Today's News

  • 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. 

  • Southern Belles deserve some bragging

    I would like to take a moment and tell everyone about a recent week. On July 17, I left Lancaster County going to Seneca for the S.C. Dixie Softball State Tournament. Along with me were 12 of the best 13, 14, 15 and some 16-year-old young ladies I have met so far in my life.

  • UW director thanks supporters

    I would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to the United Way of Lancaster County 2008-2009 Campaign. Without our loyal supporters, we would not have been able to come so close to reaching our goal. Your dollars are truly making a difference, right here at home, to impact our community in the areas of education, health and income.

    This year, your support is especially needed to support the aging and vulnerable populations, as well as others whose lives have been affected by job losses in our county due to the economic downturn.

  • 'Big Reed' was longtime employee of Perry's

    This letter is in reference to the article, “Lancaster’s last ‘full service’ filing station closes its doors,” in the July 19 edition of The Lancaster News. No where in the article was the mention of one of the most memorable employees, Paul “Big Reed” Barnes, my dad. He worked there for more than 30 years.