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Opinion

  • Lancaster County Council is considering tapping into its reserve fund to buy $200,000 in books and furnishings for the new Del Webb Library in Indian Land.

    Richard Band, director of the Lancaster County Library system, hoped to use a S.C. Budget and Control Board community grant for this. But on June 27, Band got bad news. The state awarded $12 million in grants, but the request for $200,000 to buy books for the new library was denied.

    Band was disappointed, especially since millions went to various festivals, while the library project didn’t get a cent.

  • York County also has claim on young Andrew Jackson

    Both Carolinas claim to be the birthplace of former President Andrew Jackson. Lancaster County even has a state park and museum named after him.

    Few recognize that York County can also lay claim to the president because he spent some portion of his young life in York County near the base of Nanny Mountain in Bethel township.

    A rock monument at the intersection of highways 274 and 49 at the Five Points intersection says young Andrew lived with the Widow Howe about a mile east of the monument.

  • As a child, I spent many summer afternoons with my great aunt Virginia Jones at her home at the corner of Gay and York streets, eating Kentucky Fried Chicken on her front porch and watching the children in the Leroy Springs swimming pool across the street.

    Aunt Gin had a stroke one evening when I was about 6 years old, and spent her remaining years confined to her bed at the county nursing home. Although she had been fiscally responsible all her life, Aunt Gin’s savings was depleted quickly.

  • Lancaster County Council of the Arts is holding its annual arts and sciences camps in Indian Land, Kershaw and Lancaster this month. Children ages 5 to 12 will be exposed to a variety of forms of art – dance, music, theater, language arts and visual arts.

    The classes are fun, informative and children get a hands-on experience in the classes. But even more so is an opportunity for a child to discover his or her talent. The exposure could be just what some child needs to inspire him or her into a career of art.

  • A familiar line in baseball is that going 1 for 3 at the plate will get a player hall of fame consideration with a .333 batting average.

    How about 4 for 5?

    For Lancaster County softball teams, going 4-5 in the recent Dixie Softball District II tournaments in Chester earned four teams a coveted bid to the state tournament in Sumter. Four championships in five different age divisions is pretty impressive stuff. Clearly the Lancaster teams sparkled on the diamond.

    We emphatically say how ‘bout those Lancaster softball girls all-stars!

  • Don’t leave grocery carts unattended

    About 2:30 p.m. July 6 a friend and I took her mother to old Bi-Lo, the grocery store we always go to. My friend and I both recently lost our jobs through a layoff, so we put our money together and got what we could. It was just a few things but it totaled up to $54.

  • Anyone who has followed the Lancaster County Council budget process in the past few weeks, has witnessed the significance of the Learning Institute For Tomorrow (LIFT.)

    LIFT’S mission is to educate, equip and empower individuals restoring their lives from the effects of behavioral health problems, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or addiction.

  • I would like to say a big thank you to two groups of people. I don’t know if they read The Lancaster News. I just know that some of them live in Lancaster.

    On July 4, my husband and I, and our two friends, went to sail on Lake Wateree. We had a very good time until all of the sudden a storm came, with gusty winds, waves, heavy rain and lightning.

    Our boat was spinning out of control, and I thought it was about to capsize.

  • Writer thanks supporters of Jerry Baker benefit

    I would like to thank everyone who came out to the benefit for Jerry Baker on June 28, 2008 at Camp Clyburn.

    A special thanks to my wife Wennie, my brother Roger, Preacher Mitchell Ingram and all the church ball teams that participated.

    I also thank Pastor Ingram, who got hurt during the ball game and said he would do it again next week if he could.

    Thank you to everyone.

    May God Bless you all.

  • Question: With all of the technological advances today, I have been wondering why we are not able to keep up with our health care information and records on the Internet like we do with banking and bills. My wife and I take care of almost everything online since we learned how to do it, and I would love to see this as an option as well.

    Will this ever be an option for us in South Carolina?

  • It’s a pleasant evening and he agrees to take his granddaughter on a bike ride. She’s only 9 years old and not allowed to ride by herself – it’s not safe. Minutes later tires squeal, a car flips and decisions are made. Their lives will never, ever be the same.

    When Ray Knight was asked during the interview process at the Lancaster Police Department in 1985 why he wanted to be a policeman he said what a lot of people say.

  • Squatting in a gentle-flowing stream. Sifting the gravel in a pan ever so slightly until the small shiny flecks became visible. That’s how it began. Gold fever.

    Before the California gold rush it began right here in Lancaster County. Just three miles north of the town of Kershaw, Col. Benjamin Haile found just enough of the shiny flecks to seek out their source. The year was 1827. According to local historian Louise Pettus, in 1828, Haile sent a shipment of gold to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia – the first domestic gold sent outside South Carolina.

  • Bang! Boom! Hurray!

    Happy birthday America. Our favorite uncle – Uncle Sam – turns 232 years old today.

    We all know that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on this day in 1776 in Philadelphia.

    The document declared the 13 American colonies’ independence from Great Britain. Some seven years later, America, after a long, bloody battle, had won its freedom from the mother country. Battles waged from Bunker Hill to Hanging Rock and plenty of points in between. America showed great determination, our country’s hallmark ever since.

  • After reading Eric Grace’s letter “Reader appalled by dog shooting” in the June 22 edition of The Lancaster News, I thought about my dog, Butch.

    Animals and humans are a lot alike. The difference is if we humans don’t like someone, we talk to others about the people we don’t like.

    Dogs, whether small or big, have teeth. If they don’t like you, they attack.

  • “OK kid, sit down and let’s see what you’ve got.” James Talbert was a gray-haired older man who always had a pipe in his mouth. The sweet smell of cherry tobacco sent a fragrant aroma well ahead of him that you could smell three blocks away. Seizing my brown cardboard portfolio and tossing it onto the dust-laden table, he shot a dubious glance toward me, then opened the portfolio and began to read my tattered letter requesting a job for the summer. I was a freshman in high school who wanted to pursue a business career. Except for an occasional grunt, Mr.

  • Letter writer Wayne Bell asked a great question, “Does Mulvaney appreciate needs of state retirees?” The answer? Absolutely. As this probably comes as a shock to Mr. Bell, I welcome the opportunity to explain.

  • June 26, 2008, is a day which should be featured prominently in future history books. Finally, after 217 years, the Supreme Court issued a definitive ruling on the meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    In the decision, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority, the court has affirmed what the people have understood throughout our history: the Second Amendment recognizes that every citizen is vested with the right to keep and bear arms unconnected with service in the militia.

  • You know Duracell. It’s the “copper-top battery.” And for 32 years, the company has been making batteries here in Lancaster. You may work at the plant on the S.C. 9 Bypass or know somebody who does. About 500 people now work at the plant, making it one of the county’s larger employers.

  • On behalf of young artists throughout the region, I would like to thank the multitude of individuals and organizations who have donated “recycled art” camp supplies. Those who have helped make the camps and neighborhood outreach programs possible for our youth are too numerous to name.

    We have received donations from generous folks in Lancaster, Kershaw, Heath Springs, Buford, Fort Lawn, Chester, Great Falls, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Indian Land, Rock Hill, and elsewhere.

  • Several weeks ago the nation experienced a historic milestone when Sen. Barack Obama snagged enough delegates to defeat Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. If it went the other way, it still would have been a milestone.

    Never in the history of the United States has a black or a female candidate locked up the presidential nomination of one of America’s top two political parties.