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Columns

  • Beaty column: State is producing many excellent political leaders

    What a wonderful time to be a South Carolinian. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our representatives and point out the amazing jobs they are doing.
    There are people in this country who look down on those of us who live in the South, and South Carolina is often included. However, when you see the quality of representatives we send to Washington and Columbia, I believe that clearly demonstrates the type of citizens we are and the expectations we have for those who represent us.

  • Give Local: Joining hands to strengthen communities

    As part of our commitment to build and sustain a healthy community for all people, we at the city of Lancaster, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Lancaster County Partners for Youth and the J. Marion Sims Foundation are pleased to support the fourth-annual Give Local Lancaster campaign this Tuesday, May 7.
    Give Local Lancaster is our day of giving, designed to empower individuals all over the world to give back to the organizations that make our local community a better place to live, learn, work and play.

  • Moree column: 4-H initiative builds leadership among Lancaster County youth

    Last year, more than a dozen local 4-H participants joined a youth leadership initiative called 4-H LEAD.
    The program is intended to grow young 4-Hers’ leadership skills and improve the community through the abilities of driven youth. It provides a paid internship with the 4-H office for two participants from each county, Lancaster and Chester, who have excelled in the program.

  • Davis column: Need tighter controls on vaping in schools

    As a high schooler, I witness every day how far vape and electronic cigarettes addictions reach into the community of students.
    Hidden in the sleeves of the students’ sweatshirts, e-cigarettes are easily concealed for use in class and during lunch. Students race to their cars after school to “hit” their Juuls.

  • McGarry column: County convention to elect GOP delegates

    One of the most important benefits of the Republican Party in Lancaster County is with our county’s delegate slots for the upcoming S.C. Republican Party Convention.
    The size of our county’s delegate block is a great reflection of our county’s growing importance in South Carolina elections and a wonderful reward to the voters of the county for supporting Republican candidates in record numbers.

  • Newton Column: More on House budget

    As a follow-up to my March 20 column on the state budget, I’d like to share other noteworthy previsions in the House budget.
    These go along with the largest teacher pay raise since 1984, taking S.C. schoolteachers above the Southeastern average, and delivering a tax rebate to give the state’s taxpayers some of their money back from the budget surplus.
    One of the core responsibilities of the House of Representatives is to pass a state budget, which is exactly what it did last month before sending it over to the S.C. Senate.

  • Gregory column: Answers to your road questions

    The struggle to maintain and expand our state’s roads is akin to the war against the Axis in 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.
    Our armed forces had been underfunded and neglected for decades, so the ramp up to a sufficient fighting force was slow, but moving forward. Still, it seemed bad news outweighed good at the time.
    That’s where we find ourselves today in the effort to resurface and expand South Carolina’s vast road network. We are making progress on a Herculean task, but it can be difficult to see.

  • Kersey column: Eliminate teenagers’ access to e-cigarettes

    Vaping. How bad is it?
    The creation of electronic cigarettes quickly captured the hearts and minds of young impressionable teens. But what exactly are electronic cigarettes, and how are they used?
    E-cigs were created for adults who desire to stop smoking but not quit cold turkey. E-cigs are battery-operated and fueled by pods, which contain a mix of nicotine and other chemicals. Each pod is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes, and many teens go through a pod or two a day.

  • McGarry column: Becoming a county delegate to the state GOP convention

    One of the most important benefits of the Republican Party in Lancaster County is with our county’s delegate slots for the upcoming S.C. Republican Party Convention.

    The size of our county’s delegate block is a great reflection of our county’s growing importance in South Carolina elections and a wonderful reward to the voters of the county for supporting Republican candidates in record numbers.

  • Newton column: House budget report: Teacher raises, state college tuition freeze, tax rebates

    With the large education-reform legislation moving out of the House, work in the House will now turn to the 2019-20 state budget.
    The House Ways and Means Committee has been working over the last two months on the state’s budget for the upcoming year. While I don’t serve on Ways and Means, I have been attending these meetings to keep on top of important issues, as well as voicing my concerns to those who sit on that committee.