Today's News

  • Firefighting class at high schools a good idea

    How do you get young people trained to fight fires? Well, it’s not easy.

    It requires 300 hours of training to be certified by the state as a firefighter.

    And that naturally takes time – time that not too many people can commit to a job that, in most cases, is a volunteer job.

    Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell has an innovative idea about how to get more young people interested in the fire service. He wants the schools to develop a two-year, four-hour elective class for the county’s high schools.

  • Telephone directories add to IL vs. FM confusion

    Talking about the census and the 29707 ZIP code, it doesn’t help much when businesses like our local telephone company still list residents of Indian Land in the Fort Mill, York County, directory. We have complained for three years and haven’t gotten anywhere.

  • Kershaw man shot to death Saturday

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man was killed after an ongoing disagreement ended in a shooting on Saturday night, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

    According to a sheriff's office press release, Quintal Nehemiah James, 28, of 6534 Palmetto Street, was shot several times at his home about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Investigators said that Rodney Thompson, 41, of  215 Jason St., Kershaw, came to James’ house, according to the press release. When James opened his door, Thompson fired a pistol and shot several times. Thompson then fled the scene.

  • Friends of land trust plan cleanup of trail

    GREAT FALLS – Katawba Valley Land Trust has established a friends group.

    One of the first projects initiated by this new group is a cleanup at the Rocky Creek Trail in Great Falls.

    In 2009, the trail, which is open to the public, was designated as an Audubon Important Bird Area and one of the first official legs of the proposed Carolina Thread Trail.

    Activities are planned on April 24, starting with a guided nature walk along the trail and transitioning into a cleanup, filled with contests and prizes for those who collect the most trash.

  • Budget must force S.C. to live within its means

    The S.C. House of Representatives is now debating the 2010-11 budget.

    Debating and prioritizing the wisest use of your tax dollars is the single biggest responsibility you place on us as legislators.

    As a conservative, I start any budget with the premise that we are not spending the government’s money, we are spending your money.

  • Conservatives frequently make liberal a bad word

    On the morning of Feb. 11, 1, Henry Remache and I were driving to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. It was about 7:30 a.m. We were in the right lane near Doug Crenshaw’s Energy Center.

    A young lady blew past us. I noticed a sticker in her rear window that said, “You can’t fix stupid.”

    Henry speaks English as a second language. I showed him the sticker and we laughed.

  • Measure would make auditor’s, treasurer’s jobs appointed posts

    County Council is considering a measure that would change the form of government in the county from an administrator to a manager form of government.

    The proposed change comes as longtime County Treasurer Dick Rowell has decided he won’t run again after his term expires in 2012.

    The change in the form of government would have to be approved by voters in a referendum.

    Council will have to approve an ordinance to put the referendum on November’s ballot. The ordinance would require three readings to be approved.

  • Writer questions state and county priorities

    I read that South Carolina legislators are considering giving the PGA a $10 million dollar loan to hold a golf tournament at Hilton Head.

    The budget, at the same time, would eliminate all department of disabilities and special needs programs except for people who live in institutional settings.

    Does the word  “priority” come to your mind?

    At the same time, I read that a community in your York County known known as Blackmon Road lives mostly without water, sewer or electricity. They have lived that way for at least 20 years.

  • Congress has no respect for Constitution

    Using arm-twisting, threats and bribes, the administration and its leaders in the Congress have passed legislation that will spell the end of our republic. The progressive movement has won. By promising everything to the masses, our government has finalized complete control of our future. No more respect for the Constitution. No more states rights. The insertion of the government and its bureaucrats between each of us and our doctors will be the norm for everything to come.

  • Response to census here above state rate

    Local participation is high as residents have begun mailing back their Census 2010 forms.

    As of March 24, 22 percent of Lancaster County residents have responded to this year’s U.S. Census, according to the mail-participation rate on the U.S. Census Web site.

    Lancaster County rates were higher than several neighboring counties.