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  • 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.

  • Former LPD chief Benny Webb guilty of assault

    ATLANTIC BEACH – A former Atlantic Beach town manager and Lancaster Police Department chief was recently found guilty in an Horry County courtroom of assault on a town resident.

    Benny Webb, 54, of Sumter, was charged with third-degree assault and battery in May 2012 following a S.C. Law Enforcement Division investigation conducted at the request of the Atlantic Beach Police Department.

  • Runnin' for a reason

    Often, when schools raise money, students are sent home bearing boxes of candy bars, glossy brochures of flavored popcorn or other items to hawk door to door, most of which eventually gets sold by parents.

    Not North Elementary School. They went another route – like having students run around the gym awhile.

  • Barr Street alumni organize scholarship fund

    The legacy of one of Lancaster’s former schools is being further propelled with the creation of an academic scholarship.

    The Barr Street High School Foundation, which was formed last year, is organizing the scholarship, which will be given annually to a college-bound high school student in Lancaster County.

    Other specifics, such as the award amount, haven’t been finalized yet.

  • Council approves joining urban planning group

    With urbanized clusters now springing up in the Panhandle, Lancaster County Council discussed the future of highway funding in that area during its first meeting of the year Monday, Jan. 14.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said due to Indian Land’s burgeoning population, as reflected in the 2010 Census, several stretches of the area are now designated as urban by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG).

    As such, Wills said those areas no longer qualify for rural highway funding through COG, like the rest of Lancaster County.

  • Real estate agent charged with breach of trust

    A Lancaster real estate agent is facing multiple breach of trust charges in connection with more than $15,000 in missing funds from her workplace, according to newly released arrest warrants. 

    Kimberly Williams West, 46, 1505 Magnolia Drive, was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with seven counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent, per arrest warrants released Jan. 15 by the Lancaster Police Department.