Every year, millions of well-intentioned American kids show up at kindergarten or first grade woefully unprepared to learn. Some can't even tell you their own complete name, let alone spell any of it.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for Tree Care Operations for Pruning states "The purpose of utility pruning is to prevent the loss of service, comply with mandated clearance laws, prevent damage to equipment, avoid access impairment and uphold the intended usage of the utility space." When I worked for the S.C. Forestry Commission, I quoted this statement many times at community forums in places such as Elloree, Charleston, Walterboro and Beaufort. These events were always in response to a utility provider coming into town, unannounced, and "doing their thing." While the majority of cuts were technically correct, their ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When President Obama said in his State of the Union address that "This time is different," referring to his push for tighter gun-control laws, he wasn't just whistling Dixie.
Although Danica Patrick's pole position will give her the brightest spotlight at next week's Daytona 500, other up-and-coming drivers will have the most to prove as the green flag drops on NASCAR's season.
One of my favorite events each year is the Adult Education graduation ceremony. It's a particularly special occasion for me because it celebrates the accomplishments of people for whom school didn't work out the first time. The genius of American education is that there is always another chance, another opportunity to take care of unfinished business. As we know, the same can't be said in most countries in the world.
WASHINGTON -- Now is the time for all good women to pay homage to Betty Friedan, who 50 years ago wrote the game-changing manifesto "The Feminine Mystique."
I did not watch the Grammy Awards this year. Such affairs have lost their shine for me as I've matured and, especially when it comes to pop music, this former radio announcer quickly realizes he's lost touch with today's modern sounds.
Maker's Mark fans may not need to order their drinks on the rocks anymore.
If you really want Washington's chattering classes to pay attention to something, an old saying goes, leak it to the media.
You're no doubt aware that Pope Benedict XVI has announced his upcoming resignation, becoming the first pontiff to step down in 598 years.
(The following is the final portion of Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson's keynote speech at the Baruch Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 15, 2012.)
When so many negative occurrences receive coverage in newspapers, television, and gossip, many people forget that positives existed and still exist, especially teachers. I shall never forget David and a few others like him who participated in speech and essay contests for which they received no scholastic rewards and expended a great deal of effort. Of course, everyone knows that the most feared activity is public speaking. In fact, I once told my participants that they should always remember that every member in the audience applauded their bravery. When I was the representative of the school for every speech contest ...
WASHINGTON -- We may never know exactly what happened in Benghazi the night Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, but it's becoming increasingly clear that our response was short of optimum.
If the Atlanta Braves are going to capitalize on last season's success, they'll need two key ingredients in 2013. The first will be finding the offensive numbers to replace retired third baseman Chipper Jones. A clubhouse staple since he arrived on the scene in 1995, his 14 homers and .287 batting average in 2012 were obviously down numbers for the future Hall of Famer. However, for a team that ranked 21st in overall batting last season, any player with an average over .250 is considered a gift.
WASHINGTON -- When Burma's Zin Mar Aung was placed in solitary confinement for trying to organize students in 1999, Bill Clinton was president of the United States.
Lying is in the news these days.
WASHINGTON -- Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.
One of my weekly duties here at the Chronicle-Independent is to visit the Walter M. Crower Animal Shelter in Camden and take photos of pets available for adoption to be printed in our Friday edition each week. Actually, I take photos of two cats and two dogs and half of those are published weekly in the West Wateree Chronicle.
Murder is a strong word and truth be known it's not really what happens (unfortunately) when a crape myrtle, a Southern signature tree is topped, but it has become a familiar vernacular amongst plant people. If crape myrtles did in fact die when they were butchered, then the practice would stop.
Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one -- Do you believe President Obama loves America? -- makes birthers seem witty.
"Seriously, moron? How about just clean up the place already!"
On Feb. 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina (USC) received a text message warning "SHOTS FIRED" -- two words which would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000 students.
During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."
One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.
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