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  • Editor's Column: If politics were sport, Mr. McCoy would be ejected from the game

    Billy McCoy and his band of merry plagiarizers came up with a head-scratcher of an explanation.
    Yes, they acknowledged, we copied almost every word of an N.C. police department’s strategic plan and called it our own, but that’s not plagiarism. And besides, every law enforcement agency in America does this, so who cares?

  • Editor's Column: Come join the jousting match of ideas

    I encounter angry people often in this job, and that’s OK.
    Usually it’s because of something we published, like a recent story about a young man charged with several violent crimes. His mother called to scream at me that we had no right to drag him through the mud this way, that we should wait to see if he’s convicted. I listened for a while, but when she started repeating herself, I told her I understood why she was angry and said goodbye.

  • Editor's Column: School bond: Analyzing needs, wants, affordability

    Today, we present a sizable batch of letters from our readers about Tuesday’s school bond referendum.
    Traditionally, newspapers refrain from opinion coverage in the final paper before an election, because if someone writes something incorrect that might bias the vote, there’s no way to correct it before the polls open.

  • Our View: We owe it to our children to ok bond

    Vote “yes” on the $199 million school bond referendum Tuesday, March 22. It will benefit every school in the district and will cost less in immediate tax increases than Band-Aid solutions, like mobile classrooms.

    Lancaster County voters have an important decision to make Tuesday, March 22, when they vote on the school bond referendum.

  • Our View: Generosity triumphs with Christmas Basket

    Ward Faulkenberry would be grateful.
    The Christmas charity that bears his name blew the top off its $10,000 goal with a last-minute surge of donations, raising $12,660 through Dec. 23 with a week still to go before the drive’s year-end close.
    There have been 129 donations so far this year, helping nearly 750 Lancaster County residents with boxes of food for a Christmas meal and stockings full of gifts. The recipients were selected through the  Department of Social Services, the Lancaster County Council on Aging, other agencies and churches.

  • Fun for all at IL fall festival

    It’s time for the Indian Land Fall Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the fifth annual S.C. Championship Chili Cook-off.

    Saturday’s festival promises to be a lot of fun for everyone from toddlers to teens and older folks, all for a good cause – helping support the Indian Land Rotary Club’s local youth projects, including the annual third-grade dictionary project, scholarships, school needs, literacy projects, sports teams and more.

  • Our View: Congrats to the class of 2015

    For Lancaster County’s 762 graduating seniors, today, May 29, is the day.
    Graduates from all four county high schools – Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster, as well as Carolina Christian Academy – will cross stages to receive their diplomas today.
    After their respective ceremonies, they’ll toss their mortar boards high into the air as they celebrate their graduation with the friends, family, teachers and administrators who helped them along the way.  

  • Our View: Rosy outlook for Red Rose Festival

    Everything’s set in downtown Lancaster for the kickoff of the city’s sixth annual Red Rose Festival tonight. There’s just one thing missing – you.
    So gather up your family and head down to Lancaster’s historic downtown for two days of outdoor concerts, dancing in the streets, arts and crafts,  kids  activities, a car show, dog show, photo contest, roaming entertainment and more.

  • Our view: Champion Lady Bruins produced perfect finish

    A No. 1 ranking is a challenge to attain, and even tougher to keep.
    As it turned out, the Lancaster High School Lady Bruins earned their top ranking in early January and kept it the rest of the way for a state crown.
    The final record was a brilliant 27-0 mark, capped by the LHS girls’ exciting 44-42 win over Lakewood High School of Sumter County.
    Lancaster, in its first year of competition in Class AAA, made it most memorable with the school’s first state championship in girls basketball since the 1958-59 season.

  • 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.