• My family and I spent a week at the beach last month. We had a great time and did things tourists do.
    We hit seafood places and tourist traps. You know, places where folks buy overpriced T shirts, coffee mugs, trinkets, and sunshades. Get yourself a pair of cheap sunglasses, as the song goes.
    Instead of parasailing over breakers, four of us took an airboat ride, something I’ve wanted to do since childhood. Back in the days of grainy black-and-white TV, I watched a show where men skimmed over swamps in airboats.

  • Editor’s note: Mick Mulvaney, former 5th District congressman from Indian Land, became President Trump’s acting chief of staff last week, while keeping the title of White House budget director. Sunday he appeared on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” Here are excerpts from his interview with correspondent Jon Karl.

  • I park in the fire lane and pull out my equipment at Indian Land Elementary.

    There’s no rush for this story, but I’m always in a rush. It’s just my nature. I like to work quickly, but accurately.

    I walk into an elementary school – the kind of school I frequent to film my Facebook videos.

    Hauling in my posse – tripod, camera, microphone and notes – I check in at the front and get directions to the classroom.

    Second grade. The what-will-they-say-next age.

  • In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service. While no one enjoys paying taxes, one of our top priorities is to make paying your taxes simple and easy.

  • As the S.C. General Assembly approaches the end of the first year of the two-year session, much remains to be done. Finding additional funding for our roads, overhauling ethics laws and strengthening penalties for criminal domestic violence are the issues receiving the most attention.

    To date, though, resolution has yet to be reached on any. What follows will bring you up to speed on those issues as well as some others legislators are debating this year.

    Roads, roads, roads

  • I have been following Indian Land Warriors sports since the late 1960s. 

    The Feb. 26 boys basketball game was the most exciting game I’ve ever seen. 

    Tied with 5 seconds to play, the Warriors got a good call and scored as time ran off the clock. 

    I was disappointed the athletic director and police attempted to keep the students off the court to celebrate, but it was still very exciting. 

  •  I told some folks what potential newcomers, visitors, etc. have asked me through the years: ‘What’s the best thing about Lancaster? Why should I want to move there?’ 

    It has been my privilege to tell them many positive aspects about our community, but I always conclude by telling these inquirers that it’s our people, our citizens who are so special. They are caring, thoughtful, friendly people, who volunteer and assist, and who will welcome them warmly.

  • Halloween – the annual fall fun and fright night – is set for Thursday in our community.
    It’s a special time of year when youngsters take to the streets in their neighborhood for trick-or-treating.
    Like any holiday, it should be a night of fun for all.
    We urge those who plan to hit the streets to take a little time to note safety measures for the few hours they are out and about.
    The night should be fun, and it usually is, but take a moment and review some key safety points to prevent disaster and possible tragedy.

  • OK, not much introduction needed this month.
    Here is what is going on with the so-called government “shutdown.”
    How much of the government is shut down? Even the government’s own research service says the title “government shutdown” is misleading.

  • The quality work of See Lancaster is widely known in our area. Now the city of Lancaster’s marketing arm has gained national acclaim.
    Through its promotion and revitalization efforts, See Lancaster has earned national designation.
    Earlier this spring, See Lancaster was recognized as a National Main Street Program for meeting revitalization standards established by the  National Main Street Center, a part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • Plenty can be said of David Demby. What you can’t say about Demby is that he’s inactive. “I’m tied up all the time,” Demby said.
    So true because Demby is a man wearing many hats.
    He’s an army reservist, a Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services paramedic and time as a field training officer with the Lancaster County EMS.
    One time when Demby had to pause for some time came earlier this spring when he was awarded the Paramedic of the Year.

  • The 2013 University of South Carolina Lancaster spring semester might be history, but a pair of  USCL spring sports teams are still going strong.
    The Lancers’ golf team and baseball squad have extended their seasons into post-season play.
    The 25-12 USCL golf team, under the leadership of coach Ricky Walters, is headed to the National Junior College national tournament after winning the Region X tournament with a sudden death win over Wake Tech at the Boscobel Golf Course in Pendleton last month.

  • Today is Easter, regarded as one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar.
    Easter, also known as Pascha, is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day following his crucifixion at Calvary, according to the New Testament.
    Easter follows Lent, the 40-day period of fasting, prayer and penance which begins with Ash Wednesday and continues through Holy Week, which includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.

  • Where you start has nothing to do with where you end up. Nobody knows that as well as the Lewisville High Lions boys basketball team.
    We aren’t just talking about the 0-6 start the team endured while playing Class A’s toughest out-of-region schedule. The program itself has come a long way from humble beginnings.
    History recounts that Lewisville’s first teams, in the 1940s, didn’t have a gym to play in. In fact, it didn’t even have a paved surface on which to dribble. The team’s outdoor court was made of dirt.

  • S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell fired off  some eye-opening statistics recently at the Duke Energy retirees quarterly luncheon.
    McConnell’s speech centered on the aging population of the state and what a poor job we are doing of making their lives comfortable.

  • The recent death of Mary Mackey Robertson ended a life of outstanding service. Robertson, no matter where she was involved, was all about serving those where she lived.
    She was reputed as a trailblazer in education, rising through the ranks to serve in various capacities.
    Her dedication to education reached an apex last spring when she was inducted into the Lancaster County School District Hall of Fame.

  • While the official Veterans Day is not until Sunday, Lancaster County residents have a chance to honor their local veterans on Saturday. That chance will be at the annual Veterans Day Parade slated to begin at noon on Main Street.
    With the election finally behind us, we have the opportunity to focus on thanking and honoring those who risk their lives to protect our freedom both here and on the foreign fields. Many of them have made the extreme sacrifice for our freedom.

  • When a council or board retires to executive session, it is not entering into a new or different meeting. It’s the same meeting, the door has just been closed.
    A few weeks ago, we pointed out that a court ruling had been issued which made it very clear that meeting agendas cannot and should not be amended once a meeting has begun. Public bodies must provide an agenda for their meetings at least 24 hours in advance. The intent is to tell the public what they will discuss and may vote on.

  • It is fairly common practice for boards and councils to amend their meeting agendas once a meeting has begun without any objections. From now on, we object to the practice.
    Public bodies are required to give advance notice not less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting. An agenda for any meeting must be posted as well. Essentially, though, public bodies treat agendas as though they are written in pencil, altering them and making additions well into meetings.

  • Fred Thompson thought Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile was kidding him, but as it turned out, Thompson had plenty to smile about.
    Thompson, a sheriff’s office investigator, was recently presented the S.C. Deputy of the Year award by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association at the association’s annual convention in Hilton Head.
    “When I heard, I thought the sheriff was just teasing me,” Thompson said. “It took awhile to let it sink in.”