Today's Opinions

  • I'm sharing some double Howey pride

    As the fans filed out of the high school basketball game last season, an elderly lady stopped and said, “Robert, those articles you write about your family, keep on doing that. We really like them.”

    If so, and I believe it because I hear it often, then you get a double Howey dose today.

    Today is graduation for the Lancaster County class of 2010.

  • Remember those who have made ultimate sacrifice

    School’s out. Businesses are closed. The smell of grills drifting over the neighborhood. For many people it’s a three-day weekend. And it’s the beginning of summer.

    With all the excitement going on it is easy to forget why we have this weekend.

    But the truth is this holiday cost the lives of many people. Memorial Day is a day set aside to pay tribute and honor to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

  • Graduates have a lot to celebrate today

    For 2010 Lancaster County high school graduates, today is the day.

    Ask any of those 766 graduates at Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster high schools about that today and you will likely get a wide smile and a reply like, “That’s it. The big day.”

    You can wager that mortar board tassel that a pumped fist, or a high five will likely follow.

  • Middleton's 500th win reflects AJ's will to battle

    The 2010 Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers’ 14-14 softball season won’t go down as among the greatest at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.

    The break-even mark reflects a spring of about as many ups as downs.

    A Conference IV-AA runner-up finish and a Class AA Upper State playoff berth stand as a couple of notable 2010 team accomplishments in the tradition of AJ softball.

    No doubt, the major achievement came during the Lady Vols’ recent postseason run.

  • Let's hope little Jaylen's death was not in vain

    Have you reached that point yet where you’ve said, “Enough, it’s time to do something abut the violence in Lancaster County.”

    We believe many residents here feel that way. There have been four murders in the county since the start of the year.

    The shooting death of a 3-year-old girl earlier this month has many, many people here mad.

    Jaylen Elaine Jackson was apparently caught in the crossfire of a gunfight when she was hit in the head by a bullet and killed.

  • Continental Tire deserves a thank you

    The great thing about being in the newspaper business is that we often learn of good news before most others do.

    Last week, we were wowed by the news that Continental Tire was making a sizable donation to two local government entities.

    The company, which moved its North American corporate headquarters from Charlotte to Indian Land last year, announced it was giving $65,000 worth of tires to Lancaster County and $35,000 to the Lancaster County School District.

  • Volunteers reason for successful fundraiser

    Calvin Miller doubted his faith just a little. Volunteers and organizers of the April 24 Family Promise yard sale were told if they raised $10,000, an anonymous donor would donate $10,000.

    The volunteers worked hard to organize the yard sale. Representatives from 15 churches met once a week for six weeks to plan the fundraiser.

    Miller, who is chairman of Family Promise, a network of local churches that provides homeless families with children food, shelter, clothing and counseling, was worried they couldn’t raise that much and thereby would lose that $10,000.

  • 3 officers recognized for DUI enforcement

    Booze it and lose it is a popular slogan in the campaign to reduce drunken driving in the Palmetto State. Three local law enforcement officers are doing their best in the ongoing fight to keep alcohol-impaired drivers off our state roads.

    The S.C. Department of Public Safety recently recognized two Lancaster Police Department officers, Pfc. Josh Small and Sgt. Dale Johnson, along with Sgt. Billy Hillton of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.