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  • Man charged in 2 Heath Springs slayings

    HEATH SPRINGS – Less than two weeks after being released on bond for a violent crime in February, a man has been arrested for two brutal murders in his Heath Springs neighborhood.
    Arkeves Jimon Cauthen, 28, of 201 Reeves St., was charged in the murder of 54-year-old Sandra Johnson on Wednesday. On Thursday, Cauthen was charged with murdering 71-year-old John Harden Duncan, whose body was found Wednesday night.
    “Our prayers go out to both these families for this senseless, senseless crime,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

  • Washington was here

    In 1791, 59-year-old George Washington found himself in an unusual Southern quandary, according to historians Louise Pettus and Martha Bishop.
    The American Revolutionary War hero and first president was being worshipped, backslapped, saluted, wined and dined by the upper crust of the young nation, but an air of genuine distrust of anyone in government still permeated the Carolina backcountry.

  • Lancaster woman hurt in fiery wreck

    A Lancaster woman, who highway patrol officials said was driving drunk, was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday night on John Everall Road.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Tabitha Hinson Cudd, 27, was traveling east on John Everall Road in a 2004 Toyota SUV when she ran off the side of the roadway near Robin Road and struck a tree head-on.
    Miller said Cudd, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown through the front windshield and the SUV caught fire.  

  • ‘Wow, we finally did this’

    The journey that led to Friday night’s state softball championship started for Jensen and Kaylee Shelby’s family three decades ago.
    Third baseman Jensen and designated runner Kaylee hugged their teammates on the field Friday night after winning Buford High School’s first AA state title. Their mom Donna Shelby hugged everyone in the stands.

  • Balmy Saturday draws 8,000 for bands, books and vendors

    After a wet Friday night, the weather for the Red Rose Festival turned fabulous Saturday, pushing attendance to an estimated 8,000 people, up 60 percent from a year ago.
    “It really went well,” Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster, said Tuesday. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather on Saturday.”
    Timmon’s estimated attendance for the seventh-annual street party at 8,000, up from 5,000 last year.

  • County gives Fancy Pokket ultimatum

    Lancaster County Council has issued an ultimatum to Fancy Pokket President Mike Timani – get a certificate of occupancy for your manufacturing plant by Oct. 31, or pay the $274,000 penalty specified in your 2012 agreement with the county.
    In a 6-1 vote Monday night, the council decided there will be no more extensions and no further waivers for the Canadian company.

  • Partiers pack Main Street as soggy weather eases up

    While the 2016 Red Rose Festival got off to a soggy start Friday, Main Street was a busy, vibrant place Saturday.
    By lunchtime, the Ferris Wheel was turning, with riders waiting in line.
    “I’m so glad the rain’s not here,” said Mark Barrett, who was manning the Christian Services information tent. “It’s starting to break up and the skies are getting brighter.”
    Children of all ages were enjoying the downtown fun.

  • Lady Yellow Jackets win state softball crown

    FLORENCE–The Buford High School Lady Yellow Jackets defeated the Dillon High School Lady Wildcats 2-1 to win the Class AA state softball championship at South Florence High School on Friday night. Check back later for details.

  • Heath Springs delays painting train depot

    HEATH SPRINGS – It’s no secret that the historic railroad depot in the county’s smallest town needs a fresh coat of paint, but town leaders are going to put off the work for at least one more month.
    It’s not paying for the work that’s the issue, but getting someone to do it.
    In April, members of town council appointed councilman Mark Bridges to work with administrator Tony Starnes to get bids for the work and then report back for their May meeting.

  • Clemson part of federal consortium to envision new U.S. textile industry

    Paul Alongi
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Clemson University experts will create virtual reality training programs and help veterans integrate into the work force as part of a $317 million federal plan that aims to remake U.S. textile manufacturing into a high-tech business.