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Today's News

  • Cook gets life term in Lilly’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, and 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.

  • Back to the books

    More than 13,000 students filled the halls of Lancaster County schools Monday, ready to begin another year.
    Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said the first day went off without major hitches.
    “On the first day of school, we send out someone from the district office to visit every school to make sure that everything’s smooth and see if there’s anything we can help with,” he said. “I’ve heard nothing but positive things. Everything’s been very smooth.”

  • AG sues 3 big opioid distributors

    COLUMBIA – S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson has sued three major pharmaceutical distributors for their role in the state’s opioid crisis.
    In his complaint, Wilson seeks injunctive relief and civil penalties against Cardinal Health Inc., McKesson Corp. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. for violating the S.C. Unfair Trade Practices Act and creating a public nuisance, according to a release from the AG’s office.

  • Lancaster man gets 20 years in Fort Mill shooting death

    YORK – A Lancaster murder suspect, charged in a 2018 Fort Mill shooting, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    Jackel Marquise Clinton, 23, was charged with murder last September when he was arrested in the killing of 22-year-old De’mon Davis of Rock Hill.

  • Dozens arrested in undercover drug roundup

    Twenty-nine people were arrested on drug charges resulting from undercover investigations as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force wrapped up a lengthy operation last week.
    The roundup aimed to apprehend 34 people wanted on a total of 82 warrants.

  • New Lu Playground at KES merges activity, video game

    Kershaw Elementary is paving the way for advanced physical education classes in the state with a new, interactive gaming system projected on its gymnasium walls.
    The Lu Playground, a Canadian device, uses a 3D camera and light and audio system to project images and programs on the wall in the gym, immersing students in different video game type activities. It has about 27 applications for students to use, but adds one or two new activities each month.
    The first of its kind in South Carolina, the program has been used in 20 different countries around the world.

  • 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.