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A bit of trivia on this and that

on Wednesday, 23 March 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A bit of trivia on this and that
Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? Their birthplace Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested? Obsession What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?

Five good ideas for a better South

on Wednesday, 16 March 2016. Written by Phil Noble Posted in Columns, Opinions

One of the most fun and interesting things about writing this weekly column is all the feedback I get from folks. I especially like the good ideas to improve our state that people send me. Sometimes I get grumpy responses from folks who don’t like what I

BITD we could write & add

on Wednesday, 02 March 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Isn’t it neat how today’s parents-to-be create elaborate “gender reveals” to announce the sex of their unborn children. Their announcements vary from family gatherings where someone cuts into a cake colored inside in blue or pink to signify the gender

A little fun with words and puns

on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Some of you readers enjoy puns. Here are few from Little Known Facts:

Adult truths we can all admit

on Wednesday, 17 February 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch three consecutive times and still not know what time it is. We would love to take back all those times we didn’t want to nap when we were younger. Nothing is worse than that moment during an argument when you realize

Happy 11th birthday to my grands

on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Monday marks the 11th year that I have been blessed with twin granddaughters. Shortly after midnight on Valentine’s Day, 2005, these two tiny premature babies were born at UNC Medical University Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C. I was just outside the

Signs of the times

on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Several readers have shared this collection of clever signs:

Wise words from Ben Franklin

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Following are maxims from Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanack.” At age 27, Franklin published his almanack under the pseudonym “Richard Saunders.” It became very popular and he continued publishing every year for the next 26 years.

Goodbyes to Dr. Stukes, Chrissy

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

My condolences go out to the families of two beloved Florentines who passed on to Glory last week. Dr. Joe Stukes died on Jan. 12. He was 88 years old. A former history professor at Francis Marion University, Dr. Stukes was well-known in our community for

Everyone deserves a ‘red letter day’

on Wednesday, 13 January 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I found these familiar phrases and their origins on Little Known Facts website. I hope you enjoy.

Historical facts from 1916

on Tuesday, 05 January 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Here we are facing the new year 2016. Twenty, even ten years ago, this year seemed so far away.

Six goals for the new year

on Tuesday, 29 December 2015. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A new year, 2016, is just a couple of days away and it is time for a fresh start and a few new goals to live by.

The meaning of Christmas

on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Christmas, the day we Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior is near. What does this time, this event, this birth mean to us?

A holiday visit to New York

on Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Seeing New York City decorated for Christmas has been on my bucket list for a long time. Last week I crossed that goal off.

Mistletoe and pickle ornaments

on Wednesday, 09 December 2015. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As the leaves are rapidly dropping from trees, it is easy to spot clumps of mistletoe growing near the top of trees and shrubs.
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