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October is Domestic Violence Month

By The Staff

Let us take this time to recognize domestic violence month. Domestic Violence Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981, to raise awareness of efforts to end violence against women and their children.

Domestic violence has become increasingly prevalent in modern culture.

What is domestic violence? It’s a behavior used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners can be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian. They can live together, separated or simply dating.


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Bill will raise energy prices in S.C.

By The Staff

U.S. Rep. John Spratt has voted for HR 3534 (CLEAR Act) on July 30, 2010. HR 3534 is a thinly disguised permanent roadblock to American energy which drives American companies out of the Gulf, delays future drilling, increases dependency on foreign oil and implements climate change legislation and youth education programs. But most importantly, it mandates membership in the Law of the Sea Treaty without the required two-thirds vote to ratify it in the U.S. Senate.


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Dirty tricks backfire on candidates

By Lynne Caroll

In politics, it is the desperate candidate who has to stoop to dirty tricks. And they usually backfire which this one did.

Mulvaney for Congress had a fundraiser in western York County on Saturday with U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

Early Saturday, two things happened. A radio ad said this event was cancelled and a robo call said Mick Mulvaney would be unable to attend.

Surprise. More than 600 people came to hear DeMint and the U.S. District 5th Congressional candidate.

Sometimes, dirty tricks backfire!

 

Lynne Carroll


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Time for Spratt reality check

By Jack Simpson

We need to take a reality check of the John Spratt Washington legacy. John Spratt voted for:

- Federal control over almost every facet of our lives with a full assault on our core values

- Failed incomprehensible bailouts

- Health care debacle which Spratt admitted he did not even read

- Cash for clunkers

- Wasteful, expensive and non-productive stimulus programs that have failed

- Cap and trade legislation

- Financial regulation

- Consumer protection


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Newspapers still vital to our communities

By The Staff

It’s National Newspaper Week, and it is a good time to put things in perspective.

In a head-to-head test of public notice results, a newspaper recently won by a 7-to-1 margin over the Internet.

People still read newspapers and are far more likely to see newspaper notices than those placed online.

The test was done in Darlington County in July by Sheriff Wayne Byrd and his local paper.


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How many politicians could take Scout oath?

By The Staff

They stood in a military-type straight line, all toes pointed to the mark on the floor. All 10 stood at attention. What is unusual about this particular formation? Nine of them are 14 years old and No. 10 is 49 years old.

The Scoutmaster then asked, “Can all of you recite the Scout oath? Do you live up to the Scout law?”

“Before I ask you to raise your right hand to be sworn in as a Scout, let us review the Scout law, the Scout motto, the Scout slogan and the Scout oath:”


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Help make 'Think Lancaster First' work

By The Staff

It’s one of those slap your forehead moments followed by a “Duh.” Barbara Wrape, co-owner of Annette’s Hallmark House, has heard it before. Lancaster shoppers will buy an item in Rock Hill or Charlotte that is available right here in Lancaster.

“Sometimes people need to be reminded of what we have here,” Wrape said.


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Serving because they care

By Barbara Rutledge

For more than a month now we have introduced you to Lancaster County’s 19 volunteer departments. It has been a real learning experience for me. During this time, I’ve met so many, compassionate and dedicated folks. I’ve listened to their stories and their reasons for being firefighters.


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The community caretakers

By Jenny Arnold

It is amazing how far our fire service has come since, say, the 1950s.

The story Rich Hill firefighters told me about cutting holes into a house and filling it with water to put a fire out still brings a smile to my face.

Now, firefighters learn the science of fire in their intensive courses they must take in order to go inside a building and battle the flames.

But what really gets me about these men, and women, is their care and concern they have for their communities.


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We're grateful to firefighters

By Jamey Shepherd

I can’t tell you what it’s like to walk into a burning house dressed in firefighter turnout gear, but Jay Hayes and Mark Steele of the Unity Volunteer Fire Department can.

I can’t tell you what it’s like to work hours and hours over a week preparing for a huge community barbecue, but Randy White and Dennis Cauthen of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department can.

I can’t tell you what it’s like to ask fellow volunteers to commit to catching up on work we’ve let slide, but Jeff Walden of the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department can.


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