• We must be a part of the solution

    As Americans why do we blame everything on the president? Is it just that we must create a scapegoat to feel good about ourselves. Do we need someone or something to blame for every situation that occurs in America so we don’t have to get involved?
    Our  economic issues and government problems did not occur over night. The current president nor any other president can fix these problems in just four years. At least we have a president who is trying to make changes, whether we agree or not.

  • Langleys grateful for community support

    On Sept. 15, 2010, our families’ lives were turned upside down by one simple word – cancer. If you, your family, your friend or a loved one has ever been stricken by this ugly disease, you’ll know that this  letter is heartfelt and sincere.
    Jamie, a husband of 17 years and father of three children, was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. What we have learned from our experience is that life must go on. We still worship, still raise our children, still attend our boys’ ballgames, still work and take care of household duties.

  • The war definitely is not over

    Dec. 20 will mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the secession document declaring that South Carolina would no longer be a part of the United States of America.
    Those who think the war is over need only to look at physical evidence and conditions of our modern society. If the war is over, why does the front entrance of South Carolina’s capitol building in Columbia face south, representing the turning of our back on the federal government?

  • Writer praises McGriff for her stance

    Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff brings a breath of fresh air to county government. Betcha the folks looking for work have found someone in local government who is concerned about their welfare. 
    Councilwoman McGriff questioned a government program (One Stop),  which apparently operates on its own behalf, giving very little help to those who need it.
    Funny, in a way, how other council members immediately jumped on the bandwagon to show their concern once the cat was out of the bag.

  • 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.