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Columns

  • Alzheimer’s a devastating disease

    Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. Do you know an individual or family who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s? Chances are you do.
    In fact, South Carolina is home to more than 80,000 people living with Alzheimer’s or a related disease. To put the figure into perspective, that number could completely fill Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
    From my own experience, I can attest to how challenging the disease is for a family. My brother, sisters and I struggled with watching our mother fight this terribly cruel disease.

  • Elections: Lessons for S.C. Republicans and Democrats

    Although I suspect that we’re all glad it’s finally over, the recent election may well turn out to have been a watershed of sorts, with lots of important lessons for both Democrats and Republicans in South Carolina.
    Put simply, this election shows that in South Carolina both parties are heading down a losing path, and it’s only through changing their current parties and challenging their own party leadership that either party can win in the future.

  • Naming a turkey a bad idea

    Editor’s note: Due to overwhelming reader requests, we are reprinting this Remember When column, which was originally published in the Nov. 19, 2006, edition of The Lancaster News. The story of Jim the turkey has indeed become a Thanksgiving tradition at The Lancaster News.

    I don’t know if it was tradition or custom, but a couple weeks before “Big Thursday” or Thanksgiving Day, me and Daddy journeyed down to Tradesville to pick up our big ole gobbler.

  • Story doesn’t reflect effort to change precinct

    The recent  article regarding the Belair 1 voting location change did not accurately detail the community effort to achieve that goal.
    Suffice to say, the article was under-researched and relied upon the biased information of a single, uninformed Sun City resident.
    I do agree with one aspect of the article – the Department of Justice and the Lancaster Voter Registration staff did not effectively communicate between themselves to alert the community about the voting location change.

  • Presidential election didn’t follow Redskins rule

    President Barrack Obama will certainly have his place in U.S. history.
    His successful bid to the White House in 2008 gave our country its first African-American president.
    Under President Obama’s administration in May of 2011, U.S. public enemy No. 1 terrorist Osama bin Laden was taken down.
    Bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the jihadist organization that claimed responsibility for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

  • Support our local Scouts Food drive

  • Protect your family, self and business from hackers

    The incredible news that the S.C. Department of Revenue’s computers were hacked shocked everybody last week. If you are reading this article, do not ignore this news. It most likely affects you!
    We know that anybody who has filed a state tax return since 1998 is potentially a victim of this cyber identity theft. It includes Social Security Numbers and credit card numbers for more than 3.6 million people. It includes your dependents and minor children. It also includes your business’ Federal Tax ID number if you are a small business owner.

  • Tough Marine reveals his true feelings to friends

    One of the jobs my older brother, Pete, had during his early years was running an establishment on the north side of Lancaster called Twin Pines. It was complete with a small bowling alley and restaurant. It was the type of business establishment that attracted a variety of people and lots of them.

  • Summers column: Sun City voters are likely to impact this election

    Numbers never lie.
    It’s easy to measure the impact Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land is making in Lancaster County.
    Since its beginning in 2005, the 1,512-acre active adult community on Charlotte Highway has become one of the fastest growing subdivisions in the nation.
    According to the Charlotte Business Journal, the development led the Charlotte region in the number of new single-family homes, with 205 closings in 2011.
    It’s impact is being felt in other ways, as well.

  • Faile column: Chamber encourages you to vote on Nov. 6

     Jobs have been the No. 1 issue on every candidate’s mind during this year’s election. 

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored two candidate forums this year on the campus of the University of South Carolina Lancaster featuring candidates of local races including Lancaster City Council, school board, Lancaster County council, sheriff, S.C. House District 44 and U.S. House District 5. In every race, jobs and the economy were at the forefront of the discussion.