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  • Hats off to Wilkie McDow

    Emily Pollok and David Kellin
    The Lancaster News

    More than 150 people turned out Tuesday night to honor Wilkie McDow, who is retiring after a local culinary career that spanned more than six decades.
    The reception and fundraiser at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building was organized by caterer Evelyn Springs, who worked with McDow for many years and calls him her mentor.
    Other event sponsors included Ell Close, Founders Federal Credit Union, Special Occasion Rentals and Winona’s Flowers & Gifts.

  • 4 cows stolen from Kershaw pasture

    Where’s the beef?
    That’s what Robert Goodwin wondered, after his four cows were stolen from a Kershaw pasture.
    Goodwin, who lives in Columbia, reported last week that $16,000 worth of livestock was stolen from him. He said he was leasing land from a Kershaw couple until about eight months ago, when he noticed his four cows had been stolen from the pasture. Two of the cows were pregnant, he told the deputy.
    The couple told Goodwin they had no idea where the cows were or when they had been stolen, the incident report said.

  • State ups funding for homicide victims’ funerals

    For the first time in 22 years, the state has increased the amount of money it will pay families to help bury loved ones who are the victims of homicide, state Attorney General Alan Wilson said.
    The change comes from a new budget proviso approved by the S.C. General Assembly, which took effect July 1. Once capped at $4,000 for funeral expenses, the AG office’s Department of Crime Victim Compensation (DCVC) may now award up to $6,500 for eligible-victim claims.

  • Dinosaurs take center stage at USCL

    Dinosaur Adventures with Dakota and Friends came to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium Thursday as part of See Lancaster Live’s “It’s Summertime!”

  • Kershaw cuts deal on overgrown rail corridor

    KERSHAW – The town’s lawnmowers will soon be whacking away at the overgrown six-block Cleveland Street greenway, even though the railroad dispute that stopped the routine maintenance is still unresolved.
    The town, Mayor Mark Dorman said, has worked out a deal to start mowing again beside the railroad tracks that split the town down the middle.
    “Once that contract is signed, we’ll be back at again. Hopefully, that will take a couple of weeks at the most,” Dorman said Thursday.

  • County seeks AG opinion on dirt-road controversy

    Lancaster County’s dirt-road ruckus is getting kicked upstairs.
    County officials will seek an opinion from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office before deciding whether to keep Timberline Road in the county’s road system and remove the gate or petition the court to make it a private dirt road.
    “You can’t have both. If it’s a public road, the public needs to have access to it,” county council member Brian Carnes said during a lengthy discussion of the issue at Monday night’s council meeting.

  • Peter Pan Jr. tonight and Saturday

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will present “Peter Pan Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E. Meeting St. Tickets are available at the door.

  • New details in Austin Steele murder

    Both suspects in February’s murder and dismemberment of Lancaster teen Austin Steele waived their Miranda rights and described the killing and its aftermath in great detail, prosecutors revealed Wednesday in court.
    The accounts of Brandy Duncan and her husband, Chris Holford, agreed on most points, except for her insistence that she participated only under threat, and his that she was a willing helper.
    The news came during Duncan’s preliminary hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse on the charge of accessory after the fact of murder.

  • Missing IL man found safe

    An 83-year-old Indian Land man reported missing on Wednesday was found safe Thursday afternoon.
    James Leo Luraghi drove away from his home in the Tree Tops neighborhood about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to run an errand. He did not return, and a few hours later the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the public for help in finding him.
    Late Thursday, the sheriff’s department issued a statement saying he had been found safe and reunited with his family. The statement did not say how he was located or where he had been.

  • Festival uplifts kids

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    It was a day of youth affirmation, music, food, and free bikes and haircuts Saturday as hundreds attended the 10th-annual National Youth Empowerment Kids Day Festival at Preston Blackmon Park.
    “Seeing the people come out makes me want to go hard every year,” said Ja’Von Crockett, an Atlanta hair stylist, businessman and minister who returns to his hometown every year to stage the festival.