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EDITORIAL: Foster care is crucial in our imperfect world

on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. It provides an opportunity for the South Carolina Department of Social Services to draw attention to the need for foster parents across the state. Children come into foster care when their parents cannot safely

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: FLT makes decision to cancel West Side Story

on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: FLT makes decision to cancel West Side Story
FLT makes decision to cancel West Side Story To the editor, For more than 96 years, the Florence Little Theatre has been dedicated to providing quality live entertainment. As we all know, these are challenging times for every person, business, and venu

SLOAN COLUMN: A year filled with lots of ‘new favorite’ places

on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: A year filled with lots of ‘new favorite’ places
It has officially been one year since I moved into my new newspaper digs on Railroad Ave. after becoming the editor of The News Journal. Over the last 365 days I think I’ve settled in quite nicely. It has been quite a year. I had the opportunity to report

POLAND COLUMN: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure

on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure
There is an age-old adage that is proven itself to be true every single time: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. We live in a throwaway society and junkyard junkies seek bargains. Making use of discards is frugal. My late Uncle Joe found many a us

EDITORIAL: Be counted - Respond to the U.S. Census

on Tuesday, 19 May 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Be counted - Respond to the U.S. Census
Over the last nine weeks, the COVID-19 crisis has tossed much of what we considered the norm to be tossed to the wayside. It would be a significant blow to our nation, state and local communities if the U.S. Census becomes yet another victim of the virus.

SLOAN COLUMN: This Memorial Day, don’t forget to remember

on Tuesday, 19 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: This Memorial Day, don’t forget to remember
Many communities around the nation, including Florence and others around the Pee Dee, will not be holding annual Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday. You can chalk it up as the latest victim of the coronavirus. While there will be no public gatherings, spe

DEWITT COLUMN: Living the leisurely life in Southern Time

on Tuesday, 19 May 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

If my wife, Sparky, ever leaves me, it won’t be because of the dazzling good looks that make me the target of other women’s desires, nor will it be the fact that I’m always right about everything. It will be because of our irreconcilable differences. We l

EDITORIAL: Survey reveals the obvious: Businesses are hurting

on Tuesday, 12 May 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Survey reveals the obvious: Businesses are hurting
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce recently released the results of its final COVID-19 Business Survey. The survey indicates lack of demand as being the biggest issue confronting businesses in South Carolina. Liability concerns are also weighing heavi

SLOAN COLUMN: Former principal offers life lessons

on Tuesday, 12 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Former principal offers life lessons
In his nearly 70 years of life, 45 of which have been spent as an educator, Dr. Charlie Burry has learned a few lessons. Some of those lessons arrived by way of valuable advice offered by a mentor or friend. Others came by way of the school of hard knocks

POLAND COLUMN: The unavoidable pull of spring beauty

on Tuesday, 12 May 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: The unavoidable pull of spring beauty
Over the last five years, I’ve developed two traditions I plan to never break. Come March and come May, I drop everything and head to three places so beautiful they compel me to visit them. Hence, the title of this column, “The Pull of Beauty.” I hope the

SLOAN COLUMN: ‘We are not all in the same boat’

on Tuesday, 05 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: ‘We are not all in the same boat’
A short essay offering an interesting perspective on the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on each of us personally has been making its rounds on social media in recent weeks. The essay reminds us that our experiences are not always the same as other

GENDUSA COLUMN: Who are the coronavirus unclaimed?

on Tuesday, 05 May 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GENDUSA COLUMN: Who are the coronavirus unclaimed?
During this time of COVID-19 isolation, we have all seen so many images and heard countless stories of tribulations and death. It was only a few months ago, we never dreamed any of these horrors were remotely possible. A few weeks ago, I was gathering res

DAVIS COLUMN: Love in the time of Corona: Fishing and first dates

on Tuesday, 05 May 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

DAVIS COLUMN: Love in the time of Corona: Fishing and first dates
Courting in the midst of COVID-19. Dating during disaster. Loving in lockdown. These are hard times for all, but singles struggle more than most as they look for love in the time of Corona. My single friends have gotten very creative with their dating adv

Power of attorney

on Tuesday, 05 May 2020. Posted in Opinions

As you plan your financial future, have you thought about who will handle your finances and other important matters should you become seriously ill or otherwise unable to do so? Granting a power of attorney to a trusted individual can help you keep your a

EDITORIAL: Continuing to do what is right

on Tuesday, 28 April 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Here we are, another week of working from and sheltering at home, home-schooling, at-home recreation and such. That is, at least, for a good many of us. Some people are still able and even willing to go to work, so long as they are taking all the necessar
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