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When is the right time to ask about hospice? Now is the best time to learn more about hospice and ask questions about what to expect from hospice services. Although end-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, it is best for family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern....
Dr. Laura Koskela has worked in Laurens County School District 56 for 20 years. She retired this year, although she’s still going to be around and have an office in the district office in her new role as executive director of the CAT (Carolina Alliance for Technology) program. Koskela was assistant...
Have you noticed the increase in trailers carrying horses up and down the interstate through Laurens County lately? Horseback riding is rising in popularity throughout the county, state, and nation and Laurens County is well-positioned to benefit economically from this growth with a little bit of...
“Dim the houselights and bring up the curtain.” June 30, 2016, Dr. Laura Koskela, assistant superintendent in Laurens 56, will officially retire from public education after a career spanning 39 years. Thirty-nine years!!! Of those years, she spent the last 20 in our district. That kind of loyalty...
Some of the many things that interested long ago would not catch the attention of boys today. A treasure to me and my friends was a discarded red rubber inner tube that we would find at a filling station, now called service, station. These inner tubes provided the power for sling shots that...
A couple of summers ago, my nine-year old son Dawson and I spent the weekend with eight dads and sons from our church at Camp McCall, a boys’ camp in South Carolina. This trip marked my fourteenth trip. I attended seven times as a camper in the 1980s and have returned seven times as a dad for their...
When a California pastor says the 100 people who were killed or injured in Orlando “deserve what they got,” is that opinion protected by the constitution? Does the man who shot them have a legal right to purchase and possess the guns he used and is that right protected by the constitution? Do...
The editor: Over the past two years, much has been said about the Laurens County EMS system, to the facts and untruths of being more cost effective and need for better services. In a recent article in this paper by County Councilman (Stewart) Jones, he made remarks about the county’s EMS operations...
Most people associate “talking trash” to the sports world. A lot of athletes try to intimidate and belittle their opponent by saying nasty and unflattering things about their abilities to perform. However, as Mayor talking trash, it takes on a totally different meaning. I’m talking real trash. On...
Over the past couple of days I have had the opportunity and pleasure to talk with two friends who I have known for many years. The first, Cauley Hardin, was talking to me at Sunday School this past Sunday about knives; we also talked about our Sunday school lesson, too. Cauley and I both remembered...

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