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Opinion: Our determination to change

We are deep into January and I hope the New Year resolutions you made are still going strong. The most popular declarations usually involve better eating habits and exercise into our daily routines. For those of you that have been doing this for a … more

Column: Don't live your life based on Biden or Trump

When did life begin for President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden? Did Trump's life begin when his father loaned him millions to start investing? Did it begin when he married Melania? Or, did life begin when he was elected president? Maybe his … more

Lee County School District mourns the loss of West Lee Elementary School teacher Ms. Darnell Laws

Lee County School District is saddened by the death of 4K teacher Ms. Darnell Laws, who passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Ms. Darnell Laws, a dedicated and loving teacher, joined Lee County School District on Feb. 15, 2016. She touched the … more

Letter: In response to Councilman Baten, the other side of the coin

County councilman and former chair Eugene Baten seems to think that "Chairman McCain's election is not in the best interest of the Democratic Party." I respectfully disagree. Democrats occupy all of the partisan offices in the county save for four: … more

Column by Dr. Joey Durham of Sumter: The saved are promised a piece of Heavenly real estate

This week's devotion is, "The City of the Savior," and my text is Revelation 21:1-27, but we will look at verses 1-3. "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And … more

Column by Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: We will never be alike

What are the chances of you and I being alike? This question is very important because it is the beginning of the path down a multitude of roads. When people detect that they are not alike, several scenarios can take place. 1. One or both persons … more

Letter to editor: China is trying to become lone world superpower

This past year we have spent most of the time attacking each other. We remember terms like: racist, white supremacy, white privilege, not paying your fair share, defund the police, gun clip limitations, gun control, free speech restrictions, … more

Opinion: The day that jolted Congress back to life

The mob that breached the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 did unforgivable violence to one of our nation's most hallowed spaces. But its unwelcome intrusion may have also roused our too-often-sleepwalking Congress to once again become the forum for … more

Letter: To everyone, including friends and family members, who feel First Amendment rights are being denied

I write not wanting to ruffle feathers or strain friendships. Yet, I am reminded that we remain silent because silence is easier. There may come a time I need friends to speak out on my behalf and they might not because I've set a poor example. I … more

Letter: McCain's reelection as county council chairman isn't in best interest of Sumter Democratic Party

On Jan. 12, 2021, Sumter County Council held its first meeting with members elected in the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election. Democratic council members (Baten and McGhaney) and Republican member (Byrd) were reelected. In Council District 1, a new … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Jan. 16, 2021

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Jan. 12 AG Wilson and the Republican Attorneys General Association We're glad to see S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson repudiate his former deputy's efforts to … more

Opinion: We are all one paycheck away from homelessness

Count your blessings … Imagine being the head of household with a partner and two children earning just enough wages to cover some of your basic needs. An unprecedented pandemic happens, employment ends, money depleted, eviction, and an already … more

Letter: What could Republicans achieve if Democrats hadn't won?

We are now embroiled in Democrat lunacy attempting to impeach the most successful president in decades, if not ever. I have heard a steady stream of unsupported allegations regarding the events at the Capitol last week. In opposition, I offer the … more

Opinion: The ever-changing shape of love

Ongoing events urge us to redefine and refresh that tired old used-up word - love. Love is the only force strong enough to be the unifying energy that ties our broken country back together. Hate can't do it. Hate and fear have polarized us. We … more
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