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Columns

  • Estridge column: Estridge appreciates support of community

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of my district who have elected me to my fourth term on the Lancaster County Council.
    I am honored and take the job you have elected me to do seriously. I am proud to say we have accomplished much over the past 12 years.
    During my tenure on County Council, we have worked hard to put policies and procedures in place to protect your tax dollars and receive the very best in services from each county department.

  • Cauthen column: Expose helps students be better communicators

    Ten young people participated in the Lancaster District AME Zion churches’ 10th annual Oratorical Expose on Sept. 25.
    The purpose of the program is to promote youth development in research and speech.
    Each contestant was given three topics to choose from to do their research. The topics were:
    • Because of the increase in cost for higher education, do you feel a college education is still a good investment today (why or why not)?
    • How has reality TV affected the black family and/or the black community?

  • Noble column: Will S.C. be the next Ferguson?

    It is front page news all across the state and indeed nationwide – a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happen.
    The question is – what now?
    Will our state erupt as another Ferguson, or will we be different?

  • Kengor column: The mid-term election: Is president still relevant?

    Today I had a chance to speak with John Boehner and congratulated Mitch McConnell on becoming the next Senate majority leader,” said Barack Obama in the opening of his White House press conference following the Democrats’ Nov. 4 massacre. “And I told them both that I look forward to finishing up this Congress’s business and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business.”
    The president is looking forward to “working together to deliver for the American people.”

  • Lancaster County must fix its budget problems

    Lancaster County suffers from severe budget problems every year because the tax revenue from its assessed valuation increases by only about $1.8 million per year even if it raises taxes by the maximum amount while its expense budget wants to rise at least $4 million every year.

    For many years the county has relied on one-time money to provide the difference. It raised its building permit fees into the clouds and makes several million dollars each year from the sale of building permits.

  • 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.