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Today's News

  • Heroes - they are red, white, blue and brave

    “Look out! Run for your life,” Sgt. Clifford Sims shouted to his platoon after hearing the all-too-familiar clicking sound in the dense underbrush. Too late. The Vietnamese booby trap exploded as Sims unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the device, taking its full impact. His blood-soaked flesh scattered in a hundred different directions. He gave his life to save theirs. Sims earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his sacrifice.

  • Community rallies to make '08 Springathon a success

    The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce Executive Board would like to thank the many people who worked together to make this year’s Springathon a success.

    The Kershaw News Era and The Lancaster News were both vitally important in getting the advertising we needed printed. Year after year, their staffs work with us in promoting our event.

  • Student says school should be out on Memorial Day

    I am writing concerning the disrespect shown to the soldiers who gave their lives defending this country. I am a student at Lancaster High School and I feel that the Lancaster County School Board’s decision to have school on Memorial Day is very hypocritical. We are taught in school to honor and respect the ones who decide to serve in the military and fight for our freedoms and yet the school board decides that it is justified to have classes rather than show the very respect they teach us to have.

  • This is what I believe in

    I’m new to politics. I’ve never run for office before. Some folks might think that’s a liability, but I think it’s one of my greatest assets.

    Too many of the elected officials in Columbia have lost focus. We need a fresh perspective. We need new leadership that’s committed to our communities and to the conservative ideals that we believe in.

  • DSS honors foster parents

    So often foster parents don't get the recognition they deserve for their contributions to children who have been taken out of traumatic situations, but that wasn't the case May 15.

    At Etta's Kitchen in Lancaster, the local S.C. Department of Social Services office showed its foster parents how much they're appreciated with a banquet.

    DSS takes children taken out of abusive or neglect situations as deemed by the courts.

    The children are then placed into the foster program for placement in a nurturing environment with qualified foster parents.

  • Show respect for those who died at Buford battle site

    I, like many people around Lancaster, are descendants of men who helped bury the dead at the Buford battle site. At that time, it was called Wild Cat.

    In one book on Andrew Jackson, he mentioned two men, a Carnes and an Usher. There had to be many more to be able to dig two graves, one large with more than 80 men in it, and a smaller one with at least 29.

  • Veterans to be remembered at Memorial Day service

    Lancaster County residents will be able to honor veterans during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Lancaster Memorial Park on Sunday.

    The ceremony, in its 17th year, begins at 3 p.m. with the posting of colors by the Lancaster Marine Corps League. The national anthem will be played, and Carl Parker, chaplain for American Legion Post 31, will give the invocation.

    The program will recognize four Gold Star mothers this year. Gold Star mothers have lost children to war.

  • Good mental health vital to everyone

    May is Mental Health Month. Many individuals and families have experienced or will experience a mental health issue at some point in life.

    Many people who experience mental disorders are able to have relative normal lives with their families and careers provided they are properly diagnosed and receive appropriate treatment.

    However, the stigma associated with mental illness continues to exist without any treatment of its own.

  • District to cut jobs in new budget

    A slumping economy and changes in state law have affected how money will be allocated within the local school district.

    The Lancaster County school board took its first look at the proposed 2008-09 budget Tuesday night.

    District finance director Tony Walker told the board that cuts will have to be made to balance the budget, which lists revenue at just over $77 million. Expenditures in the proposed budget exceed revenue by more than $1.3 million.

  • Writer questions Mulvaney's vote on inhalants

    On Sept. 20, 2002, my life was changed forever when a drunken driver swerved into my lane and hit my car head-on, causing me to lose an eye and shattering the bones in one of my legs. I am now permanently disabled because of another man’s irresponsible attitude about abusing alcohol.

    That is why I was so shocked and offended when I learned that one of our elected officials, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, also has a cavalier attitude about abusing alcohol.