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It’s budget time. Plan to participate

on Tuesday, 18 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Followers of today’s political news are treated to plenty of fireworks, fanfare and theatrics. There’s talk of contempt charges and “constitutional crises,” of tariffs and of the emergence of socialism in American politics. Presidential candidates are mak

Buying a car not like it used to be

on Tuesday, 18 June 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I know that full well. Like a predator circling its prey, the old codger ever so slowly made his way around the vehicle. Sliding his hand slowly across the fender, he looked and felt for the slightest scratch or dent. He’d give each tire a swift kick befo

Cap Medicare out-of-pocket drug costs

on Tuesday, 18 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers recently unveiled a bill that would cap Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket drug costs. It’s hard to imagine anyone not thinking that’s a great idea. Insanely high out-of-pocket costs can prevent many Medicare pat

Getting married? Be sure to talk about your finances before tying the knot

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Opinions

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, with dozens of important decisions to be made before the big day. During such a hectic time, most couples spend more time on things like picking out a China pattern than they do talking about their finances. However

What is America’s future after 2020 elections?

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

To the editor, The race for the 2020 elections has become so polarized that both parties are trampling the core principles of the Constitution just to achieve their own political goals. These revered American values have become mere weapons of convenience

“Real” dads are truly special

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do.” For years, that was my automatic response to people who commended me for being a single father of two beautiful daughters. To me, raising Tracy and Amanda on my own was never a question. They were my girls and my

ServeFlo offers an opportunity to give back

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Those might not be the most famous words spoken by Dr. King, but they are both profound and so very true. Beginning Saturday, Florentines of all ages, races and e

Grasp every opportunity to live as God intended

on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Faith, Opinions

CHARLOTTE BERGER Contributor The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.- Psalm 19:1 (KJV) We have all probably heard the saying, “We should live each day as if it were our last”. How true these words are. How would t

Two societies: Then and now

on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

To the Editor: Mid-summer, 1952, Florence: A twenty-something young woman is pregnant and unmarried. The young serviceman who has fathered her child wants to go home to the North when his tour of duty is up. All of this is not a good thing for this youn

Good deeds deserve recognition

on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Part of the reason I accepted this job is because the publisher, Don Swartz, strongly emphasized the reporting of good news. If I had not made up my mind about joining The News Journal team by then, at that point I was sold. Having worked in the newspaper

Scorching heat is no laughing matter

on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Boy, is it hot out there. The Pee Dee region is in the midst of a serious heat wave. Chances are you’ve more than had your fill of the “It’s so hot outside … .” one-liners. And to be truthful, this heat really is no laughing matter. It is dangerously hot

Rocky shoals spider lilies a rare spectacle

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Few people see them. Outside naturalists, conservationists, a few artists, photographers, and writers, most people don’t even know they exist. William Bartram discovered them in his 18th century visit to the Savannah River—rocky shoals spider lilies, a wo

What about Bob? Here’s your answers

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Introductory columns are not my strong suit, although I’ve had considerable practice over the course of the last couple of decades. Folks in Cheraw and Hartsville have already read or heard the “Hi, I’m Bob, the new editor,” spiel before. Some might eve

Support local farmer’s markets

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Farmers’ markets are a summertime staple. Instead of just driving by, take some time to stop by and to see all the things they have to offer. Here’s four reasons why making the stop will be worth your while. FOOD: The markets are a kind of show-and-tell f

Down Highway 64

on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

When I got home six days later, the odometer said I had driven 940 miles, with a foray to Raleigh in there as well. I had made a solo journey, a Sunday drive that lasted two pleasant days. I rolled up a good many of those miles driving down North Carolina
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