• Restaurant recognizes veterans

    I would like to thank Applebee’s for honoring veterans with a free meal on Veterans Day. It means so much for this business to recognize the sacrifices of veterans. I encourage other businesses to show their pride of soldiers. After all, we are all Americans.

  • Cluster development benefits developers

    The Cluster Development Proposal (CDP) is front and center with the Lancaster County Planning Commission and Lancaster County Council now. We should be asking our representatives on both boards about infrastructure costs associated with residential development, and the absence of planning for it.
    No plan has been discussed to address costs for schools, roads, emergency services or other public services. In letters and public meetings, residents have asked how infrastructure growth would be funded, with no direct response.

  • Only Indian Land gets the cluster

    I have written to both Councilmen Brian Carnes and Larry McCullough regarding cluster developments to  ask why they believe cluster development is so important to Indian Land. All they will say is they have studied this and believe it will be a benefit to the community, but never how and in what way.
    Only Mattamy Homes benefits financially from this cluster. 

  • Conference planners grateful for support

    On behalf of the members of the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many partners who helped make the Sixth National Rural Substance Abuse Prevention Conference such a success. This is the only national conference that focuses on the unique challenges of working with youth from rural communities.

  • Foster agency grateful for vehicle donations

    The S.C. Foster Parent Association would like to thank everyone who donated vehicles to its On the Road Again program. This program provides transportation for foster youth who are 18 but not yet 21, actively employed and pursuing a GED or post-high school educational program.
    Without a vehicle, young people must rely on public transportation to get them to and from work or school.
    Unfortunately, public transportation is not available in many rural areas of South Carolina.

  • Tell legislators to vote no on state trash bill

    One of the main reasons I am proud to call South Carolina home is its landscape. Few states can boast of beaches on one end and mountains on the other with numerous parks and green space in between.
    But our land, one of our greatest strengths, has the potential to be fundamentally altered should the so-called “flow control” bill pass in our Legislature.
    Formally known as H 3290, the bill would open up South Carolina to become the nation’s dumping ground.

  • Cluster development and your taxes

    If you live in Lancaster County, you are paying high property taxes and putting up with lousy services today because for 10 years, your County Council has approved virtually every residential development request to come before it.
    This has been done without any thought given to where the roads, schools, police, fire, EMS, libraries, etc. are coming from to support these people.
    More than 11,000 homes have been approved in Indian Land over the last 10 years, although fewer than 7,000 have been built and been occupied.

  • Mulvaney should offer health-care solutions

    This is a response to U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s letters in the Lancaster News on Oct,16, “Shutdown really a ‘slowdown,’” and Oct. 30, “Congressmen question Sebelius about healthcare.gov failures.”
    In these letters, Mr. Mulvaney questioned Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about problems with the Affordable Care Act website.  He emphasized that the law was passed in 2010 giving the government three years to have the website operational by October 2013.

  • Doctor’s office praises Lancaster events

    On Oct. 31, Morphis Pediatric Group participated in the Boo-Fun-Fest in downtown Lancaster with games and prizes. This is a very worthwhile endeavor in that it keeps so many of our children off the streets and away from traffic on Halloween night.
    Our hats are off to the committee that made this a reality.
    Again on Nov. 1, we were offered a chance to be a sponsor for the production of “A Tribute to Our Veterans” at Bundy Auditorium to honor our active duty and our veterans of our armed services.

  • Local doctors and churches support program

    For many children across South Carolina, literacy is a problem. Reach Out and Read prepares children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals who then encourage parents to read regularly with their children and distribute free, developmentally- and culturally-appropriate books.
    The Reach Out and Read program works with families of children from 6 months to 5 years of age at each well-child checkup, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities.