Grace that covers our mistakes

  December 1, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   A couple of weeks ago, I was backing out of my driveway.  Across the street, there was a car parked out on the road. Every once…

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That Legendary Everlasting Plant, Rabbit Tobacco

  November 30, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   She smoked it as a kid. Said she smoked grapevines too but it was Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium, one of the everlastings, she talked about most. She and…

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Simple, everyday influence

  November 17, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   Apparently I use the phrase, “That’s what you got,” on a regular basis. In fact, someone was talking with me this week about doing some podcasts…

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Grandmom’s Fabulous Fried Pies

  November 17, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   She dried sliced apple, peaches, and pears on a slanted wooden table facing the sun. Nails prevented the fruit from sliding to the ground. Once it…

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Just Say Something hosts FUNraiser of the year

  November 17, 2021

Everyone is invited to attend Just Say Something’s FUNraising for the Future Social Event, Silent Auction, and Live Auction on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Jack…

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Put someone else first

  November 10, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   As my folks live in Maryland, whenever I go up there, I-95 is still the fastest way to go… but you have to leave at the…

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Above, Not Below, The Jailhouse

  November 10, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Standing in a courtroom, a malefactor dreads a dire warning. “If you don’t straighten up, I’ll put you under the jailhouse.” Uttered by many a judge,…

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Elusive Butterfly Of Fall

  November 4, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   December 1965, that’s when a catchy tune debuted. Bob Lind’s “Elusive Butterfly” used a butterfly as a metaphor for love. Some of you survivors of these…

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Getting back up

  November 4, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   One of the most significant quotes I have ever heard comes from the former heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson: “Everybody has a plan until they get…

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The 2021 Annual Hood Construction Oyster Roast

  October 28, 2021

On Wednesday October 27, Hood Construction hosted its annual Oyster Roast at its new office at 1215 Shop Road. The event featured a Lowcountry Boil and, of course, oysters! The…

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Lessons from a fun day playing paintball

  October 27, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   The third year we did our Leadership Weekend, Camp Cooper had the equipment to do paintball. I told them, “Absolutely we are doing paintball.”  To be…

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Star Light, Star Bright

  October 27, 2021

By Tom Poland   Back in the late 1980s and early ’90s, I’d leave on a Friday afternoon and head for the mountains, the Blue Ridge species. My monthly drives…

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A great day to hold the door open for someone

  October 21, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   No Friday email yesterday… was taking my Dad to the cardiologist. It is my brother and sister-in-law who by far handle the brunt of taking care…

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Magic In Some Alien World

  October 21, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   On a hot, windless Sunday, I found a place where wind swept up and over a cliff to pour through pines. The cooling torrent felt like…

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My Last Dog

  October 13, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Should you walk our family land in eastern Georgia, you’ll come across several cemeteries. No, they’re not ancestors. You won’t see headstones. You’ll see wooden crosses…

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“Here I am. Send me”

  October 7, 2021

By W. Thomas Smith Jr. We have all read or heard the words of the Prophet Isaiah who in the presence of God, audibly hears the words: “Whom shall I…

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How to Make the Most of this Year’s South Carolina State Fair

  October 6, 2021

The 152nd South Carolina State Fair returns Oct. 13-24, 2021, with a full lineup of traditional favorites and a variety of new rides, foods, entertainment and the return of the…

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Tall Tales—Truth Can Be Elusive

  October 6, 2021

By Tom Poland   The last time I wrote about the nightlife, my late mom gave me a reading. She upbraided me about the evils of alcohol and told me…

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Lecture tells how Thomas Sumter took Banastre Tarleton down

  October 5, 2021

Most folks have never heard of the Battle of Blackstock’s Plantation. “Most have heard of the American Revolution,” Charles Baxley ironically acknowledges. But too few of them understand how important…

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Annual Earth & Sky Photo Contest Closes October 31st

  October 4, 2021

The Laurens County Conservation District is calling on all amateur photographers to share their photos of Laurens County. The annual Earth & Sky Photo Contest is open to all ages…

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You’ve Got To Feel the Food

  September 29, 2021

By Tom Poland   A few years back on a fall day I attended a wild game dinner on the grounds of Hobcaw Barony’s Bellefield Stables. I sat among folks…

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Being thankful

  September 29, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   Self-pity is pitiful. And yet I allow myself to go down this trail more often than I would like to admit. Last night, I had to…

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Leaders proactively set the atmosphere

  September 22, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   We had our first session with this year’s students on Tuesday evening.  I had the opportunity to share this principle during the evening.  It is what…

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The Good Old Days Are Gone

  September 22, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Last Friday night some grandparents went to watch their grandson play in a high school football game. They were in for a shock. Paying for the…

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Look through the bigger window

  September 15, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   Something happened this morning that reminded me of a lesson I learned a few years ago.  I am at my father’s house and when I first…

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Who’s The Queen Of Flowers?

  September 15, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Orchids. There were days I wore them in my lapel for formal events, but those days are gone. I’ve not seen many in the wild, but…

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Show Love and Compassion to Someone Today

  September 8, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   Is it safe to say that there are a lot of heavy things going on in the world right now? Late yesterday afternoon, our oldest daughter,…

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Where They Sleep, While They Sleep

  September 8, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   I visit old cemeteries quite a bit. Lest you think death thoughts consume me, understand that readers tell me of near-forgotten cemeteries. It’s my duty to…

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We Really Do Need Each Other

  September 2, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   In my address book for my email is a folder labeled: BROTHERS. It is 9-10 guys whom I have known for about 40 years.  They are…

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A Southern Writer

  September 2, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Mississippi’s Willie Morris Several years back, I attended Edgefield’s Camellia Tea. As I was leaving, a lady in a red blazer walked up. “You’re that fellow…

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Main Street Clinton Brings Concert Truck to Town

  September 1, 2021

A concert truck? Yes, there is such a thing. Close your eyes and imagine a 16-foot box truck converted into a fully functioning concert hall.  Hard to imagine? Click here…

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