• Both Tarzan yells, probation at the farm

    Even though Fat Boy and Slick Willie had taken a hard tumble at the Tarzan vines, they were determined to get a ride on the vines and get their hands on me, as well.

    Willie was unable to shake off his groin injury, but agreed to hang in there to save face. I gave the duo of “Dumb and Dumber” instructions to go upstream 200 yards to a crossing that would lead them on a trail along a ridge to the vine location.

  • Council’s actions are costing the county

    Mechthild (Maggie) Bowers

  • County reframing economic development

    Nearly 30 years ago, county leaders gathered to create an entity to assist county government in its mission of developing the economic climate of Lancaster County.

    This organization became the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and exists as a SOl-c4 nonprofit agency. The structure has undergone modification over the years, migrating from private control to county governance and back to private control.

  • Shooting suspect should face jury

    I read the recent article about the individual who was shot during a recent armed robbery attempt at M&R Mini Mart.

    I know the victim, and I consider him a friend. The suspect who shot my friend will eventually have to face justice.

    I had a career of almost 30 years in law enforcement, and I’ve seen many terrible things. The suspect will probably say he isn’t to blame, because of the system.

    I recently spoke with the wife of the shooting victim. He is in a battle for his life, and the life he knew is gone.

  • Council’s workshop left out some key items

    Each August, Lancaster County Council takes a luxurious three- or four-day working vacation on Hilton Head Island for the S.C. Association of Counties meeting. Often, they have a meeting during this vacation and so it was be this year, although it is a work session, not a regular meeting.

    Council planned to review its current list of projects, a 93-page agenda available online on the county website, under council agendas. It is interesting to review some of the things that made the list, and some that did not.

    Some projects from council’s list:

  • SchoolTools drive collects supplies in county

    As the summer of 2015 draws to a close, many families are trying to find that moment to take the last family trip to the beach or to their favorite vacation spot before kids return to school.

    For Lancaster County residents, school is set to start on Aug. 17, so time is running out for family vacations, but most importantly, getting ready to return to school.

    Every year, many Lancaster County students come to school unprepared, lacking vital tools and resources needed to do the classwork assigned to them. This is where you and I can make a difference.

  • Cut through smoke screen to solve U.S. problems

    The totalitarian socialist left in America – the Democrat Party – has created a major smoke screen with the Confederate flag here in South Carolina.

    They have diverted our attention from some real problems in America. These ignored problems are actually grotesque failures of Democrat interventionism in our lives.

    The welfare state has decimated the poorest families in America. The big welfare state is a creation of the Democrats in 1965. When the family is destroyed, the state becomes the caregiver.

  • Convincing work of the Holy Spirit

    During his final meeting with his apostles, Jesus explained the future ministry of the Holy Spirit to the world of unsaved people (see John 16:8-11). He predicted that the Holy Spirit would reprove the world concerning three things: sin, righteousness, and judgment.

    In the New Testament the word “reprove” to convince, convict, or rebuke someone about the wrongness of his actions or attitudes. John the Baptist reproved the Roman ruler Herod for marrying Herodias, his half-brother Philip’s wife.

  • If audit finds nothing, county should apologize

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC) is one of the most productive such operations in the state, with a long history of bringing business organizations to Lancaster County.

    Red Ventures, Nutramax, Fancy Pokkets, Keer America – the list goes on and on with hundreds of millions of dollars in investments and thousands of jobs brought into Lancaster County by this organization. One would think that Lancaster County Council would be appreciative of the work of this organization. Unfortunately, such is not the case.

  • Ignored Senate bill would be a good start

    This year our Legislature met from January to July, extending session beyond even the normal allowance in years past. During that time, 1,336 bills were filed between the House and Senate. Of those, 131 were passed by lawmakers.