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Columns

  • Gregory column: Update on local road construction, repairs

    South Carolina’s fuel tax has increased by a total of 6 cents over the last three years. Hopefully, the cost seems justified now that resurfacing projects are seen in every direction.

    While our tax is still the 12th lowest in the country, combined with the county’s local 1-cent sales tax the increase has us making progress in repairing our roads.

  • Howey column: Loss of Kellin leaves a void

    There’s a void as the 2019 Lancaster County high school football season nears.
    With each season and each team, there’s always holes to fill, but the gap I’m thinking about is the loss of a fixture on the Andrew Jackson High School football sidelines.
    That’s David Kellin, who died last month at his Kershaw home.
    When I say a void, I truly mean it.
    A few seasons back, we lost our AJ Vols sports correspondent just before the season began.
    We were in a bind as the season was quickly drawing close.

  • St. Louis Column: I’m convinced – Trump’s rants show he is a racist

    Generally, successful protests for changes in government policies come from the bottom. Citizens gain strength through a groundswell of protests that finally convince Congress to change course. 
    The movement for racial equality was brought on by numerous brave blacks protesting in restaurants, buses and streets across the nation.
    I experienced this change in the 1960s as the white schools had to accept blacks into their community of students.

  • Capps column: Key element of road safety: Obey the rules in construction zones

    Carolina Gateway recently observed traffic problems resulting from the many road construction projects taking place in our county.
    The other day, I drove through four work zones across Lancaster County, starting on S.C. 903 and ending in Indian Land on U.S. 521. With the increase in road funding, we can expect to see a lot more work in the years to come – all of it helping bring much-needed relief to our long-ignored road needs.

  • Faile column: The least-noticed part of law enforcement – incarceration

    Much of what the public sees of the criminal justice system is from news and television programs that show the front end – the arrests and investigations by law enforcement – and the back end – the courtrooms and trials.

  • Rogers column: Is my house going to explode?

    A house in the Ballantyne community of southern Mecklenburg County exploded July 2, killing one owner and injuring another. The Charlotte Fire Department reported that a natural gas leak was the likely cause.

    With the recent events in the area to the north of Lancaster County, we have seen an increase in calls for the smell of gas, checks on alarm systems, and possible gas leaks over the past few weeks.

  • Hansen column: Why must disagreement become us-vs.-them battle?

    Two parents sat, discussing the best way to teach their son about money.
    The mother wanted to give the son an allowance each month so that he would learn the consequences of saving and spending. She wanted him to do chores, but not to be financially compensated.
    “Chores are his duty as a member of this family,” she said.
    The father understood this point of view, but disagreed. He thought their son should earn his money for the chores that he completed.

  • Catoe letter: Born this way and glad to have employer who welcomes all

    I’ll never forget her storming into Starbucks, dripping wet from the rain.
    She had just bought two gift cards from me at the drive-through window. I had taken extra time to gather several different gift cards to offer her a good selection to pick from.
    She marched to the front register asking for a refund. I asked as I passed by what was wrong. She said, “I don’t need them anymore.”

  • Rogers column: Follow rules for safe, legal outdoor burning

    Some of us really enjoy rural living, while others enjoy being close to their neighbors.
    Lancaster County has changed so much, but some things remain the same. Outdoor burning has always been a way of life for many people. Enjoying a cool autumn night by the outdoor fireplace, or raking leaves and picking up dead limbs to burn in a fire pit.
    Outdoor burning can be enjoyable to all if we follow a few simple rules.
    In 2008, Lancaster County adopted a burning ordinance to allow for the safe burning of residential yard debris. It requires only a few things:

  • Wallace column: More research needed on safety of e-cigarettes

    A question that has come up recently regarding American health care is whether e-cigarettes should be available for teenagers.
    A majority of middle school and high school students have access to these devices, and there has been an increase in the use of them over recent years. With a wide range of different types of e-cigarettes, scientists know little about these devices, which have only existed for about 15 years.