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Columns

  • Column: AmeriCorps program helping our students with ‘near-peer’ advisers

    Let me tell you about an exciting initiative that I’m privileged to be a part of at my alma mater, Lancaster High School.
    It’s an AmeriCorps program. Created as part of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, AmeriCorps helps individuals give back to their communities in service positions across the United States.

  • Column: Spring arrives, and we bustle to clear away winter’s daze

    Spring comes – like a beautiful woman making promises – and we follow. Aroused by her loveliness, we hastily try to make our premises more suitable for her visit.
    We wash the greyness of winter off the windows, inviting her warmth into our homes. The dusty bookshelves, the soiled carpet, the cluttered closets, the unkempt lawns – all must be cleaned for our bright young guest. We feel rejuvenated by her fragrance, her newness, her vitality. Even the winter flab, which has been obscured beneath bulky sweaters, will be trimmed in her honor.

  • Column: Becoming a county delegate to the state GOP convention

    One of the most important benefits of the Republican Party in Lancaster County is with our county’s delegate slots for the upcoming S.C. Republican Party Convention.
    The size of our county’s delegate block is a great reflection of our county’s growing importance in South Carolina elections and a wonderful reward to the voters of the county for supporting Republican candidates in record numbers.

  • Column: An eclipse of our state’s sunshine laws

    Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that carved a path through South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun’s bright light.

  • Column: Property tax deadline is this Monday

    An important deadline is approaching this week for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2018 tax books, which takes place on 5 p.m. this Monday, March 18.
    This is the deadline for paying property taxes on homes, business properties, boats and motors. (The deadline does not apply to cars.)

  • Column: Money for a few key lawmakers’ favorite projects

    State Reps. Bruce Bannister and Dwight Loftis, both Greenville Republicans, want $5 million in state funding to help build a convention center in downtown Greenville.
    Bannister says it would house a large art collection that had been displayed at the private Bob Jones University.
    Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, who has donated to the nonprofit South Carolina Aquarium, says he wants $1.5 million in state money to move power-generating equipment at the Charleston aquarium to higher ground.

  • Column: Solutions on Carolina Thread Trail require creative ideas from all sides

    A guiding principle of the Carolina Thread Trail is “respect for the land and respect for the landowner.” It seeks to work with property owners to respect the wishes of all landowners along potential trail corridors, and we share those values in our own work in conservation and trail development.

  • Column: Budget report: Teacher raises, state college tuition freeze

    With the large education-reform legislation moving out of the House, work in the House will now turn to the 2019-20 state budget.
    The House Ways and Means Committee has been working over the last two months on the state’s budget for the upcoming year. While I don’t serve on Ways and Means, I have been attending these meetings to keep on top of important issues, as well as voicing my concerns to those who sit on that committee.

  • Column: Gathering stories about what makes Kershaw special, where it should go

    KERSHAW – On Feb. 16, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Kershaw Heart & Soul held a free pancake breakfast at Kershaw Elementary School to start the story-gathering phase of its community-building initiative.
    The crowd included town council members Mike Cook, Gail Rogora and Sonya Poole along with Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.  
    The breakfast was held to engage with residents and dig deeper into finding out what matters most to the community of Kershaw. We asked attendees what they love about Kershaw, and what they would change about it.

  • Column: MUSC brings Lancaster its track record of excellence

    What an exciting week we just had at both MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center and MUSC Health Chester Medical Center.
    It is an honor and a privilege that our communities are able to join this prestigious health-care organization, MUSC Health.
    MUSC Health is the No. 1 hospital system in South Carolina, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Its education, research and evidence-based care are nationally and internationally recognized.