Brian Whitmore

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …   “The Mandalorian” is a hit for Disney + and a hit with me.   I’m a Star Wars nerd and I say that with pride.   As a kid, I awoke on Christmas morning to find Star Wars action figures and playsets everywhere. I spent hours upon hours in my room,...
  With Thanksgiving in the rearview and Christmas just ahead, it’s a perfect time to reflect on how the Lord has provided in our lives. It’s important that we count our blessings often, every day. Despite the hardships of this life, we are blessed beyond measure. Blessings counted, as they came to...
  The American Dream is the belief that you can obtain success through hard work. Regardless of your lot in life, upward mobility is possible. I believe in this concept, but I also acknowledge that the deck is stacked against the majority. Clinton is as good an example as any. If you have money, a...
PUBLISHER: Clinton City Council — Time to lead.     By Brian Whitmore   Covering Clinton City Council’s meeting on Monday was like watching the Atlanta Falcons — you start out with high expectations, but in the end nothing is accomplished.   Hey, it’s government. Sometimes it’s better when they don...
  I stood at my senior seminar in front of my liberal, progressive professors and presented my research on liberal bias in mainstream media. That was in 1995 and somehow I passed and received a degree in communications from USC Upstate. A conservative journalist entered a field that slants to the...
  Brace yourself.   You’re about to read some good things about President Donald J. Trump in a newspaper.   I’ll refer to our President as President Trump in this column, not just Trump. It’s disrespectful to the office to just use a leader’s last name.   I’ll have to lead with a disclaimer....
  Remember as a kid that thrill you got when you found an Easter egg. I’ve got that feeling again. My family and I are now geocachers.   Geocaching (noun, jee•ow•ka•shuhng): the recreation activity of hunting for and finding hidden objects by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website.   I first...
"I'm proud as anyone That's where I come from.”   - Mac McAnally (Back Where I Come From)     Community used to grow up around a mill. Now it’s anywhere Dollar General locates. I grew up in a small town (population 665), just 17 miles from Clinton — Enoree, South Carolina. Yes, it has a Dollar...
  Pass on what you have learned. Strength. Mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond.  – Yoda, Star Wars VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)   Failure. The preacher talked about failure recently, referencing...
Laurens County is trashy. Yes, I said it. Don’t act offended. You know it’s true. I hate that it is trashy. I take pride in where I live. Unfortunately, others don’t. Most every road and street is trashed. WLBG 860AM Laurens had a Facebook post in February asking, “What is the most littered road or...

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