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Government

  • Watchdog group demands Mulvaney investigation

    Mick Mulvaney, a former District 5 congressman from Indian Land and current Trump administration official, is under fire from a national government-watchdog group.
    The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), has asked the heads of a congressional committee and the inspector general of the Federal Reserve System to launch an investigation into one of Mulvaney's Indian Land real-estate investments.

  • Old mill site in Kershaw will get toxic assessment

    KERSHAW – We’re finally going to find out what lies beneath the concrete pad at the abandoned Springs Industries property.
    The EPA has awarded a three-year $600,000 grant to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) to conduct environmental assessments at potentially contaminated brownfield sites in Lancaster, Chester, Union and York counties.
    “It’s a start,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman, noting that the 9.1-acre site has been an eyesore since 2013, when the abandoned textile mill was torn down.

  • Unraveling county revenue shortfall

    Lancaster County’s inexplicable dropoff in property-tax collections, first noticed in January, is still a mystery, but a few things have become clearer over the past month.
    An $833,000 chunk of the shortfall has been identified as an error in the bill that a state agency sent to Duke Energy, the county’s largest taxpayer. Comporium Communications was under-billed by $88,000. Those taxes should be paid within days.

  • Kershaw officials expect $142K in purchases, requiring tax hike

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents should brace for a tax increase in the next fiscal year.
    The town council passed first reading of an ordinance Tuesday night to fund up to $142,000 in equipment and capital-improvement purchases with general obligation bonds, which must be repaid through property tax revenue.
    Exactly how much Kershaw taxes could go up is unknown, said Mayor Mark Dorman, but the town needs to watch every dollar it spends.
    “I want to be as conservative as I can to make sure we get what we need, not what we want,” he said.

  • City finance chief Driggers resigns

    After just nine months on the job, Lancaster Finance Director Daniel Driggers has resigned effective May 11.
    “It is with a heavy heart that I offer my resignation…. I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me,” Driggers said in a Thursday interview. “Council has been really supportive of me, and everyone has made me feel welcome here.
    “It’s been a pleasure. I hope that I’ve helped the city during my time here,” he said.

  • Tameka Morrow, the sole filer, gets Heath Springs council seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – Lone candidate Tameka Morrow won Tuesday’s special election in Heath Springs to fill the at-large town council seat vacated in January when Eddie Moore was sworn in as mayor.
    Just 37 votes were cast, with Morrow getting 35 of them. She will be sworn in before the May 15 town council meeting.

  • Garris: We must listen to citizens, take action

    Tamara Green Garris is fiercely proud of her hometown, and says she’s running for mayor to continue moving it forward.
    “I’m native born in Lancaster – raised and reared,” the 44-year-old mayor pro tem said Thursday. “I grew up in the district I represent.
    “I won’t be the kind of mayor that will only show up on Tuesday or at budget meetings,” she said. “I will go out and touch citizens by working with them and listening to them.”

  • Garris: We must listen to citizens, take action

    Tamara Green Garris is fiercely proud of her hometown, and says she’s running for mayor to continue moving it forward.
    “I’m native born in Lancaster – raised and reared,” the 44-year-old mayor pro tem said Thursday. “I grew up in the district I represent.
    “I won’t be the kind of mayor that will only show up on Tuesday or at budget meetings,” she said. “I will go out and touch citizens by working with them and listening to them.”

  • Eddins: Put infrastructure at No. 1 on city agenda

    City council member Sara Eddins wants to be mayor to continue the legacy of her friend John Howard.
    When Mayor Howard passed away this month, the 79-year-old retired teacher knew she had to take action.
    “When we lost John [Howard] is when I decided to run,” Eddins said Thursday. “We we’re very close. I taught high in high school. He always called me Dear Lady. I would like to take his place.”

  • What’s next for Van Wyck?

    With the rejection of the proposed Indian Land incorporation, the pressure on the town of Van Wyck to aggressively annex has finally subsided.
    But local officials say there is no plan for the town to stop its continuing annexation push.
    “It definitely has relieved the pressure,” said Town Administrator Linda Vaughan. “But we still have people interested in annexing, and as long as we have anyone to petition to annex, we’ll do that.”
    Councilman Xavier Kee agrees.