• House OKs gas-tax hike to finance road repairs

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. House voted Wednesday to increase the state’s gas tax by two cents a gallon each year for the next five years to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
    When fully phased in, the increase would raise an estimated $600 million per year.
    The bipartisan vote was 97-18, with two members of Lancaster County’s House delegation – Speaker Jay Lucas (R-65) and Brandon Newton (R-45) voting for the plan.

  • Kershaw fronts $100K for Church St. water line

    KERSHAW – People want to get paid for the work they do.
    Kershaw Town Officials have shifted $100,000 from one town account to another to make sure Corbett Construction – the company that’s installing a new 6,000-foot-long water line along Church Street – gets its money in a timely fashion.
    The water line is part of an ongoing $2.23 million project that ties Haile Gold Mine to the town’s water system.

  • IL outburst halts council meeting

    More than 50 Indian Land homeowners, wearing red shirts and hot under the collar, stormed out of Monday night’s county council meeting after the council reversed itself and voted 5-2 in favor of McClancy Seasoning’s rezoning request.
    As the five hands went up in approval, people in the audience gasped, and some shouted out comments before abruptly leaving the council chambers.
    “You’re kidding me!”
    “See you in court!”
    “Shameful disgrace. We will vote you out!”

  • City will pay for rebuilding E. Meeting St. Center’s porch

    The city of Lancaster has awarded $100,000 in hospitality-tax grants to stimulate tourism downtown, including $30,400 to help build a new front porch roof and doors at the Lancaster County Community Center on East Meeting Street.
    “This is definitely good news,” said Dr. Charmaine Stradford, vice chair of the community center board. “I’m happy” to get any money from the city for the project.

  • SLED looking into city election

    Two new developments are pushing ahead the dispute over the Lancaster City Council District 3 election, with SLED gathering documentation about absentee ballots used in the race, and incumbent Jackie Harris taking her complaint against challenger Linda Blackmon directly to the S.C. Supreme Court.

  • Gustafson joins crowd running for 5th District

    And then there were seven.
    The Republican field of candidates for the 5th District congressional seat grew yet again Tuesday to include former businesswoman and volunteer Penry Gustafson of Camden.

    Gustafson, 46, is a former sales representative for Delta Foremost Chemical Corp., a longtime Kershaw County GOP member and a community volunteer for such local and regional organizations as Meals on Wheels and Operation Inasmuch.
    Gustafson said she was running as an alternative to “today’s toxic political environment.”

  • Pay raises for city IT workers spark tempers

    Mayor John Howard and city council member Tamara Green Garris tangled this week over the city staff’s recommendation that certain information technology employees receive pay raises.
    Howard called Garris’ questions about the raises “petty jealousy surrounding a mid-year budget review,” saying “it’s damn ridiculous. Pardon my language.”
    Garris shot back: “Excuse me, do not curse at me. I didn’t make that motion,” to which Howard replied, “I did not curse at you.”

  • Mulvaney at home with ‘geeks and wonks’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Now sworn in as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney said he is happy that the confirmation process is over.
    “I am absolutely ecstatic…the longest eight weeks of my life,” Mulvaney said during a phone interview Friday afternoon. “The wait was particularly tedious.”
    Mulvaney quickly resigned the Fifth Congressional District seat on Thursday after he was confirmed by the Senate as OMB chief.
    Leaving the U.S. House of Representatives, he said, was tough.  

  • Senate confirms Mulvaney

    WASHINGTON – Mick Mulvaney was scheduled to be sworn in Thursday evening as White House budget director, putting him in the pivotal role as the Trump administration formulates its first spending plans.
    The U.S. Senate confirmed the Indian Land Republican’s nomination on a 51-49 vote Thursday morning, and Gov. Henry McMaster accepted Mulvaney’s resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives just after noon.

  • House panel OKs increasing gas tax

    COLUMBIA – A bill that raises the state’s 16-cents-per-gallon gas tax to 26 cents over five years passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday and is now headed to the House floor.
    If passed, the gas-tax hike, along with several other proposed fees, eventually would generate an additional $600 million a year to address the state’s deteriorated roads and bridges.