• Councilman explains FILOTs

    What is a FILOT? The use of acronyms in government can be confusing for taxpayers. FILOT is one that you probably have seen on numerous occasions when reading Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News.
    So just what is a FILOT?
    The term FILOT stands for fee in lieu of taxes.

  • Tax info for newcomers to county

    Are you a new resident moving in the county? It’s important to make sure you have your tax information current with Lancaster County to avoid late payment penalties or tickets. If you’re one of our county’s newest neighbors, here are some things you need to know:

  • Remembering Lt. Lucas, a big-hearted Vietnam vet

    First Lt. Gene Lucas, “Luke” as we called him, was an outstanding officer who cared deeply about the well-being of those within his command. He was the executive officer of an automatic weapons battery in Vietnam (1968-69), where I became a platoon leader.
    Lt. Lucas contacted me one day from Dong Tam and informed me I needed to go to battalion headquarters to complete some paperwork. He told me he would come by my platoon headquarters in Tan An, pick me up, and we would ride together to Long Binh, north of Saigon.

  • S.C. needs leadership and accountability

    To the people of  S.C.,
    A lot can happen in a year. That’s a good thing since we have the potential to create a brighter future for South Carolina next year. But it’s much harder to swallow when we reflect on all the mistakes, problems and risks that have hurt our people just in the one year since the Department of Revenue (DOR) hacking scandal.

  • Tribute to veterans salutes true heroes

    Respectful. Honorable. Dedicated. Heroes.
    These are a few words that describe our active military and our veterans. They are also the words that describe the group of individuals who presented the program, “A Tribute to our Veterans,” held on Nov. 1 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Bundy Auditorium.

  • Jesus explains why we should trust the Bible

    Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ can trust the Bible because Jesus believed and taught that it was totally trustworthy and without error.
    Jesus displayed a perfect familiarity with the Scriptures. He referred to Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Lot and his wife, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, Elijah and Elisha, Jonah, Isaiah and the prophet Daniel. He embraced its events, including creation, the flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the manna in the wilderness, Moses and the bronze serpent and the repentance of Nineveh.

  • Police using military tactics threat to citizens

    Over the last four decades, local police forces across the nation have been enthusiastically adopting military weapons and tactics. Whether and to what extent this alarming trend poses a threat to South Carolinians’ civil liberties is a question that deserves attention.

  • State safeguards our tax dollars on multiple levels

    Accusations of embezzlement make headlines all too often these days. And while stealing money is not limited to the public sector – even some church administrators and little league coaches have been accused of stealing – it seems to strike a deeper nerve when it involves taxpayer dollars.
    Yet, from small town governments to large state agencies, the alleged theft of public funds never seems to be absent from the news for very long.

  • Congressmen question Sebelius about healthcare.gov failures

    From Release
    U.S. Reps. Mick Mulvaney, Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz sent this letter requesting information regarding the failures of healthcare.gov to Secretary of Health and Human Resources Kathleen Sebelius.

    Dear Secretary Sebelius:
    You have made a number of curious statements during your career in public life. Time and space do not allow for a full inventory.

  • Public-private partnerships not working

    In August of 2008, South Carolina legislative leaders held a press conference to unveil a plan to “fix” the economy and “create jobs.” The big reveal consisted of a bunch of charts – including my favorite, a pyramid with 30 plus government agencies listed in it – and the announcement of a new group called the Knowledge Sector Council.
    What was this council supposed to be?