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SLOAN COLUMN: Preacher Bob slays the evil serpent

on Monday, 12 October 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Preacher Bob slays the evil serpent
It was a relatively quiet Saturday night, just me and the dog. I was not too far from calling it a night and crawling into bed.

SLOAN COLUMN: From Prosperity to Poverty Hill

on Tuesday, 06 October 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: From Prosperity to Poverty Hill
In my more than 30 years as a journalist, I have logged in many miles traveling the back roads of Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Carolinas. In doing so, I’ve come across some of the most unusual city and town names that one can imagine.

HAMILTON COLUMN: A lot is at stake in this year’s election

on Tuesday, 06 October 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

It probably feels like the 2020 elections have been going on for years, and in a sense they have.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Don’t end COVID-19 measures too soon

on Tuesday, 06 October 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

GUEST EDITORIAL: Don’t end COVID-19 measures too soon
Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter joined presidents for 12 public universities in South Carolina calling for state and local governmental leaders to continue regulations and restrictions related to controlling COVID-19 because...

DEWITT COLUMN: Deer urine - The cologne of the gods

on Tuesday, 29 September 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

DEWITT COLUMN: Deer urine - The cologne of the gods
Code Red. Code Blue. Miss Majestic. Doe in Heat. It goes by many brand names. But the marketing whizzes can call it what they want, it’s still whizz. Deer urine. Pee.

SLOAN COLUMN: October is a most “a-MAZE-ing” month

on Tuesday, 29 September 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: October is a most “a-MAZE-ing” month
Would you pay good money to take a long, twisting and turning walk through a cornfield? For many, the answer is a most emphatic yes.

GUEST EDITORIAL - REICHENBACH: Responding to census should matter to you

on Tuesday, 29 September 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

“What does the 2020 U.S. Census mean to me?” And when I reference “me”, that refers to you, me and every single person in Florence County, the Pee Dee Region and South Carolina.

SLOAN COLUMN: Don’t be chicken! Stand up to injustice

on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Covering municipal meetings is at the top of my least favorite things to do list. Generally speaking, they are boring and stale. Most last far longer than they should.

EDITORIAL: S.C. needs more info on COVID-19

on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: S.C. needs more info on COVID-19
Every day, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control tells us how many South Carolinians were tested for COVID-19, how many tested positive, how many are hospitalized, how many of those are in the ICU or on ventilators, and how many...

MOLLETTE COLUMN: Our lives are like seasons - change comes

on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Fall season officially began Sept. 22 this year. For every season there is a change. Most of us like the seasons especially if we can have four of them.

DAVIS COLUMN: Even in pandemic, we need to connect

on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Opinions

classroom. When one teacher is leaving, other teachers grab stuff they can use.

KNAPP COLUMN: Politics and violence go hand in hand

on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Opinions

“[W]e currently have an inferno of political violence to which the president of the United States adds fuel,” Jennifer Rubin thunders from her bully pulpit at the Washington Post.

EDITORIAL: Suicide is preventable: Be That Friend

on Tuesday, 08 September 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

EDITORIAL: Suicide is preventable: Be That Friend
Suicide is a growing problem. The numbers are nothing short of alarming. According to the most recent figures from the National Institute of Mental Health: • Each day 129 Americans will take their own lives. Of those, 25 are teenagers. Another 22 are vete

SLOAN COLUMN: Grizzard leaves Darlington a Royal mess

on Tuesday, 08 September 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Grizzard leaves Darlington a Royal mess
A wonderful thing about column writing is that every so often a published column can give birth to another column. On even rarer occasions, the result can be multiple columns - twins, triplets, or – Heavens to Betsy – quadruplets. Such an occasion occurr

POLAND COLUMN: Big on flavor, burger joints are treasures

on Tuesday, 08 September 2020. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: Big on flavor, burger joints are treasures
There was a time when just about every small town had a burger joint. It was the place to be. That was back in Small Town, America, where locals proclaimed, “You can buy the world’s best hamburger here.” The burgers were good. Very good. They tasted like
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