Aldo’s Bench

  June 24, 2022

By Tom Poland   The bench you see overlooks an estuarine creek. That creek snakes its way into a wider creek, Pine Creek, I believe, that snakes its way into…

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Grace and golf

  June 23, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   If there was ever a sport or an activity where one needed grace, golf would be it. Although there is debate as to whether he was…

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Blink Book Review #3: Educated by Tara Westover

  June 21, 2022

This is the second in a series of summer “Blink Book Reviews” by Reba Hull Campbell   When “Educated” first came out in 2018, I remember seeing the book in…

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Taking care of business

  June 16, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   About 25 years ago, when we were trying to get a yard started, I had an old-time, used, reel lawnmower.  There were parts of it that were…

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Through Broken Glass

  June 16, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   The old church just wanted to be left alone, but that didn’t happen. Someone shot out her windows. Some kid’s BBs shattered panes, leaving sharp jagged…

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A Creek Runs Through It

  June 9, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Writers title works and often they fail to come up with a good one. Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas comes to mind. Sometimes a gem of…

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Choosing to love

  June 8, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   When I headed off to college back in the day, I had this imagination in my mind (all kinds of brainy things go on in there)…

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The no’s of life

  May 25, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I had gotten in from speaking at a camp the day before, was hoping to spend Monday morning…

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The Cedars Of Philomath

  May 19, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Long ago it was, in the late 1980s. I was in a hurry to get back to South Carolina. Thus did I take Georgia Highway 22,…

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Revs. Joe & Janis English

  May 18, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   Many times I will half-jokingly say to someone, “You are one of my mentors.” There is more truth to this statement than not because I am…

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A New Broom Sweeps Clean

  May 18, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   “A new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom knows the corners.” Mom pulled out this old saw when a new preacher attempted wholesale change or…

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Upcountry History Museum presents iconic AP Vietnam War photos

  May 13, 2022

Iconic images are a powerful part of the collective memory of the Vietnam War, and the Associated Press produced a vivid visual narrative of the human story of the conflict…

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Rediscovering An Old Friend

  May 12, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland March 3rd is a day I’ll long remember. A bit earlier I had given a talk to the Kiwanis Club at the Darlington Country Club. Returning home…

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What You Forget About Parenthood

  May 12, 2022

By Amy Coward It’s been a while since I had young children at home. Other than the occasional visit from grandchildren (an hour here, two hours there), all my children…

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The beauty of humility

  May 12, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   A couple of years ago I went to a workshop on experiential learning. It was on a college campus in one of the training rooms in…

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Registration open for city’s summer camps program

  May 11, 2022

Art, Sports & Weekly Camps Offered for Children Registration for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Camps Program, which includes weekly camps and a variety of specialty camps, is…

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An Old Tree, An Old Academy

  May 5, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   A Magnolia and a School of Consequence As you top the Edgefield County rise, that fine word “copse” comes to mind. Copse, a small group of…

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The process of growth

  May 5, 2022

Our front yard is high-maintenance, high-water, have-to-mow-more-than-usual Bermuda grass.  Each year, it is usually a process of transitioning from dormant brown through the winter to green in the spring. This year,…

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Cotton Pickin’ Memories

  April 27, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   My jaunts around the South take me past old haunts, a cotton gin now and then. I’ve seen gins in Salters, Bishopville, and other rural places.…

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The little things

  April 27, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   Hudson Taylor said, “A little thing is a little thing. But a little thing done faithfully is a big thing.” A recurring theme you will see…

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A life paid for

  April 20, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   Both of our dogs are rescues. Each has its own unique story. Moe is particularly interesting. It is a longer backstory of how we even came…

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Miss Emily’s Oak

  April 20, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   She planted the oak some sixty-eight years ago. Miss Emily was around twenty-six then. The years passed, the tree grew, and today it’s a setting Normal…

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Setting the atmosphere

  April 14, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   The following is a poem I wrote one Poetry Night with the students.  The local artist, Eboni, had sown the vision with us about what poetry should…

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Masters Memories

  April 11, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   There comes a memory from long ago when Georgia had yet to win 1980 and 2021 national champions. No worries, Georgia was and is an annual…

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Nick to resume screenings next week

  April 8, 2022

The Nickelodeon theatre will reopen next week, with two movies set for the weekend, April 15-17. Audiences will be able to enjoy “The Worst Person in the World,” a 2021…

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Regaining the wow in life

  April 6, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   One of our grandsons is named Levi. He is about 1 ½ years old. One of Levi’s favorite words is “Wow.” Except he doesn’t say it…

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Wingard’s Market summer produce baskets are back

  April 6, 2022

Wingard’s Market is thrilled to announce the return of the summer produce baskets starting at the end of April. The Produce Baskets will have a mix of local and regional…

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Lake Marion community celebrates grand opening of 1,000-home development

  April 5, 2022

McCord’s Ferry at Lake Marion, a 700-acre master-planned lakefront community near Santee, SC, will host a two-day celebration to showcase the expansive residential development’s grand opening. The event will be…

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Blind Spots

  March 31, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   We all have blind spots. Years ago, I started cutting my own hair.  And I cut it much shorter now – I get better gas mileage that…

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From Savior to Survivor

  March 31, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Four relics remind me of how things used to be: fire towers, windmills, chimneys, and silos. I’ve written about fire towers, windmills, and chimneys but never…

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Wild Horses

  March 24, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   When I hear some determined soul say “wild horses couldn’t pull me away” thoughts race through my mind. First, I think of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. You’d…

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Spokes in a wheel

  March 17, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   I was reviewing one of my old journals yesterday and I came across a page from Leadership Weekend from way back in 2012. We were having…

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The Best Drink Of Water

  March 16, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland Seems to me, as the old folks would say, an aluminum dipper delivered the best drink of water. You’d sink that dipper into a wooden bucket. And…

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