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SLOAN COLUMN: Remembering Garrison

on Tuesday, 13 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Remembering Garrison
When you refer to Garrison Murph as a special needs child, make sure you put the emphasis on the word “special.” If Garrison was anything, he was certainly that. The 11-year-old boy with bright blue-green eyes and an undaunted spirit beat the odds for nea

Gun control is as old as the Old West

on Tuesday, 13 August 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

In the aftermath of the recent shootings in Texas and Ohio, we find ourselves caught in the crossfire of the shootout between gun control opponents and proponents. Their target – the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reads: “A well regulate

Value investing

on Tuesday, 06 August 2019. 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

letterS to the editor

on Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Kudos to ‘Pride in Southside’ efforts To the editor, The community volunteers and businesses who are working together to upgrade Southside Middle School deserve the public’s profound appreciation for their efforts. Instead of waiting on the interminabl

SLOAN COLUMN: ‘Born to make a difference’

on Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: ‘Born to make a difference’
By this time next week, teachers will already be hard at work getting classrooms ready and preparing lesson plans for the new school year which begins for students on Aug. 19. For the next 10 months, most teachers will go far beyond what is required. The

Teaching of basic finances needs to be mandatory in S.C. schools

on Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Most of us probably remember learning things in high school that we seldom if ever use as adults – like how to calculate the area of a trapezoid or how to solve a quadratic equation. Yet nearly all of us do, at some point, need to take out a loan, careful

Time to focus on fixing election process

on Tuesday, 30 July 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Time to focus on fixing election process
A few years ago, I was at a polling place here in Indiana where a long line of people stood waiting to vote. A woman recognized me and called me over. “Why is it,” she asked, “that you politicians make it so hard and inconvenient to vote?” I thought of t

SLOAN COLUMN: Habitat, hard work lead to a new home

on Tuesday, 30 July 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Habitat, hard work lead to a new home
Like any mother, India McLellan wants her children to have a good life and a good home. She wants them to know that if you work hard and don’t give up, good things can happen. A good thing, a very good thing, will happen for the 34-year-old mother of five

Impact of The Continuum will be felt for years to come

on Tuesday, 30 July 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

As the ribbon is cut and the doors swing open on the new $25 million, 46,000-square-foot Continuum in downtown Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 6, it will be hard to fully understand and appreciate the profound impact the state-of-the-art facility will have on

S.C. can be ‘The Cyber-Security State’

on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Cybersecurity is an issue that should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind, and South Carolina has the opportunity to lead the nation on this critical issue. The reality is, if you’re reading this, there is almost a guarantee that some of your personal

SLOAN COLUMN: A better companion? Not a chance

on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: A better companion? Not a chance
People, let me tell about my best friend. His name is Colby. Some people are blessed to have a spouse to be their companion for life. My companion for life has fur, four legs, bad breath, and loves to chase and catch Frisbees. I can’t remember a time when

Show the animal shelter some love

on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Seven years ago, the state-of-the-art Jayne Boswell Animal Shelter opened its doors. The facility itself is most impressive. What’s more impressive is what goes on inside. During that same time period thousands of dogs and cats have passed through its doo

STUDER COLUMN: Success often comes down to the basics

on Tuesday, 16 July 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

STUDER COLUMN: Success often comes down to the basics
I have often thought about the difference between people who are truly successful and those who are only medium-successful. And what I’ve noticed is that success usually isn’t about being a genius or having a huge money-making idea that changes everything

SLOAN COLUMN: Buttermilk, beer, slugs and septic tanks

on Tuesday, 16 July 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Buttermilk, beer, slugs and septic tanks
“Have you tried buttermilk?” The words came out of nowhere. It seems like a simple enough question, but it had absolutely nothing to do with the conversation taking place. I peered at the person who posed the mysterious question. He is a wise and highly

EDITORIAL: Don’t leave children in hot vehicles

on Tuesday, 16 July 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Don’t leave children in hot vehicles
Over the past three weeks, three people have been arrested and charged with leaving their child or children in an unattended vehicle while they went shopping. Fortunately, none of these incidents resulted in a tragedy. We hope that people will come to th
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