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Government

  • Spratt, Mulvaney spend big bucks on campaign

    In an election year when much attention has been paid to campaign contributions, both candidates in the U.S. House District 5 race have received money from sources within and outside the state.
    The campaigns for state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, (R-16), and Democratic incumbent John Spratt have received thousands of dollars from individuals, businesses, political parties and political action committees.
    Here are comparisons of some of the contributions for both candidates in the race.
    John Spratt

  • Fire conference pulls in $61,000

    An annual fire chiefs conference was a boon for Lancaster County, with more than $61,000 generated in sales among several local businesses.
    The results of this year’s S.C. Fire Chiefs Association conference, held Oct. 13 through 16 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, were presented to County Council on Tuesday night.
    The annual conference, usually held in larger cities in the state, gives chiefs statewide a chance to come together for training, education and exposure to new fire service-related products.

  • Absentee voting runs high

    Absentee voting in Lancaster County seems to be following a statewide trend.
    As of noon Thursday afternoon, 3,052 absentee ballots had been requested in Lancaster County, according to officials with the county’s election commission.
    “For a mid-term election, it’s high,” said Cassie Stump, the county’s voter registration director.
    More than 4,000 residents voted absentee in 2008. Voter turnout is typically higher in years featuring a presidential election, Stump said.

  • Mayoral candidates agree and disagree

    The four Lancaster mayoral candidates answered similarly on some questions, but differed when it came to use of the city’s hospitality tax money.
    Their takes were apparently amusing as well, as audience members chuckled when the candidates debated the issues and argued why he or she is best suited for the position.
    Donnie Birchfield, City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace, incumbent Mayor Joe Shaw and Mary Helen Yarborough agreed that the city:
    u Should support the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, in hopes of Lancaster becoming a college town

  • McCoy addresses police report issue

    A candidate for the state House District 44 seat responded Tuesday about a dispute he’s having over a payment for vehicle repairs.
    Republican candidate Rob McCoy, who is hoping to unseat Democratic incumbent Jimmy Neal, discussed a dispute over repairs he’s having with Lancaster’s Koss Motor Sports.
    The Lancaster News has received several anonymous calls over the last week about the dispute and a police report that was filed on the incident.

  • Mayoral candidates headline last forum

    Attracting business to the city of Lancaster, supporting economic development and changing Lancaster to a college town were hot-button topics on Monday evening.
    The four candidates running for mayor of Lancaster discussed those issues and more as they appeared at the Before You Vote 2010 Candidate Forum at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    Incumbent Joe Shaw, Donnie Birchfield, City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace and Mary Helen Yarborough are the mayoral candidates.

  • Council to consider tax districts

    County Council will consider the creation of two special tax districts at its Tuesday meeting.
    As part of its agenda, council will look at resolutions for forming two separate special districts in the Indian Land area.
    One resolution calls for creating a tax district for Indian Land’s Brookchase neighborhood. Voters in the neighborhood recently approved a referendum in a special election to create the district. Now council has to approve it.

  • Final forum is Monday night

    The four candidates for mayor of Lancaster are scheduled to address questions Monday at the Before You Vote 2010 Candidate Forum at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the forum begins at 6 p.m.
    Mayoral candidates are Joe Shaw (incumbent), Linda Blackmon-Brace, Donnie Birchfield and Mary Helen Yarborough.

  • Four vie for mayor’s seat

    Two familiar faces along with two political newcomers create the only four-person race for local voters this election season.
    Donnie Birchfield, City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace, incumbent Joe Shaw and Mary Helen Yarborough are vying for Lancaster’s mayor’s seat. Shaw has held the post for 28 years.
    Election Day is Nov. 2.
    Birchfield  

  • Disclosure reports show money being spent on campaigns

    As Election Day nears, thousands of dollars in campaign contributions have poured in for candidates in local and state elections.
    Candidates in the races for the state House seats in districts 44 and 45, as well as those for the county school board seats for districts 1 and 7, have seen funds contributed from a number of sources. This includes private citizens, businesses, political parties and political action committees. Here are comparisons among candidates in each of these races:
    District 44 House