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Columns

  • Helms column: Avoiding delay when you ask for information on county taxes

     

    One issue that affects our ability to quickly serve taxpayers at the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office is when they are requesting information to make tax payments.

  • White column: Let’s stick with the UDO as is, protect Carolina Thread Trail

    Lancaster County may be about to undo one of the most progressive actions this county has undertaken. Our own lawmakers have been considering changes to the Carolina Thread Trail Overlay District.
    Most Lancaster County residents are unaware of the treasure that is contained in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which was passed in 2016. It includes a zoning overlay for the Carolina Thread Trail requiring that if a property is part of the master plan, then the developer is responsible for building the trail.

  • Helms column: It’s the state, not county, with unclaimed cash pot

    I’ve been contacted recently by a lot of Lancaster County residents about the state’s Unclaimed Property Program, which has over $650 million of unclaimed assets belonging to S.C. residents who, for some reason or another, can’t be contacted.
    In January, this paper reported that this program has more than 1,700 accounts of unclaimed funds worth $500 or more that belong to Lancaster County residents.

  • Howey column: Coach Kersey would have been proud of Warriors

    As the jubilant Indian Land High School wrestling team celebrated the school’s first-ever boys’ sports team state championship on Feb. 9, I turned to watch the ILHS fans’ reaction.
    The ardent ILHS fans were thrilled with the coveted gold medals sported by their Warriors heroes as they hoisted the long-sought state title trophy.
    Among those elated fans was a beaming Wayne Kersey.
    “They were a well-oiled machine today,” said Kersey as a wide grin broke across his face. “They were impressive.”

  • Howey column: Warriors had solid run to state crown

    Indian Land High School’s first-ever boys team state championship charge for the 2019 Class AAA state wrestling title featured a 4-0 playoff run.
    The Warriors, as a first round host of the Class AAA Upper State playoffs in the ILHS gym, opened the playoffs with a bye.
    Indian Land, the Region IV-AAA titlist, advanced to the Class AAA Upper State semifinals with a 41-19 home win over Woodruff High School.

  • Traficante column: Trail money not enough to construct fire stations

     

    The current proposal by District 4 Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt to reverse the Unified Development Ordinance requirement that subdivision builders along the path of the Carolina Thread Trail fund its construction is shortsighted and misguided.

  • Newton Column: Why I back long-overdue education reform

    Seldom does being the youngest member of the General Assembly give me insights that my colleagues lack, but as the legislature begins work on education reform, youth gives me a unique perspective on this important undertaking.
    I have seen firsthand the changes our school systems have gone through in the last two decades, and I understand what makes our schools great but also where we have failed.
    This is why I support House Bill 3759, the South Carolina Career Opportunity and Access for All Act.

  • Stewart column: Animals have more rights than unborn child in womb

    Two stories have captured the attention of many Americans in the past few days: a new law on abortion in the state of New York, and a law proposed in the U.S. House that would make cruelty to animals a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
    I’m sure that I am not the only one who sees the apparent irony of those two news stories.

  • Hardin column: Kindness should be our default reaction

    To mark Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Lancaster County students wrote essays about their dreams for a better world. This is the sixth year for the contest, which is open to all middle and high school students.
    This year’s winners are Blakely Marie Hardin, a junior at Indian Land High School, and eighth-grader Jassaira Diaz Melgar of South Middle School. Read an excerpt of Hardin’s essay below.

  • Willis column: Details on IL impact fees, shelter costs, recycling issues

    I wanted to take a minute to respond to some story quotes and letters to the editor in recent editions of local newspapers to share our perspective.
    One letter writer suggested that we should give away animals from the shelter or reduce the price. The prices are established by the annual budget ordinance. The charge is designed to recoup the expense the taxpayers put into each animal.