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  The wear-masks to help businesses return to normal message seems to be taking hold. After social media postings, locally, about wearing masks, the new cases in Laurens County on July 27 were 13 -- just 4 new cases were recorded in Clinton. It might not be taking hold statewide but there could be...
  Human trafficking is in the news now, more than ever. So it is logical to assume that now is the time to strike against this heinous crime. Authorities are feeling pressure to combat human trafficking, especially child abductions, like never more since the time of “stranger danger” warnings a...
  From the beginning, I’ve stood with the kneelers. It’s time for you to join me. The unnecessary furor began in August 2016 when the quarterback for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers was joined by one teammate to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem before a game. Colin Kaepernick,...
  Throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of the community has been our top priority. We've been working hard all summer, relying on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to get to the point when students can return to campus. Installing plexiglass barriers, placing...
    In the middle of his Aug. 3 presentation to the District 56 Board of Trustees, family physician Dr. Stanley Walsh of Clinton had some concrete proposals for getting schools operating. If he hadn’t run out of time during the board-allowed, three-minute public comment period, this is what else...
  Guest Opinion: When Adults Let Us Down.       A global viral pandemic is not something that one expects to have to experience; rather, it’s the type of thing we see in movies or read about in history books. However, the “it’ll never happen to me” attitude has caught up with us, and something...
  LETTER: An investigation is requested.     The editor: I have high blood pressure. It runs in my family. But so does kindness, compassion and a commitment to public service. We are a family of educators who teach, train and help people reach their potential. However, kidney disease does not run...
  Guest Column - “American Issues”.         No one could have imagined that 2020 would look like this.  Our economy was booming, unemployment numbers were down, and we were looking forward to the warmer months here in South Carolina. Then came one calamity after another, and the world seemingly...
OUR VIEW: Be a good neighbor, wear a mask.     COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon. Shutting down the economy a second time isn’t an option. The compromise — wear a mask when you can’t social distance. Masks are encouraged by the Cities of Clinton and Laurens and by Laurens County. The Chronicle...
Life in the Time of COVID.       As I write this column, I am still recovering from colostomy reversal surgery. I have been at work part days and I have seen the effort and intensity in dealing with an invisible foe.  Since March, we have appeared idle … but I will promise you we in the educational...

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