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Government

  • It's Official 11-28-18

    County probate court closed Nov. 29-30
    The Lancaster County Probate Court, 104 N. Main St., Lancaster, will be closed Nov. 29-30 for authorized training.

    Van Wyck Town Council meets Dec. 3
    Van Wyck Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck.

  • Council votes to rezone 45-acre tract

    Lancaster County Council voted to rezone 45 acres in the Panhandle for a retail-office-residential project last week, despite strong pushback from Councilman Terry Graham, who argued that the county should first enact impact fees on new construction.
    At the Nov. 12 council meeting, Graham was the lone council member opposing the rezoning request from Widewaters Land Co. on U.S. 521 property just south of Shelley Mullis Road.

  • It's Official 11-21-18

    Thanksgiving holiday closures
    • Lancaster County offices will be closed Nov. 22 and 23. Emergency services, such as fire, police and EMS, will operate normal hours through the holidays.
    • The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District Office will be closed Nov. 22-23. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Nov. 26.

  • It's Official 11-14-18

    IL fire district board meets Nov. 14
    The Indian Land Fire Protection District Commission meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, 185 Six Mile Creek Road, Indian Land.

    Community Relations Commission meets
    The Lancaster County Community Relations Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Marine Corps League Lodge, 347 Brooklyn Ave., Lancaster.

  • Local election results certified

    At a 3.5-hour meeting Friday, Nov. 9, the Lancaster County Election Commission certified the Nov. 6 elections, adding 150 votes to the final countywide results, but changing no outcomes.
    Of the 200-plus votes that were challenged, 61 could not be counted. The county received clean audits back from the state.
    Votes can be challenged for a variety of reasons, such as not bringing a photo ID, having active registration in another county, or not having matching signatures on the absentee-ballot application and the actual absentee ballot.

  • Election night ballot glitch explained

    Lancaster County Election officials blamed a database linked to two optical scanners for delays and confusion in the vote-counting process for paper absentee ballots Nov. 6.
    Vote totals appeared to be complete just before 10 p.m., but then officials realized that the scanners had not properly recorded all of the paper-ballot votes. A recount of the 1,312 paper ballots, which ended about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, recorded all the votes, adjusting the totals in some races but changing no outcomes.

  • Reid Pointe voters pass special road tax

    Voters in the Reid Pointe subdivision off S.C. 160 voted overwhelmingly Nov. 6 to create a special tax district to repair their roads.
    Out of the 257 Reid Pointe residents who voted, 246 (96 percent) voted for the tax district, while only 11 (4 percent) voted against it.
    The subdivision will borrow up to $700,000 to pay for street repairs to get its roads brought up to standard and accepted into the county system.
    Reid Pointe homeowners will be taxed for 20 years to pay it off.  

  • 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.”