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  During World War II, my daddy served in the US Navy and was stationed on an island in the Pacific Ocean. My father-in-law also served in the US Navy and was stationed on a ship in the Pacific. I never talked much with my daddy about his service. I know he was not in combat. He was a storekeeper...
Nothing is more infuriating to us than people who prey on seniors. People who try to get something, basically, for nothing. Oh sure, it takes time to sit on the phone and scam people, and as they say time is money - but, really, get a real job! This is an advisory from the South Carolina Department...
  Did you know that April is Financial Literacy Month? It’s a good time to remind individuals regardless of their age the importance of making good financial decisions. From the internet to iPhone applications, information on how to best manage your money for the future is easily accessible – yet...
Recently, the educational community lost a stalwart in the profession, an ambassador of civic service, and a guide to literally thousands of students. Ms. Alvenes Barksdale was truly one of the most exceptional educators I ever met. My recollection is markedly biased since Ms. Barksdale was my...
Ask any college senior where the best jobs are, and you'll probably hear a list of coastal metropolises: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco.  But economic development data tell a different story.  Smaller cities away from the coasts are the true hotbeds of economic activity today, thanks to their...
OUR VIEW -- Are Hospitals Safe?   If not, are we surprised? Our human investment is lacking at Laurens County Government level.   Our healthcare workers are not safe. National statistics show it. Two shootings in two days in South Carolina hospitals prove it. And these are just “the big events” -...
  Sometimes it feels like there is an all-out war on women in this country. It mirrors the atrocities committed against women all over the world. Far from being “the weaker sex,” women have proven themselves to be capable leaders, accomplished scientists and stellar athletes. Yet, we always seem to...
  “Daddy, wear your Dr. Pepper shirt today!” My 13-year old son finds delight in father and son wearing matching t-shirts.  The last couple of years, we made several trips to Kohls and picked out identical pop culture shirts. Our wardrobe includes Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Boba Fett, and the...
NATION: NCHSS Study Unveils Safest Colleges in America for 2019   April 15, 2019 — The National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) released their annual ranking of the safest college campuses in America for 2019. It was compiled from locally-submitted police reports, FBI crime data, and...
  Don’t get me wrong, I’m as weary and disheartened by the phrase as the rest of you. In the wake of the latest tragedy, though, it seems I hear it most in the aftermath of the ongoing chapters of our mass-shootings. Someone invariably steps to a podium, gathers all the air in front of a camera and...

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