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Today's News

  • Column: I fought these 3 lousy ideas in legislature

    Now that the legislative session is over, I wanted to do something a little different and tell you about some legislation before the General Assembly that I did not support this year.
    A friend and fellow lawmaker shared the advice that the job of a legislator is 60 percent constituency work, 30 percent stopping bad legislation from happening and 10 percent passing good legislation. During my first year in the House, I have tried to model my time and effort around those three things.
    Here are three bills that I did not support and why.

  • Column: My plan to restore American Dream

    Phil Noble’s July 30 column asked: Is the American Dream alive or dead?
    Mr. Noble is an expert at identifying problems. His usual solution is more state money.
    His piece offered no solution to the lost American Dream. Democrats have no solutions to problems today that actually work.
    He said there are two South Carolinas, with great divisions of poverty, racism, isolation, hostility, violence and bloodshed between them. This is true for many states and cities in America, not just South Carolina.

  • Anytime Fitness program helps military vets readjust

    Anytime Fitness has joined with the national Lift for the 22 organization to offer free one-year gym memberships to military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    The program’s goal is to fight suicide among veterans by bringing them together while also increasing their health and wellness. 

    Karen Phillips, manager of the Anytime Fitness gym on the Lancaster bypass, said one of her relatives suffered from PTSD, and the program is “just something that touched my heart.”

  • Bent Creek breaks ground in IL

    About 25 people gathered in the 88-degree heat July 10 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Taylor Morrison’s newest development in Indian Land.

    Bent Creek, off Jim Wilson Road, is the developer’s second community in Indian Land.

    The first houses in it are expected to be completed in the late fall, said Kevin Granelli, president of Taylor Morrison’s Charlotte division.

    The community will consist of 272 homesites, with two- to six-bedroom homes ranging from 2,200 to 3,750-plus square feet, with prices starting in the $300,000s. 

  • Laney ends LSS win drought with win

    David Laney halted his 2017 LSS winless streak with a win in the Extreme 4 race Saturday night at Lancaster Super Speedway.

    Laney was on the front row with Brad McManus.

    When the green flag waved, it was McManus, Laney, Dan Benson and Rusty Catoe battling for the lead entering turn one.

    The lead, exiting turn two, featured a dogfight between Laney, McManus, Benson, and Catoe. Laney and McManus made contact, which sent McManus spinning out.

    On the restart, Laney led, while Benson, Catoe and Kevin Woolford battled for second.

  • Coaches views vary with scrimmages

    Lancaster County football coaches came away with mixed views following opening scrimmages Friday.

    The coaches noted some positives, but also said they have work ahead as they push toward their openers.

    - Lancaster High School coach Bobby Collins said the Bruins defense played well in their road scrimmage with host Swansea and Gray Collegiate of Columbia.

    “We felt our defense did well,” Collins said. “Our first unit didn’t give up any scores.

  • Weekend Recap: August 7, 2017

    A small group of eight people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Historic Courthouse to pray for youth in the community in light of the recent shootings. Organizer Jose Gonzalez, a member of New Horizon Community Church, said a prayer and talked briefly about making a positive impact on young people. Gonzalez said he plans to be at the courthouse at 2 p.m. Sunday for another round of prayer. He invites anyone interested to attend.

  • Column: Ratcheting up legal sanctions on gun violence

    I know my community expects harsher sentences in gun cases. Sometimes we expect more than the law allows.

    Clint Eastwood said, “A man has got to know his limitations.” I know the limitations of the current gun laws in South Carolina, and unfortunately they are not in our favor.

  • Column: A big nuke-plant mess to unbuild

    The announcement last week that SCE&G and state-owned utility Santee Cooper were pulling the plug on construction of two nuclear reactors in Jenkinsville has left questions that keep multiplying.

    In the run-up to the decision, one factor driving it was that the partly-completed, multibillion-dollar project would provide more power than electricity consumers in South Carolina were likely to want.

    Canceling the project, though, could lead to a shortfall.

  • On your mark, get set... Kindergarten!

    Dozens of rising kindergartners, teachers and parents lined up in front of bowling lanes and awaited cupcakes on Thursday to celebrate another successful year of Countdown to Kindergarten at the Lancaster Bowling Center.

    For the last 13 years, Lancaster County First Steps’ Countdown to Kindergarten program has allowed kindergarten teachers to visit students at their homes for lessons during the summer, creating connections with families before school starts.