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Our View

  • Our View: USCL earned its top spot

    Most folks in our area know the importance of the University of South Carolina Lancaster in our community.
    And now the rest of the Palmetto State’s residents now know what we’ve known for years.
    USCL, a regional campus of the University of South Carolina, was recently ranked as the most successful two-year campus in the Palmetto State.
    A summary of college and university graduation rates prepared by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education scored USCL at a success rate of 66.9 percent.

  • Our view: New soccer field boost for USCL teams

    Sometimes it’s not all about the wins and losses.

    On Aug. 24, it was all about a new start for the University of South Carolina Lancaster soccer program.
    For the first time in the history of the school, the USCL Lancers teams were able to play matches on their own campus.

    As Lancers’ athletic director Rick Walters said, fans watching the matches were watching more than soccer, they were “watching history.”

  • No more agenda amending at public meetings

    We applaud the S.C. Court of Appeals’ ruling that amending an agenda during a meeting does not jibe with the state’s Freedom of Information Act. We encourage all public bodies to stop changing their agendas after they have been posted.

  • Our View: Time to buckle down to school

    The last few weeks have been busy for teachers, students and their families as they scrambled to prepare for the school bells that rang Monday morning.
    Many students and their parents took advantage of the recent sales-tax-free weekend to buy school supplies and clothes. And teachers were busy preparing their classrooms for the return of students.

  • This weekend full of football

    There’s plenty of local football action on tap this weekend.

    The ninth annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic is set for Friday night at the Reservation at Indian Land High School.

    The annual scrimmage at ILHS is the only place you can see all four county high school teams in action at one place.

    Andrew Jackson High School kicks off the action as the Volunteers battle the McBee Panthers at 6 p.m.

  • Our View: Voters should have choices in elections

    We don’t endorse political candidates here (Carolina Gateway), but we do endorse the idea of voters having choices.
    As you probably know by now, the State Supreme Court issued a ruling in May that removed almost 250 candidates for office from across the state from the ballot.

  • Thompson deserves S.C. deputy honor

    Fred Thompson thought Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile was kidding him, but as it turned out, Thompson had plenty to smile about.
    Thompson, a sheriff’s office investigator, was recently presented the S.C. Deputy of the Year award by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association at the association’s annual convention in Hilton Head.
    “When I heard, I thought the sheriff was just teasing me,” Thompson said. “It took awhile to let it sink in.”

  • Our View: Quite a run for Crawford

    Sports, often regarded as the games kids play, can be cruel. In a world of what-have-you-done-lately, athletes are often judged by their latest effort. And a performance by an athlete in the twilight of his career will impact how he’s remembered.
    If one wants to remember Olympic champion Shawn Crawford by his latest venture, then so be it.
    Crawford, a Van Wyck native and former Indian Land star athlete, came in seventh in an eight-man race in the 200-meter finals for a spot on the U.S. track and field team at the 2012 Summer Games in London.

  • Be safe, have fun on the Fourth of July

    The United States of America will celebrate its 236th birthday on the Fourth of July.
    The midsummer holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring America’s independence from Great Britain.
    It is a day of celebration, from the backyard to the pool, river or the beach. Popular forms of celebration and observance include picnics, parades, cookouts, concerts, baseball games and family reunions.
    Before embarking on that special celebration, we encourage you to take in the true meaning of the day.

  • Our View: Fire chiefs deserve hall of fame election

    To earn entry to a hall of fame is quite a feat.
    To have two from one area earn election to the same hall in the same year is extra special.
    Lancaster County is quite fortunate in this in regards to the S.C. Firefighters Hall of Fame.
    The S.C. Firefighters Hall of Fame inducted two fire chiefs from Lancaster County during its recent enshrinement at Myrtle Beach.