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Today's News

  • Child dies after heart surgery

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Elementary School family is mourning the loss of one of its own.
    Blair Blacknall, who recently completed the fifth grade at ILES, died Tuesday following complications from surgery the day before.
    He was 11.
    Blair’s heart surgery Monday was related to his premature birth. Unfortunately, the operation took a turn for the worse, said ILES Principal Beth Blum.
    His funeral is Saturday in Charlotte.

  • Rico building almost finished

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    HEATH SPRINGS – It’s not often that construction walls are considered beautiful, but that’s the word Ann Taylor chose to use when talking about her satisfaction with an ongoing economic-development project.

  • Juniors remain unbeaten

    Staff Reports

    The Lancaster Post 31 juniors stretched their unbeaten League V baseball mark to 7-0 with a pair of league wins earlier this week.

    The Lancaster juniors opened the week with a 10-7 win over Chester on Tuesday night at Eggleton Field.

    Lancaster built a 7-0 spread after three innings and held on for the three-run win.

    Chandler Gardner, who pitched 5.2 innings, was the winner, allowing four hits, three runs and four walks. He struck out seven.

  • Neff, Miller taken in MLB Draft

    University of South Carolina pitcher-outfielder Steven Neff received the call of a lifetime for the third time in his baseball career, but he’s focused on the Gamecocks’ task at hand.

    Neff, the former Lancaster High School and Lancaster American Legion Post 31 baseball star, was one of 11 USC players drafted this week in the annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

    Neff, a junior pitcher-outfielder, was taken in the 41st round by the World Champion San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

  • Arrest made in Plyler’s death

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    CONWAY – Billy Ray Plyler has mixed emotions about the bond hearing he watched last Friday.
    Sitting in a small room at a Horry County courthouse, Plyler and his wife, Linda, watched on a monitor as a judge issued a $75,000 bond for Don Leget Marsh, 58, of Hartsville.

  • Makos open with win over Camden

    Staff Reports

    The Lancaster Makos opened their swim season, taking a 314-189 over Camden at the Lancaster County pool on Tuesday.

    The meet marked the Makos’ debut after the Lancaster County team was split this season.

    The Makos were led by Michaela Burton, Logan Phillips, Gracie Scott and Bryce Blanton, who posted four wins each.

    Anna Funderburk and Taylor Teague tallied three firsts apiece. Riley Burton, Carson Blackmon and Jonathan Catoe each tallied two firsts.

    Individual medley

  • Man arrested in 747 Club shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man is behind bars this week in connection with a club shooting last month.
    Reco Valerie Cauthen, 37, of 411 W. Barr St., was arrested June 8 and charged with two counts of attempted murder, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    The charges are related to a May 16 shooting at the 747 Club located at 747 Twilight Road, the release said.

  • More Crate Sportsman cars expected Saturday

    Michael Knight

    For The Lancaster News

    Lancaster Motor Speedway hosts seven exciting racing divisions Saturday night at the half-mile oval.

    LMS officials expect to see a few more Crate Sportsman cars as the Crate Sportsman drivers will be preparing for the Kenny Helms Memorial race.

    The Crate Sportsman division has seen some great racing this season, with a division rivalry brewing  between Kenny Ramsey and Timbo Mangum.

  • City budget talks continue

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Property taxes for city of Lancaster residents likely won’t be as high as initially projected.
    City Council held another work session Tuesday night in which members discussed changes in the proposed budget for 2011-12.
    Final reading will be at council’s next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

  • Tourney in memory of Craig continues to grow

    Staff Reports

    The Nucor Steel Berkeley golf tournament has hit its second decade and is going as strong as ever.

    The 11th annual tournament, held in memory of Lancaster native Jamie Craig, was played earlier this spring and drew its largest field of golfers, 335 participants.

    The 2010 tournament had 315 golfers.

    “This tournament continues to get larger,” said Buffy Fortner, a Nucor Steel cost accountant who has worked with the event for 10 years, including the last nine as chairman.