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SLOAN COLUMN: Golf a grand way to avoid coronavirus?

on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Golf a grand way to avoid coronavirus?
As if all the duffers and hackers out there need another reason to grab their clubs and make a b-line for the nearest links. It appears the game of golf may be just the thing to escape the coronavirus madness that has staked its claim to our sanity. Accor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Look for helpers

on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Look for helpers
ECCF advises: ‘look for helpers’ Mr. Rogers is quoted as saying, “When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Yes, in times of crisis there a

EDITORIAL: Transparency in age of shadows

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Transparency in age of shadows
Here’s a shout out to South Carolina’s 98 newspapers. It is Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. In these times when the media is increasingly accused of lying, it is

SLOAN COLUMN: column offering food for thought

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

6,291,394. That’s the number of pounds of food distributed by Harvest Hope Food Bank of the Pee Dee in 2018. More than 220,000 families and 145 organizations benefited from the food banks offerings. Harvest Hope serves eight counties - Chesterfield, Cla

POLAND COLUMN: Nothing like a genuine barber shop

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Nothing like a genuine barber shop
My great uncle cut my hair when I was growing up in Lincolnton, Georgia. That would be Waymon Walker, Granddad’s brother. Walker’s Barbershop of white concrete blocks stood on the corner of Highway 378 and Main and stands still, though forest green now. T

JOHNSON COLUMN:You just never know

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

JOHNSON COLUMN:You just never know
“You never know...” I’ve heard this comment dozens of times, heck, I’ve said it myself, after hearing about someone dying at an early age. The words flow easily, we nod knowingly, and then stare off into space repeating the greatest truth we’ve ever spoke

EDITORIAL: The urgent need to provide Medicare for all

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: The urgent need to provide  Medicare for all
People should want to give up their private insurance plans. Employer-provided health insurance has become so expensive that people quit their jobs to qualify for Medicaid. Around a million Americans dropped their coverage as premiums rose in 2017. Women

SLOAN COLUMN: Remembering Jim Faile: One of the good ones

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Remembering Jim Faile: One of the good ones
My friend and co-worker Jim Faile was a man of few words, except when it came to reporting the news. Jim didn’t talk much. He preferred to measure his words, which is a wise practice by any measure. When he did speak it was often a well thought out questi

GENDUSA COLUMN: Growing a garden of kindness

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GENDUSA COLUMN: Growing a garden of kindness
After writing weekly columns for over four years, I have a few thoughts about our society from the reader’s responses. I have written stories about death to abundant life, depression to fried, and every topic in between. However, when I write about my gra

EDITORIAL: Leadership matters

on Tuesday, 03 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Leadership matters
At the time of the American Revolution, the future United States was a small, colonial backwater on the world stage. Yet it somehow produced an array of talented, creative thinkers who forged this republic we still inhabit. It’s not just that they began t

SLOAN COLUMN: Getting a REAL ID is going be a REAL pain

on Tuesday, 03 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Getting a REAL ID is going be a REAL pain
No one, I mean no one, likes going to the department of motor vehicles. If they say they do, they are either lying or something is very, very wrong with them. For those wishing to travel by plane or visit a military installation after October, a quick (Ha

POLAND COLUMN: Doodling in the crawl space dust of days gone by

on Tuesday, 03 March 2020. Posted in Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Doodling in the crawl space dust of days gone by
Homes perch on rock piers in a forgotten land called Abandonment, but as that old Elton John song goes, they’re still standing. Now modern homes with closed-in crawl spaces look more together, but they deny kids fun. You see yesteryear’s dusty crawl space

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: High time’ to wake up and return to Jesus

on Tuesday, 03 March 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: High time’ to wake up and return to Jesus
‘High time’ to wake up and return to Jesus The Apostle Paul writing to the church in Rome tells them in Romans 13:11: “And that, knowing the time, that now it is “High Time” to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” T

STIFEL COLUMN: Getting married? Be sure to talk about your finances before tying the knot

on Tuesday, 03 March 2020. Posted in Opinions

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, with dozens of important decisions to be made before the big day. During such a hectic time, most couples spend more time on things like picking out a China pattern than they do talking about their finances. However

EDITORIAL: S.C. workforce numbers appear quite impressive

on Tuesday, 25 February 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

In his January State of the State address, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster pointed out the dramatic gains being made in the South Carolina economy and referenced the success our state is experiencing with job creation. I would like to expand on the governor’s jo
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