• Great Falls police chief wants to limit bar hours

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice is asking the town council to adopt an ordinance limiting when alcohol can be sold.
    Two establishments – Great Falls Bar and Grill and Last Call – serve alcoholic beverages in the town.
    Last Call is a private club that is registered with the State of South Carolina as a nonprofit, and as such has very few restrictions on when it can sell. Patrons can even purchase beer and wine there on Sundays to take home, Rice said.

  • ‘You got it!’

    INDIAN LAND – A Charlotte woman has stepped forward with the $2 million Powerball ticket purchased at an Indian Land QuikTrip last month, and she says she’s retiring early.
    The winner told S.C. Education Lottery officials she was filling up her car at the store at 9565 Charlotte Highway and sent her son inside the store to buy a ticket. He checked her Powerball ticket the next day.
    “You got it!” he screamed when he saw the first five white ball numbers matched those drawn on March 20 – 10, 14, 50, 53, 63.

  • County EMS takes 3 top state awards

    Lancaster County paramedics and supervisors took home top state awards at this year’s EMS Symposium in Myrtle Beach, including EMS director and EMT of the year.
    Clay Catoe, director of Lancaster County EMS, said he was immensely grateful and proud of his team for what they’ve accomplished.
    “It was extremely humbling,” said Catoe, the state’s 2019 EMS Director of the Year. “It was an honor for us to be recognized out of the 238 licensed services in South Carolina.”

  • Vast reservoir almost ready

    VAN WYCK – A joint venture between Lancaster County and Union County, N.C., has nearly completed a colossal new reservoir that increases the counties’ water-storage capacity tenfold – to 1 billion gallons.
    More than a decade in the making, the $50 million project will gird the counties for explosive growth, protect them against drought and contamination, and meet stricter regulations for water plants along the Catawba River.

  • She fought to get kids into college

    In her quarter century at USC Lancaster, Barbara Watkins was never one to give up.
    Thousands of soon-to-be students came by her office needing money to pay for college, former school Dean John Catalano recalled Tuesday, and Watkins could be counted on to help them get it.

  • County under severe thunderstorm watch

    The National Weather Service office in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Lancaster County until 10 p.m. Monday.
    A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms.
    According to the National Weather Service, hail up to 1 inch in diameter, heavy rains, wind gusts of more than 60 mph and dangerous lightning are possible.

  • A connection that is making all their lives more complete

    An unexpected gift recently surprised Keith Freeman on his 32nd birthday.
    “I got home and there was a big present on the table and an envelope,” he said.
    Freeman is highly functioning on the autism spectrum and shares a special bond with his cousin Griggs Griffin and Griffin’s fiancée Brooke Self. Self had set up a Mickey Mouse scavenger hunt for Freeman.
    She hid 10 clues around the house. Freeman said it took him a while to find all the clues.

  • Winthrop Poll: Trump, Graham riding high

    Winthrop University

    ROCK HILL – S.C. residents remain among the strongest supporters of President Trump, as his approval rating in the Palmetto State stands at 42 percent, according to the latest Winthrop Poll.
    The president’s approval numbers here continue to be a few points higher than the national average of 39 percent as measured March 10 by Gallup. The 45th president has a disapproval rating of 49 percent among Palmetto State citizens.

  • He filled Charlotte’s biggest pulpit, now leads tiny IL church

    For more than two decades, Dr. Joe Brown addressed crowds of thousands on Sunday mornings, sometimes in five back-to-back services, which were broadcast on local television.
    Now, the retired Charlotte mega-church pastor is preaching to fewer than 100, leading a small Indian Land congregation and mapping its future.
    Restoration Church of the Carolinas, formerly Higher Ground Church, is Brown’s new base on Possum Hollow Road.

  • 'Not for the faint of heart'

    VAN WYCK – After a long, wet winter, spring’s sweet strawberries are ripe for picking.
    The berries are fruiting a bit early for The Ivy Place owner Terry Graham, who opened his Van Wyck fruit stand and you-pick operation this week.
    He said in the six years he’s grown strawberries, no two seasons have been the same.