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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

SLOAN COLUMN: The coolest toys under the tree

on Monday, 23 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: The coolest toys under the tree
Wondering what the most popular toys were this year? So was I. According to Amazon.com, these are some of the toys that had the kiddies screaming with glee when they were unwrapped this morning: • CANDYLOCKS. Get a whiff of this. This doll, which sells f

SLOAN COLUMN: Shining the true lights of Christmas

on Tuesday, 17 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Shining the true lights of Christmas
I love Christmas lights. Not the glowing bulbs strung on Christmas trees or the blinking and flashing offering some sort of season’s greetings. The Christmas lights I speak of are people who shine the true lights of Christmas, hope, peace, joy, and, by fa

SLOAN CLOUMN: Feliz Navidad: Christmas in Barcelona

on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN CLOUMN: Feliz Navidad: Christmas in Barcelona
A crisp wind blew as we walked back to our hotel on Christmas morning. It was 1981 and we were in Barcelona, Spain. I was in the Marine Corps and deployed with the 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit aboard the USS Saipan. A mere 19 at the time, this was my secon

SLOAN COLUMN Recalling the most famous reindeer of all

on Tuesday, 03 December 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN Recalling the most famous reindeer of all
The Christmas holidays glitter and glisten with all sorts of traditions. One of them is the telling, reading, singing, and watching a television program about a certain reindeer with an extraordinarily shiny nose. Everybody, young and old, loves the story

SLOAN COLUMN: A Thanksgiving to remember

on Tuesday, 26 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: A Thanksgiving to remember
The unmistakable smell of Thanksgiving drifted from kitchen to dining room to living room and all throughout the house. After days of planning and preparation, the feast was nearly complete. The table was perfectly set. Dozens of dishes lined the kitchen

SLOAN COLUMN: Get ready to bury the hatchet

on Tuesday, 19 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Get ready to bury the hatchet
Alcohol and sharp instruments? Yes, it does seem like a decidedly dangerous combination, but bar and pub patrons have been hoisting pints of frosty malt and hurling darts at round boards for centuries. I myself have thrown a few back while at the same tim

SLOAN COLUMN: Writers recall ‘Prince of Scribes’

on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Writers recall ‘Prince of Scribes’
The best way for me to describe the writing of Pat Conroy is to say his words had a way of drawing you into his story. Sometimes the words would take you by the hand and gently guide you into captivating scenes of breathtaking beauty. Other times they wo

SLOAN COLUMN: Tricks, treats and treasure hunting

on Tuesday, 05 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Tricks, treats and treasure hunting
Led by the spirit of Halloween and the gloomy gray skies overhead, I decided to venture out last Thursday to do a little mid-morning adult trick or treating. Rather than go house-to-house in search of holiday treasures, I went from bin-to-bin at Bargain

POLAND COLUMN: The unsung colors of Autumn

on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in Editorials, Columns, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: The unsung colors of Autumn
“I need to get out of the South. Fall here is no good.” A woman from California said that. I don’t get the criticism. Fall in the Kingdom of Grits can be mighty pretty. And even if fall color is flat now and then, four distinct seasons bless the South wi

SLOAN COLUMN: Ghost stories of the Pee Dee

on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Ghost stories of the Pee Dee
Ready to get your spook on? In honor of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to share a few ghost stories from around the Pee Dee. There is little or no truth to any of these tales, although I’m sure some out there would swear on their mother’s grave that

SLOAN COLUMN: Author speaks on code talkers’ heroics

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Author speaks on code talkers’ heroics
It would be hard to misinterpret the unbridled enthusiasm of Catherine Ritch as anything but a passion for the Navajo people. The Stallings, N.C. resident and author of more than two dozen books spoke to a gathering of the Florence Sidney Lanier Literary

COLUMN: National Day of Kindness declared

on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

COLUMN: National Day of Kindness declared
The following column was written by Editor Jim Baxley. It first appeared in Baxley’s regular column, “Consider This,” in the Bristol Herald- Courier of Bristol, Va., on June 27, 1982. It is reprinted with permission. We Americans have a day or a week or

SLOAN COLUMN - Local authors have works in print

on Tuesday, 08 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN - Local authors have works in print
Three local authors have recently had their work published. James Austin of Lake City had his 16-page book, “Transforming Minds: Turning Setbacks Into Opportunities, Vol. 1,” published by Amazon Digital Services in May. The self-help book is available fo

Fire is no match for farming resiliency

on Tuesday, 01 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Fire is no match for farming resiliency
If you want to learn about resiliency, just ask a farmer. Resilience means knowing how to cope in spite of setbacks, or barriers, or limited resources. The farmer knows how to persevere and endure through hard times. Resilience is a measure of how much y
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