Publisher: Nellie Ann Whitmore — a life well lived

By Brian Whitmore/Publisher
Nellie Ann Faulkner Whitmore, 83, passed away while she was sleeping, discovered by the morning shift at NHC Laurens on Sept. 21. For eight years she struggled with dementia and debilitating arthritis that led to immobility.
She was and is my Mama.
They say that most people get their name in the paper twice, when they are born and when they die. But Mama got her name in the paper a few more times, because her son was a journalist.

Publisher: Jesus is bigger than our politics

By Brian Whitmore/Publisher
He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. – Daniel 2:21
I hate it when politicians use the Bible to divide.
I hate it when Christian leaders use politics to divide.
Jesus Christ sacrificed himself on the cross and defeated death by rising from the grave, so we ALL can become ONE in Him.

Publisher: Don’t force opinions – live and let live

By Brian Whitmore/Publisher
Live and let live.
That’s what my father taught me.
Tolerate others opinions, so they will tolerate your own.
But the world is increasingly more divided with each day.
I myself just want to be left alone. I believe most people want to be left alone.
Yet, some want to control others. They want to stir the pot. They are always negative — narcissists that get their kicks from aggravating others.

Vic's View: A Modest Suggestion (Portland's Lesson)

By Vic MacDonald/Editor
Now, United States Veterans have joined protestors in a siege in the embattled City of Portland, Oregon. Protestors won’t budge and occupying federal agents won’t leave until they know the courthouse is secure.
To that end, federal agents go out of the courthouse and through a fence in the late evening to have the protestors disperse. Protesting has gone on more than 2 months.

Publisher: Say no to fear, trust in Christ

By Brian Whitmore

Fear, he is a liar

He will take your breath

Stop you in your steps

Fear he is a liar

He will rob your rest

Steal your happiness

Cast your fear in the fire

'Cause fear he is a liar

- Zach Williams


During the pandemic, I see people gripped by fear. Pastor said Sunday: Fear is focusing on the problem and faith is focusing on God.


Satan’s most powerful weapon is fear.

Publisher: Thankful for freedom in a pandemic

By Brian Whitmore/Publisher

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic my daughter would thank God for the quarantine in her prayers. She said it gave her more time with Mom and Dad. She said it was giving families more time together.

We've tried to keep things normal the past four months. I don't want the craziness of this time to scar by daughter the way it has some adults.

A new kitten, an inflatable above ground pool and weekend activities (dairy tour, rodeo and train ride) have helped create normal, among chaos.

Publisher: Albums to listen to during a pandemic or anytime

By Brian Whitmore/Publisher

During a pandemic we get bored and turn to Facebook and start doing top 10 lists. Last month, we looked at my top 10 movies. This month we look at my top 10 albums, covering multiple genres.

Top 10 albums

1. Tom Petty: An American Treasure. Every song is a classic. Tom Petty didn’t have the look of a rocker, but he rocked.

Favorite song – Southern Accent (written by Johnny Cash):

We have our own way of livin'

But everything is done

Publisher: Trying to teach life lessons

By Brian Whitmore/Publisher

Being a parent is not easy.

Being a parent without the help of support structures like school and church is harder.

I’ve tried to keep things normal during COVID-19.

My daughter has a new kitten, Diego, which has helped.

And we purchased an inflatable pool. It measures 10x30 and holds 1,700 gallons of water.

It’s more of a swimming hole than a pool, but it’s all a 7-year-old needs.

We’ll my daughter decided to take Diego for a swim and his claws punctured the inflatable ring atop the pool.


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