• Stormwater fee for Panhandle huge case of DHEC overreach

    Editor’s note: The writer is a candidate for Lancaster County Council District 1.

    The county wants to send you another tax bill.
    SMS4 is a federal program to protect the nation’s drinking water being run by the Environmental Protection Agency. In South Carolina the program is administered by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

  • Letter: Must ensure safety of amusement parks

    This letter is about amusement park rides.
    A lot of people are being killed or maimed across this country. I would like to tell you about an experience a friend and I had at the Lancaster fairgrounds.
    We were 16 or 17 years old and got on a ride called the Rocket. As we were going round and around, the man stopped the ride. The bolt in the middle was coming loose. I asked what would have happened if it had come all the way loose. He replied, “Y’all would have been uptown. It would have flown apart.”

  • Letter: Agree on bathrooms, disagree on politics

    I totally agree with Dr. Steve Stewart’s May 18 column concerning President Obama’s disregard of the Constitution.
    His threat to withhold federal funds to public schools under Title IX is absolutely ludicrous. There is no discrimination based on sex when someone is born male or female and wants to be identified as the opposite sex only based on how they feel in their own mind.
    The human race is composed of only two sexes: male or female. Hopefully this executive action will be overturned by the judicial system.

  • Letter: Sheriff resolved safety issue well

    I would like to take this opportunity to extend to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and his officers my sincere appreciation for their assistance in resolving a serious traffic-safety problem on Highway 97.
    I recently observed and reported the problem to his office, and his officers acted in a timely manner to relay the information to appropriate personnel within the S.C. Highway Department, who promptly corrected the hazardous conditions.

  • Letter: Thanks for inspiring story on our schools

    With almost every piece of media flooded with exasperating stories of political warfare and local crime, surprisingly, I came across a delightful story in last week’s Lancaster News. This story covered a fun-filled evening for moms and their sons at Clinton Elementary School.
    Too often, the headlines of most news stories focus on the criminal acts, perceived injustices and other social problems in our communities. However, the story regarding the mother-son dance brought a blissful flash of some of the good times and things shared in our small community.

  • Letter: Blackmon has background to be good county auditor

    Allen Blackmon is an outstanding candidate for county auditor.
    I have known Allen and his wife, Jane, for 35-plus years and have watched them raise a wonderful family of two children and now two grandchildren. During this time, he has grown professionally, while at the same time, remaining an active participant in the growth and development of our community.

  • Letter: Sheriff thanks all law officers for service to community

    This week is National Police Week, a time set aside every year to remember police officers who have given their lives in sacrifice to their communities. I wanted to take a moment to express my own gratitude for the officers in Lancaster County, as well as the rest of the state of South Carolina and across the nation.

  • Letter: Bathroom solution: 1-hole Porta-Johns

    Our lame duck president fired a cannonball across the bow of the Good Ship Lollipop to show us that he still has a final card up his sleeve.
    At my age and biological gender, I qualify as a male man and am restricted to “Men’s Only restrooms.” For bunches of years that was the going rule.

  • Letter: Lucas rips Haley on farm bill veto

    Editor’s note: The S.C. House voted 112-2 Tuesday to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of legislation that would provide $40 million in grants to help the state’s farmers recover from last year’s floods. Republican House Speaker Jay Lucas, whose District 65 includes parts of eastern Lancaster County, wrote this in reaction to the override.

  • Letter: Main Street needs someone to invest

    At those Chamber of Commerce get-togethers, you reckon some mention could be directed to Lancaster’s Main Street?
    Why is the spiffy-looking American Legion fairground area so seldom used? Why no fancy lights along our row of banks coming into town?
    Somebody must still own the old empty buildings on Main. Couldn’t the city ask the owners to spread a little cheerful paint on the exteriors, and drop the tax millage a little?