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  • 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.

  • Mega-sports complex at Lennar’s big subdivision?

    County officials have begun preliminary talks with homebuilder Lennar Carolinas about buying 80-plus acres in the company’s planned subdivision 2 miles north of Lancaster as a site for the proposed mega-sports complex.
    “We are in discussions and negotiations, but it is contingent on Lennar’s being able to close on the property and going ahead with their project,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper.

  • TLN moving to 2 editions per week

    Your news staff’s least favorite thing about their work is about to go away.
    No, I’m not talking about their editor. Their least favorite thing is producing two newspapers within 24 hours, then waiting four days to produce the next one.
    We’ve been doing that since 2016, when we switched to mail delivery and had to start delivering our Sunday paper on Saturdays. We had to produce that paper entirely on Fridays, a quick, difficult turnaround after producing the Friday paper on Thursdays.

  • Fatal stretch of U.S. 21, ‘the forgotten road,’ gets little DOT attention

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    FORT LAWN – Fire Chief Allen Culp calls the 3-mile stretch of U.S. 21 north of Fort Lawn “the forgotten road.”
    The March 11 logging-truck wreck that killed an Indian Land motorcyclist at that location has once again brought attention to a highway that needs a desperate fix.
    “Considering this is a United States highway, you would think that the federal government or the state government would have some way to repair it,” Culp said.

  • Suit settled for $507K in inmate’s ’14 suicide

    A settlement of more than half a million dollars has been paid to the family of an inmate who killed himself while at the Lancaster County Detention Center in May 2014.
    Randy William Stevens, 44, had been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest the night of May 19, 2014. He hanged himself with a bedsheet that night or the early morning of May 20, during a period when one correctional officer slept on duty and another left the facility for personal business, according to court documents.