Editorials

Hear what our Chief Editor has to say.

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Christmas 2020

As the year draws to a close, many of us are world-weary. Many are broken because of job loss, illness, or loss of loved ones. It’s been a tough year; no doubt. But the Christmas Star that shone in the…
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Beware of holiday crime

Crime is a year-round occupation for some, but in the days leading up to Christmas, crime always seems to increase, in towns and cities all over the nation. Maybe it’s economics; maybe it’s depression. Whatever, it is upon us now.…
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Violence accomplishes nothing

The violent deaths of three men in Sumter County over less than 24 hours affects so many people.   On Wednesday, as many were busy preparing the special dishes for their Thanksgiving feast the following day, two men were shot…
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So much to be thankful for

We’ve noticed quite a few residents have already put up their Christmas decorations, and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! But you know what? We find it hopeful, and we can all use a little more of that as we consider…
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Thank a veteran today

Today is Veterans Day across the United States, a day which normally would include flag-raisings, parades, and other forms of homage, a time to honor veterans who have served in all wars and to thank those who still live among…
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Local drug take back day huge success

The Sumter County Sheriff ‘sOffice partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the “2020 National Drug Take Back Day” on a recent  Saturday. Deputies were stationed at Walmart and Phoebe Sumter Medical Center where they collected a total 87.4…
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Don’t waste your right to vote

Early voting has ended and the number of voters turning out for the polls strengthens our belief in democracy.  Now we await Tuesday, when those who have not previously cast their ballot — whether in person or by mail —…
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Take extra care on Halloween

This evening, even in the midst of a pandemic, kids all over the nation will don costumes and roam through neighborhoods for trick or treating, a tradition dating back to Celtic Britain and Ireland in the 9th century. While some…