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  • Break-in at Lancaster Chick-fil-A

    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.

  • Tax protest backs up traffic onto the bypass

    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.

  • Senate OKs gas-tax hike to fix roads

    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.

  • LHS athlete shot dead after game at Hope on the Hill

    A Lancaster High School basketball player was shot and killed Wednesday night after a community league basketball game at Hope on the Hill’s Barr Street Family Life Center.
    Allen Jerome Cooper Jr., 17, died shortly after 9 p.m. in the center’s parking lot of a single gunshot to the head. Witnesses described a barrage of gunfire that came from different directions.

  • LHS basketball player shot dead outside Hope on the Hill

    A Lancaster High School basketball player was shot and killed last night after a community basketball game at Hope on the Hill.
    Information about the murder was sparse Thursday morning, but the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identity of the 17-year-old as Allen Cooper Jr. of Lancaster.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said in a release that officers were called to the community center at the Barr Street School campus, 612 W. Meeting St., about 9:07 p.m. They found Cooper shot and lying on the ground.

  • LHS basketball player shot dead outside Hope on the Hill

    A Lancaster High School basketball player was shot and killed last night after a community basketball game at Hope on the Hill.
    Information about the murder was sparse Thursday morning, but the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identity of the 17-year-old as Allen Cooper Jr. of Lancaster.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said in a release that officers were called to the community center at the Barr Street School campus, 612 W. Meeting St., about 9:07 p.m. They found Cooper shot and lying on the ground.

  • LHS basketball player shot dead outside Hope on the Hill

    A Lancaster High School basketball player was shot and killed last night after a community basketball game at Hope on the Hill.
    Information about the murder was sparse Thursday morning, but the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identity of the 17-year-old as Alan Cooper Jr. of Lancaster.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said in a release that officers were called to the community center at the Barr Street School campus, 612 W. Meeting St., about 9:07 p.m. They found Cooper shot and lying on the ground.

  • USCL classes help keep seniors fit

    Seniors looking for a low-cost way to stay fit and engaged with their peers can find both at USC Lancaster’s Gregory Health and Wellness Center.
    The center offers health fitness classes for seniors from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gymnasium. The classes are designed for seniors, ages 60 and older, but they’re open to anyone.
    Pat Clancy began participating in the program two years ago at age 58.
    At first she was unsure of the classes, but quickly “ate my words,” she said. “I think it’s great!”

  • Senior Circle offers healthy help

    Senior Circle
    Springs Memorial Hospital

    The Senior Circle Association is a national, nonprofit organization that encourages a healthy and active lifestyle for adults 50 and older. Chapters exist all over the country; the local chapter is offered by Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Babies benefit from stitching hero

    Denise Johnston
    For The Lancaster News

    Meet local hero Rick Bianco, a 79-year-old quilter who lives in the Panhandle.
    Rick, who is originally from New Jersey, and his wife, Sandra, moved here three years ago from Florida. Rick’s health issues spurred the couple to move to South Carolina to be closer to one of their sons.
    Shortly after their arrival, Rick had cancer surgery, followed by radiation treatments, which resulted in a heart condition. He also has low vision from failed cataract surgeries.