Local News

  • 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.

  • New district lines for city of Lancaster?

    The city of Lancaster’s district lines could look different next year.

    Wayne Gilbert of the S.C. Budget and Control Board spoke at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, June 12, about redistricting and the options available to the city.

    Gilbert, who works in the Budget and Control Board’s office of research and statistics, shared data that’s based on 2010 Census numbers.

  • 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. 

  • Smoking ordinance lights up council debate

    Will smokers soon be seen huddling en masse outside Lancaster County restaurants, theaters and other public buildings as they light up their next cigarette?

    It’s very possible, especially if County Council decides to approve a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking in enclosed public places and enclosed areas of work. 

    The proposal and its ramifications were a hot topic at council’s meeting on Monday, June 11. 

  • 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.

  • Fort Lawn man charged with break-ins

    A Chester County man remains behind bars following a string of car break-ins in Lancaster.

    Carlos Damon Smith, 37, of Fort Lawn, was charged  Thursday, June 7, with breaking and entering into a vehicle – two counts, pointing and presenting a firearm and armed robbery.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies went to a Powell Avenue home after a resident saw a man later identified as Smith inside his vehicle, rummaging through items inside, according to a sheriff’s office press release issued Tuesday, June 12.

  • Arrests made in recent arson

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday, June 12, the arrests of a man and woman suspected of burning a house last month.

    Josh A. Price, 28, 1454 Winthrop Ave., Lancaster, and Bobbie Lee Keiningham, 26, 148 Catoe Road, Kershaw, have each been charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary.

    Investigators say they broke into a Heath Springs home May 25 and intentionally set it on fire.