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DeWitt Column: Of pecans and poachers

on Monday, 28 December 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

DeWitt Column: Of pecans and poachers
As a modern Southerner, I have a love/hate relationship with many things Southern: grits, country girls who catch bigger fish than I do, and last but not least – the pecan. 

Sloan Column: The true meaning of Christmas

on Monday, 21 December 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Sloan Column: The true meaning of Christmas
No one person has had a more profound effect on my life than my nana, the late Louise Farr. 

Poland Column: Old Man Winter is finally upon us

on Monday, 21 December 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Poland Column: Old Man Winter is finally upon us
As I write it’s 38 degrees and rain is falling. We always seem to be just a few degrees away from snow.

Davis Column: For some, Christmas is not so merry

on Tuesday, 15 December 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Davis Column: For some, Christmas is not so merry
As a first-year teacher, December found me worn out and looking forward to the Christmas break.  That last day of school was a cold, dreary one, but I practically danced through each class.

Sloan Column: A COVID spin on a holiday classic

on Tuesday, 15 December 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Sloan Column: A COVID spin on a holiday classic
It may very well be the most well known poem of all time. We’ve all heard it. Many of us would say the holidays are just not the same without hearing it or reading it at least once, especially if you have children. 

Sloan Column: It’s a Cajun Christmas, ah gah-ron-tee!

on Monday, 07 December 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Sloan Column: It’s a Cajun Christmas, ah gah-ron-tee!
Joyeux Noel, people! Joyeux Noel!  Christmas is coming to the Pee Dee a little early this year. After a lengthy wait, The Lost Cajun restaurant on West Lucas will be opening its doors on Friday! Allons! 

Sloan Column: June the turkey decides it’s time to trot

on Tuesday, 01 December 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Sloan Column: June the turkey decides it’s time to trot
From the “You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up” file:  Last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, the stage was set for a most memorable and merciful occasion - the official state-recognized pardoning of June the Turkey. 

Gendusa Column: No matter what, just be thankful

on Monday, 23 November 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Gendusa Column: No matter what, just be thankful
On Friday, the 13th day of November 2020, someone famously sarcastically exclaimed, “What could possibly go wrong?”

Sloan Column: Still many reasons to be grateful

on Monday, 23 November 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Sloan Column: Still many reasons to be grateful
Pardon me for stating the obvious, but 2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year. Like most of us, I can’t wait to see it in the rearview mirror. 

Davis Column: When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong

on Tuesday, 17 November 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Davis Column: When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong
I kept seeing posts on Facebook about a drive-thru safari park in Salley, a town just south of Columbia.

Sloan Column: A must-have for any Thanksgiving

on Tuesday, 17 November 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Sloan Column: A must-have for any Thanksgiving
When we think of Thanksgiving, certain things come to mind: Turkey, dressing, yams or sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and pecan or pumpkin pie.

Sloan Column: Vets not the only ones who sacrifice

on Tuesday, 10 November 2020. Posted in Columns, Local News, Opinions

Sloan Column: Vets not the only ones who sacrifice
Today’s front page story on a new book about World War II veteran Sgt. Frank Wall serves as a reminder to us all that it was not just members and veterans of our armed forces who make sacrifices during their service to our country.

Mollette Column: Life is a puzzle that takes lots of work

on Tuesday, 10 November 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

Mollette Column: Life is a puzzle that takes lots of work
Don’t give in to the idea that you cannot do any better. You can do better if you put your mind to doing better. If you give up then you don't have a chance.

JOHNSON COLUMN: Why is it that birds fly so low?

on Tuesday, 03 November 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

JOHNSON COLUMN: Why is it that birds fly so low?
It should’ve never happened. After all, birds have the ability to fly far higher than the path of an automobile.

POLAND COLUMN: A page right out of Americana

on Tuesday, 03 November 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Local News, Opinions

POLAND COLUMN: A page right out of Americana
My excursions along backroads always reveal two nostalgic sights: the rusting tin and decaying wood of crumbling barns and old pickup trucks beneath sheds.
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