Today's News

  • Old jail is priceless in historic value

    We’re worried about the old jail. It’s got a sagging roof that could collapse. How soon and how much damage that could cause is another question. And we’re not sure what the answer is, because, frankly, we’ve heard some conflicting information.

    When we first learned about the problem in June, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said the county’s Emergency Operations Center was moved out of the building after a structural engineer noted that the roof was sinking and could collapse.

  • School bells will ring tomorrow

    It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over for Lancaster County schoolchildren. While autumn doesn’t officially arrive until next month, Monday morning thousands of local students will say goodbye to the carefree days of summer and return to the classroom.

    This week, teachers began getting their rooms ready for their new students. Their planning and preparation will pay off as they welcome students back. Many students will be sporting new clothes and shoes and carrying new lunch boxes and backpacks full of new school supplies.

  • Spratt's commitment is to Pelosi, Democrats

    I would like to respond to the letter, “S.C. needs Spratt.” For the record, U.S. Sen. John Spratt’s opponent in the coming election is Mick Mulvaney.

    To characterize Mr. Mulvaney as towing the party line or being a puppet to the Republican message is laughable when compared to the party voting record of Mr. Spratt.

    The Congressional voting record for Mr. Spratt provides ample documentation regarding his commitment to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. He votes the party line more than 95 percent of the time.

  • 83 percent of Mulvaney's support from outside district

    This letter is in response to an article on the second-quarter finance reports of U.S. Congressman John Spratt and his challenger, S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney, as reported in The Lancaster News (July 23) and Carolina Gateway (July 28). The piece quoted several Mulvaney releases in which he painted himself as the favorite and the most supported by local residents.

    Neither paper, it appears, fact-checked his statements, though campaign finance reports are readily available from the Federal Election Commission at http://www.fec.gov/disclosure.shtml.

  • Wanted: new supervisor for Lancaster airport

    For the second time in a year, the administration at the Lancaster County Airport is changing.

    Sandy Laubscher, a county employee who took over as airport supervisor in December, is stepping down from the post today to accept a management position at a Rock Hill company.

    Laubscher took over at the airport after Lancaster Aviation, a private business that oversaw the day-to-day operations at the airport for more than six years, shut down its operations there at the end of 2009.

  • 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.