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Columns

  • School choice not the answer

    The S.C. House of Representatives have before them House Bill 3407 for debate.  This bill is labeled the Educational Opportunity Act. It is intended to offer tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools.

  • Miracle baby turns 1 today

    Ariel Janay Stevenson came into this world weighing only 15 ounces and was only given a 40-60 percent chance of living.
    Now our miracle baby turns 1 year old. We are so blessed to have Ariel here with us today. Thank God and thanks to family and friends who prayed for our little miracle.
    Ariel spent nearly 3 months at Levine’s Children Hospital in Charlotte. She received two blood transfusions and several types of medicines and antibiotics to keep her little body going.

  • Long explains Amazon vote

    Long explains Amazon vote

    Last week’s Amazon decision was the single most difficult vote I have taken as a legislator. In the end, putting people to work and food on their table is an immediate need and requires immediate attention. However, it does not fix the longer, real job creation act of tax reform. 

    Amazon means jobs

  • Column: Stegall’s sense of duty lives on

    They left the comfort of their surroundings and went to strange places where they were called upon to do things unnatural to civilized humanity. Some are buried in foreign lands. Some are buried at sea. The status of some is unknown. There is a story for each of the many thousands who went away to war. I offer this one.
    In 1966, a young man named Lindell Ray “Butch” Stegall was relentless in requests to his parents that they sign a waiver so he might enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was only 17.

  • Harley Dokota Manus, 13

    LANCASTER – Mr. Harley Dokota Manus, age 13, of 1100 West Shore Drive, died May 24, 2011, at his home.
    He was born March 2, 1998, in Rock Hill, the son of Darryl Manus and Donna Catoe Manus. Harley was a seventh-grade student at A.R. Rucker Middle School, loved fishing, his computer, spending time with his family and friends and was of the Baptist faith.     

  • Column: New GOP leadership lights fires

    I often wonder what happened to my once-quiet, retired life on Red Rose Ranch, but I do not regret my decision to run for chairwoman of the Lancaster County Republican Party.
    It has been almost two months since our county reorganization, where we elect officers for our party. I am excited to introduce our very energetic team: I am the chairwoman; Donnie Jones, executive committeeman; Kevin Moughan, vice chair; Roger Summey, second vice chair; Brian Carnes, secretary and John Plyler, treasurer.

  • Veterans Remembered: Recalling our Vietnam vets

    Veterans Remembered is the seventh in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support of the Veterans Monument project.
    This Veterans Remembered will tell you just a little about several local veterans who were killed while serving their country in Vietnam.

  • Column: Graduation a time for optimism

    It seems you can’t open a newspaper or turn on the television these days without being clobbered with “bad news” – news about tragic natural disasters, sky-rocketing gas prices, national unemployment rates that continue to climb and political strife in Washington. It’s an unfortunate fact that positive things are overlooked too often.

  • Column: Courthouse grand opening should have been open to all

    As I was driving down Main Street on Thursday (May 12) afternoon, I was marveling at the beautiful new courthouse we, the people of Lancaster County, are having built. It is truly a sight, compared to our previous courthouse, but as I looked at the building and its surroundings, something suddenly drew my attention.

  • Veterans Remembered column: World War II vet molded Heath Springs Class of ’64

    Veterans Remembered is the sixth in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support of the Veterans Monument project.