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SLOAN COLUMN: ‘Adopt A Senior’ effort simply amazing

on Tuesday, 28 April 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: ‘Adopt A Senior’ effort simply amazing
During a news conference last week, Gov. Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman confirmed what I think most of us already knew – South Carolina schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19. While t

POLAND COLUMN: Feeling about as high as a Georgia pine

on Tuesday, 28 April 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Feeling about as high as a Georgia pine
The South and its vernacular, love it and never lose it. Seems to me, we have the finest, most colorful expressions. Yes, Southerners have a flair for talking with flair. I was in Dad’s saw shop on a blazing hot Saturday when a man stumbled in drunk. He w

EDITORIAL: ‘We are made of sterner stuff’

on Tuesday, 21 April 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: ‘We  are made of  sterner stuff’
In a time when uncertainty can lead to worry and fear, Mayor Stephen Wukela offered a much-needed message of assurance to the people of Florence during last week’s city council meeting. “We should not allow our own fear of danger to create harm where ther

MOLLETTE COLUMN: It’s not easy, but we will find a way

on Tuesday, 21 April 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

MOLLETTE COLUMN: It’s not easy, but we will find a way
Social distancing is tough for most of us. We love gathering in ballgames, movies, theatres, restaurants, churches and with family. Seeing our neighbors and friends in the local grocery or chatting at the post office is a normalcy of life, was a normalcy

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Facilities collaborating to confront COVID-19

on Tuesday, 21 April 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Facilities collaborating to confront COVID-19
Facilities collaborating to confront COVID-19 To the editor, As we face the tremendous challenge of confronting COVID-19 both professionally and personally, we are grateful for the extraordinary service and responsiveness on behalf of our community to a

SLOAN COLUMN: The fight against cancer goes virtual

on Tuesday, 21 April 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: The fight against cancer goes virtual
This Saturday would have been a big night at Freedom Florence Recreation Complex. There would have been food, fun, games, entertainment, luminaries, a survivor’s walk, and hundreds of supporters completing laps in memory or in honor of cancer victims or s

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Civil rights leader Lowery will be missed

on Tuesday, 14 April 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Civil rights leader Lowery will be missed
Civil rights leader Lowery will be missed It is with deepest sorrow that I acknowledge the passing of a dear friend and mentor, the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. This civil rights icon worked tirelessly for the rights of people of color. He founded the Sout

EDITORIAL: Virtual education can easily become a virtual nightmare

on Tuesday, 14 April 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Parents are stressed out. Virtual education is a virtual nightmare for some. Here are some tips to help things run a little more smoothly: Have Them Fed and Clothed Before Class Starts: Start with the basics. You wouldn’t send your student into a traditio

SLOAN COLUMN: Confinement: A blessing or a curse?

on Tuesday, 14 April 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Confinement: A blessing or a curse?
They never heard of an unemployment check and certainly not a pandemic check. With every morsel of food generated from the soil under their feet, every meal made from scratch, multiple mouths to feed, water to tote, laundry by washboard, along with the ab

POLAND COLUMN: Closings lead to house arrest haircuts

on Tuesday, 14 April 2020. Posted in Opinions

Nancy’s eyes betrayed frustration and fear. “I can’t cut your hair right now. I’ve got to close.” Early April 2020, the year of perfect vision, what do we see? Closings. Not so perfect, but to venture out is to risk death. So they say. So they say. Perche

EDITORIAL: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

on Tuesday, 07 April 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Each April, the South Carolina Department of Social Services joins with the Children’s Trust of South Carolina, the state’s affiliate organization for Prevent Child Abuse America, in acknowledging Child Abuse Prevention Month. In fiscal year 2019, SCDSS r

SLOAN COLUMN: Please support your local businesses

on Tuesday, 07 April 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Please support your local businesses
You have heard this plea many times before, I’m sure. You need to hear it again. Now, more than ever, our local businesses and establishments need our support. I assure you not one has been immune to the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Save fas

POLAND COLUMN: This silent and most unusual spring

on Tuesday, 07 April 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: This silent and most unusual spring
Spring’s springing. I put my hummingbird feeders up for soon the feathered jets will arrive. My azaleas burst into living color as Disney phrased it, and hardwoods’ newly minted leaves look so green they’re fluorescent. The cypress I planted long ago spor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christ is risen; He is risen indeed

on Tuesday, 07 April 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christ is risen; He is risen indeed
Christ is risen; He is risen indeed In the early days of Christianity, Christians would greet one another by saying “Christ is risen.” The others would respond with, “He is risen indeed, Hallelujah!” Some may ask, “What does it matter that Christ is ris

EDITORIAL: America’s finest hour: Let us make it so

on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: America’s  finest hour: Let us make it so
At the height of Britain’s defense in WWII against a horrific plague of German bombs and rockets, facing enormous odds, population fearful, deaths mounting, Prime Minister Winston Churchill did an amazing thing – he declared that moment Britain’s “finest
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