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Today's Opinions

  • Staff Column: Salute to Bobby Vaughn

    Bobby Vaughn isn’t a household name in Lancaster County.
    He appears in a staff listing at the bottom of our editorial page in each edition. Bobby is the newspaper’s delivery manager, or he was until retiring this week after 41 years here.
    You might not have heard of him, but Bobby’s work behind the scenes in many roles has made him part of our company’s backbone.

  • Staff Column: Salute to Bobby Vaughn

    Bobby Vaughn isn’t a household name in Lancaster County.
    He appears in a staff listing at the bottom of our editorial page in each edition. Bobby is the newspaper’s delivery manager, or he was until retiring this week after 41 years here.
    You might not have heard of him, but Bobby’s work behind the scenes in many roles has made him part of our company’s backbone.

  • Staff Column: Salute to Bobby Vaughn

    Bobby Vaughn isn’t a household name in Lancaster County.
    He appears in a staff listing at the bottom of our editorial page in each edition. Bobby is the newspaper’s delivery manager, or he was until retiring this week after 41 years here.
    You might not have heard of him, but Bobby’s work behind the scenes in many roles has made him part of our company’s backbone.

  • Staff Column: Salute to Bobby Vaughn

    Bobby Vaughn isn’t a household name in Lancaster County.
    He appears in a staff listing at the bottom of our editorial page in each edition. Bobby is the newspaper’s delivery manager, or he was until retiring this week after 41 years here.
    You might not have heard of him, but Bobby’s work behind the scenes in many roles has made him part of our company’s backbone.

  • 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.

  • The man on the tractor was the love of her life

    It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m motoring through the countryside north of Kershaw, looking for Wilma Faile. I have her address but no phone number.
    Tuesday afternoon, I received a letter from her, saying her husband of a quarter century, Ronnie, had passed away unexpectedly in February. Ronnie was the co-star of two of the best letters to the editor I’ve ever published, written by Wilma in 2015 and ’16.
    “I hope you remember me,” the new letter starts. “I’m the Skunk Lady.”

  • The man on the tractor was the love of her life

    It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m motoring through the countryside north of Kershaw, looking for Wilma Faile. I have her address but no phone number.
    Tuesday afternoon, I received a letter from her, saying her husband of a quarter century, Ronnie, had passed away unexpectedly in February. Ronnie was the co-star of two of the best letters to the editor I’ve ever published, written by Wilma in 2015 and ’16.
    “I hope you remember me,” the new letter starts. “I’m the Skunk Lady.”