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Safety director: ‘We take this event very seriously’

Restroom note threatens Wednesday attack at AJHS

By Hannah Strong

KERSHAW – Students will face metal detectors and heightened police protection Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School after a note was found in a student restroom Tuesday afternoon threatening a shooting at the school.
“We don’t have enough information to say this threat is credible,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District's safety director. “But we take this event very seriously, and we’re going to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

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Weekend Recap: Feb. 20, 2017

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Missing Indian Land man found

By The Staff

An Indian Land man reported missing Thursday evening was found in good condition, a follow-up alert issued Friday by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s office officials issued an alert about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, asking the public to be on the lookout for Michael Edward Baxter, 73.
The alert said Baxter was last seen about 2 p.m. at the Harris Teeter on U.S. 521 in Indian Land. He was driving a gold 2004 Toyota Avalon.

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Driver dies in one-car crash

By Greg Summers

An autopsy will be performed on a Kershaw woman to determine if some type of medical episode led to her death Tuesday in a one-car crash on Beacon Road in Rich Hill.
The victim – 69-year-old Ethel Taylor Hicks of Kershaw – died at the scene, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome. Hicks will undergo an autopsy Thursday.    

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County schools on 2-hour delay Monday

By Greg Summers

All Lancaster County public schools will operate Monday, Jan. 9, on a 2-hour delay as a safety precaution due to road conditions. For more information, go to www.lancastercsd.com

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Law bars her from council until fraud allegations are resolved

No swearing-in for Blackmon, pending appeal

By Greg Summers

Linda Blackmon was not sworn in as a Lancaster City Council member Tuesday, and city officials said state law bars her from taking office until a voter-fraud challenge to her election is resolved in court.
Municipal Judge Bob Davis swore in council members Tamara Green Garris and Sara Eddins, incumbents reelected Nov. 8, at Tuesday night's meeting. But Blackmon, who sat in the audience, was not allowed to take the District 3 seat.

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Missing man's body found off Flint Ridge Road

Jerry Cauthen’s body found

By Hannah Strong

After days of searching for Jerry Roscoe Cauthen, who walked away from a nursing home in Heath Springs last week, his body was found Wednesday morning in a heavily wooded area off Flint Ridge Road, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Cauthen, 74, died from exposure due to the environment, according to a statement from Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.
Cauthen had been missing since Dec. 23, one day after being checked into Heath Springs Residential Care Center, 614 Hart St.

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SCDOT to close Monticello Road for repairs

By The Staff

The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will close Monticello Road to through traffic beginning Jan. 3 to repair a faulty culvert pipe beneath it.

Monticello Road is in the Elgin community and runs from Bailey Road to South Potter Road. During that time, those who normally use the closed off portion will have to use Doc Garris Road as a detour. Follow Kershaw Camden Highway south, then turn left onto Doc Garris and go 1.18 miles to South Potter Road and turn left again. Go .36 miles and Monticello Road will be on the left.

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Jerry Roscoe Cauthen, 74, walked away from assisting living center Friday

Search continues for missing man

By Hannah Strong and Reece Murphy

UPDATE: Jerry Cauthen's body has been found.

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Correction Buford girls basketball game tip-off is 6 p.m.

The tip-off time for the Buford High School Lady Yellow Jackets game with Cuthbertson High School is 6 p.m. Monday, not 7 p.m. as published in the Sunday, Dec. 18, edition of The Lancaster News. We apologize for the error.

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