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STUDER COLUMN: Success often comes down to the basics

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

STUDER COLUMN: Success often comes down to the basics
I have often thought about the difference between people who are truly successful and those who are only medium-successful. And what I’ve noticed is that success usually isn’t about being a genius or having a huge money-making idea that changes everything

EDITORIAL: Don’t leave children in hot vehicles

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

EDITORIAL: Don’t leave children in hot vehicles
Over the past three weeks, three people have been arrested and charged with leaving their child or children in an unattended vehicle while they went shopping. Fortunately, none of these incidents resulted in a tragedy. We hope that people will come to th

Pension system debt a cause for concern

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

A school in Colorado Springs, Colorado was shuttered. In Three Rivers, Oregon, the school board shortened the school year five days and laid off employees. Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, will no longer have police stationed in them under a city budget

Pedestrian deaths down, but still a serious concern

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

Some people think flying is dangerous. Others will tell you that flying is no less dangerous than driving a vehicle on the highway. Statistically speaking, it’s not even close. There were more than 5 million accidents on the nation’s highways in 2018 comp

Student loans: To forgive or not to forgive

on Tuesday, 25 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

According to the U.S. Federal Reserve, more than half of the young people who enrolled in college in 2018 took on debt. No surprise there. A recent Federal Reserve report states that the average annual tuition is $34,740 at a private college or university

It’s budget time. Plan to participate

on Tuesday, 18 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Followers of today’s political news are treated to plenty of fireworks, fanfare and theatrics. There’s talk of contempt charges and “constitutional crises,” of tariffs and of the emergence of socialism in American politics. Presidential candidates are mak

Cap Medicare out-of-pocket drug costs

on Tuesday, 18 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers recently unveiled a bill that would cap Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket drug costs. It’s hard to imagine anyone not thinking that’s a great idea. Insanely high out-of-pocket costs can prevent many Medicare pat

ServeFlo offers an opportunity to give back

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Those might not be the most famous words spoken by Dr. King, but they are both profound and so very true. Beginning Saturday, Florentines of all ages, races and e

Scorching heat is no laughing matter

on Tuesday, 04 June 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Boy, is it hot out there. The Pee Dee region is in the midst of a serious heat wave. Chances are you’ve more than had your fill of the “It’s so hot outside … .” one-liners. And to be truthful, this heat really is no laughing matter. It is dangerously hot

Rocky shoals spider lilies a rare spectacle

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Few people see them. Outside naturalists, conservationists, a few artists, photographers, and writers, most people don’t even know they exist. William Bartram discovered them in his 18th century visit to the Savannah River—rocky shoals spider lilies, a wo

Support local farmer’s markets

on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Farmers’ markets are a summertime staple. Instead of just driving by, take some time to stop by and to see all the things they have to offer. Here’s four reasons why making the stop will be worth your while. FOOD: The markets are a kind of show-and-tell f

Down Highway 64

on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

When I got home six days later, the odometer said I had driven 940 miles, with a foray to Raleigh in there as well. I had made a solo journey, a Sunday drive that lasted two pleasant days. I rolled up a good many of those miles driving down North Carolina

The lineman saw it coming

on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

You see some intriguing sights along the back roads. In my back road expeditions I’ve come across ghost towns, ruins, forgotten cemeteries, log cabins, and country stores. I see some beautiful places, too. Among them, fields of sunflowers, waterfalls, whi

Ways your smile improves your life and the lives around you

on Tuesday, 14 May 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 da

Looking for the Devil Boys

on Tuesday, 07 May 2019. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Looking for the Devil Boys
“Some of the time going home, I go blind and can’t find it.” That line opens James Dickey’s poem, “Looking For The Buckhead Boys,” a dirge for those who move away but upon returning home hope to see old friends. When I go home, I hope to see just one old
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