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Columns

  • I have a realistic plan for solicitor’s office

    As your current assistant solicitor, I have seen the problems and issues facing our community first hand, and I have developed a plan to address them.

    Many people comment on what goes on in the solicitors office, but they are on the outside looking in. I am on the inside and I see it every day. I have a plan to make the solicitor’s office more efficient and more effective.

    I bring something to the table that many legal professionals don’t have and that’s real world experience.

  • Yes votes on ballot will move us forward

    There are several ballot questions to be answered on Election Day. Amendments 1 and 2 would bring about much needed changes to the state’s Constitution.

    A Lancaster County ballot question concerns whether to keep in place a one-cent sales tax, but to convert its usage next year from paying for the county courthouse to resurfacing selected roads, improving county libraries, purchasing a radio system for emergency responders, and providing a crime lab for the sheriff’s office.

  • If the solicitor’s race were a job interview, who would you hire?

    We often hear that government should be run more like a business. Take the politics out of the solicitor’s race and it is nothing more than a job interview.

    You are the interviewers for that job and the candidates are presenting their resumes. If it were a job interview, who would you hire?

    I have more than 12 years of handling major criminal cases throughout our state. My opponent has barely three years as an attorney. I have put drug dealers, domestic abusers and murderers in jail.

  • Republicans ready to make a difference

    Next month, Lancaster County voters will cast ballots from U.S. Senate down to county and school board offices.

    Lancaster County Republicans have worked hard to ensure that Lancaster County voters have more choices than ever by helping to recruit local candidates, some for races which long went uncontested on November ballots.

  • I have a vested interest in our community

    You have heard a lot from my opponent(s). I think it’s time to set the record straight.

    My opponent says my experience consists of five trials. Here are the facts. Since 2011, I have been lead prosecutor for the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Holt: We need to do something different

    Albert Einstein is often credited with saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

    The voters of Lancaster County have elected the same probate judge over and over again during the past 20 years. They undoubtedly didn’t know the true results they were getting. Our probate court is ranked in the bottom third in the state.

  • Players from the ’57 team tell their story

    In preparation for writing the last column on the best football for the decade of the 1950s, I asked Jimmy Horton to assemble as many players from the 1957 Heath Springs High School football team as possible.

    I wanted them to tell me their story firsthand concerning the last game that Coach R.L. Abstance coached against Springfield for the the state championship.

  • Our shared battle against mental illness

    Some of my earliest public service was serving on the board of the Greenville County Mental Health Center – including as its chairman – in the early 1990s. I later served on the S.C. Mental Health Commission.

    Mental illness had already been an issue I felt strongly about, but those positions gave me unique insights into the challenges facing the mentally ill and their loved ones.

  • How incorporation will help Van Wyck

    This is in reply to Douglas Young’s letter, “How will incorporation protect Treetops?”

    The short answer is that incorporation in and of itself cannot protect Van Wyck against TreeTops’ development. What incorporation can do is protect Van Wyck against the catastrophic effects of the unrestrained residential development that will follow TreeTops’ development.

    Cities start small and grow by annexation. When all parties agree, annexation is a simple and easy process.

  • Changes needed in AJ football program

    My name is Garrett Williams and I am an alumni of Andrew Jackson Middle and Andrew Jackson High School, class of 2005.

    I was always proud to be a student of Andrew Jackson because I went to school with good people. I had some really good teachers who provided me with the best education Lancaster County had to offer.