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Government

  • Cole switches political parties

    Cotton Cole said he always felt out of place during Democratic events.
    The county councilman contemplated changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican for more than a year and said recent events encouraged him to make the change.
    Cole, who’s serving his first term on council, announced his party change Friday morning at the Lancaster County Republican Party’s headquarters on Main Street in Lancaster.

  • Residency issue persists in District 1 city race

    Questions raised about Anthony Elder’s residency have at times overshadowed the issues during the City Council District 1 race between he and incumbent Kenny Hood.
    Since Elder announced his candidacy, The Lancaster News has received several anonymous calls from people who said Elder does not live at his listed address –  707 Miller St. Extension.
    The callers, who wouldn’t give their name and go on the record, said Elder has not had utilities set up at the house and lives elsewhere in the city.

  • Mayor on Wade Hunter: ‘He has done one heck of a job’

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilman Wade Hunter walked into council chambers Monday night and wondered why members of his family were in the audience.
    Council had met in closed session, and emerged from behind closed doors to vote on hiring Land Design, a consulting firm, to assist the town.
    Councilman Morris Russell asked the council to approve adding a proclamation to the night’s agenda. He didn’t get specific.

  • Officials meet with employment workforce reps

    In an effort to put county residents back to work, several county officials recently met with representatives from the state employment department.
    Lancaster County Council members Rudy Carter and Jack Estridge, County Administrator Steve Willis and Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell met with officials from the newly reorganized S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

  • Elder, Hood vie for City Council seat

    Political newcomer Anthony Elder is challenging incumbent Kenny Hood for the District 1 seat on Lancaster City Council.
    Hood won the seat in a special election in 2008 to succeed longtime Councilman Preston Blackmon, who died earlier that year.
    District 1 is the southern-most district in the city. It includes areas along South Market Street, South Main Street and Kershaw-Camden Highway.
    City Council seats are non-partisan, which means candidates don’t run by political party.
    Anthony Elder