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  • Council looking at a 60/40 split with school district

    County Council is considering collecting fees from developers that could go to the Lancaster County School District.

    Council has started talking about splitting fees it collects through development agreements for residential developers 60/40 with the school district. If the county collects $10,000 per home, $4,000 of that would go to the school district, for example.

  • Couple swim to safety after plane crashes into Catawba

    A local couple suffered no injuries Friday afternoon when their small airplane crash landed in the Catawba River at S.C. 9.

    Fort Lawn resident John Sedberry and his wife, Bobbie, had taken off from the Lancaster County Airport in a one-engine Glasair airplane. They were flying to Port St. Lucie, Fla.

    Millard Lipsey and two of his friends were fishing in a boat on the river when they saw the plane fly over the river and gradually start to descend.

    “We thought it was going to land, but it kept bouncing until it started sinking,” he said.

  • Other Voices to give free concert tonight

    When Jackie Welch sings Ray Charles' classic song "Night Time is the Right Time," there's a cool left-to-right snap routine that allows her to really get into the song.

    And as Randy Roberts dances to "Whoomp! (There it is)," he never forgets to put his hands in the air to complement the energy infused in that 1990s rap tune.

    Members of the chorus group Other Voices gave it their all Tuesday evening during their final practice before a free concert the singing group will be staging tonight.

  • Council targets oldest profession with prostitution-free zones

    Prostitutes will have to peddle elsewhere if County Council declares the Brooklyn, Memorial Park and Midway areas as prostitution-free zones.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said he's spoken with Sheriff Johnny Cauthen and Chief Deputy Barry Faile about declaring those areas, where several prostitution arrests have been made in the past, as prostitution-exclusion zones.

    The city of Charlotte has prostitution-exclusion zones, Willis told council members.

    Council discussion

  • Local support group helps Parkinson's patients

    KERSHAW – Harold Williams' hands sometimes tremble.

    It's a classic sign of Parkinson's disease, which Williams, 76, was diagnosed with 10 years ago.

    His Parkinson's condition is minor, but his symptoms were significant enough to affect his work as a barber. He retired from that business but stills oversees the car wash he owns in Kershaw.

    "I do just fine," Williams said. "But sometimes I get a little depressed."

  • Kershaw about ready to seek bids for new town hall

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has secured the services of a bond attorney to review its financial records and take that information to get proposals from banks on a loan to finance its new town hall.

    Paul Dillingham of the Spencer law firm in Rock Hill has finished his review and is representing the town in its pursuit of a loan.

    Once Dillingham has a final figure on how much the town wants to borrow, he will send the town's financial information to at least three banks and let them offer loan packages. Council will then vote on which one to accept.

  • Boy rams car into home

    Details are still sketchy about a bizarre incident last week in which a car sped into a mobile home on Cambridge Drive in the Smoke Rise community.

    Pam Jeffers came home April 22 to see the front left corner of her trailer severely damaged. Neighbors say a boy was driving a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria that ran off the road, cut through the yard and rammed into the front left corner of the home.

    Jeffers' brother had been asleep in his room on that side of the home. He was the only person in the home at the time. He said the impact felt as if a hurricane or earthquake had hit.

  • Outdoor burning may be banned

    County Council may douse outdoor burning to ensure that the county meets air quality standards.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said he recently learned from S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control officials that Lancaster and Anderson counties have been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as "areas of concern." This means the counties may fail to meet air-quality standards in the newly adopted 2008 ozone standards.

  • Actress enjoying limelight

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land actress hopes to be hitting the big time soon.

    Catherine Trail delivers her first performance in a principal role in "Death, Taxes and Chocolate!," a dark comedy.

    The small-scale independent movie was filmed in Wilmington, N.C., in January.

    Now, it has been selected by a jury to be screened at the very large-scale New York and Los Angeles International Independent Film Festivals.

  • Old IL ZIP code expires July 1

    Lancaster County Auditor Cheryl Morgan wants to remind Indian Land residents to change their addresses to reflect the community's new ZIP code.

    The old Indian Land ZIP code, 29715, expires July 1. The area shared the ZIP with the Fort Mill area in York County.

    Last year, Indian Land was issued a ZIP code of its own, 29707, although it's still listed as a Fort Mill ZIP.