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  • Be sure to update change in your mailing address

    Every September, the Lancaster 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.)
    While nobody likes getting a tax bill, it’s important that they are sent to the correct address. More than one property owner has called to complain they didn’t get their tax bill and ended up paying their taxes late with penalties because the bill was sent to an old address.

  • American Dream not reality for many in S.C.

    The American Dream is very simple. It is the foundation of our country and our state. It is not written into the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution; no Congress or legislature ever passed laws to make it official.
    But every American knows what it means and so do the immigrants from around the world who have risked it all to make it happen for themselves and their families here.
    The American Dream is you work hard and play by the rules and your children will be better off than you are. Economists call this “social mobility.”

  • Experienced drivers can set the example for all drivers

    There are many ways to classify drivers. Some people classify drivers according to their mental state, such as drowsy or aggressive. Other people classify drivers according to their speed. I, however, believe that a combination of age and experience is the best way to classify drivers, whom I think fall into three categories – older, beginning and experienced.
    Although there are exceptions to my belief, classifying drivers this way gives a better understanding of why people drive the way they do.
    Older driver

  • Divine command applies to all of us

    The New Testament is filled with commands and exhortations to Christians to love each other.
    Just before his death, Jesus taught his disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34).

  • Does NASCAR benefit from S.C. lawmaker?

    In the popular comedy movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” NASCAR racing teammate Cal Naughton Jr. decides at one point to give himself a new nickname: “Mr. Magic Man.”
    “Now you see me; now you don’t,” Cal explains to Ricky.
    “That is the stupidest nickname I’ve ever heard,” Ricky replies.
    “Is it, Rick? ‘Cuz I think you wish you thought of it,” Cal responds.
    “All right, you got me,” Ricky concedes. “That’s an awesome nickname.”

  • Progressivism is a weapon of mass Detroition

    Detroit has been served exclusively by Democrat leadership since 1962. Coincident with that 50-year period, the city began a steady state of entropy that culminated in the recent bankruptcy filing.
    The policies of the Detroit leadership have produced an unsustainable number of people on benefits – free stuff – that have not been paid for.

  • 5-year-old girl gets memorable birthday

    My family has always made it a weekend tradition to travel to Bojangles’ to eat breakfast and see other family and friendly acquaintances.
    Now, I love my sweet little Annabelle more than anything. My wife and I lost our firstborn, Michaela, about six years ago.
    My wife carried the child mostly full term within one week, then had to endure a stillborn birth. I find no fault in the wife I love, but having to endure that tragedy changed the both of us.
    A little while later, our sweet daughter, Annabelle, was born. She is so precious to both of us.

  • Cruisers’ goal to give back to community

    Helping Other People Effectively (HOPE) in Lancaster Inc. is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides short-term emergency assistance to those in crisis.
    It was an honor for Memory Lane Cruisers to help HOPE celebrate its 30th anniversary by sponsoring it with its annual car show. Memory Lane Cruisers were excited to give HOPE Inc. a check for $500.
    On May 18, 2013, Memory Lane Cruisers held its annual car show in the old K-Mart parking lot. Thirty-seven cards, trucks and motorcycles from around the state participated.

  • NC’s ‘Moral Monday’: Coming Soon to SC?

    The first question anyone would ask is “what in the heck is “Moral Monday” and why would it want to come to South Carolina?”
    When I first heard about Moral Monday, I had no idea what it was and thought it must have something to do with a bunch of Bible-thumping TV evangelists who didn’t get enough of the thumping on Sunday and kept it all going till Monday.

  • S.C.’s real problem with regulation

    Unfortunately, we live in a world in which pedicures and funeral parlor bathrooms are serious issues for state government.
    Last week, the Regulatory Review Task Force, established by Gov. Nikki Haley earlier this year, met at the Statehouse to hear comments and concerns by citizens. Among the citizens were representatives of the S.C. Board of Funeral Service and the S.C. Board of Cosmetology.