A Mess of Collards

  January 21, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Last week an email from my friend, Pat Branning, known for her gorgeous Shrimp, Collards, & Grits cookbooks, sent me on a quest. Pat and I…

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Finding the “Write Words” Just Got Easier

  January 20, 2021

Have you ever been at a loss for words? It seems like the most important occasions call for the perfect message, but you just don’t know where to start. Now…

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Love and Kindness on Full Display in Laurens County

  January 18, 2021

It’s been one month since the fire at the Landau Apartments in Clinton and the house fire in Joanna. People across the county stepped up to help the displaced families…

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The Illusion—Looking Young Forever

  January 13, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Late, late afternoon it was. She walked into the restaurant and lit it up. A beautiful woman will do that, light up a place, but she…

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Upstate Mediation Center announces 2020 Peacemaker Award

  January 11, 2021

The Upstate Mediation Center (“UMC”) is pleased to announce the 2020 Peacemaker Award recipient is Meliah Bowers Jefferson. Ms. Jefferson was nominated for her work in organizing the Lawyers Standing…

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Fueling wider circle connections in a COVID world

  January 6, 2021

By Reba Hull Campbell One surprising joy of this strange COVID holiday season has been the unexpected reminder of how my wider circles of friends and acquaintances provide necessary threads…

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Insignificant Treasures

  January 6, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   The things we collect. When I am gone my daughters will think their dad was a bit touched. Just why did he hang onto a rusty…

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Smut or Soot?  Either Way It’s Dirty

  December 21, 2020

By Tammy Davis     This dirty little Christmas story happened to a friend of mine, a single mother named Dee. Her kids were young and still believed in Santa.…

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Winter Is Upon Us

  December 21, 2020
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   As I write it’s 38 degrees and rain is falling. We always seem to be just a few degrees away from snow. This winter a light…

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My Favorite Christmas Books

  December 16, 2020

  By Tammy Davis   Angela and the Baby Jesus, by Frank McCourt, author of best seller Angela’s Ashes Angela and the Baby Jesus is based on the true story…

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If Another Earth Exists

  December 16, 2020
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility…

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Christmas and Corona

  December 10, 2020

  By Tammy Davis   Part 12 of a Very, Very Long Series – The Corona Chronicles When Covid-19 hit back in March, we lost our routines. Quarantine wiped out…

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Shifting Gears, End Of The Road

  December 10, 2020

By Tom Poland   Driving a straight means real driving. Need to pass a slowpoke? Down shift to third and hit it. By 5th gear he’s in the rearview mirror.…

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Lander receives grant for Race and Identity Dialogue series

  December 8, 2020

Lander University will present a Race and Identity Dialogue series of virtual presentations and discussions beginning in January. The series is supported by funds from the National Endowment for the…

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No Crying At Christmas

  December 3, 2020

By Tammy Davis   As a first-year teacher, December found me worn out and looking forward to the Christmas break. That last day of school was a cold, dreary one,…

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Amazon announces 2020’s Best Books of the Year

  December 3, 2020

On November 19, Amazon announced 2020’s Best Books of the Year, selecting Brittany K. Barnett’s “A Knock at Midnight” as the top pick. The inspiring true story is a brilliant…

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Nature’s Engineers

  December 3, 2020

By Tom Poland   Back when I worked in wildlife cinematography, I tried to film the beavers on an old woodland pond back home. I’d get up before dark and…

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Sea Cadets raise new jack over USS Columbia memorial

  December 1, 2020

Who were those masked young people at Memorial Park in Columbia recently, and what were they doing? Those were members of the Columbia (CL-56) Palmetto Division of the Sea Cadets,…

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The Sad Ballad Of Moses Corley

  November 23, 2020

By Tom Poland   Each Thanksgiving, I Remember Moses We all cross paths with a person we can’t forget. And so, a man by the beautiful name of Moses Corley…

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Where Big Trees, History, and Preservation Live

  November 19, 2020
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   October 26 found me on a history adventure courtesy of Ralph Scurry. Ralph and I met at a book talk in Edgefield several years ago. Ralph…

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Quackenbush Architects receive 3 2020 AIA Columbia Design Awards

  November 18, 2020

Quackenbush Architects + Planners received three American Institute of Architects Columbia awards for its innovative work on the Center for Health and Well-Being at the University of South Carolina, a…

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When The Apothecary Worked Magic

  November 10, 2020

By Tom Poland   Remember the old drugstores? Most have faded into the night. They retreated to a place called “Obscurity” but I recall them with fondness and I feel…

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 Names, Let’s Get Them Right

  November 4, 2020

By Tammy Davis   This is not a story about politics. It’s a story about good manners and respect, something we all seem to be lacking right now. I’ve been…

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A Page Right Out Of Americana

  November 4, 2020
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   My excursions along backroads always reveal two nostalgic sights: the rusting tin and decaying wood of crumbling barns and old pickup trucks beneath sheds. They’re going…

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Things That Scare Us

  October 29, 2020

By Tammy Davis   Halloween has always been a stress-free holiday. Until 2020. To trick or treat or not? That is the question. Like most 2020 issues, there is no…

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Black Cats, Bad Luck, & Worse Luck

  October 29, 2020
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Was it left to right, or right to left? When a black cat crossed the highway in front of Dad, he made a sweeping “X” movement…

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All Kinds of Heroes

  October 22, 2020

By Tammy Davis   Part Three of a Series on the Life of American Hero Major James Capers, Jr. Part Two here. He finally convinced the girl of his dreams…

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LCSO K-9 Unit Fundraiser this Saturday

  October 21, 2020

Join the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit this Saturday at Tractor Supply (917 E. Main St. Laurens) for our family friendly fundraiser! Activities for the kids, raffles, food, and…

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Strange, Promising Life Forms

  October 19, 2020
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Here I am biking along a nature trail, when a juvenile delinquent squirrel shoots across my path with a cigarette in his mouth, only it wasn’t…

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Sports Sound Bites Coming to the BUZZ!

  October 13, 2020

It was a match made in Steamers. Brenda Stewart and Monte Dutton met for breakfast at the Clinton cafe on the Square to see the sites, those being LaurensCountyBUZZ.com and…

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The Epitome Of Elegance

  October 12, 2020
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Not that many years ago I wrote about Cape Romain Refuge in Aida Roger’s original trend-setting volume, State of the Heart South Carolina Writers on the…

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The Stoplight Project aims to help people express social distance comfort levels

  October 11, 2020

NDB Association & Event Management recently announced the creation of The Stoplight Project, a campaign to bring awareness to the varying degrees of social distancing comfort levels in local communities.…

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Masks, A Review

  October 8, 2020

  By Tammy Davis   Part Eleven of the Corona Chronicles Before Corona, I loved writing reviews about movies, restaurants, and concerts. I never thought I would write a review…

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