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Have I told you about my grandchildren? I never anticipated what it would be like to be a grandpa, but I got to experience it for the first time at a fairly young age -- I was not yet 40. In those days, when I would tell people I was a grandfather, they would say something like, “You don’t look old...
The editor: This paper, which prides itself as being a beacon of light and bearer of democratic values, owes the people of my ward and of Clinton a heartfelt apology. To infer that my candidacy or anyone else’s candidacy is somehow illegitimate is offensive and unprincipled. When after prayerful...
The editor: During the month of the celebration of Black History, it seems prudent to present a small view of local historical data that connects the local black and white communities in a historical prospective.  As our historical past migrated from the era of the white settlement of the Indian...
Growing up in Greenville, I had the opportunity to attend what may be considered a “nyeusi shule”, which means black school in Swahili.  The all African-American preschool/kindergarten taught me some very important lessons about knowledge-of-self.  Those life lessons would be valuable weapons in an...
February is generally regarded as Black History Month. Most people are unaware of its origins or even why Black History Month exists. This article does not intend to research its origins in great detail or provide rationale for its designation; this article exists because of the profound influence...
Well, the Gold Dust Twins have made it to five. The drinks are on me. Patricia and Sarah Brooks Gaylord, our gifts from an absolute higher power, will be five years old in early February. Their ability to charm, inspire, fluster and frustrate increases geometrically with each passing year. I have...
It was fitting and appropriate that former Spartanburg mayor and successful businessman Bill Barnet III delivered the Robert M. Vance Lecture Jan. 26 at Presbyterian College. The address is the most recent Robert M. Vance Lecture Series on Business Ethics. It’s fitting that Barnet was the person to...
This month represent a time when we celebrate the achievements by Black Americans, and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in United States History. In 1926, 91 years ago, the noted historian, Carter G. Woodson, created the first “Negro History Week”. He wanted to recognize...
"Remember who you belong to!" Ma-Ma often left me with this challenge when I was a teenager and left the house to go out with my friends. As I walked out the kitchen door, her exhortation followed me. Those few words summarized a whole lot. I knew then and now that Ma-Ma was saying . . . • You...
  The editor: I would like to congratulate the CHS boys varsity basketball team for currently holding first place in their conference…yes…they are headed for the playoffs! These coaches and team players represent the entire Clinton community well. Last Friday, I traveled to Broome to watch the...

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