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  • Grandmother shares cancer story

    INDIAN LAND - With her bright blue eyes and big smile, you might never guess that the stylishly dressed silver-haired woman who addressed an Indian Land High School class Oct. 15 had just spent the last two years fighting for her life.

    But that’s just what Brenda McCarver, 56, told the class, detailing her recent dual battle with breast and tonsil cancer.

    McCarver’s granddaughter, Lindsey Woods, 16, invited her grandmother, “G-ma,” to speak to Jeannie Jamison’s Consumer Homemaking I class on the school’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

  • Latest session of leadership program set to begin Nov. 18

    Leadership Lancaster, a program of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, is set to begin its 2009-10 program on Nov. 18.

    Since 1988, the chamber has conducted the seven-month Leadership Lancaster program, which is designed to inform, challenge and educate potential community leaders about the opportunities, goals and needs of the community as well as the dynamics of social and economic change, and to identify organizational and individual opportunities for their personal involvement in the community.

  • HS department lands nearly $1M

    HEATH SPRINGS – Major renovations are planned at the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department station, with a $976,000 grant.

    The Assistance to Firefighters fire station construction grant is from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. The federal stimulus money was awarded to the fire department earlier this month, said Heath Springs Fire Chief Patrick Helms. The department asked for $1,025,000. No match from Lancaster County or the town of Heath Springs is required.

  • Candlelight vigil set to honor murder victims

    Those who have fallen victim to murder in Lancaster will be remembered during a candlelight vigil Friday.

    The vigil will be held 6:30 p.m. in front of Lancaster City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St. The event is sponsored by Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS), a  crime-watch group. Everyone is invited.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard said about 15 names are expected to be called during the vigil – all people who have been murdered in the city in recent years.

  • Vehicles pelted by rocks on bypass

    Edward McFarland said he’s looking for a new route to S.C. 903 to avoid using the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    About 7 p.m. Monday, McFarland was driving on the bypass when something hit his car.

    “I just heard this real bad bang on my car,” said McFarland, while waiting Thursday at the Lancaster Police Department to pick up a report of the incident.

    He said a rock hit his windshield. He pulled over and called police.

  • Pettus to receive cultural award

    After years of working towards preserving cultural heritage and ecological stability in Lancaster County, Lindsay Pettus is receiving credit for his work.

    Pettus, a local historian and conservationist, was recently named as a Keeper of the Culture by the Culture and Heritage Museums.

    Pettus, president of the Katawba Valley Land Trust, has spent a significant amount of time preserving thousands of acres of land in the region. The land trust was founded in 1995.

  • Witness: Cauthen says his girlfriend 'was no more'

    A witness in David Cauthen's murder trial said Cauthen told him a day after Brenda Steen went missing his girlfriend “was no more.”

    Cauthen is charged with murder in the stabbing death of Steen, his on-again, off-again girlfriend and the mother of his daughter.

  • Breaking News Witness: Cauthen admitted to killing Steen

    As members of murder victim Brenda Steen's family cried quietly, a witness testified Wednesday in court that David Cauthen told him he had killed Steen.

    Cauthen is charged with murder in the Oct. 17, 2004, stabbing death of Steen, 36. Her body was found in a culvert off Camp Creek Road two days later.

    Cauthen's trial began Monday.

    Tommy Killen Jr. told the jury Wednesday that Cauthen, an acquaintance, came to his apartment on Plantation Road on Oct. 17, 2004, and was obviously upset.

  • Man to stand trial for 2004 stabbing death

    A Lancaster man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and then going on the run for two years is set to stand trial on Monday.

    David Cauthen, 46, is charged with murder in the death of Brenda Steen. Steen’s body was found in a creek culvert off Camp Creek Road in October 2004.

    Investigators believe that on Oct. 17, 2004, Cauthen attacked Steen near her home at Woodcreek Apartments, stabbed her, and then put her in the trunk of her 1992 Mazda.

  • Conference on black males starts Thursday

    Concerned residents and special guests are gathering this week to address problems related to black boys.

    The third annual State of the African-American Male Conference starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. The three-day event, held at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building, will shed light on issues facing black boys and ideas to fix those problems.