Laurens County Council

  Caime received chairman’s vote for Horry County administrator   Laurens County Administrator Jon Caime received one vote - from council chairman Johnny Gardner - for the position of Horry County Administrator. Eleven others on the council voted to take the interim tag off Steve Gosnell, and make...
  Brown Patterson is winner - Laurens County Council.   Political newcomer Walter Brown Patterson Jr. won the Republican Primary election last Tuesday for the District 4 seat on Laurens County Council. Patterson defeated Jennifer Garrett, another political newcomer, 494 to 190, getting nearly 75%...
County Council finalizes budget on a 5-1 vote     In an unusual Thursday night meeting, Laurens County Council passed the county’s next budget, a $22.9 million spending plan without public comment or discussion. “We have worked very hard. We may not all be pleased but under the circumstances, we...
  Fire Service shows Joanna’s truck, says more paid positions are needed   Less volunteers, more paid firefighters - that may be the recipe for continued fire protection in the rural areas of Laurens County. Fire Service Director Greg Lindley outlined the transition last Tuesday during the Laurens...
   County Council advances budget with 2nd reading     Laurens County’s spending plan for about $30 million is a step closer to becoming final, with a second reading approval May 14 at the county council’s regular meeting. The council added in about $206,000 in additional spending, and following...
Fire contract for Clinton under County advisement - UPDATE: Clinton City Council meets tonight.   Laurens County Council has taken under advisement a City of Clinton request to increase its fire contract by $170,256/annual. The city wanted to make a similar request last year, but the county council...
  Roads, bridges price-tag: $21 Million   For a county facing a $600,000/annual shortfall in EMS revenue vs spending, the news was just about as bad as it could get April 23. It will cost $21 million to bring the worst county roads and bridges up to full safety standards. There is no active plan to...
  Library Vision embraces technology, space for families, “quiet” and tutoring     In visioning for the future, the Laurens County Public Library has a Clinton Library vision for 15,081 sq ft of information and activities space. City of Clinton officials are negotiating for a private-public...
  Laurens County will not offer gun owners “sanctuary”     Saying it’s not the right label for the county to have, a majority of Laurens County Council decided last Tuesday not to opt out of a federal gun measure calling for mandatory background checks, if the bill passes Congress. Council member...
  Three industries are on track with county council action   Two named industries and one unnamed industry are progressing toward investments in Laurens County following unanimous actions March 26 of the County Council. Final reading was given to a FILOT ordinance for CeramTec, Laurens (FILOT is...

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