Today's News

  • Firefighter training courses coming to Lancaster High

    Lancaster County fire officials are partnering with the local school district in an effort to get more teenagers involved in the fire service.

    The School Career Firefighter Training Program is slated to begin at the start of the next school year. Upon completion of the two-year program, a student participant will have all of the required certifications of a paid firefighter.

    Morris Russell, the county’s fire service director, hopes the program will lead to increased membership at the local fire departments.

  • Time for Spratt reality check

    We need to take a reality check of the John Spratt Washington legacy. John Spratt voted for:

    - Federal control over almost every facet of our lives with a full assault on our core values

    - Failed incomprehensible bailouts

    - Health care debacle which Spratt admitted he did not even read

    - Cash for clunkers

    - Wasteful, expensive and non-productive stimulus programs that have failed

    - Cap and trade legislation

    - Financial regulation

    - Consumer protection

  • Newspapers still vital to our communities

    It’s National Newspaper Week, and it is a good time to put things in perspective.

    In a head-to-head test of public notice results, a newspaper recently won by a 7-to-1 margin over the Internet.

    People still read newspapers and are far more likely to see newspaper notices than those placed online.

    The test was done in Darlington County in July by Sheriff Wayne Byrd and his local paper.

  • We must divide power to contain government

    The most important lesson to be learned from the last 20 years of American government is this: absolute power grows government absolutely.

  • Robinson's clutch pick seals IL's historic win

    Indian Land High senior Jarrell Robinson snuffed out a late Andrew Jackson drive with an interception at the one-yard line to preserve a 21-16 win in the Region IV-AA opener for both teams on Friday night.

    Robinson also ignited the No. 9 Warriors’ with a clutch 64-yard fake punt touchdown run on IL’s opening drive of the second half.

    “Jarrell Robinson made two big plays for us tonight,” Indian Land coach Mike Mayer said. “AJ had a good scheme for us tonight, but we prevailed to go 6-0 for the first time in school history.

  • John Spratt is no friend of ours

    It is unfortunate to think of John Spratt as a “friend” of our district. Friends do not let government spending spiral beyond imaginable numbers.

    Friends do not support ineffective legislation or inefficient government and then expect you, their “friend,” to pay for it all. Neither do friends support legislation that has the long term effect of eroding the support and structure that has permitted this country to prosper through private business and individual freedoms.

  • What will Sunday alcohol sales really cost us?

    In regards to Elissa Boyet’s article in the Sept. 22 Carolina Gateway, I would like to offer my thoughts.

    For several reasons, I am against alcohol sales on Sundays. Uncontrolled growth, more drunk drivers on the road and, in my own humble opinion, even less time for families to spend together. Religion is a whole other issue that I will not get into here.

  • Meet candidates at local forums

    Got a question for a candidate running for office this year? If you do, you may want to submit it for an upcoming political forum. Candidates will be asked questions from voters at the Before You Vote 2010 Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel auditorium.

    Candidates will also face voters questions at a two more forums at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 25 at Bundy Auditorium in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • October is Domestic Violence Month

    Let us take this time to recognize domestic violence month. Domestic Violence Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981, to raise awareness of efforts to end violence against women and their children.

    Domestic violence has become increasingly prevalent in modern culture.

    What is domestic violence? It’s a behavior used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners can be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian. They can live together, separated or simply dating.

  • Firefighters here mostly white men

    The county fire service is predominately male and white.

    There are 12 female firefighters among the 283 in the fire service, Lancaster County Fire Service Director Morris Russell said. Eleven are certified and one is a new recruit.

    There are seven black, one Hispanic and one Asian male firefighters in the service.

    Russell encourages all  who are interested in joining the fire service. They must pass a background check and then commit to the rigorous training courses required to fight fires.