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The Editor: A Heart-warming Thank You - Our self-contained special education classes at Joanna Woodson Elementary School went on their annual Christmas field trip Tuesday, Dec. 19th. We visited NHC and delivered Christmas angels to the residents. It was a wonderful experience in sharing kindness!  ...
STATE: PEC’s Barrett in The State newspaper: “The state government needs to get out of the business of running a utility. Period.”   Columbia – Palmetto Energy Coalition Chairman Gresham Barrett weighed in on South Carolina’s ongoing energy debate in this morning’s edition of The State.  “The...
  Opinion -- FOIA: Exempt Non-profits - Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing   By Bill Rogers There is a wolf in sheep’s clothing working its way through our state legislature. The bill purports to be a transparency bill, but it is anything but … and it will hide how millions of taxpayer dollars are spent. The...
  The South Carolina Legislature in 2018 is going to consider a wrong-headed measure that would exempt not-for-profit groups that receive public money from some disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act. We suspect this is a coastal issue, since Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Beaufort tourism-...
The Editor, In the process of turning rocks over within the creation of the Laurens County Economic Development Corp., I have discovered how a small group of employees has produced a scheme to deceive the taxpayers, hide themselves away from oversight and enrich their lifestyle.  Upon Jim Colman...
  My story is no secret. I grew up in a single-parent household in North Charleston. My mom worked 16-hour days as a nurse’s aide to provide for my brother and me. At times, we had to use the oven to heat the house. There were also times when we couldn’t afford Christmas presents. So, for me, tax...
  NATION: You May Have Additional Time to Choose a Medicare Plan   By Thomas O’Conner CEO, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in South Carolina    After the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Nate, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended a special...
  Sometimes, you just cannot improve upon the original. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” How many have tried to sing it? Each with his or her own “flavor”; but the deep longing in Bing’s voice for that time when soldiers are back home, and a simpler time cannot be improved upon. Take the original,...
  The Editor, I took the time to review Stewart Jones’ Facebook presentation of "Privatizing Laurens County's EMS System.” Brought to mind the rural fire department predicament of the 80's.  The two cities provided fire protection for the city limits and the five-mile donut area around these cities...
  The Editor, I am writing this letter to express my gratitude and appreciation for the staff at Langston Place. My parents have lived there for three years and as of recent things have really improved due to Mary Addison. Two weeks ago, my father was diagnosed with pneumonia, he kept getting worse...

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