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Answers to County Council Quiz

1. Jeff Updike, who represents the Fort Mill/Tega Cay area, and Steve McNeely, who represents Western York County, were defeated in the primaries. Perry Johnston, who represents the Clover/Lake Wylie area, withdrew from his race for personal reasons.

2. Council voted in Dec. 2005 to waive the state’s so-called blue laws and let retail stores open before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays. The council voted again in Sept. 2006 to lift the blue laws for five extra years.

3. Nanny’s Mountain, a natural and historic site located in the Clover area.

4. A) Jeff Updike; B) Steve McNeely; C) Perry Johnston; D) Curwood Chappell

5. False. A travel marketing group pitched the phrase in spring 2005 as one possible slogan the county could use in tourism campaigns.

6. Steve McNeely, who won the leadership position in a Jan. 2005 surprise vote after it had been widely believed Buddy Motz would take over from outgoing chairman Mike Short.

7. 3D Systems (three-dimensional printing and technology), Mergent (business and financial data), Sunbelt Rentals, ESP Associates (engineering, surveying and planning).

8. The council has actively opposed a plan by the North Carolina cities of Concord and Kannapolis to take millions of gallons of water per day out of the Catawba River.

9. The widening of S.C. 5 from York to the Cherokee County line, an estimated $28 million project — the biggest the county has attempted since it began Pennies for Progress, the one-cent sales tax for road improvements program.

10. In all likelihood, sometime next month, probably by the second meeting in January.

Your score out of a possible 15 points:

15-10: Congratulations! But you may want to get out more.

9-6: You’re paying some attention to how your tax dollars are being spent.

5-0: Might be time to renew your subscription to The Herald.