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Today's News

  • City council votes for $33.9M budget

    Lancaster City Council passed first reading of its $33.9 million fiscal 2017-18 budget Tuesday.
    The vote was 6-0, with council member Tamara Green Garris absent due to an out-of-state family commitment.
    As written, the proposed budget raises the property tax millage rate to 178.5 from 176.4 in the current budget. The millage increase means an $8.40 property tax increase on a home in the city valued at $100,000 and assessed at 4 percent.

  • 18-acre solar farm coming to Kershaw’s industrial park

    Kershaw’s industrial park likely will get its first tenant, after the town council voted unanimously Wednesday to allow a solar-panel farm to be built on 18 acres in Kershaw Commerce Park.
    Cypress Creek Renewables (CCR), a national provider of local solar farms, approached the town June 9 asking for a minimum of 18 acres to be leased for at least 20 years at $1,000 per acre per year. The deal will bring the town $360,000 over the life of the contract.

  • District 5 special election Tuesday

    Voters in the 5th Congressional District can cast absentee votes now or wait until the special election Tuesday, June 20, to replace Indian Land’s Mick Mulvaney in the U.S. House.
    Mulvaney’s seat became open when President Donald Trump appointed him director of his Office of Budget and Management.
    The candidates on the special election ballot will be:
    ◆ Libertarian Victor Kocher
    ◆ David Kulma with the Green Party
    ◆ Republican Ralph Norman
    ◆ Democrat Archie Parnell
    ◆ Josh Thornton with the American Party

  • Getting testy down the stretch

    SCETV forum tonight
    South Carolina ETV will broadcast a 5th District candidate forum at 7:30 tonight featuring Democrat Archie Parnell, Republican Ralph Norman, David Kulma of the Green Party and Josh Thornton of the American Party. The moderator is Charles Bierbauer, dean of USC’s College of Information and Communications and a former CNN correspondent.

  • Column: Stop yelling ‘fire’ in the political theater

    A man tried to kill Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, but thanks to the quick action of Capitol Hill police, a slaughter was averted.
    It appears that the shooter asked who was practicing, Democrats or Republicans, and when he was told Republicans, he began his rampage.
    Before I say more, let me state that I do not blame a particular party for this event. But I do think there are some behaviors that are indirectly and partially at fault.

  • Animal advocates celebrate progress, forge partnerships

    Sun City animal lovers joined with county council members, an animal-welfare expert and Nutramax Laboratories on Wednesday and pledged to improve the lives of pets across the county and at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter.
    More than 60 people filled the Sun City Lake House meeting room Wednesday afternoon for the annual community meeting for two Sun City-based rescue groups – Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters (LASS) and Wags and Whiskers.

  • 5th District Candidate: Josh Thornton

    Party: American.
    Age: 41.
    Residence: Rock Hill.
    Family: Wife, April. Son, Wilson.
    Education: Graduated from high school in Mount Zion, Ill., in 1993.  Received bachelor’s degree in math education from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., in 1997.
    Employment: Math teacher and technology catalyst, Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte.
    Civic involvement: Volunteer, Hope Haven Inc.; Tyson’s Forest subdivision’s HOA Pool Committee.
    Political experience: None.
    Top issues:

  • 5th District Candidate: Archie Parnell

    Party: Democrat.
    Age: 66.
    Residence: Sumter.
    Family: Wife, Sarah. Daughters, Julia and Lydia.
    Education: Graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter in 1968. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1971 and his law degree from USC in 1974.
    Employment: Retired. Worked as a senior adviser on tax law for the Wall Street financial firm Goldman Sachs.
    Civic involvement: Treasurer at St. Stephen’s Chapel (Anglican), 2003-07.
    Political experience: None.
    Top issues:

  • 5th District Candidate: Ralph Norman

    Party: Republican.
    Age: 63.
    Residence: Rock Hill.
    Family: Elaine R. Norman, wife of 42 years, whose family is from Lancaster. They have a son, three daughters and 15 grandchildren.
    Education: Graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1971. Received bachelor’s degree in business from Presbyterian College in 1975.
    Employment: President, Warren Norman & Co., real estate development firm.

  • 5th District Candidate: David Kulma

    Party: Green.
    Age: 32.
    Residence: Rock Hill.
    Family: Wife, Kristen. Dog, Pollock.
    Education: Graduated from high school in 2003. Received a bachelor’s degree in oboe performance and a master’s in music composition from Kent State University.
    Employment: Adjunct professor of music, Winthrop University.
    Civic involvement: None listed.
    Political experience: None.
    Top issues: