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  One of my prized possessions rests in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a 12 inch comic book rendition action figure of the Black Panther. I purchased it nearly twenty years ago when there was still a toy Mecca called KB Toys.   It was the perfect compliment to my collection of limited reprints of Black...
SC Equality Blasts “Bigoted” Bill to Redefine Same-Sex Marriages in SC   Bill would label same-sex marriages as “parody marriages”   Columbia – Last week, Representative Steven Wayne Long (R- District 37) and a group of Republican legislators filed a bill to prohibit the state of South Carolina...
This perspective was written by Vic MacDonald, who was editor of The Newberry Observer during the renovation and re-opening of The Newberry Opera House.   They actually have opera in The Newberry Opera. For 20 years, though, the stately structure has hosted, and been the catalyst of, so much more....
  Duncan Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018   Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC-03-Laurens County) released the following statement regarding his no vote on the short-term spending package: “I’m appalled at the disastrous “deal” that was struck between a coalition of...
  Just when it looks like something good is going to happen to rural South Carolina, the Federal Gub-ment goes and messes it up. Newberry has gotten a giant Samsung washing machines factory. They’re doing their training at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens. Everything’s great. Then,...
  I take a week every January to write, with a Baltimore friend who has connections to a quiet little farmhouse on the Choptank River. As I type, we’re here, an hour east of DC (the District of Chaos), but here the world is at peace. The wood stove softly pings its heat over us. John’s sermon rises...
  I am happy to be an alumnus of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.  Berea College was founded in 1855 by determined abolitionists and radical social reformers as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South.  The empowering educator and enlightening historian, Carter G. Woodson was...
Truckers are taking one of the bravest stands ever against one of mankind’s worst crimes, to expose and eliminate human trafficking.  The effort is being coordinated by the SC Attorney General’s Office; and this month, AG Alan Wilson welcomed trucking association members, trucking plaza industry...
It’s hard to believe that 2017 is history. We have many things to be thankful for along with events and situations that unfortunately brought sorrow, pain, and disappointment.  Forest Gump’s mom said, “life is like a box of chocolates” as we never know what we are going to get. I guess basically we...
  The South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Health and Nutrition offers local government agencies, school districts, faith-based and private nonprofit organizations an excellent opportunity to provide summer meals to children by becoming a sponsor or a summer meal site for our Summer...

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