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OUR VIEW -- Are Hospitals Safe?   If not, are we surprised? Our human investment is lacking at Laurens County Government level.   Our healthcare workers are not safe. National statistics show it. Two shootings in two days in South Carolina hospitals prove it. And these are just “the big events” -...
  Sometimes it feels like there is an all-out war on women in this country. It mirrors the atrocities committed against women all over the world. Far from being “the weaker sex,” women have proven themselves to be capable leaders, accomplished scientists and stellar athletes. Yet, we always seem to...
  “Daddy, wear your Dr. Pepper shirt today!” My 13-year old son finds delight in father and son wearing matching t-shirts.  The last couple of years, we made several trips to Kohls and picked out identical pop culture shirts. Our wardrobe includes Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Boba Fett, and the...
NATION: NCHSS Study Unveils Safest Colleges in America for 2019   April 15, 2019 — The National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) released their annual ranking of the safest college campuses in America for 2019. It was compiled from locally-submitted police reports, FBI crime data, and...
  Don’t get me wrong, I’m as weary and disheartened by the phrase as the rest of you. In the wake of the latest tragedy, though, it seems I hear it most in the aftermath of the ongoing chapters of our mass-shootings. Someone invariably steps to a podium, gathers all the air in front of a camera and...
Athletes gave it their all the morning of Friday, March 29 at Bailey Memorial Stadium. Crowds typically gather at the stadium to cheer on the Blue and Garnet. This time a crowd filled the stands and stood along the track to cheer on athletes wearing shirts of different colors, like blue, gray, gold...
  The Editor, How can an elected official (a female) be verbally attacked by a male at a public city council meeting and no one intervenes or attempts to stop the verbal attack? I, Shirley Y. Jenkins was re-elected to Clinton City Council on March 5, 2019 with 57.3% of the overall vote, which was a...
  The Editor,   This past week's editorial was a real winner. Thank you. I have another Clinton asset to plug, The Clinton Family YMCA.   This resource is a major plus for Clinton: sports teams, workout classes, day care, and Laurens County's only heated indoor pool to name a few. I am disheartened...
  What’s stopping us from dreaming?   We received an e-mail notice about an event coming to the convention center in tiny Richburg, South Carolina, recently and it just set us off on dreaming.  The event is this: Rural Strong Expo, Richburg, SC, SBA, USDA Rural Development Bring Small Business...
  The City of Clinton recently received its own Mueller Report. In a manner of speaking. Those paying attention will remember that reporters asked, repeatedly, how much it was going to cost to split the Department of Public Safety into separate police and fire departments. The answer, every time,...

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