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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Medicare to test electronic personal health record in S.C.

    Question: With all of the technological advances today, I have been wondering why we are not able to keep up with our health care information and records on the Internet like we do with banking and bills. My wife and I take care of almost everything online since we learned how to do it, and I would love to see this as an option as well.

    Will this ever be an option for us in South Carolina?

  • Knight became policeman because 'he wanted to help people'

    It’s a pleasant evening and he agrees to take his granddaughter on a bike ride. She’s only 9 years old and not allowed to ride by herself – it’s not safe. Minutes later tires squeal, a car flips and decisions are made. Their lives will never, ever be the same.

    When Ray Knight was asked during the interview process at the Lancaster Police Department in 1985 why he wanted to be a policeman he said what a lot of people say.

  • Exploring gold mine is worth the effort

    Squatting in a gentle-flowing stream. Sifting the gravel in a pan ever so slightly until the small shiny flecks became visible. That’s how it began. Gold fever.

    Before the California gold rush it began right here in Lancaster County. Just three miles north of the town of Kershaw, Col. Benjamin Haile found just enough of the shiny flecks to seek out their source. The year was 1827. According to local historian Louise Pettus, in 1828, Haile sent a shipment of gold to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia – the first domestic gold sent outside South Carolina.