The 13 folds of the American flag

on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I learned something new this week while attending a funeral service for an unclaimed veteran at Florence National Cemetery. Having served as a pastor for several years, I have officiated many funerals. At least two have been with military honors. I have

Local authors have works in print

on Tuesday, 08 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Three local authors have recently had their work published. James Austin of Lake City had his 16-page book, “Transforming Minds: Turning Setbacks Into Opportunities, Vol. 1,” published by Amazon Digital Services in May. The self-help book is available fo

Fire is no match for farming resiliency

on Tuesday, 01 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By Bob Sloan Editor If you want to learn about resiliency, just ask a farmer. Resilience means knowing how to cope in spite of setbacks, or barriers, or limited resources. The farmer knows how to persevere and endure through hard times. Resilience is a

Hey Sam, don’t discount loyal employees

on Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It appears Sam is in need of a lesson in loyalty. When Sam’s Club handed Frank Eason his pink slip on July 17, officials at the retailer’s corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., probably didn’t give it a moment’s thought. One has to wonder what the

Life lessons learned from Route 66

on Tuesday, 17 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Like many people, social media and I have a love-hate relationship. I hate, and hate is a word I rarely if ever use, all of the venomous, opinionated, self-centered comments people make without considering for a single moment the harm it could inflict. I

Holy Cow! Iconic sign still standing

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Making small talk before church Sunday last, the conversation turned toward the ever-so-slow eminent doom of Hurricane Dorian. “Hey Tommy, I’ve got a question for you,” I quizzed a local cattle farmer. “What do you do with your cows during hurricanes?” H

I’ll pass on the chicken sandwich

on Tuesday, 03 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

So please tell me, what’s all this fuss about a chicken sandwich? I mean, really? Three weeks ago Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen began selling a new chicken sandwich in its restaurants. Since that moment, our world has not been the same. People have scarfed u

Grill is as legendary as its namesake

on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

If Darlington Raceway, the fabled “Track Too Tough to Tame,” had a fifth turn, it would be into the parking lot of the neighboring and just as legendary Raceway Grill. “The Grill,” as it’s referred to by most locals, has been serving meals for as long as

Looking forward to a night with “Guy”

on Tuesday, 20 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“I wish I was in Austin/in the Chili Parlor Bar/drinking mad dog margaritas/and not carin’ where you are.” - Dublin Blues, by Guy Clark It may not be the Chili Parlor Bar, but I’ll settle for the balcony of the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center on T

Remembering Garrison

on Tuesday, 13 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

When you refer to Garrison Murph as a special needs child, make sure you put the emphasis on the word “special.” If Garrison was anything, he was certainly that. The 11-year-old boy with bright blue-green eyes and an undaunted spirit beat the odds for nea

‘Born to make a difference’

on Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By this time next week, teachers will already be hard at work getting classrooms ready and preparing lesson plans for the new school year which begins for students on Aug. 19. For the next 10 months, most teachers will go far beyond what is required. The

Habitat, hard work lead to new home

on Tuesday, 30 July 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Like any mother, India McLellan wants her children to have a good life and a good home. She wants them to know that if you work hard and don’t give up, good things can happen. A good thing, a very good thing, will happen for the 34-year-old mother of five

A better companion? Not a chance

on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

People, let me tell about my best friend. His name is Colby. Some people are blessed to have a spouse to be their companion for life. My companion for life has fur, four legs, bad breath, and loves to chase and catch Frisbees. I can’t remember a time whe

Buttermilk, beer, slugs and septic tanks

on Tuesday, 16 July 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“Have you tried buttermilk?” The words came out of nowhere. It seems like a simple enough question, but it had absolutely nothing to do with the conversation that was taking place. I peered at the person who posed the mysterious question. He was a wise a

Letters a good indicator of paper’s health

on Tuesday, 09 July 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A wise old newspaper scribe with ink running through his veins once told me if you want to check the pulse of a newspaper, look no further than its Opinion/Editorial page. If you find letters to the editor on a regular basis, it’s a sure sign of a vital,
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