Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New life for Ellen Dean

    Lancaster’s Ellen Dean Hotel, which was owned by the late Mayor Joe Shaw and his wife, Charlotte, is being sold to a group of investors.
    The investors, incorporated as Ellen Dean LLC, include some from Lancaster, but the main participants are based in Charlotte.
    Joe Shaw Jr. said Tuesday he can’t comment on exactly what the group has in mind for his parents’ White Street property, but that the investors intend to continue the legacy of the once-elegant hotel just as his father did.

  • Rec-bond referendum set at $19M

    After two rounds of cost increases in recent weeks, the Lancaster County Council on Monday night set the amount of this fall’s recreation bond referendum at up to $19 million.
    The council voted unanimously to put the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot after a public hearing and lengthy discussion. The latest $5 million increase pays for an upgrade from natural grass to synthetic turf for proposed youth soccer complexes in the Indian Land and Heath Springs/Kershaw areas.

  • Recent LHS grad dies in Fairfield Co. wreck

    A Lancaster woman died at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Saturday after she was involved in a single-car wreck in Fairfield County.
    Tytyana Lanishia Hood, 18, was airlifted from Springs Memorial Hospital to CMC Saturday night, where she later died from injuries she sustained in the accident, according to the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office.

  • Van Wyck struggles to access revenues from state

    No one ever said creating a new town from scratch was going to be easy — or quick.
    Case in point: Of the myriad issues facing the new Lancaster County Panhandle town of Van Wyck, which was just incorporated in 2017, its attempt to get an official designation and population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau has been particularly bedeviling — and perhaps costly.
    “I think the best way to put it is a bureaucratic headache,” said Mayor Sean Corcoran. “It’s been frustrating.”

  • Renaming of post office for hero Willie Williams on Trump’s desk

    The renaming of a Fort Mill post office in honor of James Elliott Williams, the most decorated enlisted man in U.S. Navy history, has cleared its final congressional hurdle and awaits President Trump’s signature.
    Rep. Ralph Norman wanted to recognize Williams’ sacrifices and bravery in honor of Veterans Day 2017 by introducing the bill, which was cosponsored by the entire S.C. delegation in the U.S. House. The Senate passed the bill last month.

  • 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.