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Today's News

  • Time to limit government overreach

    The nation learned in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal email and cell phone records, branding him a “possible co-conspirator” in a classified leak case for asking questions to a government source.
    These revelations sent shock waves throughout newsrooms nationwide. Reporters can no longer assure their sources that interviews will remain confidential because there is no way to tell whether the government is listening.

  • School choice, though limited, is a victory for S.C. families

    There are few things that bring me more pleasure as chairman of the S.C. Republican Party than praising our state’s elected officials for focusing on truly meaningful reforms. Recently, members of our state Senate did just that.
    For more than a decade, school choice has been a big part of the national dialogue on education reform. In fact, 22 other states currently have school choice programs. That number is growing year after year.

  • Sign up for Arts & Sciences Camp

    I recently read a story that related how learning to play music can help trauma victims.

    This article was about the “Guitars for Vets” initiative.
    It was fascinating to learn about the mission of this organization and how much it has grown nationwide – to more than 25 chapters.

    The program offers one-on-one free guitar lessons (and a loaner guitar) to veterans who suffer from mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of war, deaths, injuries or other disasters.

  • Summer is finally here

    I made it through May, in real good shape.
    Of course, I had to go over to Central School and walk around that May Pole, wrapping a strip of colored crepe paper while bunches of children from all over town stood in little huddles and sang songs nobody knew.
    It might make our teachers and principals happy but it sure seemed like a waste of time to me.
    Betcha if they just passed out Dixie cups of chocolate ice cream we would’ve had more fun.
    It’s always amazed me how grown-ups can mess up a good thing.

  • Fun without a 'lofty' cost

    The Lancaster arts scene is putting its collective talents together in an effort to benefit local non-profit organizations, thanks to a series of fundraising events that began in February.

    Christina Chastain, gallery owner at Chastain’s Studio Lofts, said a very successful annual Christmas party and seven years of experience working with non-profit organizations were what started her thinking about how the gallery could do more to reach out to the community.

  • Four stranded after boat runs out of gas

    Braving darkness and a light rain, a team of emergency responders rescued a family trapped on a tiny boat in the Cedar Creek Reservoir on Sunday night, June 2.

    Comprised of members from at least five different agencies, the rescue team was called to action after a 911 call alerted them to the stranded family about 9:30 p.m. 

  • Leadership Lancaster expands my circle

    I routinely tease Dean Faile for a comment he seemed to make at each Leadership Lancaster session.

    “This is by far my favorite day of the entire program!” I’m pretty sure I heard him say that at least four times during our six-month program sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

    When looking back, though, I can see why he was moved to that opinion.

  • Upgrades at Kershaw bowling alley generate rave reviews

    KERSHAW – The days of scratched lanes, worn-out gutters and paper scorecards are over in Kershaw. 

    The bowling alley at Kershaw Recreation Center at Stevens Park has undergone major renovations that are expected to make it a desired hang-out spot once again. 

    Randy Jordan, who manages the center, said Superior Bowling Service of Columbia was contracted to make the improvements. 

  • Leadership Lancaster expands my circle

    I routinely tease Dean Faile for a comment he seemed to make at each Leadership Lancaster session.

    “This is by far my favorite day of the entire program!” I’m pretty sure I heard him say that at least four times during our six-month program sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

    When looking back, though, I can see why he was moved to that opinion.

  • Revenue credits may help L&C Railroad stay on track

    A pair of county ordinances may soon help upgrade a vital Lancaster & Chester Railroad line, which in turn could help bring new industry to the county. 

    That’s the hope of Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell, who discussed the two L&C ordinances during Lancaster County Council’s May 20 meeting.

    Beginning with the first step in the two-part process, Council looked at amending an ordinance that placed the company into a joint industrial and business park status last December.