Today's News

  • 'Just do it,' and fill out your census form

    You should get the 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire in the next few days. In previous editorials, we’ve stressed the importance of responding to the census. Census results are important – very important.  

    They are used to determine each state’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redraw state and local voting districts.

    More than $400 billion in federal funds is distributed annually through state, local and tribal governments to communities each year, based on population data.

  • A moment in time: Is it urgent or important?

    I was a senior in high school and wanted to entertain my girlfriend, so I offered to take her to all the rides at the county fair. With a tank of gas in that clunker Volkswagen and $25 in my pocket, I was sure to be the best Friday night date in town.

    Through the gate into the fairgrounds we went, past the farm equipment, smelly livestock barns, the hot dog and popcorn stands and the craft building with jams, pies and quilts. We had one thing on our minds – the rides. The towering Ferris wheel marked our destination.  

  • Heath Springs rodeo is Saturday

    HEATH SPRINGS – Bull riding, calf roping and a host of other events will be front and center Saturday at the 14th annual Heath Springs Rodeo.

    The day-long event, which raises money for Heath Springs Elementary School, will be held on Boyd Faile Road, off U.S. 521, behind Smalls Food Center.

    Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees can enjoy barbecue plates, sandwiches, chips, other snacks as well as drinks. Vendors will also be on hand selling cotton candy, funnel cakes and popcorn.

  • Committee: Cop should be rehired

    The city of Lancaster’s employee grievance committee has voted to reinstate a former Lancaster Police Department detective, and finds that the matter points to larger problems within the police department.

    Pat Parsons, a sergeant with the department, was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18.

    In their complaints, filed in February, Thompson and Truesdale said Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Vandals damage cars, mailboxes on Camp Creek Road

    Several Camp Creek Road residents woke up March 19 and 20 to find their cars had been vandalized and mailboxes stolen overnight.

    One woman reported on March 19 that the windows of her 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier were broken out sometime during the night, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports. Damage was estimated at $200.

  • Woman files complaint against Lancaster police officer

    A Lancaster woman has filed a complaint against a Lancaster Police Department detective for coming to her house to return a letter she had written him.

    The woman said she had mailed letters of support for former Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Pat Parsons, who was fired from the department on March 2, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Parsons is appealing his termination.

  • Intimidator roller coaster lives up to its name

    The sun was shining through scattered clouds as I stood in line at Carowinds on Friday, the amusement park that straddles the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

    Next to me was our photographer Aaron Morrison, snapping some quick shots of the crowd around us and the several roller coasters nearby that soared into the blue sky.

    But those weren’t the coasters we were interested in.

  • City should reverse decision against Parsons

    It is nice to know that the city of Lancaster is now judge, jury and executioner. They have taken the word of two people and crucified Lancaster Police Officer Pat Parsons. Being the parent of a young man, who also lost his way as a teenager, I know that everything a young man says isn’t the truth. I found that out the hard way. But to take that young man’s word and his mother’s word over Officer Parsons and not have a fair and honest hearing is ludicrous.

  • Now is the time to fight for our country

    America is at a crossroads. One road leads to a progressive society with more aspects of our lives under government control.

    The other road leads to an American society of free individuals under a constitution that severely limits what the federal government can rightfully do.

    If we follow the progressive model, it will lead to a European-style welfare state so dependent on government that tax reduction is impossible because more people receive government benefits than those who produce the wealth.

  • City has thrown Officer Parsons to the wolves

    How far have we regressed as a people? Let’s see what we have on the table: We have a known perpetrator, a known thief (even petty theft is stealing), who was in a store (where in the recent past, management had called the police to remove him for loitering.) A police officer asked him to go outside, but he refused. The officer pulled him by his hood (didn’t drag him through hot coals or cause physical injury in any way), then slapped a cigarette out of his mouth (it was illegal for him to be smoking anyway), then touched his lips.