Today's News

  • Grandmother mad about comments

    This letter is to address the online commenter “blond but not dumb.” You know who you are, you went online June 9 and made some very stupid comments about my daughter on our letter, “Jaylen’s family grateful for support.”

    Your comments were:  “I very much got the impression that the mother was taking up for her boyfriend. How could a mother live with herself knowing that she allowed the child to be around that kind of environment. The little girl was so beautiful and she shouldn’t gone through that situation.”

  • 'Previous letter writers ignorant of history'

    I find two recent letters to the editor to be stunning examples of ignorance of history and just plain myth.

    Rudy Schmidt consistently distorts history and wears the distortion like a badge of honor – to quote someone who I’m sure is one of his heroes – “There you go again.”

    Franklin Whittlesey Sr. is full of historic inaccuracy that I hardly know where to begin.

    1. Where does one find the “fact” to prove Obama has “contempt” for the U.S. or its Constitution?

  • Input sought as county prepares to update hazard-mitigation plan

    Lancaster County Emergency Management officials are hoping an updated hazard-mitigation plan will better prepare the county for potential disasters.

    The plan, which is updated every five years, details past disasters in the county and then identifies areas, buildings and utilities that are vulnerable to future disasters. The idea is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from some form of hazard.   

  • City Council ignorant on knowledge of economics

    “This is not the time to save – it’s the time to spend. We’ve got to spend to help our economy.” This was a quote from city councilwoman Sara Eddins. These words were spoken in context to the 2 percent raise and the $20,752 to cover the 12.7 percent increase in health insurance coverage for city employees.

  • Former tire workers seeking their benefits

    We are here to mark four years since Continental Tire ceased manufacturing operations and sent hundreds of area jobs to Brazil and Mexico.

    We believe that in July of 2006 when Continental Tire suspended production in Charlotte that there were determining factors that entitled Continental’s Charlotte employees certain benefits coinciding with the production suspension.

    We believe those benefits should have been provided just like benefits were provided to Continentals employees at their Mayfield Kentucky plant in 2005 under similar circumstances.

  • IL man receives awards on July 4

    INDIAN LAND – Former U.S. Army Capt. John P. “Jack” Monahan was honored July 4 at Sun City Carolina Lakes for the heroism he displayed in combat in southeast Asia more than 40 years ago.  

    With family, friends and neighbors looking on, S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-16, presented Monahan with the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam War Wounded Medal. Three Purple Hearts are pending.

    Heroic actions rewarded

  • Expansion of Red Ventures a positive sign

    No, everything isn’t coming up roses as far as the United States’ and local economy is concerned. The economy is still just puttering along, and signs still point to a slow recovery from the Great Recession.

    The U.S. jobless rate hovers close to 10 percent, and here in Lancaster County, it’s about 15 percent. Unfortunately, we ranked among the top 10 counties for unemployment in South Carolina.

    When you consider facts such as these, it’s easy to get discouraged.

  • Heath Springs elects two council members

    HEATH SPRINGS – Voters in Heath Springs returned one veteran incumbent to Town Council but defeated another Tuesday.

    Eddie Moore, a member of council since the early 1990s, was re-elected, as he was the top vote-getter. Moore received 98 votes.

    Iva Lee Drakeford placed second with 69 votes, making her the other winner in Tuesday’s election.

    Six candidates were vying for the two seats on Town Council in the election.

    Elections in Heath Springs are non-partisan, which means candidates are not affiliated with any political party.

  • A historic race for governor

    History was made when South Carolinians chose their two major candidates for governor this month. Nikki Haley is the first woman from the Palmetto State to win a major political party’s nomination for governor.

    She clinched the Republican gubernatorial nomination in convincing fashion. She nearly locked up the nomination in the GOP primary on June 8, falling just shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to capture the nomination. She then easily defeated U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster in the June 22 runoff.

  • The future of USCL depends on visionaries

    A recent donation by First Citizens bank is another example of local businesses and individuals’ commitment to our university.

    First Citizens pledged $100,000 toward building a new classroom building on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

    The campaign to raise the $6.8 million needed to build the classroom building began last year. It may seem like an ambitious campaign given the state of our economy, but almost $3 million has been raised already.