I did not know Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Rob Evans, who passed away last week. I knew him, but only in the sense that I spoke to him a few times when the two of us happened to be at KCSO headquarters at the same time. Evans certainly seemed like a nice guy; I remember him smiling a lot.
WASHINGTON -- For children, Christmastime may be the favorite holiday, even if their families don't celebrate the birth of Christ. The twinkling lights and aura of magic that suddenly transfigure the most plebian edifices are nearly as seductive as a round-trip ticket to Never-Never Land.
Since my family is traveling for Thanksgiving, I've decided to do a cleanse to celebrate the holidays.
During this holiday season, I'm thankful for:
People seem to get nervous when they realize you're past 25 years old and not only unwed, but also not even close to being wed. I don't really understand why it worries people so much, but I try not to let it bother me. Someone, who will remain unnamed and un-described, recently asked me "Haley, when are you going to get married?"
This week, virtually everyone in South Carolina is talking about the Clemson-USC (University of South Carolina) football game. Without a doubt, it's the biggest Clemson-USC game ever. Dating back to 1896, it is the oldest uninterrupted football rivalry in the South and the second oldest in the country. A 1952 state law requires the two schools to play each other.
WASHINGTON -- By now, most of the world has digested the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, and millennials can sigh with relief that another such re-examination is at least 10 years away.
If New Year's is a time to regroup and look toward the upcoming year, then Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on the year that has passed. In our family, it is a time when we thank the good Lord for both the heartaches and the blessings.
Teachers, arguably the most influential people in a child's life, receive the poorest pay and little respect. They work in less than acceptable conditions and must deal with many individuals who are intractable, some even mentally unstable. Yet, most parents believe their own children to be paragons of behavior and virtue. Today's financial crisis illustrates this point, but not as much as does the past.
Back at the beginning of September, in a column about my sons' "sci-fi education," I mentioned that Doctor Who was about to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
WASHINGTON -- Meet Simile and Sui Generis.
Our Public Works Department Street and Electric crews have been diligently working to decorate the city for Christmas. I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but it takes time for us to deck the halls for December. Thanks to their efforts we'll have decorated light poles throughout the downtown and several lit Christmas trees.
Opinions are a dime a dozen. Here are a few to ponder:
Several months ago one of my Facebook friends posted an article called "25 Things To Do Before You Turn 25," by Stephanie Georgopulos.
This week, I had occasion to be in all four parts of South Carolina, talking with a wide variety of business people about innovation, our state and its future. What they said was both extremely encouraging and extremely discouraging.
Folks, we're in trouble, with a capital T, which stands for Trump -- Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee for president of these United States.
WASHINGTON -- When Shakespeare wrote the "truth will out," he must have had Ted Cruz in mind.
"I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send ...
The title of this column is not a wish or an aspiration -- it's a statement of fact.
There comes a time when you find yourself just kind of over everyone and everything.
WASHINGTON -- One of the most effective political ads of the season features women repeating the many derogatory statements Donald Trump has made about the fairer ...
The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...
In 1896, the South Carolina Press Association requested Charleston newspaperman Yates Snowden to prepare a sketch of newspapers published in South Carolina to that date ...
Unless you are much older or much younger than I am or have been living under a rock for the last 30 years, you should ...
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle -- not so much.
Folk singer Pete Seeger wrote a song in the 1950s which was later performed in 1965 by the The Byrds. The lyrics, in part, go ...
Is the American Dream dead? Are the rags to riches myths just that?
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- African-Americans in the South can't get a break when it comes to voting, as history can't deny.
A few years ago, a gentleman went to a lot of trouble to write me a simple letter he sent to the newspaper where he ...
Call her a "no-kill" champion. Cindi Prestage, DVM has accepted the challenge to turn the animal shelter in Kershaw County into a no-kill facility. Pretty ...
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