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Government

  • It's Official 2-20-19

    Silver Haired Legislature meets Feb. 20
    The Catawba Caucus of the S.C. Silver Haired Legislature meets at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at Highland Park Senior Center, 917 Standard St., Rock Hill. The Catawba Caucus serves Chester, Lancaster and Union and York counties, and is looking for volunteers. All are welcome to observe meetings. Anyone interested in joining this group should contact Chairman Barbara Bugg at (803) 684-9288.
    IL fire district board to meet Feb. 20

  • It's Official: Feb. 13, 2019

    Health commission to meet Feb. 13
    The Lancaster County Health and Wellness Commission meets at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Lancaster Council on Aging, 309 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster.

    Time change for admin committee
    The Lancaster County Council Administration Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 in the council conference room at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.

    IL GOP Women to hear about cannabis

  • Honeycutt: Is Thread Trail best use of scarce funds?

    Lancaster County’s Unified Development Ordinance, passed in 2016, requires subdivision builders along the path of the massive Carolina Thread Trail to construct sections of the trail.
    Lancaster County Councilman Larry Honeycutt wants to tap the brakes on that idea.
    It’s not that he opposes the trail, he says. He just thinks the county needs to weigh all the other growth-propelled needs it could satisfy with that money from developers – things like fire stations, EMS equipment and library space.

  • 641 more homes get green light

    Two new subdivisions, totaling 641 homes, are slated to be built along Harrisburg Road in Indian Land.
    During its Jan. 15 meeting, Lancaster County Planning Commission approved the proposed Sugar Creek and Chateau Ridge cluster subdivisions, subject to several conditions.
    Sugar Creek

  • $60M plan would buy new voting machines across S.C.

    COLUMBIA – A request from the S.C. Election Commission to replace the state’s well-worn electronic voting system is drawing the attention of Lancaster County’s legislative delegation.
    “Our state is in desperate need of new voting machines. We’re still using machines purchased after the 2000 presidential election,” said Rep. Brandon Newton (R-45).  
    Last month, the election commission asked state lawmakers for $60 million to buy a new system in time for the 2020 election.

  • It's Official 2-6-19

    County Planning Commission meets
    The Lancaster County Planning Commission’s work session is 5 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. White St., Lancaster.
    Fire Commission meets Feb. 7
    The Lancaster County Fire Commission meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Emergency Operations Center, 111 Covenant Place, Lancaster.
    County Democratic Party meets Feb. 7

  • State has $2.9M for county residents

    The state has a $550 million pot of unclaimed financial assets in Columbia, and some of it might be yours, just for the asking.
    Last week, state officials produced a searchable database of 1,700 accounts totaling $2.9 million that belong to Lancaster County individuals, businesses, organizations, estates and trusts. And those are just the accounts with $500 or more in them.
    Local optometrist Johnny Dukes was on the list. He was a forgotten beneficiary on an insurance policy, collecting  $3,200.  

  • House speaker rolls out state education reform

    Jan. 24 was a big day for South Carolina schools as S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, along with 18 other lawmakers, introduced the bipartisan South Carolina Career Opportunity and Access for All Act – a massive overhaul of the state’s education system.
    “It is time for transformative change in South Carolina’s education system. These bills take a holistic approach to fixing the system that has left us behind,” Lucas said in a statement issued by his office.

  • Newton bill would strike school fees for Catawbas

    S.C. District 45 House Rep. Brandon Newton has filed a bill to revoke a defunct state law regarding access to public education by Catawba Indians.
    Starting in 1993, the tribe was required to pay a fee for sending students to Lancaster County schools, similar to the fees paid by out-of-county students who want to attend LCSD campuses.

  • Norman bill limits lawmakers’ terms terms

    As the 166th Congress convened Jan. 3, Rep. Ralph Norman introduced legislation that would limit the terms of federal lawmakers and reduce their retirement benefits after they leave office.
    “The time is now that we end the reign of career politicians and make them come home to live under the laws they pass,” said Norman, the 5th District Republican from Rock Hill. “Term limits would cut the influence of special-interest lobbyists and encourage a true citizen legislature.”