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SLOAN COLUMN: Please support your local businesses

on Tuesday, 07 April 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Please support your local businesses
You have heard this plea many times before, I’m sure. You need to hear it again. Now, more than ever, our local businesses and establishments need our support. I assure you not one has been immune to the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Save fas

POLAND COLUMN: This silent and most unusual spring

on Tuesday, 07 April 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: This silent and most unusual spring
Spring’s springing. I put my hummingbird feeders up for soon the feathered jets will arrive. My azaleas burst into living color as Disney phrased it, and hardwoods’ newly minted leaves look so green they’re fluorescent. The cypress I planted long ago spor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christ is risen; He is risen indeed

on Tuesday, 07 April 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christ is risen; He is risen indeed
Christ is risen; He is risen indeed In the early days of Christianity, Christians would greet one another by saying “Christ is risen.” The others would respond with, “He is risen indeed, Hallelujah!” Some may ask, “What does it matter that Christ is ris

EDITORIAL: America’s finest hour: Let us make it so

on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: America’s  finest hour: Let us make it so
At the height of Britain’s defense in WWII against a horrific plague of German bombs and rockets, facing enormous odds, population fearful, deaths mounting, Prime Minister Winston Churchill did an amazing thing – he declared that moment Britain’s “finest

SLOAN COLUMN: A much-needed lesson in appreciation

on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: A much-needed lesson in appreciation
“I can’t wait until this thing is over and we can get back to normal.” How many times have you overheard someone say this during the past few weeks? How many times have you found yourself saying those same words, either to someone or mumbling them to your

DAVIS COLUMN: Viruses and the virtual classroom

on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Coronavirus went viral so my school went virtual. We had about a week of Zoom training and a few days to do test runs with the kids. I spent the weekend preparing and couldn’t sleep that Sunday night. I felt like a first-year teacher all over again. I wan

STIFEL-Value investing

on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Posted in Opinions

After years of growth investing being the “hot” investment strategy, especially during the long bull market, value investing is shining once again. While growth investing focuses on companies that are believed to be in the early stages of considerable ear

EDITORIAL: Managing our COVID-19 fears, anxieties

on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Managing our COVID-19 fears, anxieties
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is impacting every aspect of our lives. It is a normal human response to develop increased fears, worries and anxieties in times of uncertainty. Anxiety may be related to the fear of getting the virus as well as how the

SLOAN COLUMN: Golf a grand way to avoid coronavirus?

on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Golf a grand way to avoid coronavirus?
As if all the duffers and hackers out there need another reason to grab their clubs and make a b-line for the nearest links. It appears the game of golf may be just the thing to escape the coronavirus madness that has staked its claim to our sanity. Accor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Look for helpers

on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Look for helpers
ECCF advises: ‘look for helpers’ Mr. Rogers is quoted as saying, “When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Yes, in times of crisis there a

EDITORIAL: Transparency in age of shadows

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Transparency in age of shadows
Here’s a shout out to South Carolina’s 98 newspapers. It is Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. In these times when the media is increasingly accused of lying, it is

SLOAN COLUMN: column offering food for thought

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

6,291,394. That’s the number of pounds of food distributed by Harvest Hope Food Bank of the Pee Dee in 2018. More than 220,000 families and 145 organizations benefited from the food banks offerings. Harvest Hope serves eight counties - Chesterfield, Cla

POLAND COLUMN: Nothing like a genuine barber shop

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Nothing like a genuine barber shop
My great uncle cut my hair when I was growing up in Lincolnton, Georgia. That would be Waymon Walker, Granddad’s brother. Walker’s Barbershop of white concrete blocks stood on the corner of Highway 378 and Main and stands still, though forest green now. T

JOHNSON COLUMN:You just never know

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

JOHNSON COLUMN:You just never know
“You never know...” I’ve heard this comment dozens of times, heck, I’ve said it myself, after hearing about someone dying at an early age. The words flow easily, we nod knowingly, and then stare off into space repeating the greatest truth we’ve ever spoke

EDITORIAL: The urgent need to provide Medicare for all

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: The urgent need to provide  Medicare for all
People should want to give up their private insurance plans. Employer-provided health insurance has become so expensive that people quit their jobs to qualify for Medicaid. Around a million Americans dropped their coverage as premiums rose in 2017. Women
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