• Harley runs off road, killing driver

    A single-motorcycle accident killed a Lancaster man Saturday on Suttle Road, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 50-year-old Rodney David Cauthen Sr. of Lancaster. Cauthen was pronounced dead at the scene. Police began their investigation at 4:45 p.m.
    Cauthen was traveling east on Suttle Road, near Port Side Road, 2.5 miles south of Lancaster. He drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a manhole, Miller said.

  • Churches preach unity on 160th birthday

    Douglas Presbyterian Church celebrated its 160th year on Sunday and invited its sister church Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian to share in the observance of the special day.
    Douglas Presbyterian is predominantly white, and Pleasant Ridge is mostly black. About 20 Pleasant Ridge members showed up and brought their toe-tapping, hand-clapping and amen-giving to the usually reserved Presbyterians of Douglas. Altogether, about 100 people enjoyed worshipping together.

  • After 30 years of barbecues, VFD expands

    After saving for 30 years, the McDonald Green Volunteer Fire Department finally raised enough money to add on three new bays, and it moved into the space this month.
    The $150,000 construction project began in May, said Fire Chief Butch Ghent, who has been with the station for 36 years.
    “We are all so excited,” Ghent said Tuesday. “We have struggled for room and space the last 20 years…. Now that we’ve got it, we feel like we’ve opened up a new world.”

  • Biden stumps for ex-aide Fran Person

    Democratic congressional candidate Fran Person got heavyweight campaign help Monday as his former boss, Vice President Joe Biden, came to the 5th District for a fundraiser and a public event at a civil rights landmark.
    Person, 33, of Tega Cay, is running against three-term incumbent Rep. Mick Mulvaney, an Indian Land Republican.
    Speaking to reporters at Rock Hill’s downtown Five & Dine restaurant, Biden said Congress is gridlocked, and it will take people like Person to reach across the aisle and get it moving again.

  • Rush-hour agony on S.C. 160

    It’s 8 a.m. Friday, full-on rush hour in Indian Land as thousands of drivers head out to work or school.
    Cars stack up at stoplights in the usual hot spots on U.S. 521 around Indian Land’s schools and points north. But at least the mass of vehicles is moving.
    That is not the case along S.C. 160.
    Atop the hill near Lowe’s, where the highway turns to meet 521, it’s bumper-to-bumper vehicles for the better part of a mile. Nearly every brake light is shining. Cars move forward a few feet, then stop again.

  • DSS chief Chapman will retire Sept. 30

    Janice Chapman, director of the Lancaster County Department of Social Services, will retire at the end of this month after 30 years at the agency.
    "I have given it all I have had. I leave with peace," Chapman said Thursday in her small, tidy office in the DSS building on Pageland Highway.
    "I feel like I have done what I was supposed to do. It's like my purpose here has been fulfilled."  

  • 15 Years Later

    Buford Middle School held its seventh-annual 9/11 commemoration Friday, remembering those lost in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago and honoring local emergency workers, firefighters, police and military veterans.
    The gym fell silent as the ceremony began. The middle schoolers were not yet born when the tragedy occurred, but their faces displayed seriousness and understanding of the events.
    BMS Principal Sheri Wells opened the ceremony, telling the audience about the plane crashes, the fatalities, the buildings that collapsed.

  • Marking 15th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

    Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and at least three local events are planned in the coming days to remember the 2,977 lives lost that day and to honor those who ran to help.
    At 8:45 a.m. Friday, Buford Middle School students will pause in the school gym to recall 9/11 with a Hometown Heroes service and parade.

  • Emaciated dog’s owner charged with mistreatment

    County officials have seized an emaciated pit bull from a Lancaster home and charged one of the dog’s owners with animal mistreatment.
    Kayasha Lasha Stevens of 311 N. Catawba St. was charged Tuesday with maltreatment of a dog. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a $1,092 fine or 30 days in jail.

  • Thieves target unlocked cars in Indian Land

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles at Indian Land neighborhoods during the early morning hours of Sept. 2.
    Most of the vehicle entries occurred in the Lake View Landing neighborhood off Dobys Bridge Road, where suspects targeted 10 vehicles at six homes, according to incident reports.
    Another spate of similar larcenies occurred that same morning at the Retreat at Rayfield subdivision about a mile and a half south on U.S. 521, where suspects entered vehicles at three homes.