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Today's News

  • Priester out as LHS basketball coach

    Lancaster High School will have a new basketball coach for the 2019-20 season.
    Ricardo Priester, who has guided the Bruins boys’ team since the 2005-06 season, has been relieved of his coaching duties with the LHS basketball program.
    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Jonathan Phipps called the issue a personnel matter.
    “We’re just making some changes in the coaching staff,” Phipps said.
    The Lancaster News made several attempts to contact Priester on Thursday, but he was unavailable for comment at press time.

  • HomeGoods to open April 28

    The Promenade at Carolina Reserve is filling up, with another big retailer set to open this month at the 300,000-square-foot shopping complex in Indian Land.
    HomeGoods will open its doors to customers for the first time at 8 a.m. April 28. It will be the company’s seventh store location in the Charlotte regional market.
    HomeGoods merchandise includes furniture, rugs, lighting, décor and more.

  • Column: Pace of other bills quickening with House budget behind us

    This week was another busy one in the House, as we enter the closing stretch of the General Assembly session.
    Here’s what we’ve been up to, including legislation that I’ve sponsored.

    Bills sent to the Senate
    With the House budget in the hands of the Senate, the pace of other legislation has increased, including these bills that received final House passage this week and moved on to the Senate:

  • At career crossroad, he hops on a Harley

    Kipp Phillips loves the peace of mind that he gets straddling his 2004 Harley Davidson Night Train after the sun sets.
    “It’s a place of escape where there’s freedom and friendships that you build along the way,” Phillips said. “My favorite place to ride is the back roads headed to Holden Beach at night. There’s no traffic, except for the occasional car.” 

  • 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.”

  • Bruins' Tucker wins medalist in Fleischer tourney

    The Lancaster Bruins finished seventh in the 12-team Fleischer Invitational high school golf tournament at the Rock Hill Country Club, with Mason Tucker leading the way as tournament medalist Saturday.
    LHS shot a 499 team total over 27 holes, nine in the opening round Friday and 18 Saturday.
    Teams played only nine holes Friday due to wet playing conditions.
    Tucker carded a 105, with a 37-68, to top the individual field.
    “Mason did well,” LHS golf coach Joe Adams said. “He brought it home and finished well in the tournament.”

  • IL’s Davis to run at Lenoir Rhyne

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School star sprinter Marlin Davis has a knack for making his points in a hurry.
    Davis, the Warriors’ defending Class AAA 200-meter state champion, however, wasn’t right to the point in announcing where he’s headed for his college education and track future.
    Instead, Davis took time to thank God, his coaches and teammates, teachers and school support staff in helping him go to the next level.

  • 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.