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‘Every day as his mom is a gift from God to me’

Corey's day to shine

Chances are you know at least one family member who is affected by autism. One in 88 children is diagnosed with autism each year in America.  
I am the mom of a handsome 28-year-old  young man, Corey Pope, who lives with this complex condition. I have been involved in the world of autism for nearly a quarter century, and I still have a lot to learn.
Living with Corey’s autism has brought me, my husband, Curt Sirk, and our daughter, Caylin, to a deep understanding of how his condition relates us all to God, family and friends.  


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Low absentee voting in 5th District contest

By Greg Summers

If absentee voting is any indicator, those who plan to cast ballots next Tuesday in the party primaries for the 5th District congressional seat won’t have a long wait at the polling places.
Since absentee voting started March 25, fewer than 250 ballots have been cast in Lancaster County by mail or in person.
“The turnout has been really low,” said Mary Ann Hudson, the county’s elections director. “Based on the absentee (numbers), I expect the voter turnout on May 2 to be low, also.”


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New group taking action to ‘Save the Streetz’

By Reece Murphy

A new group of Lancaster residents is tired of just complaining about street violence, and they’re ready to do something about it.
Save the Streetz held its first meeting April 18, drawing about 40 people interested in using their experience, skills, resources and connections to reduce local gang activity, drug use and violence.


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Terrorized mom recounts April 13 attack

Family panics as bullets fly, hitting cars but missing kids

By Reece Murphy

Nickie Evans and her extended family were jammed into two vehicles at 1:23 p.m. April 13, headed to Myrtle Beach on vacation.
As they made the last turn out of their neighborhood, the gunfire began.
Evans thought the first shot was the sound of a nail gun or hammer at a house being built nearby.
“I’m turned around backward in the seat trying to adjust the baby’s bag when the second shot caught my attention,” Evans recalled a few days later. “Then I saw the three guys standing in the yard.


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Grant: Attack most likely was planned

Gang-related ‘gunfight’ killed teen

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant on Friday said Allen Cooper was killed in a gang-related “gunfight” Wednesday night, with shots exchanged from multiple directions.
“This was most likely planned as opposed to something that just happened,” Grant said. “There was a gunfight that took place out there.”
Allen Jerome Cooper Jr., 17, died shortly after 9 p.m. in the parking lot of Barr Street Family Life Center, 612 E. Meeting St. He was there playing in a community basketball league organized through Hope on the Hill.


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Tunnell sues again, alleges race bias

By Mandy Catoe

Keith Tunnell, the former head of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., has filed his second lawsuit against Lancaster County in 13 months, this time alleging racial discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The federal lawsuit was filed April 25 in U.S. District Court in Rock Hill. It alleges that Tunnell, who is white, lost his job not because he butted heads with county officials for years over his leadership of the LCEDC, but because he had a black foster child.


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Free karate sessions for autism awareness

Ashley Lowrimore
For The Lancaster News

April is Autism Awareness Month and the S.C. Autism Society and Kenaki Karate are partnering to offer two weeks of free karate classes for Autism Spectrum Disorder families.
Kenaki’s locations in Lancaster, Indian Land, Chester and Kershaw are offering the martial arts program to bring about autism awareness, as well as offer children an environment in which to practice physical and social skills.


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Suspects left empty-handed, but caused thousands in damages

Break-in at Lancaster Chick-fil-A

By Kayla Vaughn

Someone bashed in the glass door at Chick-fil-A in Lancaster early Thursday and tried to break into the safe, but the attempt was unsuccessful, according to the store manager.
A worker arriving to start the day at 5:45 a.m. found glass scattered throughout the building, said Jane Watts, manager of Chick-fil-A in Lancaster.
A police report was not available by press time Thursday, but Watts said damage to the doors would total at least $2,000.


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Tax protest backs up traffic onto the bypass

By Mandy Catoe

Once you start selling gasoline for $1.47 a gallon, it can be hard to stop.
The Crenco on S.C. 9 Bypass planned to sell 1,000 gallons starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday as part of a tax-protest group’s campaign against raising the S.C. gas tax. The usual $1.94 price minus 47 cents in state and federal taxes equals the $1.47.
Plans to raise the state tax and use the money to fix S.C. roads are working their way through the legislature. The state House passed its version of the increase last month, and the Senate passed a different version Wednesday night.


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Differences with House bill must be worked out

Senate OKs gas-tax hike to fix roads

By Greg Summers

The S.C. Senate passed a compromise highway-funding bill late Wednesday that would raise the state’s gas tax by 12 cents a gallon to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
The 36-8 Senate vote came after three years of debate by the S.C. General Assembly. The House passed its slightly different version of the highway bill in March. Now the two chambers will try to reconcile the differences.


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