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Today's News

  • Man charged in 2 Heath Springs slayings

    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 in 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.
    “Our prayers go out to both these families for this senseless, senseless crime,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

  • 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.

  • Balmy Saturday draws 8,000 for bands, books and vendors

    After a wet Friday night, the weather for the Red Rose Festival turned fabulous Saturday, pushing attendance to an estimated 8,000 people, up 60 percent from a year ago.
    “It really went well,” Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster, said Tuesday. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather on Saturday.”
    Timmon’s estimated attendance for the seventh-annual street party at 8,000, up from 5,000 last year.

  • ‘Wow, we finally did this’

    The journey that led to Friday night’s state softball championship started for Jensen and Kaylee Shelby’s family three decades ago.
    Third baseman Jensen and designated runner Kaylee hugged their teammates on the field Friday night after winning Buford High School’s first AA state title. Their mom Donna Shelby hugged everyone in the stands.

  • County OKs 2nd reading on $47.9 million budget

    Lancaster County Council unanimously passed the second reading of its $47.9 million 2016-17 budget Monday night.
    Among the highlights: the Department of Social Services will receive funding to expand, a career ladder will be implemented at the County Detention Center, and telecommunication officers will get salary increases.

  • 2 men arrested with drugs near Clinton Elementary

    Two Lancaster men were arrested on drug charges Thursday at a home near Clinton Elementary School.
    Demario Randell Buchanon, 33, of 622 North Market Street, was arrested at his home, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Antonius Lamaz Thompson, 33, of Lancaster, was also arrested there.

  • Lancaster woman hurt in fiery wreck

    A Lancaster woman, who highway patrol officials said was driving drunk, was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday night on John Everall Road.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Tabitha Hinson Cudd, 27, was traveling east on John Everall Road in a 2004 Toyota SUV when she ran off the side of the roadway near Robin Road and struck a tree head-on.
    Miller said Cudd, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown through the front windshield and the SUV caught fire.  

  • Washington was here

    In 1791, 59-year-old George Washington found himself in an unusual Southern quandary, according to historians Louise Pettus and Martha Bishop.
    The American Revolutionary War hero and first president was being worshipped, backslapped, saluted, wined and dined by the upper crust of the young nation, but an air of genuine distrust of anyone in government still permeated the Carolina backcountry.

  • Buford wins softball title

    The Lady Jackets are South Carolina’s queen bees of Class AA softball.
    Buford High School, in a winner-take-all game, brought home the state softball championship Friday night with a 2-1 win over Dillon at South Florence High School.
    It was Buford’s first Class AA softball crown. The school won a state softball championship once before, in 2009, when Buford was in Class A.