News In Brief - February 19, 2008

County Councilman Lindemann to run for re-election

FORT MILL -- York County Council District 1 representative Paul Lindemann ended speculation about his plans Monday by announcing he will seek a second term on council.

Prior to the announcement, Lindemann had been mentioned as a possible contender for a state House or Senate seat in November.

"When I first ran, I told everyone I would run for county council for at least two terms before I do anything else," said the freshman councilman who represents Fort Mill and Tega Cay. "I think we have a lot of unfinished business."

Lindemann said if re-elected, one of his goals will be to set up an overlay zoning district around S.C. 160 West and Gold Hill Road. He said the county needs some way to gain more control over the area.

He said another issue is an adequate public facilities ordinance. Previous attempts to pass a similar ordinance, which would tie development to having adequate infrastructure, including schools, have been unsuccessful. However, this time around, Lindemann said there's more of a consensus on the council about the need for it as school districts other than Fort Mill's are beginning to feel the pinch of rapid growth.

-- Fort Mill Times

City Council filing ends in York

YORK -- Two challengers have emerged in the race for three York City Council seats.

Mark Boley, a sales manager for Austin, is running against incumbent Johnny McCoy for the District 6 seat. Debra Martin, a secretary for the York school district, is seeking to unseat councilman John Smith for District 5.

Charles Johnson, the incumbent for District 1, has no challengers. Filing closed Friday, but residents in the districts up for election can file as write-in candidats until 5 p.m. Feb. 29.

Gunman robs Fort Mill convenience store

FORT MILL -- A convenience store was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning and authorities are still searching for the suspect, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

Around 6 a.m. Sunday, a man with a shotgun entered the Petro Express at 3473 U.S. 21 and demanded money from a store clerk who was balancing her cash drawer, the report states. The clerk cooperated and gave the man the money. The robber then told the 22-year-old woman to lock the door to the store. After reaching the door, the woman ran outside and fled the area, the report states.

The gunman then told a second female clerk to open the store's safe. The clerk, 24, told the man it was empty. He allowed her to flee the store. The report states she went to a safe location and called police for help.

When police arrived, the robber was gone. The women described the suspect as a black male, about 5-feet, 7-inches tall and 150 pounds, wearing black pants, a gray, hooded sweatshirt, black mask covering his mouth and nose, brown boots and brown gloves. He was carrying a double-barrel shotgun with a brown, wooden stock, according to the report.

Anyone with information about Sunday's incident is encouraged to call the York County Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers.

City leaders schedule visit to Washington

Rock Hill officials will travel to Washington, D.C., this month to ask for money to benefit a number of local projects.

The traveling delegation includes Mayor Doug Echols, council members Jim Reno, Kathy Pender and Susie Hinton, and City Manager Carey Smith. During the trip, usually made each year around this time, the group will sit down with U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint as well as U.S. Rep. John Spratt.

The focus will be: Railroad changes to prevent traffic blockages along Dave Lyle Boulevard; public upgrades in the Hagins-Fewell neighborhood and "Textile Corridor"; improvements to the Rock Hill-York County Airport; and energy-efficiency projects paid for through the conservation block grant program.

The group departs on Feb. 28.