Sheriff Barry Faile
Department Achieves Accreditation
Lancaster County Sheriff's Department has been accredited by the South
Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation
Council. The accreditation was presented at a luncheon of 17 March
by Wayne DeWitt, Sheriff
of Berkeley County and a member of the Board of the South Carolina
Sheriffs' Association, a sponsor of the accreditation program along
with the South Carolina Police Chief' Association. Accreditation
provides an independent means of assuring that the Sheriff's Department
is operating to the highest standards in law enforcement. The
accreditation process required two years and must be renewed every
three years. Sheriff Faile and the men and women of the Lancaster
County Sheriff's Department deserve our congratulations and thanks for
doing the work required to achieve this honor. They are the eleventh of
forty six Sheriff's Departments in South Carolina to achieve this level
Mulvaney to Speak on US Budget
Mick Mulvaney, member of the US House Budget Committee, will speak and
answer questions concerning the Federal Budget at 6:30 PM on Thursday
24 March 2011 in the Stevens Auditorium at USCL. The meeting will be in
Town Hall format. Everyone is invited.
At its meeting on 22 February County Council adopted a Strategic Plan
for Lancaster County. County Council has been working on this strategic
plan in secret for some time. The Strategic Plan can be viewed
here. All county departments have
been directed to use this strategic plan as guidance in their
planning and decision making.
The Strategic Plan itself is a mouthful of platitudes with which there
can be little disagreement. The devil, as they say, will be in the
details. One thing is very clear; County Council did not follow its own
guidelines as presented in the Strategic Plan during the six month
period it took to develop the Plan. Despite the call for transparency
presented in the Strategic Plan, those six months saw some of the most
deliberate hiding of Council activities in recent memory. Also it is
not clear that County Council plans to make the provisions for honesty
and integrity in County government retroactive. The County attorney
shared an office with a lobbyist for an entity with business before the
county during the landfill situation, yet still serves. Council
members accepted a boondoggle trip from an entity with business before
them and plan apparently to do nothing. It is almost as though County
Council is offering up the Strategic Plan as an apology for past
behavior and asking to be forgiven, promising to do better. Are we
ready for that?
thing is for sure - something as significant as a Strategic
Plan for the county should have been developed out in the open, with
ample opportunity for public input. It was not. County Council worked
in secret for months and then adopted the Strategic Plan without any
input from citizens at all.
The Strategic Plan is a lengthy
document; we will look at it in more detail in coming issues. Those
with comments are welcome to make them; send me mail.
AJ State Park
Jackson State Park celebrated the 244th anniversary of the birth of
President Andrew Jackson on 19 March with a large party. The party
included free admission to the park, demonstrations of Colonial
cooking, candlemaking, woodworking, music, weapons and more. Those who
came had a great time (below). Those who missed out should mark their
calendars for next year.
Election 12 April
A Special Election will be
held on 12 April to fill the SC Senate seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney on
his election to Congress. Registered voters in SC Senate District 16
can vote in their regular polling place from 7 AM to 7 PM in 12 April.
Absentee ballots are availaible; for information go
here. Candidates on the ballot and their websites
are as follows:
Greg Gregory - Republican http://www.gregoryforsenate.com
Keith Brann - Democrat
Smith - Libertarian http://www.voteforstansmith.com
The Van Wyck
Community Development Club plans a Spring Fling/Big Yard Sale for
Saturday 28 May 2011. Dennis Wiese will chair a committee consisting of
Barbara Wiese, Jan and Herb Blainey, Richard and Linda Vaughan, Betty
Broome and Jane Massey to plan this event.
Volunteer of the Year awards were presented to Jane Massey and Kelly
Bishop at the meeting on 1 March.
In a report to County Council dated 1 December 2010, Deputy County
Administrator Jefferey Natal points out that the county incentives
program intended to attract new business to Lancaster County has
largely failed to achieve its objective of providing jobs to Lancaster
County residents. The complete report can be viewed
to Lancaster County food programs have fallen off recently. The
recession increases the number of people facing hunger and the need for
food. The Van Wyck Press is happy to transport food to the
agencies serving the needy in Lancaster. If you have food
you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.
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