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Columns

  • 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.

  • Guest Column: Why your census participation is crucial for Lancaster County

    The 2020 U.S. census is nine months away, but I want to let all Lancastrians know why it is so important.
    The census is far more than just a head count of how many people we have living in the United States. It determines political power and where government funds are disbursed, and it provides important information for businesses looking at opening in our area.

  • Guest Column: In 1st year, Heart & Soul has made Kershaw a better place

    When my husband and I came to live in Kershaw four years ago, my number one frustration was not knowing what was happening in the community.
    I had so much energy to pour into my new town, but I had no idea where to start. Fast forward to 2018, when I was asked to take part in the Community Heart & Soul initiative for our town, something that I had not heard of before then. The coordinator’s position was open, and I eagerly applied and was accepted.

  • Guest Column: Follow the rules to ensure safe, legal outdoor burning

    Some of us really enjoy rural living, while others enjoy being close to their neighbors.
    Lancaster County has changed so much, but some things remain the same. Outdoor burning has always been a way of life for many people. Enjoying a cool autumn night by the outdoor fireplace, or raking leaves and picking up dead limbs to burn in a fire pit.
    Outdoor burning can be enjoyable to all if we follow a few simple rules.
    In 2008, Lancaster County adopted a burning ordinance to allow for the safe burning of residential yard debris. It requires only a few things:

  • Guest Column: Checklist of new laws on books from ’19 session

    It seems that as quickly as it began, the 2019 S.C. General Assembly session has ended. A lot of good legislation became law this year, some of which I cosponsored. Some highlights:
    ◆ Veterans’ cabinet agency – This law will create a state Department of Veterans’ Affairs with a secretary appointed by the governor. This will give veterans a much stronger advocate in state government.

  • Guest Column: Secrecy abounds in Santee Cooper bidding process

    The taxpayer tab for a global consulting firm hired last year to help a legislatively controlled study committee on the possible sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper has grown to more than $735,000 – and it’s unclear whether that’s the final bill.
    Meanwhile, the S.C. Department of Administration is being tight-lipped about the process – likely to cost millions – it will use to evaluate bids and proposals for the sale or management of the Moncks Corner-based utility.

  • Guest Column: Born this way: Glad to have employer who welcomes all

    I’ll never forget her storming into Starbucks dripping wet from the rain.
    She had just bought two gift cards from me at the drive-through window. I had taken extra time to gather several different gift cards to offer her a good selection to pick from.
    She marched to the front register asking for a refund. I asked as I passed by what was wrong. She said, “I don’t need them anymore.”

  • Guest Column: Trouble in Lexington – Hiding financial information from a school board member

    A member of the board of trustees of Lexington School District 1 has had her requests for access to school district financial records denied by the school superintendent.
    The member has asked to see how much money the district has paid for lawyers. The superintendent says he won’t allow access to the records unless the entire school board approves the request, or the board member submits a written request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).