Today's News

  • Dissent is OK, but please be civil



    We are in our hearts and in our core purpose a local newspaper. It’s what we love doing. So we keep our coverage local almost all the time. But sometimes, you can’t avoid the big story outside the county lines.

  • Performance tax could hurt radio stations


  • Fifty years of progress

    The wiry, bespectacled professor walked into the classroom empty-handed. He went to the front of the room, turned to face the students and perched himself on the desk.

    He rocked his dangling legs and flailed his arms like an orchestra conductor as he made world history come to life for almost 30 students.

  • What'shappening to America is scary

    Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

    Well, guess what? Our government has already run out of money. We now have a $9 trillion, 10-year budget deficit, and this figure doesn’t include health care reform which is projected to add another $1 trillion (plus) to the deficit.

    It is almost impossible for any of us to comprehend this amount of money. Nine trillion dollars is nine thousand billion dollars. When it is written it looks like this: $9,000,000,000,000.

  • We need Harvey's words of wisdom now

    I miss Paul Harvey. His cheerful “Hello Americans, this is Paul Harvey. Stand by for news!” began on Christmas Day 1950. He was born during World War I and lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean Conflict and all our joys and sorrows. He proposed to his wife in the front seat of her car in 1939. When she passed away in 2008, he still had that car. He died 10 months later in February 2009, after 68 years of marriage. He was the Mark Twain of my lifetime. How good was Paul Harvey for America?

  • 83-year-old sets example for all of us

    I would like to tell you about an awesome man – the Rev. W.C. Wallace. Mr. Wallace retired from Kanawha Insurance Co. in the 1980s to become a full-time pastor.

    He is now 83 years old and is going as strong as ever. He drives around in his burgundy Neon with a spoiler on back.

  • Lawrence Bynum is also a hero

    I found Lawrence Bynum’s letter, “Heroes take on many shapes,” in the Sept. 4 edition of The Lancaster News inspiring. Here is a gentleman who has picked himself up by his own boots. He describes two individuals who assisted him along his way as his heroes.

    After reading Mr. Bynum’s letter, I definitely believe he missed an additional hero – himself. I congratulate him and commend his efforts to improve his chances for a better opportunity in today’s world.

    Nelson Thompson

    Indian Land


  • Mother, daughter enjoy Spinners

    A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Spinners concert with my mother-in-law and daughter. I recently moved back from the United Kingdom after 14 years and was eager for my daughter to experience a concert in the United States.

    This was my first visit to the Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.  What a fantastic venue. I was impressed by so many things there. Upon entering the hallway, I soon felt like I was back at home again. I saw people I hadn’t seen in years and years.

  • County Council doesn’t listen to average citizens


    The Sept. 2 editorial concerning the lack of construction planning by Lancaster County Council was right on target. The fact that the council has failed to follow the suggestions of the average resident of Lancaster County has contributed to the growth problems we now have in Indian Land.

  • When it comes to finding a cure for Malik's autism, Evelyn Springs presses on

    The symbol for Autism Speaks is a blue puzzle piece.

    If you don’t understand the significance of it, just ask Evelyn Springs.

    She’ll tell you about Malik, 7, and how the disease that few understand has affected her grandson.

    Diagnosed with autism at age 2, Malik doesn’t talk much about it.

    That’s because he doesn’t talk.