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FAFSA changes could effect college students UPDATED

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:59 a.m.

If you have a child in college, you’re probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed to help ensure that students don’t miss out on federal and state grants, work-study jobs and loans.

Smith Says: Country living is pretty good ‘out here’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:53 a.m.

My husband won’t like this column, but I’ve been living it long enough to write it.

Zika virus is nothing to sneeze at

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:43 p.m.

The Zika virus has the media abuzz.

Lack of focus produces two traps

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:24 p.m.

After his resurrection, Jesus Christ gave a charge to his disciples. He wanted them to maintain their focus of making disciples of all nations.

No unmade beds here

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

Do you make your bed every morning? And how is this even a question?

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: Breaking news is what we’re all about

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:27 a.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 …

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

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 …

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:

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?”

Martin O’Malley a strong choice

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 1:30 p.m.

He comes bounding out of the Charleston Airport terminal looking trim, sharp and ready. As the early morning sun hits his face, he squints his eyes. He gazes across the expansive sidewalk, jumbled with people, baggage and taxis. He’s searching for a familiar face near a waiting car.

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.

Wallace: The power of God’s word

Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:03 a.m.

In verse 9, the Psalmist states “the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.” Fearing God means to give him reverence. It means to hold him in high esteem. The culture we find ourselves in does not model this idea of revering people or things very well. We are quick to do the opposite. Therefore, I feel we can often struggle in …

I wonder ...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:02 a.m.

I wonder….

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.

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

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- …

Have you read the one abou-zzzzzzzzzzz UPDATED

Thursday, September 10, 2015 12:01 a.m.

I saw a link on Facebook the other day that made me laugh: “Reading can reduce insomnia.”

The heat is bringing out the crazy

Thursday, September 3, 2015 12:01 a.m.

I’m working on a theory: People have always been crazy, we just haven’t known about it. With today’s 24-hour news cycle, every nutty thing we do is public knowledge. (I’ve always liked this saying: “Live as if every single thing you do will someday be known. Because it will be.”)

A splash of color in a world of gray

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1:00 p.m.

This is not your typical front page, above-the-fold news story, which is where I wished this could go.

It’s all about the donkey cheese

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 12:58 p.m.

Donkey Cheese.

Opinion: Doing the near possible

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 12:57 p.m.

What’s your favorite pet: dog or cat? What do you prefer on your hot dog: mustard or ketchup? Who do you like for president: Hillary or Jeb?

No frog princes here

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 12:51 p.m.

There are two kinds of people: Those who hate snakes, and those who don’t.

Where am I?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:15 p.m.

Raise your hand if you’re lost. What? Me, too!

Guest editorial: The Abbeville Case – The Key to SC’s Future

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

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fix it. The question is will we?

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.

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