• Christmas activities at our school are protected rights

    At this time of year, educators, administrators, parents and students are concerned about celebrating Christmas at school.
    I read an article in Home Life Magazine that answers questions about specific Christmas activities.
    Can we include religious music in our school assemblies and programs?
    Yes, Christmas carols are still legal. In Lynch vs. Donnelly, 1984, the Supreme Court noted “Christmas hymns and carols in public schools” are one of the legitimate forms of taking official note of Christmas and our religious heritage.

  • True spirit showed in waiting line

    Billy Dale and I went to our first-ever Black Friday shopping spree this year. When we  walked into Walmart at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, it looked like hundreds of people in line. I thought there was no way we were going to get that 32-inch television for $198.
    I asked several people in line if they were there to buy the television. Many of them said they were not. Then I thought maybe we will have a chance if we could find the line for the televisions.

  • A Christmas gift that money can't buy

    Last week was one hectic week. Our church, Charlesboro Baptist, was preparing a meal to feed 200 prisoners.
    While I was cooking the beans for the meal, the phone started ringing.
    Jeremy Taylor was going in and out of the kitchen because he was changing out our water lines. The water was turned off while he was working on the lines. The stove was in the middle of the floor.
    The phone continued to ring. Ronnie, who was helping me, said will you please answer phone. I did.
    “Please say yes,” the man said.

  • Theft of truck tailgate impacts Christmas

    Just a few minutes after 5 a.m. on Nov. 24, two men in a van pulled into my well-lighted driveway.
    My caged dog woke me with his fierce barking. I checked to see what had him upset and you two were leaving my driveway with the tailgate from my white Chevrolet Silverado truck. It only took four minutes for you to steal the tailgate.
    During this time frame, you drove slowly past my house, turned around in the convenience store parking lot and came back to my house to complete your task. Obviously you had a plan.

  • Crenshaw helps school get grant

    Buford Middle School has received a $750 grant from the ExxonMobile Educational Alliance program to support the school’s mathematics program. Hal Crenshaw with Crenco Stores worked with school officials to secure the grant, which is one of 2,400 made available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobile stations. The grants were made possible by funding from the ExxonMobile Alliance.

  • Tea Party patriots earn respect in S.C.

    I had the great privilege to be among many S.C. Tea Party patriots on Nov. 17. Many towns in this great state were represented, including Bluffton, Anderson, Lancaster, Rock Hill, Clover, Sumter and Columbia. We all gathered at the statehouse to witness the speaker of the House vote.

  • Hood's dedication leads to win

    Congratulations to Kenny Hood for successfully attaining a second term. Also, I would like to express the fact that the right to vote is a very powerful and valuable thing. Therefore, a big congratulations must be given to everyone who voted.

  • Meaningful ways to help those in need

     Even in ordinary times, it’s important for those who have plenty to share with those who don’t have the resources to meet their basic needs. Helping others is our highest calling in life.
    However, these are not ordinary times. The nation is clawing its way back from the worst recession in a generation, unemployment remains sky high, and there are more people than usual struggling to make ends meet. Many people who never dreamed they would ever need to ask for help are now having to do just that.

  • Writer disappointed with new Roy Hardin park

    I would like to comment on what is to be the new Roy Hardin Park. The new one replaces the old park  that was off Collins Road.
    The new park opened last weekend. It was a big dissappointment. The walking trail is very short compared to the old one. When summer comes, the playground will be in complete sun.
    From what I had read, the new park was to be an improvement over the former one. The former park had uneven trails and steep hills but it had a pond.
    I was hoping to enjoy this park but can see that it will be useless because of the limited trail.

  • Blackmon-Brace grateful for supporters

    I awoke on Nov. 15 at 3 a.m. to a peace that passes all understanding and I had to say thank you Lord, you have been so good to me.
    I would like to express my gratitude to the 927 people who cast a vote for Linda Blackmon-Brace for mayor of the city of Lancaster.