Today's News

  • 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.

  • USCL holds scholarship luncheon

    Linda Blalock believes a scholarship bearing the name of her father and husband is the perfect way to memorialize them.

    She recalls how her father, the late Andy Clough, didn’t have a chance to go to college but made sure his children were afforded that opportunity.

    Blalock, a former teacher, said that emphasis on education remained at the forefront in her life and, years later, inspired her to create the Clough Blalock Memorial Scholarship – in memory of her father and late husband, Jacky Blalock.

  • Small fry South stars rally for victory

    The Lancaster County small fry South football all-stars rallied from an 8-0 deficit to post a 16-8 comeback win over Rock Hill on Thursday night at foggy Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

    Rock Hill, which had defeated the Lancaster County small fry North team 14-6 earlier in the week at Rock Hill’s District Three Stadium, appeared to be on its way early.

  • Tigers golfers snag win

    The Clemson Tigers roared to victory in the eighth annual Big Thursday Scholarship golf tournament Thursday at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The Tigers’ golfers registered a 9.5-5.5 win in the event which marked Clemson’s second win.

    A year ago, the Gamecocks prevailed with an 11-6 win, but the 2009 tournament belonged to the Tigers.

    “They whipped us pretty good today,” said Larry Honeycutt, a USC golfer who helps coordinate the event.

  • Buford preseason tourney set to launch play Monday

    High school hoops will be in the front court for a three-day run starting Monday at the Buford High School gym.

    Buford hosts its second annual Yellow Jacket Preseason Invitational with four games on tap each day.

    Play opens Monday with action starting at 4 p.m. Play tips off again Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    Wednesday has four games on tap starting at 11 a.m.

    Play Wednesday has an earlier starting time because the Lancaster County School District begins its annual Thanksgiving holiday break that day.

  • 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.

  • BHS cheer goes for gold

    The Buford High School cheer squad has been a pleasant surprise this fall in the Yellow Jackets’ competition.

    Buford, after missing the 2008 state finals, is headed back to state after placing in the top six at the Class AA Lower State competition last week at Airport High School in Columbia.

    “We have a young team, but they’ve absolutely been a big surprise this season,” Buford High School coach Julie Thompson said. “This group is quite the overachievers.”

  • 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.