Today's News

  • Former AJ football coach praises reunion organizers

    Despite the outcome of the Lancaster-Andrew Jackson football game last Friday, I would like to praise the athletic department, administration and all the faculty and parents for the wonderful job done putting together the AJ 40th anniversary festivities and reunion.

    To steal a line from the “Cheers” theme song, “Sometimes it’s good to go were everyone knows your name and they are always glad you came.”

    The reunions and renewing of old friendships was an absolute thrill.

  • Grassroots growing here, not Astroturf activism

    Ordinarily, summer is the “slow” political season. People are on vacation; Congress and the state Legislature are out of session; politics takes a back seat to beach trips and back-to-school concerns. Honestly, finding something interesting to write about for this column in August is usually a challenge.

    Not this summer, though.

    Last week, almost 200 people came out to hear U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint when he was in town.

    More than 500 people attended a town hall meeting in Rock Hill to discuss health care.

  • Have fun, but be careful on Labor Day

    Labor Day represents the final fling of summer for most observers. The origin of summer’s final holiday dates back nearly 130 years.

    The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

    In 1882, American labor leader Peter J. McGuire witnessed a labor festival in Toronto. Inspired, he returned to New York and organized the first American Labor Day on Sept. 5 of the same year.

  • Dear Gov. Sanford: Please resign now

    Clarity. We wish Gov. Mark Sanford would have a moment of it, and soon. But sadly, we seriously question when clarity and our governor last met. For almost three months now, Sanford has brought embarrassment to himself, the office he holds and the state of South Carolina.

    Though he’s been out on road on sort of a “forgiveness tour,” Sanford hasn’t been able to regain the confidence he lost in June when he was busted as he returned from his now-infamous trip to Argentina, where he went to visit the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

  • We were blessed to have the Wilkies as our neighbors

    Richard “Dick” Wilkie passed away on Aug. 11, 2009. Dick worked for Springs Industries for years. He and his wife, Mary were our neighbors. Most of all they were our friends.

    When Dick left Springs, he started painting. He drew beautiful golf course pictures. He drew an old house on a dirt road that reminded me of the one I learned to drive on when I was 12. The Wilkies gave me that picture. His paintings also included birds and beautiful landscapes and his work was often on display at Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Godson asks voters to support Funderburk

    All my life I have looked up to my godmother Blondale Funderburk. She is my role mode and one day I’m going to be just like her one day. She has always been their for support. So I am here to encourage District 2 to vote for her. She has excellent leadership skills. She is a social butterfly. She always gets the job done.

    She is a confident person. She’s respectful and let’s not forget knowledgeable.

    She has been my role model since day 1. My name is Malik I. Mackey and I am 12 years old. If I were old enough to vote, I would vote for her.

  • Great Falls Fire Department grateful for help

    The Great Falls Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fire departments in the area that came to the Great Falls No. 2 mill warehouse fire on Aug. 25. Your overwhelming response was greatly needed and very helpful.

    Also, we would like to send a special thank you to the city of Chester, Winnsboro Department of Public Safety and Elgin Fire Department from Lancaster County for the response of their ladder trucks.

  • Council should listen to planners

    There was a time not so long ago when Lancaster County Council never seemed to listen to its planning commission.

    This was before the housing bust, back when Indian Land property was red hot. Council meetings then were dominated by builders appearing before council, seeking to have their new housing or commercial development approved by council.

    The county’s professional planning staff and council’s appointed planning commission often recommended denial of requests to have properties rezoned for higher-density development.

  • McGriff has proven experience

    As another election process comes around, we as citizens must re-examine our local community. We must ponder not just its current state, but where and how we want it developed. Our society evolves as we citizens evolve. Its goals, agendas and morals change with each successive generation. So, it stands to reason that as we step behind the curtain to choose our elected officials that the future of our community is what we are truly voting for.

  • Government won't tell me how to parent my child

    While I agree with Congressman John Spratt that our health care system is in need of reform, my personal health care is not either paid or provided through the federal government.

    Spratt needs to actually read the bill in question if he hasn’t already, because I do not agree where it’s outlined in sections 440 and 1904 of the House bill (Page 838), under the heading “home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children.”