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SLOAN COLUMN: Writers recall ‘Prince of Scribes’

on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Writers recall ‘Prince of Scribes’
The best way for me to describe the writing of Pat Conroy is to say his words had a way of drawing you into his story. Sometimes the words would take you by the hand and gently guide you into captivating scenes of breathtaking beauty. Other times they wo

SLOAN COLUMN: Tricks, treats and treasure hunting

on Tuesday, 05 November 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Tricks, treats and treasure hunting
Led by the spirit of Halloween and the gloomy gray skies overhead, I decided to venture out last Thursday to do a little mid-morning adult trick or treating. Rather than go house-to-house in search of holiday treasures, I went from bin-to-bin at Bargain

POLAND COLUMN: The unsung colors of Autumn

on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in Editorials, Columns, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: The unsung colors of Autumn
“I need to get out of the South. Fall here is no good.” A woman from California said that. I don’t get the criticism. Fall in the Kingdom of Grits can be mighty pretty. And even if fall color is flat now and then, four distinct seasons bless the South wi

SLOAN COLUMN: Ghost stories of the Pee Dee

on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Ghost stories of the Pee Dee
Ready to get your spook on? In honor of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to share a few ghost stories from around the Pee Dee. There is little or no truth to any of these tales, although I’m sure some out there would swear on their mother’s grave that

SLOAN COLUMN: Author speaks on code talkers’ heroics

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Author speaks on code talkers’ heroics
It would be hard to misinterpret the unbridled enthusiasm of Catherine Ritch as anything but a passion for the Navajo people. The Stallings, N.C. resident and author of more than two dozen books spoke to a gathering of the Florence Sidney Lanier Literary

COLUMN: National Day of Kindness declared

on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

COLUMN: National Day of Kindness declared
The following column was written by Editor Jim Baxley. It first appeared in Baxley’s regular column, “Consider This,” in the Bristol Herald- Courier of Bristol, Va., on June 27, 1982. It is reprinted with permission. We Americans have a day or a week or

SLOAN COLUMN - Local authors have works in print

on Tuesday, 08 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN - Local authors have works in print
Three local authors have recently had their work published. James Austin of Lake City had his 16-page book, “Transforming Minds: Turning Setbacks Into Opportunities, Vol. 1,” published by Amazon Digital Services in May. The self-help book is available fo

Fire is no match for farming resiliency

on Tuesday, 01 October 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Fire is no match for farming resiliency
If you want to learn about resiliency, just ask a farmer. Resilience means knowing how to cope in spite of setbacks, or barriers, or limited resources. The farmer knows how to persevere and endure through hard times. Resilience is a measure of how much y

Hey Sam, don’t discount loyal employees

on Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Hey Sam, don’t discount loyal employees
It appears Sam is in need of a lesson in loyalty. When Sam’s Club handed Frank Eason his pink slip on July 17, officials at the retailer’s corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., probably didn’t give it a moment’s thought. One has to wonder what the

Life lessons learned from Route 66

on Tuesday, 17 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Life lessons learned from Route 66
Like many people, social media and I have a love-hate relationship. I hate, and hate is a word I rarely if ever use, all of the venomous, opinionated, self-centered comments people make without considering for a single moment the harm it could inflict. I

Holy Cow! Iconic sign still standing

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Holy Cow! Iconic sign still standing
Making small talk before church Sunday last, the conversation turned toward the ever-so-slow eminent doom of Hurricane Dorian. “Hey Tommy, I’ve got a question for you,” I quizzed a local cattle farmer. “What do you do with your cows during hurricanes?” H

I’ll pass on the chicken sandwich

on Tuesday, 03 September 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I’ll pass on the chicken sandwich
So please tell me, what’s all this fuss about a chicken sandwich? I mean, really? Three weeks ago Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen began selling a new chicken sandwich in its restaurants. Since that moment, our world has not been the same. People have scarfed u

Grill is as legendary as its namesake

on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Grill is as legendary as its namesake
If Darlington Raceway, the fabled “Track Too Tough to Tame,” had a fifth turn, it would be into the parking lot of the neighboring and just as legendary Raceway Grill. “The Grill,” as it’s referred to by most locals, has been serving meals for as long a

SLOAN COLUMN: Looking forward to a night with ‘Guy’

on Tuesday, 20 August 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN: Looking forward to a night with ‘Guy’
“I wish I was in Austin/in the Chili Parlor Bar/drinking mad dog margaritas/and not carin’ where you are.” - Dublin Blues, by Guy Clark It may not be the Chili Parlor Bar, but I’ll settle for the balcony of the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center o

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
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