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Government

  • Process to find new chief begins

    The city of Lancaster has begun the process to find Hugh White’s successor.
    White, who has been the Lancaster Police Department chief for 11 years, announced last week that he will be stepping down soon. His retirement will become effective next month.
    A day before the city announced White’s resignation, the five-day period began in which current city employees could apply for the job. City policy allows in-house applicants to have first consideration, said City Administrator Helen Sowell.
    That application period ran from Dec. 8 to Tuesday.

  • Sumner takes oath as board member

    New District 4 Lancaster County school board member Bill Sumner was sworn in during a brief ceremony before the start of the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.
    Sumner was elected in November in a special election to replace former board member Dr. Peter Barry, who died in September.
    County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond administered the oath.

  • Kershaw awarded $465,300 grant

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has received federal funding that will allow residents in the southern part of the county to have better access to low-cost health care.
    Kershaw is the recipient of a $465,300 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which is given by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    The S.C. Department of Commerce, which administers the grant program for the state, announced the award late last week.

  • Rezoning moratorium up for final vote

    Two proposed county ordinances have David McKinney worried about the future of development in the county.
    McKinney, an Indian Land resident and former owner of Lancaster Dodge Chrysler Jeep Inc., became concerned after seeing the two ordinances on council’s recent agendas. The ordinances include one that would suspend rezoning requests in the Panhandle and another to reduce the size of planned development districts throughout the whole county.

  • Filing dates set in special election to fill Senate seat

    Important dates have been announced for the process to fill the District 16 state Senate seat, which has been vacated by Mick Mulvaney.
    Mulvaney, an Indian Land Republican who recently won election to the U.S. House, submitted his letter of resignation Friday.
    Filing for the state Senate seat will begin at noon Dec. 31 and close at noon Jan. 10, said Garry Baum, a spokesman for the S.C. Election Commission.
    If two or more people file in one party, a primary will be held Feb. 22. The election will be April 12.

  • IL development still in limbo

    By Reece Murphy

    Troubled Indian Land residential development Edenmoor remains in limbo after stake-holders failed to claim 77 parcels of land Monday at a Lancaster County tax sale.
    Meanwhile, the county’s Forfeited Land Commission is now requesting bid proposals for 222 parcels offered at a tax sale last year.

  • Council to hear update on courthouse restoration

    County Council will hear a final report on the historic county courthouse project at its Tuesday meeting.
    As part of their agreement with the county, Chad Catledge with Lancaster’s Perception Builders and Danny Mullis with Charlotte’s BE&K Building Group will present their monthly reports on the county’s two courthouse projects.
    County Administrator Steve Willis said this will include Catledge’s final update on the historic courthouse, as renovations on that building come to a close.

  • Mulvaney to resign today from S.C. Senate

    Mick Mulvaney said he will resign from his District 16 seat in the state Senate today.
    Mulvaney said Thursday that his election as the 5th District U.S. House representative was certified this week, and now he can resign from his state Senate seat. He said he plans to submit his resignation letter today.
    Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, defeated incumbent John Spratt, a Democrat from York, in the November election to win the congressional seat. Spratt had held the seat since 1983.
    Mulvaney will take his seat in Congress on Jan. 5.

  • Mulvaney taps Simpson for chief of staff position

    Lancaster native Al Simpson will be Mick Mulaney’s chief of staff in Washington, D.C.
    Mulvaney, who will be sworn in Jan. 5 as the 5th District U.S. House representative, has been busy preparing for his new role, which includes selecting an office, meeting federal officials and appointing a staff.
    Simpson will be in charge of managing Mulvaney’s staff, which will include between 12 to 15 people. He will oversee constituent services and make sure events run according to schedule.
    Simpson officially accepted the offer earlier this month.

  • IL fire district public hearing draws crowd

    Dan Jackson doesn’t understand the need for an Indian Land Fire Protection District.
    Jackson, a Charlotte Highway resident whose family has lived in the same area for more than 150 years, told Lancaster County Council last week he was worried about the idea of creating a unified district.
    “I haven’t been one way or another about big companies coming in here,” Jackson said. “But if we pack more people in here, there’s more of a chance of fires.”