COLUMBIA – Just as it did last year, the General Assembly begins its 2017 session this week determined to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, but flailing about over how to pay for the job.
At a roundtable discussion Thursday sponsored by the S.C. Press Association, state House and Senate members discussed competing proposals for financing road repairs. Most involved some kind of increase in the state’s gasoline tax to provide a sustained, long-term funding source.
Today I am announcing my support for Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general of the United States.
The Department of Justice is charged with upholding some of the most basic tenets of our Constitution, as well as laws that were forged through the blood, sweat and tears of generations of Americans, including many people of color. As our nation endures racial and societal unrest like we have not seen in a generation, I know that whoever serves as our nation’s attorney general must be committed to ensuring that those laws and tenets are fully enforced and protected.
HEATH SPRINGS – Lancaster County’s smallest town has one tenant – Rico Industries – in its industrial park.
But there’s room for more, said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
With so much attention being paid to Indian Land to the north and Kershaw to the south, Starnes wants to lay the groundwork to build a second spec building at Heath Springs Industrial Park on U.S. 521 South.
Like most small firefighting operations, the Fort Lawn Fire Department struggles with having firefighters at the station to cover fires during the daylight hours, when most volunteers are at their jobs.
A new initiative started by the department is designed to meet that challenge. The Fort Lawn Fire Board has agreed to provide the funds for a firefighter to be on duty during the day, said Fort Lawn Fire Chief Allen Culp.
Oregon’s Vote By Mail system offers a model that for South Carolina would save millions of dollars to buy new voting machines, avoid long lines for voting, and ensure the security of election results.
It is used for all elections: federal, state and local, whether primary, general or special, and has been in operation for roughly 25 years. One result is increased voter participation by working parents and senior citizens. The system makes voter fraud virtually impossible, and research has shown that the system favors neither party.
Dr. Richard Townsend remembers arriving in Lancaster in 1986.
It was the end of June. His new OB/GYN office had no furniture and no air conditioning. He sat on the floor and ate a sandwich before starting a night shift at Springs Memorial Hospital.
Townsend’s wife and family were still in Pennsylvania. Their Lancaster home was under construction, so he slept at the hospital for the first month.
Flip Hutfles doesn’t mind being called cheap.
“If you can save $12,000 here and $6,000 there, it adds up,” said the Lancaster city administrator. “I take being cheap as a compliment.”
Keeping a close eye on the city expenditures is more important that ever in light of what the city is facing over the next two years.
Hutfles sat down Wednesday to discuss the multiple challenges that must be dealt with in 2017.
Last weekend’s snowstorm moved mostly north of Lancaster County, leaving us with a dusting of snow and a bit of ice, followed by bitter cold.
Parts of the Upstate and most of North Carolina got heavy snow, but Lancaster got only flurries that began around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continued until about 11 a.m. The clouds then cleared, and the sun was shining through ice on the trees by mid-afternoon.
Snow and freezing rain caused just 34 customers in the county to lose power Saturday, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president for community relations.