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Our View

  • Our View: Christmas spirit alive and well in Indian Land

    With the troubled economy and Lancaster County’s continuing double-digit unemployment rates, charitable donations could be expected to drop this holiday season. And although some have fallen, while the needs have increased, other efforts have picked up the slack, proving once again that the Christmas spirit is alive and well here.
    The food pantry at Belair United Methodist Church, which opened in 2010, draws more than 70 people each time it opens, with its numbers topping 200 on the weeks the church hosted Second Harvest this year.

  • Our View: Kudos to schools for top marks on S.C. report cards

    When your children improve their grades on their report cards, you praise them. When our schools’ report card grades improve, they deserve our praise, too.
    So, we’re here to say congratulations to the record number of Lancaster County schools that were rated excellent in one or both categories of their state report cards, released last month.

  • OuView: Be generous to those in need during holidays

    Giving back – we hear these familiar words often, especially during the holidays.
    This holiday season, we encourage you to live out those words by giving what you can.
    In Lancaster County, the opportunities to help others are endless. Take your pick because there are several ways you can help someone less fortunate.

  • Our View: Shoppers, Think Lancaster First during holidays

    With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, we’d like to remind shoppers to Think Lancaster First before heading to malls outside the county or the Internet to do their holiday shopping.
    Think Lancaster First is an ongoing effort spearheaded by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce that dovetails nicely with national Buy Local Week (Nov. 25-Dec. 4).

  • Our View: Thanksgiving is more than a good meal

    It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the traditional kickoff of our holiday season.
    Our national day of giving thanks dates back to 1621 in Massachusetts, where we believe the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a successful harvest with food and festivities.
    Given our economic situation, some in modern-day America may find it difficult to give thanks, but we still have much to be thankful for – health and family and freedom, to name a few.

  • Our View: Lower-priced events expand arts series

    The Performing Arts Series has been a popular event at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    Few can find much to complain about in the quality entertainment events, sponsored by See Lancaster SC, which oversees the arts series. But the cost of season tickets at $395, and many individual show tickets at $50 and up, puts the events out of reach for many in Lancaster County.

  • Our View: Take time to honor veterans on Vets Day

    There will be plenty of activities to honor Veterans Day in this area. And there should be.
    Veterans Day is when our nation, from Main Street, USA, to Washington, D.C., and across our county, salutes its military veterans.

  • Our View: New fire stations wonderful assets to communities

    October was a good month for the Lancaster County Fire Service. Two of its oldest volunteer fire departments opened brand-new fire stations, thanks to federal grants.
    Indian Land and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments both held grand opening ceremonies for their new stations last month – Indian Land on Oct. 9 and Heath Springs a week later on Oct. 16 – proud days for both departments and the communities that support them.

  • Our View: Make safety a priority on Halloween

    Halloween, sometimes known as Fright Night, is coming. To make sure the night is truly not a scary ordeal, be sure that safety is part of your plans.
    The night belongs to youngsters and safety should be observed with the little ones in mind. Before they head out, there are certain situations to consider.

  • Our View: BZA’s ruling on concrete plant’s status baffling

    The recent Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals vote to overturn the county decision on the nonconforming-use status of Thomas Concrete left us scratching our heads.
    What looked like a simple case of a plant losing its grandfathered status and thus, its right to operate, got a lot more complicated at the Oct. 11 BZA hearing.