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Voters need to know position of their candidates

By The Staff

As we approach Election Day, it is becoming increasingly more important that the voting public develops a better understanding of the records and positions of those candidates seeking office.  Furthermore, I believe that we should also make ourselves aware of the kinds of special interests that these candidates are likely to support should they be elected.  The payday lending industry has preyed upon low income families in this state for decades with their astronomical interest rates and unethical practices.  


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Residents want to clean up Panhandle roads

By The Staff

Indian Land is a beautiful community in Lancaster County with scenic country roads and attractive homes mingled with farms and thriving businesses.

It is a shame that there is a constant trashing of Indian Land’s roadways by litterbugs and illegal dumpers.

The situation deserves immediate attention and the Indian Land Action Council has formed an Anti-Littering/Gateways Beautification Committee to increase awareness and promote pride in Indian Land.


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Great examples of role models

By Jesef Williams

Over the last month or so, I’ve learned a great deal about water hoses, foam spray and control panels on fire trucks.

But more importantly, I’ve had the chance to interact closely with the folks who operate that equipment – ready to put on their firefighter’s gear and go to work at a moment’s notice.  


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Firefighting is a calling

By Chris Sardelli

The life of a volunteer firefighter isn’t easy.  Speak to any volunteer and they’ll tell you about the constant training, late night phone calls and missed family events, all done to protect the lives and property of neighbors and strangers alike.

And with no compensation, this isn’t just a job for these volunteers – it’s a calling.

That calling has become even more difficult over the last decade for Indian Land’s volunteers, as the Panhandle has quickly swelled into a bustling suburb of Charlotte.  


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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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Spratt has lost sight of people's needs

By The Staff

Joblessness continues to rise in South Carolina while U.S. Rep. John Spratt votes 98.2 percent with the Washington cartel: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

From July to August, joblessness rose from a terrible 10.7 percent to a horrific 11 percent. Unemployment was 4.6 percent when Mr. Spratt and his party took control of Congress in January 2007.  The Dow was 12,621.

Last month, the private sector, which pays the taxes that Mr. Spratt loves to spend, just lost another 2,200 jobs in South Carolina.


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Mulvaney has pledged to fight for all Americans

By The Staff

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user,” said Theodore Roosevelt in 1913. It is as true today, as it was a century ago.

Americans know they have been herded – at stampede speed – down a steep, treacherous and unfamiliar path by Democrats such as Congressman John Spratt to “fundamentally transform America.”  But transform America into what, exactly?


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Scouts put training into action

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Ryan Phillips and Luke Pittman, Life Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 74 of Kershaw, are in line to receive their coveted Eagle Scout badges, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America.

When the badges are presented to them in the near future, it will be a red-letter day for the two Andrew Jackson High School juniors who are members of Kershaw’s First Baptist Church.

Given the Scouts’ latest honors, it would be safe to say the Eagle badges would be quite an encore.


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