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  • Dialogue needed about landfill

    Something smells – literally – about the proposed changes for the Mineral Mining Road Landfill. If you’ve followed this issue you know Griffin Brothers Enterprises is seeking a zoning change from R-45, rural residential/agricultural, to I-1, light industrial, to allow the construction and debris landfill to become a regional sanitary landfill.
    Waste Management is the company seeking to build the landfill that will accept household trash from North Carolina and South Carolina.

  • Interest stirring in Senate 16 race

    Who would have guessed it? Not us. We had no idea so many people would be interested in the District 16 state Senate seat when it came open after Mick Mulvaney’s election to the 5th District U.S. congressional seat in November.
    But interest it has stirred.
    Seven candidates – five Republicans, a Democrat and a Libertarian – have filed for the post.
    Mulvaney, a Republican businessman from Indian Land, vacated his Senate seat in December as he was preparing to take his seat in Congress. Mulvaney was sworn into office earlier this month.

  • Rollings a strong advocate for vets

    Lancaster County veterans lost a true ally earlier this month when George Rollings died after a courageous battle with cancer.
    Rollings served as the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Officer from 1988 to 1995. He followed on the heels of the late Ward Faulkenberry, so he had some big shoes to fill, but he handled his duties well.
    Even after serving his time with the VA office in Lancaster County, Rollings was a frequent visitor to the office as he wanted to help in any way he could. When his time was up in leading the VA office, he stayed active.

  • Barnes’ state honor reflects his qualities

    December proved to be a marvelous month for the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission.
    In the first weekend of the month, LCPRC saw a pair of youth soccer teams capture state championships at the Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill. A third county youth all-star soccer team earned recognition with a state tournament consolation victory for a third-place finish.
    Those splendid showings would be enough, but in the week to follow, the LCPRC reaped another coveted state honor.

  • Remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s message

    It is hard to believe that there was so much violence surrounding an effort to promote racial justice and equality for people, not only in the United States, but throughout the world. However, the battle did just that.

    The violence prevailed even though Martin Luther King Jr. advocated nonviolence while promoting his mission of equal rights for everyone. King’s and the effort of many others paid off with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Historical two weeks in state and nation

    History is what we’re seeing as new elected leaders on the federal and state level begin their terms in office.

    Last week, history was made in the Congress when 94 newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Indian Land businessman Mick Mulvaney, were sworn into office.

  • Indian Land fire district referendum is next week

    On Tuesday, Jan. 18, residents of Indian Land Fire District will have the opportunity to let Lancaster County Council know whether they want to pay an extra $75 each year for enhanced fire protection.
    The fee would help Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department pay for permanent improvements and capital expenditures, including buildings, equipment, infrastructure, full-time firefighters and more.

  • Howard has skills, heart to be police chief

    Today is a historical day for Lancaster Police Department as its first female police chief takes the reins from retiring Police Chief Hugh White.
    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Dec. 28 to appoint Harlean Howard as the Lancaster Police Department’s next chief.
    She succeeds White, who has been with the department since 1982 and was chief for the past 11 years.
    Howard is no newcomer to law enforcement. She got her start with the Philadelphia Police Department in 1978 and worked there until 1989.

  • Positive start for a new year

    Ringing out the old and ringing in the new is a common practice as we say good riddance to the bad of a previous year and hope for good in the new one.
    It’s real encouraging to start a new year off with some good news. Believe it or not, we have some good news in Lancaster County.
    Just before Christmas, we reported that four local companies expect to hire hundreds of people this year.

  • Celebrate New Year, but be safe

    It’s hard to believe 2010 is nearly over. Despite the fact that economists say we’ve now been in a economic recovery for more than a year, 2010 was still a hard year, especially for the nearly 15 percent of us still out of work in Lancaster County.
    But the news here in Lancaster County wasn’t all bad. This year, we’ve seen a number of significant openings. The new Walmart in Indian Land, a prototype superstore, and ALDI, the area’s third grocery store, both opened in August.