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Government

  • Meeting dissolves into debate

    After almost an hour of heated debate with County Council Chairman Fred Thomas, S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney left council chambers scratching his head in confusion March 18.

    “That was the strangest hour and a half I’ve ever been a part of,” Mulvaney said after the meeting.

    Attending the special council meeting were most of County Council, County Administrator Steve Willis, Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell, District 45 House Rep. Deborah Long and Mulvaney.

  • It's Official

    County relations group to meet

    The Lancaster County Community Relations Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Clinton Elementary School, 110 Clinton School Road, Lancaster.

    County United Way seeks volunteers

    The United Way of Lancaster County is seeking applicants to volunteer to serve on Community Investment Panels.

  • County hears strategic plan

    Several Lancaster County Council members met March 9 to discuss the economic direction of the county.

    The majority of council, board members of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and other county officials met to discuss a strategic economic plan.

    Commissioned by the development corporation, the plan was developed by InSite Consulting of Greer.

    InSite Consulting has previously worked with clients such as the Palmetto Economic Development Corp. and Duke Energy, and has helped attract or worked with Mercedes, Honda and Michelin.

  • How will blue laws repeal affect businesses?

    Now that the blue laws that restricted retailers from selling many goods until after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday have been repealed here, businesses and organizations are wondering how it will affect them.

    Ann Curtsinger, co-manager of Wal-Mart in Lancaster, said she’s not sure how the repeal will affect sales at her location.

    “I don’t know how quickly it will create more jobs, it’s really hard to gauge,” she said.

    In terms of increased sales, she expects there to be a delayed reaction as residents become adjusted to the new hours.

  • Council repeals blue laws

    With little discussion, Lancaster County Council voted March 3 to repeal the county’s blue laws for the next four years.

    Three residents spoke before council voted 6-1 to repeal the laws.  Councilman Jack Estridge dissented, as he did on first and second reading of the ordinance.

    This was final reading of the ordinance to suspend the application of the blue laws through June 30, 2013.

    Estridge spoke once more before the vote. He said he realized, despite his objections, council would most likely repeal the laws.

  • Council approves digitizing voter forms

    A new electronic database will soon help with organizing voter registration records in Lancaster County. Lancaster County Council recently approved funding of more than $8,000 to create a searchable voter registration database. The database, which will be created by Charlotte-based Advanced Imaging, will include scanned copies of all the commission’s voter registration forms dating back to 1967. The digital copies will be kept on servers at another location. The cost to maintain the database will be $2,100 a year.

  • Water rates to rise in part of Indian Land

    Residents in the Arbor Place area may soon see an increase in their water and sewer bills, though they may not know the change is coming.

    The rates hike will affect residents who live in the Panhandle subdivisions of Arbor Place and Aumond Glen, as well as businesses near those developments.

    The subdivisions are located off Harrisburg Road.

  • It's Official

    Planning group to meet Tuesday

    The Lancaster County Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Room 224 of the Lancaster County Administrative Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster. For details, call (803) 285-6005.

    GOP organizational meeting Thursday

    The Lancaster County Republican Party will hold a precinct reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Indian Land Recreation Center.

  • County Council considers PV fire station, blue laws

    Lancaster County Council was to discuss a proposed bond to build the new Pleasant Valley fire station at its Monday meeting.

    The bond would be used to build a new station for the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department across from the southern entrance of the Fox Ridge subdivision on Possum Hollow Road. The S.C. 160 widening project will eventually take the road right into the fire department’s existing station on that highway.

  • Council discusses bond for new PV station

    Lancaster County Council discussed a proposed bond to construct the new Pleasant Valley Fire Station last week.

    The bond would be used to build a new station across from the southern entrance of the Fox Ridge subdivision on Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land.

    The S.C. 160 widening project will take the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s existing station on the highway.

    The bond could cost between $2.3 and $2.5 million.