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Can’t swim on a splash pad
February 7, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Can’t swim on a splash pad | Test

I’m a retired male, lived in Oconee County all my life and have grandchildren. My issue is this splash pad thing. Just exactly what part of the splash pad do you use to teach your kids how to swim? What do the parents do when the kids are standing in 100-degree heat on a splash pad with sprinklers on them? Do us parents stand out with 100-degree heat too and watch our kids?

Helping Hands receives gift
February 7, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment

CENTRAL — Helping Hands of Clemson recently received $2,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. Helping Hands will use the gift to supplement their food budget. “I can’t thank Food Lion enough for this generous gift during these trying economic times,” said Jennifer Barbour, executive director of Helping Hands.

Children must have safe environment
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment

My brother lives 100 miles away from his job. He says he has a good job, but our family strongly suspects he is dealing drugs again. He has two children with an ex-girlfriend who is bipolar and not taking her medication. The children had a weeklong break from school, and my brother left them with the ex-girlfriend’s sister. She is a single mother with eight children of her own.

Seneca Middle announces honor roll
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Seneca Middle announces honor roll | Test

For The Journal
SENECA — Seneca Middle School is pleased to release the honor roll lists for the second nine weeks.
Grade 6:
Principal’s List (All grades 96 or higher): Brittani Nicole Frady, Abbey Gayle Hudson, Sean Reece …

Nun going strong after 60 years
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Nun going strong after 60 years | Test

COLUMBIA (AP) — People would expect to see Sister Maria Lovett praying. But playing kickball? Indeed, she pitches every school day unless it’s raining. And on those days, she invents a game or pulls out musical instruments. Anything to keep her 6- and 7-year-old first-graders at St. Joseph Catholic School from growing restless.

Strange sayings
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment

People say the strangest things. I have often heard someone say: “I’m blind in one eye and can’t see ‘out’ of the other.” Of course they can’t — that’s a no-brainer if ever there was one. The eye is a receiver, not a sender. Light waves from the viewed object enters the eye through the pupil…

Church calendar
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment

Today: Benefit for Carlos McGuffin, 12-4 p.m. Hot dogs, drinks, apple pies at Faith Baptist Church, Westminster. Sun., Feb. 5: Brian Burtchfield performs at 7 p.m. at Holly Springs Baptist Church, Highway 76, Westminster. Everyone welcome. (864) 647-0024

Black History Month celebrates with Martin
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment

SENECA — In observance of Black History Month, the Seneca Library presents an interview and discussion with the first African-American from Oconee County to graduate from Clemson University, Mr. Phillip Martin. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at 300 E.S. 2nd …

Hitting the trails early in 2012
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Hitting the trails early in 2012 | Test

CLEMSON — Spring is a prime time for hikers, and the Upstate boasts a multitude of scenic trails. According to officials at Table Rock State Park, January and February are usually slow months, but not this year. The mild temperatures have tempted the outdoor junkies …

Shining Lights honors Baumgarners
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Shining Lights honors Baumgarners | Test

WALHALLA — The Kiwanis Club of Walhalla recently held its annual Shining Lights awards luncheon at the Liberty Lodge in Walhalla. Corky Moss, who initiated the Shining Lights contest 23 years ago, presented Mike and Carol Baumgarner with a special recognition plaque for their tireless effort to decorate their property for others to enjoy for the past 30 thirty years.

Seek God’s help to break addiction
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment

Is it possible to become addicted to just about anything? My husband spends hours and hours every day playing games on the computer, when he ought to be out looking for a job (he lost his six months ago). I love him, but this is really getting under my skin.

Lula Mae Webb Smith
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment

SENECA, S.C. — Lula Mae Webb Smith, 69, of 150 Anderson Road, Passed on Friday, Feb. 3 in Seneca. Services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at the graveside at Courtenay Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Marvin Lee officiating. The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at Brown Oglesby Funeral Home.

What’s she really like?
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment

Hi! I’m Winslow McKee, the husband of Myrna, and today I’m writing the column. Over the years Myrna has written lots about me; most of it true, but sometimes she uses poetic license to stretch the tale a wee bit. In rebuttal, I wish to set the record straight.

Carlos Galarza is today’s celebrity
February 4, 2012 – 1:00 am | 2 Comments
Carlos Galarza is today’s celebrity | Test

At the Jan. 17 county council meeting, Paul Corbeil made a vicious and hateful statement to Mrs. Lilly Davis when she wanted just traditional rural zoning. If a businessperson made a statement like that to a customer, they would be as lonely as a Maytag repairman. I think Carlos (Galarza) did an excellent job letting the taxpayers know …