• 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.”

  • New year brings new S.C. laws

    With the start of the new year, a number of S.C. laws took effect. Here a several that you might want to know about.
    Gas tax
    This is the first year you can file for a tax credit related to the gas-tax increase passed last year.
    Last July, state legislators approved a 2-cent increase in the gas tax and another 2-cent hike for each of the next five years, for a total of 12 cents.

  • It's Official 1-30-19

    Van Wyck Town Council meets Feb. 4
    Van Wyck Town Council meets at 7 p.m.  Feb. 4 at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck.
    Conservation district board to meet Feb. 4
    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District board meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the district office, 1771 U.S. 521 Bypass South, Lancaster. The public is invited. Call (803) 286-4455, ext. 100, for details.
    Congressman offers services Feb. 5

  • Pressure builds for impact fees

    For many months, Lancaster County Council has been kicking around the idea of enacting impact fees on all new residential and commercial construction north of S.C. 5 to help pay for capital needs.
    Now, with a rezoning request pending on a 500-home Indian Land subdivision, council members are feeling pressure to make a decision and require developers to pay at least some of the public infrastructure costs associated with their projects.
    Councilman Terry Graham told his colleagues at the Jan. 14 council meeting that it’s time to take action.