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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A Different Kind of Field Trip

  June 17, 2021

By Tammy Davis What made me think taking 69 fifth graders on a field trip to New York City in a pandemic by myself was a good idea? Turns out,…

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The Importance of Each Person

  June 17, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   When I used to coach rec league basketball for a Saturday morning league, I made sure that every single guy on the team got to start…

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Flee Civilization For A Preserve

  June 17, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Needing adventure, I took back roads and made my way to a tract belonging to nature. It’s a place where man is a guest, Stevens Creek…

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History Surrounds You

  June 10, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   History really does surround you. You just have to slow down a tad and open your eyes. It will help if you turn off the TV…

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Jump in the Action

  June 10, 2021

By Jeff Becraft Several years ago, I was at a camp called SOTO out in Arkansas that was being held for children’s home kids from across several states.  On Wednesday…

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Every State Needs A John Mulhouse

  June 3, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Every state needs someone to record what it’s lost. Every state needs a John Mulhouse. I’ve never met John but we’re in touch and we share…

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Make the most of this day

  June 1, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   A little over 4 months ago, we lost my wife’s sister, Sharon, to cancer.  She was 63 years old. And then a couple of weeks ago,…

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Fishing is Spiritual

  May 31, 2021

By W. Thomas Smith Jr. FISHING IS SPIRITUAL. Not sure why or how. But I believe there’s something unusually spiritual about it. The disciples were fishermen. There was the well-known…

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Career Lessons for New Grads

  May 27, 2021

By Reba Hull Campbell   Each year on May 23, I celebrate my “adultiversary,” the first day of my first “real job.” I was a week out from getting my…

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Glorious yes

  May 27, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   When I was in middle school (although we called it junior high), my friends and I would have scrounges.  If you don’t know what a scrounge…

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Compelled To Pick Up Rocks

  May 26, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Do you pick up rocks? I do. I feel compelled to pick up rocks. And so do others. Many people take rocks home and create a…

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The Oldest Profession

  May 20, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland Hauling two wire cages of stacked stone, the flatbed turned right and crept uphill. Cormac McCarthy wrote that the oldest profession in the world is not prostitution.…

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Live out who you were created to be

  May 20, 2021

By Jeff Becraft I was never really into horse racing… but I knew who Secretariat was.  Someone said the movie was good and so years ago, one Saturday afternoon, I…

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County prepares for mosquito spraying, surveillance

  May 18, 2021

Vector Control staff are gearing up for Richland County’s annual mosquito-spraying campaign. As part of efforts to control the adult mosquito population, crews will conduct surveillance for the insects, treat…

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