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Government

  • Mayoral candidate profile: Garrett Williams

    ◆ Age: 28.
    ◆ Contact information: garrett@houseyourcredit.com/ (803) 577-1086.
    ◆ Family: Wife, Whitney, one son and one daughter.
    ◆ Education: Two years college.
    ◆ Occupation: Property manager/insurance agent HYA.
    ◆ Civic/volunteer involvement: Youth leader at Second Baptist Church, local youth sports coach, closet ministry leadership team at Second Baptist Church.
    ◆ Political/job experience: No response.
    ◆ What are the three most important issues the city faces in the next two years?

  • Mayoral candidate profile: Charles Vann Jr.

    ◆ Age: 47.
    ◆ Contact information: Charles Vann for Mayor of Lancaster on Facebook.
    ◆ Family: Husband/father.
    ◆ Education: High school and two years of culinary school.
    ◆ Occupation: Owner of Café Taylor and Tom & Sherry’s Ice Cream.
    ◆ Civic/volunteer involvement: Community Thanksgiving dinner and mentoring young boys and teens.
    ◆ Political/job experience: None.
    ◆ What are the three most important issues the city faces in the next two years?

  • Mayoral candidate profile: John P. Howard

    ◆ Age: 65.
    ◆ Contact information: jhoward@lancastercitysc.com; (803) 285-1058 (home), (803) 804-3143 (cell), (803) 283-5557 (work).
    ◆ Family: Wife, Karon, one son, one daughter and five grandchildren.
    ◆ Education: graduate of Lancaster High School and York Technical College (industrial electronics); honor graduate of S.C. National Guard Advanced NCO Academy (1986)/Robert L. McCrady Award recipient; Strom Thurmond Institute of Government; Life Underwriters Training Council Fellowship.  

  • Mayor’s race down to final weekend

    The challenges facing the city of Lancaster in the next two years are daunting.
    They include complying with the EPA consent order to replace aging and cracked terra cotta sewer lines, as well as other wastewater system improvements.
    The elephant in the room, said City Administrator Flip Hutfles, is the project’s $18 million pricetag.
    Then, there is the daily dilemma of trying to hang on to the city’s 179 employees, who are tempted jump ship for higher paying jobs elsewhere.

  • How the 2 S.C. primaries will work

    Within the next two weeks, Lancaster County voters will head to the polls to choose their preference in the Palmetto State’s two presidential primaries.
    First up is the Republican primary Saturday, followed a week later by the Democratic primary on Feb. 27. Both will be heavily watched, as South Carolina’s presidential primaries are the first in the South.

  • Mayoral candidates stump at USCL forum

    There are seven days left before Lancaster city voters will choose who will fill the remainder of the late Joe Shaw’s term in a special election.  
    The six candidates – Anthony Elder, Altheresa Goode-Howard, John Howard, Paul McKenzie, Charles Vann Jr. and Garrett Williams – spent more than an hour Monday night trying to persuade the 150-plus inside University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium why they deserved the job.

  • City starts 2016-17 budget process

    Members of Lancaster City Council will start hashing out the municipality’s financial issues for the upcoming year by holding a budget goal session meeting Saturday, Feb. 6.
    The meeting is open to the public, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in council chambers at city hall.
    “We are now 50 percent through the budget year, which means we get to start planning for the next one,” said city Finance Director James Absher.  
    The meeting includes council discussions, as well as feedback from the city’s 10 department heads.

  • Bundy won’t seek 2nd term

    After just one term as the District 3 representative for Lancaster County Council, Bob Bundy has decided not to run again for the seat.
    Bundy, who was elected in 2012 and became council chairman in 2015, made the announcement this week. He cited his upcoming retirement from the University of South Carolina Lancaster in December and his desire to spend more time with family as reasons for the decision.
    On the heels of that announcement, local business owner Billy Mosteller announced Tuesday that he plans to run for the seat.

  • City council makes board appointments

    Lancaster City Council stuck to its guns and light agenda when making new appointments to nine municipal boards and commissions at its first meeting of 2016 on Jan. 12.
    Council was set to make 19 appointments to 10 total boards, but nominations for the city’s planning commission were mistakenly omitted from the meeting agenda.
    Since the agenda was approved prior to the votes, one appointment to the city’s planning commission could not be made.

  • A new idea for handling bad checks

    Victims of bad checks, as well as the people who write them, will soon have a new process to turn to in Lancaster County, which could save merchants money and prevent criminal records before they begin.
    Known as the worthless-check unit, the initiative is one of several alternative court ideas envisioned by Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman and designed to cut down on case backlogs, criminal records and expenses for merchants.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the first steps toward forming the unit during its meeting Jan. 11.