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Government

  • Tony Starnes to step down in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is now looking for a new administrator.

    Tony Starnes, who’s held the position since September 2003, announced this week that he is resigning. His last day  is April 30.

    Starnes, 62, said he’s ready to step aside. This will give him the opportunity to “either do something else” or simply enjoy himself while spending more time his family.

    “After you work so long, you get to the point where you’re ready to go,” he said.

  • Mayor calls councilwoman out of order

     

    City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace says Mayor Joe Shaw needs to grow up – an assertion that followed his dismissal of her motion to give city employees more money.

    During the Tuesday, March 27, City Council meeting, Blackmon-Brace made a motion to give each city of Lancaster employee a $75 stipend (pay supplement) each month for the remainder of the budget year, which ends June 30.

    The move came during a discussion about the 2012-13 budget-planning schedule, which was led by Finance Director James Absher.

  • Heath Springs council discusses security package for Town Hall

    HEATH SPRINGS – Most of the talk at town council’s March 20 meeting centered on protection for Town Hall – whether it’s from insects or burglars.

    Council voted unanimously that evening to accept a bid from Rollins Pest Control of Jefferson.

    For $1,500, the company will install termite bait traps at the recently renovated Town Hall on Duncan Street. And for $485, the company will perform once-a-year monitoring and servicing.

  • Kershaw applies for CDBG grant

    KERSHAW – The application has been sent. And now Kershaw officials have to wait to find out if they’re selected.

    Since last year, the town of Kershaw has been eyeing a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). If awarded, that federal money will pay for the replacement of old water lines in the Springs cotton mill village neighborhood, just north of the town limits.

    The town provides water for that area, which includes roads such as First, Second, Third and Fourth streets.

  • EMS workers win $1.5 million lawsuit

    A case involving unpaid overtime money for several Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services workers has finally been settled – to the tune of $1.5 million. 

    For the last 17 months, a group of 59 former and current EMS employees have been awaiting the results of a class-action lawsuit they jointly filed against Lancaster County.  

  • Kershaw Town Council discusses sheriff’s contract

    KERSHAW – Kershaw officials are still talking about ways to enhance law enforcement coverage in the town. 

    Town Council met in closed session twice Monday to discuss its contract with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. 

    Kershaw has been paying the sheriff’s office $451,000 a year to provide coverage, which includes two patrol deputies per shift. 

    Town Administrator Tony Starnes recently expressed a desire to have a deputy who can serve as an administrator or supervisor on each shift. 

  • Religion, birth control debate highlights town hall meeting

    The national debate regarding religion and contraception made its way to Lancaster on Tuesday evening.

    That’s where U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney spoke at a town hall meeting inside Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. He’s been traveling throughout the state’s 5th Congressional District lately, updating constituents on federal affairs in Washington, D.C.

  • Council split on Brook Drive specifics

    City Council is divided on certain details of the Brook Drive improvement project near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

    The city has been planning for sewer and road improvements that will better accommodate the future influx of student residents in that area in coming years.

    On Tuesday, council voted to accept a $144,853 bid from LCI Lineberger Construction to perform the road work – to include widening, resurfacing and the raising of a dip.

  • Proposed Family Dollar raises ire of Elgin residents

    Robert Wade worries a new Family Dollar store near his Elgin home will mean an increase in crime.

    Rachel Wallace is concerned about what kind of store could move in to the building if the Family Dollar should happen to fail.

    And Carolyn Petroski, who enjoys the rural landscape of her community, fears the business could irrevocably harm her way of life.

  • County's B-3 overlay committee votes to disband

    A Panhandle rezoning plan is in flux once again, as a special committee tasked to clear up zoning concerns in the northern part of the county voted to disband last week.

    The Panhandle/B-3 Overlay Committee, made up of various residents, Lancaster County Council members and representatives from the county planning department, held its last official meeting last week.

    District 1 County Councilman Larry McCullough said the committee had delivered what it had been set up to do and he recommended it disband.