• Special mayoral election set for July 10

    As Lancaster mourns John Howard’s passing, city officials must put in motion the process for filling the mayoral seat he left behind.
    The seat was already up for re-election Nov. 6, but City Administrator Flip Hutfles said state law doesn’t allow the city to wait until that election.
    “When a vacancy occurs in the mayor’s office more than 180 days from its election, then a special election must be held,” Hutfles said.

  • County weighs $10.8M bond issue to finance recreation needs

    County officials might put a $10.8 million bond referendum before voters in November to fund recreation upgrades across the county.
    Officials are in the initial stages of a plan that would get the measure on the general election ballot Nov. 13.
    If approved, the bond would be used for five projects:
    ◆ Upgrade and expand the Indian Land Recreation Center on U.S. 521, at a cost of $4.5 million.
    ◆ Develop the planned Harrisburg Road Soccer Complex for $2.5 million.  
    ◆ Partly fund the Lindsay Pettus Greenway with $2.5 million.  

  • Rep. Ralph Norman running for reelection

    ROCK HILL – Rep. Ralph Norman announced Monday that he will be seeking a new term in the U.S. House.
    “The last nine months has been such an honor to serve the people of the 5th District,” Norman said in a release. “In that short time, I have traveled all over the district and have heard from so many of my constituents.  
    “A lot of progress has been made in Washington this past year, but there is certainly more work to be done,” he said.

  • Filings begin for ’18 political races

    The official election season has begun, with several candidates already planning to seek office in the June party primaries.
    “These non-presidential election years are normally a little slower, but it’s not been that way here,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    “This office has been pretty busy with the upcoming Indian Land incorporation on March 27, as well as the filings.”
    This year, the offices of governor, members of Congress, the S.C. House and other statewide and local offices are up for election.

  • Rep. Norrell: Make ‘revenge porn’ illegal

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell has introduced legislation to make revenge porn a crime in South Carolina, targeting the latest form of online harassment and breach of privacy.
    The Lancaster Democrat’s bill in the S.C. House would make the crime a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or as much as a year in prison.

  • City moves to cut cost of upkeep at its parks

    In a cost-cutting move, the city of Lancaster plans to withdraw from the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Kershaw and Heath Springs might not be far behind.
    Lancaster will take back from the county the responsibility for maintaining all of its smaller parks. That will save nearly half of the $98,000 it has been paying the county each year, mostly for grass-mowing services.
    The county will still maintain the large parks in the city – the Springdale Road complex and Buckelew Park.

  • Chester legislator Delleney won’t run again

    Landmark News Service

    Long-time S.C. House member Greg Delleney, whose district includes Chester and York counties, announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election.
    Delleney, R-43, is Chester County’s only resident legislator, a House member for nearly 27 years. He is chair of the House Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since 2012.

  • Council limits late fees on water bills

    Lancaster City Council has voted unanimously to amend the city’s water contract and metering policy to limit late fees.
    The new policy, approved last week, allows each water customer four utility disconnect extensions per calendar year. This allows customers delinquent in paying their bill by the 15th of the month to essentially extend their bill seven business days past the 25th of the month while paying just one $25 late fee.
    Under the old policy, customers paid one $25 late fee on the 15th and another on the 25th if the bill still wasn’t paid.

  • New revenue source would bolster ethics investigations

    Larissa Johnson
    Carolina Reporter

    Lobbyists fill the second-floor lobby of the State House while the S.C. legislature is in session.
    Relationships between legislators and lobbyists, especially when money is involved, is a key focus of the State Ethics Commission.
    The commission, responsible for enforcing ethics laws for more than 24,000 elected officials and candidates, has been without a lawyer since October, a vacancy that could hamper enforcement of ethical-conduct laws.

  • Democrat Smith stumps in IL

    At his first campaign stop in Lancaster County, Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith introduced himself to about 100 attendees Thursday night with a story about 9/11.
    “We all remember where we were on that day,” said Smith, an 11-term S.C. House member from Columbia. “I had the chance to visit Ground Zero, and it just assaulted all the senses, sight and sound.”

    While he was there, crews removed a victim’s body from the rubble.