• Mayoral candidate profile: Anthony Elder

    ◆ Age: 51.
    ◆ Contact information: Kaiwana2014@gmail.com or (803) 416-2514.
    ◆ Family: Wife, two daughters and one son.
    ◆ Education: 1983 graduate of John Marshall High School, Richmond, Va.; two years at Wingate University.
    ◆ Occupation: Self-employed – Personal Touch Detailing.
    ◆ Civic/volunteer involvement: Dixie Youth Baseball (2016); The Leader in Me (2016).
    ◆ Political/job experience: Assisted Jim Hodges with S.C. House District 45 campaign; Board of Assessment Appeals (20 years).  

  • Mayoral candidate profile: Altheresa Goode-Howard

    ◆ Age: 52.
    ◆ Contact information: AltheresaforMayor@gmail.com.
    ◆ Family: Husband of 29 years, Bishop Eddie Howard, a son, three daughters and two grandchildren.
    ◆ Education: Lancaster High School graduate (1981); attended Carolina School of Broadcasting; bachelor’s degree in theology and currently working on master’s degree.
    ◆ Occupation: Church pastor and overseer; veteran radio broadcaster (formerly of WPEG and WGIV).

  • Mayoral candidate profile: Dr. Paul McKenzie

    ◆ Age: 59.
    ◆ Contact information: paulnmckenzie@gmail.com or (803) 287-7984.
    ◆ Family: Wife, Heather, one daughter, one son and three grandchildren.
    ◆ Education: Bachelor’s degree (Judson University); master’s degree (University of Wisconsin), doctorate (Texas Tech).
    ◆ Occupation: Lancaster County School District director of research and development.

  • 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.