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  • Our view: Take time on Thanksgiving to be grateful

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, when we should all be grateful for all of life’s gifts, big and small.
    The annual American holiday, held the fourth Thursday of November, commemorates the Pilgrims’ celebration of the good harvest of 1621.
    Thanksgiving celebrates the simple treasures of good food and fellowship – conjuring up popular images of family seated around a table, complete with a steaming big bird, mounds of dressing and pumpkin pie.

  • Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday

    Registered voters will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges our democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent us in our government – on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    Voters will help choose our next U.S. senators, U.S. House representatives, S.C. governor and other statewide seats.

    Locally, they will help choose school board members, a probate judge, the 6th Circuit solicitor and County Council members. See today’s news pages for a list of the races on ballots in Lancaster County.

  • School bells will ring tomorrow

    It’s hard to believe summer is nearly over for local schoolchildren. While autumn doesn’t officially arrive until next month, on Monday morning, about 12,000 Lancaster County students will say goodbye to the carefree days of summer and return to their classrooms.

    This week, school administrators and teachers are making last-minute preparations for the 2014-15 school year. Their planning and preparation welcomed the students back at recent drop-ins and open houses.

  • Americans, have a happy, safe birthday

    Today we don our red, white and blue. We’ll wave our flags, fire up the grills, parade down Main streets and country roads to cheering crowds.

    We’ll shoot fireworks, rally with family and friends and picnic anywhere we can place a blanket. And why not. We’re celebrating our 238th birthday.

    The United States of America is considered a teenager compared to other countries on Earth.

  • Don’t forget to go vote in primary

    On Tuesday, June 10, registered voters across the state will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in their government.

    Locally, we’ll select a Republican candidate to face the lone Democrat in the 6th Circuit solicitor’s race.

    The list of hopefuls for the U.S. Senate race will be narrowed. So will the lieutenant governor, adjutant general, agriculture commissioner and state treasurer races.

  • Prepare to vote in primary

    The June 10 primary is just a few weeks away. Locally, we’ll select a Republican candidate to face the lone Democrat in the Sixth Circuit solicitor’s race.

    The list of hopefuls for the U.S. Senate race will be narrowed. So will the lieutenant governor, adjutant general, agriculture commissioner, state treasurer and S.C. House District 53 races.

  • 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.