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This coming Monday is the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Many state and federal employees have the day off; however, such is not the plan with a small, dedicated group of citizens and students. This past Friday, a group of citizens met with the school leaders and Clinton High and Clinton...
  Questions abound for the remaining 51 weeks in 2016. Who will win the national championship football game on Monday? Has the University of South Carolina become a basketball school? Who will be the first to embarrass his school in 2016 – Clemson’s Dabo Swinney with his silliness or USC’s Will...
  The editor: Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year, in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life? Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic accidents are still the leading causes of death among young people. Fortunately, however, our fork – yet...
  Did you make any new year’s resolutions this past week? If so, have you broken them yet? It occurs to me that I did not make any last minute “2015 Do-overs.” In fact, Terri and I had a great New Year’s Eve at home watching a Hallmark movie. We didn’t go out and we didn’t ring in the New Year. I...
  The caption under a photograph of a child that went viral on social media last year said “He had been waiting all week to show them his toy truck but in the presence of his heroes, he was overcome.” Was the child in the photo in the presence of an NFL quarterback? A major league ball player?...
  With Christmas coming to a stop and all the pretty lights coming down for another year, the blahs are rapidly approaching. It is always sad to me when the holiday spirits starts leaving, for I begin to ask myself, “Will this be the last time I get to enjoy the pretty lights?” Anyway, I did enjoy...
  On December 16, I transitioned from community liaison/marketing director to executive director at Hospice of Laurens County. I am honored and grateful to have this opportunity to lead our team and ensure our community receives excellent health care. Over the past two weeks I have received an...
Nikki Haley referred to “the Thousand-Year Flood” when she spoke of what happened to the Palmetto State during the first week of October. Survivors of Hugo might think that was an exaggeration, but it really wasn’t. Scientists say that rains that overpowering can occur twice during a 10-year period...
Do you like numbers? Numbers are very telling. So here are a few to ponder: 80, $10,000, 25, $3000, 0-$20,000, 400, 1. Let’s take a look at this numbers. 80. This is the number of active cancer patients enrolled in the Laurens County Cancer Association. Some come once a month and the rest come...
October 9 was one of my best-ever Friday evenings. This was because of the graduating class of 1965 having a get-together at the home of two of the ’65 classmates, Rut and Ginger Byars Jacks. The casual gathering was a wonderful gesture on the part of Ginger and Rut, and their hosting this event...

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