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Today's Opinions

  • Hammakers grateful for community support

    It has been six months since Derek Hammaker was killed in an automobile accident. To us, it seems only yesterday. In some ways, the pain and sadness we are experiencing is worse than when the accident first happened. Every day without Derek is a reminder of how much he meant to us and how much we miss him. Nothing is the same.

  • Builder's Supply article brings back memories

    I read the article on Builder’s Supply in the July 25 edition of The Lancaster News and remembered something else about the company. I’m not sure where folks bought their ice and coal a hundred years ago, but I do know that in the 1930s and 1940s those places were at the end of Catawba Street, not French Street.

  • Volunteers can make difference to abused children

    The Lancaster County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program teaches people to become positive, effective advocates for children living in foster care. The GAL volunteers advocate for children who have been abused or neglected and are now involved with the family court system.

  • Arson slap in the face to justice, history

    In the wee hours of Monday morning, someone slipped into a window of Lancaster County’s courthouse, crept upstairs and lit a flame. The arsonist ignited not only court documents, but 180 years of American history. It doesn’t really matter that the building was inadequate as a courthouse. The arson was a slap in the face to both justice and history.

    According to local historian Lindsay Pettus, here are some of the reasons the courthouse was such a landmark:

  • Kershaw children's park now a reality

    The town of Kershaw now has a children’s park unlike any other. The park resembles a mock town at the turn of the 19th century. It’s dotted with old Kershaw landmarks.

    Springs Cotton Mill, Haile Gold Mine, Kershaw Mercantile, Hanging Rock are memorialized in the multilevel play complex, which has slides, swings, climbing nets, tunnels, a chin-up bar and a fire pole for children to play on.

  • Women grateful for good Samaritans

    People always amaze me. Just when I thought human kind was going down the tubes, I get a big surprise that restored my faith in people.

    My friend, Cassie, and I run a small animal rescue here in Lancaster County. We were on our way to a veterinarian in Union to have some dogs and puppies spayed and neutered when someone turned in front of us. I had no where to go and I hit the other car. There were 10 dogs and puppies in the car with us, including my dog and Cassie’s dog.

  • Homeowner frustrated about break-ins

    What does it take to keep our homes safe these days? We do all the right things and then our home was broken into. It happened two weeks ago. We found out who did this, went to the authorities and they did nothing.

    We even told them where the young boys hid some of the things that were stolen from another house. We haven't heard a word from officers and they will not return our phone calls.

    My wife and I work everyday just to make a living. Then some young jerks with nothing else better to do steal our things. Where is our protection and rights?

  • Director, kids, volunteers worked hard on play

    I am very disappointed that The Lancaster News did not choose to cover the latest work of the Lancaster Community Playhouse. The first show of the year was Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids.” The director, Eric Grace, and many helpers, held auditions just before school was out. The turn out for this audition was huge with more than 100 kids from Lancaster County participating. Eric immediately saw potential in so many of the children that he cast 20 extra children than the show originally required.