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Noted and passed - Sept. 1, 2014

• We are comforted when justice is served, and we believe that happened Thursday afternoon when a jury found 33-year-old Willie Thomas Starnes, of Bethune, guilty of armed robbery and murder. The jury found Starnes guilty of deliberately using his vehicle a year ago to knock Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune, off his moped, stealing and loading that moped onto his vehicle and then turning around and running Robinson over. Robinson died the next day. Starnes is then accused of selling the moped for money he used to buy drugs. In fact, Starnes was under the influence of drugs ...

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Posted: aug. 29, 2014 4:05 p.m. | Updated: sep. 01, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Noted and passed - Sept. 1, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Kids and guns

Whenever the subject of guns is brought up, it engenders strong opinion on both sides -- from those who believe in absolute Second Amendment rights, and from those who believe that nobody should be allowed to own a gun in any circumstances. Like most people, we fall somewhere in the middle, solidly on the side of Americans to own firearms but a bit dubious about why it makes sense for people to own Uzis and other automatic weapons that are made with the express purpose of killing people.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 9:17 a.m. | Updated: aug. 29, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Kids and guns Comments 0 Comments

College football’s here

We comment on sports issues in this space on a regular basis, because athletics are so ingrained into the culture of Kershaw County and South Carolina. This week marks the kick-off of college football season in the Palmetto State, and several developments highlight the changing culture of the pigskin pastime here.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 9:19 a.m. | Updated: aug. 27, 2014 6:00 a.m. | College football’s here Comments 0 Comments


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