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In a galaxy far, far away…

Tonight, or tomorrow afternoon, my sons and I will see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” As father and sons, we are big Star Wars fans.

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Posted: dec. 14, 2017 4:04 p.m. | Updated: dec. 15, 2017 1:00 a.m. | In a galaxy far, far away… Comments 0 Comments

An unchanging family

The newspaper was laying on the kitchen island so when I picked it, I flipped it over and glanced over the list of obituaries. I ...

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Posted: dec. 14, 2017 4:06 p.m. | Updated: dec. 15, 2017 1:00 a.m. | An unchanging family Comments 0 Comments

Season’s reason

More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could only find rest in a stable among cattle and ...

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Posted: dec. 14, 2017 4:07 p.m. | Updated: dec. 15, 2017 1:00 a.m. | Season’s reason Comments 0 Comments

Women’s rage unleashed

WASHINGTON - That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded.

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Posted: dec. 14, 2017 4:08 p.m. | Updated: dec. 15, 2017 1:00 a.m. | Women’s rage unleashed Comments 0 Comments

The martyrdom of Al Franken

WASHINGTON -- With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office.

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Posted: dec. 11, 2017 2:14 p.m. | Updated: dec. 12, 2017 1:00 a.m. | The martyrdom of Al Franken Comments 0 Comments

A fondness for old gas pumps

Something about old gas pumps pleases me. I think of them as elder statesmen, as senior citizens left behind by the rush of time itself ...

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Posted: dec. 11, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Updated: dec. 12, 2017 1:00 a.m. | A fondness for old gas pumps Comments 0 Comments

Lead kindly light

Lead Kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom, lead thou me on!

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Posted: dec. 11, 2017 2:16 p.m. | Updated: dec. 12, 2017 1:00 a.m. | Lead kindly light Comments 0 Comments

Michael Smith, 10 years on

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, marked a grim 10th anniversary here in Camden and Kershaw County.

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Posted: dec. 07, 2017 12:52 p.m. | Updated: dec. 08, 2017 1:00 a.m. | Michael Smith, 10 years on Comments 0 Comments

The process worked

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5.  A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before ...

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Posted: dec. 07, 2017 12:55 p.m. | Updated: dec. 08, 2017 1:00 a.m. | The process worked Comments 0 Comments

Down by the Catawba River

Driving north on U.S. 21 toward a “very small town,” I watch the land change. Hills rise into view. Large rocks protrude from the ...

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Posted: dec. 07, 2017 12:57 p.m. | Updated: dec. 08, 2017 1:00 a.m. | Down by the Catawba River Comments 0 Comments

Holiday overload

A couple of weeks before Labor Day, I walked into a major big box store. I was amazed at how expensive the Halloween stuff was.

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Posted: dec. 04, 2017 3:44 p.m. | Updated: dec. 05, 2017 1:00 a.m. | Holiday overload Comments 0 Comments

Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer

WASHINGTON -- At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about ...

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Posted: dec. 04, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Updated: dec. 05, 2017 1:00 a.m. | Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer Comments 0 Comments

Keeping track of spending

Travel spending is one of those areas of government that can be difficult to size up. Obviously, public officials often need to travel to discharge ...

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Posted: dec. 04, 2017 3:47 p.m. | Updated: dec. 05, 2017 1:00 a.m. | Keeping track of spending Comments 0 Comments

Another look at WWI

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States.  Since Wilson spent much of his youth in Columbia and had relatives living there ...

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Posted: dec. 04, 2017 3:48 p.m. | Updated: dec. 05, 2017 1:00 a.m. | Another look at WWI Comments 0 Comments

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