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What is America’s future after 2020 elections?

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

To the editor, The race for the 2020 elections has become so polarized that both parties are trampling the core principles of the Constitution just to achieve their own political goals. These revered American values have become mere weapons of convenience

“Real” dads are truly special

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do.” For years, that was my automatic response to people who commended me for being a single father of two beautiful daughters. To me, raising Tracy and Amanda on my own was never a question. They were my girls and my

ServeFlo offers an opportunity to give back

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Those might not be the most famous words spoken by Dr. King, but they are both profound and so very true. Beginning Saturday, Florentines of all ages, races and e

Grasp every opportunity to live as God intended

on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Faith, Opinions

CHARLOTTE BERGER Contributor The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.- Psalm 19:1 (KJV) We have all probably heard the saying, “We should live each day as if it were our last”. How true these words are. How would t

Two societies: Then and now

on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

To the Editor: Mid-summer, 1952, Florence: A twenty-something young woman is pregnant and unmarried. The young serviceman who has fathered her child wants to go home to the North when his tour of duty is up. All of this is not a good thing for this youn

Good deeds deserve recognition

on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Part of the reason I accepted this job is because the publisher, Don Swartz, strongly emphasized the reporting of good news. If I had not made up my mind about joining The News Journal team by then, at that point I was sold. Having worked in the newspaper

Scorching heat is no laughing matter

on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Boy, is it hot out there. The Pee Dee region is in the midst of a serious heat wave. Chances are you’ve more than had your fill of the “It’s so hot outside … .” one-liners. And to be truthful, this heat really is no laughing matter. It is dangerously hot

Rocky shoals spider lilies a rare spectacle

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Few people see them. Outside naturalists, conservationists, a few artists, photographers, and writers, most people don’t even know they exist. William Bartram discovered them in his 18th century visit to the Savannah River—rocky shoals spider lilies, a wo

What about Bob? Here’s your answers

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Introductory columns are not my strong suit, although I’ve had considerable practice over the course of the last couple of decades. Folks in Cheraw and Hartsville have already read or heard the “Hi, I’m Bob, the new editor,” spiel before. Some might eve

Support local farmer’s markets

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Farmers’ markets are a summertime staple. Instead of just driving by, take some time to stop by and to see all the things they have to offer. Here’s four reasons why making the stop will be worth your while. FOOD: The markets are a kind of show-and-tell f

Down Highway 64

on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

When I got home six days later, the odometer said I had driven 940 miles, with a foray to Raleigh in there as well. I had made a solo journey, a Sunday drive that lasted two pleasant days. I rolled up a good many of those miles driving down North Carolina

All good things must come to an end

on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

In April of last year I moved to Florence from Alabama. The few months before that had been a whirlwind of excitement. Even though I was not sure of what would come with a new city, I was never nervous. My spouse and I found a house to rent and once our

School board must show education leadership

on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The Game of Thrones serial drama of power politics at FSD1 Board meetings since the referendum loss has been disappointing to the public. It would seem that a Board who suffered a 75% whipping would acknowledge the voters’ message and come together to foc

The lineman saw it coming

on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

You see some intriguing sights along the back roads. In my back road expeditions I’ve come across ghost towns, ruins, forgotten cemeteries, log cabins, and country stores. I see some beautiful places, too. Among them, fields of sunflowers, waterfalls, whi

Skin cancer prevention

on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

With over 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and
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