Today's News

  • Learning life skills

    OK, I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of Girl Scout cookies. Not that I eat them (that much); gastric bypass took care of any affinity for sweets that I have several years ago.

    But I am a fan. Imagine the surprise when I recently walked in and found two boxes on my desk, wrapped together with a bow, along with a note from Cherie Ellis, community development manager for the Mountains to Midlands division of the Girl Scouts of South Carolina.

    The Peanut Butter Patties were placed on the newsroom alter, where they almost immediately disappeared.

  • Family Promise open now to help families

    What church do you go to? That was a question I was asked many times when I first moved to Lancaster. I had moved from New Jersey and when I spoke people knew I was not from around here and out of curiosity they would ask me what church I went to. So if I did not belong to one they were extending an invitation to me and my family to visit theirs.

    Many years later I find myself asking the same question. Being involved with Family Promise, an interfaith organization, most likely means you belong to a church.

  • Downtown merchants have community spirit

    I would like to share an experience two visitors to Lancaster had while visiting downtown.

    The couple was from Virginia and passing through Lancaster on their way back home from Georgia.

    They stopped to walk around our historic downtown district and visited Howell’s Art and Antiques on Main Street. The owner suggested they try the cinnamon buns over at the new coffee shop across the street.

  • Be vocal about closing of USCL

    In an earlier editorial I stated my disappointment in Gov. Mark Sanford’s recommendations to close all University of South Carolina regional two-year campuses, specifically the campus in Lancaster.

    I included specific data on USCL and the other services, not just academic, this campus offers the citizens of this area.

    I still await a reply from the governor or his budget writers. The following has been copied directly from the governor’s proposed state budget.

  • Sonny Bowers will be missed

    The recent death of Robert Yancey Bowers may not ring a familiar bell to many, but tell them Sonny Bowers passed away and memories of a local boy who made good will be remembered.

    Sonny’s father, Yancey Bowers, operated an automobile repair and general garage down at the Depot area on South Main.

  • Coworkers honor writer with donation

    I want to publicly thank my co-workers, Andria Tolbert, Carmen Davis, Carolyn McMullen, Cheryl Hudson, Deborah Truesdale, Lindsey Murphy, Marilyn Swindler and Rachel McGuirt for making a donation to “The Jody Miles Transplant Fund” in honor of my birthday.

    They blessed me to tears with their generous gift. Jody is a dear friend who needs a liver transplant so that she can continue to live and serve the citizens of Lancaster County through her work as director of Christian Services of Lancaster.

  • Report card results mixed for schools

    The Lancaster County School District dropped in one rating, but rose in another on  its state-issued report card for 2008.

    The district received an absolute rating of below average, a drop from its average rating the year before. Slightly more than 41 percent of the school districts in the state were rated in the below average category in 2008.

    But in the growth rating, which used to be called “improvement,” the district received an average rating, up from the below average it posted the year before.

  • Payday lending bill a ‘hollow shell’

    On Jan. 19, we celebrated the birth of Gen. Robert E. Lee and observed the birth of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Lee, who inherited slaves through his marriage to George Washington’s stepgrandaughter, immediately freed them, saying that slavery was a moral and political evil.

    Gen. William T. Sherman, when burning a path 60 miles wide through South Carolina, said, “The Confederacy is a hollow shell.”

  • Positive news for Lancaster County

    Finally, we get some positive recognition. That’s something Lancaster County hasn’t gotten a whole lot of lately.

    Not since unemployment figures reached double digits and Forbes.com labeled us the “most vulnerable town” in the nation. And our governor announced that the state coffers would benefit significantly by closing the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    So, it was welcome news when the S.C. Department of Commerce recently recognized Lancaster County for its efforts to bring more than 800 jobs to the area.

  • Base facts on merit, not color

    “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight...” so goes the song that young children sing in their churches.

    The Rev. Joseph Lowery used similar words, but in a disparaging way during his speech at President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

    But those words are appropriate during Black History Month. Appropriate because Black History Month calls attention to the accomplishments by blacks that was long overlooked in traditional history books.