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Columns

  • Sheriff urges drivers to make a sober plan

    Drunken driving has become a national epidemic. Each year, drunken-driving crashes kill more than 10,000 people in America. Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Liquor Law Enforcement (NLLEA) and the Coalition for Healthy Youth and S.C. Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) this holiday season, to reach out to all drivers with an important message about this deadly, preventable crime because buzzed driving is drunk driving.

  • Good boards worth their weight in gold

    Editor’s note: This column was originally published in the J. Marions Sims Foundation newsletter and is reprinted with the foundation’s permission.

    Election season finally ended last month and many of us have breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    We’re spared the crush of ads, posters, commercials and calls for various candidates – until the next election cycle begins, which for presidential candidates will likely be sometime in the first half of 2015. Election campaigns never seem to end; they just go on and on and on.

  • Journalist clears doubt about Santa

    Lancaster resident Rhonda Hodge said she was familiar with the 1897 column, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” by Frances Pharcellus Church that was published in The New York Sun.

    However, Hodge was unfamiliar with how it came about, saying she would love to share its background with others.

    Hodge laments that many people today are so enamored with celebrities that she hopes they, too, will become familiar with the background of this famous column.

  • Flimflammers and scalawags in county

    In the early 1950s there were flimflam men rambling the countryside taking advantage of the elderly and widow women. My father worked at the mill in Kershaw and got all the news a week before it was in the paper. Daddy passed the news to us 10 children and mama at supper every night so we would be aware of such people.

    We had to look after Grandma and her two sisters, Sally and Carrie, who lived 300 yards up the road in the big house. We lived in a tenant house under the hill and got our water from a spring, but we had a nice three-hole toilet.

  • Why election results will affect education

    There’s a reasonable tendency among Americans to view the education of their kids as an exclusively local issue and distinct to their communities.

    After all, school buildings are constant fixtures in neighborhoods, sports teams play cross-town rivals and the vast majority of public students still attend schools based solely on zip code.

  • Turkeys, Obama’s amnesty and America

    In my family, it’s a tradition that my daughter does all the cooking for Thanksgiving. Like all good traditions, it is a part of the fabric of our family holidays.

    On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, she and I went to the local Publix to buy all the ingredients for this special dinner. I know that it’s special as the tape read $157.23 for this one meal’s fixings, but we’ll have to save the high price of groceries for another column.

  • Don’t forget taxes are due on Jan. 15

    At the beginning of November, Lancaster County homeowners received their tax bills, which are due by Jan. 15 without penalties.

    If you have not received your tax bill, please contact our office for us to help locate your bill and make sure we have the correct address on file for you. Please do so as soon as possible to make sure your taxes are paid on time to avoid late penalties.

  • There’s more at stake than you think

    At this week’s organizational session, South Carolina House lawmakers will be asked to make several important decisions, including who becomes speaker of the house and speaker pro tempore.

    The identity of the next speaker, however, was all but a foregone conclusion, and some other points may be both more controversial and more important.

  • New S.C. rep pursuing lawsuits from 2012 election

    As the S.C. House returns next month to debate a proposed rule that critics say would discourage citizen testimony before legislative committees, an incoming freshman representative is pursuing defamation lawsuits against two supporters of his opponent in the 2012 race.

    Newly elected Rep. Greg Duckworth, R-Horry, filed separate suits in December 2012 against an Horry County couple, Charles Collins and Bren Gibson, contending they defamed him in separate online letters to the editor, which asked readers to support then-Rep. Tracy Edge in the June 2012 Republican primary.

  • Wilt column: Lennar TreeTops a large step backward for county

    On Monday, Dec. 8, Lancaster County Council will decide whether or not to give final approval to the building of the Lennar TreeTops cluster development of 835 homes. Building this development will be a substantial step backward for Lancaster County.