EDITORIAL: Looking toward the horizon

Another Horizon section is in the books for The Clinton Chronicle and we are expressing our appreciation to everyone who made it happen.

Advertiser and subscribers keep the doors open and the lights on here so, obviously, a big “thank you” goes out to all of these who support The Chronicle. We have some of the most faithful advertising partners anywhere, and we are open to new partnerships, of course. We single out for particular appreciation our Schools - District 56, Presbyterian College, Summit Classical, and Thornwell, which emphasizes parenting connections and has a campus-sharer in 4K classes and Thornwell Charter School. What a superior legacy we have in Clinton as it pertains to the education of our children.

There would not be any interest in our advertisers and our work as journalists without subscribers. We have long had a subscriber base second to none in their renewals and faithful support. We are constantly looking for new platforms that we can successfully embrace with a small staff (Website and Facebook) that open us to new interest. We could use Twitter and Instagram, but what most people don’t realize is, getting onto these platforms successfully requires a people-presence. Someone has to manage your social media - and do on a very consistent basis - to draw interest and provide almost constant updates. These platforms do not thrive unless the content is turned over constantly - that’s why a lot of celebrities get in trouble, they do not think before they speak. Twitter, especially, is “instant thought,” and while there’s nothing wrong with that, we prefer a more measured approach.

Next we have to thank our writers. Look at The Horizon section and you can tell who they are. Our Presbyterian College connection never fails to come through in meeting our requests. We have never had a bad intern from our neighbors on South Broad Street, and their writers help us immensely in shining a spotlight on Our College - our Laurens County college.

Last, but certainly not least, is our subjects. Wow, what an incredible array of people!

Thank you so much for giving us the privilege to “show off” small segments of your lives. Just as a reminder, these are your neighbors that we have spotlighted through the years with our “top honors”:


The Chronicle’s Teachers of the Year

1996 Howard Pierce, Clinton Elementary School

1997 Amy Poag, Clinton High School

1998 Elizabeth Crowder, Eastside Elementary School

1999 Cynthia Simmons, Thornwell

2000 Nancy Morgan, Eastside Elementary School

2001 Diane Evans, Clinton High School

2002 Valerie Jones, Thornwell

2003 Paula Pace, Bell Street Middle School

2004 Debbie Green, Eastside Elementary School

2005 Courtney Robertson, Laurens Academy

2006 Prondolyn Copeland,  M.S. Bailey Elementary

2007 Hunt Coffey, Martha Dendy Sixth Grade Center

2008 Marjorie Tobias, Clinton Elementary School

2009 Susan Cauble, Joanna-Woodson Elementary

2010 Terri O’Shields, Bell Street Middle School

2011 Erica Coats, Bell Street Middle School

2012 Jenks Howe, Clinton Elementary School

2013 Jennifer Satterwhite, Joanna-Woodson Elementary

2014 Jennifer Howard, Clinton High School

2015 Nancy Wood, Clinton High School

2016 Annette Bodie Clinton High School

2017 Brian Lyda, Clinton Elementary School

2018 Dr. Brooke Spatta, Presbyterian College

2019 Til Culbertson, Laurens Academy & Carissa Messer, Clinton Elementary

2020 Faculty, Summit Classical School & Caroline Hunt, Clinton Elementary

2021 Ryan Caughman, Clinton High School


The Chronicle’s Citizens of the Year

1996 Jim Roberts

1997 Joel Evans

1998 Josh and Ella Savage

1999 Pat Neal

2000 Ted Hunter

2001 David Peden

2002 Bailey Dixon

2003 Jimmy Revis

2004 Dr. Jerman Disasa

2005 Wayne Deitz

2006 Lumus Byrd and Russ Emerson

2007 Cynde O’Rear

2008 Dr. Bud Marchant

2009 Norman Scarborough

2010 Ruth Sharpe

2011 Ron and Nancy Dove

2012 Norman Pigeon

2013 Rev. Mims Camm

2014 Rev. Herb Codington

2015 Peggy Nibert

2016 G Ramage

2017 King Dixon

2018 Brenda Ligon

2019 Susan Galloway

2020 Elton Pollock

2021 Vickie Cheek.


We at The Chronicle never want to hide Laurens County under a rock. We want people to know the great life we have here and what’s in store - what’s just over the horizon.

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