SLOAN COLUMN: Preacher Bob slays the evil serpent

on Tuesday, 13 October 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Opinions, Local News

SLOAN COLUMN: Preacher Bob slays the evil serpent
It was a relatively quiet Saturday night, just me and the dog. I was not too far from calling it a night and crawling into bed. A busy day of preaching lay in wait.

All night, all day angels watching over me

on Wednesday, 16 September 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Faith, Features

Recently my husband agreed to help a friend relocate some furniture a few miles away to a different city. He asked me to come along and “help” him, so I cancelled everything on my calendar for that day and made ready to join my love on this impromptu trip

Grizzard leaves Darlington a Royal mess

on Tuesday, 08 September 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A wonderful thing about column writing is that every so often a published column can give birth to another column. On even rarer occasions, the result can be multiple columns - twins, triplets, or – Heavens to Betsy – quadruplets. Such an occasion occur

The day I bagged a unicorn

on Tuesday, 01 September 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Oh, I can imagine all the broken-hearted little girls who just read that headline and broke down in tears. “Daddy, that bad, bad man didn’t really kill a unicorn, did he?” I will most certainly have some explaining to do to my dear, sweet granddaughter.

The gates will close, but the memories will remain

on Tuesday, 25 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Some decisions are necessary, but that doesn’t make them any easier. Knowing it’s the right thing to do takes some of the sting away, but feelings of sadness and loss still remain. Such was the case last week when the Presbytery of New Harmony voted to p

Lewis Grizzard: A true son of the South

on Tuesday, 18 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

During a brief conversation with a friend the other day I mentioned the name Lewis Grizzard. “Is he a writer or something?” my young friend asked. “Are you serious?” I shot back, a look of shock up my face. “Son, you cannot rightly call yourself a true So

Sequestered with some talented songwriters

on Tuesday, 11 August 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

When this COVID-19 thing finally blows over, we will be able to look back and be thankful for a few good things that are a result, either directly or indirectly, of this pandemic. For me, one of them will be the Sequestered Songwriters Facebook page. Ever

Leave your message at the sound of the beep

on Wednesday, 05 August 2020. Posted in News, Columns, Opinions

Last night I was so tired, I fell asleep almost instantly. Before my head could hit the pillow, I was snoring like a toddler in daycare at naptime.

A second helping of boiled peanuts

on Tuesday, 28 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Last week’s column included an amusing tale on a northerner’s introduction to boiled peanuts, the Caviar of the South. It was followed by a short commentary on personal distaste for the mushy legumes. Not to my surprise, many were mildly offended at my av

I prefer my peanuts dry, thank you very much

on Tuesday, 21 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

An old friend of mine once told me a story about his first encounter with the southern delicacy known as boiled peanuts. A Yankee by birth, Joe had made his way to North Carolina from his hometown of Johnston, N.J. He lived in the tiny town of Tar Heel, n

Long live the five-second rule

on Tuesday, 14 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Imagine you just grabbed the last slice of your grandma’s homemade pie and are headed to the couch for a little rest, relaxation, and Netflix binging. Life is good. As your make your way from the kitchen to the living room, a glass of milk in one hand and

From the Dream Ranch to the Ryman

on Tuesday, 07 July 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By any standard, Jimmy Capps was an extraordinary musician. Some would argue that the North Carolina native with silver hair and matching goatee is the standard by which other studio musicians in Nashville should be compared. I was unfamiliar with Jimmy C

Take a flying leap? You betcha

on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Spectacular. Amazing. Breathtaking. Those are the words that immediately came to my mind when asked what it was like jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft traveling 13,500 feet (roughly two and a half miles) above the earth at a speed of 140 miles per

What are the things that bring you joy?

on Tuesday, 23 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I’m hoping this week’s column will put a great big smile on your face. Today, June 24, is the National Day of Joy. We can sure use one of those about right now, huh? The inaugural National Day of Joy was celebrated last year. Comfort Keepers, a provide

Ready or not, hurricane season is here

on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It’s only halfway over, but 2020 has already brought us a global pandemic, protests, riots, racial tension, a growing distrust of law enforcement, and an upcoming election that will no doubt bring a truckload of finger-pointing, accusations, mud-slinging
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