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Government

  • It's Official 6-21-17

    IL fire district board meets June 21

  • Norman squeaks out win

    Ralph Norman is going to Congress, but his margin of victory in the special election Tuesday, June 20, was unexpectedly narrow.
    Norman, a Republican and Rock Hill real estate developer, topped Democratic candidate Archie Parnell by just a 3-point margin. Norman tallied 44,906 votes to Parnell’s 42,072.
    Norman takes the 5th District seat vacated when Mick Mulvaney became White House budget director. Mulvaney beat his Democratic opponent by 20 points last November.

  • Health care dominates 5th District forum

    by Gregory A. Summers and Kali Coleman

    COLUMBIA – With the congressional special election only days away, four of the candidates appeared Friday in an SCETV forum that focused mostly on their differences over fixing or replacing Obamacare.

    Republican Ralph Norman, who had skipped three recent joint appearances with the other candidates, appeared along with Democrat Archie Parnell, Green Party candidate David Kulma and Josh Thornton of the American Party. Libertarian Victor Kocher did not attend.

  • U.S. House District 5 candidate profiles

    The following five candidates will be on the ballot for the U.S House Dictrict 5 congressional seat in the special election Tuesday, June 20. District 5 includes the Indina land and Van Wyck areas. All Panhandle polls will be open  7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day.

  • 5th District candidates fire off attacks, rebuttals

    Only five days are left before the Tuesday, June 20, special election, and the race has heated up as Republican Ralph Norman and Democrat Archie Parnell try to lure undecided voters in the 5th Congressional District.
    The issues center on Parnell’s voting history in the state and Norman’s unwillingness to participate in two debates.
    The State newspaper reported Saturday that the state elections office has no records of Parnell, 66, who registered to vote in his hometown of Sumter in 1972, ever voting in the state until he voted for himself in May’s

  • District 5 special election Tuesday

    Voters in the 5th Congressional District can cast absentee votes now or wait until the special election Tuesday, June 20, to replace Indian Land’s Mick Mulvaney in the U.S. House.
    Mulvaney’s seat became open when President Donald Trump appointed him director of his Office of Budget and Management.
    The candidates on the special election ballot will be:
    ◆ Libertarian Victor Kocher
    ◆ David Kulma with the Green Party
    ◆ Republican Ralph Norman
    ◆ Democrat Archie Parnell
    ◆ Josh Thornton with the American Party

  • 3 candidates speak out at NAACP forum

    Fifth District congressional candidates Archie Parnell, Josh Thornton and David Kulma joined about 50 potential voters for the American Values Forum hosted by the NAACP in the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center in Rock Hill.
    Noticeably absent from the forum was Republican candidate Ralph Norman, who was listed on the original releases for the event.

  • It's Official 6-14-17

    County health commission meets

    The Lancaster County Health and Wellness Commission meets at 11:45 a.m. June 14 at the Lancaster Council on Aging, 309 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster.

    Community relations commission meets

    The Lancaster County Community Relations Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. June 15 at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.

  • County website promotes opportunities for business

    Mandy Catoe
    mcatoe@thelancasternews.com

    In the final month of a banner fiscal year for job creation, the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development just launched its new website, targeting corporate executives, real estate professionals and site consultants.
    The website is another tool for the department, which has helped create 2,700 new jobs for the county in the past 11 months under the leadership of Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert.

  • It's Official 6-7-17

     Zoning appeals board meets June 8

    The Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6:30 p.m. June 8 in the Lancaster County Administrative Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster. 

    NAACP District 5 forum June 9