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Columns

  • 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.

  • Howey column: The impact of a teenage pregnancy can last lifetime

    Those of us who have seen the movie “Riding in Cars with Boys” are aware of the hardships teenager mothers face.
    In the movie, Drew Barrymore’s character, Beverly D’Onofrio, was forced to put her aspirations of attending New York University and becoming a writer on hold after getting pregnant in high school.

  • Republicans offer future for all ages

    Lancaster County Republicans welcome Matt Moore, the new chair of the S.C. Republican Party. Moore replaces Chad Connelly, who just took a role at the Republican National Committee.

  • We can all help curb underage drinking

    My name is Caroline Howey and I am doing an internship with the Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation, and assisting with the Office of Research and Development at the school district.
    During my work here, I learned of the work of the Coalition for Healthy Youth, a network of public, private, civic, and faith-based representatives focused on preventing underage drinking and drug use within the county.

  • Why is death so expensive?

    Death isn’t cheap these days. Critics say regulations of South Carolina’s funeral industry block competition for those who want to buy an inexpensive casket. But they likely won’t get a sympathetic ear from a state lawmaker/funeral director who has successfully pushed funeral-related bills in recent years.

  • Time to fix education in S.C.

    Jon Butzon is a big guy and he has some big ideas about how we can fix education in South Carolina. He should know because for years he’s run the Charleston Education Network – he’s seen it, lived it and thought about it. He knows where we are as a state; he knows what works and, most importantly, what doesn’t work.

  • It’s important to sustain hope when facing cancer

    Hope is a curious thing. It’s about looking forward to something positive and refusing to give up. It’s about persisting in the face of adversity, even when the odds and the facts seem to be working against you. It’s about creating positive energy that can nourish both body and soul.

  • Taxpayer-funded nonprofits are not immune to FOIA

    Did you know that taxpayers are helping to fund a nonprofit business enterprise whose attorneys lobby the Statehouse while this business directs and dictates public policies to South Carolina’s county councils? This practice creates a conflict because taxpayer funds are being spent to lobby for an agenda that taxpayers cannot vote on and for policy positions that might not be supported by taxpayers. This business enterprise is the S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC).