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  Columbia – Governor Henry McMaster has signed Act 214 of 2018, amending Section 16-11-700 of the South Carolina Code of Laws which regulates the state’s litter laws.  Palmetto Pride says revising the litter laws was needed to give officers and the courts greater flexibility in the prosecution of...
  The late George Michael is spinning in his grave. The Wham-singer recorded an ‘80s anthem, “Careless Whisper,” that was PG-13 rated. Now in the ‘10s a “whisper” is R-rated, or worse. The Ware Shoals Police Department is reporting that alleged activity within an online community called "Whisper"...
  Now, here’s a good idea. Instead of bad-mouthing the police, why don’t we join with them to make our communities safer. Our friends from Greenwood are having a heck of a time with violence. There are have been shots fired through the wall of an apartment, two young men shot to death, shots fired...
  COLUMBIA – Rep. James Smith, Democratic nominee for governor of South Carolina, has sworn to fight for South Carolina families and jobs. The incumbent, Henry McMaster, has repeatedly failed to do so. Now, we have fresh and painful evidence of that. Rep. Smith had the following to say about the...
One of the most frustrating jobs ever must be putting together Laurens County’s budget. You take one step forward, and two steps back. Six years ago, you had a $9 million surplus. Then, the full effect of the 2008 recession hit. The SC General Assembly began using the Local Government Fund to...
I suppose I am not unlike many folks who were raised in my part of the world – raised in a wonderful, solidly conservative, protestant church, Bible teaching was a staple in my diet. My childhood fascination with the amazing stories of the Bible was later conditioned through a thorough education by...
  REGION: Speakers Announced for A Cleaner Future Workshop   GREENVILLE — Ten at the Top (TATT) has announced the speakers for A Cleaner Future: A Look at Air Quality, Sustainability & Energy Innovation in the Upstate Workshop, which will be held on August 17 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the...
  South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday Benefits Consumers, Businesses and the State’s Economy   Columbia - Back to school shopping will be a little easier on the pockets of South Carolinians August 3-5, thanks to the annual Sales Tax Holiday approved by South Carolina’s lawmakers in 2005 and...
Blue Hose Nation now knows The Promise pricetag, thanks to a July 10 public hearing conducted by the Laurens County Council. A couple PC people were there to do the hearing. No one was there to do any speaking. So, we must presume, everybody is OK with The Promise of PC - its new dorms on the old...
  Laurens County Public Works is going to undergo, this summer, a massive transition. Its director, Rob Russian, has become the Greenwood County Engineer. He will have a role in monitoring traffic in and out of the giant Enviva biomass, wood pellet-producing industry just across the lake from...

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