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LOTS OF INFORMATION -- INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGES AND SAFETY.   The editor, I along with millions of Americans will celebrate Independence Day on July 4TH. I hope all will pause, reflect and give thanks to our Creator for bestowing to us this great country. But freedom is not free. I suggest readers...
  In her first try at Miss South Carolina, Morgan Nichols, Miss Clemson from Lexington, will be the newest ambassador worldwide for the Palmetto State. She won the crown Saturday night at The Township in Columbia. Kellan Fenegan, Miss Columbia Teen from Lexington, will carry the Palmetto State’s...
  Kudos to the President George W. Bush Supreme Court for its ruling in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association. As a result, The Peace Cross will remain in place in Bladensburg, Maryland. Development has grown up around it, but the city has installed other war memorials around it, to...
"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...
Why Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is the perfect book for Independence Day   With the Fourth of July just around the corner, you may find yourself looking for a good patriotic read for the holiday. As offbeat as my suggestion may seem, I would recommend one of the most pro-American novels of the...
  Kudos to everyone scheduling and working summer events - past, present and future. They fight vacations, heat, apathy and general summertime slow-down to give us active, fun things to do when schools are out. Libraries schedule summer reading and programs. Teen centers try to offer more than “...
  I was sitting on the couch one day last week reading a book by Carl Hiassen when the woman I live with walked into the room. I stopped reading to look at her. I always do. It was early, so she was still in her PJs. I noticed she was wearing the t-shirt inside out. As I slowly scanned my way down...
  School in District 56 ended for students on Wednesday, June 5 and teachers on Thursday, June 6…or at least took a break…a four-day break. What used to be the three best reasons for being a teacher—June, July, and August—are evidently a memory of a by-gone, now extinct era. With school ending in...
  Gov. Henry McMaster, S.C. Inspector General Release Study on State Agency Open Records Practices Gov. McMaster Issues Executive Order Directing all Cabinet Agencies to Adopt Best Practices Based on Study   COLUMBIA – Governor Henry McMaster and S.C. Inspector General Brian Lamkin today released a...
EDITORIAL W-PHOTOS: Our county’s forest is being destroyed at an alarming rate, with a response letter to the editor. On Brown Road near Laurens, two large tracts have been clear-cut. Beside the fire station on South Harper St. Extension, a large tract was clear-cut and now is fenced. Now much...

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