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  • Democrats must choose strong leader

    I have read that President Barack Obama is weak and that Obama’s actions may put the United States in physical war against Russia because of his stance on Ukraine. I agree with the first point, but I hope the second point will not come true!

    I am a Democrat who voted for Obama twice. It seems every day that goes by, I see how stupid the second vote was.

  • Minimize coyote damage to small pets and property

    What Doris Starnes thought was an act of vandalism instead was a pack of determined coyotes.

    Some type of prey, most likely a rabbit, sought refuge in a drain pipe buried well beneath the ground in Starnes’ front yard.

    Not ones to give up easy, the wild canines tore away the ground and destroyed about 80 feet of the drain pipe. The responding sheriff’s deputy said it probably took hours for the persistent pack to do the damage. The fate of the prey is unknown.

  • Fire Expo Saturday worthwhile

    Kitchen fires have become a hot issue and Lancaster County firefighters hope to cool down the subject.
    Kitchen fires will be a top issue addressed during the 19th annual Lancaster County Fire Expo set, for Saturday, Oct. 12, in the University Place (Walmart Supercenter) parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    County firefighters, according to statistics, have responded to 78 structure fires that began in the kitchen area in 2012.
    “The kitchen fires are an issue in Lancaster County,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.

  • Time for us to repay veterans

    Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day are two notable occasions we pause to honor those who have served and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation in the armed forces.
    There are other days and other ways.
    One is with the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office, which is looking for dedicated folks to serve as volunteer van drivers to take veterans to medical appointments in Columbia and Rock Hill.

  • Don’t miss IL Fall Festival

    It’s almost showtime for the eighth annual Indian Land Fall Festival and fourth annual S.C. Championship Chili Cookoff.
    Saturday’s festival, promises to be a lot of fun for everyone from toddlers to teens and older folks, all for a good cause.
    “This is the largest single event in Indian Land all year long,” festival co-chair Tracy Little said said.
    He’s hoping the festival will draw more than 10,000 visitors.

  • Pause, reflect

    Today is the 12th anniversary of “the day that changed the world.” A lot has changed since knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airplanes into the World Trade Center, toppling its twin 110-story towers, slammed a third plane into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
    The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is under construction near ground zero and is set to open in 2014.
    The museum stands not only as a testament of remembrance, but also to our nation’s resiliency to rebuild and rebound. 

  • Grand work for great teachers

    It’s a known fact the Lancaster County School District is blessed with its share of great teachers.
    Any doubting Thomases should have been at the district’s recent Celebrate Great Teaching, which annually ushers in the new school term at Lancaster High School.
    A highlight of the event was the salute to the 2012-13 Celebrate Great Teaching winners.
    The latest winners included Brittany McManus, Traci Shigley, Shelby Schwartz and Richard Gay.
    McManus, a Discovery School fifth-grade teacher, won the Beginning Celebrate Great Teaching Award.

  • Classic ushers in football season

    If you’re ready for some football, there will be plenty of it today, Aug. 23, at the annual Founders Kickoff Classic, a scrimmage involving all four county schools, at Buford High School’s Jackets Stadium.
    Action opens with Central High School of Pageland playing Fort Mill High School at 6 p.m. Next up is Andrew Jackson High School against McBee High School at 6:45 p.m. The third period features Lancaster High School facing Indian Land High School at 7:30 p.m. Host Buford caps play with a battle with Lancaster at 8:15 p.m.

  • LDB stars shined on the diamond

    The 2013 Lancaster Dixie Baseball season is in the books and it’s been quite a story.
    The 2013 LDB seasons saw five all-star teams advance to state tournament play.
    “We did really well,” said veteran LDB chairman David Hance. “These coaches and players were outstanding. Their parents, grandparents and fans had plenty to cheer about this summer.”
    The youth baseball organization’s 2013 all-star campaign ended with the AA stars, ages 7-8, playing in the Dixie Youth Baseball regional tournament in Walterboro.

  • Ann Taylor deserves recognition

    Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor recently received a nice surprise.
    Taylor, the Heath Springs mayor since 1990, received the Hettie Ricket Leadership Award last month in North Myrtle Beach.
    The award was presented by the S.C. Community Development Association which honors community development leaders. The group is affiliated with the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
    The Hettie Ricket Leadership Award is named after Hettie Ricket, a Cassatt native from neighboring Kershaw County who worked to get water service for her  community.