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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Burgess Family Benefit at $2,480 and counting

    The Burgess Family Benefit raised $1,650 Saturday through food sales, a flea market and donations. This money along with earlier contributions takes the total up to $2,480.
    The figure will rise as donations continue to trickle in at Wells Fargo. The money in the donation jars at local businesses had not been tallied up by press time.
    "I'm very tired and exhausted, but it's a good tired," said R.L. Parham Monday morning. He organized the event in a little over a week.

  • Man charged with stealing campaign signs in Indian Land

    A Fort Mill man was charged April 17 after he was accused of stealing campaign signs along Doby’s Bridge Road and Fort Mill Parkway.
    Scott Kodell, 51, is charged with one count of petit larceny for the Easter afternoon crime.
    According to the York County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Kodell was observed stealing signs by Indian Land resident Joe St. John, campaign manager for Republican 5th District congressional candidate Tommy Pope.

  • A day in the life of Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown starts each day a little differently than most 78-year-olds.
    At about 5 a.m., she makes a round of visits to the homes of eight elderly women ranging in age from 86 to 101.
    Brown helps them get dressed, take daily medicines and eat breakfast.
    “I feel like that’s what I’ve got to do,” Brown said.
    In fact, it’s all she’s ever known – taking care of children and elderly folks.

  • Lancaster seniors enjoy game for life

    Golf keeps seniors in the game and a trio of Lancaster County seniors are playing proof.
    George Flanders, Bill Williams and Dwight Witherspoon enjoy staying active with golf.
    Flanders, 79, said he began playing golf in 1959 when he was in the Army.
    “The game is addictive,” Flanders said. “I was bitten by the golf bug then and I’ve passed it on to my grandson, Steven Carroll. The game just kind of grows on you.”
    Flanders has posted nine holes-in-one, with most of those aces at the Lancaster Golf Club.

  • Aging Matters: Keep your balance as you age

    Studies indicate that one in three senior citizens experience a fall and falls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions for seniors.  
    Up to half of older adults have fears about falling, and these fears may cause seniors to be less active.  Most falls are preventable and occur during routine activities.
    Falls are usually not caused by just one issue, but being inactive results in a loss of muscle strength and balance.