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  • Bigger reservoir a no-brainer

    Water is something we often take for granted. That’s easy to do because it appears we have plenty on our planet. The Earth is more than 70 percent water. But only about 1 to 3 percent of the Earth’s water is suitable for consumption.
    When we experience droughts like those of the past decade, we realize just how valuable water is to our lives. We’ve become accustomed to water restrictions as drought stages progress. No watering lawns, washing cars or buildings.

  • Take time to ponder meaning of holiday

    For many of us, celebrating Thanksgiving conjures up visions of pseudo-Pilgrims and early Indians dressed in period garb created from the best construction paper first- and second-graders could find.
    Cutouts of turkeys, pumpkins and cornucopias hanging from classroom ceilings added to the festive spirit.

  • Farmer's market moving forward

    County Council reorganized its farmers market commission this summer and now it’s supporting a plan to upgrade the market itself.
    Officials say since the commission was reorganized, with mostly new members, the market itself has seen an increase in business. But the physical location across from the sheriff’s office on Pageland Highway, could use some renovations. Councilman Jack Estridge said at a recent council meeting that the market facilities have been neglected for years.

  • Students reason for Rambler's success

    Rambler Day, one of the highlights of the Lancaster High School academic year, is met with much anticipation each spring.
    The LHS school term is well-chronicled in the yearbook and students always look forward to its arrival on Rambler Day.
    The 2010 Rambler, as it turns out, is extra special.
    The Lancaster High School annual was recently chosen as the best yearbook in the state by the S.C. Scholastic Press Association.
    The Rambler also won the Palmetto Award for finishing tops in Class III, its division.

  • It's time for tough decision on fire district

    From the halls of Congress to the halls in small towns, the message is clear: No more taxes.  No one wants to pay more in taxes. But when there is a dire need and no way to pay for it, sometimes that is the only answer.
    Such is the case in Indian Land. There is an effort under way to create an Indian Land Fire Protection District. The district would buy new equipment, station furnishings and fund new and existing firefighters.

  • Firefighters receive deserved recognition

    The human line snaked around the back of the County Council chambers on Tuesday night. One representative from each of the 19 fire departments in Lancaster County stood quietly. Most were fire chiefs and dressed in their best dressed uniforms.
    They were there to get some well-deserved recognition. Lancaster County Council Chairman Rudy Charter presented a special plaque and proclamation to each member citing their vital contribution to the safety and protection of county residents.

  • Election makes history in S.C.

    A week ago, the ground moved.  Not literally, of course. But the Nov. 2 election was obviously a huge one for the Republican Party.
    Nationwide, the GOP made impressive gains, most notably in the U.S. Congress, where Republicans gained control of the House and reduced the Democratic majority in the Senate.
    Republicans also made impressive gains in state legislature races across the country – something that will give the party an edge when redistricting is done based on the 2010 Census numbers.

  • Thank firefighters for lower ISO rating

    Lancaster County residents recently got some news to celebrate. The Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating throughout most of the county has gone down to a 6.0.
    The rating is based on several factors, including fire services. Homeowners across Lancaster County should be thankful for the news, as the lower ISO rating will result in lower home insurance premiums for many of them.
    The Lancaster County Fire Service pushed for the countywide ISO rating. It applies to areas served by 17 of the county’s fire departments.

  • Veterans deserve gratitude

    Nov. 11 is the day set aside to give much-deserved recognition to those who gave their lives in service for our country.
    Veterans Day was established for that very purpose in 1918. That date coincides with the ending of World War I, also known as the Armistice, which was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
    Celebrations across the nation include laying of wreaths at memorials throughout Washington, D.C., and festivities and parades in towns across America. Veterans of all wars will also be recognized for their service.

  • Hunter deserves his day of honor

    Wade Hunter is what’s right about Kershaw. The Lancaster County small town has its share of positives, and Hunter is a major plus.
    The 81-year-old drew the spotlight at a recent meeting of the Kershaw Town Council.
    Hunter, a 10-year member of council and the town’s mayor pro tem, was honored by his fellow council members, who declared Dec. 11, 2010,  as Wade Hunter Day.
    It could be any day because few days pass in Kershaw that Hunter isn’t doing something positive for his town.