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Today's News

  • Payday lending bill a ‘hollow shell’

    On Jan. 19, we celebrated the birth of Gen. Robert E. Lee and observed the birth of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Lee, who inherited slaves through his marriage to George Washington’s stepgrandaughter, immediately freed them, saying that slavery was a moral and political evil.

    Gen. William T. Sherman, when burning a path 60 miles wide through South Carolina, said, “The Confederacy is a hollow shell.”

  • Positive news for Lancaster County

    Finally, we get some positive recognition. That’s something Lancaster County hasn’t gotten a whole lot of lately.

    Not since unemployment figures reached double digits and Forbes.com labeled us the “most vulnerable town” in the nation. And our governor announced that the state coffers would benefit significantly by closing the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    So, it was welcome news when the S.C. Department of Commerce recently recognized Lancaster County for its efforts to bring more than 800 jobs to the area.

  • Base facts on merit, not color

    “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight...” so goes the song that young children sing in their churches.

    The Rev. Joseph Lowery used similar words, but in a disparaging way during his speech at President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

    But those words are appropriate during Black History Month. Appropriate because Black History Month calls attention to the accomplishments by blacks that was long overlooked in traditional history books.

  • Guardians ad Litem make difference

    Imagine police taking you from your home in the middle of the night. Imagine that you cannot pack any of your clothes and that you are left in a place you have never seen. In this place, you are given strange foods. All the rules are different.   

    Now imagine that you are only 6 and the reason that you had to leave your home is because your parents have been hitting you and each other.

  • LIFT turns five years old

    Feb. 23, 2004, is the day that Learning Institute For Tomorrow (LIFT) opened its doors to the very first students – all 13 of them. It is hard to believe that five years have passed already. This is a significant achievement for any new business, especially a nonprofit.  

    When we began this grand experiment, many people were not sure that such a program would be successful in a rural area.

  • Blackmon should be Mail Carrier of Year

    Although I live in Gulf Breeze, Fla., I’m writing to bring your attention to the actions of mail carrier Ken Blackmon.

    Mr. Blackmon was crucial in summoning help for my 85-year-old mother, Anasue Love, on the morning of Jan. 22, 2009.

    My mother was walking Trooper, her beloved dog, about 10 a.m. when she fell and injured her hip. Although only three houses from her residence, she couldn’t get up.

    She remained on the ground in near freezing temperatures for almost an hour.

  • Lynches River holds us hostage

    Over the years, electric cooperatives like Lynches River have clung to the premise that a nonprofit electric utility that serves its members (you and me) can provide economically competitive electricity.

    As a resident of Lancaster County and electric customer of Lynches River, I can state without a doubt that this idea can no longer be defended by anyone other than the beneficiaries of higher priced electricity – the board of directors and employees of the electric cooperative.

  • Lancaster has skills to handle challenges

    It’s nice when one of our own does well. It’s even nicer when he reaches the top and recalls how small-town roots and family played a vital role in his early development.

    Kenny Lancaster, who recently was named as the S.C. Highway Patrol’s colonel, grew up in Lancaster.

    A 20-year patrol veteran, Lancaster has worked his way through the ranks. His career choice seemed only natural since his father, Ken Lancaster, was a 30-year veteran of the state patrol.

  • Time to expand USCL, not close it

    Many reasons have been expressed by supporters for keeping the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus open. I would like to add to that list.

    Several years ago there was a shortage of nurses in our area. The late Baxter Hood of York Technical College and the late Ray F. Faulkenberry, USCL business manager, developed a joint nursing program  where students were provided training in both institutions to meet the requirements for nursing.

    This program continues to have a very high rate of students passing the rest for certification.

  • Give gift of life, become organ donor

    My name is Ed Heins and I am a liver transplant recipient of 14 years. Did you know that every 11 minutes another person in this country is added to the transplant waiting list? Sadly, many will die before receiving a transplant.

    You can help save lives by donating life and registering to become a donor. Before Jan. 14, South Carolina did not have an online organ and tissue donor registry. Now it does and you can sign up at www.Every11Minutes.org.