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Remember the South Carolina election debacle of 2012? Hundreds of candidates for local and state offices were declare ineligible for the State Election Commission for not filing the correct forms to run. As a result, cities and counties in the state, including Laurens County, had scores of petition...
It has been a fast summer at PC: graduation seems like yesterday, yet we are preparing for new students to arrive at the Pharmacy School the week of August 15 and on the undergraduate campus August 20. With different convocations and a “Week of Welcome” on tap for returning students the week of...
The news has been so serious lately. We all need a good laugh or two. Charles Dickens wrote, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” My grandfather, an old-school Baptist preacher, told the story of two old men at the assisted-living facility. Fred and...
The editor: Peace be unto you. I would like to thank Bro. Franklin for his very candid perspective on race relations in our nation (Editor’s note: July 20 editorial). We have a tendency to want to dismiss the realities of life and retreat into the safe havens of our respective comfort zones. Denial...
I can still see that wilderness road, sand and rocks to the horizon, as we drove south from Amman, Jordan, to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. I was a college junior, wide-eyed at my first international travel, and four of my closest friends were along for the dusty bus ride and a few class...
Before I had kids, the news was just the news. It was something you watched at six pm and then moved on to something more entertaining. Now that I have children the news is just plain scary. It’s a frightening mishmash of terrorist attacks, murders, shootings, and election candidates who promise to...
In my last article or so, there was mention of several places which once were very active and useful and then were gone as if they never existed. Well, I do not know how I overlooked one very obvious place and that was the former Copeland Plaza. On a recent trip to and from Laurens, I was thinking...
The ear-splitting sounds you heard last Tuesday evening might well have been heads exploding in the South Harper St. Extension area near Laurens – home of some of the most vocal and virulent opposition to zoning/land use/planning in Laurens County. Laurens County Council voted 5-0 (Dianne Anderson...
There is an expression of love in the world that belongs naturally to mothers. Of course, it’s known to non-mothers, too, and there’s no guarantee that a mother’s heart will sustain or can even bear it for any child. But there is a natural caring love of a mother for her child, and it belongs to...
Already, we are allowing the names of law enforcement officers shot to death by former military personnel to fade into the woodwork. We are outraged, saddened, and perplexed by the violence around us. So much so that it is much easier to pray for “The Five Dallas police officers” and now,...

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