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SLOAN COLUMN: A much-needed lesson in appreciation

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

SLOAN COLUMN: A much-needed lesson in appreciation
“I can’t wait until this thing is over and we can get back to normal.” How many times have you overheard someone say this during the past few weeks? How many times have you found yourself saying those same words, either to someone or mumbling them to your

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

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

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

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

SLOAN COLUMN: Ponderings on what to give up for Lent

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

SLOAN COLUMN: Ponderings on what to give up for Lent
Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent within the Christian church. With it comes the marking of a multitude of foreheads with ashes and vows to “fast” from something until Easter Sunday. Lent, a time of reflection and repentance leading up to t

SLOAN COLUMN: Remembering Toufie’s Auto Lunch

on Tuesday, 18 February 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Remembering Toufie’s Auto Lunch
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SLOAN COLUMN: Bouncing excursion does not end in ER

on Tuesday, 11 February 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Bouncing excursion does not end in ER
No broken bones. Check. No sprains. Check. No twists, tears or ruptures. Check. This old man’s trip to DEFY Trampoline Park with his grandkids was a rousing success from a medical standpoint. Aside from a few sore muscles, the 58-year-old frame came out n

SLOAN COLUMN: Bound and determined to DEFY old age

on Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN:  Bound and determined to DEFY old age
“So what do you want to do for your birthday?,” I asked Jules, my grandson who will turn 10 this month. His answer was not unlike that of most any other young lad celebrating a decade of existence. “I want to go to the trampoline park,” he said with grea

SLOAN COLUMN: Super psyched over super commercials

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

SLOAN COLUMN: Super psyched over super commercials
Ah, the big day is almost here. Christmas? That was a month ago. Birthday? Nada. Been there, done that. Wedding? Graduation? Vacation? No, no and no. Seriously, you know what day I’m talking about – Super Bowl Sunday! It’s the biggest game, the biggest

SLOAN COLUMN: I don’t have gut(s) for this challenge

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

SLOAN COLUMN: I don’t have gut(s) for this challenge
In just a few days, our neighbors to the north will host one of the most mind-numbing, not to mention gross, tests of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude one could possibly imagine. How someone came up with the idea for such an event in the fi

SLOAN COLUMN: Nothing quite like a good ‘lucky dog’ story

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

SLOAN COLUMN: Nothing quite like a good ‘lucky dog’ story
I recently received a letter from a reader by the name of Angeline Watford. She lives in Darlington County just north of Hartsville. In the letter she details a true story about her pet, a dog named Lucky. Never, ever pass up the chance to hear a story a

SLOAN CLOUMN: A superstitious start to the new year

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

SLOAN CLOUMN: A superstitious start to the new year
If you buy into all the New Year superstitions mumbo-jumbo, it might be wise to steer clear of a certain newspaper editor during 2020. Having more to do with my taste buds and stomach than with superstitions and luck, I adhered to the custom of eating mo

JOHNSON COLUMN: January: Our opportunity to change

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

JOHNSON COLUMN: January: Our opportunity to change
Change is in the air. The evidence is everywhere. January is the one month of the year when society goes easy on us when we try to change. Optimism reigns. Our resolutions reveal our best intentions - the things we'd like to do, know we should do, and r

SLOAN COLUMN Sound advice for the coming year

on Monday, 30 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN Sound advice for the coming year
What better way to start off the New Year than with some sound advice from an old friend – Ann Landers: - - - Advice for All on New Year’s Day Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do
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