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  • 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.

  • 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.