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Melissa Prince: The chamber’s ambassador

Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Janice Dabney honoring Melissa Prince, vice president of corporate communications for INSP Television Network, as  the Lancaster chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.


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Returning to greatness requires thicker skin than we’re displaying

“One of the first signs that a ‘society’ is beginning to decline, is the inability of its citizens to cope.” (Anonymous)
Can anyone see a parallel to that quote in what is happening throughout our nation and the world today?
As political correctness becomes the norm, we see more and more people becoming upset and offended by mere words. To me that is a perfect example of our society losing its ability to cope.


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Jackie Brown: Volunteer of the Year

Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Todd Wallace honoring Jackie Brown of Jackie’s Place as the Lancaster chamber’s Volunteer of the Year. Coming Wednesday: Melissa Prince.


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Column: National TV puts Haley in spotlight

It’s the call that every aspirant in the political hinterland dreams of: “Will you give our party’s response to the president’s State of the Union Address?”
The answer is always “yes” – and then the drama begins. The stakes are incredibly high. Many fail, some miserably (see Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2009) but the opportunity is exposure to more than 30 million people as the alternative voice to the president of the United States.


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Column: Van Wyck does not want to be swallowed up by Indian Land

Welcome to Van Wyck! What an emotionally packed meeting Jan. 12 at the community center to hear from the Indian Land representatives who want to incorporate and include the Van Wyck community. There were a lot of opinions expressed, but I believe the main take away is this:
Van Wyck residents do not want to be included in the IL incorporation.  


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Gus Deligiannidis: Small Business of the Year

Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Steve Sherrill honoring Gus Deligiannidis, owner of Gus’s Family Restaurant and Gus’s Family Pizza, as the Lancaster chamber’s Small Business of the Year. Coming Sunday: Jackie Brown.


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Don Gardner: Business Person of the Year

Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Nutramax Laboratories founder Bob Henderson honoring Don Gardner, retired senior vice president at First Citizens Bank, as the Lancaster chamber’s Business Person of the Year. Coming Friday: Gus Deligiannidis.


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Column: Lucas addresses 3 crucial issues in Haley’s speech

S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, whose District 65 includes southeastern Lancaster County, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s Jan. 20 State of the State address:

The people of South Carolina faced unthinkable challenges last year, but were able to persevere because of our strong and steadfast sense of community.


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Column: Hospital CEO started as nurse’s aide in 1966

Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations, from Thursday night’s annual Lancaster chamber annual awards banquet. We will publish the speeches honoring each of this year’s five major honorees. Coming Wednesday: Don Gardner.

“The best way to find yourself,” Mahatma Gandhi said, “is to lose yourself in the service of others.”


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Norrell: ‘We’ve been duped’ after 25 years of GOP control

By Mandy Powers Norell

Editor’s note: The S.C. Democratic Party picked Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell to deliver the party’s televised response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State Address Jan. 20. Here are excerpts of  Norrell’s speech:

I am Mandy Powers Norrell, and I represent the southern half of Lancaster County in the S.C. House of Representatives.
Like Gov. Haley, I was also born and raised in rural South Carolina, and educated in our public schools. But while we have similar backgrounds, we see things from different perspectives.


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