News In Brief - October 11, 2007

Lancaster Co. tightens water restrictions

The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District will begin a Stage 3 drought response starting Friday, eliminating all lawn watering, according to a county news release.

To fight drought conditions, water customers are no longer allowed to water lawns, wash vehicles or fill swimming pools and fountains, the release states.

District manager Mark Knight said the restrictions are designed to comply with Duke Energy's request that water consumption be cut by 20 percent to battle extreme drought conditions.

Here's a list of the new rules:

• No lawn watering;

• No vehicle washing;

• No pressure washing or outdoor washing of any kind;

• No filling swimming pools or decorative fountains;

• Each home is limited to a maximum of 145 gallons of water a day; and

• Violators will be issued fines beginning at $100.

For more information about the new rules, call (803) 285-6919 or visit www.lccwasd.org.

McCain plans visit to Lancaster County

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain will return to the Rock Hill area next week to hold a town hall-style meeting at Sun City Carolina Lakes in Lancaster County.

McCain will field questions on Wednesday during an event that starts at 3:15 p.m. It is free but only open to residents of Sun City, the retirement community at 5074 Grandview Drive, Fort Mill.

The Arizona senator spoke in Rock Hill last month during a "No Surrender" bus tour aimed at rallying support for the troop surge in Iraq. Pundits say the trip helped to revive what had been a floundering candidacy, and McCain now appears to be on more solid footing, particularly in New Hampshire.

Gov. Sanford in town at Rotary Luncheon today

Gov. Mark Sanford will visit Rock Hill today to speak to the local Rotary Club.

Sanford's lunchtime talk will focus on lowering taxes, limiting government spending, improving soil conditions for businesses and reforming the education system, his office said Wednesday. The meeting begins at noon at the City Club in downtown.

For more information, contact Joel Sawyer at 803-734-2100.