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Columns

  • 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).

  • Guest Column: County’s GOP switch a sign of good times

    I want to thank William St. Louis for taking the time to share his views in The Lancaster News, as well as recognizing my efforts to help Republicans build a majority in Lancaster County.
    Usually being a political party chair is a thankless and invisible role where one is seldom noticed, much less recognized in the public spotlight. In reality, though, let’s give credit where credit is due.

  • Guest Column: Democrats in glass houses should not throw stones

    In his recent column, William St. Louis makes the astounding assertion that the Republican Party is “owned” by the National Rifle Association.
    According to the Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org), in the 2016 election cycle, the NRA spent $54.4 million in support of and in opposition to various candidates for federal office. The expenditures for all federal campaigns totaled $6.8 billion, so the NRA accounted for 0.8 percent of that total.

  • Guest Column: I have arrived, just not in Beaufort

    Between 1980, when I became counsel to the S.C. Press Association, and today, I have given more seminars and participated in panel discussions regarding our state’s laws on open meetings and open records than I have kept count of.

  • Guest Column: Buford Massacre’s impact on the Revolutionary War

    Editor’s note: Dakota Hegler, incoming cadet captain of Buford High’s JROTC and a rising senior, won the annual Emily Franklin Scholarship sponsored by the Friends of Buford Massacre Battleground for this essay, which he read May 25 during the 239th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre. Hegler, 17, is the son of Ray and Angie Hegler.

    All of the events that took place in the Revolutionary War have their own important place in history. They shaped the United States into what it is today.