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Today's News

  • A mother’s heart breaks

    One of La’Tisha Pearson’s last memories of her son Allen Cooper is from the night before his murder.
    The scary movie “Get Out” was playing in the living room at their home on Witherspoon Street east of downtown Lancaster. Pearson is no fan of scary things.
    Allen, a frequent prankster, saw his mom coming down the hall, and he hid just around the corner. As she passed, he jumped out to startle her.
    “You’re going to give me a heart attack,” Pearson told him, laughing.

  • Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models return Saturday at LSS

    The Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models return to Lancaster Super Speedway on Saturday night.

    On April 1, the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models made their LSS debut.

    On that night Ben Watkins dominated the race.

    Watkins will not be here on Saturday night as he will be racing with the World of Outlaws Super Late Model Series.

    So this Saturday, LSS will have a new winner in the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models Series.

  • Column: S.C. Research Authority pays PR firm $855K

    The South Carolina Research Authority, chartered by the state in 1983 to “foster and enrich South Carolina’s innovation economy,” has paid political consultant Bob McAlister at least $855,500 since 2011.
    The payments are all to McAlister’s firm, McAlister Communications, most in consistent monthly amounts invoiced for “public relations services.” Jessica Cokins, SCRA’s director of marketing and communications, said McAlister was paid as a communications consultant.

  • Column: 5th District candidates, what will you do about Alzheimer’s disease?

    There are a lot of controversial issues at stake in the upcoming special election for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. But I’d like to ask all of the candidates to address an issue that is truly purple.
    Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one among the top 10 killers that cannot be prevented, stopped or even slowed. It’s also the most expensive illness in the nation, with costs that exceed those for heart disease and cancer.

  • Thief cracks Coke delivery truck’s safe

    A thief broke into a Coca-Cola delivery truck in broad daylight last week and stole cash from a safe, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    According to the report, the driver told deputies he pulled into the parking lot of Pro Clean Dry Cleaners at 1772 Airport Road about 3 p.m. April 25 and, as usual, went inside to take the order before pulling the items from the trailer for stocking.
    The driver returned to the truck less than 15 minutes later, the incident report said, where he found the passenger side cab window broken out.

  • Southside teacher on paid leave after briefly dragging 2-year-old

    A teacher at Southside Early Childhood Center has been placed on paid administrative leave after video evidence showed her dragging a 2-year-old across a classroom.
    The tape showed Tiara Wade, 31, dragging the toddler by the arms “a short distance” two times on Monday afternoon, according to a Lancaster Police Department report.
    Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, said school personnel became aware of the incident later while reviewing video from the classroom.

  • GOP candidates’ signs removed on primary day

    INDIAN LAND – Evidently, someone in the Panhandle detests Republican candidates’ lawn signs.
    Between 11 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday when the polls opened for the in the 5th District congressional primaries, 80-plus lawn signs outside seven  polling places – Black Horse Run, Harrisburg, Osceola, Pleasant Valley, Possum Hollow and River Road, as well as a few at Kershaw South –  had been moved. Six of the precincts are in Indian Land.

  • Grieving parents come together to heal

    On the first Tuesday of every month, grieving parents gather to talk, listen and heal from the loss of their children.
    Janice Steele unexpectedly lost her 43-year-old daughter, Terri Ledbetter, two years ago this month. The loss devastated Steele, who wrestled daily with paralyzing pain.
    “Right before last Christmas, it just hit me that there were other people going through pain just like me, and I thought: ‘We can help each other,’” Steele said.
    In the meetings, parents talk freely about their children who have died.

  • Give Local pulls in $155K for 42 area nonprofits

    Give Local Lancaster raised $154,915 for 42 local nonprofits in its second-annual 24-hour online fundraiser, topping last year’s total by 64 percent.
    “That’s just under a quarter of a million dollars in the span of 12 or 13 months,” said an excited Robert Folks, board chair of the J. Marion Sims Foundation, which hosted the event.
    “This huge sum is injected into the nonprofit area from this event alone,” Folks said. “That to me sends a message that we can do many things in our community that we set our minds to.”

  • 2 charged in drone drops over prison

    Deputies arrested two Myrtle Beach men about 3 a.m. Wednesday and charged them with trying to use drones to drop contraband over a perimeter fence at Kershaw Correctional Institution.
    Charles Everett Adams and Justin Mervin Canady were arrested after a brief car chase that ended near the intersection of S.C. 601 and Haile Gold Mine Road.
    Both men were charged by the S.C. Department of Corrections with attempting to provide contraband materials to inmates and trespassing on state correctional properties.