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Government

  • Be prepared before you go to the polls

    Staff reports
    Take some time to prepare before next Tuesday’s election.
    Become familiar with the candidates, as well as the four proposed state constitutional amendments. Educate yourself on the issues and those running for office.
    Visit candidates’ websites and other sites, such as scvotes.org, which offer a plethora of information on candidates and voting.
    Know your voting precinct, especially if you have moved and are a new voter.

  • Official expects high turnout

    A county election official expects high turnout for Tuesday’s election.
    “The midterm elections usually have low turnout, but if the absentee precinct is any indication, this time is going to be a lot different,” county election official Cassie Stump said. “We’ve already voted over 2,000 and that’s huge for our office.”
    Stump said there are 47,287 registered voters in Lancaster County.

  • Council approves $7M bond issue

    Several county projects will soon have funding, now that County Council has approved the purchase of millions of dollars in bonds.
    Council unanimously approved final reading of the bond ordinance Tuesday.
    However, on final reading, council doubled the amount of the bond – from  $3.5 million to $7 million.

  • 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.