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IRA contributions

on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Posted in Opinions

IRA contributions
Are you putting off contributing to your IRA? You may want to think twice, because when it comes to your retirement account, contributing “early” may be better in more ways than one. For starters, the earlier you begin contributing to your IRA, the better

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Made in S.C.’ a global enterprise

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

Alongside traffic and coffee, news radio is a staple of my morning commute. As I flip through the stations, I’ll sometimes hear a pundit lament that “Nothing is made in America anymore.” In reality, there are nearly 13 million manufacturing workers in the

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

EDITORIAL: Gratifying effects of gratitude

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

EDITORIAL: Gratifying  effects of  gratitude
Ten months down and two more to go. November is here and the countdown to the Thanksgiving Day feast has commenced. As our minds begin to wander toward turkey legs, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, let us also remember that it is never

EDITORIAL: South Carolinians challenged to ‘Grab A Bag’

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

EDITORIAL: South Carolinians  challenged to  ‘Grab A Bag’
Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette and PalmettoPride want South Carolinians to grab a bag and clean up our communities. Grab A Bag SC is a statewide litter pickup challenge inspired by Evette’s own experience picking up in her home community and even during her famil

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

MOLLETTE COLUMN: Despite barriers, nothing is impossible

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

A lot of us are faced with the impossible. We may have what seems to be impossible debts, physical illnesses, human relationships and vocational pressures. Too often we hear someone say, “Nothing is impossible” and we nod our heads nonchalantly in an unbe

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - American Legion is ready for change

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - American Legion  is ready for change
To the editor, During the first weekend in October, the American Legion held their annual Fall Conference. The basic agenda is very similar Fall to Fall. We always begin three- day program with a reading of all the n

MOLLETTE COLUMN: The healing power of forgiveness

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

Many have watched the powerful television report of Brandt Jean's act of forgiveness toward Amber Guyger who killed his brother Botham Jean. The scene of him hugging her and extending forgiveness toward her has been replayed over and again and invoked a s

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

ECKSTROM COLUMN: Stop naming things after politicians

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

ECKSTROM COLUMN: Stop naming things after politicians
They’re a staple of the incumbent politician’s toolkit: the countless recognitions, resolutions, proclamations, ribbon-cuttings, and photo-ops which are more ceremonial than anything else, but which nonetheless pay dividends for elected officials. Certain

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Checking blood sugar is vitally important

on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Checking blood sugar is vitally important
To the editor, Diabetes is caused by too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. This is also called high blood sugar. The cells in our body need sugar to function properly and this sugar comes from the food we eat. Our body makes

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
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