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Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Holiday   I can tell I am growing older. As a child, I loved Halloween and Christmas. They provided fun, goodies, and gifts. I liked Thanksgiving but nowhere near as much as the other two holidays. As a parent of young children, I loved Halloween and Christmas, probably...
  More of South Carolina is gaining more access to alcohol. More people can buy and consume it on Sundays. It’s at ballgames and festivals, as Clinton demonstrated this year when the city council made it possible to buy and consume booze at uptown venues. Now, if logic follows, isn’t it time for...
  On Sunday night, my father was smiling from Heaven. For the first time in 14 years, a driver piloting a Ford was champion of NASCAR. Harvey Whitmore loved NASCAR racing. It was a Sunday tradition at my house. And he passed that love to me. A lot of times we would start a race, fall asleep and...
  Lots more land is coming off the county tax rolls as the City of Clinton prepares to develop its first recreation complex. That’s 176 acres that will not be available for taxation to run county operations. Depending on how you look at it, that’s the bad news. The good news is, once the complex is...
  I never thought that this late in life I would be, again, Band Dad. In the spirit of total honesty (always the best policy) it’s really more like Band “Uncle” since our “adopted” niece, Reese, plays keyboard in the Ware Shoals band. We just finished two grueling trips to and from Batesburg and...
  Phyllis Staton, the wife of PC President Bob Staton, was the most surprised person in the room when she received the 2018 Honorary Alumna Award during PC’s Alumni Awards ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event took place in Edmunds Hall on the PC campus.  PC holds the ceremony once a year to...
  The editor, The 2018 General Election Day has been certified in Laurens County.  The voters were patient and thoughtful, and the entire elections team was the best ever! To this end, I would like to publicly recognize the Voters of Laurens County and the Registration & Elections community as...
  The editor, As the parent of a son who is a resident at Whitten Center, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the care and concern shown in tangible ways by the Woodlawn Ramblers, from Greenwood.   It was my great privilege to get to meet many of them on Sunday, Oct. 28, for the Bub...
  Russ Dean - Humanity: “There is so much good”   In this week’s pastors’ column for our church newsletter, I opened with these words: “It’s been a terrible week, another terrible week, in our country. Our democratic dysfunction is at an all-time high. Our divisions have never been more apparent,...
  “He’s not acting right,” said his mother, sitting on a chair beside her son in the emergency department of a rural South Carolina hospital. “He gets all upset, he yells out, he hits at me, then he just gets real quiet-like. It’s been happening a lot more lately. He just stares off, he doesn’t...

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