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Columns

  • Blackwelder column: Let’s thank those who answer our most desperate phone calls

    Lancaster County’s telecommunication officers serve as the lifeline between citizens in need and the public safety agencies that can help them.
    Each year, the public safety TCOs at Lancaster County Public Safety Communications handle about 200,000 phone calls, including about 50,000 to 911. Every day, hundreds of people depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of the TCOs who work in public safety communications.

  • Studebaker column: I’m ready to be county's next probate judge

    My name is Dee Studebaker. I have been Lancaster County’s associate probate judge for almost two years. I immediately filed to run for probate judge when filing opened at noon March 16 because I am serious about gaining your trust.
    I have the skills, education and experience necessary to serve you as probate judge, and I feel called to public service.  I’ve had the privilege over the past two years to assist and observe the court’s operations while earning the trust and confidence of other personnel and citizens.    

  • Martin column: What’s the value of your local newspaper?

    Before the internet, social media and cable television, the newspaper connected residents and neighbors to each other through stories, pictures and published events.
    My grandparents lived in the same house on the same piece of land in the same hollow in the same county for decades. The newspaper was fundamental for them.
    Papaw Russ treasured the local newspaper. Every day after he returned home from work, he drank a cup of coffee and read the newspaper. Engrossing himself in the news, he didn’t speak until he had perused every page.

  • Rowell column: Newsprint tariffs won’t save U.S. jobs, and will damage essential industry

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.
    Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

  • Faile column: 2017 crime figures improve, plus arrests are up

    The numbers are in. Lancaster County crime rates were down in 2017 compared to 2016 and were at their lowest levels since 2008 in several categories.
    During the same period, arrest rates were up.

  • Newton column: Replacing buses, giving SCANA ratepayers relief

    It is hard to believe we are already through the first month of the 2018 General Assembly session. Our workload has steadily picked up as bills are beginning to make their way through the committee process and onto the floor, in addition to legislation not resolved from last year.
    I wanted to give a quick update on what we’re doing at the State House on some important issues:
    School buses
    On the first day of the session, I was proud to override Gov. McMaster’s veto of funding for new school buses for our students.

  • Boykin column: Borg-like IL says ‘resistance is futile’

    Van Wyck and Indian Land have lived together as Panhandle communities for more than 100 years, sharing a great life and history. My family is rooted in Van Wyck, and that history has provided a great many stories, love and pride for our family.  

  • Tanner column: Where were all the ‘no’ voices during ILAC fights with county?

    The group of “no” voters surprises me. They say incorporation will destroy Indian Land. They don’t want to pay more taxes. They want to save the farmland.

    I have never seen any of this group in front of county council with the Indian Land Action Council speaking against the county raising our taxes. I have never seen any of the group at the Planning Commission meetings with ILAC, asking developers for 50-foot undisturbed buffers or connectivity through developments for better traffic flow.

  • Hall letter: Please leave our farm out of your city

    My name is Kevin Hall, and my wife and I are in our 11th year of farming at Hall Family Farm, the u-pick strawberry and pumpkin farm on U.S.  521 two miles north of the state line, on land that has been owned by the family for nearly a century. Recent events within the family led to the impending sale of the property.

  • Musco column: New affordable way to create town perfect for IL

    There have been many suggestions that a town of Indian Land can’t be run on a budget of under $8 million per year. I understand how people with a long history around bloated government bureaucracies would believe that’s impossible. However, they are either unaware (or don’t want to admit) that there is a new way to create towns that breaks the traditional mold.