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Robertson set standard for serving community

The recent death of Mary Mackey Robertson ended a life of outstanding service. Robertson, no matter where she was involved, was all about serving those where she lived.
She was reputed as a trailblazer in education, rising through the ranks to serve in various capacities.
Her dedication to education reached an apex last spring when she was inducted into the Lancaster County School District Hall of Fame.


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Let’s thank our veterans on Saturday

While the official Veterans Day is not until Sunday, Lancaster County residents have a chance to honor their local veterans on Saturday. That chance will be at the annual Veterans Day Parade slated to begin at noon on Main Street.
With the election finally behind us, we have the opportunity to focus on thanking and honoring those who risk their lives to protect our freedom both here and on the foreign fields. Many of them have made the extreme sacrifice for our freedom.


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The same rules apply

When a council or board retires to executive session, it is not entering into a new or different meeting. It’s the same meeting, the door has just been closed.
A few weeks ago, we pointed out that a court ruling had been issued which made it very clear that meeting agendas cannot and should not be amended once a meeting has begun. Public bodies must provide an agenda for their meetings at least 24 hours in advance. The intent is to tell the public what they will discuss and may vote on.


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Don’t amend agendas at meetings

It is fairly common practice for boards and councils to amend their meeting agendas once a meeting has begun without any objections. From now on, we object to the practice.
Public bodies are required to give advance notice not less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting. An agenda for any meeting must be posted as well. Essentially, though, public bodies treat agendas as though they are written in pencil, altering them and making additions well into meetings.


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Thompson deserves top deputy honor

Fred Thompson thought Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile was kidding him, but as it turned out, Thompson had plenty to smile about.
Thompson, a sheriff’s office investigator, was recently presented the S.C. Deputy of the Year award by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association at the association’s annual convention in Hilton Head.
“When I heard, I thought the sheriff was just teasing me,” Thompson said. “It took awhile to let it sink in.”


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Skateboarders, officials work together for Kershaw park

Persistence personified can be found in the group of area youth who have pushed for a skateboard park in Lancaster County.
The group, led by Dustin Owens and his skateboard-loving followers, have frequented area government council meetings in the past year, pushing for a skateboard park.
They’ve been to city and county council meetings in hopes of a solution, but it appears they may have found their future hopes at the Kershaw Town Council.


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Lynch’s comments about county unacceptable

Larry Honeycutt


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Justice system allows criminals free rein

Every time I pick up The Lancaster News, I see another murder, another home invasion, someone getting robbed and beaten, sexually assaulted or burglarized.
The pathetic (one of many) part is – it’s the same person doing the crimes over and over again. We can’t blame the officers who make the arrests – they’re doing their jobs. They’re getting them off the streets and putting them behind bars.


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Gamecocks still have lots to crow about

The South Carolina Gamecocks brought home a handsome trophy from Omaha on Tuesday afternoon to a large throng of garnet and black-clad USC fans at Carolina Stadium.
It wasn’t the biggest prize the Gamecocks had hoped for, but it was a coveted trophy.
Plenty of teams would have loved to be bearing the runner-up trophy from the College World Series, and the Gamecocks were.
The two-time defending national champions had hoped to bring home another national crown for the third straight June.


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Fireworks more popular, safer today than past years

With consumer fireworks now more popular than ever in South Carolina, it is important that we use common sense, recognize that fireworks essentially function via a controlled burn, and follow safety tips to ensure a safe and wonderful experience celebrating America’s freedom.
Consumer fireworks are actually safer today than ever before.


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