Spokes in a wheel

  March 17, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   I was reviewing one of my old journals yesterday and I came across a page from Leadership Weekend from way back in 2012. We were having…

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The Best Drink Of Water

  March 16, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland Seems to me, as the old folks would say, an aluminum dipper delivered the best drink of water. You’d sink that dipper into a wooden bucket. And…

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Read The Fine Print

  March 10, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Note: For Non-Offended Eyes Only Some say we are what we eat and that what we eat these days is killing us. Down in Australia, some…

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You have to start somewhere

  March 9, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   I am deeply grieved on what we are seeing on the world stage.  I don’t watch the news on a regular basis but lately, every night we…

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Soiree on State returns to Cayce’s River Arts District

  March 8, 2022

The City of Cayce is thrilled to announce the return of the Soiree on State, to be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022. The City has partnered with the Avenues…

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Putting courage in someone

  March 3, 2022

By Jeff Becraft Leadership really it is not about me… it has to do with lifting up others around me. As I learned from a friend named Jermaine, if you…

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Winter In Wambaw Bay

  March 3, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   The orchestra is quiet, as winter holds the conductor’s baton. Still, a song comes to mind. “California Dreamin” where much is brown and gray—every shade of…

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Nickelodeon suspends screenings

  February 28, 2022

In an effort to fulfill its long-term mission more effectively, the Nickelodeon will be temporarily suspending public screenings as of March 1, 2022. Theatre operations will resume as soon as…

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The Art of Communication

  February 23, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   This week I had to go to the doctor to get my left ear checked out. After I had signed in, the nurse walks me to…

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The Emperor’s Hem

  February 23, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   In the late 1990s, a time that seems ancient, I touched the emperor’s hem. That is I corresponded with a writer whose words revealed a style…

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Noble Ruin of the South

  February 17, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   When man abandoned it, the traffic diverted west, and the forest began to claim it. Today, sycamores, cedars, and oaks console it, and wind and water…

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Living out of who we are

  February 16, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   I am a professional athlete who has yet to be discovered. And I have enjoyed catching the winter Olympics at 8:00 p.m. each evening with my…

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Miss Lucy, Childhood Legend

  February 10, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland “Perhaps you recall a person from childhood whom everyone kept their distance from. Enjoy this glimpse of small-town life in the 1960s.” Small towns have that one…

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When you can’t find all the pieces

  February 10, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   Back in late November, my wife and I had swung by Charlotte to see our daughter, Hannah, for her birthday.  We went out to one of…

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Bitters, A History In Life And Literature

  February 2, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland Among the dusty bottles and vase stand three alcoholic potions. I bought the matador-like bottle in Madrid when I traveled by train through hard, brown Spain. Next…

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Many runners but one team

  February 1, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   About 5 years ago, I stopped riding the bus down for our Leadership Weekend. One of our top alumni, Daisy, even said to me, “Becraft not…

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Go with what the defense gives you

  January 27, 2022

By Jeff Becraft I learned a valuable lesson last Saturday. In football terminology, you have to go with what the defense gives you. I was just coming off an illness…

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Crow Tastes Pretty Good In Snow

  January 27, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   My last column criticized I-20 as a barrier to snow in the classic South. “Winter after winter, radar reveals blue, pink, and white blotches rolling north…

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St. Pat’s in Five Points announces artist line up

  January 26, 2022

Five Points Association Announces the Music for Columbia’s Favorite Irish Event! The Five Points Association (FPA) announces the 2022 artist line up for the 40th Annual St. Pat’s in Five…

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The Great Dividing Line

  January 21, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Yet another dud weather storm forecast teaches me something. When the next Ice Age arrives, its frozen sheet will grind to a halt where I-20 crosses…

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Remembering Smokehouses

  January 20, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   I wrote about old hand-dug wells not long ago. Many old wells had a companion nearby, smokehouses. I’ve written about these farm icons before, but a…

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Take the next step

  January 19, 2022

By Jeff Becraft Someone once asked Ben Hogan what the most important shot in golf was.  He responded, “The next one.” It is true for any step in life. We…

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The Richland County Recreation Commission (RCRC) and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department announce the Gang Awareness Hoop Fest

  January 19, 2022

The Richland County Recreation Commission (RCRC) and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department announce the Gang Awareness Hoop Fest starting January 22 at 4 pm at Eastover Park. This free event,…

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How to Buy a Car in 2022: Navigating The Automobile Shortage

  January 14, 2022

By Mike DuBose The COVID-19 pandemic has had dramatic and wide-ranging impacts on the United States and the world as a whole. Most people are traveling, going to events, and…

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Honoring the unsung heroes in our lives

  January 13, 2022

By Jeff Becraft   A lot of people think that I am the founder of Youth Corps but that is not true. A guy by the name of Grayson Hartgrove…

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The Old Hand-Dug Well

  January 12, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Driving a country road, I passed an old well house. It didn’t look like a wishing well. It looked rustic, more like a shed, a practical…

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The Allure of Barbed Wire & Cedar

  January 6, 2022
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Out in the country skinny metal fence posts rule pasturelands nowadays. I seldom see old cedar-barbed wire fences, but when I do they unleash a flood…

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Stooping down to make someone else great

  January 6, 2022

By Jeff Becraft Being that this is New Year’s Eve, not even sure if anyone will even see this one. There was no Friday email last week on Christmas Eve…

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Joy in the lack of holiday perfection this year

  December 23, 2021

By Reba Hull Campbell I hate to think how many gatherings I didn’t host over the years because I worried that my house wasn’t _______ enough. Fill in the blank…

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No Gas, No Batteries, No Electricity Required

  December 16, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   All it requires is a steady hand. It doesn’t disturb the peace on Saturday mornings. So quiet is it, I doubt it’d suffer banning in ever-vigilant…

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Richland County Recreation Commission holds press event to announce updates and court dedications for the Richland County Tennis Center

  December 8, 2021

The Richland County Recreation Commission (RCRC) will hold a press conference to provide a project update and special dedications for the Richland County Tennis Center on December 14, 2021, at 11:00 AM. The…

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A Vanishing Coastal Icon

  December 8, 2021
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Photographers love to shoot them at sunrise. Riding a glittering golden sea, shrimp boats strike a classic silhouette with that orb of fire rising behind them.…

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Honor takes time

  December 8, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   As I was driving to the post office this morning on Broad River Road, there was an ambulance coming the opposite direction.  I had to make…

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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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