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Today's Opinions

  • York County also has claim on young Andrew Jackson

    York County also has claim on young Andrew Jackson

    Both Carolinas claim to be the birthplace of former President Andrew Jackson. Lancaster County even has a state park and museum named after him.

    Few recognize that York County can also lay claim to the president because he spent some portion of his young life in York County near the base of Nanny Mountain in Bethel township.

    A rock monument at the intersection of highways 274 and 49 at the Five Points intersection says young Andrew lived with the Widow Howe about a mile east of the monument.

  • We cannot turn our backs on the Greatest Generation

    As a child, I spent many summer afternoons with my great aunt Virginia Jones at her home at the corner of Gay and York streets, eating Kentucky Fried Chicken on her front porch and watching the children in the Leroy Springs swimming pool across the street.

    Aunt Gin had a stroke one evening when I was about 6 years old, and spent her remaining years confined to her bed at the county nursing home. Although she had been fiscally responsible all her life, Aunt Gin’s savings was depleted quickly.

  • Arts camps an 'invaluable resource'

    Lancaster County Council of the Arts is holding its annual arts and sciences camps in Indian Land, Kershaw and Lancaster this month. Children ages 5 to 12 will be exposed to a variety of forms of art – dance, music, theater, language arts and visual arts.

    The classes are fun, informative and children get a hands-on experience in the classes. But even more so is an opportunity for a child to discover his or her talent. The exposure could be just what some child needs to inspire him or her into a career of art.

  • Lancaster softball stars are shining

    A familiar line in baseball is that going 1 for 3 at the plate will get a player hall of fame consideration with a .333 batting average.

    How about 4 for 5?

    For Lancaster County softball teams, going 4-5 in the recent Dixie Softball District II tournaments in Chester earned four teams a coveted bid to the state tournament in Sumter. Four championships in five different age divisions is pretty impressive stuff. Clearly the Lancaster teams sparkled on the diamond.

    We emphatically say how ‘bout those Lancaster softball girls all-stars!

  • Don't leave grocery carts unattended

    Don’t leave grocery carts unattended

    About 2:30 p.m. July 6 a friend and I took her mother to old Bi-Lo, the grocery store we always go to. My friend and I both recently lost our jobs through a layoff, so we put our money together and got what we could. It was just a few things but it totaled up to $54.

  • Agency director thanks council for supporting LIFT

    Anyone who has followed the Lancaster County Council budget process in the past few weeks, has witnessed the significance of the Learning Institute For Tomorrow (LIFT.)

    LIFT’S mission is to educate, equip and empower individuals restoring their lives from the effects of behavioral health problems, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or addiction.

  • Writer thanks good Samaritans

    I would like to say a big thank you to two groups of people. I don’t know if they read The Lancaster News. I just know that some of them live in Lancaster.

    On July 4, my husband and I, and our two friends, went to sail on Lake Wateree. We had a very good time until all of the sudden a storm came, with gusty winds, waves, heavy rain and lightning.

    Our boat was spinning out of control, and I thought it was about to capsize.

  • Writer thanks supporters for Jerry Baker benefit

    Writer thanks supporters of Jerry Baker benefit

    I would like to thank everyone who came out to the benefit for Jerry Baker on June 28, 2008 at Camp Clyburn.

    A special thanks to my wife Wennie, my brother Roger, Preacher Mitchell Ingram and all the church ball teams that participated.

    I also thank Pastor Ingram, who got hurt during the ball game and said he would do it again next week if he could.

    Thank you to everyone.

    May God Bless you all.