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During this particular time of the year we are called to take inventory of our blessings. We most recently celebrated Thanksgiving this past week. It is far too common for us to take certain things for granted. We become too comfortable with that which we have and often overlook the many good...
It is amazing what thoughts will run through one’s mind while waiting to pick up the grand boys after school. Yesterday, while waiting, I was thinking about some of my schoolmates who have died and remembering some of the good times I had with many of them. One of the first to die was Joe Fuller,...
After nearly 16 years of war, President-elect Donald Trump and the American people face a challenging national security environment. The Pentagon identifies the primary threats to the United States to be four states (Russia, China, North Korea and Iran) and Violent Extremist Organizations (e.g. the...
Just as the voters in the United States signaled a desire for change at the federal level by electing Donald Trump, the voters in Laurens County have indicated they want new blood in the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Don Reynolds, a retired highway patrolman, will take office Jan. 3, 2017, the...
This is the time of year we pause to give thanks. When I think about what I’m thankful for, God’s blessings are too numerous to count. When I left Clinton almost 20 years ago, I never could have imagined what God would have in store for my life. Heck, back then, I could hardly think beyond the next...
2016 has been a year of sharp division among many people in our country, but pales in comparison to what our nation faced in 1863. On October 3rd 1863, President Lincoln signed Proclamation 106, Thanksgiving Day, less than three months after the battle of Gettysburg, a battle that produced 45,515...
America’s kids are spending less and less time outdoors, and their long-term physical, mental, and emotional health is suffering because of it. But it doesn’t have to be that way, if we’ll get more outdoor education into our schools and colleges. A recent survey of 12,000 families with children...
Kathy Carter’s husband shot her 12 times. He then shot their 11-year-old daughter and finally, himself. After a week in a coma, Carter – she was Kathy Tippins then – survived. Her daughter and her husband were both dead and buried when she awoke from the coma. Carter told her story of terror at the...
I remember a moment in my childhood when I had a piece of glass in my foot. For some reason, I did not heed my mother’s warning about playing outside without my shoes on. The glass beneath my skin, being clear, could not be seen very well with the naked eye, but it could be felt painfully by me and...
This past week has been a very interesting one for us in Laurens County School District 56. On Monday, Nov. 7, the district participated in the very first Instructional Colloquium during a teacher workday. This day provided teachers in our district the opportunity to work with each other to...

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