“If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” Maya Angelou’s strong words sum up the negative consequences of disrespect. Can a person have respect for individ…

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Names have always intrigued me. If you’ve read my column in the past, you may recall conversations about everything from people’s names (and how they got them) to the creativity of the names o…

In a close football game, fans can relax when they see their well-protected quarterback take a knee and allow the clock to run out in order to preserve the win. Although this victory formation…

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Like two banks of a river, there are two sides to every story. Delving into the facts and opinions surrounding the Savannah River and the rock weir project is like jumping headfirst into turbu…

Almost every day I enjoy reading a few comic strips and benefit from the humor and lighthearted perspective they provide. An example of this occurred when the parson observed Doc treating the …

Have you ever wondered why the thing that churches do on Sunday mornings is called a worship service? Are we really worshiping? And who are we serving? Unfortunately, too many churches have be…

We often describe the autumn season as an in-between time when we do not have extremely hot or cold temperatures. While this view contains some truth, we know that we can never say never about…

I heard a statement that resonates in my heart: “When we admit to something that is bothering us, we begin to heal and we can move on and learn from it.” This reminds us that we often use much…

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”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

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Fall sports will kick off this Saturday at the Hammond's Ferry Soccer complex with the 4- and 5-year-old soccer leagues getting under way. There are currently 455 participants registered for f…

What do you do with those leftover biscuits from yesterday’s dinner? I remember my mother slicing the biscuits in half the next day and adding butter before placing them under the broiler for …

We can all agree this has been a less-than-ideal year for most of us. We’ve been disappointed, stretched and challenged. I also think we’ve had to examine our own lives in a deeper way. The hu…

Evaluations are wrapping up this week for our 2020 fall sports of football, cheerleading, soccer and volleyball. Next process is for our program coordinators to conduct team drafts with our vo…

The staffer at Yellowstone National Park stated that Wyoming contains 97% of the park while the states of Idaho and Montana claim 2% and 1% respectively. I remembered the old Sanka commercials…

Have you ever thought about the two little words “be flexible?” I used to think that they were meant for someone else! My days were planned out to a T and everything flowed in the most efficie…

I always look forward to the annual bus tour of South Carolina’s Second District. This year we have faced unprecedented times so I visited businesses and organizations in the Second District t…

The devotional writer pointed out that God sustains us as our lives take us to new places and experiences. Youngsters just starting school and those making transitions to middle and high schoo…

We live in a noisy world. There’s noise everywhere. Even as I sit in a “quiet” place to write this, I hear the noise of a ceiling fan creaking, the distant but distinct roar of an occasional v…

Maybe it’s because of the situation we’re in now, or maybe it’s my age plus the situation we’re in now, but I have begun to think more seriously about planning better for the end of my life.

Have you ever asked yourself why we celebrate birthdays with gifts and parties? Why do we give such priority to these days that come once a year in our lives? I believe the answer lies in our …

Adventure Camp 2020 is in its 10th and final week at the North Augusta Community Center. The total participation this summer for Adventure Camp is 205. A shout out is due for Camp Directors J.…

Ladies, gentlemen, and whoever is concerned, America is as broken as ever. When we have President Trump, his administration, his nepotism filled family and the blind Republicans on Capitol Hil…

The chief officer of the organization stated that, in talking to individuals receiving their services, he had heard repeatedly that their expectations had been exceeded. These comments reminde…

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