• Your help makes bicycle ministry a success

    We truly thank each and everyone of you who played a part in bringing so many smiles and miracles to 78 children and 38 families this past Christmas through Gonzie’s Miracle Bike Ministry.

    Each year, we experience and personally witness many touching stories to share.

    I try to the best of my ability to treat folks fair and honest and to have open arms whenever there is a need to meet.

    Take this one, for example: Before Christmas, one family member who came by the shop and “wanted” five “new” bicycles.

  • Correction

    Indian Land resident Cecil Sexton said in his Feb. 4 letter that Lancaster County did a “lousy job” on some road repair at the corner of U.S. 521 and River Road.

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said the county is not responsible for either road.

    Jeff Catoe, Lancaster County Public Works director, said the cut was a “utility cut” and that the S.C. Department of Transportation told the utility provider that the stone placed in the cut was unacceptable.

  • ‘Lousy job’ on road repair

    ‘Lousy job’ on road repair

    I would like to let it be known that Lancaster County made some kind of repair at the corner of U.S. 521 and River Road.

    When the workers were done, they just filled the hole with gravel and did not fill the hole all the way.

    There are holes big enough to knock a hubcap off, and there are edges where they cut the road that could bust a tire. They did a very lousy job and I think it should be redone.

  • Facts, without the whining and ranting

    This article is in response to the Brooks Walker’s column, “Obama opens himself up for criticisms,” in the Jan. 16 edition of The Lancaster News and John P. Lage Jr.’s column, “Noble twisted facts to defend Obama,” in the Jan. 18 edition. Both articles were crticizing President Barack Obama.

    Shame on both of you for misrepresenting facts.

    Here are the facts:

  • Going to school can be deadly

    One Wednesday morning I couldn’t sleep and I knew my Lancaster News would be in that little orange box at the end of the driveway. So, I slipped on an old coat and took a plunge into the darkened morning.

    The moon seemed to be hiding behind some clouds, then I noticed the flashing yellow caution lights of a school bus coming to a stop on the curbside southbound lane of old U.S. 521.

    Why the only traffic stopping was directly behind the bus. All other lanes were in race mode. But kids will dart into traffic, they’re so young and trusting.

  • IL Masons help support Children’s Home

    The mission of the Lancaster Children’s Home is to provide a safe, stable, structured, nurturing, home-like environment for abused, abandoned or neglected children within Lancaster County and the state of South Carolina.

    The home survives because of donations from private individuals, companies and other organizations. I am proud to say that the Indian Land Masonic Lodge is one of many organizations that support the home through financial donations.

  • Animals have personality

    I raised a cat named Blackie and trained him from a kitten. I trained him to do tricks and speak in a human voice. A professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did a sonogram on Blackie, who could say “I want my mama,” and “I love you.”

    Blackie knew what he was saying and and would kiss us every day and say he loved us. He earned money for us in the Augusta area until the city of Augusta made me get a business license. I, in turn, sued the city. You can Google the story and read the details, as well as see Blackie talk.

  • Kind act restores woman’s faith in mankind

    During the holiday season, I had gone to Walmart with my $40 gift card to get some goodies.

    After walking around the store some 20 minuetes, I checked my pocket for my card, just to make sure it was there. But, I found out that I had lost it.

    I retraced my tracks, but no card. I was heartbroken and left the store teary-eyed.

    In early January, I noticed in The Lancaster News someone had put an ad in the paper, “Gift card found, call to reclaim.”

  • Sun City homeowners will get stuck with road bill

    I read with much dismay the recent article in the Jan. 2 issue of The Lancaster News concerning the Sun City road issues.

    My first question is: Why weren’t the roads inspected by Lancaster County during construction of the roads? That way, any standards could have been addressed at that time and corrected.

    By Pulte not supplying the necessary engineering proof and certification immediately tells Lancaster County that the roads are not to specification.

  • Find out where gas tax is going before raising it

    Raise the gas tax?

    Not until we know to the penny what it is funding now.

    For many years, that gas tax money built roads. Then we didn’t need so many roads, but the money kept coming in. All that lovely money attracted political causes like garbage attracts flies at the local, state and federal levels. Now we need to use that money to repair roads, which we should have been doing for years.

    First, we should take it back from places it doesn’t belong; only then do we add more tax money to the pile.