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Government

  • IL voters OK fire district referendum

    INDIAN LAND – Voters in Indian Land overwhelmingly approved a proposed fire protection tax district in a non-binding advisory referendum Tuesday. The vote was 1,187 in favor and 86 opposed.
    The proposed district would raise money for the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department through a $75 annual fee assessed on homes. Businesses and other users would be assessed at $75 per 2,500 square feet.
    The vote is intended to help Lancaster County Council members gauge the community’s support for the proposed district.

  • City Council unified on hospitality grants

    For the first time in a long while, Lancaster City Council did not have lengthy debate about the awarding of grants from the city’s hospitality tax fund.
    Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve funding for the second quarter of 2010-11 to the Lancaster Children’s Council and the Lancaster Bruins Booster Club.
    The Children’s Council applied for and was awarded $20,000 for its Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse project.
    The booster club applied for and was awarded $5,000 to make repairs to the Roddey Drive baseball facilities.

  • City receives ‘A’ on audit

    Despite one structural concern, the city of Lancaster received a favorable audit of its 2009-10 budget.
    Blair, Bohle & Whitsitt of Charlotte conducted the audit, which was presented to Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night.
    Accountant Steve Johnston said his firm issued a “clean opinion” of the city’s governmental and business activities, which means things are in good standing. The audit also reviewed each major city fund, its balance and its accounting practices.

  • IL voters overwhelmingly approve fire district

    INDIAN LAND – Voters in Indian Land overwhelmingly approved a proposed fire protection tax district in a non-binding advisory referendum Tuesday.
    The vote was 1,187 in favor and 86 opposed.
    The fire protection district is intended to raise money for the Indian Land Fire Department through a $75 annual fee assessed on homes. Businesses and other users would be assessed at $75 per 2,500 square feet.

  • What’s next in landfill process?

    Landfills are a messy business, though Kathy Sistare wants the public to know that business is now out of the hands of Lancaster County Council.
    Sistare, chairwoman of County Council, has been fielding questions from county residents for weeks about the prospect of a new solid waste landfill being developed at the Mineral Mining Landfill, off S.C. 903 in the Flat Creek area.
    “What we’re trying to get across to people is that Lancaster County is not in the landfill business,” Sistare said.

  • A conflict of interest for county attorneys?

    Several calls were made to The Lancaster News recently asking if there is a conflict of interest in the landfill issue with the county’s attorneys, McNair Law Firm, representing both the county and Waste Management.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said the law firm is not representing both clients at this time.  

  • 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.