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Today's News

  • Killings stun Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – Less than two weeks after being released on bond for a violent crime in February, a man has been arrested for two brutal murders near his Heath Springs neighborhood.
    Arkeves Jimon Cauthen, 28, of 201 Reeves St., was charged in the murder of 54-year-old Sandra Johnson on Wednesday. On Thursday, Cauthen was charged with murdering 71-year-old John Harden Duncan, whose body was found Wednesday night.

  • ‘I can’t even put this into words’

    Twenty-two adult-education students wearing different colored caps and gowns graduated Wednesday night at Lancaster High School.
    They represented 22 different ways to get to their destination.
    Holding up a cell phone during his speech, keynote speaker Rev. AnThony Pelham told the graduates, “Without an address, GPS is no good.”
    These adult graduates definitely had this destination dialed in, and it led them through life’s backroads and detours. For some, the journey took a few months. For others, a few years.

  • LHS does salutatorian swap

    Lancaster High School senior Adam Bailey got some good news earlier this week.
    Once all the grades were figured in, Bailey was named salutatorian for the LHS Class of 2016.
    The bad news is the change in class rank impacted Marci Morrow.
    Morrow is Bailey’s girlfriend. The two have been dating since the summer between their sophomore and junior years.
    His final GPA is 5.344. Hers is 5.272.
    Morrow wasn’t a bit surprised by the change.

  • City salutes 4 life-saving officers

    The four Lancaster Police Department officers who saved the lives of two children in a April 22 house fire were honored by city council Tuesday night.
    Sgts. Dustynn Burlingame, Dale Johnson and Kenneth Warlick and Lt. Dean Short received lifesaving awards from the S.C. Police Chiefs Association.
    Lancaster police Capt. Scott Grant lauded the four for making the right decisions in a chaotic moment.

  • Great Falls hosts ‘booming’ street festival this weekend

    GREAT FALLS – You might describe this year’s Flopeye Fish Festival in Great Falls as “booming,” in more ways than one.
    A Civil War cannon, known as The Chester Gun, will sound as the 33rd-annual Flopeye Fish Festival kicks off opening ceremonies around 9 a.m. Saturday. The cannon will blast at other times during the day.
    Then Saturday around 8:30 p.m., loud booms will sound and bursts of light will be visible during the 100th birthday celebration of Duke Energy’s Fishing Creek Dam.

  • Co-workers remember Fields as caring teacher

    When Crystal Robinson Fields died Wednesday, the state lost the “most extraordinary advocate for the rights of ESOL children,” according to a former co-worker.

    Fields, 48, of Lancaster died unexpectedly Wednesday at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston. 

  • Buford’s Massacre reenactment Saturday

    The S.C. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will commemorate the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Waxhaws, better known as Buford’s Massacre, at the battle site Saturday.

    The event starts at 10:30 a.m. on Rocky River Road just south of Buford Crossroads, about 9 miles east of Lancaster.

  • On Faith: Sit, think and ask: What is my story?

    I love to read those great stories in the Bible of adventure, intrigue and excitement. Stories that trace the steps of people who lived life to the fullest, facing insurmountable odds and overwhelming obstacles.
    Their stories have been saved for future generations to read, enjoy and learn. What am I supposed to learn from the story of Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Peter, Paul, Jesus or countless others?

  • County gives Fancy Pokket ultimatum

    Lancaster County Council has issued an ultimatum to Fancy Pokket President Mike Timani – get a certificate of occupancy for your manufacturing plant by Oct. 31, or pay the $274,000 penalty specified in your 2012 agreement with the county.
    In a 6-1 vote Monday night, the council decided there will be no more extensions and no further waivers for the Canadian company.

  • Manhunt on in slaying at crowded apartments

    A Lancaster man awaiting trial for violent crimes dating back to 2010 is wanted by police in the fatal shooting of a man at Palmetto Place Apartments whose brother was murdered late last year.
    As of Tuesday afternoon, police were still searching for the suspect in Saturday’s killing, Rashad Demon Johnson, 28, of 408 Pardue St., said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.