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SLOAN COLUMN: ‘We are not all in the same boat’

on Tuesday, 05 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: ‘We are not all in the same boat’
A short essay offering an interesting perspective on the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on each of us personally has been making its rounds on social media in recent weeks. The essay reminds us that our experiences are not always the same as other

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

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

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

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

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
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