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Today's Opinions

  • Help support Family Promise of Lancaster County

    Family Promise of Lancaster County started in September 2007. The essential backbone of any organized group is to have committees to collect needed information or recruit volunteer help.

    Family Promise is no different. The committees and their chairmen are: Host Recruitment Committee, the Rev. Dan Batson of First United Methodist Church, chairman: Fundraising Committee, Calvin Miller of Covenant Baptist Church, chairman: Public Relations, Mary Atkinson of St. Catherine Catholic Church, chairwoman and the Day Center with Chad Catledge of First Baptist Church as chairman.

  • Gregory represents county admirably

    It was all in the wording. The original S.C. Constitution outlawed gambling in the Palmetto State. But that changed in 1980s when a legislative loophole allowed payouts – in paper receipts not cash – for video poker. The receipts were then exchanged for cash.

    That act helped spur one of the most profitable businesses in South Carolina – video poker gambling. Video poker had been around since 1975, but it boomed in the 1980s and became a multi-billion dollar industry.

  • Memories of a dear friend still linger

    Mary Jane Bailes Watson, who died in December, was a longtime friend. Our families shared good times together. We were Lancaster High School classmates.

    She left us for a faraway Pavilion gleaming amid the glow of a full moon, the incoming tide foaming over a sandy shoreline and those ever present salty breezes blowing through your hair.

    The sounds of 1950s beach music resounds as she moves across the dance floor with effortless ease as in days of old.

    Save a dance for us.

    Mary Alice Rankin Evans and W.B. Evans Jr., LHS Class of ’51

    Lancaster

  • Business owner thanks paper, staff for stance

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Lancaster News for wishing and printing numerous times "Merry Christmas” for its subscribers, as society is pushing toward “Happy Holidays” or “Winter Holiday Wishes.”

    The Lancaster News staff and editor isn’t afraid of sticking to traditional values and standing proud of Lancaster County.

    Our business advertises weekly with The Lancaster News and Mica Jones, an advertising representative with The Lancaster News, also wasn’t afraid to use Merry Christmas once or twice.

  • Seniors appreciate gifts from churches

    The Heath Springs Senior Council on Aging lunch bunch, both in-house and home-delivered meals, local community seniors and Mount Calvary Outreach Seniors in Kershaw wish to express their gratitude to the Hillside High School Class of 1970 for remembering us in such a warm and special way.

    We only wish you could have been present to experience the thrill and excitement as we received our gifts.

    Our thanks also to Bright Light Baptist and Mount Tabor AME Zion churches who had a part in making this mission possible.

  • Obama lacking experience to be president

    I would not vote for Barack Obama for president of our United States. He does not have enough experience. He could not be effective in foreign affairs or the job of commander in chief of our military.

    Clyde E. Powers

    Heath Springs

  • New county courthouse priority

    A year ago, several members of Lancaster County Council said a new county courthouse was a top priority.

    The process takes time, but some steps were taken to move forward on the issue over the last year.

    The next step in the process is hiring an architect.

    County Council Chairman Rudy Carter said the council committee working on hiring an architect is in the final stages of the selection process, but an announcement on the architect won't be made until a cost for the courthouse is determined. The goal to determine that figure is early spring.

  • Don

    I find it interesting that in the Dec. 30 edition of The Lancaster News is an article that informs the public about the taping of a show on Congress' accomplishments in 2007 by U.S. Rep. David Price of North Carolina and U.S. Rep. John Spratt of South Carolina and then another article by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson telling the reader not to trust Congress on solving the nation's energy woes.