• Column: Let’s pause and honor our devoted law officers

    We celebrated National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Jan. 9. The annual observance aims to remind us of the constant dangers facing our police, deputies and other public-safety officers.
    A much more sobering reminder came just one week later, on Jan. 16 when a York County sheriff’s detective was slain while pursuing an armed domestic-violence suspect. Mike Doty, 37, was laid to rest the following Monday. Three other officers were wounded by gunfire during the pursuit but are recovering.

  • Column: Not all details can be released quickly in homicides

    Editor’s note: This is the chief’s response to reporter Hannah Strong’s column in Friday’s paper complaining about how long it took police to release information about the killing of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder.

    “Hey, have you read the paper this morning?” “No, not yet,” I respond.
    It had been a busy night/morning. I pull my phone out and hit the bookmark. Well, there it is.... I read the column. I don’t know whether to laugh or cuss, so I do both.

  • Column: 71 years seems like yesterday at class reunion

    My classmates in the Lancaster High School class of 1946 held a reunion lunch at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant on Dec. 9.

    As we all talked, 71 years seemed like only yesterday. Our class had over 100 graduates in May 1946. I recall thinking on that day that the ladies looked so nice in their cap-and-gown outfits.

    At our class reunion 71 years later, they still looked very attractive, and even the men didn't look like age had affected them much. Maybe their mustaches had grown a bit since '46.

  • Column: ‘My Black Is...,’ a prelude to Black History Month

    More than 550 people attended “My Black Is…,” a production of original skits, monologues and choreographed dance routines that enlightened the audience on the contributions of African Americans to history.

    Held at the Lancaster High School auditorium last Saturday, it served as the prelude to events the Lancaster community will host in observance of Black History Month. 

  • Column: Outreach Project thanks supporters for helping foster kids, many others

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project and Lancaster County DSS want to thank our many community supporters for all they did to make 2017 a success.

    It was quite a year. We feel lucky to have so many new partnerships, new opportunities to impact the community, new ideas implemented and donations received.

    Here are some of the year’s highlights.

  • I slam down the phone and stomp out of the newsroom

    I slam the phone down, grab my coat and storm out of the newsroom.

    Another gatekeeper has just told me that someone I desperately need to talk to is “unavailable.”

    Well, what’s new?

    I just have to laugh at how ridiculous this is. Again my job being made difficult because I’m blocked from getting information from public officials.

    A 3-year-old girl was murdered in our town, and I have questions about what happened and why.

  • Column: Let’s look at IL town vote through lens of our history

    With Indian Land and the Panhandle growing so rapidly, it is now home to many newcomers from all over the country.
    I am constantly meeting transplants from the Midwest and Northeast. They have a lot of questions about this incorporation vote on March 27, and they don’t know a lot about the history of our region.

  • Column: TLN underplayed Moore’s swearing-in

    The crowd was there at Heath Springs Town Hall. The newly elected mayor was there, and the former mayor was there. Everyone present was waiting in anticipation of what was about to take place.
    The hall was filled to standing room only. What was about to take place was the administering of the oath of office to the first African American ever to be elected to the office of mayor in Lancaster County. On this date, Jan. 16, 2018, Mr. Eddie Moore was the man to be so honored. This was a historic event. No question about it.

  • Column: Superb reviews for officials who OKd rate hikes for nuke project

    The S.C. Public Service Commission members who approved nine rate hikes for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project have performed flawlessly in their six-figure jobs – at least in the eyes of the legislative committee that essentially controls them.
    The S.C. Policy Council’s online publication The Nerve checked annual work-performance reviews done by the State Regulation of Public Utilities Review Committee (PURC) for fiscal 2014 through 2016. We found the exact cut-and-paste glowing language for all seven PSC members.

  • Column: Pray for justice in the deaths of heroes killed while on duty

    Editor’s note: The writer’s son, York County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent McCants, was shot to death while on duty Sept. 25, 1992.

    Detective Mike Doty was killed while on duty with the York County Sheriff’s Office.
    My heart goes out to his mother, siblings and friends. A parent never gets over this kind of hurt. It’s half of you. You had this child.
    My son Brent was 23 years old. Mike was 37. So young.