• Councilman expounds on hot-button issues

    During the last couple of Lancaster County Council meetings, we have talked about cluster developments, applying for a volunteer firefighter retention grant and a capital projects sales tax. These three issues have raised questions and the cluster development overlay district (CDOD) has been shadowed in confusion, so I would like to talk about them in this column.
    Cluster development
    overlay district

  • Politicians should stop playing politics

    A column, “GOP fails to improve economy,” written by Sheila Bickford, head of the Indian Land Democratic club, was published in the Sept. 20 edition of The Lancaster News. Published on the same page was a column, “S.C. education impacts our global competition,” by Phil Noble, president of the S.C. New Democrats.

  • Campaigns seek to end domestic violence

    South Carolina is at the top of an undesirable list when it comes to domestic violence deaths.
    The Palmetto State was ranked first in the United States in the number of women killed by men, according to a report released the last week of September by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
    The ranking was based on 2011 crime data, where 61 women were reported killed at the hands of men. The homicide rate among females murdered by males was 2.54 per 100,000 people, the report said.

  • Small: Stand by your pan

    How often has the doorbell rung or a child interrupted you while you were cooking, causing you to forget about the chicken you left sizzling on the stove – until smoke filled the house? This has happened in Lancaster on several occasions recently.

  • Hospital can help local residents navigate health-care changes

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance – with few exceptions. Key initiatives of the Affordable Care Act (i.e., healthcare reform) are fast approaching Oct. 1. These are new initiatives and there will be a lot of surrounding confusion.
    As a key health provider in the Lancaster area, we want to provide education to our community members in an easy-to-understand way, as well as help them sign up for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid and/or assistance with their premiums for medical coverage.  

  • Dunn, Love, Funderburk, McGuirt had special links to LHS athletics

    Week four of the 2013 Lancaster High School football season was a tough one, but this isn’t all about the game at Memorial Stadium where the Bruins dropped a 35-6 loss to Blythewood.
    Sometimes it’s about more than the final score and the game. There’s also the game of life.

  • Brad Dunn taught many about life

    Lancaster native Brad Dunn had three main loves in life – God, his family and the South Carolina Gamecocks. And on Sunday, before a standing-room only crowd at Lexington United Methodist Church, all of them were there to celebrate his life.
    William Bradford Dunn was born on Feb. 25, 1977, and faced adversity every day of his life. An inoperable deformity left his face different from most other children. Other physical complications were operable, however, and through the years Brad became a familiar face at area and regional hospitals.

  • Don’t let runaway growth manage us

    For several weeks, I have been hearing about horrific traffic jams on U.S. 521 in the Van Wyck Road/Doby’s Bridge Road area between 6 and 7:15 a.m. on weekdays.
    About 1,000 students are dropped off by car at Indian Land Elementary School each morning between 6 and 7:15 a.m. This is plenty of traffic to cause the reported jam, which apparently causes delays of 40 minutes or more for commuters using U.S. 521 to get to work in the morning.

  • GOP fails to improve economy

    The fact that South Carolina is ranked as one of the worst-run states in America should be of great concern to everyone. We were No. 43 on the survey of 50 states in 2012. This information was reported by 247wallst.com:  
    u Debt per capita: $3,419 – 25th highest
    u Budget deficit: 26.1 percent – 11th largest
    u Unemployment: 10 percent – tied in eighth place as highest
    u Median household income: $42,367 – ninth lowest
    u Percentage below poverty line: 18.9 percent – ninth highest

  • S.C. education impacts our global competition

    We all know that in the global economy of the 21st century, we in South Carolina are competing with Germany and Brazil just as much as we’re competing with North Carolina and Georgia.
    The question is: how are we doing? And the answer is: not so great… at least when it comes to education.
    When the subject of education comes up, it’s easy for politicians and policy makers to talk about things in generalities and rely on ideological rhetoric to try and make their point. Let’s try hard data for once.