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Today's Opinions

  • Roads, ethics, more top legislative agenda

    As the S.C. General Assembly approaches the end of the first year of the two-year session, much remains to be done. Finding additional funding for our roads, overhauling ethics laws and strengthening penalties for criminal domestic violence are the issues receiving the most attention.

    To date, though, resolution has yet to be reached on any. What follows will bring you up to speed on those issues as well as some others legislators are debating this year.

    Roads, roads, roads

  • Tax paying now more convenient

    In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service. While no one enjoys paying taxes, one of our top priorities is to make paying your taxes simple and easy.

  • Roads, ethics, more top legislative agenda

    As the S.C. General Assembly approaches the end of the first year of the two-year session, much remains to be done. Finding additional funding for our roads, overhauling ethics laws and strengthening penalties for criminal domestic violence are the issues receiving the most attention.

    To date, though, resolution has yet to be reached on any. What follows will bring you up to speed on those issues as well as some others legislators are debating this year.

    Roads, roads, roads

  • Our View: Congrats to the class of 2015

    For Lancaster County’s 762 graduating seniors, today, May 29, is the day.
    Graduates from all four county high schools – Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster, as well as Carolina Christian Academy – will cross stages to receive their diplomas today.
    After their respective ceremonies, they’ll toss their mortar boards high into the air as they celebrate their graduation with the friends, family, teachers and administrators who helped them along the way.  

  • Noble column: Fix higher education so grads can dream big

    Back many years ago when I graduated from high school, my father made me a promise that changed my life and we should make the same promise to all of our children in South Carolina.
    As a callow youth with my brand-spanking-new diploma in hand, I was simply excited about graduating and looking forward to celebrating with my friends. But before things got too far out of hand, my father pulled me aside, looked me straight in the eye and made me a serious and solemn promise.

  • Griffin letter: Open letter to U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney

    Mr. Mulvaney, why can Indian Land not have its own post office?
    I know about the contract post office at S.C. 160 and U.S. 521, but it is a gas station and the sign on the post office counter states, “We are a gas station first and a post office second, so be patient with the attendant.”
    Indian Land now has more than 21,500 residents and the fastest-growing region in the state. I think we have waited long enough, earned and deserve a real post office.

  • Wilt column: Revised budget better, but it still has problems

    The fiscal year 2015-16 Lancaster County budget version 6 (second reading) has been finalized with a 1.8 mill tax increase, using $1.3 million from the fund balance to cover what would ordinarily be a 4.6 mill additional tax increase. This allows council to claim that taxes have not been raised the maximum amount (2.8 mills), while actually spending 6.4 mills worth of tax money (228 percent of the maximum tax increase). More to the point, it camouflages County Council’s serious difficulty in living within its means.

  • Bilodeau letter: County Council deserves praise

    It was reported in last week’s newspaper that Lancaster County Council is considering early redemption of the special source revenue bonds used to finance public improvements at Bailes Ridge, a 300-acre business park in Indian Land.