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America’s worst enemy
February 2, 2019 – 12:19 am | Comments Off on America’s worst enemy
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What will happen to the United States when its own citizens become its worst enemy? I don’t pretend to know the answer to that question, but I’m afraid we’re about to find out. The nation I grew up in and loved no longer exists.

Seemingly sub-zero symbolism
February 1, 2019 – 12:27 am | Comments Off on Seemingly sub-zero symbolism
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Jan. 30 is when I started my first “real” job here at the paper in 2013 and the date I closed on my house last year.

Congratulations on your retirement, Kaye!
February 1, 2019 – 12:23 am | Comments Off on Congratulations on your retirement, Kaye!
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After 15 years of dedicated service, Kaye Gibson is retiring and, coincidentally, today is her anniversary date and her last day of work.  

Greg Oliver: Patriots look to enhance legacy against Rams
February 1, 2019 – 12:15 am | Comments Off on Greg Oliver: Patriots look to enhance legacy against Rams
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This year’s Super Bowl matchup between the five-time champion New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams — whose only Super Bowl title came 20 years ago when the team was in St. Louis — is full of compelling storylines.

Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it
January 31, 2019 – 12:25 am | Comments Off on Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it
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If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in South Carolina, this message is primarily for you.

Super Bowl bonding
January 30, 2019 – 12:44 am | Comments Off on Super Bowl bonding
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From junior high school until my first year of college, Sunday afternoons in the fall were set aside as father-son time.

Gratitude and focus
January 29, 2019 – 12:23 am | Comments Off on Gratitude and focus
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My update this month begins with a word of gratitude. As you probably have heard, our family has been struck with tragedy, losing my oldest son and oldest daughter in a period of 18 months. I cannot describe the grief we have experienced over this.

Muscadine care
January 26, 2019 – 12:30 am | Comments Off on Muscadine care
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Muscadine grapes are a common find here in the Upstate of South Carolina. They are native to the Southeastern United States, and have been cultivated for more than 400 years. 

The easiest job I ever had — or was it?
January 26, 2019 – 12:07 am | Comments Off on The easiest job I ever had — or was it?
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The sun was just peeking over the horizon when Dr. Moyle came out of the delivery room and announced that I was the father of a baby girl.

Treat literacy as a civil right
January 25, 2019 – 12:37 am | Comments Off on Treat literacy as a civil right
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The biggest slide some kids will experience this summer won’t be the one at the local water park. It will be in their reading performance.

Greg Oliver: No need to ‘dumb down’ Clemson football expectations anymore
January 25, 2019 – 12:10 am | Comments Off on Greg Oliver: No need to ‘dumb down’ Clemson football expectations anymore
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Sometimes pure happenstance leads me to go back and look at former stories or columns I’ve written.

The gift of time and attention
January 25, 2019 – 12:06 am | Comments Off on The gift of time and attention
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Volunteers and mentors are an invaluable part of who we are and what we do. Tamassee DAR School believes that children benefit from relationships with caring, well-trained staff, mentors and volunteers. 

Being an aunt saved me from frostbite, probably
January 25, 2019 – 12:01 am | Comments Off on Being an aunt saved me from frostbite, probably
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When I tell people I was born and raised in Tennessee and grew up in Kentucky, the next question is almost always, “How’d you get here?”

Speaking of the n-laws …
January 23, 2019 – 12:24 am | Comments Off on Speaking of the n-laws …
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I hate winter. The season doesn’t have a lot to offer other than cold and extra darkness — not exactly two things to brag about or display in a marketing plan.