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Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness

WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

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Posted: oct. 23, 2014 8:29 a.m. | Updated: oct. 24, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness Comments 0 Comments

The thuggery of sports

The wild world of sports seems these days to be filled with thugs and hooligans. I really don’t mean to paint such a large group of people with such a wide brush, so I’ll say there are plenty of athletes, the majority in fact, who are honest, decent citizens who abide by the accepted rules of humanity in all or most of what they do. But, like in most groups, it’s the bad apples who get the most attention.

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Posted: oct. 23, 2014 8:47 a.m. | Updated: oct. 24, 2014 1:00 a.m. | The thuggery of sports Comments 0 Comments

Grilling steaks, frying turkeys

It’s said that Bear Bryant, the legendary football coach at Alabama, once remarked, “Every man thinks he knows how to do two things perfectly: grill a steak and coach a football team.”

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Posted: oct. 23, 2014 9:21 a.m. | Updated: oct. 24, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Grilling steaks, frying turkeys Comments 0 Comments
Aging leaves and Autumn color

Aging leaves and Autumn color

Trees are fascinating biological wonders. From ancient bristle cone pines and towering redwoods out west to our widely diverse Southern forests, the life cycle of a tree provides us with year-round interest. One of the most intriguing and beautiful results of a tree’s life cycle is autumn color.

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Posted: oct. 23, 2014 9:37 a.m. | Updated: oct. 24, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Aging leaves and Autumn color Comments 0 Comments

The question unanswered

WASHINGTON -- So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates’ names might stand for Denial.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 3:39 p.m. | Updated: oct. 22, 2014 1:00 a.m. | The question unanswered Comments 0 Comments

Dreams thankfully deferred

Growing up, I had a hand full of career goals. My parents signed me up for basketball in 3rd grade, which put the idea of playing for the WNBA in my head.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 3:40 p.m. | Updated: oct. 22, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Dreams thankfully deferred Comments 0 Comments

Prince returns to his classic funky ways

Ah, Prince, how we’ve missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally “Kiss”-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 10:55 a.m. | Updated: oct. 20, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Prince returns to his classic funky ways Comments 0 Comments

The love or hate of air conditioning

It’s a funny thing. That’s what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I’ll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it’s somewhat sensible.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 10:57 a.m. | Updated: oct. 20, 2014 1:00 a.m. | The love or hate of air conditioning Comments 0 Comments

Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 10:58 a.m. | Updated: oct. 20, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Soft skills Comments 0 Comments

Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 11:00 a.m. | Updated: oct. 20, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Op-Ed: The penny sales tax Comments 0 Comments


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