Column Archive

Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright Tom Poland Posted Oct. 14, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netBack in the late 1980s and early ’90s, I’d leave on a Friday afternoon and head for the mountains, the Blue Ridge species. My monthly drives from Columbia, South Carolina, to Buchanan, Virginia, took me to family....

Holy Cow!: Troubling Appeals Court Ruling Holds that Tweet Link May Be Libel, Though the Linked Article Is Not

Holy Cow!: Troubling Appeals Court Ruling Holds that Tweet Link May Be Libel, Though the Linked Article Is Not Published Oct. 2021 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications You may have noticed that California Congressman Devin Nunes is in the news. If you’re interested in...

Please steal this plan

INTO THE ISSUES Please steal this plan Published Oct. 12, 2021 By Al Cross Millions of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors from the coronavirus, but polling and anecdotal evidence show that some will change their minds. Community newspapers have a role...

See you later, alligator: Experts chime in on viral video

See you later, alligator: Experts chime in on viral video Posted Oct. 7, 2021By Meghan Hurley and Destiny Stewart Carolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. A recent viral video captured in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, exposed an alligator’s cannibalistic...

National Newspaper Week

Newspapers are vital to the health of S.C. communities Editor's Note: National Newspaper Week is Oct. 3-9. In addition to this column and ad, the national content kit includes ads, logos, columns, editorials and other features available free to newspapers. Feel free to adapt if you are a free distribution paper. By...

Through Our Eyes Project launches in Columbia

Through Our Eyes Project launches in Columbia, S.C. Posted Sept. 29, 2021Contact: Jason Williamson(864) 918-4480info@throughoureyesproject.comThis week, 100 people affected by homelessness in Columbia, S.C. will receive disposable cameras with one task: to tell their stories.This latest installment of the Through Our Eyes Project is the sixth to reach out to...

My Last Dog

My Last Dog Tom Poland Posted Sept. 28, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netShould you walk our family land in eastern Georgia, you’ll come across several cemeteries. No, they’re not ancestors. You won’t see headstones. You’ll see wooden crosses and one brick-like stone of quartz. Unlike ancestors we never knew, loved...

Y’all-Mart: A new alternative flea market in Columbia

Y’all-Mart: A new alternative flea market in Columbia Posted Sept. 20, 2021By Noah Patheja and Mackenzie PattersonCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. Columbia residents may be familiar with the large Soda City Saturday market, but...

At Planned Parenthood, more protests, support in wake of Texas decision

At Planned Parenthood, more protests, support in wake of Texas decision Posted Sept. 20, 2021By Connor Hart and Julie Crosby Carolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This package includes additional images, which can be found on the  Carolina News & Reporter site. Yells of “Roll down your window!” and, “Let us help...

The Big Lie

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: The Big Lie Posted Sept. 20, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

Catching Gators

Catching Gators Tom Poland Posted Sept. 17, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netIf you’re going to get ‘et,’ be brave and get ‘et.’Like a lot of eastern Georgians I grew up with no contact with gators. My writing career, however, would put me around gators far more than I ever imagined.Two...

SOS for South Carolina’s FOIA

SOS for South Carolina’s FOIA Published Sept. 2021 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications In the past several weeks and months we have seen numerous examples of local and state government boards and agencies refusing to comply with South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act. These...

The advertising sales cycle

The advertising sales cycle By John Foust, Advertising Trainer Let’s take a look at the sales cycle. For our purposes, the focus is on advertising media sales, but this concept can apply to any business. Although the cycle has a beginning and an end, the end leads to a new...

The Good Old Days Are Gone

The Good Old Days Are Gone Tom Poland Posted Sept. 3, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netLast Friday night some grandparents went to watch their grandson play in a high school football game. They were in for a shock. Paying for the old and reliable paper ticket had given way to...

Who’s The Queen Of Flowers?

Who's The Queen Of Flowers? Tom Poland Posted Aug. 30, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.net Orchids.There were days I wore them in my lapel for formal events, but those days are gone. I’ve not seen many in the wild, but I have seen yellow-fringed orchids in Carolina bays where they...

Are you telling your own stories?

Are you telling your own stories? Published Aug. 30, 2021 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant I circulated a column celebrating community newspapers earlier this year in recognition of Sunshine Week. Its publication prompted a few comments.One reader, who hailed from a Minneapolis suburb, read the column in his local paper....

Long Lost Treasures, Heirloom Seeds

Long Lost Treasures, Heirloom Seeds Tom Poland Posted Aug. 11, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netMetal detectives seek old coins and treasure, and many folks look for arrowheads. A rare breed seeks long-lost seeds. Old coins and arrowheads won’t make you healthy but heirloom produce can.Monday, August 9, I spent the...

Salty Southern Delight

Salty Southern Delight Michael DeWitt, Jr. Posted Aug. 11, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr.The other day I bought a bag of boiled peanuts and one of them cute little Cokes in the glass bottle at the Hampton Exxon station and started eating right in the parking lot. But by the time...

A Southern Writer: Mississippi’s Willie Morris

A Southern Writer: Mississippi’s Willie Morris Tom Poland Posted Aug. 11, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netSeveral years back, I attended Edgefield’s Camellia Tea. As I was leaving, a lady in a red blazer walked up. “You’re that fellow who writes about the back roads of South Carolina aren’t you?”“Guilty as...

Into the Issues (Aug. 2021)

INTO THE ISSUES Editorials provide leadership needed in pandemic Published Aug. 11, 2021 By Al Cross Editorials are falling from favor at many American newspapers, for various reasons, including a desire not to upset and chase away readers, especially when it comes to our increasingly tribal and polarized politics.Unfortunately, many...

God has the devil on a leash

Living on Purpose: God has the devil on a leash Dr. William Holland Posted Aug. 9, 2021By Dr. William HollandFor those who are followers of Jesus, I want to encourage you today. There is nothing to fear because God loves you and has promised that He will be with you...

Amateur

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Amateur Posted Aug. 9, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

Special projects energize staff, community

Special projects energize staff, community Published Aug. 3, 2021 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant I fondly characterize newsrooms as organized chaos. That definition has aptly described operations for the past 18 months with the impact of COVID-19. The story has demanded constant attention, and there are likely fewer reporters to...

A Haunting Postscript
Missing Caskets

A Haunting Postscript Missing Caskets Tom Poland Posted Aug. 3, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netRecently I wrote about finding my great granddad’s old farmhouse, but I left out an eerie aspect that would be suitable for a Halloween column. The last line in my previous column read, “But of this...

Overshadowed

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Overshadowed Posted Aug. 3, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

Precious memories will last forever

Living on Purpose: Precious memories will last forever Dr. William Holland Posted Aug. 3, 2021By Dr. William HollandThere are different seasons in life and now in my retirement, I’m enjoying this opportunity where my daily schedule is not as demanding as it once was. I’m not saying there are not...

No masks

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: No masks Posted Aug. 3, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

My Family Quest: Discovering a Homeplace

My Family Quest Discovering a Homeplace Tom Poland Posted Aug. 3, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netThe past means much. As family property goes, however, no one or anything remains from my childhood. Fires, real estate deals, and a bitter sibling feud took away every home and acre I recall as...

S.C. Senate begins redistricting public hearings

S.C. Senate begins redistricting public hearings Posted July 23, 2021Columbia, S.C.-The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Redistricting Subcommittee has scheduled 10 hearings throughout the State to receive public testimony about interests to be considered in redrawing district lines. These hearings will not be to propose plans. That opportunity will be available at...

Rogers receives Order of the Palmetto

Rogers receives Order of the Palmetto Posted July 21, 2021Gov. Henry McMaster presented South Carolina Press Association Executive Director Bill Rogers with the Order of the Palmetto during his retirement party on July 15 at The River Center in Columbia.The Order of the Palmetto is the state’s highest civilian honor,...

For The Birds

For The Birds Tom Poland Posted July 20, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netThis makes the second time I’ve used “For The Birds” as a title. “Contacting the dead through a Ouija board? That’s for the birds.”No flippancy here. “For the birds” implies just what I mean. I suspect many of...

Not Concerned

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Not Concerned Posted July 19, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

What’s The Big Rush?

What’s The Big Rush? Tom Poland Posted July 12, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netMy back-road trips of late have been good but not as pleasant they usually are. Too many people. They drive like madmen. They pass on hills. They cut me off. They force me to hit the brakes....

Lessons from a failed advertiser

Lessons from a failed advertiser By John Foust, Advertising Trainer I remember talking to Clark about his early days in advertising. When he started his then-small marketing business, one of his first clients was a fast-food establishment that needed help with an introductory campaign. Although the store manager knew almost...

The Parking Lot Of The Dead

The Parking Lot Of The Dead Tom Poland Posted July 7, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netEven in death they cling to dignity. Left to rust, they bless the rare visitor with awe and mystery. Just how did old trucks and cars end up in a cemetery of sorts, “the graveyard...

How much does God love you?

Living on Purpose: How much does God love you? Dr. William Holland Posted July 7, 2021By Dr. William HollandAs our spiritual values become more centered on God, it’s normal to start looking forward to our eternal existence. For those who are in Christ, how exciting it is to know that...

Librarians Are Angels

Librarians Are Angels Tom Poland Posted July 7, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netNon-textbooks got our attention, and grammar school trips to the library always perked us up. We’d form a line and head to the library where a wonderful librarian, Miss Sarah, read to us and taught us the Dewey...

Empathy

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Empathy Posted July 7, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

My Mother’s Bible

My Mother’s Bible Tom Poland Posted June 22, 2021 By Tom Poland A Southern Writer www.tompoland.net tompol@earthlink.net After Mom died, my sisters and I began to go through her and Dad’s belongings. Quite a task that surprised, amused, and puzzled us. Lots of “stuff.” Our parents grew up in the...

Being less critical and more forgiving

Living on Purpose: Being less critical and more forgiving Dr. William Holland Posted June 22, 2021By Dr. William HollandThere is nothing wrong with gaining earthly knowledge until it becomes more important and trustworthy than God’s will. In this life, arrogance and selfishness is the result of our fallen and depraved...

Government Accessing Electronic Communications to Identify Sources: It Can Happen to You

Government Accessing Electronic Communications to Identify Sources: It Can Happen to You Published June 2021 By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications  The revelations that the U.S. Justice Department secretly sought information on reporters’ e-mail, phone and other communications has sent shock waves through media and...

Sharpen your editing with these press releases

Sharpen your editing with these press releases Published June 14, 2021 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant The hyper partisanship in today’s political landscape was on full display with passage of the American Rescue Plan. It passed on a straight party-line vote.A Minnesota congressman joined in the chorus of his fellow...

Ospreys—Nature Never Quits

Ospreys — Nature Never Quits Tom Poland Posted June 14, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netNoon sharp, a hot, humid Monday. Just twenty yards away a tremendous crash like a rock hitting water got my attention. There sat an osprey with spread wings, its lunch too big to lift. The look...

God desires to heal and restore

Living on Purpose: God desires to heal and restore Dr. William Holland Posted June 14, 2021By Dr. William HollandCan God heal us? Of course! We do not need to speculate or wonder about His ability to provide miracles and bring restoration even in the most difficult situations. Jeremiah 17:14 says,...

Backpedal

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Backpedal Posted June 14, 2021By Stuart Neiman This content is being shared through the S.C. News Exchange and is for use in SCPA member publications. Please use appropriate bylines and credit line

Hemp & Kudzu, A Good Summer Combo

Hemp & Kudzu, A Good Summer Combo Tom Poland Posted June 9, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netIt was like stepping back into the 1960s, sitting in that cool, refreshing gazebo up North Carolina way. Its vines and emerald green leaves, translucent and bright, revived memories of my Granddad Walker’s front...

The pig with no ears

Welcome to Swampton: The pig with no ears Michael DeWitt, Jr. Posted June 7, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr.This column is dedicated to all the speech therapists and speech pathologists who help our children find their voices, and to the animal lovers who help every little piggy know that they have...

The turning point of World War II

Living on Purpose: The turning point of World War II Dr. William Holland Posted June 7, 2021By Dr. William HollandEvery year in early June, we observe the anniversary of the Normandy invasion of World War II commonly called D-day. By the way, the “D” simply stands for whatever day a...

How the Cheese Biscuit Queen Got Her Crown

How the Cheese Biscuit Queen Got Her Crown Reba Campbell Posted June 1, 2021By Reba CampbellColumbia cookbook author Mary Martha Greene comes by cooking and storytelling naturally. Both are as an integral a part of her life as waking and sleeping. She grew up with meals made from handwritten family recipes, parties...

Years Lost To Time, The Silent Thief

Years Lost To Time, The Silent Thief Tom Poland Posted May 28, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netGrowing up I could hear the tick of my church’s old Regulator wall clock. I can’t hear it today, but my hearing’s good. All that keeping of time must have silenced the Regulator’s tick...

The Salvation of Hank

Welcome to Swampton: The Salvation of Hank Michael DeWitt, Jr. Posted May 24, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr.“And He saith unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19 The waters of the Cattywampus Church of Christ baptism pond are said to have magical powers of...

The way we live is our message

Living on Purpose: The way we live is our message Dr. William Holland Posted May 24, 2021By Dr. William HollandI was raised going to church like many of you and fell into the habit of thinking that an hour on Sunday was fulfilling my duty and earning points with God....

Flee Civilization For A Preserve

Flee Civilization For A Preserve Tom Poland Posted May 19, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.net  Needing adventure, I took back roads and made my way to a tract belonging to nature. It’s a place where man is a guest, Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve. It’s in McCormick County, close by Edgefield County.There’s...

Start benchmarking performance of politicians

Start benchmarking performance of politicians Published May 18, 2021 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant It’s customary to rate the president’s performance after the first hundred days in office. The stark contrast in personalities and policies of Donald Trump and Joe Biden provides plenty of observations and commentary. National issues range...

A king and a scoundrel in all of us

Welcome to Swampton: A king and a scoundrel in all of us Michael DeWitt, Jr. Posted May 18, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr.Welcome to Swampton County, S.C., where the sign in front of the Cattywampus Church of Christ reads: “All dogs go to heaven, so there’s hope for you, too!”Jimmy Shakes...

The relentless compassion of God

Living on Purpose: The relentless compassion of God Dr. William Holland Posted May 18, 2021By Dr. William HollandI notice when talking with certain people about Christian living, it’s common for them to lose eye contact as they start searching for a way to change the subject. Actually, this is perfectly...

History Surrounds You

History Surrounds You Tom Poland Posted May 13, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netHistory really does surround you. You just have to slow down a tad and open your eyes. It will help if you turn off the TV and go touring. I often write you can drive by a place...