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  • Unanimous vote

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    As the glass front doors parted in front of him, Keith Tunnell stepped inside the sunlit lobby of 1033 W. Meeting St. and smiled. 

    Looking around at the spacious building, complete with offices and a conference room, Tunnell perused the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.’s new home. 

  • Free voter workshop set for Thursday

    City of Lancaster Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris invites the community to a free, voter ID workshop 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 133 Pleasant Hill St. 

    The workshop is to inform voters of their responsibilities as “educated voters,” she said.

  • Graham speaks his mind at county GOP meeting

    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham asked a lot of questions to supporters and spoke his mind during an appearance at the Lancaster County Republican Party meeting at Mike Williams Builders on Thursday, Feb. 20.

    Graham, who expects a challenge from conservative activists, including the Tea Party movement, in the 2014 Senate primaries, worked to unite a divided party he considers the “heart and soul of America.”

  • State confirms first flu-related death of the season

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has been notified of the state’s first flu-associated death of the season.
    “Tragically, a woman from Dorchester County has become our first lab-confirmed, influenza-associated death of the season,” Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist, said Nov. 7.
    “We are in the early stages of our state’s flu season. It’s important to get vaccinated now. The vaccine takes about two weeks to build up your body’s protection against the virus. Vaccination is by far the best way to prevent the spread of the flu.”

  • Heath Spring to replace its computers, financial software

     HEATH SPRINGS – Technologically speaking, the town of Heath Springs is moving on up.

    At the Oct. 15 town council meeting, the council reviewed quotes to replace the town’s current computer system, which Town Administrator Tony Starnes said has become a vital necessity.

    “Our financial software no longer has technical support,” he said. 

    “Emails take so long to open that sometimes you aren’t sure they’re going to open at all. 

  • Heath Springs to replace its computers

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    Technologically speaking, the town of Heath Springs is moving on up.
    At the Oct. 15 town council meeting, the council reviewed quotes to replace the town’s current computer system, which Town Administrator Tony Starnes said has become a vital necessity.
    “Our financial software no longer has technical support,” he said.
    “Emails take so long to open that sometimes you aren’t sure they’re going to open at all.

  • City votes on smoking ordinance

    It appears the city of Lancaster wants to come onboard with the effort to restrict smoking in the county. 

    At its Tuesday, July 23, meeting, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously to approve first reading of a city ordinance to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public-access places. 

    The ordinance draft is similar to the ones already adopted by Lancaster County Council, Kershaw Town Council and Heath Springs Town Council. 

  • Change coming to Kershaw council

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council will have a different look this year.

    Two of its members have chosen not to seek re-election. They are District 3 Councilman Randy Seegars and District 4 Councilman Morris Russell.

    Seegars, who’s in his first term, said his health is the sole reason he’s not seeking re-election. He’s dealing with knee issues and a hernia, and has two upcoming surgeries, he said.

    Within the last year, he believes he’s missed five or six Town Council meetings for health reasons.

  • 2012 election results for Lancaster County, state

    Here’s a look at the unofficial Lancaster County vote totals for candidates on Tuesday’s ballot. Local totals include all precincts. Local votes in the races for the S.C. House and S.C. Senate are for Lancaster County only. State votes include all counties (42 of 46) reported by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.


    U.S. president


    • Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Republican) – Local: 19,273  (58 percent); state: 1,026,351(55 percent)


  • Shealy tells group voter education is very important

    from Lancaster County Republican Women
    Katrina Shealy, Senate candidate for District 23 in Lexington County, is running a heated race against Sen. Jake Knotts on the platform of reform that supports the viability of small businesses.
    Shealy shared her platform at a recent Lancaster County Republican Women lunch and encouraged them to join the effort.