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Front row, left to right: Darian Gladney, second place singles competition and Colton Seaver, first place singles competition. Back row, left to right: Riley Wagner, Alex Zylstra and Bryson Lister placed third in the team competition; Instructors Eddie Squires and Todd Varholy, and first place team Jonathan Schmal, Dillan Sternersen, and Angelo Hernandez.

Bonds welders take state title again

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Todd Varholy wants people to know he wants to make the J. Harley Bonds Career Center the best welding training facility in South Carolina, “whatever it takes.”

“I think we’re number one but I want everyone to know what my mission statement is,” Varholy said. “We’re number one. There is no ranking, but I want it to be known.”

The Bridwell family, left to right: Zane, Keiko, Kalika, Barry and Karen. The Bridwells are headed to Washington, D.C. for their seventh trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee where Kalika will compete for the second time.

Dynasty: D-Y-N-A-S-T-Y

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The Bridwell family will travel to Washington, D.C. in late May for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where Kalika will compete.

It is Kalika’s second time competing, but the seventh time the family has gone. Kalika’s older brother Zane competed when he was in eighth grade and her older sister Keiko competed fifth-eighth grade.

Give cats the carrot

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’ve owned and trained cats most of my adult life. Regarding your recent column on keeping cats off the counter: You’re right, of course, about training cats when they’re young. But felines are smart creatures, so even an old cat can learn new tricks.

Groups debate common core standards

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A crowd gathered recently at Spartanburg County Council Chamber to hear from two organizations and their stances on Common Core, the controversial education standards.

South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) and South Carolina Parents (PIE) presented their sides – SCEA supports Common Core and SCPIE opposes them.


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