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  • Have a fun, but safe summer

    Have a fun, but safe summer 

    It’s easy to let your safety guard down right now. After all, it is summer. School’s out. The beach, rivers and pools beckon. The longer days allow more time for outdoor activities – like boating, riding motorcycles and pursuing great adventures on all-terrain vehicles.

  • Congrats, good luck to 2011 grads

    Take a good look at this week’s Graduation 2011 special section. It’s full of the graduates from all four county high schools, as well as Carolina Christian Academy.
    In each school’s section, you’ll read about their top scholars, who will address their classmates as valedictorian and salutatorian at graduation ceremonies – today for the four county schools and June 3 for Carolina Christian.

  • Our View: Carnes was dedicated to education

    Each May, a week is set aside to say thanks to teachers in our community.
    Buford education legend Corbett Carnes, who has been retired some 38 years, still draws plenty of praise even though his days in the classroom have long been completed.
    Fittingly enough, Carnes, who died earlier this month, is well-remembered for the impact he had on education in the eastern Lancaster County community.

  • Our View: Trio deserves hall of fame recognition

    The Lancaster County School District’s recent Celebration of Excellence honored 258 students and 24 retirees and featured the induction of three new members into the LCSD’s Education Hall of Fame.
    The trio included Atlee Brown, W.C. Lewis and Charlene McGriff. All three were dedicated servants to the district for a number of years.

  • Our View: Stop by VA office to read 'The notebook'

    Lancaster County employees have a “new boss” today. It’s Brooklyn Springs Elementary School first-grader Nathan Gibson.
    Nathan will spend the day with Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis, after winning the grand prize in “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest. Nathan, a student in Rena Cunningham’s class, chose to write about his “big brother,” U.S. Army medic Dwayne “Big Mac” Mackey.   

  • Our View: Williams played his ‘Uncle Sam’ part well

    When the annual July Fourth celebrations roll around this summer, a central figure will be missing.
    Harold Williams, who played the part of “Uncle Sam” in the Charlesboro and Heath Springs parades, died earlier this month.
    “Uncle Sam” is a common national personification of the U.S. government, which was originally used during the War of 1812. The figure is depicted as a stern, elderly man with white hair and a goatee beard. Typically, he is dressed in clothing that features elements of the U.S. flag.

  • Ardrey deserves district award

    Bill Ardrey’s work and dedication have been deservedly rewarded. Ardrey, commissioner for the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District, was honored earlier this year as the S.C. Association of Conservation District’s 2010 Outstanding Commissioner of the Year.

    Conservation districts are asked annually to nominate a commissioner for supporting the local-state federation conservation partnership in their county and for promoting conservation within the county.

  • Take time today to honor your mom

    Surely we all know whom we celebrate today. But just in case you’ve somehow missed it – it’s Mother’s Day.
    It’s a day set aside to honor and pay tribute to the one who brought us into the world and tried to keep us on the right track. She’s known as mommy, mom, mother and mama. You may have even given her a nickname.
    She deserves all the recognition she can get. She’s always been there for you. She’s been your confidant, protector and mentor.

  • Quest for justice will never end

    He appeared invincible. The ruthless mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 Americans eluded capture for almost 10 years. But that changed on May 1, 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan.
    On Sunday, shouts of joys and cheer rang out across the nation as President Barack Obama made the late-night announcement. But social media actually upstaged President Obama as Twitter sent out the first death notices.

  • Be realistic about ban on ‘sagging’

    Gen. Larry Platt and Cotton Cole share similar views on a much-controversial fashion statement: they don’t like baggy pants.
    Platt became an instant celebrity when he performed “Pants on the ground,” for “American Idol” judges last year. Cole, a Lancaster County council member, wants council to create a countywide ban on baggy pants.
    The beginning lyrics of Platt’s song goes, “Pants on the ground, Pants on the ground, Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground.”