• S.C. Supreme Court’s new role: Education czar

    The S.C. Supreme Court issued a momentous decision Nov. 12. In a case that’s been going on for years, three out of five justices ruled that the state has failed to meet its constitutionally required obligation to provide a “minimally adequate” education to students in eight suing school districts.

    As a result, the court has ordered both the plaintiff districts and the defendants (representatives of the state) to reappear before the court and present a plan to address the constitutional violation. The resulting plan will have to be approved by the court.

  • Mail carriers important to all of us

    Ever so often you feature on your opinion page views from political party stalwarts pointing out the errors of the other party.

    I recently read another article dealing with problems in our postal system. Seems Congress has taken Mr. Ben Franklin’s dream and darn near drove it in the ground. They have a bunch of folks called governors who ain’t up to full force making a whole lot of poor choices on how to run a post office business.

  • New Year’s resolutions for S.C.

    This is the time for New Year’s resolutions and I have a few for our state.

    But first, some interesting, though not terribly surprising, poll results: Most of us make resolutions and we are really bad about sticking to them.

    A recent University of Scranton poll says that 45 percent of us usually make a New Year’s resolution and another 17 percent occasionally do. The rest of us, 38 percent, don’t even bother.

  • Family’s roots and wings are interconnected

    The tale told here portrays a conversion-instilling vision. Namely, that a parent can really give a child only two things – “roots and wings.”*

    The grace of these gifts becomes evident in the story that molds the child. The intriguing providence, so striking in the telling, teaches a harsh wisdom, suspended between irony and tragedy.

    Such is the case involving world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Rocco Armonda, whose exciting career culminates at the acme of discovering a new healing “construct.”

  • A town that came together

    Lancaster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a nonprofit animal rescue dedicated to saving unwanted dogs and puppies in the Lancaster County area, as well as surrounding counties if in urgent need. We take in owner-surrendered animals, shelter animals and abandoned and neglected animals.

    All of our rescues are placed in loving foster homes until their forever home is found. Anyone wanting to adopt one of our animals will go through an application process, veterinary reference and/or home visit.

  • It all started with BBQ – S.C.’s weird, wonderful history

    Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of BBQ. We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.

    As a member in good standing of the SC BBQ Association, I felt it was by solemn duty to educate my friends to the fact that BBQ was invented in South Carolina – as indeed it was. This led to one of the more interesting lunches I’ve had in a long time, as we attempted to one up each other in our knowledge of state’s weird and wonderful history.

  • ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is a New Year’s Eve tradition

    From release

    New Year’s Eve festivities peak when the official countdown of the clock begins. After the ball drops and midnight has arrived, revelers cheer to the new year and exchange kisses and well wishes.

    Once such wishes have been exchanged, many people begin to sing “Auld Lang Syne.” But few know what “Auld Lang Syne” means or why it is sung on New Year’s Eve. Confusion regarding this song is almost as notable as the tradition of singing it. Many people mumble through the lyrics because they never bothered to learn them.

  • Community transforms Pregnancy Care Center

    I’d like to take this opportunity to share with the community and say thank you to all those who have supported the Pregnancy Care Center.

    The Pregnancy Care Center has been in existence since 1998.

    In the past two and a half years, many changes have taken place. God is truly blessing the efforts of all of those involved and he continues to give us a vision for the future.

  • Thumbs up to Brooklyn Springs Elementary

    While visiting Brooklyn Springs Elementary School for a program I was most impressed with the cleanliness of the school and the young lady doing the cleaning.

    While visiting the school I observed the young lady cleaning, dusting, pushing down the halls and blowing off the grounds when I was leaving.

    The school was immaculate inside and out and smelled so fresh.

    Brooklyn Springs is a wonderful school with great staff. To the young lady cleaning there, you are doing a great job.

  • Legislative agenda includes balanced budget and BBQ,

    It’s been a pleasure for me to represent S.C. Senate District 16 this session as it has been for 10 of the last 11.

    The district encompasses the upper two-thirds of Lancaster County beginning with the Douglas, Pleasant Hill and Tradesville communities, plus most of Fort Mill and Tega Cay. There are about110,000 people in the district, one of 46 in our state. Comprising 45 men and one woman, the Senate meets three days a week from January until June each year.