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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Polk paces CPTC in Simpsonville meet

    Staff Reports

    The Columbus Parker Track Club captured 69 medals and 33 ribbons in a youth meet held in Simpsonville.

    Rekia Polk, in the 10-under girls age group, earned three gold medals to pace the CPTC.

    The team notched 19 gold medals, 30 silver and 20 bronze medals.

    The CPTC, a Lancaster area youth track team, also earned   13 fourth-place ribbons, nine fifth-place ribbons and 11 sixth-place ribbons at the meet.

    10-under girls

  • March of Dimes is searching for local ambassador families

    From Release
    March of Dimes is seeking families interested in serving as ambassadors for the Piedmont South Carolina March for Babies in 2011.  The agency is seeking at least one family to represent the March of Dimes from the Lancaster, Chester, Cheraw, Chesterfield and Kershaw areas.
     Since 1946, the March of Dimes has identified a child to represent the organization to the American public, developing what became known as its “poster child.”

  • Understand Air Quality Index colors

    Almost every day this time of year, a local meteorologist will emphasize the Air Quality Index (AQI) as part of the upcoming weather forecast, but few know what it means.

    The Air Quality Index is the system used to warn the public when air pollution reaches dangerous levels. It tracks ozone (smog) and particle pollution (tiny particles from ash, vehicle exhaust, soil dust, pollen and other air pollutants).