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Today's News

  • Parsons grateful for community support

    I want to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone who has supported me and my family through this very troubling time.

    Your belief in me and your kind words are appreciated more than simple words could ever express.

    I know that this ordeal has also been very hard on many of you as well. Many of you have been attacked on a personal level for publicly showing your support for me. For that I am truly sorry. My own family has had to endure these attacks as well. Yet they still stand strong beside me.

  • A view from the little pink house

    Have you ever wondered what you would do if you found yourself or a family member involved with an unexpected pregnancy? There are few families today untouched by such circumstances.

    We serve a variety of clients at the Lancaster Pregnancy Care Center. All races and socio-economic statuses are represented. They may be educated or not. They may be single. Some are married. No matter who they are or what their background may be, we recognize the value of each life – that of the woman and the child she is carrying.

  • Hampton Sherrin reboots cancer patient's life

    Each year, the Relay For Life puts a face to cancer victims, survivors and their caregivers for everyone to see.

    For Hampton Sherrin, 21, cancer now has a face, but he doesn’t know it belongs to. And Sherrin won’t know who it belongs to until next spring.

    But it is a face he wants to see.

    The Buford High School graduate and senior at Presbyterian College has changed, and hopefully, saved someone’s life.

  • County should not change form of government

    I note that our duly elected County Auditor Cheryl Morgan attended the Lancaster County Council meeting and recommended the county retain the elected positions of auditor and treasurer.

    When I first read about the proposal to change those two positions to appointed rather than elected, I began to feel uneasy. I have long assumed that elections give the public an opportunity to decide on the incumbent.

    Appointments take away that opportunity. Some recent Web page comments have not been favorable toward appointed officials, whether justified or not.

  • Officer Cureton went above, beyond call of duty

    I wanted to thank police Officer Terry Cureton for going above and beyond recently to help me find my dog after she ran away from a visit to the vet’s office.

  • Coverage was balanced, fair despite criticisms

    Bad cop, innocent victim. It’s the kind of story TV stations love to make a splash with.

    I’ve wondered from the start why two local residents didn’t report to their local paper that a Lancaster Police Department officer reportedly used obscene language with them, and threatened them. I’ve written stories about officers who have done wrong before.

  • Don't let naysayers mislead about health care

    Now that the Health Care Bill has become law, it is important to note what it will mean for residents in the 5th Congressional District.

    - It will improve coverage for 412,000 residents that already have health insurance.

    - It will extend coverage to 75,000 uninsured residents.

    - It will give tax credits and assistance to 195,000 families.

    - It will allow tax credits to 12,300 small businesses to help them afford health coverage for all their employees.

    - It will develop a program to help early retirees afford coverage.

  • Writer: McCoy is the change we need and believe in

    I am concerned how our state spends money. We live in a state where the unemployment rate is expected to reach a record high of 13 percent this year.

    Yet members of the S.C. Legislature seem to think that a PGA golf tournament is more important than trying to prevent teachers from losing jobs.

    In many school districts across the state, budgets are so tight that these districts are cutting out substitutes. And unfortunately, many teachers are losing their jobs as well.

  • Writer: Spratt consistently votes his party lines

    Bobby Collins’ March 19 column, “Conservatives frequently make liberal a bad word,” was thought-provoking.

    I have known the Collins family since I moved here in 1965 to set up my medical practice. I took care of his father for years, and I considered him to be one of the finest, most humble and unassuming men I had ever known. Bobby Collins and his mother are my friends. We like each other very much. He and I just see politics differently. I consider myself a conservative. If Bobby is a liberal, I certainly would never know it.

  • Now is the time for change, not tomorrow

    I read a recent story where two imprisoned black men were cleared of the crime for which they were charged. Blacks and minorities face these same issues even today – being charged with a crime they did not commit. But what happens to these men when they are found not guilty? Thank God for DNA.

    If they had a job before they were arrested, do they get their jobs back? I realize they can sue but is it fair to them when their jobs are jeopardized, especially when it is not their fault? Do they get compensation from former employers or any kind of job back?