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Government

  • Auditor, treasurer cut hours at new IL center

    Two elected officials are cutting the amount of time their workers are staffing the county government’s new Indian Land Service Center by 75 percent due to a lack of foot traffic.
    Starting next month, the county treasurer’s and auditor’s offices will have workers there only the second Tuesday of each month instead of every Tuesday.

  • Come to council meeting, win prize

    HEATH SPRINGS – How do you prompt citizens to show some civic awareness, to show up for a town council meeting and confront the issues of the day?
    Fabulous prizes.
    Heath Springs has a new gimmick to drum up interest in local government – holding a drawing for donated gift cards at the monthly town council meetings. And you must be present to win.
    “Our goal is to increase our attendance. I always want to see more residents participate,” said Mayor Eddie Moore.

  • What if no one files for school board seat?

    More than a week after announcing that he would not seek re-election, Don McCorkle’s seat remains vacant, as no one had filed for the District 7 position on school board, by 5 p.m. Friday.
    Mary Ann Hudson, director of the county election office, said that if no one files for the seat by deadline at noon Aug. 14, then there would only be a write-in slot on the ballot come November. Whoever got the most write-ins would win the seat.

  • County’s IL service center fully operating

    Panhandle residents who need to do business with the county now have a quicker and easier way to do so.
    Over the past few weeks, the long-awaited Indian Land Service Center has become fully operational, county officials said.
    That means those in the northern reaches of the county no longer need to drive to downtown Lancaster for certain services such as paying vehicle taxes.

  • Poll information for Tuesday’s mayoral vote

    Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Lancaster mayoral vote, and the new College Park Precinct in effect for this election.

    City residents will choose among Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, James “Butch” Flynn, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty to fill the remaining five-month term of the late Mayor John Howard. 

    There will be no runoff in the nonpartisan race. Whoever gets the most votes wins the seat.

  • Low-key mayoral race winding down

    Three months of low-key campaigning for a five-month job is wrapping up, and Lancaster voters will choose their next major Tuesday.

    Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, James “Butch” Flynn, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty are running to fill the remaining months of the late Mayor John Howard’s term.

    Garris, a 10-year city council veteran who has been acting mayor since Howard entered the hospital in January, said she has been working double-time filling in as mayor and campaigning day-to-day. 

  • President orders flags at half-staff

    President Donald Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff early Tuesday to honor the five shooting victims at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., after its mayor, Gavin Buckley, requested it.

    The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, in connection to the shooting.

    Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith were killed Thursday when Ramos came into the Capital Gazette’s newsroom and shot them with a shotgun.

  • It’s time to choose: McMaster or Warren

    In the June 12 Republican primary, Lancaster County voters made it clear who they want to be South Carolina’s next governor.
    In a five-way race, interim Gov. Henry McMaster swamped the competition locally with nearly 58 percent of the vote.

  • Pageland updates street closing list

    The Pageland Town Council changed the streets it will close for special events during a special town council meeting May 21. 

    Streets that will be closed for events such as the monthly Cruise In and the Parade of Power are the 100 block of Pearl street and the 100 block of east and west Maynor street.

  • Parnell admits ‘inexcusable’ acts

    Archie Parnell’s congressional campaign imploded Tuesday as his staff, major supporters and Democratic Party leaders deserted his run after reports that he physically abused his then-wife 40 years ago.

    Parnell, who lost a close 5th District special election to Republican Ralph Norman last June, did not deny the abuse, which surfaced in documents from his 1974 divorce. 

    He called his long-ago actions “inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing,” but he refused to withdraw from the race.