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GIBSON-HYE MOORE COLUMN - Homelessness does not descriminate

on Tuesday, 17 September 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GIBSON-HYE MOORE COLUMN - Homelessness does not descriminate
There’s a testimony that I’d like to share with you and others that will allow you an insight into my past of homelessness. Many individuals associate homelessness with laziness or drugs. In some instances this is true, but in 85 percent of homeless cases

Life lessons learned from Route 66

on Tuesday, 17 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Life lessons learned from Route 66
Like many people, social media and I have a love-hate relationship. I hate, and hate is a word I rarely if ever use, all of the venomous, opinionated, self-centered comments people make without considering for a single moment the harm it could inflict. I

Celebrate the foundation of America

on Tuesday, 17 September 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use tod

So much to teach, so much to learn

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

So much to teach, so much to learn
Shortly after leaving home last summer for a relaxing week at the beach, I noticed a white sports car in our rear view mirror, approaching with great speed. My guess is that they were doing triple digits. I said a quick prayer for the innocent drivers ahe

Holy Cow! Iconic sign still standing

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Holy Cow! Iconic sign still standing
Making small talk before church Sunday last, the conversation turned toward the ever-so-slow eminent doom of Hurricane Dorian. “Hey Tommy, I’ve got a question for you,” I quizzed a local cattle farmer. “What do you do with your cows during hurricanes?” H

Legislators must act wisely with $350m surplus

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

I’ll start with the good news: I recently closed the books for the fiscal year that ended June 30, and even after some additional “contingent” spending at year-end the state finished with $350 million in surplus revenues. Annual tax revenue totaled $8.8 b

Defensive vs. cyclical stocks

on Tuesday, 03 September 2019. Posted in Opinions

During times of economic volatility, it’s not uncommon to hear the terms “cyclical” and “defensive” used in reference to stocks. But what exactly do these terms mean? The terms cyclical and defensive refer to how sensitive a company’s stock price is to ch

Storms are coming. Are rivers ready?

on Tuesday, 03 September 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

The Great Pee Dee, Black, Sampit, and Waccamaw Rivers are household names for hundreds of thousands of people over the years who’ve seized opportunities and succumbed to the vulnerabilities of these massive watersheds. They’ve served as transportation rou

I’ll pass on the chicken sandwich

on Tuesday, 03 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I’ll pass on the chicken sandwich
So please tell me, what’s all this fuss about a chicken sandwich? I mean, really? Three weeks ago Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen began selling a new chicken sandwich in its restaurants. Since that moment, our world has not been the same. People have scarfed u

No tolerance for anyone who makes bomb threats

on Tuesday, 03 September 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

We are a little more than two weeks into the school year and school officials and law enforcement authorities are dealing with bomb threats and safety issues. At a press conference held at the Florence One Schools District Office, on Aug. 28, Interim Flor

American Legion Post 1 shares information with veterans

on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

To the editor, The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 in Florence wishes to make sure that the 20,000 veterans in the Florence-Darlington area are aware of the following: • The recently enacted legislation named the Legion Act allows all veterans to jo

Grill is as legendary as its namesake

on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Grill is as legendary as its namesake
If Darlington Raceway, the fabled “Track Too Tough to Tame,” had a fifth turn, it would be into the parking lot of the neighboring and just as legendary Raceway Grill. “The Grill,” as it’s referred to by most locals, has been serving meals for as long a

Time to think hurricane preparedness once again

on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Andrea and Barry have come and gone. Chantal made her visit short and uneventful. On the way, however, are her friends Dorian, Erin, Fernando, Gabrielle, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wen

Understanding the First Amendment

on Tuesday, 20 August 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Understanding the First Amendment
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redres

SLOAN COLUMN: Looking forward to a night with ‘Guy’

on Tuesday, 20 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Looking forward to a night with ‘Guy’
“I wish I was in Austin/in the Chili Parlor Bar/drinking mad dog margaritas/and not carin’ where you are.” - Dublin Blues, by Guy Clark It may not be the Chili Parlor Bar, but I’ll settle for the balcony of the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center o
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