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Government

  • 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.

  • County Council extends rezoning moratorium

    A proposed zoning plan for the Panhandle was stopped in its tracks last week, as Lancaster County Council decided to instead extend its rezoning moratorium.
    The original plan for council’s Feb. 27 meeting was for members to hear first reading of an ordinance to add several business zoning classifications to the county’s Panhandle area.

  • City awards $50K to Barr Street center

    The city of Lancaster is once again giving financial support to Hope on the Hill.
    City Council voted unanimously Feb. 28 to award the organization $50,000 to be used for  renovations of the former Barr Street school, now called the Barr Street Family Life Center.
    The $50,000, which is specifically targeted for auditorium repairs, will come from the city’s hospitality tax grant fund.
    That fund contains a little more than $1 million, said city Administrator Helen Sowell. Grants are given to events and projects that can foster tourism.

  • McCullough to run again

    Larry McCullough campaign
    INDIAN LAND – Republican incumbent District 1 County Councilman Larry McCullough, 60, announced this weekend he is seeking re-election for Lancaster County Council.    
    McCullough’s two an-nouncements, one Saturday at 521 BBQ & Grill and another Sunday at The Lake House in Sun City Carolina Lakes, were attended by more than 100 enthusiastic supporters, many of whom signed up to volunteer with the campaign.  

  • Asbestos found in Badcock building

     Plans to make Main Street Lancaster the local hub for Native American studies have been delayed with the discovery of asbestos in a key building. 

    City Administrator Helen Sowell on Monday confirmed that asbestos has been detected in the former Badcock furniture store building, 119 S. Main St., that will now serve as the home for University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies program.