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A Prayer for Our Friends in Charleston

Charleston, S.C., is perhaps the most genteel city in the nation. I spent the greater part of a decade there working as a reporter and an editor at the Charleston newspaper

I came to know Charleston well, along with the surrounding towns and counties.
Several weeks ago, there were national headlines about an unarmed man who was shot in the back and killed while running from a policeman -- which occurred in the city of North Charleston, not Charleston. North Charleston is the rougher, unkempt cousin to adjacent Charleston.

THAT LONG AND WINDING ROAD


As you probably know, this Sunday, Feb. 9, marks 50 years since The Beatles made their American television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show."  

For us Baby Boomers, that Sunday night was a watershed moment in our collective history; we could actually feel the world change. Music became different; fashion became different; and we began to see the black-and-white world differently. 

Soon enough, there would be a phantasmagoric explosion of color, and hope, and possibility.

Mayor Responds to Grapevine Report

Tifton Mayor Jamie Cater responds to Friday's Tifton Grapevine Weekender report on this week's City Council meeting. 

Read the mayor's letter below, unedited. Our response to him follows the letter:
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Frank,
I want you to know that if you will check your own film, you will note I gave Julie a long time during the discussion phase of the voting phase, much more than I normally would have as keeping the meeting from "bogging down" is the responsibility of the Chair.
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