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As readers of The Clinton Chronicle, you are fully aware of our recent visit from an External Review Team from across the nation and around the state. The team of six visitors spent three full days in the district interviewing stakeholders (parents and community member); observing classes, teachers...
Once upon a time there was a stream that began at the corner of Jefferson and Gordon streets at Clinton Mills and flowed for a distance past a spring, hewn out of rock, and on to a larger stream known as Beard’s Fork Creek. The stream was a favorite place for boys who live on the mill village, also...
Laurens County Council voted unanimously to make a job offer to a man to become the new Laurens County Administrator. Jon Caime, who is the administrator in Hart County, Ga., was chosen over two men with Laurens County connections. Caime has reportedly accepted the job and is expected to begin work...
The fire is fading. It’s time to go home. After almost 28 years, I will retire shortly from the position of Laurens County Administrator. It has been a privilege and a distinct honor to serve the county of my birth for most of my professional life. I am not exactly sure of what I will do in...
The most asked questions to me as mayor by the people of Clinton are: “Is it finished? When will it be finished?” What began as an eight-person delegation from Laurens County to Washington, D.C., to ask for federal funding in February 2006 is what “it” is. The delegation returned to Laurens County...
The final article in this series about our upcoming AdvancED visit deals with the very heart of learning—continuous improvement. AdvancED defines using results for continuous improvement as “the district and school implement a comprehensive assessment system that generates a range of data about...
We wager not many people knew his first name was Leo. Leo Vernon Powell died March 9 on his birthday. He was 93. Leo was his given name, but people called him either Vernon or Mr. Powell. We think of him as Mr. PC. He was director of food services at Presbyterian College at two different times that...
The Holocaust. In its scope, volume, and cold, cruel deliberateness, it may rank as the most heinous crime one people have ever carried out against another. The world’s Jews were to be obliterated through a policy Hitler’s regime labeled “the final solution to the Jewish question.” Nazi policy...
If you have ever baked a cake or prepared a special recipe, you likely use a certain list of go-to ingredients. You can’t substitute baking power for baking soda (Yes, I learned that the hard way.)! The same goes in education. Certain things cannot be omitted or trivialized even though they may not...
At dinner last Thursday night at Old Mill, (Carter had the night off and didn’t have to cook), I looked across the table at our three year old grandson. He is, OF COURSE, a beautiful, highly intelligent, funny little boy. If you have doubts about my description, you can call his Nana. On one side...

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