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  • No one is totally safe

    Are you a warrior or a victim? That was the question Maj. Matt Shaw, undersheriff at Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, presented to those at a personal safety awareness class. A need for such a class was necessitated by the recent rage of violent attacks in Lancaster County.
    Just days after Christmas, Kershaw resident Hope Melton was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat. Her body was thrown in a desolate area known for coyotes and other animals.

  • Good move to name award for Muennich

    The death of Buford junior varsity football player Seth Muennich rocked the eastern Lancaster County community.
    A promising life was cut short by a car accident near the school last fall.
    But Muennich’s name and the life he lived won’t soon be forgotten.
    Buford High School officials want to make sure Muennich’s memory is always prevalent in the minds of Yellow Jackets’ fans.

  • CNN story slap in face to Lancaster

    According to CNN’s Moni Basu, the plight of folks living in Lancaster is likened to Tom Joad’s family in John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”
    Steinbeck documents the misery the Joads experience as they leave their foreclosed, dust-covered farm in Oklahoma to find work in Depression-era California.
    “In hard-hit S.C. town, faith and finances fuel political decisions,” Basu equates the aftermath of Springs Industries’ demise to the Joads’ struggle as migrant workers.

  • USC has plenty to crow about

    2011 has passed, but University of South Carolina Gamecocks fans will long savor it for the sweet memories.
    OK, some did spill over into 2012, which USC backers won’t moan about because it was a grand start to the new year.
    But 2011 was a watershed year with a flood of fond memories.
    Of course, the USC baseball team provided many thrills with its second straight national championship run.

  • Don’t forget to go vote in primary tomorrow

    Tomorrow, registered voters across the state will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in their government.
    And though local voters have no local contests to decide, the first-in-the-South Republican primary will determine who will be on the Republican presidential ticket this fall.
    Voters will choose between these GOP presidential hopefuls:
    u Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
    u Texas Congressman Ron Paul
    u Texas Gov. Rick Perry

  • Our View: Candidates should court all voters, not just older ones

    The Republican primary season is in high gear in South Carolina, evidenced both by the number of campaign signs popping up like mushrooms in area yards and the number of presidential hopefuls racing around the state.
    This week, GOP presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry made two stops in Lancaster County – both to talk with senior voters. He stopped Tuesday morning at Sun City Carolina Lakes, where he spoke at the Lake House, then stopped to have lunch with the Retired Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce at Charley’s Cafe.

  • Stump was a mainstay in voting office

    In more than two decades of service as the director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission Office, Cassie Stump has seen plenty.
    During her 20 years with the county, Stump has seen voting go from the use of paper ballots to the now easier-to-use touch screens at the various county precincts.
    “Now we have electronic voting equipment, which is so easy to us,” said Stump, who retired from her duties Dec. 30.

  • Give back by helping those less fortunate

    Giving back. We hear these familiar words often, especially during the holidays.
    But the holiday season affords us a chance to live those words.
    In Lancaster County, the opportunities are endless. Take your pick because there are several ways you can help someone less fortunate.
    What about the Angel Tree? Often during this time of year with its hectic schedule, you might be dining out at an area restaurant. If so, look for an Angel Tree. Look over the tree and find a way to make a difference for a child.

  • Please Think Lancaster First when you shop

    Today is Black Friday, the official beginning of our nation’s frenzied holiday shopping season. Retailers everywhere have been gearing up for this day for months, hoping to draw in shoppers with once-a-year deals.
    Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, we’d like to remind shoppers to Think Lancaster First before heading to malls outside the county to do their holiday shopping.

  • Thanksgiving is more than a good meal

    It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the traditional kickoff of our holiday season.
    Our national day of giving thanks dates back to 1621 in Massachusetts, where we believe the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a successful harvest with food and festivities.
    Given our economic situation, some in modern-day America may find it difficult to give thanks, but we still have much to be thankful for – health and family and freedom, to name a few.