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Government

  • Long keeps S.C. House seat

    Republican incumbent Deborah A. Long won the S.C. House District 45 seat over Democrat Mary L. Bernsdorff in Tuesday's general election.
    According to unofficial results from the Lancaster and York County Election Commissions, Long won 65 percent of the vote, which was 10,272 votes. Bernsdorff trailed at 35 percent with 5,522 votes.
    In Lancaster County, Long received 6,974 votes or 61 percent of the vote, compared to Bernsdorff's 4,518 votes, or 39 percent of the vote.

  • County seeks input from residents in survey

    As the county begins to gather information for its first strategic plan, officials are asking the public to weigh in on the process.
    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 hear directly from residents about the needs of the county.

  • Council approves referendum on Indian Land Fire District

    Pat Latour urged Lancaster County Council last week to move forward with plans for an Indian Land Fire Protection District.
    The Indian Land resident was one of many supporters, and a few detractors, who spoke at council’s Oct. 26 meeting about the creation of a potential special tax district in Indian Land.
    The idea was introduced by members of grass-roots organization Indian Land Action Council, several of whom also attended the meeting, as a way to generate revenue for the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Local and state complete election results

    Local Races

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  • Neal re-elected in District 44

    If the preliminary numbers are an accurate indicator, the voters in S.C. House District 44 are returning retired educator Jimmy Neal to the state General Assembly for his sixth full term.
    Neal, a Democrat, garnered 5,115 votes to Republican newcomer Rob McCoy’s 3,718 votes. If the numbers hold up, that means Neal got about 58 percent of the votes to McCoy’s 42 percent.
    Neal was the top vote-getter in 13 of the 18 precincts that encompass S.C. House District 44.

  • Mulvaney presumed winner over Spratt

    Late Tuesday night, Republican Mick Mulvaney thanked a crowded roomful of Republican supporters at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster for helping him win the U.S. House District 5 seat, unseating longtime Democratic incumbent John Spratt.
    Fellow Republican Deborah Long said an emotional Mulvaney thanked his parents, his wife, Pam, and the more than 1,000 volunteers who helped him win the race, especially John Major. Major drove Mulvaney’s bus all over the district, despite being recently diagnosed with cancer.

  • Shaw wins again

    It looks like Joe Shaw will continue his stint as the city of Lancaster’s longest-serving mayor.
    At press time Tuesday night, Shaw had garnered nearly 59 percent of the vote, in what was the only four-person contest for local voters this year.
    All results are unofficial, as Lancaster County election officials weren’t able to electronically download voting results from the county’s precincts. The Lancaster News was able to obtain unofficial results from paper printouts available to election officials.

  • Glitches stall vote count

    None of the numbers from the various races in Lancaster County in either local, state and national races are official. Computer problems with the county’s voting machine system had officials manually counting votes late into the night Tuesday.
    “We have two data bases and one won’t read the other,” said Rick Crimminger, chairman of the Lancaster County Election Commission. “We are having to manually enter everything from the paper tape. However, those paper tapes are not official results. They are only printouts.”

  • LPD to get more bulletproof vests

    The Lancaster Police Department has received federal money to buy bulletproof vests for its officers.
    On Tuesday, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously to authorize the department’s acceptance of a $5,619 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
    The money will pay for half the cost of 20 new bulletproof vests.
    “We’re fortunate to get that,” Police Chief Hugh White told council members said. “I appreciate the Department of Justice giving us what we need to operate.”

  • A look at the candidates on the ballot

    Staff reports
    Long lines are expected Tuesday as voters go to polls in Lancaster County to cast their votes in both hotly contested and low-key races.
    The 5th District congressional race between incumbent U.S. Rep. John Spratt, a Democrat from York, and state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, has been especially intense. The two candidates have crisscrossed the district, faced off in debates and appeared in TV commercials that have promoted themselves, while often, criticizing the other.