• What would make this a better place?

    Long ago, there was a famous tale of a magical spring called the Fountain of Youth, which bestowed youthful energy on those who sipped or bathed in its water. Accounts go back to the fifth century BC, but the legend gained popularity in the 16th century with the journeys of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon.
    As it turns out, the fountain of youth is actually not a myth. In fact, we all have access to this energy right here in our own community: it is found in our young adults.

  • Column: Just 1 God in the Bible, essential to our future

    Is the God of the Old Testament different from the God of the New Testament? This seems to be a premise of William St. Louis’ Oct. 5 column, “My take on God, guns and Trump.”

  • Column: Gladys Cox, a teen at the piano, enthralled me in grammar school

    Mandy Catoe’s Sept. 30 feature story “Gladys Cox steps aside after 65 years as organist at Unity ARP” was delightful.
    Such a heartwarming story of a remarkable “musical and religiously faithful family” is so welcomed amid the often destructive and discouraging news we receive in today’s world.

  • Column: My take on guns, God and Trump

    After reading the guest column and a letter to the editor in the Sept. 28 edition of The Lancaster News, I feel compelled to make some random observations.
    First, I must address John Baker’s column, in which he states that Hillary Clinton is lying when she says that we have too many military-style weapons on the street. The common AR-15 is very similar in style to the M-4 or the M-16, two military rifles. The key word is “style.”

  • Column: Tip of the hat to Lancaster’s ‘Mr. Tar Heel’

    When I think of the University of North Carolina, guess who comes to mind?
    Michael Jordan? Good guess, but no. Dean Smith? He’s right up there, but not first.
    For me, No. 1 is Don Scott.
    He was “Mr. Tar Heel” in Lancaster. The Red Rose City has its share of folks who bleed Carolina blue, but Mr. Scott led the way.
    The popular community and civic leader and businessman died Sept. 24, two days after his 90th birthday, fittingly a Saturday when he enjoyed many a UNC victory.

  • Column: The New South Carolina emerges around us

    This is the first of a three-part series on how new demographic, economic and political trends are changing South Carolina.

    A New South Carolina is being born.
    You can see evidence of it in a recent Time Magazine special issue featuring the 100 Most Influential. There are four South Carolinians in the magazine – two were chosen among the 100 Most Influential and two were chosen to write short profiles. Who they are and what they wrote says a lot about our state and who we are becoming – the New South Carolina.

  • Column: Tax notices coming Nov. 1

    The end of every September, the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office mails out property tax bills for real estate (homes and commercial buildings) and personal property (boats, business furniture and equipment, manufacturing, etc.).
    This year, because of revaluation and needing time for appeals, we will be mailing out those notices Nov. 1.

  • Column: Healing by breaking bread

    The beauty of America is that we are a melting pot. People come from all over the world seeking the opportunities and freedoms that we, as Americans, take for granted.
    Of course, there are times when we fall short of living up to the principles and ideals that led to the founding of our country, but it is in those times that we must be strong and stand together. After all, if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand (Mark 3:25).

  • Column: Why college tuition keeps skyrocketing

    As Benjamin Franklin didn’t quite say, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and university tuition increases.”
    How much has university tuition gone up since 2006? According to data from the Commission on Higher Education, instate tuition at Clemson, the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston has gone up over 48 percent in the last 10 years.

  • Column: Hillary decries street weapons, but she’s lying about them

    In Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton once again made the oft repeated claim of the anti-gun crowd that “we have too many military-style assault weapons on the streets.”
    The problem with this statement is that it is a lie.
    The military does not use semi-automatic firearms on the field of battle.