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Today's News

  • 10-year term in child-porn case

    A Lancaster man was sentenced Wednesday to a decade in state prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
    Ray Gene Cook Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and received a 10-year term from Circuit Judge Roger Henderson.
    According to a press release from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, an agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force downloaded a file from Cook’s computer containing child pornography in May 2016.

  • Come on, people!

    KERSHAW – Scattered trash, discarded lumber, rusty barrels and abandoned furniture have become a perpetual eyesore along streets in the east mill village just north of town.
    The blighted area, full of debris-clogged ditches alongside overgrown vacant lots, will get a much-needed cleanup starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Church congregations and other volunteers – including some from the neighborhood, organizers hope – will be out putting litter in its place.
    Kershaw-area landscaper Darren Sowell calls it a good place to start.    

  • Indian Land QT sells $2M lottery ticket

    INDIAN LAND – Three Powerball players in South Carolina woke up as millionaires this morning, and one of those tickets, worth $2 million, was sold at QuickTrip in Indian Land.
    The South Carolina Education Lottery reported two tickets worth $2 million and one ticket worth $1 million were sold for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing featuring a $550 million jackpot.
    Jonathan Gonia, store manager of the QuickTrip at 9565 Charlotte Highway – the one just south of S.C. 160 – said Powerball ticket sales recently increased.

  • Kershaw shifts unused playground equipment to W. Church St. area

    KERSHAW – The “little green playground” at Stevens Park is getting a new home.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Monday to move the playground equipment that’s behind the Stevens Park pavilion to the Marion Street Park complex.
    “That one doesn’t get much use anymore,” Town Administrator Mitch Lucas said.
    The small playground was installed in 2017 as a stopgap measure when the park’s main playground was deemed unsafe and there was a delay while the town decided how to replace the equipment.

  • City awards $50,000 in hospitality-tax grants

    Lancaster City Council has awarded $50,000 in hospitality-tax grants to eight local organizations.
    The funds are collected through a 2-percent tax imposed by the city on the sale of all prepared food and beverages sold within the city.
    “A good example is the Craft Stand,” said City Administrator Flip Hutfles. “Every time they pour a tap, 2 percent goes onto that bill.”
    “That tells you there’s a lot of people eating good prepared foods right here in the city,” Mayor Alston DeVenny added.

  • Violent Great Falls police chase

    GREAT FALLS – A Chester man was arrested Saturday after leading law officers on a chase through Fairfield and Chester counties in a stolen truck, then crashing it and trying to get away on foot.
    Austin Shane Hayes, 23, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a stolen vehicle and failure to stop for a blue light.
    According to the incident report, Chester County sheriff’s deputies were alerted by Fairfield deputies just before 11 p.m. that they were in an active pursuit that was heading into Chester County.

  • Heeding his church’s call

    Nearly 20 years ago, Nathan McLemore served a six-month mission in Lancaster. Every morning he’d study and plan, then he’d head out to share the gospel door to door.
    “For the most part, people were very friendly,” he said. “Knocking on doors during the summer, people would invite us in and offer us water. They’d say they weren’t really interested in our message, but we looked thirsty.”

  • HOPE to get $540K in grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has awarded HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster half a million dollars in a grant that will be rolled out over three years to help the organization to diversify its funding sources.
    “J. Marion Sims, over our history, has been very generous to HOPE and very supportive of HOPE,” said the nonprofit’s Executive Director Bekah Clawson.

  • Thumbs up on 2nd route into jumbo subdivision

    There will be a second entrance to the 2,000-home subdivision and commercial development that Lennar Carolinas plans to build just north of Shiloh Unity Road.
    At its March 11 meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance that changes a vacant 76-acre tract along Old Hickory Road from the rural district zoning classification to medium density residential. The acreage is just north of Crestview Lane.       

  • Kershaw considering increases to water rates

    KERSHAW – While nothing has been decided, the town’s homeowners need to brace for a possible increase in residential water rates beginning July 1.
    “Just like everything else, things are going up,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas at Monday night’s town council meeting.