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Columns

  • Number of 6-figure salaries growing at S.C. universities

    Nearly 1,700 administrators, professors and coaches at the University of South Carolina, Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina earn at least $100,000 annually – an increase of about 250 from last year in the number of six-figure salaries,The Nerve found in a review of state salary data.
    The Nerve’s analysis of a salary database of employees at the state’s three research universities earning $50,000 or more, maintained by the S.C. Budget and Control Board (BCB), found that:

  • Cap – or better yet, eliminate – school fees

    For families with school-age children, the end of summer marks a transition from warm weather relaxation to the excitement of starting a new school year filled with new knowledge to gain, new friends to meet, and extracurricular activities to pursue.
    And, lest families without school-age children forget – school fees to pay.

  • South Carolina’s disclosure laws are among the nations’ weakest

    South Carolinians have become accustomed to seeing their state placed at or near the bottom of national rankings. Early childhood education, SAT scores, domestic violence, per capita income, physical fitness, cardiac health – the state usually finds itself somewhere between 40 and 50 (and in at least one case 51 – a ranking in which Washington, D.C. is ranked).
    One ranking, however, has received less attention than it should.

  • Lancaster is a very caring community

    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, U.S. author & illustrator (1904-1991)

    This statement is no less true today than the day Dr. Seuss first wrote it in 1971. Unless we care “a whole awful lot,” nothing in Lancaster is going to get better. Fortunately for Lancaster, and those who do care “a whole awful lot,” things are getting better.

  • Ask council to stop cluster development ordinance

    In my previous column, we looked at cluster development as proposed by the Lancaster County Planning Department/Planning Commission generally and as applied to the Treetops site on Van Wyck Road.
    The Proposed Cluster Development Ordinance was approved by the Planning Commission on Aug. 20 and sent to Lancaster County Council, where it is expected to be considered at the Sept. 9 meeting.
    So what’s the problem?

  • Meet the Treasurer’s Office team

    The biggest asset of the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office is its people. As your county treasurer, I am blessed to work with an outstanding team. Each employee sees those who come to our office as both a customer and a neighbor and we work together to be worthy of your trust in this important public office.
    To help you get to know your Treasurer’s Office, here are some of the hard-working people serving you in the Treasurer’s Office:

  • A mile of runway

    Editor’s note: Due to some technical issues, the wrong version of Doug Barnes’ column, “Lancaster County Airport asset to the community,” was published in the Wednesday, Aug. 28, edition. Following is the correct version.

    “A mile of road will take you a mile, a mile of runway will take you anywhere.” – Author unknown

  • Lancaster County Airport asset to the community

    When many of our South Carolina citizens think about their local airport, they may think it is the equivalent of an aerial yacht club, operating for the benefit of a few private pilots.
    While it is true that local airports provide a base for private and recreational pilots, airports offer so much more. Much of the activity you see around it is business-related.

  • A Democratic-controlled state is not what S.C. wants

    I noticed in the Friday, Aug. 16, edition of The Lancaster News the editorial page had published a half a page column by the president of the Democrats in SC – the third this month.
    When I write a letter I have to e-mail the editor to get it printed. For some reason, I’m starting to feel The Lancaster News might be showing a little favoritism to the left. But I’ll keep an open mind and believe they just report the news and are unbiased.

  • Donors have positive impact

    Because our United Way of Lancaster County donors choose to invest back into their communities many lives have been impacted.
    The money we raise here stays here. United Way of Lancaster County is the best way to invest in the community to ensure the most pressing needs are being met.
    When you take into consideration that the population in Lancaster County is about 68,000 we are touching the lives of many residents in need.
    Thank you to the individuals who invested in our county. You are truly an example of what it means to live united.