Today's News

  • Lancaster honorees deserve limelight

    A couple of talented Lancaster County natives were recently honored for their notable achievements.

    Cathy Smith Bowers, a Lancaster High graduate and a former Lancaster High School teacher, was recently installed as the North Carolina poet laureate, a prestigious honor.

    Lindsey Pettus of Indian Land was presented the S.C. Wildlife Federation Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual banquet last month.

  • Accurate census count important to all of us

    Will you take 10 minutes to help give South Carolina and Lancaster County a brighter future?

    Ten minutes is all it takes to answer the 10 questions on the 2010 United States Census that will arrive in your mailbox in March. The once-a-decade census determines our state’s share of the $400 billion in federal aid distributed each year and how much political power South Carolina will wield in Washington.

  • Business grateful for community assistance

    During September, the team at Studio Images Salon got involved in a bigger picture. We felt a need in our community, like so many others, and decided to do something about it.

    So, through Christian Services, we put out an ad in the paper to collect coats, new and used, for needy children. The mission was named “Coats for Kids.” Little by little, we collected one coat after another.

    Surprisingly, we had more coats dropped off after the deadline than we did before. All the coats went to underprivileged children, who really needed them.  

  • County to review its technology

    County Council approved conducting a review of the county’s information-technology capabilities at its meeting Monday.

    Council unanimously passed a motion to accept a proposal from Columbia-based IT-service firm VC3. The motion allows the company to complete an assessment of the county’s IT infrastructure, looking at the condition and stability of various systems. This includes examining computer servers, e-mail systems, anti-virus programs and workstations in county-owned buildings.

  • You may help solve some cold case files

    Imagine a loved one disappearing without a trace. That when he walked out the door, his family would never see him again.

    Imagine finding your loved one shot to death in his own home. His killer or killers still unknown.

    Imagine every parent’s nightmare – the call in the middle of the night. Your 19-year-old daughter’s body found in a burning car. Her date’s body is in the trunk of the torched vehicle.

    These are the horrors that no one wants to face. Yet, several Lancaster County residents have done just that.

  • Honor contributions by blacks year-round

    History is the framework that gives us leverage into the future and a raison d’etre for today. All of us, black and white, need awareness and strengthening in our understanding of what blacks have accomplished – great and small.

    Did you know Maggie Walker (1867-1934) was America’s first black female president of a bank? Mrs. Walker was honored for her contribution to Richmond, Va.’s economic and civic progress by the governor of state. She grew up in dire poverty, but finished high school.  

  • Writer grateful for 'Mill Hill Memories'

    I would like to thank the Rev. Bill Knight for the book, “Mill Hill Memories,” he recently completed. Bill spent approximately three years interviewing people, collecting photos, personal stories and information from families and other sources. I appreciate his tireless effort and long hours spent putting this book together.

    Thanks to him I now have many years of photos and memorials combined in one book.

  • McCants misquoted in column

    In the Jan. 31 edition of The Lancaster News, I wrote a column titled, “We cannot judge what goes on in another person’s mind.”

    In that column, I misquoted Myra McCants. I said McCants wrote in a Dec. 30 letter to the editor that anyone who commits suicide commits an unforgivable sin in the eyes of God.

    McCants did not use those words. McCants actually said, “Suicide is a selfish act.”

  • Cigarette tax solution for S.C. woes

    A great deal of debate ensued recently when I announced a proposal to raise South Carolina’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax to the national average, with the proceeds split between health care and education. I remain convinced that this is the right course of action for our state.

  • Arrowood doesn’t want to be in city

    On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Lancaster City Council will vote on an ordinance to annex four Arrowood Estates lots into the city. If it passes, this vote will open the door for more of Arrowood to be annexed.

    In 1962, my father started development of a subdivision outside the city limits. With him, our family trekked through deep woods as he imagined and planned how this subdivision would evolve. He found an arrow that would determine the name for his, and others, dream, Arrowood.