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  We were Mayberry! One afternoon recently an old Joanna friend of mine since high school days, Paul Mode, called me about a conversation he and several other Joanna folks had. Paul said that he, Kay Darnell Baggett, Janice Price, and a couple of others were talking about the olden days of the...
Everybody has new budgets for the 2016-2017 fiscal year that began Friday. At least the public agencies do – Clinton City Council, School District 56, Laurens County Council, Laurens County Water and Sewer District and others. The budget votes by the school board, the LCWSC and county council were...
Once again we have suffered a national tragedy that is as foolish as it is horrendous. Compounding the heartbreak is the fact that it may have been as preventable as it was predictable. There's a lot that could be learned from Orlando, however, we've shown we're not interested in learning from...
The golden shovels, the ones we use for ceremonial groundbreakings that normally live in a dusty storage room at the municipal center which reminds me a bit of that warehouse that they wheel the Ark of the Covenant into at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie, are getting a real workout lately...
In an article a few back I mentioned a place (farm) on Hwy. 101 just before getting to the 101 Barnyard Flea Market. Back in the late 50’s and up into the mid 60’s this was a place I adored. There was a two-story farmhouse with three or four farm machinery sheds and barns and numerous tractors and...
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...

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