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Columns

  • Time to focus on positives of public schools

    It is always interesting to read articles in magazines and newspapers where people with great knowledge spill their wisdom concerning the feelings of our public school system.
    This had gone on for years and years. Yet, for some reason or other, all these wonderful ideas are wasted. The one big whipping pole is money or according to most of these wise people, money wasted on public school in South Carolina.

  • City takes lead in restoration

    Who would ever have thought the fascination of a 5-year-old child would result in helping rescue a building years later? But that is the catalyst that inspired the city of Lancaster to step up and fund repair work to the Cultural Arts Center.
    Restoration efforts had been underway sporadically since 1976, but progress was hampered by insufficient funding. With the reinfestation of bats in the early 1990s, use of the building ceased and repairs foundered.

  • Advice for recent graduates

    Well, it is summertime and graduation has come and gone. For those who do not rush off to college, I am guessing mom and dad are probably encouraging you to get out and find a job.
    And with that being said, I have some advice for you related to the job interview process. No, I am not going to bore you with the mechanics of how to build a resume, merely tell you what employers are looking for in today’s work environment and prospective candidate.

  • Is this America’s last birthday?

    America is the first country in history to be founded based on individual liberty. The principles of liberty are timeless. The concepts apply as much today just as they did more than 200 years ago.
    Our founders knew firsthand the misery and suffering caused by tyranny. They came from societies where government controlled its citizens with an iron fist. They had a solid understanding of the consequences of unchecked power.

  • Understand taxes when buying a car

    Most people like having new cars. Unfortunately, with new cars come taxes and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.
    When buying a vehicle, you must pay local property taxes to Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office (these will vary based upon where you live in Lancaster County) and you must also pay a sales tax for the car to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • Government trust was broken with IRS scandal

    I’m not much into Washington scandals. Generally, I think they tend to distract us from the fundamental problems that we face as a nation.
    Sometimes it seems that our nation’s capital would much prefer to focus more on some general’s girlfriend than it would on things like balancing the budget. I’ve also learned that something that might be a front-page scandal to one party when it is in the minority is easily ignored by that same party once it wins a few elections.

  • Maintaining our roads essential to economy

    In his most recent column, Mr. J.R. Wilt objects to the county road maintenance fee being increased by $5, from $25 to $30. I strongly disagree. Lancaster County residents have complained about the poor condition of our roads for years. While this increase will not improve the condition of our state-maintained roads, it will improve the condition of our county-maintained roads.
    I support the proposed road maintenance fee increase, and I encourage all residents of Lancaster County to do the same. For the record, my home is located on a state-maintained road.

  • McDonald: Thanks for support

    As I complete my final days as principal of Indian Land Middle School and we close another school year, I wanted to take the opportunity thank you for the many years of support provided to Indian Land Middle School – specifically the students and staff – and to me. For the last six years, I have had the honor to serve as the first principal of ILMS and while there were challenges, there have been so many more amazing moments of celebration.

  • GEAR-UP program helping county education make strides

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series from Caroline Howey, an intern for the Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation.

    College students and their families know how expensive college is. Some families in Lancaster County simply cannot afford to send their children to college.

  • We must update main library

    I’d like to give an affirmative nod to Ken Bell’s May 31 column, “Library needs to keep up.”
    When I, my husband and three children moved to Lancaster from Virginia we inquired about the most important things a county must provide its residents. For instance, the sheriff’s office gave tips on safe areas to rent a house. At that time it was North Catawba Street, with an excellent school nearby, as well as doctors, churches and grocery stores.