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POLAND COLUMN: Whistlestops and fried green tomatoes

on Tuesday, 23 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Whistlestops and fried green tomatoes
My back-road explorations take me to little eateries tucked neatly in the middle of nowhere, whistle-stop places. Country folks run these deep-fried, lonely roadside stops so you’d think they serve fried green tomatoes. Like some character in a Fannie Fla

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In response to our present social unrest

on Tuesday, 23 June 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In response to our present social unrest
In response to our present social unrest To the editor, There are a lot of reasons for the protests and rioting in the streets. The first is obvious. The killing of minorities while making arrests is a hideous crime in itself. This has triggered outrage,

EDITORIAL: Fighting for economic equality

on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Fighting for economic equality
Following is the second of three editorials in a series entitled “COVID-19 Creates a Double Crisis for People of Color.” Congress passed three major pieces of legislation this year, providing more than $3 trillion in stimulus and relief to help prevent t

SLOAN COLUMN: Ready or not, hurricane season is here

on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Ready or not, hurricane season is here
It’s only halfway over, but 2020 has already brought us a global pandemic, protests, riots, racial tension, a growing distrust in law enforcement, and an upcoming election that will no doubt bring a truckload of finger-pointing, accusations, mud-slinging

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: MINGLE continues efforts toward unity

on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

MINGLE continues to work toward unity To the editor For more than six years, MINGLE of the Pee Dee (Minorities Involved in Networking, Growth, Leadership and Empowerment), a Florence-based non-profit, has worked to develop a unified voice for black and o

GUEST EDITORIAL: Systemic injustice revealed

on Tuesday, 09 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GUEST EDITORIAL: Systemic injustice revealed
Following is the first of three editorials in a series entitled “COVID-19 creates a double crisis for people of color.” The COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the health, and economies of our communities. But two very powerful revelations have occurred becaus

SLOAN COLUMN: Prine classic stirs memories of ‘Dear Abby’

on Tuesday, 09 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Prine classic stirs memories of ‘Dear Abby’
I was listening to an old John Prine song called “Dear Abby” the other day and it brought back memories of reading the much-loved syndicated column in the local newspaper. The letters she shared and her responses to them rarely failed to make you grin. Th

POLAND COLUMN: A splash of beauty: Rocky shoals spider lilies

on Tuesday, 09 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: A splash of beauty: Rocky shoals spider lilies
A botanical superstar lives in the South. It’s exquisite, ephemeral, and periled, in that much of its habitat lies beneath lakes. I’m writing about the rocky shoals spider lily. As status goes, it’s a national plant of concern, but you’ll find it in just

MOLLETTE COLUMN - Hate never solves anything

on Tuesday, 02 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

MOLLETTE COLUMN - Hate never solves anything
Some of the nicest people I’ve known have been police officers from county to state to city cops. I have some dear friends who wear badges and they are good people. The police officers who killed George Floyd on May 25th in Minneapolis at that moment and

SLOAN COLUMN: ‘Welcome to the best day evah’

on Tuesday, 02 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN:  ‘Welcome to the best day evah’
Sometimes treasures are found in the most unexpected places. With a tangle of golden brown hair swirling around an angelic face, the baby blues eyes of the soon-to-be five-year-old locked in on the phone screen in her tiny hand. A slight cough is followed

LEE COLUMN: Banquet founder expresses gratitude

on Tuesday, 02 June 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

LEE COLUMN: Banquet founder expresses gratitude
I would like to take this opportunity to thank many people who helped my family and me with a very successful event for the Florence One School District. For 19 years, I raised thousands of dollars to recognize and honor the six most outstanding high scho

STIFEL Planning for your retirement is now more important than ever

on Tuesday, 02 June 2020. Posted in Opinions

With company pension plans becoming less prominent and shortfalls in Social Security more likely, planning for your retirement is now more important than ever. The fear of outliving one’s retirement savings is ever present as society is faced with longer

EDITORIAL: Foster care is crucial in our imperfect world

on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. It provides an opportunity for the South Carolina Department of Social Services to draw attention to the need for foster parents across the state. Children come into foster care when their parents cannot safely

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: FLT makes decision to cancel West Side Story

on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: FLT makes decision to cancel West Side Story
FLT makes decision to cancel West Side Story To the editor, For more than 96 years, the Florence Little Theatre has been dedicated to providing quality live entertainment. As we all know, these are challenging times for every person, business, and venu

SLOAN COLUMN: A year filled with lots of ‘new favorite’ places

on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: A year filled with lots of ‘new favorite’ places
It has officially been one year since I moved into my new newspaper digs on Railroad Ave. after becoming the editor of The News Journal. Over the last 365 days I think I’ve settled in quite nicely. It has been quite a year. I had the opportunity to report
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