The Summer Life Changed

  July 11, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Why Do You Live Where You Do? April 18, 2024—Dickey Betts’s passing took me back to 1973, a very hard year for me. Betts and his…

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Responding with grace and mercy

  July 11, 2024

By Jeff Becraft   Years ago, I umpired little league baseball for two seasons. I have no idea why. I was really not a very good umpire. But one of…

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Monsoons, Dogs, & Drought

  July 2, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   A spring long ago … It rained and rained. And then it rained some more. The rain gauge brimmed and our yard turned quagmire. It rained…

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Enjoying the moment

  July 2, 2024

By Jeff Becraft   Recently I was driving up I-95 going up to Maryland. I remember talking to my wife at about 8:00 pm. I told her I was only…

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MPA Strategies selected as the 2024 Best Marketing Firm in South Carolina

  July 2, 2024

A Statewide Public Relations and Crisis Communications Agency, MPA Strategies, has been named as the 2024 Best Marketing Firm in South Carolina by the Guide to South Carolina. When announced,…

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A Marketing Agency with Upstate ties wins 2024 Best Marketing Firm in South Carolina

  July 2, 2024

A Statewide Public Relations and Crisis Communications Agency, MPA Strategies, has been named as the 2024 Best Marketing Firm in South Carolina by the Guide to South Carolina. Two of…

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Registration open for inaugural 803 Day activities

  July 1, 2024

A celebration of all things 803, includes: a 5K Run/Walk, FREE festival, citywide scavenger hunt, group photo op, & $8.03 specials Show some Soda City love! Registration is now open…

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Clemson MBA fireworks on the Fourth returns to Unity Park

  July 1, 2024

The largest fireworks show in the Upstate returns to Unity Park next Thursday, July 4. Attendees are advised to plan ahead, arrive early and enjoy a spectacular evening in the…

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Historic Columbia announces July 2024 events

  July 1, 2024

Historic Columbia is excited to announce programming and events for July 2024. See the full list of July events below and be sure to leave room in your calendar to…

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Fly Down Hill

  June 26, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   I reached deep into my sense of place and reckoned the road ought to come out near Anthony Shoals Road, and it did. My parents drove…

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Finding the scotch tape

  June 26, 2024

By Jeff Becraft   Every once in a while there’s a semi-conversation that goes on in our household along the lines of what you’re going to read in the next…

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Priority One Security announces new customer experience

  June 25, 2024

New enhanced user website provides an experience for customers Regionally based Priority One Security is announcing the launch of its new website and a comprehensive rebranding of its services, signaling…

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Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

  June 25, 2024

FILM LIVE WITH ORCHESTRA SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2024 | 2 PM & 7 PM | @KOGER CENTER FOR THE ARTS Buy My Tickets Tix starting at $30 We will be…

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Celebrating the smaller victories

  June 19, 2024

By Jeff Becraft   Sometimes in life, I feel like we miss out on celebrating some of the smaller victories. And some of the smaller victories really are not that…

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Remembering Cale Yarborough

  June 19, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   The breaking news alert held just 29 words. “Cale Yarborough, a NASCAR great, dies at 84. Known for his fierce toughness and grit, Mr. Yarborough won…

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Major Regrets of the Dying

  June 18, 2024

By Mike DuBose Who among us doesn’t have regrets in life? Haven’t we all travelled down appealing journeys with enthusiasm that unexpectedly turned into tragedies? And, made stupid decisions, experienced…

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A New Backroad Magazine

  June 13, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Backroad Portfolio You cannot raise your ancestors from their grave, but you can appreciate how they lived. Just take a backroad deep into the countryside and…

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The “and” principle

  June 13, 2024

By Jeff Becraft   This week I was talking to someone and they told me about the “and” principle. I was talking to them about how sometimes certain situations or…

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First Taste of Blackstrap Molasses

  June 5, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Mid 1950s, early morning on the farm, it was. Rivers of gold ran down the stack of pancakes on the old oak table. Butter pooled higher…

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Live genuine lives

  June 5, 2024

By Jeff Becraft   Something happened that was very special at Our Place of Hope yesterday. During our morning meeting, unprompted, one member opened up about some of the fears…

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Thankful in the midst of changes

  May 30, 2024

By Jeff Becraft   When we first moved to where we live now 30 years ago, there were all kinds of trees between the interstate and where our neighborhood was.…

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Broomstraw Brooms

  May 30, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland I call it broomstraw. Others broomsedge. Whatever you call it, it doesn’t kill my memories of my grandmother’s homemade brooms. About a yardstick long, they stood in…

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Building a house

  May 23, 2024

By Jeff Becraft   It takes time to build a house. It is a process. And each step is extremely important. You start out by preparing the land and preparing…

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When the Border Boys Were Young

  May 22, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Before the photos, Robert Clark had been photographing architecture for ten years. I had been writing scripts for documentaries. Much earlier, during a teaching stint, I…

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Season for Reflection

  May 22, 2024

  By Reba Hull Campbell As a milestone anniversary of my high school graduation hits this year, old photographs I recently unearthed prompted some reflection over the many life lessons…

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Implementing a pre-call

  May 16, 2024

By Jeff Becraft Recently I was speaking at a camp and the song leader brought up a scenario that I had forgotten about. I had called him one day while…

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Cicadas’ Rise & Fall

  May 14, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland A spring or summer day isn’t quite Southern without singing cicadas and it seems our annual cicadas love the heat of day come summer, singing best during…

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Inaugural Tour of Tea event on Wednesday, May 22

  May 13, 2024

Every Sip Tells a Story In celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the Five Points Association is proud to partner with Fit Columbia and the South…

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New D-Day exhibit at Upcountry History Museum personifies stories honoring men and women of ‘Greatest Generation’

  May 13, 2024

From best-kept secret of World War II to largest invasion of Allied air, land, and sea forces in military history, the legacy of the sixth day of the sixth month…

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Bonham House—Last Of Its Kind

  May 9, 2024
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   In Saluda County an old homeplace sits on brick piers. It’s as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, but that wasn’t always the case. Some refer…

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The eccentric neighbor

  May 8, 2024

By Jeff Becraft   When I was growing up as a kid, there was one time that one of our neighbors was out at nighttime in the pitch dark, mowing…

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