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  • Truck, mobile home fires at same address considered suspicious

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Melted strips of siding and charred timbers marred the center of a small house in the Antioch community after two suspicious fires broke out on the property early Friday morning, June 15.
    Crime scene technicians donning blue gloves swarmed the home, at 1733 Old Hillside Drive, hours after two back-to-back fires first claimed a truck near the home, and then felled the home itself.

  • Car, mobile home fires at same location appear suspicious

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two suspicious early morning fires that happened at the same Antioch community home. 

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters were first called to a truck fire near a home at 1733 Old Hillside Drive, off S.C. 903, at about 5:02 a.m. Friday, June 15.

    After putting out the fire and clearing the scene, firefighters were again called to the same address about 30 minutes later for a mobile home fire.

  • Busy burglary suspect charged again

    A month after being released on bond in connection with multiple thefts from a UPS trailer, a Lancaster man was arrested twice in four days for another string of burglaries.

    Timothy Eric Shrader, 29, 2726 Rolling Hills Road, was first arrested June 8 and charged with receiving stolen goods $2,000 or less, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

  • TLN advertising staff wins 20 awards

    The Lancaster News and Pageland Progressive Journal advertising staff won 20 S.C. Press Association awards this year. 

    The awards were distributed at the 30th Annual PALMY Awards and Advertising Summit on June 7 in Columbia. 

    Susan Rowell, The Lancaster News publisher, said she was proud of the awards and those who won.

  • Friday Morning Read: Morton made lasting impression on elections, county government

    Eighty-seven-year-old George Morton died Tuesday.

    Don’t let the significance of the day – June 12 – slip past.

    The man who served on the Lancaster County Election Commission for more than four decades – including many years as its chairman – died on a day when voters were casting ballots.

    “What about that?” said Hazel Taylor, who worked with Morton for more than 20 of the 32 years she worked at the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Office.

  • Report: Woman attacks man with high-heel shoe

     

    A Lancaster woman was arrested late last month after she reportedly attacked a man with a high-heel shoe. 

    Carolyn Torio Cauthen, 34, 1204 Phillips St., was charged May 29 with criminal domestic violence. 

    A man told sheriff's deputies he was asleep in his bed about 3 a.m., when Cauthen caused a disturbance and awoke him. 

  • Waccamaw Bank fails, taken over by FDIC

    Waccamaw Bank in Heath Springs is now First Community Bank.

    On Friday, June 8, the N.C. Office of the Commissioner of Banks closed the failed bank and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver, according to an FDIC press release issued that day.

    To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into an agreement with First Community Bank to assume all the deposits of Waccamaw Bank.

  • Catalano to step down at USCL

    Dr. John Catalano has decided to return full time to his chief passion.

    Catalano, dean at University of South Carolina Lancaster for 11 years, announced he will step down from the post, effective Dec. 31. 

    Beginning in January 2013, he will be a full-time instructor of philosophy and logic.

    He informed USCL’s faculty and staff of his decision in an e-mail Saturday, June 10.

  • Meet the ‘Flamingo Flockers’

    When he leaves for work each morning, Dr. Art Morris has grown accustomed to seeing squirrels beneath the majestic oaks in the front yard of his Forest Drive home.

    But last week, those squirrels had a little company.

    On June 6, Morris went outside to find more than a dozen pink plastic flamingos beside his driveway and a note on the back door.

    Morris knows who placed them there, well at least, sort of.

    He even knows how they got there. They came courtesy of Covenant Baptist Church’s Flamingo Flockers.

  • Man sentenced in death of Heath Springs woman

    CONWAY – A year after a Heath Springs woman was killed in a three-vehicle wreck in Horry County, a Hartsville man pleaded guilty last week to causing the crash. 

    Don Leget Marsh, 59, will serve a year in prison and three more years on probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide on June 7, according to Horry County Solicitor’s Office representatives.