• Dabney Letter: Springs Memorial Hospital named top-performer

    There is a relationship between evidence-based treatments and better health outcomes.  Springs Memorial Hospital understands this relationship and we are excelling at providing treatment for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and immunizations.

  • Economic growth should start on Main Street

    What’s going on with Economic Development? County Council has kicked that dog and nary a bark is heard. For some time, through opinion pieces, I have urged folks to express their feelings about stuff going on and stuff sitting in limbo.
    When I travel down Main Street, tears come to my eyes ‘cause I remember when it was a beehive of commerce. Sure, we got some merchants doing their best to get things going again, but empty storefronts cast a gloom.

  • Junkyard organizers praise volunteers

    Organizers of Mahaffey’s Haunted Junkyard would like to personally thank the volunteers who helped with this year’s event. We could not have made this event possible if not for the volunteers — from the scarers to all members who helped at the front.

    They all made a great difference in raising money for such a great cause as Toys for Tots. We would also like to thank the members of the Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1169. They did their part in making all four nights of the hayride run smooth.

  • Intersection more scary than Chaney’s

    Don McCorkle has sort of “unearthed” some tales about old Milt Chaney and his tavern at the intersection of 521 and 75.

    Ghostly apparitions are bound to appear if all the folklore has any substance. I guess Milt kept the light on for early travelers in passing stagecoaches.

    I, as a boy, visited the site when the old inn was still a crumbling shack. To tell the truth, it didn’t grab me as something highly unusual. We didn’t have those electronic metal detectors, but did our best to scrape around for gold pieces.

  • Stranded driver grateful to helpful couple

    I would like to thank some very special people, who on Halloween evening took the time to stop and rescue me from a very deep ditch that I had unfortunately driven into. They reported the occurrence and set to work evaluating the situation and determining the best way to safely remove me from the vehicle and return the car to the road.

    Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sellers proved to me that there are still people who care for others and I would like to thank them for bringing a warm feeling to my heart and a renewed faith in my fellow citizens to our town.

    Sandy Bafundo

  • Beautiful day for Touching Hearts

    Beautiful day for Touching Hearts

    Oct. 11 was a beautiful afternoon for the Touching Hearts in Lancaster County event at Andrew Jackson State Park.

    As folks walked around the vendor area, they could smell the aroma of JJ’s Red Hots’ food cooking on the grill and listen to Walker Cobb playing his guitar and singing.

  • Shout out to family, foundation
  • Beckham never met a stranger

    I am writing about a friend who went home to be with Jesus. He was one of the nicest men I have ever met. Jimmy Beckham had a heart of gold.

    One time he was a manager at Piggly Wiggly. I asked him if he would let me get some groceries until my check came. He said yes. He never met a stranger. He was a true man of God.

    I did not know he had passed until I saw his obituary in The Lancaster News. His funeral had already occurred.

  • A tribute to Patricia ‘Patty’ Bridges

    Too many times we wait until a friend has died to tell the world what a wonderful person she or he was, and I am just as guilty as the next person about that.

    On this day, however, I would like to pay tribute to Patty Bridges.

    She was an incredible lady, role model and teacher. She taught with dignity and integrity. She really got to know each of her students individually.

    That way, she knew how best to meet their needs. Her love for all her students was shown by her “motherly” interaction with them.

  • Constitution 101 with CNBC

    I was appalled watching the GOP debate on CNBC from Boulder, Colorado. Instead of focusing on economic issues such as creating jobs, interest rates, Dodd Frank and taxation, questions from the moderators showed they’re a bunch of “pinheads.” Sorry, Bill O’Reilly.

    Since when was sports betting considered an economic issue? According to my current MBA class in North Carolina, sports betting is not mentioned once in the Constitution. It is outside the scope of the federal government.