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Columns

  • Column: Government’s 3 branches set up for a reason

    This is in response to Sonny Jim Doyle’s recent guest column. Apparently, Mr. Doyle thinks that the president is charged with “running the country.” Fortunately, that is not the case.
    The U.S. government is a separation of powers form of government, and it consists of three individual branches: the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch. Each branch is assigned its own tasks and responsibilities. This is to prevent an individual ruler from having the power to control every aspect of government.

  • Column: Growing county needs to protect its archaeological, historical sites

    November is National Native American Heritage Month. As I reflect on this, I see a cause for concern.
    The upswing in the economy and the related growth in the Panhandle of Lancaster County signal vibrant growth. My fear is that we are losing a tremendous number of archaeological and historical sites in this path, as once-open land is logged, graded and paved. Beaufort County experienced a similar phenomenon decades ago.

  • Column: SCDOT honored by trade group that it pays millions

    Christy Hall, chief of the S.C. Department of Transportation, was in a bragging mood at last month’s DOT Commission meeting, announcing that the agency had won three “President’s Transportation Awards” from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
    “I’m proud to announce that once again – once again – the South Carolina DOT has demonstrated that we are one of the best DOTs in the nation, and we are a leader in excellence and innovation,” Hall told commissioners.

  • Column: Pageland needs our help to win $500K contest on reality TV

    Residents of Lancaster County, it’s time to show your Palmetto Pride and help your small-town neighbor to the east by joining the #PickPageland revolution!
    #PickPageland is a social-media campaign designed to help Pageland win a reality TV contest that awards one town in America a $500,000 downtown revitalization.
    Pageland has made the Top 20 out of more than 12,000 towns that applied to the “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” television show. No other town from South Carolina was selected.

  • Column: Donald Trump is doing his job

    In 2016, America saw one of its the most bitter election battles between two candidates – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This battle, though, was not only fought by the candidates, but by the citizens of America and the media as well.

  • Column: Thanks to all who worked to carry out the election

    On behalf of the Lancaster County Election Commission, thank you to the people who worked the polls on Election Day, Nov. 6.
    We had 259 people who went through training and were there from at least 6 in the morning to 8 that night. We have such a great group of dedicated workers who sometimes catch heat for long lines and slow machines that they have absolutely no control over, but I had no complaints all day about anyone who was not treated with the utmost care, and for that we again say thanks.

  • Column: Legislative corruption and the state grand jury

    About five years ago. Ashley Landess of the S.C. Policy Council urged an investigation of then-House Speaker Bobby Harrell for misconduct in office. The investigation led to Harrell’s resignation and a guilty plea.

  • Column: Unspent S.C. gas taxes top $338 million

    In the first 15 months of the gas-tax-hike law, the S.C. Department of Transportation spent less than 7 percent of the nearly $400 million in collected revenues that lawmakers promised would go toward fixing deteriorating roads and bridges statewide, according to recently released records.

  • Column: How you can participate in Kershaw Heart & Soul

    Everyone has a story, and we want to hear yours.
    We are Kershaw Heart & Soul, an effort to identify what matters most to the Kershaw community and empower local voices to shape the town’s future. This process is designed to bring all voices to the table, so you are Kershaw Heart & Soul.
    A year ago, the town was awarded a $100,000 Community Heart & Soul grant from the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation and its local partner, the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

  • Column: Saluting Stan Lee, who gave me super-women to emulate as a kid

    Who were your heroes when you were a kid? Mine weren’t just powerful women. They were superpowered women like Jean Grey, Storm, Rogue, Jubilee and Kitty Pryde, all members of Marvel’s X-Men.
    Like most young girls, I had Barbies lying around, but they were just waiting to be saved by X-Men action figures.
    A little later in life, I learned who the man behind the heroes and heroines was – Stan Lee. Marvel fans across the world mourned Monday as they heard of his death. He was 95.