Today's News

  • Kayla Cook gets life sentence in toddler's death

    Kayla Marie Cook was sentenced to life in prison Monday after jurors convicted her of homicide by child abuse in the 2017 death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder.

    Jurors deliberated for three hours after the weeklong trial.

    A collective gasp filled the courtroom as the guilty verdict was read aloud. Lilly’s family packed one side of the courtroom for the entire trial, while Cook had only a handful of supporters on the other side.

  • 'Hey, I can do this!'

    Seven days a week, Andrew Plyler opens his business in the front yard of the house he grew up in, setting up his portable gazebo, laying out his supplies, packing his cooler with bags of ice.
    His company T-shirt reads “Andrew’s Snow Cones,” and a big sign lists his 48 flavors. He turns up the country music and awaits his first customer. His ear-to-ear smile requires no preparation.

  • Adornus Cabinetry moving into Duracell plant

    A high-end cabinet maker will bring its main manufacturing operation and corporate headquarters to Lancaster, moving into the former Duracell building and starting operations in the next three months.
    The S.C. Commerce Department announced Thursday that privately held Adornus Cabinetry will occupy the 349,000-square-foot plant on S.C. 9 Bypass West, the county’s largest vacant factory. The company plans to invest more than $10 million and create 210 jobs here that pay more than $15 an hour.

  • Cook denies killing Lilly, her lawyer points finger at the father

    Kayla Cook took the witness stand in her own defense Friday, testifying about the events of Dec. 18, 2017, that led to the death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder.
    Cook, who is on trial for homicide by child abuse, denied prosecutors’ accusation that she beat Lilly to death.
    "I refuse to be charged with something I did not commit," she told jurors on the fifth day of her trial at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

  • Ignore mess and follow instructions

    Buford Middle and Buford Elementary schools will start classes Monday without the completion of their enormous, complicated, rain-delayed, summer-long construction project to redirect traffic flow.
    But it is going to be functional and usable from the new main entry point on Tabernacle Road, said Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the school district.
    “It was going to impact us no matter what time we did the work, and the whole reason this was undertaken to begin with was because we had a safety issue on S.C. 522,” Vaughn said.

  • 2 Lancaster teens charged after shooting in Fort Mill

    Two Lancaster teens have been charged after a shooting incident in Fort Mill Wednesday night.
    Darrian Parker, 17, has been charged as an adult with attempted murder, according to a media release from the Fort Mill Police Department. Another 17-year-old male, whose name was not released, has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, police said.

  • 5 running for 2 seats on HS town council

    Filing ended Wednesday for the upcoming municipal elections for the towns of Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck.
    And it’s going to be interesting in Heath Springs.
    Five candidates, including two current council members, have filed for the two at-large seats up for re-election in Heath Springs. The election is Nov. 5, and the two candidates who get the most votes win.
    Candidates include incumbents Tameka Morrow and Iva Drakeford, as well as political newcomers Steven Myers Jr., Kenneth Williams and William Johnson.

  • Dirt improperly dumped in Sun City flood zone

    INDIAN LAND – Mounds of dirt began piling up at Water’s Edge Park in Sun City Carolina Lakes at the end of last month as dump trucks delivered fill material from a construction site at U.S. 521 and Shelley Mullis Road.
    The board of Sun City Carolina Lakes was given written consent to have the dirt delivered to the site by Lancaster County Public Works Director Jeff Catoe and planned to use it in the development, said board member Joseph Ditchman.

  • Party in the pasture!

    The Buford community will host the largest field party the county has ever seen next weekend, featuring four local acts and national recording artist and country rapper Charlie Farley.
    On Aug. 24, Horseplay Farms will stage a music festival in the middle of a pasture at 3591 Pageland Highway. Tailgating begins at noon.
    The event will showcase local talent across a variety of music genres. Reggae-rock group Sugarshine will kick off the stage acts at 5, followed by country singer Preston Keith of Rock Hill, alternative-rock group Element and country rockers Whits End.

  • Buford Elementary postpones Thursday’s school wide open house

    The scheduled school wide open house set for Thursday evening at Buford Elementary School has been postponed because of traffic/safety concerns along that stretch of North Rocky River Road.
    Workers are still finishing the traffic loop and parking improvements.