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America’s kids are spending less and less time outdoors, and their long-term physical, mental, and emotional health is suffering because of it. But it doesn’t have to be that way, if we’ll get more outdoor education into our schools and colleges. A recent survey of 12,000 families with children...
Kathy Carter’s husband shot her 12 times. He then shot their 11-year-old daughter and finally, himself. After a week in a coma, Carter – she was Kathy Tippins then – survived. Her daughter and her husband were both dead and buried when she awoke from the coma. Carter told her story of terror at the...
I remember a moment in my childhood when I had a piece of glass in my foot. For some reason, I did not heed my mother’s warning about playing outside without my shoes on. The glass beneath my skin, being clear, could not be seen very well with the naked eye, but it could be felt painfully by me and...
This past week has been a very interesting one for us in Laurens County School District 56. On Monday, Nov. 7, the district participated in the very first Instructional Colloquium during a teacher workday. This day provided teachers in our district the opportunity to work with each other to...
  Every election, we tell people to vote. Every year, few actually do. Even when there is “a big turnout,” the number generally is a small fraction of the actual, eligible voters registered in Laurens County - or anywhere. There are signs that Tuesday’s General Election will buck that trend....
  The editor: Residents in the Mountville area, and the residents of Lisbon Road, have coexisted in harmony for many years. Our only and primary concern is the unrestricted placement of industrialized poultry complexes. The number of bindustrialized poultry facilities should be limited. Why is the...
  The editor: I am writing about an issue that has recently been addressed at the Clinton City Council meetings by advocates for an anti-tethering ordinance. Just to clarify what “tethering” or “chaining” a dog means, it is attaching a dog by a chain hooked to the dog’s collar and then attached to...
  The editor: I recently read about the benefits of living near an industrialized poultry complex. Since I was advised to let facts outweigh emotion and I live within one mile of one of the proposed sites, I researched poultry complexes in other states. In the Demarva Peninsula (near the Chesapeake...
  The editor: Recently an ordinance banning the tethering of dogs in the City Of Clinton was presented to our city council. This ordinance restricted the tying of dogs for more than 2 hours per day or during inclement weather or when the owner is not around to provide supervision. There were a few...
  So, I was not eavesdropping, but when you talk on your phone at Chick-fil-A as if it were your own private office, but loudly enough that everyone in the room can hear every word (which may actually be the point), you shouldn't be surprised if someone listens – and then writes about it later. I...

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