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Government

  • House votes to protect SCE&G ratepayers

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. House has temporarily pulled the plug on the $37 million that SCANA gets each month for two nuclear reactors that will never generate the first kilowatt of electricity.
    On Wednesday, the House voted 119-1 to drop the $27 per month fee that SCE&G electric customers are paying for a now-abandoned reactor project at V.C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in Fairfield County. SCANA is the parent company of SCE&G.
    Rep. Brandon Newton (R-Lancaster) said it was time for the legislature to take a stand on behalf of beleaguered ratepayers.

  • Rep. Gowdy won’t seek reelection

    Trey Gowdy, who led the Benghazi investigation in the U.S. House that uncovered Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, is getting out of politics.
    “There is a time to come and a time to go,” Gowdy wrote Wednesday on Twitter, announcing that he would not run for reelection this year. “This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system.”

  • Kershaw may need rec center property for new industrial park

    KERSHAW – No, the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center on North Matson Street isn’t for sale.
    But Kershaw town officials are exploring the possibility of buying it from the county.
    Engineering plans for Kershaw Commerce Park show the main entrance cutting through the rec center parking lot. The park must have two entrances, and a dirt road on the site isn’t wide enough for a southern entrance.
    “We didn’t find out about this until two weeks ago,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.

  • County’s IL office might open in March

    Lancaster County officials hope to have the satellite county government office in Indian Land ready in about two months.
    “Work is under way,” said County Administrator Steve Willis. “The locks have been changed. The utilities have been changed over, and actual renovations are getting ready to start with a completion of Feb. 28.”

  • Packed hall honors Mayor Taylor

    HEATH SPRINGS – Ann Taylor’s last official act as Heath Springs mayor Tuesday was swearing in mayor-elect Eddie Moore and new council members Peggy Bowers and Elaine Lehr.
    But the standing-room-only crowd had something special in mind for Taylor when she tried to slip away quietly after the ceremony.
    State lawmakers Vincent Sheheen and Mandy Powers Norrell presented Taylor with resolutions from the S.C. Senate and House honoring her for decades of work for the town.

  • Senate overrides McMaster on buses

    The S.C. Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto regarding the allocation of $17.5 million of S.C. Education Lottery money for school bus replacement.
    The Senate voted 44-0, with Sen. Danny Verdin, R-Laurens, absent, according to The Greenville News.
    The governor vetoed a total of $20.5 million for S.C. school buses that would have come from the state’s education lottery. The Senate postponed the vote on the other $3 million.
    The S.C. House voted 107-8 last Tuesday to override McMaster’s veto.

  • Council chips in $20K for playground equipment

    The Kershaw Town Council voted Monday to provide the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) with $20,000 to help purchase equipment for a new playground at Stevens Park if the group can come up with the project’s total cost by May 1.
    The playground is estimated to cost $425,000.
    The town is providing $20,000 for four pieces of equipment.
    “I want written confirmation from whoever is providing the funds by May 1,” Mayor Mark Dorman told KCPC representatives at Monday’s meeting.

  • Capitol abuzz again

    The S.C. House voted Tuesday to overturn Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto that stopped the use of $20.5 million in S.C. Education Lottery money to replace some of the state’s oldest school buses.
    “It seems like a no-brainer,” said Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster, a Democrat from District 44. “Our school buses are dangerous. We have buses that have been on the road since 1995, and the model and age put them at severe risk for catching fire.
    “I have no idea why Gov. McMaster would’ve vetoed it,” she added.

  • Rep. Newton runs for re-election

    First-term Republican Rep. Brandon Newton is running again for his District 45 seat in the S.C. House.
    “Even though it seems like only yesterday that I was sworn into office, it is time to begin looking toward June and November,” Newton said Monday.
    Newton was recently appointed to the Education and Public Works Committee and still serves on the Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee.

  • City, county goverments face weighty issues in 2018

    Lancaster zeros in on infrastructure, finances
    With the close of another year, the City of Lancaster is still facing major issues that will transition in to the coming 2018-year, and possibly further.
    Problems regarding infrastructure, the budget, public safety and economic development are at the forefront of city concerns.
    One of the priorities the continued focus on wastewater infrastructure and sewer lines.