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Today's News

  • History can wear you out

    It’s a given that I have a very healthy respect for boogers, hobgoblins and ordinary ghosts.

    Since I’m now in southern Maryland a few days each month, I figured I oughta try to learn a little something about this place.

    The town my granddaughter and her family now call home is Lexington Park.

    A little bigger than Rock Hill, its name comes from the Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington, which was sunk by the Japanese in World War II during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

  • Pregnancy Care Center's Walk for Life is Saturday

    Looking for something to do with your family Saturday? 

    Bring them to the Springdale Recreation Center for the 2009 Pregnancy Care Center’s Walk for Life.

    Amy Vincent, executive director of the Pregnancy Care Center, said its volunteers have worked hard to make this a family-friendly fundraiser. 

    “We have added activities for the children, including several large inflatables, volleyball, face painting, balloons, refreshments and door prizes,” she said.

    It’s easy to take part in the walk.

  • The late Richard Chandler often wore one hat too many

    Local attorney Rick Chandler knows the law. It’s especially clear when it comes to wearing seat belts.

    But there are some things you just don’t forget. He said experiencing death first hand as an 8 year old will do that.

    That day in 1963, Rick was hanging with his dad, the late Richard Chandler, at the family-run body shop when the police radio went off for a wreck call.

    The elder Chandler was out the door in record time to the scene, with his young son riding shotgun.

  • Heroes take on many shapes

    My name is Lawrence Bynum and I have a story of two heroes right here in Lancaster. I lost my job of 30 years with Weyerhaeuser on Dec. 14, 2008.

    I started looking very hard for work shortly after that. I was filling out my first applications when I noticed the part that asked for high school diploma or GED. I stopped filling it out because I didn’t have either one. Lying was not in my makeup.

    So I started looking for adult education to get my GED. This is when I met Sue Clemmer and Jean Roach.

  • Bus incident taken care of last year

    This letter is in response to Indian Land resident Roland King’s letter, “Students’ safety on buses should be top priority,” in the Aug. 30 edition of The Lancaster News. My son is also in the third grade and in the Eagles program. Mr. King said he and his wife were concerned about “trouble-making middle school students” riding the bus with elementary students. We questioned our son several times about the bus route from Indian Land Elementary School to the Eagles school location in Lancaster.

  • Former AJ football coach praises reunion organizers

    Despite the outcome of the Lancaster-Andrew Jackson football game last Friday, I would like to praise the athletic department, administration and all the faculty and parents for the wonderful job done putting together the AJ 40th anniversary festivities and reunion.

    To steal a line from the “Cheers” theme song, “Sometimes it’s good to go were everyone knows your name and they are always glad you came.”

    The reunions and renewing of old friendships was an absolute thrill.

  • Grassroots growing here, not Astroturf activism

    Ordinarily, summer is the “slow” political season. People are on vacation; Congress and the state Legislature are out of session; politics takes a back seat to beach trips and back-to-school concerns. Honestly, finding something interesting to write about for this column in August is usually a challenge.

    Not this summer, though.

    Last week, almost 200 people came out to hear U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint when he was in town.

    More than 500 people attended a town hall meeting in Rock Hill to discuss health care.

  • Have fun, but be careful on Labor Day

    Labor Day represents the final fling of summer for most observers. The origin of summer’s final holiday dates back nearly 130 years.

    The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

    In 1882, American labor leader Peter J. McGuire witnessed a labor festival in Toronto. Inspired, he returned to New York and organized the first American Labor Day on Sept. 5 of the same year.

  • Dear Gov. Sanford: Please resign now

    Clarity. We wish Gov. Mark Sanford would have a moment of it, and soon. But sadly, we seriously question when clarity and our governor last met. For almost three months now, Sanford has brought embarrassment to himself, the office he holds and the state of South Carolina.

    Though he’s been out on road on sort of a “forgiveness tour,” Sanford hasn’t been able to regain the confidence he lost in June when he was busted as he returned from his now-infamous trip to Argentina, where he went to visit the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

  • We were blessed to have the Wilkies as our neighbors

    Richard “Dick” Wilkie passed away on Aug. 11, 2009. Dick worked for Springs Industries for years. He and his wife, Mary were our neighbors. Most of all they were our friends.

    When Dick left Springs, he started painting. He drew beautiful golf course pictures. He drew an old house on a dirt road that reminded me of the one I learned to drive on when I was 12. The Wilkies gave me that picture. His paintings also included birds and beautiful landscapes and his work was often on display at Springs Memorial Hospital.