Today's News

  • Daughter: Bennie Crockett had a bigger-than-life personality

    Though he disappeared almost 33 years ago, Evelyn Cooper still has vivid memories of her father.

    Standing at 5-feet, 5-inches tall, Bennie Crockett was short in stature, but had a personality that was bigger than life, she said. Hard work, love and concern for people were commonplace for him.

    “He always helped,” Cooper said. “He would check on others, like members from the church and the elderly.”

  • 'Goodheartened' people make Shoebox for Seniors success

    I would like to thank everyone who donated gifts to the Lancaster County Council on Aging in December 2009.

    Again this year, we sponsored the Shoebox for Seniors, a project that was started about seven years ago.

    The seniors who receive services from the Council on Aging are provided with gifts.  Each wrapped shoebox or gift bag contains items that are very useful. These items include socks, gloves, lotion, candy, wordsearch books, etc. The project continues to grow each year with more participation from different churches, groups and organizations.

  • Nurse charged with taking prescription drugs

    A nurse has been charged with stealing prescription drugs from patients at a local nursing home.

    Sandra Faile Hunter, 51, of 2090 Nature Reserve Road, Kershaw, was charged by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control with three counts of theft of a controlled substance.

    According to arrest warrants, Hunter stole three different drugs – temazepam, alprazolam and hydrocodone – on Dec. 17, 2009.

    The warrants say that the drugs belonged to patients at White Oak Manor.

    Temazepam is used to treat insomnia.

  • Mulvaney represents conservative values

    Congressman John Spratt has forsaken the 5th Congressional District by voting 97.8 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi. He can no longer be considered even a moderate Democrat, but, rather, the puppet of Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid.

    Mick Mulvaney is currently serving in the S.C. Senate, representing the people of Lancaster and York counties, and is running for the 5th Congressional District seat against John Spratt. He represents conservative values and would serve the 5th District well.

    Please join me in supporting Mick Mulvaney for Congress.

  • It's important to be part of TEA party movement

    My kids’ future and my country’s future are one and the same. Both are in peril. The TEA party movement is history repeating itself. It’s my generation’s revolution and it should have started quite a few years ago. One motto I live by is, “God helps those who help themselves.”

  • CORRECTION TO COLUMN: We cannot judge what goes on in another person’s mind

    Editor’s note: This correction ran in the Feb. 3 edition: Rosemary Whitlock said in her Jan. 31 column, “We cannot judge what goes on in another person’s mind,” that letter writer Myra McCants said anyone who commits suicide commits an unforgivable sin in the eyes of God.

    McCants actually said, “Those who take their lives in their own hands are only thinking about themselves, not the loved ones left behind to mourn their death.”

  • Mulvaney is accessible and active in community

    Sen. Mick Mulvaney makes himself accessible to his constituents more than any other elected official I have seen. Unlike our shielded Congressman John Spratt, whom you can call, write and e-mail over and over again and yet still only speak with his secretary.

    Sen. Mulvaney sponsors several youth recreation sports leagues in Lancaster and York counties. The senator is a founding member of a new church in Lancaster County.  

    The senator attends and participates in TEA Parties, where, at last count, I think 200 people showed up to protest wasteful spending.

  • Lindemann knows all about the taking end

    I find the news that Paul Lindemann wants to challenge State Rep. Deborah Long for the S.C. House District 45 seat amusing in light of recent legal troubles he has had.

    Mr. Lindemann has said that his experience as a York County councilman gives him a “better understanding of being on the receiving end versus the taking end.”

    I wonder which end he thinks he has the greater experience with.

  • We’re proud of Truesdale

    As we made the turn at the Heath Springs’ caution light that spring evening in 1981, the car lights shone on a familiar athletic figure.

    I soon broke the silence with a question to then Buford High School head football coach and athletic director Danny Sawyer, who was at the wheel.

    “You know who that is?” I pondered aloud to Sawyer, who I had accompanied to a conference meeting in Camden that night.

    “Do I? “I’ll never forget him,” Sawyer said.

  • It's time to confess to Mom

    The first Father’s Day after my dad died, I wrote a guest column for The Lancaster News that was quite good, if I do say so myself. People who did not even know my father cried. My mom was proud of it but has told me more than once she wants me to write one about her. She is not exactly shy.

    So Mom, this one’s for you: