police Department said the search began after a police officer tried to stop a purple PT Cruiser for speeding on Meeting Street about 10 a.m. on Friday.
    “This was as a result of a routine car stop,” Howard said.

  • City adopts new zoning ordinance

    The city of Lancaster is simplifying its method for dealing with annexations and zonings.
    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve final reading of an ordinance to consider an annexation and its accompanying zoning request at the same time. Council used to  vote on a zoning designation after the property has been annexed into the city.

  • Sheriff’s office to get new home

    As part of a $2.5 million plan, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office will soon have a new home.
    The sheriff’s office, which is running out of room at its Pageland Highway building and needs to comply with a new state requirement for evidence storage, will move its personnel to the five-building Thaxton complex on S.C. 9 within the next year.
    The plans were announced Tuesday night as County Council unanimously approved the purchase of the property.

  • Council honors firefighters at meeting

    One by one they filed to the front of the room as the large crowd burst into applause.
    The long line of men, mostly chiefs decked out in their best dress uniforms, represented the county’s 19 fire departments in a special ceremony by County Council on Tuesday night.
    After the county hosted the S.C. Fire Chiefs Association conference in October at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, as well as recent coverage of each fire department in The Lancaster News, council wanted to recognize the volunteers for all they do.

  • County OKs funds for farmers market

    After a surge of interest in the newly reorganized farmer’s market, the county has given the organization additional funding.
    County Council is providing an additional $3,000 for the farmers market. The money will be used to buy new furniture and for various renovations at the market.
    Councilman Jack Estridge said this is the time to address the needs of the vendors and the community.

  • Who will seek District 16 seat?

    Now that Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land will be going to Congress, who will take his place in the state Senate?
    Mulvaney, a Republican, defeated 14-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Spratt, a Democrat from York, to win the 5th District congressional seat in Tuesday’s midterm election. Mulvaney is halfway through his term as the District 16 representative in the state Senate.
    Several names have surfaced as possible successors to Mulvaney in the District 16 seat, though no one has yet made a commitment to run.

  • Hood, Howard thankful for re-election

    Lancaster City Councilman Kenny Hood said voters picked the better candidate in the District 1 race.
    Hood, who represents that district, defeated challenger Anthony Elder by 58 percentage points Tuesday night.
    Hood got 262 votes (79 percent) compared to Elder’s 70 votes (21 percent).
    The Lancaster County Election Commission certified the results Friday.
    “The best candidate won,” Hood said. “The work I’ve done speaks for itself.”

  • County Council meets Tuesday

    Lancaster County Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    Discussion and information items include:
    •  Restoration of the historic courthouse
    • Planning commission yearly update
    • Roy Hardin Park update
    • Committee reports
    • County attorney report
    Action items include:
    • Authorization of the sale of surplus property
    • Approval of work session and regular session minutes
    • Board and commission appointments
    Agenda items include:

  • Mulvaney going to Congress

    About 15 minutes after becoming the first Republican from Lancaster County to win the 5th Congressional District seat in more than 100 years, Mick Mulvaney appeared overwhelmed.
    Surrounded by his wife, Pam, and members of his campaign team, Mulvaney, the state senator for District 16, thanked a crowd of supporters at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster for his win over Democratic incumbent John Spratt, who has held the seat since 1983.