Today's News

  • We are often too quick to judge others

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to little Jaylen Jackson’s family. Arlene Harris, you and your daughter have endured a profound loss of your precious granddaughter and daughter.

    My heart aches for you. I am hopeful that in the time since your loss that you have experienced support and love from most in our community.

    I pray that you can heal from the additional hurtful things that your family has recently been subjected to.

  • Literacy program deserves recognition

    I am writing this letter to inform the people in Lancaster and South Carolina of some of the finest people in our county. I know the economy is in turmoil. I know jobs are being lost daily. But the adult education and literacy program should never be put at stake.

    The Lancaster program is one of the best and most appreciated of its kind. The staff and teachers are blessed. They go above and beyond their call of duty.

  • Council was right to deny code amendment

    County Council did the right thing July 27 when it refused to amend the county’s building codes after a developer interested in building a gas station near the new Walmart in Indian Land sought a change.

    The developer evidently had a problem with the code that says commercial buildings in certain parts of the Panhandle can’t have prefabricated metal on more than 25 percent of the structure.

  • Duke left legacy for all of us to emulate

    The recent death of Dr. Bill Duke, a retired physician, leaves a void in our community, but a great legacy to follow.

    Duke practiced medicine for nearly 40 years in Lancaster until retiring about 14 years ago.

    During that span, he touched and save countless lives in his dedication to his profession and his patients.

    “He was very committed to what he did,” said his son, John Duke. “His care for people – that was the way he thought he could give back to the community.”

  • Say no to sale of alcohol on Sunday in Lancaster

    I knew it was just a matter of time after they changed one blue law before that someone would want alcohol sales here on Sunday. I was 100 percent right.

    Someone has started a signature petition to try and get a referendum put on the ballot. If she is successful, I hope the residents of this great county will say no. Lancaster is just fine without alcohol sales on Sunday.

  • Libertarianism will add to our nation's problems

    For about the last 30 years the Republican Party has increasingly brought libertarian philosophy into their platforms and plans for the United States. While many of us may applaud some of the certain aspects of this ideology, in its larger context and application to state and local life it may surprise you as to its very destructive elements.

    These applications of libertarian philosophy can add to the current massive problems for our country:

  • Spratt understands needs of South Carolinians

    I just want to give extra kudos to U.S. Rep. John Spratt for receiving the Distinguished American Award from the Nation’s Capital Chapter of the Air Force Association. He is truly deserving of this honor. Over the years, Congressman Spratt has been a dedicated supporter of South Carolina’s military bases.

    He worked diligently to secure more than $100 million in building projects for Shaw and helped the base remain a viable force in our state. Congressman Spratt has also helped local National Guard units obtain the Army’s top-notch artillery system.

  • Stimulus program working?

    As many of you may recall, about this time last year the S.C. Senate had just closed the book on our debate over the first round of federal stimulus money. Now, with a year’s worth of information, we can start to assess its effectiveness.

    Looking back, I had three concerns:

    u Would the money come with too many strings attached?  

    u How much would it actually benefit job creation?

    u Would the stimulus have any adverse affects?

  • AJ's Tyler deserves elite hall status

    Andrew Jackson High School is on the verge of its 41st birthday and the school has had its share of moments to celebrate in 40 years serving the communities of Kershaw, Heath Springs and Flat Creek.

    AJ has fashioned a reputation as a school, which supports its athletic teams no matter the record or score. The Vols play hard to the final whistle and give it their best shot.

  • Bernsdorff has leadership skill S.C. needs

    Mary Bernsdorff, a life-long educator, is a candidate for the S.C. House District 45 seat.

    I had the opportunity to meet Mary and was impressed with her knowledge and passion for improving economic opportunity for the people of Lancaster and York counties.

    Bernsdorff addressed several issues concerning the need for real, comprehensive tax reform and pointed out that the state loses $4-5 billion in tax revenue annually.

    She said the state is not broke, the system is broken.

    She gave the following as examples: