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Today's Opinions

  • Guest Column: Why your census participation is crucial for Lancaster County

    The 2020 U.S. census is nine months away, but I want to let all Lancastrians know why it is so important.
    The census is far more than just a head count of how many people we have living in the United States. It determines political power and where government funds are disbursed, and it provides important information for businesses looking at opening in our area.

  • 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.

  • 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.