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Merrill: Compromise needed in next legislative session

Thursday, December 31, 2015 3:22 p.m.

With the New Year approaching preparation has begun for the second part of the legislative session.

Editor’s Notes: Breaking news is what we’re all about

Editor’s Notes: Breaking news is what we’re all about
Thursday, December 31, 2015 3:22 p.m.

Here in the news biz we spend a lot of time thinking about breaking news - the kinds of stories that happen unexpectedly, like fires and crashes and …

New Year’s Wishes

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 2:21 p.m.

Well, Christmas has come and gone and I’m still wearing my stretchy pants. I gorged on fruitcake, toffee, chocolate and Trader Joe’s coconut bars until my taste buds rebelled. You know that “ugh” point, when you’ve eaten so much nothing looks good? That’s where I am.

Editor’s Notes: Spoiler alert: How to be a good gift giver

Thursday, December 24, 2015 11:15 a.m.

As I emerged from the Azalea Square theater Saturday – Star Wars spoiler alert: popcorn and a drink cost me nearly $15 – I realized I still had a handful of Christmas gifts I needed to track down.

Editor’s Notes: Spoiler alert: How to be a good gift giver

Editor’s Notes: Spoiler alert: How to be a good gift giver
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 10:28 a.m.

As I emerged from the Azalea Square theater Saturday – Star Wars spoiler alert: popcorn and a drink cost me nearly $15 – I realized I …

Editor’s Notes: Enjoying the sounds of Christmas all around

Editor’s Notes: Enjoying the sounds of Christmas all around
Thursday, December 17, 2015 12:01 a.m.

One of the fun parts of my jobs as the editor is that I get to read the community calendar before it gets published every week.

Smith Says: Christmas musings

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:47 p.m.

Thoughts while locked in a life-or-death struggle with a 6-foot, pre-lit, pre-decorated, pop-up Christmas tree:

Letter to the editor: Feedback on community impact in Pringletown

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:39 p.m.

To the Editor:

EDITOR’S NOTES: New face in editor’s chair

EDITOR’S NOTES: New face in editor’s chair
Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:22 a.m.

Last summer, my youngest son and I spent several weeks in the garage building a couple of kayaks as part of a Scout project. The skin-on-frame …

Tribes, South Carolina and Politics

Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:22 a.m.

Who are your people? Where did you grow up? Are you from around here? Where did you go to school?”

Home Sweet Homestead: What’s Camp Meeting?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:18 a.m.

“They’re messing with us,” my husband Henry said to me. “They’re not going to have a big meal to eat. Just watch.”

Race, Guns, Culture and Change in S.C.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 8:35 a.m.

I love South Carolina and the South – I really do. And I consider myself a reasonably serious student of our history and culture.

Starting is easy, but finishing is....what’s that?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:45 a.m.

Surely I have ADD. I can’t spend three minutes on one task before I get distrac—SQUIRREL!

Fear the rain

Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:01 a.m.

There are two types of people in the world: Those who carry umbrellas, and those who don’t.

Pope Francis leads by example

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:11 p.m.

What qualifies a pope to be considered great?

Let’s try for judicial independence

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 2:34 p.m.

If South Carolina does it one way, and most other states along with the federal government do it another way, we might wonder how likely it is that South Carolina is right and everybody else is wrong.

Home Sweet Homestead: An ode to Fred the hen

Home Sweet Homestead: An ode to Fred the hen
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 2:33 p.m.

A man on a gravel road in Lebanon woke up early, fired up the riding lawn mower and set to work cutting his lawn. He’s mowed this lawn for 30- …

Living longer and enjoying it

Monday, July 20, 2015 4:58 p.m.

My family is always tossing around pearls of wisdom. At my high school graduation Uncle Charles announced, “After you turn fitty, it’s all doctors, all the time. Enjoy your health, gal.”

Julie and her new purse UPDATED

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 11:17 a.m.

My purse never ceases to startle me. It’s like “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”: I’m not sure what it contains, but hopefully the contents are worth the fight.

Why I voted against removing the Confederate flag UPDATED

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 11:16 a.m.

With all activity in the last few days, I feel compelled to offer the following information to explain why I voted against removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds.

Legislative report: Budget passed, Confederate flag comes down

Monday, July 13, 2015 9:04 a.m.

If you have been following the local and national news this week, you have seen South Carolina being focused on for several reasons. In addition to the funerals of the Emanuel AME Church members, charges brought on Dylann Roof, and plane crashes in Berkeley County, the South Carolina Senate and House addressed the budget vetoes and the Confederate …

Big Man Lawn Chair: You complete me

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 11:19 a.m.

I am complete once again.

The long and vertically challenged of it

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 11:19 a.m.

In the Huge News department, check it out: Barbie, that high-heeled icon, has changed to flats. I’ll pause to let that sink in: Barbie in flats!

A doggone puzzling mystery

Saturday, June 27, 2015 9:07 p.m.

Life is never dull at Crazy Acres. Just last week we had a locked room—I mean, a fenced yard—mystery.

Something appropriate ...

Saturday, June 27, 2015 9:07 p.m.

I have had a problem my whole life with being appropriate.

I’m a food sharer

Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:25 a.m.

You might not want to read this while you’re grilling: Over Memorial Day weekend, an Indiana woman stabbed another woman IN THE EYE for eating the last rib at a cookout.

Something to Tweet about

Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:25 a.m.

Hang on, Berkeley County, someone has mastered (sort of) the art of Tweeting.

Only in South Carolina ...

Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:24 p.m.

Do you ever look around and think, “Only in South Carolina?”

Are you up to the task?

Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:25 p.m.

According to a recent scientific study, 50 people aged 51-to-80 were subjected to this test: Can you stand up from the floor without using your hands?

Group supporting write-in for Adams in Sheriff election

Thursday, June 4, 2015 4:26 p.m.

Dear Editor:

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