• Turning the page – One SC

    As these words are being written, the ceremony of lowering the Confederate flag at the capital is happening – literally.

    In the end, it simply came down.

    There were no speeches by politicians. There were not bands playing. There were no elaborate ceremonies. It all ended with seven state troopers – white and black, male and female – silently walking across the capital lawn, lowering the flag, rolling it up and giving it to a nameless state employee to be taken to a museum.

    That was it.

  • Providence fulfilled in past, future

    The book of Ruth demonstrates the providence of God. It occurred during the days of the judges, when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” When there was a famine in Israel, Elimelech and Naomi left their home in Bethlehem to sojourn in the land of Moab.

    Tragedy followed. Elimelech died, leaving Naomi and her two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. They married Moabite women, but then both died after about 10 years in Moab. When Naomi heard that the famine had ended in Israel, she decided to return home.

  • Slick Willie returns

    I told you Slick Willie was making a return trip to the farm with his aunt and was bringing his cousin Wilber Clinton that he called The Arkansas Kid.

    Middle sister, smarter than the rest of us, told me the only reason these boys were coming back to the farm was to whip my scrawny little behind. She further explained that Willie was a first class drut, and I had better be prepared.

    I told middle sister that I had two pockets full of assorted ammo and I would be packing my sling shot.

  • Churches need armed congregants

    A faith group in my town recently held a worship event with about 350 plus people in attendance. They expected people from several states and foreign countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, United Kingdom and Canada. The International group came together in celebration of their Christian faith to worship and recognize academic achievement.

  • Harrell pays the Probation Agency with campaign funds

    Eight days after pleading guilty to misspending $93,958 from his campaign account, ex-S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell paid $3,517 from the account to the state probation department, campaign records show – money which the agency says was credited toward his court-ordered restitution.

  • Gun control: The answer is no

    “I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” President Barack Obama said after the recent shootings at a church in Charleston. “Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”

    Hillary Clinton, front-runner for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, chimed in as well.

  • Can we afford not to act now on IL schools?

    In recent months, the Indian Land area continues to hear about new and exciting changes coming to our area and how Lancaster County has been named the fastest-growing county in the state. Growth, growth and more growth – all of which is positive for Indian Land area residents and the entire county, if done correctly.

    The sheriff’s office is looking at adding a special fee district to help support the growth in the area and Lancaster County Council has implemented new overlays to help develop Indian Land with some zoning control.

  • IL precincts to improve our voting process

    Last year, Lancaster County was named the fastest growing county in South Carolina. One of the challenges growth brings is keeping up with the increasing number of voters so voting in elections is simple, easy and fast.

    To help keep up with these changes, a bi-partisan effort by our county’s legislators has created new precincts and voting locations for Lancaster County voters, for which they should be congratulated.

  • Council should hang its head in shame

    Being in animal rescue is not an easy thing to do. Not easy on the pocketbook, or on your emotions. Seeing what we see day in and day out takes its toll on all of us.

    Add in seeing healthy, sweet adoptable pets being euthanized at our county shelter, mainly due to lack of room, is heart breaking when it can so easily be fixed.

  • June 17: Denmark Vesey and Clementa Pinckney

    One of the questions of the tragic killing of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is why him? And why now?

    Maybe, just maybe, the answer is the date – June 17th. It was on this date that Dylann Roof opened fire. It was also on this date, 193 years earlier, that Denmark Vesey, a founder of Emanuel, planned to launch a slave rebellion in Charleston.