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Columns

  • Ussery column: Mama fed us snake eggs in 1962

    First, a disclaimer: If you aren’t 65 or older, don’t read this. If you haven’t been exposed to farm life in the 1950s and ’60s, don’t read this. If it has been so long since you have been on the farm that you stand at the wrong end of the horse to get your information, don’t read this. If you don’t understand what you just read, don’t read this.

  • Noble column: Governor should travel more; it’s good for state’s economy

    Gov. Nikki Haley is on an 11-day trip to India. There are some who are grumbling, calling her trip just another post-election junket by a politician.
    I disagree. I’m glad she taking the trip and, in fact, I think she should make more international trips — a lot more. Several months ago in this space, I even criticized her for having not already gone to India.

  • Keown column: Sister says county is lucky to have Willis as administrator

    I am writing to address the recent Lancaster County Council meeting that was held to determine the continued employment of Steve Willis as county administrator.  
    In the interest of full disclosure, I am Steve’s younger sister and, while I may be a bit biased toward my brother, I also have a unique, up-close and personal perspective.
    Steve has numerous qualities and characteristics that more than qualify him to be the county administrator for Lancaster.

  • Lanning column: God’s word includes hymn of thanksgiving

    When King David successfully brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, he wrote a song of thanksgiving to God, which is recorded in 1 Chronicles 16:7-36.
    His first attempt to transport the ark failed miserably because he had not followed God’s instructions, but once he corrected his mistakes, God blessed his efforts.

  • Estridge column: Estridge appreciates support of community

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of my district who have elected me to my fourth term on the Lancaster County Council.
    I am honored and take the job you have elected me to do seriously. I am proud to say we have accomplished much over the past 12 years.
    During my tenure on County Council, we have worked hard to put policies and procedures in place to protect your tax dollars and receive the very best in services from each county department.

  • Cauthen column: Expose helps students be better communicators

    Ten young people participated in the Lancaster District AME Zion churches’ 10th annual Oratorical Expose on Sept. 25.
    The purpose of the program is to promote youth development in research and speech.
    Each contestant was given three topics to choose from to do their research. The topics were:
    • Because of the increase in cost for higher education, do you feel a college education is still a good investment today (why or why not)?
    • How has reality TV affected the black family and/or the black community?

  • Noble column: Will S.C. be the next Ferguson?

    It is front page news all across the state and indeed nationwide – a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happen.
    The question is – what now?
    Will our state erupt as another Ferguson, or will we be different?

  • Kengor column: The mid-term election: Is president still relevant?

    Today I had a chance to speak with John Boehner and congratulated Mitch McConnell on becoming the next Senate majority leader,” said Barack Obama in the opening of his White House press conference following the Democrats’ Nov. 4 massacre. “And I told them both that I look forward to finishing up this Congress’s business and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business.”
    The president is looking forward to “working together to deliver for the American people.”

  • Lancaster County must fix its budget problems

    Lancaster County suffers from severe budget problems every year because the tax revenue from its assessed valuation increases by only about $1.8 million per year even if it raises taxes by the maximum amount while its expense budget wants to rise at least $4 million every year.

    For many years the county has relied on one-time money to provide the difference. It raised its building permit fees into the clouds and makes several million dollars each year from the sale of building permits.

  • Tax district could help fund more sheriff’s officers in IL

    Earlier this year, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile asked to meet with Lancaster County Council Chairman Larry McCullough and myself to talk about his concerns, as well as concerns voiced by Indian Land residents about the level of service being provided.

    Increasingly, the sheriff’s deputies in the Panhandle area find themselves overwhelmed and undermanned by the growth of crime in Indian Land.