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Editor’s Notes: Animals in the news make for good stories

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:20 a.m.

One of the fun things I get to do every week is read the Pets of the Week column, which features one dog and one cat that desperately need homes.

Editor’s Notes: Sports rookie appreciates sports legends

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:26 a.m.

One of the first rules of journalism that every writer learns early on is “write what you know.”

Smith Says: Firing teacher for nude selfie teaches all the wrong lessons

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:24 a.m.

By now you’ve probably heard about Leigh Anne Arthur, a teacher at the Career and Technology Center at Union County High School.

Smith: Rise above grumpy person syndrome

Thursday, March 3, 2016 3:13 p.m.

My life is made of stardust, rainbows and unicorns. NOT.

Smith: Rise above grumpy person syndrome

Thursday, March 3, 2016 3:41 p.m.

My life is made of stardust, rainbows and unicorns. NOT.

Editor’s Notes: Be careful, I care about that old bike

Editor’s Notes: Be careful, I care about that old bike
Thursday, March 3, 2016 3:40 p.m.

I’ve noticed that here in the Lowcountry, bicycles and cars are a little like oil and water. If you enjoy bike riding, you pretty much despise …

White House Gitmo Plan: Reckless and Illegal

Thursday, March 3, 2016 3:40 p.m.

Editor’s Note: The following was released by Sen. Tim Scott’s staff on Feb. 23.

Editor’s Notes: Learning can be fun, really

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:34 a.m.

Besides making sure every story ends with a period, I’ve got a few other tasks as the executive editor here.

Just Do the Right Thing

Just Do the Right Thing
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:34 a.m.

I recently read two quotes, by unknown sources, about “doing the right thing’. The first, “Courage is not living without fear. …

Kennard: Make voting a family tradition

Thursday, February 18, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Mothers teach us lots of things. Mine taught me to vote.

Hoarding purses and other confessions

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:46 p.m.

You know how when you get together with friends to eat and have an adult beverage, the tone soon turns confessional?

Zika virus is nothing to sneeze at

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:54 a.m.

The Zika virus has the media abuzz.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:56 a.m.

To the Editor:

Pitts wasting your time trying to bully the press

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:18 a.m.

I confess. I had more fun responding to inquiries about Mike Pitts’ (R-Laurens) journalist registration bill than I have had answering questions about any other proposed restrictions on the press or personal freedoms.

New year, old tricks from the EPA

Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:01 a.m.

As we begin a new year, one would hope that the Obama administration made a new year’s resolution of allowing congress to do its job and not allowing unelected bureaucrats to regulate through administrative fiat. However, it seems this year will be full of even more federal overreach and this administration making up the rules as it goes.

America should take a bigger role to prevent terrorism

Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:01 a.m.

In his address on national television in December, President Obama insisted that he has a strategy to destroy Islamic State, also known as ISIS. But what Americans see instead is an incremental, reactive, indirect approach that assumes time is on our side. It is not.

Meaningful policy decisions await

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:55 a.m.

The South Carolina General Assembly reconvenes this week for the final year of the two-year legislative session. We have many very real and impactful issues that need to be addressed.

Letter: Lowcountry football more than just a game

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:54 a.m.

To the Editor:

A little honesty is better than no honesty

Thursday, January 7, 2016 12:01 a.m.

To help those who can’t immediately get beyond the headline, let me say that strictly speaking partial honesty is dishonesty, just like telling a part of the truth and not the whole truth is a form of lying.

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.”

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