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Government

  • VW hamstrung by lack of funds

    No one ever said creating a new town from scratch was going to be easy – or quick.
    Case in point: Of the myriad issues facing the new town of Van Wyck, incorporated in 2017, its attempt to get an official designation and population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau has been particularly bedeviling – and perhaps costly.
    “I think the best way to put it is a bureaucratic headache,” Mayor Sean Corcoran said. “It’s been frustrating.”

  • Van Wyck enacts property-upkeep rules

    New rules governing property upkeep and littering are in effect for the town of Van Wyck.
    At its July 2 meeting, Van Wyck Town Council voted unanimously on final reading to adopt the new rules, which basically mirror those ordinances already on the books for the county.
    Council members Cassandra Watkins and Xavier Kee were absent for the vote, though both supported the new rules when presented for first reading last month.

  • It's Official 7-18-18

    Airport Commission to meet July 18
    The Lancaster County Airport Commission meets at 2 p.m. July 18 in the conference room of the Lancaster County Airport, 286 Aviation Blvd. The agenda is available on the county website, www.mylancastersc.org.

    IL fire district board to meet July 18
    The Indian Land Fire Protection District Commission meets at 7 p.m. July 18 at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, 185 Six Mile Creek Road, Indian Land.

  • County allocates 15% to sales-tax projects

    A closer look at Lancaster County’s $94 million budget for fiscal 2018-19, which council members approved June 25, shows that almost 15 percent of the total is earmarked for two capital-sales-tax projects.
    County Finance Director Veronica Thompson and budget analyst Kim Belk met with the paper last week to discuss the budget in depth.  
    Some $14.5 million is set aside for $6.5 million in road improvements and $8 million for the library system improvements that voters approved in 2014 through the local 1-percent sales-tax increase.

  • It's Official 7-11-18

     

    Nuclear station tests sirens July 11
    Duke Energy and county officials will test sirens around Catawba Nuclear Station for three minutes about 11:50 a.m. July 11. No public action required.

     

  • County Council passes $94M budget

    Two big-ticket financial matters won unanimous votes from Lancaster County Council on June 25.
    The council gave final approval to the county’s $94 million budget for fiscal 2018-19, which includes a property tax increase and employee pay raises.
    And council members approved the second of three readings on the ordinance placing a recreation bond referendum on the November ballot, with the amount rising to $14 million from $11 million after cost estimates for two of the five projects in-creased.

  • It's Official 7-4-18

    County offices closed July 4
    • Lancaster County offices will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Emergency services such as fire and police will operate as usual.

    • The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District and the USDA-NRCS office will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. July 5.

    No July meeting for Fire Commission
    The Lancaster County Fire Commission will not meet on July 5.

  • McMaster, Wilson win GOP primaries

    Lancaster County Republicans stuck with the two incumbents in the June 26 party runoffs for governor and state attorney general, both of whom won their respective races across the state.
    In the governor’s race, Gov. Henry McMaster received 3,522 votes (76 percent) to Greenville businessman John Warren’s 1,139 votes (24 percent) in Lancaster County.
    In the AG race, incumbent Alan Wilson received 2,544 votes (59 percent) to challenger Todd Atwater’s 1,753 votes (41 percent) here.

  • It's Official 6-27-18

    County Fire Commission meets June 28

    The Lancaster County Fire Commission meets at 7 p.m. June 28 in the Emergency Operations Center, 111 Covenant Place, Lancaster. This meeting will take the place of the commission's scheduled July 5 meeting.

  • Here’s how Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff works

    Voters who cast ballots in the June 12 Democratic Party primary are barred from voting in Tuesday’s Republican Party runoff for governor and state attorney general.
    The only ones allowed to vote in the runoff are those who voted in the June 12 Republican primary or those who did not cast ballots that day.
    “It can be confusing because some voters believe the primaries are just like the general election where you can vote a straight ticket or for individual candidates,” said county Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.