• Column: Remembering the mayor

    Sherrill Mullis, Joe’s Uncle Sherrill:
    When Hurricane Hugo hit Lancaster in September 1989, Joe was out there with the police, rescue squad or driving his own car in the early morning, checking on people or roads in the city and county.
    Am I Joe’s uncle? Not really, but I am Charlotte’s uncle. He seemed to like calling me Uncle Sherrill even though I am only a few years older than him. It tickled me.

  • Column: 1990 speech honoring Joe Shaw

    Below are the remarks I made as president of the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary on May 9, 1990, when the club designated Joe Shaw a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest award a club can confer on persons who exhibit the ideal of “service above self,” the motto of Rotary. Joe was not a member, just someone worthy of recognition in the club’s eyes. How much did he accomplish in the 25 years since!
    The material is a bit dated, but the heart of Joe Shaw is reflected in these remarks, which described him then as we remember him now.

  • Column: Don't let politicians divide us by tribe

    Who are your people? Where did you grow up? Are you from around here? Where did you go to school?
    These are the familiar questions that come up early in encounters with people we don’t know. In one sense, these are opening lines in polite conversations. In another sense, these are initial probes in discovering what tribe they belong to.
    If the new person we meet is African American, Asian, Hispanic or they are all decked out in orange with tiger paws – these are outward signs of their tribal identity that are clear to everyone.

  • Column: Lancaster group needs your help to continue mission in Honduras

    I am writing to urge your readers to support a group of nearly 30 Christian men from the Lancaster area who are preparing for a mission trip to Honduras.
    On Jan. 16, the group will return to Santa Elena, Honduras, to continue its partnership with Mission on the Move (MOM).  MOM in Honduras is proposing to help Honduran children find a home in a foster-care type of environment with Honduran families.

  • Column: Catawba-Wateree license strengthens Duke’s bonds with Carolinas communities

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Nov. 25 issued a new 40-year operating license to Duke Energy for the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project. It became effective Nov. 1, 2015.
    The new license allows the company to continue operating its 13 hydroelectric stations and 11 associated reservoirs located along the Catawba-Wateree River in North Carolina and South Carolina.

  • Column: New Charleston mayor important to all in S.C.

    The election is over, and John Tecklenburg will be the new mayor of Charleston.
    John has been a good friend of mine for nearly 40 years. We first met when we were both in college in Washington, DC. Wte lived a couple of blocks apart in Charleston; our children were born about the same time and as they grew up, we were as likely to have each other’s kids at the dinner table as our own. John got me involved in lots of his community projects and I did the same. I was a part of his campaign from the beginning – through all the ups and down.

  • Column: Haley’s Thanksgiving request: Help our state’s flood victims

    Thanksgiving is a very special time for our family when Michael, Rena, Nalin, and I reflect on the blessings in our lives, blessings we may take for granted during the year.
    But this Thanksgiving, many of our neighbors, who were touched by devastating flooding, are still hurting.
    We want to make sure, especially during the holidays, that they know we have them in our thoughts and prayers – and that they can count on the South Carolina family.

  • Column: Marking Thanksgiving in an inequitable world

    Each year – on the fourth Thursday of November – we, in America, celebrate Thanksgiving. It is that one day of the year on which we focus our attention, supposedly, on the blessings which God has showered down on us. And indeed, the blessings are many, and the thanksgiving to God is so richly deserved. Blessings such as family, health, a secure job, a comfortable house, a nice car, good neighbors, etc. are the order of the day for so many. For all of these things, and multitudes of others, we should be thankful.

  • Warner Column: S.C. must get more corporate HQs, because manufacturing isn’t enough

    Proterra Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles. In 2011 we were excited when Proterra announced it was moving its corporate headquarters and manufacturing to South Carolina.

  • Noble Column: S.C. needs to do more about domestic violence

    We’re number 1!
    This is the glorious chant of Clemson football fans these days. They deserve it, and all of us in the state ought to be proud of them.
    (Full disclosure: My wife, son and daughter are all proud USC alums. They bleed garnet – so I’m all too aware that not everyone in South Carolina is proud of Clemson. Fair enough.)