Our View

  • Our View: Congrats to our award-winning local schools

    There’s a lot of Palmetto pride on display in Lancaster County schools these days and with good reason – 11 of the county’s schools recently won Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for the 2011-12 school year from the S.C. Department of Education.
    While that total number is lower than last year’s 16 winning county schools, the number of gold award winners actually doubled from four last year to eight this year, despite tougher criteria this year.

  • Our View: Don’t ditch state’s concealed weapons permit law, training

    Face it, folks. Some people don’t need to carry guns – openly or concealed. Recent tragedies, where innocent people in classrooms, a shopping mall and a movie theater were slaughtered by crazed, gun-toting fanatics, are a testament to that fact.
    We don’t think anyone with common sense will deny that those perpetrators should not be allowed to own or carry a gun for obvious reasons.

  • Our View: Make the most of Easter holiday

    Sunday is Easter, regarded as one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar.
    Easter, also known as Pascha, is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day following his crucifixion at Calvary, according to the New Testament.
    Easter follows Lent, the 40-day period of fasting, prayer and penance which begins with Ash Wednesday and continues through Holy Week, which includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.

  • Our View: The power of the people

    In the last two issues of Carolina Gateway, we reported stories where local residents’ vocal opposition to plans resulted in the scrapping of those plans – first with the proposed moving of the Indian Land recycling/convenience center from Jim Wilson Road to Shelley Mullis Road and then with a requested rezoning of two acres at Collins and Henry Harris roads.

  • Our View: FOIA helps keep government in the sunshine

    Pretend a hundred of us just landed on an island – our new home. The island possesses all the amenities – fertile land, plenty of timber, fresh water, lots of wildlife – to sustain us and a growing population. Pretty soon, we start to develop our island. We’re building houses, cutting roadways and implementing an infrastructure.

  • Our View: Field vandals strike again

    Those snowy doughnuts must have been real good.
    We’re not really talking about a tasty treat here, but rather a dastardly deed.
    No good came out of that joy ride at the Buford Recreation Center’s youth soccer fields Feb. 16.
    How could anyone have a good time as they drove an ATV and cut deep-rutted doughnuts into the youth soccer fields? What was this person thinking? Obviously, they were not thinking straight.

  • Chamber honors well-deserved

    Toasts were frequent at the annual Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Wine and Stein annual meeting at the Fairway Room on Jan. 24.

    The chamber event features a host of awards for deserving folks who seek to make a defining difference in our community.

    Mobley Drug garnered its share of awards at the meeting.

  • Our View: Kudos to Lady Lancers for award, more

    A 4-10-1 record isn’t much to get excited about, but sometimes a look behind the mark shows a little more. This is true in the case of the University of South Carolina Lady Lancers’ soccer team.
    The 2012 USCL women’s team, led by first-year head coach Nicole Bulinsky, posted four wins last fall, but there’s more to the story than that.
    The Lady Lancers first victory was one to savor. The team etched its name in USCL soccer history, posting the first win on USCL’s new on-campus soccer field with a 5-4 overtime win over Wake Tech.

  • Our View: County history finds home in old courthouse

    Lancaster County has its place in history and now it has a place to display its rich history.
    Jan. 6, 2013, was a special day in Lancaster County history as it marked the opening of the Lancaster County Courthouse Museum.
    The museum is housed in the Lancaster County Courthouse, a Robert Mills-designed building that is now a National Historic Landmark. Mills, a South Carolina native, has his place in history as the designer of the Washington Monument and America’s first architect.

  • Our View: Jumping off the fiscal cliff

    The over-hyped and too-ballyhooed fiscal cliff deal was supposed to keep taxes from being raised on most Americans and start cutting away at our massive federal budget deficit. What it did, in fact, was raise taxes on nearly everyone, add to the deficit and punt on doing anything of real substance. In Washington, that is considered a success worthy of celebrating.