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Today's Opinions

  • Family Promise appreciates support from community

    Family Promise of Lancaster County would like to thank Darlene Hallman and the Red Hat chapters who gave their time and energy to plan and run a Chinese auction to benefit Family Promise.

    We would also like to thank everyone who came to the auction. Family Promise has been gaining momentum over the past two months with getting into the community and sharing our information with as many people as we can.

  • County should buy books for IL library

    Lancaster County Council is considering tapping into its reserve fund to buy $200,000 in books and furnishings for the new Del Webb Library in Indian Land.

    Richard Band, director of the Lancaster County Library system, hoped to use a S.C. Budget and Control Board community grant for this. But on June 27, Band got bad news. The state awarded $12 million in grants, but the request for $200,000 to buy books for the new library was denied.

    Band was disappointed, especially since millions went to various festivals, while the library project didn’t get a cent.

  • 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.