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Columns

  • Warren column: State must fix roads, bridges

    How many times do we have to see crumbling roads and bridges before we see action in Columbia?
    For decades, South Carolina has had roads that are in constant disrepair. It impacts economic development, public safety, tourism and our quality of life.
    We need a governor who will make transportation a priority. While career politicians will always cry for more money, that’s not the solution. That is an excuse. Our roads are failing because state government isn’t doing its job with the money it already has.

  • Collins column: USCL expands to meet IL needs

    According to our campus mission statement, USC Lancaster exists “to provide higher education and intellectual leadership to its service area.”
    Likewise, our mission notes that “the original design of the institution incorporated a flexibility that has allowed changes in institutional capability with increasing educational demands of constituents.”

  • Newton column: Here’s how House voted on budget

    The S.C. House passed its $8.2 billion version of the state’s general fund budget in late March, sending it to the Senate.
    Our state’s economy is booming, with low unemployment, continued business growth and a thriving tourism industry, so South Carolina brought in $326 million more than it did the year before in recurring dollars that can be used on yearly expenses.
    Here’s a look at what the House did:
    Required expenditures

  • DeVenny and Folks coilumn: JMS Foundation expanding its healthy community focus

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation was created from the sale of the hospital in 1995, with a goal of reinvesting those assets into the community to increase the health and wellness of our region. Today, as in those early days, we continue to focus on the goal of creating and sustaining a healthy community for all people. We believe that building a healthy community is a goal shared by many, so we asked for your input.

  • Gregory column: Senate tackles nuke debacle and a lot more

    The General Assembly is like the weather in that it rarely remains tranquil. Whether self-induced, or unrelated to our actions, something always stirs the place up.
    This session it’s the cessation of construction at the Jenkinsville nuclear reactors meant to power South Carolina for the next generation. The plug was pulled due to myriad problems, including the bankruptcy of the contractor, Westinghouse. What’s left is $9 billion in debt and a lot of questions.

  • Gunter column: Panhandle town proponents, just leave the rest of us alone

    Were you surprised with the outcome of the March 27 vote on Indian Land becoming a town – 1,853 yes votes and 9,086 no?
    Many of us who voted against incorporation could not believe over 1,800 voted for the proposed town.
    Why were many of us opposed? Well, it was more dealing with the unknown rather than knowing what to expect if it should pass.
    The big unknown was what the yearly tax bill would be. Those living in subdivisions such as Sun City Carolina Lakes did not wish to have another bill each year in the form of a city tax.

  • Phipps column: Built like a Transformer, Mr. Ledford transformed me

    The blue, 2-foot-tall block words on the back wall say, “There are no dumb questions.”
    And they’re the first thing I notice when I walk into Buster Ledford’s classroom.
    I’m a sophomore at Independence High, and I’m scared.
    Scared because, well, because I’m a sophomore – and most sophomore boys are pretty much scared all the time.
    Of girls – should I ask her to go “Scorting” in my ’85 Escort? (Actually, it’s my mom’s car.)

  • Grant column: Local businesses partner with IL library Friends

    Since its inception in 2011, the Friends of the Del Webb Library’s business partnership program has grown beyond our expectations. It is inspiring to see so many of our local businesses wanting to show their support of the Indian Land community through their partnership with the Del Webb Library.
    The benefit to the library and to the business partners is really a win-win situation for both. The businesses, by giving discounts to our Friends members, benefit by the Friends’ support.

  • Folks, Harris and Small column: 24 hours of making a difference

    Guest columnists: Robert Folks is chair of the J. Marion Sims Foundation; Jackie Harris is chair of the Lancaster County Community Foundation; and Brad Small is chair of Lancaster County Partners for Youth

    As part of our dedication to making a positive difference in our community, we at the J. Marion Sims Foundation, Lancaster County Community Foundation, and Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation encourage you to support the network of local nonprofit organizations who work hard every day for the betterment of our citizens.

  • 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.