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Government

  • 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

  • Cole switches political parties

    Cotton Cole said he always felt out of place during Democratic events.
    The county councilman contemplated changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican for more than a year and said recent events encouraged him to make the change.
    Cole, who’s serving his first term on council, announced his party change Friday morning at the Lancaster County Republican Party’s headquarters on Main Street in Lancaster.

  • Residency issue persists in District 1 city race

    Questions raised about Anthony Elder’s residency have at times overshadowed the issues during the City Council District 1 race between he and incumbent Kenny Hood.
    Since Elder announced his candidacy, The Lancaster News has received several anonymous calls from people who said Elder does not live at his listed address –  707 Miller St. Extension.
    The callers, who wouldn’t give their name and go on the record, said Elder has not had utilities set up at the house and lives elsewhere in the city.

  • Mayor on Wade Hunter: ‘He has done one heck of a job’

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilman Wade Hunter walked into council chambers Monday night and wondered why members of his family were in the audience.
    Council had met in closed session, and emerged from behind closed doors to vote on hiring Land Design, a consulting firm, to assist the town.
    Councilman Morris Russell asked the council to approve adding a proclamation to the night’s agenda. He didn’t get specific.

  • Officials meet with employment workforce reps

    In an effort to put county residents back to work, several county officials recently met with representatives from the state employment department.
    Lancaster County Council members Rudy Carter and Jack Estridge, County Administrator Steve Willis and Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell met with officials from the newly reorganized S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

  • Elder, Hood vie for City Council seat

    Political newcomer Anthony Elder is challenging incumbent Kenny Hood for the District 1 seat on Lancaster City Council.
    Hood won the seat in a special election in 2008 to succeed longtime Councilman Preston Blackmon, who died earlier that year.
    District 1 is the southern-most district in the city. It includes areas along South Market Street, South Main Street and Kershaw-Camden Highway.
    City Council seats are non-partisan, which means candidates don’t run by political party.
    Anthony Elder