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Government

  • 3 city council candidates pitch ideas for jump-starting Main St.

    The incumbents in the two contested Lancaster City Council races skipped Tuesday’s candidate forum, leaving three challengers to pitch their ideas for reviving Main Street and coping with the city’s financial challenges.
    Mike DeMarco, an IT supervisor at Companion Data Services, and Craft Stand owner Don Geraghty debated as challengers to incumbent Hazel Taylor in District 5.

  • 6 competing for 2 city council seats

    There are newcomers aplenty competing for the available Lancaster City Council seats this fall, with four candidates challenging the incumbents in Districts 2 and 5.
    Don Geraghty, Mike DeMarco and James “Butch” Flynn are vying for incumbent Hazel Taylor’s seat. District 2 incumbent Gonzie Mackey faces Jimmy Sweatt. District 1 incumbent Kenny Hood has no opposition.

  • District 45 issues: Jobs, growth, teacher pay

    A low-key race for the S.C. House District 45 seat is hitting its final stretch, with both candidates scheduled to appear at public forums twice in the next week.
    GOP incumbent Brandon Newton of Lancaster and his opponent, Democrat Corin Buskey of Rock Hill, have been campaigning mostly by putting up road signs and attending house parties and small community gatherings.

  • Heavy absentee voting for midterm

    If requests for absentee ballots are an accurate gauge, there is going to be a heavier turnout than usual for the Nov. 6 midterm general election.
    S.C. Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said Friday that 45,000-plus state voters have applied for absentee ballots.
    “At this point in the process in 2014, the last gubernatorial election, approximately 30,000 voters had applied for absentee ballots statewide,” Whitmire said in a statement.
    “Without a doubt, it’s up,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.

  • City Hall to get $400K in repairs

    Lancaster City Hall will get some much-needed repairs, after Hurricane Florence blew in and worsened leaks in the building’s roof.
    City council voted unanimously Tuesday night to allocate $400,000 for a new metal roof and other repairs to the building. That money will come from the city’s reserve fund, which contains $1.2 million rolled over from last budget year.
    City Administrator Flip Hutfles said he had already set aside $110,000 in this year’s budget, anticipating City Hall needing a new roof.

  • County targets federal grant to demolish rundown houses

    The Lancaster County Council unanimously approved a $40,500 commitment Monday night to go after a $405,000 Community Development Block Grant to tear down a dozen dilapidated and uninhabitable homes in the mill village.
    The 12 homes are in Brooklyn Avenue area, as well as the Midway corridor on York Street.
    If the county gets the grant, the money to pay for demolition of the blighted homes will come from a community enrichment program administered by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG). The grant requires a 10 percent local cash match.

  • 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.