Today's News

  • Updated airport will make good impression

    First impressions count. They matter whether it’s a blind date or a job interview.

    They also matter to industrial prospects who come to Lancaster County to check us out as a potential location for their business.

    That’s just one reason the $1.7 million federal grant that was recently awarded to Lancaster County for improvements to the county airport is important.

  • Nationalized health care not good idea

    Many of you have contacted me recently regarding concerns surrounding the health care legislation pending in Washington, known variously as H. 3200, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, etc. Ordinarily, I don’t delve into federal issues in this column. However, while I share the same concerns many of you have expressed regarding costs, taxes and service levels, there is yet another reason that this bill bothers me – its tremendous expansion of the federal government, often at the cost of states and localities.  

  • County responded to challenge to help woman

    About three weeks ago, The Lancaster News featured an article about Rosemary Fann, who had lost her home due to repossession and she was in serious need. Finding Mrs. Fann another home seemed to be a task that was far to big for any one church or agency to handle.

    Her church family, Christ Fellowship Community Church, was helping her as much as they could with food and the money needed to purchase gas, medications, etc. She is temporarily staying in the home of her pastor and his family.

  • Writer disappointed in country, its leadership

    The following was addressed to President Barack Obama:

    The government has gone completely nuts. How can government officials keep a stern straight face when they present their health care plan to the American people?

    Sixty percent of us do not want you taking away our freedom to choose. You are simply disingenuous. We do not need all of this government intervention in our lives. You also stated recently that “we should not bet against you.”

  • Dawkins honored with her own day

    Debra Dawkins remembers a day in 1987 when her father’s tractor was on fire.

    Worried he was injured, Dawkins raced to the scene to find the Elgin Fire Department putting out the fire and a man helping her father.

    That man was Rudy Carter, current chairman of Lancaster County Council.

    Now more than 20 years later, Carter was again present on another important day in Dawkins’ life. Dawkins, who has served as a county magistrate judge since 1999, was honored by Carter and other county employees at her retirement party Friday afternoon.

  • Doster’s vision becomes a reality

    Remnants of a cotton mill loom above the town’s skyline. Once thriving downtown businesses are boarded up with plywood. The mills are closed and even the Columbia-to-Charlotte and vice versa traffic has been rerouted to I-77.

    To a casual observer, Great Falls might seem abandoned, forgotten and lives only in the memories of former residents.

    But not to Cherry Doster. In fact, she sees something quite different.

  • Jobless rate up slightly in county

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate in June increased slightly from May to 19.1 percent. That amounts to almost 1 in 5 people here being considered unemployed.

    The increase in June was by 0.7 percent, according to the latest figure from the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    The county now has the seventh-highest unemployment rate in South Carolina.

    Allendale County had the highest jobless rate in June at 23.5 percent.

    Neighboring Chester County had the third-highest jobless rate at 21.9 percent, a 0.7 percent increase from May.

  • USCL deserves our support

    We have never been more fortunate than we are today to have a University of South Carolina regional campus located in our community. Lancaster has gone through a world of change since our campus was founded in a stately home on White Street in 1959.

    Then we were a growing and successful textile town with community leaders with the foresight to see the need to establish a two-year campus in our midst. Then and now, Lancaster County continues to be a wonderful place to live and to raise a family. However, things have changed, some for the better and others for the worse.

  • County priorities are not right

    I read The Lancaster News faithfully and the opinion section is the most interesting. As I read the newspaper, so much is apparent to me. Here’s what’s important to our county:

    - No. 1 is a new courthouse.

    - No. 2 is the arts.

    - No. 3 is the landscape of Main Street.

  • A beef with Union County over park

    I suppose the idea to share land for a research park is a good idea.

    However, I have a bit of a beef with Union County. Your residents come to our state parks and we don’t charge you anything extra. Andrew Jackson State Park is in your backyard.

    I live in Indian Land and pay the same fee to enter and use the park facilities that Union County residents pay.