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Free education, resources regarding addiction

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

Narconon New Life Retreat would like to remind families to stay educated on the signs and dangers of drug abuse. Methamphetamines and opioids are on the rise in both rural and city areas. Learn the signs and protect your loved ones from drug abuse and add

Exit counseling prepares student loan borrowers for repayment

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

Students who have borrowed federal loans to help pay for college and are finishing their schooling must take exit counseling to prepare for repaying those loans. That goes for student borrowers who are completing degrees, diplomas and certificates, accord

A place to sit

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

In all my years of writing, I never stopped to write about an aspect of church we take for granted. I say we take it for granted because we do, but the folks who hew them from wood don’t. I imagine they love pews, those dark-stained wooden benches no chur

What to do with your 401(k) when you leave your job

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

The average American changes jobs 12 times in their lifetime. With each new job comes new offices, new co-workers – and possibly a decision about what to do with the 401(k) plan they started at their last job. Selecting the right course of action for what

Two zoos with Civil War connections

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

I’ve only been to two zoos, Riverbanks, here in Columbia, and when I was a boy the one in Atlanta. I barely remember Zoo Atlanta, but I recall the Cyclorama and its Battle of Atlanta scenes. My parents took me to both the same day. I can still see throngs

Ways your smile improves your life and the lives around you

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

Many people go to the dentist not just because they want good oral health, but also because having a great smile is a good confidence booster and makes them more likely to smile more often. But it also impacts those who see that dazzling smile. “Every d

That library over in Bishopville

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

Once known as Singleton’s Crossroads, Bishopville, you should know, sits between Camden and Florence, South Carolina. When you enter this region, you drive past and through cotton fields. The land here, flat and framed by wide horizons, was sea bottom onc

After the funeral

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

After the funeral
Family funerals are different from other funerals. A family funeral makes me drift. I look at the flowers and listen to the ministers and music but my mind wanders. I avoid looking at the casket, choosing to summon up memorable moments, like scenes in an

The enduring legacy of the greatest generation

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

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller At this time 75 years ago, our nation was preparing for one of the boldest military missions history has ever recorded. If successful, the invasion of German-occupied France by American, British and Canadian troops w

From Rose Hill To Brattonsville, Part II

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

In Part I Park Manager Nate Johnson led us through Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site. In Part II, we visit Historic Brattonsville. With a bit of tailwind, it takes about 54 minutes to drive from Rose Hill to Historic Brattonsville. Not quite 42 mil

Five ways to fight for the environment

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

Climate change continues to draw attention globally, from governmental debates on pollution solutions to people protesting against a lack of action. In Europe, teenage girls and young women are leading a large student environmental movement, and organize

From Rose Hill To Brattonsville, Part I

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

Faulkner was right. The past is not past. It’s hiding. Travel some backroads, and if you know where to look, you can find it. I did one cool Saturday in February. My journey unearthed some of South Carolina’s past, a past that’s given us so much history,

Prevent home fires, clean dryer vent routinely

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

AAA Carolinas Insurance is reminding all residents to routinely clean out their dryer vents to prevent build-up that can lead to danger. One of the most common reasons for a house fire stems from the lint build-up in a dryer. U.S. fire departments respon

Junkyards

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

Note: This story comes from The Last Sunday Drive—Vanishing Southland, due out fall 2019. Sunday drives carried us past junkyards, past James Dickey’s “parking lot of the dead” into no man’s land. There they were, wrecks by the score open to the sun and

March 20-23, 1713: Colonel John Moore defeat of Tuscarora Indians

on Tuesday, 19 March 2019. Posted in Editorials

As colonists in North and South Carolina claimed more land, the hostility of Native Americans increased. The Tuskarora Indians controlled the area between the Neuse and Roanoke Rivers in North Carolina. In 1711, the Indians launched an attack on the regi
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