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Government

  • 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.”

  • Honeycutt upset with gold mine firm

    County Councilman Larry Honeycutt shook his head when the topic of Haile Gold Mine came up Tuesday night.
    It wasn’t final reading of a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement between the county and the Kershaw mine that worried him. Instead, he was more concerned about where the headquarters for the company that owns the mine will be located.
    Romarco Minerals Inc., a Canadian gold development company that owns about 4,000 acres of land at the mine, has been mining for gold at the site since 2007.

  • Mulvaney goes back to school

    Before he assumes his new role in Congress, Mick Mulvaney had to go back to school.
    Mulvaney, who bested longtime Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. John Spratt for the 5th District seat, headed to Washington, D.C., last month for his freshman orientation.
    From Nov. 14 to Nov. 19, Mulvaney joined more than 100 incoming members of Congress as they learned the ins and outs of their new roles, including choosing offices, meeting staff and attending how-to seminars.

  • County Council to hold nine hearings at meeting

    County Council will hold nine public hearings during its Tuesday night meeting.
    Following are the topics of the hearings:
    • Establishing the Indian Land Fire Protection District
    • Leasing part of the Lynwood Drive landfill for the county Flyers Club
    • Creating a sewerline easement for the new county courthouse
    • Approving a fee-in-lieu agreement between Haile Gold Mine and the county
    • Creating the Brookchase special tax district

  • Tuesday is deadline to complete survey

    County officials are asking the public to weigh in as it begins to gather information for a strategic plan.
    Deputy County Administrator Jeffery Naftal said county officials have developed a survey as part of the county’s strategic planning process. He said it’s important council members hear directly from residents about the needs of the county.
    The survey, which features about 20 questions, asks about county services and departments, sales and property taxes and county funding. The idea is to learn which priorities the public deems the most important.

  • Tuesday is deadline to complete survey

    County officials are asking the public to weigh in as it begins to gather information for a strategic plan.
    Deputy County Administrator Jeffery Naftal said county officials have developed a survey as part of the county’s strategic planning process. He said it’s important council members hear directly from residents about the needs of the county.
    The survey, which features about 20 questions, asks about county services and departments, sales and property taxes and county funding. The idea is to learn which priorities the public deems the most important.

  • Carnes testing interest in bid for Senate

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land businessman is considering running for the District 16 state Senate seat.
    Brian Carnes, a lifelong Lancaster County resident and former school board member, is looking at possibly running for the seat, which is soon to be vacated by Republican Mick Mulvaney.
    Mulvaney bested Democratic incumbent John Spratt for the 5th Congressional District seat earlier this month and will soon be heading to Washington, D.C.

  • EMS workers file suit over pay

    More than 50 current and past Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services workers are suing the county for overtime pay they say they’re owed.
    In a suit filed in federal district court last month, EMS workers claim the county violated the national Fair Labor Standards Act. The class-action suit claims the county owes EMS employees money for years of unpaid overtime compensation.

  • $30M reservoir will help during droughts

    Mark Knight hopes a new water storage project will protect Lancaster County during a water emergency.
    Knight, manager of the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, is promoting the creation of a new raw water storage reservoir in the county. The reservoir will be built at the site of the Catawba River water treatment plant, as part of a joint venture between the district and Union County, N.C.
    Knight said the district realized the need for more water storage after severe drought conditions affected the area in recent years.

  • Measure would reduce size of zoning district

    A new ordinance may soon allow more planned development districts in the county.
    County Council gave first reading on Nov. 9 to an ordinance to decrease the minimum acreage amount for PDDs from 150 to 2 acres. A PDD, such as Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, is a zoning designation that combines both residential and commercial properties.
    Council tabled the ordinance in July as it wanted more information.