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Revolutionary War battles to come to life at Brattonsville


Christian Huck, a Loyalist officer noted for his “particular dislike for the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in the South Carolina backcountry or ‘rebels ...
is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Admission: adults, $8; seniors, $6; ages ...

3 men arrested on dogfighting charges


MCCONNELLS, S.C. (AP) -- Three South Carolina men have been arrested on dogfighting charges. Three McConnells men were arrested after officers found what appeared to be a dogfighting pit behind their home. York County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Baker says deputies ...

SC school orders student to remove American flag from vehicle


One woman, April Rumfelt of McConnells, South Carolina, flew two flags from her truck during the protest. She told The Herald of Rock Hill her daughter wants to join the Army and students have a right to fly the flag.

Dozens protest student having to remove American flag from pickup


One woman, April Rumfelt of McConnells, South Carolina, flew two flags from her truck during the protest. She told The Herald of Rock Hill her daughter wants to join the Army and students have a right to fly the flag.

School responds after peaceful protests due to student having to remove flag from pickup


The protesters then lined outside York Comprehensive High School. One woman, April Rumfelt of McConnells, South Carolina, flew two flags from her truck during the protest. She told The Herald of Rock Hill her daughter wants to join the Army and students ...

Eight local boys help bring to life a Civil War historic fiction


Eight local boys help bring to life a Civil War historic fiction co-created by Narvon author J ...
was conceived when then 10-year-old Bryson Brodzinski, from Fort Mills, South Carolina, asked his great-grandfather, local author J. Arthur Moore, to ...

16 dogs perish in devastating fire at rescue agency


Over a dozen dogs were lost in a devastating fire which engulfed a building on Wednesday in McConnells, South Carolina. Hours ago, the non-profit rescue agency, Richardson Rescue, posted the heartbreaking news to their Facebook followers: At 4 A.M ...

Stewart, Bonnie Faye Edwards


ROCK HILL, SC BONNIE Faye Edwards Stewart, 76, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, passed away Friday ...
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S.C. program that honors former slaves wins award


Held each year in September, “By the Sweat of Our Brows” is part of the living history programming at Historic Brattonsville, a former slave plantation about an hour from Charlotte in McConnells, South Carolina. Drawing on both scholarly research and ...

PSI: Woman struggles to get wheelchair returned


"If I didn't have a wheelchair I couldn't do the things that I do," said Lackey in the living room of her McConnells, South Carolina home. Wheelchairs, like cars, need routine maintenance. This past winter Lackey's chair needed new tires. She called the ...

This Week In Doom: Crunchy Yummy Babies And A New Circle Of Hell


At a Planned Parenthood auction. There’s not much to enjoy about this week’s doom, except to note that things are speeding up. Perhaps we need a pseudo-quantified measure of our acceleration into the…

In stunning attack, Cruz accuses leader McConnell of lying


WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning, public attack on his own party leader, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying, and said he was no better than his Democratic predece…
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The importance of local education funding in MCCONNELLS SOUTH CAROLINA

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools about the exceptional progress being made within local and state education levels. The work of our administrators and educators has been more impactful than ever, resulting in higher standardized test scores in some of the previously lowest-performing schools and increased resources for students.

In fact, more graduation caps are going airborne as high school students are graduating at the highest rate ever recorded, with the largest improvement among minority and low-income students.

See what President Obama had to say about what we must do to improve access to quality education in America: 

This funding is an investment in our nation's future that has been able to give the kind of education our children need and deserve to compete in the 21st century. 

President Obama hopes that the upcoming budget plan by the Republican House and Senate will reflect the priorities of educating every child. If their new budget maintains sequester-level funding of the past, we would actually be giving less federal support to America’s schools than we were back in 2000.

Most alarmingly, if their current proposal is not changed, over the next six years, billions of dollars would be cut in education funding. That means we'd be cutting the support given to America's most impoverished schools, the funding that has helped create the progress we're seeing today. 


"The notion that we would be going backwards instead of forwards in how we’re devoting resources to educating our kids makes absolutely no sense." 

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The Guardian and a warning to MCCONNELLS SOUTH CAROLINA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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