Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.