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NATION: Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-3rd District-Laurens County) Facebook post about separating immigrant families:     Before I shared my personal thoughts on the situation on the southern border, I wanted to post yesterday’s article providing background on what is really happening. I felt it was...
  STATE: South Carolina’s 2018 Sales Tax Holiday kicks off on Friday, August 3   Get ready for South Carolina's annual Sales Tax Holiday weekend with a list of items that will be tax free from Friday, August 3, through Sunday, August 5, 2018. During tax free weekend, a variety of back-to-school...
  Thank you, State Rep. Mike Pitts. Thank you for leading us through what might be a look at Laurens County 2030, or even earlier. The chairman of the Laurens County Legislative Delegation, Pitts said Thursday he has become concerned about water. Specifically, as Atlanta and Charlotte become mega-...
  Can there be any better time of year than graduation? High Schools and Colleges get most of the attention, but there are many other “bridging ceremonies,” 4K commencements and other progressions of academic advancement conducted this time of year. I am sorry that I missed Presbyterian College...
The Editor: This letter is my opinion concerning the elected members of our County Council. About a year or so ago I contacted the Laurens County Administrator to get my name on the agenda to speak before the Council at one of their meetings. He asked me what my topic concerned and upon my telling...
  The leader is gone. We can only hope the band plays on. John McElrath, the founder, muse, and keyboard player extraordinaire of the Swingin Medallions died in his beloved Greenwood recently. He was 77 years old and I did not know him personally. But he and his Party Band of the South pounded out...
  “Today is a difficult day, and there will be many more ahead.” – WYFF News Director Bruce Barkley     Journalism is a small world. As with so many other professions, when one of us - or our families - hurts, we all hurt. We are hurt, and diminished in so many ways, today because of the deaths of...
Is it only me, or did one worship service just inspire the whole world? To be honest, I wasn’t interested in The Royal Wedding. If I am completely honest, in a real world, of real people, many of whom are struggling day-to-day to get through their real troubles, I’m not much interested in Royalty...
Shouldn’t we just scrap the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act? What good is it, if the SC Supreme Court won’t support it? Only Justice John Few has the common sense to say that financial transparency in South Carolina is important. “It requires no elaborate analysis to apply the plain words...
  I was chatting with a group of students the other day when one of them looked me in the eye and commented, “You’re very tough on journalists.” I had to plead guilty. Of course I’m tough on journalists. Maybe even as tough on them as they are on politicians. Our representative democracy depends on...

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