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Government

  • Van Vyck town vote in August

    Van Wyck residents will go to the polls Aug. 15 to decide if their community will incorporate, a defensive move against being gobbled up by the proposed Indian Land municipality.
    News of the special election date came Friday, nearly a year and a half after Van Wyck began its effort in an attempt to preserve its rural way of life. The community has about 2,500 residents.

  • Heath Springs OKs $344K budget

    The Heath Springs Town Council this week unanimously gave final approval to a $344,414 budget for fiscal 2017-18 – a $16,700 decrease from the current budget.
    Town Administrator Tony Starnes said the budget dropped  because the town will not renew its contract with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to station an officer in Heath Springs during certain hours. The contract was going to rise from $23,000 per year to $38,500. It expires June 30.

  • Norman won big in rural precincts

    An analysis of Lancaster County voting in Tuesday’s congressional election shows that the most rural precincts and the fast-growing Panhandle went strongly for Republican Ralph Norman, and the greater Lancaster area swung hard for Democrat Archie Parnell.
    Norman won the day overall in the county – 55 percent to 44 percent – helped by the expected huge turnout in Sun City Carolina Lakes, which had more than twice as much voter turnout as the whole county, at 41 percent.

  • Norman squeaks out win

    Ralph Norman is going to Congress, but his margin of victory in Tuesday’s special election was unexpectedly narrow.

    Norman, a Republican and Rock Hill real estate developer, topped Democratic candidate Archie Parnell by just a 3-point margin. Norman tallied 44,889 votes to Parnell’s 42,035.
    Norman takes the 5th District seat vacated when Mick Mulvaney became White House budget director. Mulvaney beat his Democratic opponent by 20 points last November.

  • Kershaw budget approved at $4 million

    KERSHAW – For the first time ever, the budget for the town of Kershaw will top $4 million next fiscal year.
    The current budget, which runs through June 30, is $3.9 million.
    As unanimously passed by town council Wednesday night, the 2017-18 budget raises the property tax millage rate to 82 mills from 77 mills in the current budget.

  • City council votes for $33.9M budget

    Lancaster City Council passed first reading of its $33.9 million fiscal 2017-18 budget Tuesday.
    The vote was 6-0, with council member Tamara Green Garris absent due to an out-of-state family commitment.
    As written, the proposed budget raises the property tax millage rate to 178.5 from 176.4 in the current budget. The millage increase means an $8.40 property tax increase on a home in the city valued at $100,000 and assessed at 4 percent.

  • District 5 special election Tuesday

    Voters in the 5th Congressional District can cast absentee votes now or wait until the special election Tuesday, June 20, to replace Indian Land’s Mick Mulvaney in the U.S. House.
    Mulvaney’s seat became open when President Donald Trump appointed him director of his Office of Budget and Management.
    The candidates on the special election ballot will be:
    ◆ Libertarian Victor Kocher
    ◆ David Kulma with the Green Party
    ◆ Republican Ralph Norman
    ◆ Democrat Archie Parnell
    ◆ Josh Thornton with the American Party

  • Getting testy down the stretch

    SCETV forum tonight
    South Carolina ETV will broadcast a 5th District candidate forum at 7:30 tonight featuring Democrat Archie Parnell, Republican Ralph Norman, David Kulma of the Green Party and Josh Thornton of the American Party. The moderator is Charles Bierbauer, dean of USC’s College of Information and Communications and a former CNN correspondent.

  • 5th District Candidate: Josh Thornton

    Party: American.
    Age: 41.
    Residence: Rock Hill.
    Family: Wife, April. Son, Wilson.
    Education: Graduated from high school in Mount Zion, Ill., in 1993.  Received bachelor’s degree in math education from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., in 1997.
    Employment: Math teacher and technology catalyst, Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte.
    Civic involvement: Volunteer, Hope Haven Inc.; Tyson’s Forest subdivision’s HOA Pool Committee.
    Political experience: None.
    Top issues:

  • 5th District Candidate: Archie Parnell

    Party: Democrat.
    Age: 66.
    Residence: Sumter.
    Family: Wife, Sarah. Daughters, Julia and Lydia.
    Education: Graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter in 1968. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1971 and his law degree from USC in 1974.
    Employment: Retired. Worked as a senior adviser on tax law for the Wall Street financial firm Goldman Sachs.
    Civic involvement: Treasurer at St. Stephen’s Chapel (Anglican), 2003-07.
    Political experience: None.
    Top issues: