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Clean air essential to our health, environment

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Is breathing clean air important to you and to your family members? If it is, know that air quality as it relates to open burning in South Carolina is a serious health issue. Open burning occurs when unscrupulous site prep companies clear land for either

Why your Christmas tree could cost more this year

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Taylor Estes Carolina Reporter & News If you usually buy a real Christmas tree to celebrate your holiday season, you might be out of luck this year. Tree farms across the nation are reporting that they don’t have enough supply to meet the rising dema

Ingenious items for your Christmas List

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

While looking for some unusual, but practical, Christmas gifts, I came across some interesting products. Following is a list of items that are pretty ingenious, but are they really needed? • The Illumbowl Shower Head lets you know when the water temper

Confusion shouldn’t stop patients from buying health insurance

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Janet Trautwein This year’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment period started November 1. Millions of Americans will soon visit HealthCare.gov or the online insurance exchange run by their state to shop for 2018 health plans. Many will be confused by

Unlock the power of compounding

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

As simple as it may seem, compounding can play a key role as you pursue a bright financial future. Compounding, simply put, is when an investment generates earnings on reinvested earnings. In your retirement accounts, where you’ll accumulate funds over t

The paradox of abundance

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Life is funny. As suckling babes, the most luxurious thing we could ever imagine is the nurturing warmth of our mothers. But as we age, a whole host of desires and ambitions begin to take shape in our minds. For the most part, whether we want to admit it

Wise old sayings on people and life

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

All the world is mad save for me and thee, and sometimes I wonder about thee. – Old Quaker saying Gingerbread man is a perfect man. He’s cute, he’s sweet and if he gives you any heck, you can bite his head off. – unknown Credit cards are like mosquitoe

No, the end of ‘Net Neutrality’ is not the end of the World Wide Web

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Thomas L. Knapp I get lots of email, including emails from political advocacy groups trumpeting the Impending Doom of the Month. This month, that doom is the coming end of “Net Neutrality” at the hands of the Federal Communications Commission. “Donald

Good training pays off

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Faith, Editorials, Opinions

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Training is not an easy task for parents or children. Sometimes as parents it seems like all we poured

Watchdog citizens strengthen communities

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

They keep tabs on their public officials, often asking the tough questions and sounding the alarm when something doesn’t seem right. They attend meetings, sometimes sitting in the front row and staying until the very end. They request information under th

Join me in counting our blessings

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we approach Thanksgiving Day this coming Thursday and all the busyness that day brings, take a few minutes to slow down and reflect on the many blessings our Creator has given us. I tend to take so many things for granted, so when I start counting my b

Democrats dig for Russians and uncover environmentalists

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Merrill Matthews Democrats and the media have been on a yearlong deep dig into Russian involvement into U.S. elections. But when you dig a hole you sometimes run across things you wish had remained buried – like the dirt pointing to Russian ties to th

Bridges resignation is children’s loss

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

District One Superintendent Randy Bridges’ leadership will be sadly missed by the children in our school district. Over the past years Dr. Bridges has offered a vision and a strategic plan that was creating a wonderful momentum of excitement in learning a

Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 25

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Ben Homeyer Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, but it’s the next day, Small Business Saturday, that really puts me in the holiday spirit. That’s because Small Business Saturday, which

Yep, I can relate to that...

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Most of us can probably relate to some of the following comments and quotes found on coffee mugs, t-shirts and canvases: I can’t wait to retire so I can get up at 6 a.m. and go drive around really slow and make everybody late for work. I’m beginning to
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