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Government

  • Buck, Stroble win Panhandle school board seats

    District 7 newcomer Ken Buck won election to the Lancaster County school board Nov. 6, along with District 1 incumbent Melvin Stroble, who was unopposed.
    Buck, winning his first public office, defeated opponent Chris Campbell in the contest for the District 7 seat. Buck received 2,723 votes or 55 percent of the total. Campbell got 2,181 votes, 44 percent.

  • County’s $19M recreation bond passes

    Lancaster County voters approved the $19 million recreation bond referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.
    The referendum, the county’s first to fund recreation projects, was approved 52.5 percent (16,711 votes) to 47.5 percent (15,121 votes).
    After months of planning and looking at projects, the amount was set in July by Lancaster County Council before the body voted unanimously to have it placed on the ballot.
    “Our goal was to let the voters have their say,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper.

  • Studebaker wins probate judge battle

    Republican Dee Studebaker outdistanced Democrat Crystal Johnson on Nov. 6 to win the race for Lancaster County probate judge.
    Studebaker got 19,498 votes, 59 percent of the total. Johnson received 13,316, or 41 percent.
    “I’m excited,” said Studebaker, who joined other Republicans at Mike Williams Builders in Lancaster late Tuesday. “I’m thankful for all of the supporters and hardworking volunteers.”

  • Newton hammers Buskey in S.C. District 45

    Republican incumbent Brandon Newton easily won his second term in the S.C. House last week, beating Democratic challenger Corin Buskey in District 45.
    After a contentious race, Newton received 15,125 votes, 63 percent of the total, and Buskey got 9,075, or 38 percent, the combined total of her votes as a Democrat and Workers Families candidate.
    In Lancaster County, Newton received 11,913 votes, 62 percent of the total, while Buskey received a total of 7,245 for 38 percent.
    District 45 includes parts of Lancaster and York counties.

  • Norman dominates Parnell in U.S. District 5

    For the second time in 16 months, Republican Ralph Norman on Tuesday defeated Democrat Archie Parnell for the 5th District congressional seat – and this time it wasn’t a squeaker.
    While the Lancaster County results weren’t official at press time due to a database issue involving paper absentee ballots, the incumbent from Rock Hill outpaced his Sumter opponent by a 15-point margin to win his first full term in the U.S. House.

  • McMaster tops Smith for governor

    Incumbent Republican Henry McMaster won the S.C. governor’s race in the Nov. 6 election, defeating Democrat James Smith and running mate Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster.
    The GOP ticket of McMaster and Pamela Evette, his pick for lieutenant governor, received 921,319 votes, 54 percent of the total. Smith and Norrell received 784,165 or 46 percent.
    Turnout was heavy for a midterm election, with 55 percent of registered voters casting ballots statewide.

  • Midterm vote draws heavy early turnout

    As of Friday, Nov. 2, more absentee votes had already been cast in Lancaster County and across South Carolina than in the entire 2014 midterm election – and there were still three days of voting to go.
    “Based on absentee, I feel like we will be busy on Tuesday. That usually mirrors Election Day,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.

  • It's Official 11-7-18

    IL Republican Women meet Nov. 8
    The Indian Land Republican Women meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Midtown Sundries, 9789 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. Drew McKissick, chairman of the S.C. Republican Party, will be the guest speaker. For details, contact Michelle Simonetti at PanhandleVolunteers@gmail.com.

  • Be careful if you’re voting straight ticket

    If you’re planning to cast a straight-party voter machine ballot in Tuesday’s election, don’t forget about the local nonpartisan races.

    “We want to make sure that every vote that should get counted gets counted,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.

  • No point in running if you can’t take office

    The Democratic candidate for state superintendent of education has withdrawn from the race.
    S.C. Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said Oct. 22  that Israel Romero of Spartanburg officially notified the S.C. Democratic Party and state elections officials on Oct. 17 that he was dropping out of the race.
    Romero gave no reason, but state Election Commission Chair Molly Simon confirmed that Romero was ineligible to run due to a past felony conviction.