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Government

  • County treasurer dies at age 66

    Mornings won’t be the same for Carrie Helms.
    Helms was used to seeing her boss and county treasurer, R.E. “Dick” Rowell, stop by the office each morning about 10 a.m. She said the office staff would always greet him the same way.
    “They’d holler to him, ‘Good morning, Mr. Rowell,’ and he’d brighten up and just grin from ear to ear,” Helms said. “That just tickled him every time.”

  • Voter office clarifies referendum eligibility

    The Lancaster County Voter Registration Office has issued a clarification about who is eligible to vote in the upcoming Indian Land Fire District referendum.
    The proposed Indian Land Fire Protection District is intended to generate revenue for the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department through a special annual charge of $75 on residences.
    Businesses and other users will be assessed at $75 per 2,500 square feet.

  • County treasurer Dick Rowell dies at age 66

    Lancaster County Treasurer Richard "Dick" Rowell has died.

    Rowell, 66, of West Manor Drive, Lancaster, died Thursday.

    He served as treasurer since 2000, when he filled the unfinished term of Mary Alice Belk. His father, Richard Rowell, served as Lancaster County treasurer for 20 years. Rowell Jr. was 12 when his father first ran for the treasurer's office.

  • Lancaster Democrat enters Senate race

    There will be at least one county resident running as a Democrat for the open District 16 state Senate seat.
    Lancaster resident Ronald Griffin filed to run Friday afternoon, said Gil Small, chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.
    Griffin joins Fort Mill accountant Keith Brann as the only Democrats to file. On the Republican side, nearly 10 people have either filed or are believed to be considering a bid.
    Filing for the seat ends at noon Monday.

  • Council gives first approval to Indian Land fire district

    County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to establish the Indian Land Fire Protection District on Tuesday.
    Several members of the Indian Land Action Council attended the meeting and later cheered council’s unanimous decision.
    “A fire department should be equally supported by everyone in their service district – both residential and commercial,” said Jan Tacy, secretary of the action council, during the public comment period of the meeting.

  • HS, Kershaw mayors speak on 2011

    Infrastructure improvements rank high on the list of focal points for leaders in the southern part of Lancaster County.
    Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor and Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes discuss strides their towns have made in 2010 and what lies ahead in 2011.
    Kershaw
    Rhodes said the town of Kershaw will continue to make incremental improvements to its wastewater treatment plant in the new year.

  • Mulvaney takes office

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – With his right hand raised, and standing next to his three children on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mick Mulvaney took the congressional oath of office Wednesday afternoon.
    After a morning of celebrating with family, friends and constituents, Mulvaney joined 96 other freshman House delegates to become a member of the country’s 112th Congress. The oath was taken only minutes after Mulvaney cast his vote for the newest Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio.  

  • Gregory hopes to regain Senate position

    Hugh Mobley and Greg Gregory have switched roles.
    Gregory, who served as the District 16 state senator for 15 years, will once again seek the seat.
    He had been a supporter of Mobley, a Lancaster pharmacist who was the first person to announce his candidacy for the post after Mick Mulvaney was elected to the 5th District congressional seat. But now, Mobley has suspended his campaign and has
    pledged to support Gregory.

  • Kershaw official criticizes landfill plan

    County Council heard Tuesday from a Kershaw Town Council member and another county resident who are upset by council’s handling of an economic development ordinance concerning a proposed landfill.
    The comments were the first public outcry against the ordinance, code-named Project December and approved over several special meetings in December.

  • Howard sworn in as Lancaster’s new police chief

    No empty seats were in sight. Visitors lined the walls inside council chambers, while dozens of others packed the lobby.
    Officials said they had never seen Lancaster City Hall more crowded before.
    Nearly 200 people came out Tuesday night for the swearing-in ceremony for four City Council members and Harlean Howard as the new police chief.
    Many of the people on hand were there to support Howard, who is the first woman to head the Lancaster Police Department.