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Columns

  • Rowell column: We are the ‘Main Street media’

    Editor’s note: Earlier this month, Susan Rowell became president of the National Newspaper Association, which represents community newspapers nationwide. Here are excerpts of her acceptance speech at the NNA’s annual convention in Tulsa, Okla.
    I am beyond honored to join this group of individuals who have led the National Newspaper Association to where we are today. Over 2,000 members strong, representing communities from the East Coast to the West Coast.

  • Summers column: Let’s name new school after Charlie Duke

    Naming a new public building is a chance to celebrate something we’re proud of.
    Next August, a new elementary school will be opening in Lancaster County. And if the committee assigned with choosing a name is fishing for ideas, I have a suggestion.
    It should be named Charlie Duke Elementary School to honor our homegrown Apollo 16 astronaut.
    Twelve men have left footprints on the moon. Duke, who celebrated his 82nd birthday Oct. 3, is one of them. He logged 71 hours on the lunar surface in April 1972.

  • Gregory column: Senate tackles roads, pensions, coyotes, mopeds and restrooms

    Is it better to accomplish lots of little things or a couple of major things? Legislators took the latter approach this year, concentrating on twin titanic issues – overhauling the state’s pension system and passing a plan to better fund and govern the state’s road system.
    What follows is a synopsis of  those two home runs, along with a few singles and strike-outs, that occurred.
    Long and winding road

  • Band column: Former director questions library move to Main St. Block

    The possibility of the county council moving the public library to the Tucker Building on Main Street raises many questions.
    One matter left unsaid in the Lancaster News article is what will happen to the current library building and property on White Street. Will another county department move there? Could it be EMS?

  • Reichert Column: ‘Fake news’ is out there, but it’s not coming from journalists

    Fake news. It’s a phrase that became the most memorable takeaway from the 2016 election and the political hangover that still resonates today.
    It should come as no surprise that Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed the 2016 word of the year to be “post-truth,” an appropriate adjective for an era in which some news consumers are less concerned with whether or not something is true than they are with how it makes them feel.

  • Lengers column: Patriotism thrives in Indian Land

    In a time when political, racial and cultural tension abounds, it is rare to hear of two community groups from different generations and backgrounds coming together to honor our nation’s veterans.
    The Ladies Auxiliary from the Capt. John P. Monahan VFW Post from Indian Land came to teach the American Heritage Girls of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church proper flag care and ceremonial etiquette.
    The girls demonstrated what they’ve learned at the Veteran’s Flag Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Our Lady of Grace.

  • Paxton column: Postal Service needs a leg up from Congress

    Most people get mail every day except Sunday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?  
    We found out a few years ago, when the U.S. postmaster general had to take away overnight first-class and periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress very soon.

  • Newton column: Why I fought these 3 lousy ideas in Legislature

    Now that the legislative session is over, I wanted to do something a little different and tell you about some legislation before the General Assembly that I did not support this year.
    A friend and fellow lawmaker shared the advice that the job of a legislator is 60 percent constituency work, 30 percent stopping bad legislation from happening and 10 percent passing good legislation. During my first year in the House, I have tried to model my time and effort around those three things.
    Here are three bills that I did not support and why.

  • Newman column: Ratcheting up sanctions on gun violence

    I know my community expects harsher sentences in gun cases. Sometimes we expect more than the law allows.
    Clint Eastwood said, “A man has got to know his limitations.” I know the limitations of the gun laws in South Carolina, and, unfortunately, they are not in our favor.
    For example, a shoplifting charge in South Carolina for first or second offense carries a maximum sentence of 30 days, but a third or subsequent offense can carry up to 10 years.

  • Collins column: Two USCL anniversaries this year

    This school year, USC Lancaster’s 59th year, we will celebrate two significant anniversaries.
    This year we will mark five years of access to four-year degrees through Palmetto College, and on Oct. 5 our Native American Studies Center on Main Street in Lancaster turns five. These milestones present significant opportunities for current and future educators.
    Palmetto College
    Palmetto College is the USC system campuses working together to bring access to four-year degrees without students having to leave their communities to pursue them.