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Let’s say, at some point in the future, another student decides to chase a fellow student with a knife/book bag/stick in the Laurens school district. Further, let’s say a third student videos the encounter on a cell phone. The video clearly shows what each student did. One of them broke the law and...
Sandra Alexander, the friendly face in the first office inside the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce offices, died last week. She put up a brave and inspiring fight, but cancer won. Originally, she thought she had injured her back before doctors discovered the pain was caused by cancer. She was...
“Ya got trouble, my friend, right here. I say, trouble right here in River City.” The words to a song in Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Broadway musical The Music Man come to mind to anyone who is closely following Clinton City Council. It has been whispered and talked about with a hand in front of the...
A wise person once told me that there never was a coin so thin that it did not have two sides.  The same thing goes for rumors and stories. Among the many things I have learned in service to the citizens of Clinton, some thoughts come to mind recently concerning rumors and perceptions.  Not one of...
Once upon a time a country boy grew tired of the same thing for his school lunch every single day.  He just could not stomach even one more greasy fried egg in a cold biscuit.  So, he traded lunch bags, sight unseen, with a classmate.  Recess came and he opened his new bag and there before  his...
Have I told you about my grandchildren? I never anticipated what it would be like to be a grandpa, but I got to experience it for the first time at a fairly young age -- I was not yet 40. In those days, when I would tell people I was a grandfather, they would say something like, “You don’t look old...
The editor: This paper, which prides itself as being a beacon of light and bearer of democratic values, owes the people of my ward and of Clinton a heartfelt apology. To infer that my candidacy or anyone else’s candidacy is somehow illegitimate is offensive and unprincipled. When after prayerful...
The editor: During the month of the celebration of Black History, it seems prudent to present a small view of local historical data that connects the local black and white communities in a historical prospective.  As our historical past migrated from the era of the white settlement of the Indian...
Growing up in Greenville, I had the opportunity to attend what may be considered a “nyeusi shule”, which means black school in Swahili.  The all African-American preschool/kindergarten taught me some very important lessons about knowledge-of-self.  Those life lessons would be valuable weapons in an...
February is generally regarded as Black History Month. Most people are unaware of its origins or even why Black History Month exists. This article does not intend to research its origins in great detail or provide rationale for its designation; this article exists because of the profound influence...

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