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  • Budget would raise Great Falls workers’ pay

    GREAT FALLS – Town of Great Falls employees will get a 4 percent raise if the proposed $1,097,672 budget gains second-reading approval. The proposed budget gained unanimous approval at the May 16 meeting.
    Councilman Glenn Smith said the budget contains no tax increase.
    Instead, a $1 monthly garbage fee increase will be added.
    “We chose not to raise taxes, but garbage fees will go up $1 a month. It has been eight years since garbage fees were adjusted,” Smith said.

  • Voter checklist for S.C. primary

    Mary Ann Hudson, Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission director, said polls for the statewide primaries will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    If you are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to cast a ballot.
    Voters who cannot read or have a physical disability that makes it difficult or impossible to operate a voting machine can solicit help from a poll worker.
    Since S.C. residents don’t register to vote by political party, anyone may vote in the statewide primary.

  • Runoffs likely in county races if turnout low

    Early indications point toward low turnout in Lancaster County for Tuesday’s primary vote, which increases the likelihood of runoff elections for county auditor and county council District 1.
    As of noon Friday, less than 300 absentee ballots had been cast, said Mary Ann Hudson, the county’s elections director.
    Absentee ballots, she said, have always been an accurate gauge of voter interest, and such low numbers don’t support a large turnout.
    That has Hudson anticipating runoffs in both the county council and auditor’s races.

  • Holt’s defenders pounce on Willis

    Jerry Holt’s backers jumped to his defense this week, saying his ejection from the county planning commission spotlights a long-boiling dispute between Lancaster County’s desire for development and Panhandle residents’ insistence that growth be controlled.

  • Ag+Art Tour draws crowds

    From craft beer brewing and barbecue to board sawing, honeybees and historic buildings, the local, self-guided S.C. Ag+Art Tour has found its niche.
    The annual tour, which features local artisans, products, farms and some hidden county treasures, is drawing locals and out-of-towners, alike.
    Now in its ninth year, Lancaster is one of nine Palmetto State counties getting in on the agri-tourism act.

  • 2 killed in IL crash

    Two people were killed and several others were hurt in a horrendous five-car crash early Saturday in Indian Land.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said the wreck happened about 1 a.m. on U.S. 521 North between Henry Harris and Charles Pettus roads.
    Keller said the wreck was so serious that troopers have not been able nail down the exact circumstances.

  • Thieves target vehicles in rash of break-ins

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating a rash of car break-ins overnight Tuesday in one neighborhood between Forest Hills and S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    Police Capt. Scott Grant confirmed Wednesday morning there were at least seven vehicle break-ins reported on Rugby Road. West Glen and Sumter and Kent drives.
    The incidents happened between midnight Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
    Items stolen included most anything of value “that people usually leave in their cars,” such as electronics, cellphones, money and firearms, Grant said.

  • Heath Springs hires painters for train depot

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council unanimously selected a painting contractor for the historic railroad depot at a special meeting Wednesday.
    After discussing four contractors, town council accepted the $6,500 bid of B&W Painting Co. of Charlotte.  The work includes pressure-washing, priming, a new coat of slate-gray paint, and reglazing windows where needed.
    B&W Painting repainted Springs House on West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster last month.

  • County to get 17 bridges

    Lancaster County will get $21 million for road resurfacing and bridge replacement and repair over the next 10 years under the just-approved roads bill, plus an immediate, one-time infusion of $950,000 to jump-start the work.
    “That should be about 65 miles of road work on state secondary roads,” County Administrator Willis said Thursday. “This is not for county roads.”

  • Haley signs roads bill, fumes about half measures

    COLUMBIA – On Wednesday, Gov. Nikki Haley signed S.1258 – legislation that allows the state to borrow more than $2 billion to rehab its crumbling roads and deteriorating bridges – but she was not pleased with the outcome.
    While it does move the state forward, Haley said in a letter to Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman and House Speaker Jay Lucas that the progress was “little more than window dressing.”