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Columns

  • Guest Column: Treasurer’s office staffing IL service center monthly

    Foot traffic in our office at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center has been light, so I’m writing to remind residents about our monthly office hours there and our commitment to serving the taxpayers in the most efficient way.
    Part of keeping the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office taxpayer-friendly is coming up with new choices for improved customer service.

  • Guest Column: Power to select S.C. magistrates often resides in a single senator

    The S.C. Senate’s quiet move at the end of last month’s special legislative session to confirm Mike Pitts as a Laurens County magistrate surprised even some senators when the former state House member’s name was quickly read across the desk.

  • Guest Column: Everyone should play a role in stopping child sex abuse

    In today’s society, educating our children on many things is essential. We educate them on reading, math, science, technology and many other things, but do we prepare them for what to do if they’ve been sexually assaulted or raped?
    In Lancaster County, 387 cases were reported to law enforcement during 2018 by the Children’s Advocacy Center, part of the nonprofit Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault, which serves Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties.

  • Guest Column: Santee Cooper has always been generous with rate-payer money

    As Santee Cooper was accumulating billions in debt for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, the state-owned utility was doling out millions that benefited major corporations, local governments and economic-development groups, utility records show.
    From August 2010 to April 2018, at least $121 million in grants and no-interest and low-interest loans were approved for projects statewide, including:

  • Guest Column: Why must disagreement become us-versus-them fistfighting to the death?

    Two parents sat, discussing the best way to teach their son about money.
    The mother wanted to give the son an allowance each month so that he would learn the consequences of saving and spending. She wanted him to do chores, but not to be financially compensated.
    “Chores are his duty as a member of this family,” she said.
    The father understood this point of view but disagreed. He thought their son should earn his money for the chores that he completed.

  • Guest Column: Recognizing journalists who gave their all

    WASHINGTON – World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle died during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. 
    In his pocket was a draft of his last column, “On Victory in Europe.” He wrote, “...the companionship of two and a half years of death and misery is a spouse that tolerates no divorce. Such companionship finally becomes a part of one’s soul, and it cannot be obliterated.”

  • Guest Column: A 2nd chance at building a good life for yourself and your family

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the end of this year, and soon we will have news about changing our name.
    But today I’m writing to tell you about an important opportunity for you or someone you care about to take a legal step that can provide a fresh start in life.
    The Fatherhood Project is again partnering with the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and S.C. Legal Services for a free expungement clinic. The event is from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday at the Fatherhood Project office, 105 S. Wylie St., Lancaster.

  • Guest Column: Video prompts ethics question in Berkeley senator’s ’17 DUI arrest

    A newly released police video is raising questions about whether S.C. Sen. Paul Campbell tried to use his official position to avoid charges of driving under the influence and lying to police in 2017 – which, if true, would violate state ethics law.

  • Guest Column: Iconic flag of rebellion created by S.C. patriot

    July 4, 1780, was not a day of celebration in Charles Town, S.C.
    The British had just completed a two-month siege of the town and captured more than 2,000 American troops.
    Among the civilians captured were three of South Carolina’s signers of the Declaration of Independence: Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton and Thomas Heywood.
    The fourth signee, Thomas Lynch Jr., had died a year earlier.

  • Scott: Booming economy means great things for South Carolina

    I recently joined many others in Congress and our nation in celebrating National Small Business Week, during which we recognized the 30 million small businesses across the country.
    I couldn’t help but also reflect on the conditions that make it possible for these businesses to grow and thrive. It’s no secret our economy has been booming – and beating the experts’ forecasts yet again after two recent positive jobs reports.