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Today's News

  • Sometimes, a bicycle will whizzer right on by

    One hot summer afternoon, our mailman showed up on the porch with the Fall and Winter catalog from Sears, Roebuck and Co.The best part of its arrival was that the honor of tearing off the brown wrapping belonged to me.I ripped the covering off, opened it and held it close to my face to smell the pages that were crammed full of all kinds of good stuff.Then, a sign straight from heaven gates descended down to our kitchen table.Bless Pete, it was a bona fide miracle; the pages fell open to the bicycle section.There in color – wa

  • Instead of complaining, help community

    A group of us wanted to respond to Sheila Bickford’s letter attacking Mick Mulvaney – and the rest of us – for helping mow the grass recently on U.S. 521.

    This was not a campaign “stunt.” The idea was brought up at our weekly Indian land Rotary group, of which Mick is a member. Rotary was planning to pick up trash on the road, but could not because the grass was too high. Several folks commented that mowing the grass would improve safety for kids and parents, especially around the school, and would also make our community look better.

  • Teen grateful to be alive after wreck

    On Aug. 20, two of my best friends and I were in a wreck. Gregory A. Summers, features editor, wrote about the wreck in his article,“Seatbelts protect teens in crash.”

    I would just like to thank him so much for that article. It meant a lot to have the paper waiting for me to read when I got home from the hospital two weeks later.

    I can’t remember much from the wreck. Most of what I know is from the article and told to me by my parents, my friends and their parents.

  • Powers Norrell will be voice for us in Columbia

    On Nov. 4, we have the opportunity to elect a fine Christian woman, Mandy Powers Norrell, to the S.C. Senate. Mandy has written several guest columns for the paper sharing with us glimpses of her life.

    She has told us of her more than 200 years of ancestry in Lancaster County, her heartfelt concern for the present generation and her vision for the future.

    I have been impressed by Mandy's overwhelming concern for those in our community whose lives and livelihoods have been diminished by our recent economic problems.

  • I will help you; why won't you help my family?

    I just returned from changing a flat tire for my wife – a common enough event, for certain.

    What is bothersome about this particular incidentis that she sat in a busy parking lot with a 2-year-old and 4-year-old inthe carfor over an hour and only one person offered assistance and that was just a couple of minutes before I arrived from 30 miles away.

  • Don't get caught up in rumors; get the facts

    No doubt about it, this is going to be a historic election year. Nationally, we are going to have the first black president or the first female vice president.

    Locally, we’re going to have either the first female representative from Lancaster County in the S.C. Legislature, or the first black representative since the Reconstruction Era.

    We could also have the first female state senator from Lancaster.

  • Bail out people, not big banks

    I am writing regarding the situation of the American public. We hear each day about the big money business pitfall. But their problems become our problems. How can the government come up with $700 billion to bail out the big guys? And we – the unemployed workers and our families – also need a bailout. There are no jobs. No one is hiring. We’re the ones who need to be bailed out. If we don’t have jobs and money to survive, how are the banks supposed to have money?

    Our government needs to start from the bottom, not the top. We the people make up the latter.

  • Shooting victim airlifted to Charlotte hospital

    A 15-year-old has been charged after investigators say he accidentally shot his 16-year-old friend on Thursday.

    The 15-year-old, whose name is not being released because of his age, has been charged by the Department of Juvenile Justice with possession of a pistol by a person under 18 and possession of a stolen pistol.

  • Lady Bruins blank Northwestern 7-0

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  • Stewart family coping since father's death

    Pamela Stewart says she and her family are coping well following her father's death a few weeks ago.

    Willie Stewart, who founded Stewart Funeral Home in Heath Springs more than 30 years ago, died Aug. 29. He was 67.

    If you didn't get a chance to meet Willie Stewart, his daughters will tell you he was a hard-working man who wanted the best for everyone. Pamela Stewart said those qualities were evident in his work as a funeral home director and through all other aspects of his daily life.

    "He was a good provider," she said. "He always wanted the best for us."