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Our View

  • Address evil through intelligent conversation

    Not every mentally-ill person is violent. Not every gun is used to kill first-graders, principals and teachers. Evil is, has always been and will always be with us. Our hearts were broken, our breath sucked away and we were left completely helpless when mental illness, weapons and evil combined at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

  • Shop locally first during the holidays

    With Christmas lights up and area holiday parades starting this weekend, it’s definitely starting to look and even feel, with the recent frost, like Christmas here in Lancaster County.
    With Black Thursday/Friday behind us and the holiday shopping season in full swing, we’d like to remind shoppers to Think Lancaster First.
    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s shop local initiative is also in full swing with discounts galore in its new Think Lancaster First coupon book.

  • AJ, Buford squads have plenty to cheer about

    There’s been plenty to cheer about this fall at Andrew Jackson and Buford high schools.
    Both of the county schools earned playoff berths in the Class AA Division II Upper State football playoffs.
    AJ notched a postseason win for the first time in eight seasons, while BHS earned a home playoff game with a solid regular-season finish.

  • Show your gratitude tomorrow

    This Thanksgiving, take time to be thankful for more than just a good meal. Give thanks for what you’ve been blessed with and share what you can with those in need.
    It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the traditional kickoff of America’s holiday season.
    Our national day of giving thanks dates back to 1621 in Massachusetts, when we believe the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a successful harvest with food and festivities.

  • Our View: Be sure to vote on Election Day

    On Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 6 – registered voters across the country will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges our democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent us in our government.
    Lancaster County voters will help choose our next president, U.S. and S.C. House representatives,  county sheriff, County Council member and Lancaster City Council members. The other races on local ballots are all unopposed.
    County voters will choose between these hopefuls:

  • Guest View: Budget deficits, national debt popular election topics

    Every couple of years, right before elections, certain topics are frequently discussed, then fade into the background once politicians have secured your vote.
    Budget deficits and the national debt are among the ones that come up most often.
    Debt is also among the most difficult topics for the average person to understand. After all, if you’re an average South Carolinian making $32,000 a year, it is difficult to understand exactly how much money $1 trillion is.

  • Our View: Investment shows city’s support for business park

    The city of Lancaster is putting its money where its mouth is in support of a future business park near Lancaster County Airport on S.C. 9 West.
    Lancaster City Council, by a 6-1 vote, approved at its Oct. 23 meeting to allocate $900,000 to extend city water and sewer services to the Lancaster Air-Rail Industrial Park, a joint project being planned by Lancaster City and County Councils.

  • Help our economy by thinking local first

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is stepping to the fore in a solid effort to boost the local economy.
    The latest season of  the Think Lancaster First campaign took flight at the chamber’s annual Rub of the Green golf tournament on Oct. 11 at the Lancaster Golf Club.
    A highlight of the popular golf tournament was a hot-air balloon, which was adorned with the Think Lancaster First banner.
    The balloon was a hot spot during the afternoon tournament with more than 100 riders.

  • There’s plenty of pride for Pettit

    A gold medal and three silvers are nothing to sneeze at as the old saying goes.
    Rather, it’s something to be proud of over a two-year athletic career in the state meet.
    Those are the honors Lancaster High School senior swimmer Jory Pettit posted in the last two Class AAAA state swim meets.
    Pettit, as a junior, won the gold in the 50-yard freestyle and took the silver in the 100-yard freestyle.

  • Springs Memorial earns honor

    National recognition is nice and national recognition two straight years is, well, twice as nice.
    That’s what Springs Memorial Hospital earned from the Joint Commission – the leading accreditor of  health-care organizations in America.