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  • 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.

  • McGriff seeks support in election

    Officially the District 2 County Council race is uncontested.

    But with just two days before the special election, many people are anxious to learn the identity of a presumed write-in candidate for the seat, which opened when Fred Thomas resigned from council to become a magistrate.

    About a year remains in Thomas’ unexpired term.

    McGriff said she doesn’t know who may be waging a write-in campaign.

  • Sheriff's office investigating three recent robberies in county

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three robberies, including two that happened early Monday morning.

    The 521 Club, 1310 Kershaw-Camden Highway, was robbed about 12:50 a.m. Monday by two armed men, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Council drops plan to change cell phone tower regulations

    In recent meetings, County Council debated whether cell towers in the county are built too close to neighborhoods and whether the public should have a say before new cell phone towers are approved for construction.

    On Monday, council dropped the issue after hearing proposed revisions to the county’s cell tower regulations from County Planning Director Chris Karres.

  • Early voting high in uncontested race

    An unusually high number of absentee ballots have been requested for the upcoming County Council District 2 special election, an election official says.

    Cassie Stump, director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission, said there have already been 282 requests for applications for absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 race. She said this is an unusually high number, especially because District 2 has less than 4,000 registered voters and since this is an uncontested race.

  • Firm seeks to build incinerator

    FORT LAWN – An incinerator company that turns waste into electricity is eying a site in Chester County, but needs two county boards to approve zoning changes to allow it to operate.

    Covanta Energy intends to buy 100 acres in the L&C Railroad’s “L” track, west of the town of Fort Lawn and next to Mount Ararat AME Zion Church. The company is planning to invest $300 million to $500 million in a plant and hire as many as 50 people.

  • AJ, IL bands to compete in state finals

    The marching bands from Andrew Jackson High and Indian Land High schools will each vie for state championships on Saturday.  

    AJ’s Volunteer Regiment will compete for the Class 2A state title at Batesburg-Leesville High School just outside Columbia.

    The Indian Land marching band will vie for the Class 1A title at Woodmont High School in Piedmont.

    AJHS

    The Volunteer Regiment earned a berth to the state finals after finishing fifth in the 2A Upper State preliminaries last weekend in Boiling Springs.

  • City votes on police fitness policy

    Lancaster police officers will be held to the physical standards that were initially suggested in a policy proposal earlier this year.

    Lancaster City Council voted 3-4 against a motion to accept a revised version of the Lancaster Police Department’s Physical Abilities Test.

    Last year, Police Chief Hugh White was allowed to begin implementing the testing program, which had been set to take effect this July. But before that effective date, council members Tamara Green and Kenny Hood asked for the policy to be revised.