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Today's News

  • Family panics as bullets fly, hitting cars but missing kids

    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.

  • Gang-related ‘gunfight’ killed teen

    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.

  • New group taking action to ‘Save the Streetz’

    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.

  • Tunnell sues again, alleges race bias

    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.

  • Blackmon steps down as local GOP chairman

    The chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party is stepping down due a conflict of interest with his new job.
    Allen Blackmon submitted his resignation to party officials Monday after he was appointed associate municipal court judge for the city of Lancaster.
    The S.C. Judicial Department’s Code on Judicial Conduct bars judges from taking an active role in politics.
    “With my new job, I don’t have a choice,” Blackmon said.

  • Low absentee voting in 5th District contest

    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.”

  • 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.  

  • 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.