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  • Our View: Truesdale is a true champ in state athletics

    It’s been quite a senior year for Indian Land High School star athlete Rondreas Truesdale.
    The record-setting quarterback produced a stellar football season, leading the Warriors to a 7-4 mark and a second straight home berth in the Class AA Upper State playoffs.
    He led the state in rushing 2,210 yards and scored 37 touchdowns this season.
    Truesdale also became the fifth Warriors’ player to earn selection to the annual North-South All-Star football game at Myrtle Beach last December.

  • Our View: Kersey’s legacy lives on through three donations

    Mike Kersey is gone, but certainly not forgotten.
    The emotional wrestling coach and elementary school physical education teacher had that type of impact on students, no matter their age.
    He knew how to motivate the heavyweight wrestler to reach his potential on the mat, and at the same time had the knack for making exercise fun for the most reluctant elementary school student.
    Kersey, who died last fall, was that type of person. In wrestling circles across the county and state, Kersey is regarded as an icon.

  • Guest View: We want better access to police reports, not worse

    A pair of bills being debated in the S.C. House illustrate the ongoing tension between those who seek to close government’s doors to pesky outsiders and those who would open government up for all to see. The first would outrageously clamp the door firmly shut on a wide swath of law enforcement records. The second would helpfully ease the path for citizens who seek to learn more about their government.

  • Our View: Take personal safety seriously

    Are you a warrior or a victim? That was the question Maj. Matt Shaw, undersheriff at Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, presented to those at last week’s personal-safety awareness class.
    The need for such a class was necessitated by the recent spate of violent attacks in Lancaster County.
    Just days after Christmas, Kershaw resident Hope Melton was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat. Her body was thrown in a desolate area known for coyotes and other animals. Her alleged attacker is now in custody.

  • Guest View: CNN story is a slap in face to Lancaster

    According to CNN’s Moni Basu, the plight of folks living in Lancaster is much like Tom Joad’s family in John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”
    Steinbeck documents the misery the Joads experience as they leave their foreclosed, dust-covered farm in Oklahoma to find work in Depression-era California.
    “In hard-hit S.C. town, faith and finances fuel political decisions,” Basu equates the aftermath of Springs Industries’ demise to the Joads’ struggle as migrant workers.

  • Our View: Don’t forget to vote in GOP primary Saturday

    On Saturday, Jan. 21, registered voters across the state will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in their government.
    And although Indian Land voters have no local contests to decide, the first-the-South Republican primary will determine who will be on the Republican presidential ticket this fall.
    Voters will choose between these GOP presidential hopefuls:
    • Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
    • Texas Congressman Ron Paul

  • Our View: Candidates should court all voters, not just older ones

    The Republican primary season is in high gear in South Carolina, evidenced both by the number of campaign signs popping up like mushrooms in area yards and the number of presidential hopefuls racing around the state.
    This week, GOP presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry made two stops in Lancaster County – both to talk with senior voters. He stopped Tuesday morning at Sun City Carolina Lakes, where he spoke at the Lake House, then stopped to have lunch with the Retired Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce at Charley’s Cafe.

  • Our View: Stump was a mainstay in voting office

    In more than two decades of service as the director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission Office, Cassie Stump has seen plenty.
    During her 20 years with the county, Stump has seen voting go from the use of paper ballots to the now easier-to-use touch screens at the various county precincts.
    “Now we have electronic voting equipment, which is so easy to us,” said Stump, who retired from her duties Dec. 30.

  • Our View: State champ soccer teams do us proud

    The 2011 S.C. Athletic Programs state soccer tournament at Sumter’s Patriot Park presented quite a challenge for two Lancaster County Recreation Commission youth soccer teams last month.
    The Lancaster County 10-under and 12-under all-stars ventured to Sumter to defend their state titles. Both teams sport several Indian Land players.
    The teams were both coming off successful Central District title defenses in defeating Fort Mill to earn repeat trips to the elite state field.
    What the Lancaster County teams accomplished was downright impressive.

  • Our View: Ring in new year safely

    It’s hard to believe 2011 is nearly over. Despite the fact that economists say we’ve now been in a economic recovery for a good two years now, 2011 was still a hard year, especially for the nearly 12.6 percent of us still out of work in Lancaster County.