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Columns

  • 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.

  • Eckstrom column: The deception of Obamacare

    For those of us opposed to the concept of nationalized health care, learning the shameful way that Obamacare was forced on us was like pouring salt in an open wound.
    Even after President Barack Obama’s election-year promise that his health-care discussions would be held openly  and even televised  they were shrouded in secrecy. Details were kept from the public, and backroom favors were exchanged to gain the necessary votes of a few reluctant Democratic senators.

  • 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.