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  • County’s jobless rate ticks back up

    Like most Palmetto State counties, Lancaster County had a significant increase in its official unemployment rate from November to December 2012.

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) released the statistics last week.

    Lancaster County’s December jobless rate was 11.6 percent in December – up from 11 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s unemployment rate for December 2011 was 12.7 percent.

  • Kershaw council splits on park request

    KERSHAW – The creation of a skatepark in Kershaw remains a divisive issue for town leaders.

    Town Council voted 3-3 at its Thursday, Jan. 17, meeting on a request of about $32,000 from the Kershaw Community Park Council. The money would go toward new surfacing on which to install ramps and other skateboarding equipment.

    Council members Michael Cook, Mayor Wayne Rhodes and Morris Russell voted in favor of the request. Council members Wade Hunter, Sonya Poole and Randy Seegars voted against it.

    Councilman Eddie Coates was absent.

  • Judge sentences man to 15 years in prison for firearm possession

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man has been sentenced to prison on a firearms possession charge.

    Gary Davis, Jr., 25, 1225 Chesterfield Ave., was sentenced in federal court Jan. 18 for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

    U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie sentenced Davis to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment, the release said.

  • Heath Springs judge requests software to aid record keeping

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials await more details before voting on whether to pay for computer software requested by town judge Johnny Steele.

    At its Jan. 15 meeting, Town Council had an item on its agenda to consider a piece of software provided by Nichols Business Systems that aids record keeping.

    Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor said the city of Lancaster and town of Fort Lawn use the same software.

    It’s expected to have an initial $2,000 fee, as well as a $200 monthly charge.

  • Scammers continue to target residents

    A stolen loan fee and a cell phone taken through an Internet auction site are two of the latest scams to affect county residents this month. 

    In a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report report filed Jan. 16, a 31-year-old Lancaster woman informed deputies of a possible Internet scam after she applied for a $3,000 loan from an online company. 

    The victim said she spoke with a man who instructed her to send a MoneyGram for $298.86 to be used as a processing fee so she could get the loan. 

  • Council talks possible fee for peddlers, hawkers

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  

    A proposed change to the county’s code ignited a lengthy debate about peddlers and hawkers at Lancaster County Council’s Jan. 14 meeting.

    The discussion about transient merchants and roadside vendors emerged this week after a request for a peddler’s license was brought to county officials’ attention.

  • USC hoops coach vying for $100k

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    When it comes to college hoops, every basketball coach’s aspiration is to make it to the Final Four.

    Frank Martin, first-year coach at the University of South Carolina, would surely like to see his Gamecocks get that far, though his quest has extended beyond the basketball court.

    And through the process, a Lancaster organization may benefit.

    Martin is one of 48 NCAA men’s basketball coaches taking part in this year’s Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.

  • District teachers earn National Board Certification

    When Lancaster County School District Director of Secondary Education Jonathan Phipps called Indian Land Middle School counselor Curwood Dillingham’s name during Tuesday, June 15th’s school board meeting, Dillingham jumped from his seat and bounded down front, arms raised like a victorious Olympian.

  • Deputies bust man for video voyeurism

    Deputies charged a Lancaster man twice in one week after an investigation into videos filmed of a juvenile without their knowledge.

    Timothy Ward Martin, 42, 1772 Shamrock Ave., was first arrested Dec. 28 on a charge of voyeurism, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The arrest came two days after deputies received a report that Martin had concealed a video camera in a room in an alleged attempt to film a juvenile.

  • ZIP code request nixed by USPS

    Despite being turned down by the U.S. Postal Service for a ZIP code change, an Indian Land resident with a Lancaster ZIP code says she’ll continue her effort with a new strategy.

    Jan Tacy is one of 68 homeowners in Indian Land’s Walnut Creek subdivision off Jim Wilson Road who have Lancaster addresses ending with the 29720 ZIP code. Most other homes and all other neighborhoods in the area have Fort Mill addresses that use Indian Land’s dedicated 29707 ZIP code, created in 2007.