• Harris back on council

    The dispute over the Lancaster City Council election took a surprising turn Tuesday, with city officials restoring Jackie Harris to her District 3 seat while her voter-fraud allegations against Linda Blackmon proceed to General Sessions Court on Feb. 2.   
    Early this month, city officials declared the seat vacant after learning that state law barred Blackmon, who beat incumbent Harris in the Nov. 8 election, from being sworn in until Harris’ appeal of the election outcome was resolved in court.

  • Senate confirms Haley as Trump's U.N. ambassador
  • Heath Springs: Let’s not close down Town Hall

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to continue its victim’s services agreement with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office so its town clerk can waive state-required training to do the same thing.
    “This takes us out of the loop,” said Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
    The decision came after an annual audit of the town’s crime victims fund by the S.C. Office of Victim Services.

  • Harper discusses county goals at COG forum

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

  • IL lawyer targets Mulvaney’s seat

    An Indian Land lawyer says he will run for the U.S. House District 5 seat if Rep. Mick Mulvaney is confirmed as director of Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget.
    Mulvaney’s confirmation hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. If the Senate confirms his nomination, a special election will be held to fill his congressional seat.
    Kris Wampler, 33, announced this week that he would seek the Republican nomination in that special election.

  • Lucas backs House bill to raise gas tax

    COLUMBIA – One member of the county’s legislative delegation wasted little time Wednesday in endorsing a House proposal to raise the state’s gas tax by 10 cents over five years to fix the Palmetto State’s decaying roads.
    “South Carolinians have demanded state government fix our dangerous roads,” said House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-65), who represents part of Lancaster County.

  • Nanny taxes trip up Mulvaney

    U.S. House District 5 Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s nomination as President-elect Donald Trump’s White House budget director hit a snag Wednesday after the New York Times and other national news outlets reported he failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee.
    Mulvaney, of Indian Land, revealed the issue himself in a questionnaire submitted to the Senate Budget Committee ahead of his confirmation hearing Jan. 24, the New York Times said.

  • Lawmakers target road funding again

    COLUMBIA – Just as it did last year, the General Assembly begins its 2017 session this week determined to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, but flailing about over how to pay for the job.
    At a roundtable discussion Thursday sponsored by the S.C. Press Association, state House and Senate members discussed competing proposals for financing road repairs. Most involved some kind of increase in the state’s gasoline tax to provide a sustained, long-term funding source.

  • Kershaw OKs overtime for holiday work

    KERSHAW – After an emergency at Thanksgiving, the town of Kershaw has changed its personnel policy so that employees called into work on holidays automatically receive overtime pay for those hours.
    Until now, overtime pay on holidays was not clearly spelled out in the town’s employee handbook.
     “We had one employee complaint about a similar situation on July 4, but I didn’t fully understand it,” said Administrator Mitch Lucas. “This Thanksgiving stuff really opened my eyes.”

  • Van Richardson named chief magistrate

    Van Richardson has been appointed the next chief magistrate of Lancaster County by Sens. Greg Gregory and Vincent Sheheen.
    Richardson, a Lancaster county native, has served as a Lancaster County magistrate for 13 years. He will replace Judge Jackie Pope, who retired Dec. 31 after holding the chief magistrate’s position since 1999.