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  • Power of the people evident in Indian Land

    In the last few issues, we reported stories where local residents’ vocal opposition to plans resulted in the scrapping of those plans – first with the proposed moving of the Indian Land recycling/convenience center from Jim Wilson Road to Shelley Mullis Road and then with a requested rezoning of two acres at Collins and Henry Harris roads.
    The public outcry over moving the recycling/convenience center got an added boost from the fact that Lancaster County planned to move the site next to the Deputy Roy Hardin Park, where the county owns additional land.

  • Don’t stop concealed weapon training

    Face it, folks. Some people don’t need to carry guns – openly or concealed.
    Recent tragedies, where innocent people sitting in classrooms, a shopping mall and movie theater were slaughtered by crazed, gun-toting fanatics, are a testament to that fact.
    We don’t think anyone with common sense will deny that those perpetrators should not be allowed to own or carry a gun for obvious reasons.

  • Altman’s drive took him to top

    Buford High School senior wrestler Dylan Altman has a coveted gold medal to show for his persistence.
    Altman, the Jackets’ 132-pounder, captured an individual state championship as he won the gold medal on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Anderson Civic Center.
    A year prior, Altman fell short in a bid to capture the 120-pound Class AAA state title to end his junior campaign.
    Altman used his miss at the shot of “grabbing the brass ring” to power his run to the state championship this year.

  • Important to abide by FOIA

    Pretend a hundred of us just landed on an island – our new home. The island possesses all the amenities – fertile land, plenty of timber, fresh water, lots of wildlife – to sustain us and a growing population. Pretty soon, we start to develop our island. We’re building houses, cutting roadways and implementing an infrastructure.

  • Doughnuts not sweet on Buford soccer field

    Wow, those snowy doughnuts must have been real good. Really, was it that good as you sank in on the treat?
    We’re not talking a tasty treat here, but rather a dastardly deed.
    No good came out of a coward’s “joy ride” at the Buford Recreation Department’s youth soccer fields Feb. 16.
    How could anyone have a good time as they drove an ATV and cut deep-rutted doughnuts into the youth soccer fields?
    What was this person thinking? Obviously, he or she was not thinking straight.

  • A.R. Rucker teams are big winners

    Perfection is a major challenge to attain, but a pair of A.R. Rucker Middle School teams did so during the 2012-13 basketball season.
    The Rucker girls and boys teams each posted an unbeaten record during the recently completed middle school basketball campaign.
    Each team went 12-0 for the season, a first in school history.
    Rams athletic director Brett Blackmon noted three key reasons in the teams’ success.
    “One, we had a great group of kids,” Blackmon said. “Number two, we had two great coaches.

  • A witness to history

    Seeing the president of the United States in person made everything about my trip to the nation’s capital worthwhile.

    Since I chose not to attend the inauguration in 2009, I made it a point to be there this time for the public swearing-in ceremony of our country’s commander-in-chief.

    Even though it’s now been several weeks since the inauguration, I still speak with energy and excitement about my action-filled weekend in and around Washington, D.C.

    Arriving in the ‘DMV’

  • Chamber honors are deserving

    Toasts were frequent at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Wine and Stein annual meeting at the Fairway Room on Jan. 24.
    The chamber event features a host of awards for deserving folks who make a defining difference in our community.
    Mobley Drug garnered its share of awards at the meeting.

  • Emanuel right choice as interim dean at USCL

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster didn’t have to look far to secure an interim dean.
    In fact, USCL sought one of its own – adjunct business professor Stan Emanuel.
    Emanuel, a fixture at the USC regional campus which is the largest in the USCL system, is close to the situation since he served on the search committee to land a new dean.
    Former USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano, who has lead the campus for 11 years and has taught at USCL for 30 years, retired in December.

  • Award shows women’s soccer team making mark

    A 4-10-1 record isn’t much to get excited about, but sometimes a look behind the mark shows a little more.
    In the case of the University of South Carolina Lady Lancers’ soccer team, this is true.
    The 2012 USCL women’s team, led by first-year head coach Nicole Bulinsky, posted four wins last fall, but there was more.