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Government

  • Norman, Parnell debate trade tariffs

    ROCK HILL – Rep. Ralph Norman and challenger Archie Parnell debated trade tariffs Thursday, Sept. 20, days after the Trump administration granted an exemption to a Winnsboro TV maker that will keep it in business and save 126 jobs.
    The tariffs were among several policy disagreements at an hour-long forum at the Palmetto Room, sponsored by the Rock Hill Kiwanis Club. It was the first public debate for the 5th District congressional candidates since they ran against each other in a 2017 special election for the seat.

  • Ruckus erupts over Norman's sex-assault joke at debate

    Within hours of Thursday’s polite lunchtime debate, Archie Parnell and Ralph Norman went to war online over Norman’s decision to begin with a joke about sexual assault.
    “Did y’all hear the latest, late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings?” the Republican congressman said in his opening statement Sept. 20 to a Kiwanis Club crowd in Rock Hill. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”

  • It's Official 9-19-18

    IL fire district board to meet Sept. 19
    The Indian Land Fire Protection District Commission meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, 185 Six Mile Creek Road, Indian Land.

  • County attorney announces retirement

    John Weaver says he still loves coming to work, though his days as Lancaster County attorney are now numbered.
    The 71-year-old Weaver, who has served as the county’s primary legal adviser for four years, has announced that he intends to retire by Dec. 31. He has agreed to stay on the job until a new attorney is hired.

  • It's Official 9-12-18

    Blueways plan review drop-in Sept. 11
    The Catawba Regional Council of Governments is developing a Catawba Regional Blueways Plan for Chester, Lancaster, Union and York counties. Catawba Regional Council of Governments, with technical assistance from the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, is undertaking the project to increase regional communications on opportunities to expand outdoor recreational options and provide greater access to local waterways.

  • Mr. Smith goes to Sun City

    The campaign trail brought S.C. Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith back to Lancaster County on Thursday, Aug. 30, and he hit it hard.
    Smith and his lieutenant-governor running mate, state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster, spent the entire day crisscrossing the county. It was a bid to shore up votes in what they called an ever-tightening race against Smith’s GOP opponent, Gov. Henry McMaster.
    “We’re going to win this race,” Smith told a crowd at Sun City Carolina Lakes.

  • Van Wyck VFD to get $175K in new equipment

    Indian Land growth is definitely spilling over and headed down the U.S. 521 corridor.
    Since 2014, there’s been a 58 percent increase in the number of residential and commercial properties in the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck fire district, which extends from just south of S.C. 5 on Niven Road to Steele Hill Road.  
    “As the years pass, it’s going to be more and more and more” said CR/VW Station 5 Fire Chief Craig Roof.
    And with all those rooftops comes the need for enhanced fire-rescue services.  

  • County dissolves parks commission

    The loss of low-cost inmate labor, combined with growth and the city of Lancaster taking back its parks, has prompted county leaders to dissolve the 10-member Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission.
    The recreation commission was officially dissolved Aug. 31 and a new recreation advisory board was formed in its place.
    “I don’t think we’ll have any trouble getting anyone to serve,” said County Council Chairman Steve Harper.

  • It's Official 9-5-18

    County Planning Commission to meet
    The Lancaster County Planning Commission meets at 5 p.m. Sept. 6, in the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster. This will be the group’s monthly workshop to discuss the agenda for its meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 18. For details, call (803) 285-6005.

    County fire commission meets Sept. 6
    The Lancaster County Fire Commission meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Emergency Operations Center, 111 Covenant Place, Lancaster.

  • Impact fees could help pay for growth

    Call it the high price of bringing development to the Panhandle.
    Lancaster County leaders will move forward on rolling out impact fees on new construction in the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire districts to relieve the strain on the county coffers and help pay for the ever-increasing capital needs in those areas.