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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Melee interrupts last 5th District forum

    INDIAN LAND – A portion of Tuesday night’s 5th Congressional District forum disintegrated into a verbal free-for-all when audience members started shouting down candidates trying to answer a question about President Trump’s first 100 days in office.
    The 90-minute forum at Cross Ridge was hosted by the Indian Land Action Council and moderated by school board member Melvin Stroble. It was the last multi-candidate forum scheduled before before next week’s special election primaries.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deluge moves Relay for Life to LHS stadium

    This week’s heavy rains have forced the relocation of Lancaster’s 22nd-annual Relay for Life event, which will be held at Lancaster Memorial Stadium instead of the water-logged Springdale Recreation Center, where parking on the soccer fields would have turned them to mush.
    The American Cancer Society fundraising event begins with the survivor lap at 7 p.m. at the stadium, located at 970 Stadium Drive, and continues until midnight.
    Lancaster County has a reputation in the state for being a top Relay for Life fundraiser.

  • McMaster signs pension overhaul

    Gov. Henry McMaster signed a controversial bipartisan pension-reform bill Tuesday that will pump money into the state pension system to ensure that state and local government retirees will get what they’ve been promised.
    The S.C. House approved the bill in late February, and the state Senate approved it April 5. McMaster had until midnight Tuesday to sign the bill into law.
    While the legislation does prop up the state’s in-the-hole pension plan, McMaster called it only the first step, noting that more must be done.

  • Long list of 5th District candidates drops to 14

    The list of five third-party candidates seeking the 5th Congressional District seat has dropped to four.
    Victor Kocher (pronounced “CO-her”) was selected as the nominee of the S.C. Libertarian Party early this month in Columbia over opponents Nathaniel Cooper and Bill Bledsoe.
    The self-employed Kocher, 55, has previously sought public office several times dating back to 2008. Most recently, he ran for the S.C. House District 79 seat in 2016 and the U.S. Senate held by Lindsey Graham  in 2014.

  • Kershaw residents charged in thefts from mailboxes

    A Kershaw man and woman were arrested Friday on a slew of larceny charges after they were caught with mail stolen from more than two dozen mailboxes across the eastern part of Lancaster County from Buford to Kershaw.
    Matthew Leonard McCoy, 40, of 2228 Crookneck Road, and Cierra Nicole Oxandaboure, 29, of 8293 Taxahaw Road, are charged with 29 counts of petit larceny apiece.