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Today's Opinions

  • Have fun, safe season at ballfield

    The youth ball season is under way around the county.
    As an annual rite of spring, many area youngsters, girls and boys from a variety of ages, will be involved with baseball and softball games from the county Panhandle to southern Lancaster County and all points in between.
    It’s a new season and the optimism is high.
    There will be plenty of games on the diamonds for these youngsters from now to mid-summer to be a part of this season.

  • Hospice and palliative care volunteers: We listen, we care

    National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, is a time to recognize and celebrate the thousands of men, women and young people who volunteer in communities across the country.
    I am a volunteer coordinator at Hospice Care of South Carolina and I want to honor all those dedicated to providing care and support for patients and families in our community who are nearing the end of life’s journey.

  • Define job training our residents need

    John Realmuto’s letter in April 13 edition of The Lancaster News seems like someone who has jumped on the “Beat Down Lancaster” bandwagon. I gotta admit those “We are Lancaster” yard signs are tacky. Makes me want to add a line, “What you see is what you get.”
    Lancaster will rebound, in time. I think Mr. Realmuto has a good suggestion for eduction changes to equip our people with new skills. However, he doesn’t offer any suggestions as to what type of training.

  • Rollins shares story to help others survive

    Some seminars might seem like just a way to pass time. But you might have a hard time convincing Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Rollins of that.
    Last fall, while he was on a dinner break with fellow drug task officers at a Lancaster restaurant, someone tried to rob the restaurant. The incident led to shots and Rollins was wounded. He grabbed his side and realized it was serious, but the knowledge he gained from a seminar  by longtime police trainer Dave Smith last year proved vital in his will to survive.

  • Schools benefit from awards criteria change

    For the Lancaster County schools, change is good.
    That’s in regards to the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards, which recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
    This year a change in judging criteria led to 16 of the county’s 19 schools being recognized.
    The awards’ criteria is established by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee and applied by the S.C. Department of Education.

  • Reason for a primary is to narrow field of candidates

    On June 12, we will once again go to our respective polling places to cast a ballot for some of our 2012 candidates.
    So many are asking why? We have a Republican and a Democratic primary that day. The reason we are having both is because more than one person is running for a particular seat. It is our duty as voters to whittle the process down to one person per party per seat.  
    For example, on the Republican side:
    u Bob Bundy and Wayne Kersey are running for the Lancaster County Council District 3 seat

  • Treasurer grateful for the support she’s received

    I am grateful for the support I have received. I’m currently serving as treasurer after filling the unexpired term of Mr. R.E. “Dick” Rowell, who died in January 2011. I have to give thanks to Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County legislative delegation for the letters of recommendation supporting me to fill the unexpired term as treasurer. I would also have to thank Steve Willis, our county administrator, for working with me to make it possible.

  • Writer: Coy right man for House seat

    ince 2008, the time has gone by quickly. The highlights of these past four years were history in the making as things that occurred were unprecedented.
    More people came out to vote in 2008. This year is no different. Lancaster County is having local elections and good, hard-working people are rolling up their sleeves and taking on the task of campaigning to work hard for us in Lancaster County and in Columbia.