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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Special Mother's Day at White Oak Manor

    I am 95 years old and I objected strongly when I became a resident of White Oak Manor. My first thinking was this was a place to die in.

    But that is not so. It is really a place where love and care are abundant. South Carolina provides good medical care for its senior citizens. And I am a “damn Yankee” from Buffalo, N.Y.

    Mother’s Day was a special day here. I had breakfast in bed. Then families came to visit. The parking lot was overflowing. At lunch, the main dining room was crowded, with sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends.

  • No summer camp at Treetops in '08

    VAN WYCK – The woods at Camp TreeTops will remain quiet this summer.

    The 624-acre Van Wyck camp, which serves children through The Family Center in Charlotte, served 458 children at summer camps last year, said camp executive director Kristy Davis. Due to some strategic changes and funding issues, Davis said, the camps will not be offered this summer.

    "There's not a nonprofit in the world right now that's not struggling," Davis said. "We're taking the summer off. Hang in there with us. We're not going anywhere."

  • CPTC nets 55 ribbons in meet opener

    The Columbus Parker Track Club earned 55 ribbons in its first meet this season held at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte on May 3.The club is coached by Arthur Benjamin and Dorothy Spartt-Ingram, with assistance from Tyger Ingram, a 16-year member of the club.Team parents are Shirley Truesdale and Charlotte Davis who have youngsters competing on the team.The CPTC roster includes 112 members.The coaches would like to thank their donors and their primary funding source, the J.