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Today's News

  • Ripe strawberries make a versatile springtime treat

    FORT LAWN – Harold Osborne’s Sunday school class at Second Baptist Church got quite a treat on Sunday morning to go with their coffee.

    They were treated to a Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake, courtesy of Marsha Deerman.

    “I’m gonna find out where she’s going to church,” said a laughing David Jordan, the owner of Jordan’s Farms. “That’s better than the deacons visiting.” 

  • Suspect faces additional charge in staged robbery

    One of the suspects charged in a faked robbery attempt at a local check-cashing business has been charged with attacking an employee of the business.

    Damarcus Patterson, 21, of 745 Brooklyn Ave., Lancaster, was charged Tuesday morning with assault and battery, Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said.

    Patterson is accused of pepper-spraying one of the employees of Check USA in Lancaster Square on North Main Street on Friday morning.

  • Council OKs budget with tax hike

    Library and recreation department services won’t be drastically cut, but residents will see a little extra on their tax bills next year.

    County Council approved a 1.7-mill tax increase during second reading of the county’s 2010-11 budget on Monday. The tax increase will add another $403,815, and it means that library and recreation services council members talked about cutting at first reading will remain in the budget. Council must have one more reading of the budget to finalize it.

  • Girl with Lancaster ties has unprecedented transplants

    Laura Margaret Burbach’s goal of attending Duke University to study public policy seems much more realistic now than it had a year or so ago.

    Burbach has a host of interests and lofty dreams, but those visions became clouded because of major health issues.

    The 16-year-old Madison, Ga., resident has been living with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or SCID, a genetic disorder that weakens the immune system.

    With a weak immune system, a sickness such as the common cold can be fatal.

  • Eighth annual RAO Ride fundraiser is Saturday

    It’s time to fire up that Harley-Davidson or shine up the hot rod for the eighth annual RAO Ride.

    The charity motorcycle ride will be held Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive.

    Motorcyclists may register from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Cost is $25 for solo riders and $40 for two-up bikes, and includes a meal after the ride, a T-shirt and post-ride activities.

    The 85-mile ride begins at 11 a.m., with riders returning to the Dowling Center between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

  • Friends remember former city official

    Bill Melton was a caring man who came prepared to meetings and would always let you know where he stood on issues.

    Those who spent time around Melton through the years share those sentiments and more as they remember the life of the former Lancaster City councilman.

    Melton died Friday. He was 78.

    Melton served two stints on City Council – from 1979 to 1982 and then again from 1986 to 1990.

  • Camp CLAD set at USCL

    Interested?

    WHAT: Camp Clad, (Children Learning About Diabetes) hosted by the diabetes education clinic at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. The camp is designed to create a fun and safe environment for children, ages 6 to 12, and teens ages 13 to 17 with type 1 diabetes. 

    WHERE: Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center at USCL, 509 Hubbard Drive

    WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. June 14-17

    HOW MUCH:

    INFORMATION: (803) 313-7450

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

  • Seniors seek to rebound

    The Post 31 senior team, coming off a pair of League V losses, will be seeking to rebound tonight as it hosts Fort Mill Post 43 at 7.

    Lancaster, which opened with a 13-8 non-League V win over Camden Post 17, 13-8, has since dropped a pair of losses in league play.

    Post 31, 2-2, fell to Fort Mill, 5-1 last week and then capped the week with a 9-4 home loss to Rock Hill Post 34 on Friday.

    In the loss to Rock Hill, the game was called in the sixth inning due to lightning and a downpour.

    The game was official after five innings.

  • CPTC shines in Charlotte meet

    The Columbus Parker Track Club racked up 71 awards in a youth track meet at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The field included 2,000 athletes.

    The CPTC earned 11 first-place finishes, 10 seconds, 12 thirds, 17 fourths, 11 fifths and 10 sixth-place showings.

    The team is led by coaches Arthur Benjamin, Dorothy Spratt-Ingram and Tyger Ingram. Eugene Wallace, a retired principal from East Meck and E.E. Waddell High in Charlotte, also helps with the team.

    Spratt-Ingram said the team, some 108 strong, has its share of talented first-year athletes.

  • Watkins' late charge nets Sizzler checkers

    Ben Watkins made a late-race charge to win the first Deal 1 Auto Sales Crate Sportsman Sizzler to highlight action at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

    Heat winners Watkins and Chris Bell were on the front row. When the green flag dropped, the field roared into turns one and two side by side. Coming out of turn two, it was a five-car battle for the lead between Watkins, Bell, Tyler Love, Kenny Ramsey and Jason Conner. The five cars put on a show for the race’s first couple of laps.