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The loss of a beloved pet

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

As much as I love writing stories each week to entertain and inform, sometimes life can throw you a curve ball. Being a pet lover is a blessing and a curse. We get to laugh and play with them and they in return give us their unconditional love, but we als

Ways your smile improves your life and the lives around you

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

Many people go to the dentist not just because they want good oral health, but also because having a great smile is a good confidence booster and makes them more likely to smile more often. But it also impacts those who see that dazzling smile. “Every d

The beauty of our national parks

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

I grew up in South Alabama, about 30-45 minutes from the beach. Every spring break and summer vacation was spent around Gulf Shores, Alabama. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I got to experience what it was like to be in the mountains.

That library over in Bishopville

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

Once known as Singleton’s Crossroads, Bishopville, you should know, sits between Camden and Florence, South Carolina. When you enter this region, you drive past and through cotton fields. The land here, flat and framed by wide horizons, was sea bottom onc

After the funeral

on Tuesday, 09 April 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

After the funeral
Family funerals are different from other funerals. A family funeral makes me drift. I look at the flowers and listen to the ministers and music but my mind wanders. I avoid looking at the casket, choosing to summon up memorable moments, like scenes in an

A month of hope

on Tuesday, 09 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Psychologists have purposed lots of different ‘vehicles’ over the years, words that we use as an engine to keep going, words like grit, optimism, passions, inspiration, etc. All of these are important, however, one in particular is undervalued and underap

The enduring legacy of the greatest generation

on Tuesday, 09 April 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller At this time 75 years ago, our nation was preparing for one of the boldest military missions history has ever recorded. If successful, the invasion of German-occupied France by American, British and Canadian troops w

Unlock the power of compounding

on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted in Opinions

As simple as it may seem, compounding can play a key role as you pursue a bright financial future. Compounding, simply put, is when an investment generates earnings on reinvested earnings. In your retirement accounts, where you’ll accumulate funds over th

From Rose Hill To Brattonsville, Part II

on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

In Part I Park Manager Nate Johnson led us through Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site. In Part II, we visit Historic Brattonsville. With a bit of tailwind, it takes about 54 minutes to drive from Rose Hill to Historic Brattonsville. Not quite 42 mil

April showers

on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I cannot believe that we are already a fourth of the way through 2019. Welcome to April! Lent will soon be over with the arrival of Easter. On the rainy, dreary days you will often hear the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” to bring somewhat of a s

Five ways to fight for the environment

on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Climate change continues to draw attention globally, from governmental debates on pollution solutions to people protesting against a lack of action. In Europe, teenage girls and young women are leading a large student environmental movement, and organize

From Rose Hill To Brattonsville, Part I

on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Faulkner was right. The past is not past. It’s hiding. Travel some backroads, and if you know where to look, you can find it. I did one cool Saturday in February. My journey unearthed some of South Carolina’s past, a past that’s given us so much history,

Is social media making us less social?

on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

When you wake up in the morning what is the first thing you do? Hit snooze? Start a pot of coffee? Or do you grab your phone, and check social media? If the latter was your response, don’t feel bad you are not alone. The use of social media apps like Face

Prevent home fires, clean dryer vent routinely

on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

AAA Carolinas Insurance is reminding all residents to routinely clean out their dryer vents to prevent build-up that can lead to danger. One of the most common reasons for a house fire stems from the lint build-up in a dryer. U.S. fire departments respon

Junkyards

on Tuesday, 19 March 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Note: This story comes from The Last Sunday Drive—Vanishing Southland, due out fall 2019. Sunday drives carried us past junkyards, past James Dickey’s “parking lot of the dead” into no man’s land. There they were, wrecks by the score open to the sun and
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