Foster care is crucial in our imperfect world

on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. It provides an opportunity for the South Carolina Department of Social Services to draw attention to the need for foster parents across the state. Children come into foster care when their parents cannot safely

This Memorial Day don’t forget to remember

on Tuesday, 19 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We liv

Former principal offers a few life lessons

on Tuesday, 12 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

In his nearly 70 years of life, 45 of which have been spent as an educator, Dr. Charlie Burry has learned a few lessons. Some of those lessons arrived by way of valuable advice offered by a mentor or friend. Others came by way of the school of hard knocks

We are not all in the same boat

on Tuesday, 05 May 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A short essay offering an interesting perspective on the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on each of us personally has been making its rounds on social media in recent weeks. The essay reminds us that our experiences are not always the same as other

‘Adopt A Senior’ effort is magna cum awesome

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

During a news conference last week, Gov. Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman confirmed what I think most of us already knew – South Carolina schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19. While t

Fight against cancer goes virtual

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

This Saturday would have been a big night at Freedom Florence Recreation Complex. There would have been food, fun, games, entertainment, luminaries, a survivor’s walk, and hundreds of supporters completing laps in memory or in honor of cancer victims or s

Confinement: A blessing or a curse?

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

They never heard of an unemployment check and certainly not a pandemic check. With every morsel of food generated from the soil under their feet, every meal made from scratch, multiple mouths to feed, water to tote, laundry by washboard, along with the a

Support your local businesses

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

Two words: Shop local. You have heard this plea many times before, I’m sure. You need to hear it again. Now, more than ever, our local businesses and establishments need our support. I assure you not one has been immune to the damaging effects of the COVI

A lesson in appreciation

on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“I can’t wait until this thing is over and we can get back to normal.” How many times have you overheard someone say this during the past few weeks? How many times have you found yourself saying those same words, either to someone or mumbling them to your

Golf a grand way to avoid coronavirus?

on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As if all the duffers and hackers out there need another reason to grab their clubs and make a b-line for the nearest links. It appears the game of golf may be just the thing to escape the coronavirus madness that has staked its claim to our sanity. Accor

A column offering food for thought

on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Editor’s Note: As of Sunday, these events were still scheduled to take place. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, many events have been cancelled. Please check with the sponsoring organization of each event. If you’ve got a hankering for some great BBQ and

Remembering Jim Faile: One of the good ones

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

My friend and co-worker Jim Faile was a man of few words, except when it came to reporting the news. Jim didn’t talk much. He preferred to measure his words, which is a wise practice by any measure. When he did speak it was often a well thought out questi

Getting a REAL ID is going to be a REAL pain

on Tuesday, 03 March 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

No one, I mean no one, likes going to the department of motor vehicles. If they say they do, they are either lying or something is very, very wrong with them. For those wishing to travel by plane or visit a military installation after October, a quick (Ha

SLOAN COLUMN Ponderings on what to give up for Lent

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

Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent within the Christian church. With it comes the marking of a multitude of foreheads with ashes and vows to “fast” from something until Easter Sunday. Lent, a time of reflection and repentance leading up to t

Remembering Toufie’s Auto Lunch

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

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