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Columns

  • Column: Outreach Project thanks supporters for helping foster kids, many others

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project and Lancaster County DSS want to thank our many community supporters for all they did to make 2017 a success.

    It was quite a year. We feel lucky to have so many new partnerships, new opportunities to impact the community, new ideas implemented and donations received.

    Here are some of the year’s highlights.

  • I slam down the phone and stomp out of the newsroom

    I slam the phone down, grab my coat and storm out of the newsroom.

    Another gatekeeper has just told me that someone I desperately need to talk to is “unavailable.”

    Well, what’s new?

    I just have to laugh at how ridiculous this is. Again my job being made difficult because I’m blocked from getting information from public officials.

    A 3-year-old girl was murdered in our town, and I have questions about what happened and why.

  • Column: Let’s look at IL town vote through lens of our history

    With Indian Land and the Panhandle growing so rapidly, it is now home to many newcomers from all over the country.
    I am constantly meeting transplants from the Midwest and Northeast. They have a lot of questions about this incorporation vote on March 27, and they don’t know a lot about the history of our region.

  • Column: TLN underplayed Moore’s swearing-in

    The crowd was there at Heath Springs Town Hall. The newly elected mayor was there, and the former mayor was there. Everyone present was waiting in anticipation of what was about to take place.
    The hall was filled to standing room only. What was about to take place was the administering of the oath of office to the first African American ever to be elected to the office of mayor in Lancaster County. On this date, Jan. 16, 2018, Mr. Eddie Moore was the man to be so honored. This was a historic event. No question about it.

  • Column: Superb reviews for officials who OKd rate hikes for nuke project

    The S.C. Public Service Commission members who approved nine rate hikes for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project have performed flawlessly in their six-figure jobs – at least in the eyes of the legislative committee that essentially controls them.
    The S.C. Policy Council’s online publication The Nerve checked annual work-performance reviews done by the State Regulation of Public Utilities Review Committee (PURC) for fiscal 2014 through 2016. We found the exact cut-and-paste glowing language for all seven PSC members.

  • Column: Pray for justice in the deaths of heroes killed while on duty

    Editor’s note: The writer’s son, York County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent McCants, was shot to death while on duty Sept. 25, 1992.

    Detective Mike Doty was killed while on duty with the York County Sheriff’s Office.
    My heart goes out to his mother, siblings and friends. A parent never gets over this kind of hurt. It’s half of you. You had this child.
    My son Brent was 23 years old. Mike was 37. So young.

  • Commentary: Trump sought to limit effect of shutdown, Mulvaney says

    Editor’s note: Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and former congressman from Indian Land, was back on the Sunday talk shows this week with an insider’s view of the first government shutdown since 2013. Here are excerpts of his interview with John Dickerson on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

    John Dickerson: The president said this shutdown would be a present for him. His son Eric Trump said this is good for the administration. Why is it good for the administration?

  • Column: VTIL’s case all glittering generalities

    I’m a New Jersey native who retired and moved to Indian Land in 2014.
    After looking in York, Union and Mecklenburg counties, I finally decided on settling here in Indian Land. I found a thriving community with all the services my family needed, but less government and taxes than the other three counties offered.  

  • Column: Culture, not salary, retains good teachers

    I read the S.C. Education Department’s “Committee on Educator Recruitment and Retention Recommendations” with great interest when it was released Dec. 31.
    The first school district to retain the services of my company, E Squared, to help them recruit teachers was in South Carolina, and I’ve worked with about 15 districts across the state, large and small, though never with Lancaster County.

  • Column: Carnes: VTIL understating town’s property-tax burden

    As an elected official, I have tried to maintain neutrality in my comments about Indian Land incorporation. To incorporate or to not incorporate is an issue that needs to be decided by the voters within the proposed incorporation area.  
    However, I do feel that the information presented to the public needs to be accurate. In conversations with Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL) members going back to 2015, I have pointed out that the budget needed to be realistic and information needs to be presented accurately.