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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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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