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  • Tax district could help fund more sheriff’s officers in IL

    Earlier this year, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile asked to meet with Lancaster County Council Chairman Larry McCullough and myself to talk about his concerns, as well as concerns voiced by Indian Land residents about the level of service being provided.

    Increasingly, the sheriff’s deputies in the Panhandle area find themselves overwhelmed and undermanned by the growth of crime in Indian Land.

  • Church remembers victims of violence during festival

    United Bible Way Church of Lancaster held its annual Fall Fellowship Family and Friends Day, on Sunday, Oct. 26.

    In addition to the morning service and the decoration of 12 tables that were covered with delicious homemade foods, a Day of Remembrance for slain victims of Lancaster County, Soles for Departed Souls Memorial Walk and the observance of Breast Cancer Month by wearing pink T-shirts and presenting guests with pink ribbons were added to the annual activities.

  • You should have your tax bills by now

    In the fall, tax bills are sent out to county homeowners. Tax bills are normally sent out in early October, but due to some issues, the tax bills were mailed out later than normal. You should have received your tax notice by now.

    Even those who are paying into an escrow account as part of their mortgage will receive a bill, so you will know what you are paying in taxes. You are responsible for forwarding this information on to the mortgage company.

  • Crenshaw, Hammond two good men

    Veteran University of South Carolina and Clemson fans each shared in some tough moments over the last week or so, but it had little to do with game results.

    It would be more like game of life losses.

    Those would be the recent passing of Billy Crenshaw and Johnny Hammond.

    Mr. Crenshaw was an avid USC Gamecocks’ fan. Johnny Hammond was a Lancaster High football standout going back to the late 1950s. His son Vance was a star athlete at Dorman High School in Spartanburg and later played football at Clemson where he was an All-ACC defensive lineman.

  • Legislative ethics committees largely inactive in recent years

    When it comes to policing itself for ethical violations, the 170-member General Assembly hasn’t shown much interest in recent years – if you go by the number of formal opinions produced by the chambers’ ethics committees.

    The House and Senate Ethics committees issue written advisory opinions to their respective chambers to guide them when questions arise about state ethics laws.

  • Estridge thanks supporters

    Thank you, voters of Lancaster County, who supported me in my re-election for probate judge. I am humbled and honored by the response from the citizens of Lancaster County.

    The faith you have shown me over the last two decades, and now for the next four years, is a true blessing, and I am grateful.

    I would also like to publicly thank my campaign committee, who worked tirelessly to get our message out.

    Thank you to my husband, Lanny, and our children for their love and support through all these years.

  • Honeycutt grateful to voters

    It has been an honor and privilege to serve Lancaster County Council District 4 for the past eight years.

    Thanks to you I will represent you for the next four years with honesty and integrity as I have done in the past.

    My support for the Sheriff’s Office, EMS and Emergency Management will not change. We must remain strong in these areas throughout Lancaster County to protect our families and our property.

  • Christians should exhibit seven virtues

    The first chapter of 2 Peter exhorts Christians to add seven character traits to their faith. Saving faith is the same precious commodity for all who have believed in our God and Savior Jesus Christ, and it has been secured by his

    rigthteousness when he died for our sins and then rose again from the dead.

  • Vietnam vet had angels watching over him

    The struggles of the first battles are over. The soldiers who fought them are now safely home. They can dream of doing things they once did…but for some, it will only be a dream.

    These soldiers have returned scarred and disabled. The next battle, much harder and longer than the first, is just beginning. The disabled soldiers will need the committed love and help of others to endure their struggle.   

    Those who choose to care for them are angels in our presence. These angels are real. This is one such story. It is true.

  • Boo Fest true success

    On Friday, Oct. 31, the city of Lancaster hosted its 13th annual Boo Fun Fest in historic downtown Lancaster.

    Catawba Street at City Hall became a place where the children of Lancaster could gather for an evening of games and treats, without the tricks.