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Columns

  • Column: Anniversary tribute to a long-gone friend

    May 11, 2011, marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic loss of a great friend, John Patrick Barnhart Jr. of Indian Land.
    A tribute I wrote about him was published days after his life was swept away, at age 19, by the deceiving current where he and other friends were swimming in the Catawba River under the Highway 5 bridge near Bowater. It was May 11, 1996 – Mother’s Day and the birthday of his sister, Christina B. Rogers, and another friend, Billy Bennett Jr.

  • Column: Reporter finds news of bin Laden saga intriguing

    The TV was on, my laptop computer was running and my cell phone was receiving dozens of text messages by the hour. These forms of communication, along with a few others, have been employed heavily in recent days as I’ve immersed myself in the news coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death.
    I was at home surfing the Internet the night of May 1 when a few Facebook friends said President Barack Obama would soon be addressing the nation regarding a “national-security issue.”

  • Plenty of opportunity to honor those who protect us

       

  • Wright will finally get his name on monument

    Veterans Remembered is the fifth in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support of the Veterans Monument project.
    A salute to the news media for continued support of the Veterans Monument Project and for publishing Veterans Remembered. We continue to receive a steady response of name registrations and purchase of pavers.

  • I was grateful to meet ‘The’ Ira Williams

    Veterans Remembered is the fourth in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans  who touched their lives and provide support for the Veterans Monument project.

  • We have many reasons to celebrate Arbor Day

    You probably have a favorite tree-lined street in your community. Or a tree-filled neighborhood you’ve always admired. Or a favorite forest where you like to bask in the beauty of the trees.
     It’s important to remember that those beautiful spaces aren’t here by accident. The forests we enjoy today – which give us both pleasure and environmental benefits – are here because of the vision, courage and hard work of generations past.

  • Column: Let people see politicians in action

    Citizens who want to watch meetings of their local city or county council ought to be able to do so from the comfort of their own homes.
    Now, many people are able to, thanks to a growing movement to broadcast city and county council meetings.
    There are a couple of ways local governments can give citizens at home access to these important discussions. Some counties, such as Charleston, broadcast their meetings on cable television. Others, such as Horry, live-stream them on the Internet.

  • Staff Column: Tornado hits close to home

    As I sit here thinking about how to write this column, what strikes me is the difficulty of putting into words the sheer sense of dread and helplessness I felt upon learning that my hometown of Dunn, N.C., was among those hard hit by Saturday’s tornadoes.
    The news came around 7 p.m. in an uncertain phone call from my mother. Calling from our family’s vacation home in Virginia, all she had to go on was a hasty, unclear voice message left by a neighbor back home.

  • Column: Area Red Cross celebrates National Volunteer Week

    National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), is a great time to celebrate volunteers in our community.
    This year’s theme, “Celebrating People in Action,” aptly describes the Upper Palmetto Chapter volunteers. Red Cross volunteers are doers. Red Cross volunteers are people in action.
    The Upper Palmetto Chapter serves York, Chester and Lancaster counties in South Carolina, with more than 500 active volunteers.

  • Column: Wear denim Wednesday to raise more awareness of sexual assault

    We are asking all employees of our local nonprofit organizations, civic governments and other employers to help us recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As part of that effort we are asking people to break the dress code and the silence on Wednesday, April 20, and wear denim to work.
    Denim Day is sponsored by Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault to enlist public support to dispel harmful attitudes about rape.