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“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

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

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

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

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

The eyes have it

on Tuesday, 07 May 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Right before I started college, I started wearing glasses. I go and get my yearly eye exam in case my prescription changes. Eye health is very important. Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them health

Obscure traffic laws

on Tuesday, 30 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

On Friday the winds were blowing and some of the traffic lights around town lost power. Usually when the traffic lights are out you treat the intersection as a four-way stop. To be honest, that night I think I was the only one who knew that. When we get o

The loss of a beloved pet

on Tuesday, 23 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As much as I love writing stories each week to entertain and inform, sometimes life can throw you a curve ball. Being a pet lover is a blessing and a curse. We get to laugh and play with them and they in return give us their unconditional love, but we als

The beauty of our national parks

on Tuesday, 16 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I grew up in South Alabama, about 30-45 minutes from the beach. Every spring break and summer vacation was spent around Gulf Shores, Alabama. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I got to experience what it was like to be in the mountains.

A month of hope

on Tuesday, 09 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Psychologists have purposed lots of different ‘vehicles’ over the years, words that we use as an engine to keep going, words like grit, optimism, passions, inspiration, etc. All of these are important, however, one in particular is undervalued and underap

April showers

on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I cannot believe that we are already a fourth of the way through 2019. Welcome to April! Lent will soon be over with the arrival of Easter. On the rainy, dreary days you will often hear the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” to bring somewhat of a s

Is social media making us less social?

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

When you wake up in the morning what is the first thing you do? Hit snooze? Start a pot of coffee? Or do you grab your phone, and check social media? If the latter was your response, don’t feel bad you are not alone. The use of social media apps like Face

Pollen, pollen everywhere

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

Today is the first day of Spring. The yellow hue on our cars and driveways can only mean one thing: the flowers and trees are starting to bloom. If you are one of the millions of people, like me, who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, conges

The history of St. Patrick’s Day

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

“Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona!” No, that isn’t gibberish. That is how you say ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day’ in Irish, or Gaelic. St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of St. Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration dating back to the death date of St. Patrick, t

History of Daylight Savings Time and is it worth it?

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

It’s that time of year again. Finally, we have some extra afternoon sunlight to actually get some things done like gardening, yard work, taking walks, and playing with our kids and dogs. Even though we lose an hour of sleep, it is worth the extra sunlight
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