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  Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, but it’s the next day, Small Business Saturday, that really puts me in the holiday spirit. That’s because Small Business Saturday, which falls on Nov. 25 this year, isn’t about getting up before...
  Columbia – State entities spent $85.7 million on travel during the fiscal year that ended June 30, state Controller Richard Eckstrom has announced in issuing the 2017 State Travel Report.  Total travel spending increased $4.6 million over the $81.1 million that state entities spent a year earlier...
  COLUMBIA – Governor McMaster has given his support to the Trump Administration’s tax reform proposal, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” McMaster said, “For too long, our tax code has been overcomplicated and uncompetitive, placing an outsized burden on business while perplexing the average American....
  ANDERSON (November 14) - Democratic Congressional Candidate, Mary Geren called on Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC, Laurens County) to rescind his endorsement of Roy Moore, by asking, “When will Jeff Duncan put people before party?” Representative Duncan made the endorsement of the Alabama Senate...
  Sometimes people come into your lives who make you a better person. For me and so, so many others, one of those people was Duane Dennie. He made me want to try to be a better person. A better husband. A better father. A better grandfather. A better Christian. A better Gamecock. A better cusser....
Police across South Carolina and America have spent millions of dollars on officer body cameras. But The New York Times just reported that a rigorous study released last week shows that these cameras have almost no effect on officer behavior. The 18-month study of more than 2,000 police officers in...
  I started second grade in the fall of 1971. Clinton was new to me, as was football, but I was learning. Every day at recess we played “kill the man with the ball,” and Andy Walker was “Larry Csonka.”  After getting killed a good many times when Andy had the ball (which is not how that game is...
  The editor: We have to save Samsung! It was a godsend for our neighbors in Newberry when Samsung announced it would open a new plant at the old Caterpillar facility and employ almost 1,000 people. However, Samsung's competitors are now trying to get government bureaucrats on the International...
  The Editor: I never dreamed in my 83 years that I’d ever see what is happening to our great nation that God has so richly blessed.  Why can’t people take the blinders from their eyes and see what prejudice and hate are doing to our country? Prejudice and hate have no color. It’s the same in all...
The Editor: No entity such as the Laurens County Economic Development corporation is above oversight in our democratic government! All agencies of government are required to have control and direct policy of influence on the spending of tax payers money. They are not immune to the liabilities of...

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