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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Wingard’s Market donates plants for new Habitat for Humanity homes

  August 30, 2021

Wingard’s Market, the Midlands premier full-service garden and plant center, is now working hand-in-hand with Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity. The Lexington garden center is donating plants, flowers, and additional…

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Long Lost Treasures, Heirloom Seeds

  August 26, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Metal detectives seek old coins and treasure, and many folks look for arrowheads. A rare breed seeks long-lost seeds. Old coins and arrowheads won’t make you…

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A Haunting Postscript

  August 19, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Missing Caskets Recently I wrote about finding my great granddad’s old farmhouse, but I left out an eerie aspect that would be suitable for a Halloween…

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Greater CWC Chamber & Visitors Program has impressive lineup for monthly breakfast

  August 18, 2021

The Greater CWC Chamber & Visitors Program continues to love local with its August partners breakfast by showcasing a talented group of dynamic community-focused individuals, businesses and programs. The breakfast…

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Be thankful for those who have shaped your life

  August 18, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   There are all kinds of experiences that have shaped our lives. Recently, we got to do a workshop with a delegation from Nigeria on youth leadership.…

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Eat the ice cream before it melts

  August 12, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   Our youngest daughter is Hannah. As Hannah got older and was driving, there were many experiences that I called: “Riding with Hannah.” As one guy said…

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My Family Quest

  August 12, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Discovering a Homeplace The past means much. As family property goes, however, no one or anything remains from my childhood. Fires, real estate deals, and a…

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For The Birds

  August 5, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   This makes the second time I’ve used “For The Birds” as a title. “Contacting the dead through a Ouija board? That’s for the birds.” No flippancy…

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Don’t give up

  August 4, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   Today I had the incredible privilege of being part of a live zoom interview for kids in a children’s hospital in Charlotte. The interview was conducted…

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Volunteer to be honored on 95th birthday

  August 2, 2021

Louise Carpenter will be honored by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey Three days a week — rain, shine or even during a pandemic, the people…

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What’s The Big Rush?

  July 28, 2021

By Tom Poland   My back-road trips of late have been good but not as pleasant they usually are. Too many people. They drive like madmen. They pass on hills.…

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You can lead from anywhere

  July 28, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   “What I learned in Youth Corps is that you can lead from anywhere.” That was a statement by a guy named Ryan who went through Youth…

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Wingard’s Market featured in Garden & Gun Magazine online

  July 26, 2021

Wingard’s Market, the Midlands premier full-service garden and plant center’s Zach Steinhauser, along with Captain Kenny Hardee, recently set sail on one of its daily purple martin tours with special…

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The Dog I Loved With My Whole Heart

  July 21, 2021

By Tammy Davis Part Two – Something’s Not Right Part One, Click here. August 2014. My husband moved out. August 2015. I had a new boss. August 2015, the second…

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The Parking Lot Of The Dead

  July 21, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Even in death they cling to dignity. Left to rust, they bless the rare visitor with awe and mystery. Just how did old trucks and cars…

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Go Higher

  July 21, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   A few of weeks ago, I talked about losing my sister-in-law and my friend named Robb to cancer.  Since then, I was told this story by…

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The Best is Yet to Come

  July 15, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   On Tuesday, our grandson, Emerson Jeffrey, was born to Deanna and Josiah.  We got the message from Josiah before 6:00 a.m. that they were getting ready…

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Bimbos and Venmos

  July 15, 2021

By Tammy Davis   Old people and dating and technology.  Not a good mix. This is a story about my friend Sue* and her date, Woody.* Things were going well…

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My Mother’s Bible

  July 15, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   After Mom died, my sisters and I began to go through her and Dad’s belongings. Quite a task that surprised, amused, and puzzled us. Lots of…

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Wingard’s Market makes cover of nationwide industry magazine

  July 14, 2021

Wingard’s Market, the Midlands premier full-service garden and plant center, is featured on the July cover of Green Profit Magazine. Green Profit is a national industry magazine that brings timely,…

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Dixie Michelle, The Dog We All Hated

  July 8, 2021

By Tammy Davis     Part One of a Series, The Dog I Loved With My Whole Heart Before I can tell the story of the best dog in the…

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Ospreys—Nature Never Quits

  July 8, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Noon sharp, a hot, humid Monday. Just twenty yards away a tremendous crash like a rock hitting water got my attention. There sat an osprey with…

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Enjoy Each Moment

  July 7, 2021

By Jeff Becraft There is a simple principle that can have a profound effect on each of us — enjoy each moment. Years ago, the Becraft van was heading out…

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We’ll get you straightened out

  June 30, 2021

By Jeff Becraft The below conversation actually took place one night in our household. I went into the bathroom to brush my teeth to get ready for bed. There was…

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Barriers and Distortions

  June 30, 2021

By Tammy Davis    2020-2021. A school year like no other. Plexiglass and masks put literal barriers between us all, making it harder than ever to connect. We had stickers…

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Hemp & Kudzu, A Good Summer Combo

  June 30, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   It was like stepping back into the 1960s, sitting in that cool, refreshing gazebo up North Carolina way. Its vines and emerald green leaves, translucent and…

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Years Lost To Time, The Silent Thief

  June 24, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Growing up I could hear the tick of my church’s old Regulator wall clock. I can’t hear it today, but my hearing’s good. All that keeping…

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Laurens County Says NO to Litter with Countywide Initiative

  June 23, 2021

No one likes to see trash thrown into the streets, on the side of the road or in our natural parks and recreation areas. Over the years, many dedicated volunteers…

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Let’s Go Somewhere

  June 21, 2021

By Amy Coward Events are back! Every day I get an email or see a post that a theatre is reopening, ball parks are welcoming fans and restaurants and stores…

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Love Lived Out

  June 20, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   I have mentioned my parents (now 95 and 92) before and I have also mentioned some of the things below… but it is worth reiterating.  My…

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