Job Fair Successful
Tunnell, President of the Lancaster County Ecomomic Development Corporation, Inc.,
(LCEDC) reports that 992 applicants showed up for the Lancaster County
Job Fair on 1 October. PCI Group, Continental Tire, Rico Tag, Nutrimax,
McClancy Seasoning, Phillips Staffing and Profesional Staffing
participated on the hiring side. Although no jobs were offered on the
spot, a number of second interviews have resulted from the job fair. In
addition, all resumes have been entered into a skill set database at
LCEDC and will be sent to employers as additional jobs become available
in the future.
A bigger and better Job Fair is
planned for early 2012.
At is 24 October meeting County Council removed the freeze on
zoning changes in Indian Land and formed a committee to consider
modifications to the B3 (General Business) zoning classification for
the Panhandle area. The Committee consists of Councilpersons
McCullough, Chair , Honeycutt and McGriff, Planning Director Chris
Karres and Planning Commission Chair Melvin Threatt. Citizen
participation in the committee was rejected by County Council.
Lancaster County Republican Women will meet 8 November 2011 at 6:30 PM
in the Assembly Room on the second floor of Springs Memorial Hospital,
800 W. Meeting St., Lancaster. See the event
County Council B3 Committee
Patchwork zoning has been a cause of significant
problems in the Indian Land area. The most recent manifestation of the
difficulties caused by this approach is the location
of concrete plants in
the middle of a single family residential area. This problem is caused
by the unwillingness of County Council to exercise the smallest modicum
of common sense in zoning matters. The County attempted to shut down
the concrete plants based on a technicality in the zoning code and is
currently in the position of appealing the negative decision of its own
Board of Zoning Appeals to Circuit Court in an attempt to appease
County Council has successively tried to
blame this and numerous similar situations on an excessively broad B3
classification, former Deputy County Administrator Jeff Natal, the
Planning Department and the Planning Commission.
The solution to these
difficulties lies not with a revised B3 zoning classification but with
an updated Planned Land Use Map and a Council willing to
follow its own laws and procedures. Planning and zoning by
exception with favor for anyone with a pretty promise of a
few jobs, must cease.
County Council Have Control Over Its Budget?
Maybe not, according to Indian Land resident Jerry Holt. The problem,
according to Mr. Holt, is that County Council allows unlimited
transfers of funds between accounts without Council approval or even
public disclosure of the changes. This means that money originally
budgeted for road repair (or anything else) can be spent tp pay the
telephone bill (or anything else) simply
by moving the funds from one account to the other under the authority
of the County Administrator. County procedures require no approval by
or even notification of County Council; neither is the transfer
required to be made public. Mr. Holt points out that Section 4-9-140 of
the SC Code of Laws appeard to require that such changes be approved by
County Council. The complete statement submitted to County Council by
Mr. Holt can be
In an unusual move, the County
responded to Mr. Holt's comments
in the Agenda Pckage for Monday's County Council meeting. This response
is to the effect that the County Council issues a blanket approval of
all fund transfers made by County Staff every once in a while. County
Council does not review a list of such transfers and thus does not know
any more about them than it did before issuing the approval. The budget
is still out of Council's control and out of the public view, and
apparently Council approves of it being that way.
At the Council meeting on 24 October County Staff agreed to begin
reporting all budget transfers to Council and the public in the form of
memorandum attached to the Agenda Package for the Council meeting next
following the date of the transfer.
That's what a
group of Deese Road residents experiences when they found out by
accident that the County Council planned to cloe a section of Deese
Road and turn the property over to a private landowner. Ths would have
deprived these people of access to their property. Fortunately, a good
neighbor informed the residents of what was to happen at Third Reading
at the 10 October Council meeting, residents showed up at the meeting
and Council was able to correct
itself with only red faces.
The Hinson Girls
Hinson Girls at VWPC
Van Wyck Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a monthly blue grass series
on third Thursday nights. The initial concert was headlined by Van
Wyck's own Hinson
20 October 2011. Kristin, Melissa, Allison and Katelyn Hinson
range in age from twelve to sixteen and form a bluegrass group of rising
reputation, performing all over the Southeast. They provided an
outstanding performance and then jammed with other bluegrass players
from the audience. The combination, organized by Dave Cook, provided a
very enjoyable evening.
Adams Wins Horse Show
Eight year old Brianna
Adams won a blue ribbon at the Belfair Farm Horse Show
on Saturday October 8, 2011. This was Brianna's first horse show. She
attends a riding class for young girls at the
farm after school.
The girls are picked up at the school by the farm bus for the trip to
They have a riding class, help with their
home work and
a play period before going home at 6:00 pm. The class is open to
all young girls. Contact Teri Currie at Belfair Farm in Van Wyck
for information about the program.
Brianna is the daughter of Wendy Adams
and the granddaughter of Ollie and Brenda Bass
of Van Wyck.
All are at the Community Center.
Saturday 29 October - 4 PM - Halloween Party
Tuesday 1 November - 7 PM - CrimeWatch
Tuesday 1 November - 7:30 PM - CDC
Wednesday 2 November - 7 PM - Bluegrass Jam
Saturday 10 December - Noon - Christmas Parade.
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.