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  NATION: Duncan Bill Defunds Localities that Allow Noncitizen Voting   Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC-03-Laurens County) introduced new legislation to protect the integrity of American elections nationwide by eliminating federal funding for any municipality that allows...
  Anderson — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ gun safety organization, Giffords, has endorsed Mary Geren’s campaign for Congress in South Carolina’s Third Congressional District.  "Politicians bought and paid for by the gun lobby to defend the firearms industry can no longer get away with...
  Columbia – The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH), in partnership with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, Myrtle Beach Police Department, and Horry County Police Department, will launch its Community Crisis Response and Intervention (CCRI) Program in Beaufort and Horry...
State News -- Gov. Henry McMaster Appoints Former S.C. Attorney General Charlie Condon as Chairman of Santee Cooper’s Board of Directors   COLUMBIA – Governor Henry McMaster today announced the interim appointment of former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon as chairman of Santee Cooper...
VIC COLUMN: Our World’s War on Boys   The war on boys in this world is sad and terrifying. One boy is dead, two others are scarred for life because of an incident last weekend in Clinton. Young men of color go to jail at an embarrassingly high rate in the U.S. for a (supposed) industrialized nation...
  We have let Shop Laurens County First go. Now, it is time for the expanded version -- THINK Laurens County First. Yes, it is important to shop here first; however, it is even more important for all of us to consider our county’s fine points before we go off criticizing and “wishin’ and hopin’”...
  In 2009 Amy and I became pilgrims, and pilgrimage changed us. With our boys, 12 and 10 at the time, we flew to Madrid, Spain, and took a bus to a little town called Sarria, which is 111.5 kilometers from the Cathedral of St. James. The number keeps rising, and last year over a quarter of a...
What the Pledge Means   You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning. I hope it’s more often the latter, because here’s...
Amid all the confusion about zero tolerance and executive orders over the crisis  at the border, one thing is clear. At least 2000 children are still detained away from their parents in shelters across the country.  Many -- no one knows exactly how many -- are under age 5 housed in “Tender Age”...
The Editor, This letter is in response to Lisa Emerson Machione’s letter to the editor in last week’s Chronicle. I am not sure what her infatuation with Jerre Threatt is other than he is her next door neighbor. I don’t know why anyone would want to dredge up city business that is three months old....

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