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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...

Hot sauce spirituality

Living on Purpose: Hot sauce spirituality Dr. William Holland Posted May 11, 2021By Dr. William HollandIt’s easy to find people who can express their opinions about the Bible while at the same time having a tight grip on the amount of their will they surrender to God. Sound familiar? In...

Every State Needs A John Mulhouse

Every State Needs A John Mulhouse Tom Poland Posted May 4, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netEvery state needs someone to record what it’s lost. Every state needs a John Mulhouse. I’ve never met John but we’re in touch and we share much—the beauty of abandonment, UGA grads with Augusta, Georgia,...

SCAAP Op-Ed: Protect Our Children

Op-ed submission from the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (SCAAP) PROTECT OUR CHILDREN Robert A. Saul, MD Posted May 4, 2021 For more info, contact: Robert A. Saul, MD robertsaul@me.com 864-980-8372 108 Wimbledon Court Greenwood, SC 29646 As the elected officers of the South Carolina Chapter...

Compelled To Pick Up Rocks

Compelled To Pick Up Rocks Tom Poland Posted May 3, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netDo you pick up rocks? I do. I feel compelled to pick up rocks. And so do others. Many people take rocks home and create a sort of geologic museum. In my office you’ll see a...

Being happy never grows old

Living on Purpose: Being happy never grows old Dr. William Holland Posted May 3, 2021By Dr. William HollandI remember as a kid how the days seemed so long. I recall in the summertime after breakfast, I would shoot basketball until the sun became too hot, and then I would ride...

Staying focused on our mission

Living on Purpose: Staying focused on our mission Dr. William Holland Posted April 26, 2021By Dr. William HollandFor many years I’ve had the privilege to visit nursing homes as I truly enjoy spending time with the elderly. I sing and teach Bible studies and appreciate hearing about their former lives....

The Oldest Profession

The Oldest Profession Tom Poland Posted April 23, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netHauling two wire cages of stacked stone, the flatbed turned right and crept uphill. Cormac McCarthy wrote that the oldest profession in the world is not prostitution. It’s stacking stones. Well, you can stack stones as they are...

KAMINSKI HOUSE MUSEUM TO REOPEN WITH NEW TOURS

KAMINSKI HOUSE MUSEUM TO REOPEN WITH NEW TOURS South Carolina's Hammock Coast Posted April 23, 2021Closed for tours for more than a year due to the pandemic, the historic Georgetown house is ready to open its doors to the public againGEORGETOWN, SC – The front door to the Kaminski House...

Blinded in the Boudoir

Southern Voices, Southern Voices: Column Headline Michael DeWitt, Jr. Posted April 21, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr.A fly buzzes on a gnawed fried chicken bone discarded on the sidewalk between two Main Street car-title-loan companies. Welcome to Swampton County, S.C.Ever since Swampton County passed the controversial new Pet Tax, clever citizens...

A salute to those who wave the editorial banner

A salute to those who wave the editorial banner Published April 14, 2021 By Jim Pumarlo, Newspaper Consultant Last summer’s Grassroots Editor still sits in my stack of journalism publications. The edition announced the Golden Quill winners in annual competition sponsored by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.I have...

Marcus Satterfield brings ‘clean slate’ as Gamecocks new offensive coordinator

Marcus Satterfield brings ‘clean slate’ as Gamecocks new offensive coordinator Posted April 14, 2021By Matt Tantillo and Harrison BelkCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This snippet links to a full package of content, including images and an infographic on the Carolina News & Reporter site. A two-decade-old friendship, mentors at the...

Working from home? UofSC Law professor explains the new virtual workforce in upcoming book

Working from home? UofSC Law professor explains the new virtual workforce in upcoming book Posted April 14, 2021By Rachel StrieberCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This snippet links to a full package of content, including images and an infographic on the Carolina News & Reporter site. A lot has...

L’dor v’dor: From Generation to Generation, the story of the Holocaust must continue to be told

L’dor v’dor: From Generation to Generation, the story of the Holocaust must continue to be told Posted April 14, 2021By Brandon Alter Carolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This snippet links to a full package of content, including images and an infographic on the Carolina News & Reporter site. Friendships...

Death, taxes and three-legged dogs

Welcome to Swampton: Death, taxes and three-legged dogs Michael DeWitt, Jr. Posted April 14, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr.Welcome to Swampton County, S.C., home of The Swampton Slinger newspaper, where we will run your obituary for free if your subscription is all paid up. Offer valid only once.Weather It’s warming up...

Breaking The Cult of Difficulty

Breaking The Cult of Difficulty Tom Poland Posted April 12, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netMany tell me how difficult they find writing to be. Well, they speak the truth. It’s difficult to write at a high level, and that’s why while watching Ken Burn’s documentary on Ernest Hemingway, a comment...

The Allure Of Copper

The Allure Of Copper Tom Poland Posted April 12, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netThe hills were red. Barren, like some alien landscape. Nothing green. Could have been Mars.I was just ten or so when Dad drove us through Copper Basin. I saw the results of copper mining that one time...

Why do we want to know God?

Living on Purpose: Why do we want to know God? Dr. William Holland Posted April 12, 2021By Dr. William HollandThe Christian life is difficult to understand. Generally speaking, the masses are satisfied with receiving a spiritual fish instead of becoming a fisherman as refusing to learn what God requires becomes...

Death – and sinus relief- from above

Welcome to Swampton: Death – and sinus relief- from above Michael DeWitt, Jr. Posted April 7, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr.Welcome to Swampton County, S.C., home of The Swampton Slinger newspaper, delivered to your home weekly since 1876, except for those 18 months when our publisher was in federal prison for...

Matt Gaetz

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Matt Gaetz Posted April 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

Attack of the morale-killing bosses

Attack of the morale-killing bosses By John Foust, Advertising Trainer In my advertising and training career, I’ve observed – and heard about – a lot of boss-employee encounters. Some have been good, some have been bad.All have been instructive. In many cases, we can learn as much from the negative...

Faith is more than knowledge

Living on Purpose: Faith is more than knowledge Dr. William Holland Posted April 5, 2021By Dr. William HollandHave you ever made plans to do something, but it did not work out? I’m sure that most of us have. Disappointment is not a stranger, especially to those who are ambitious. There...

All Rise – The first female South Carolina Supreme Court Justice aims to uplift young women

All Rise – The first female South Carolina Supreme Court Justice aims to uplift young women Posted April 1, 2021By Rachel StrieberCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This snippet links to a full package of content, including images on the Carolina News & Reporter site. Retired South Carolina Chief...

William Bartram’s Wild Azaleas

William Bartram’s Wild Azaleas Tom Poland Posted April 2, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netBlooms, blossoms, and bracts splash color everywhere you look this time of year. Daffodils and now dogwoods and azaleas add their voice to the spring symphony. They proclaim spring is here despite the late cold snap.In yards...

Florence Morning News editor to lead state press association

Florence Morning News editor to lead state press association Posted March 31, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFor more information, contact Bill Rogers:Office: (803) 750-9561 | brogers@scpress.orgDon Kausler Jr., regional editor of the Morning News in Florence, has been elected president of the S.C. Press Association after a vote of the Press Association’s membership.Other officers...

The Easter Dress Seduction

WELCOME TO SWAMPTON: A FICTIONAL HUMOR COLUMN Michael DeWitt, Jr. Posted March 31, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr.The Easter Dress SeductionWelcome to Swampton County, S.C., home of The Swampton Slinger newspaper, delivered to your home since 1876, except during Prohibition when we needed our delivery trucks for something else.  Weather Update:Spring...

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon Tom Poland Posted March 31, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netSunday night the moon hung full and bright over treetops. Like some silver dollar hurled into the night she floated full and beautiful, though pollen gave it a gold cast. Tonight’s a perfect night...

A Seashell Tradition

A Seashell Tradition Tom Poland Posted March 29, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netThere it was. A grave covered in seashells. It’s as close to a burial at sea as an inland dweller will get. My sister, Deb, told me about a small cemetery deep in woods. “You’ve got to see...

JESUS – the name above all names

Living on Purpose: JESUS – the name above all names Dr. William Holland Posted March 29, 2021By Dr. William HollandThroughout history, no one has made a greater impact on this earth than Jesus Christ, yet many still do not understand who he is. During Christmas, people around the world acknowledge...

WELCOME TO SWAMPTON: A FICTIONAL HUMOR COLUMN

WELCOME TO SWAMPTON: A FICTIONAL HUMOR COLUMN Dear Mr. President Michael DeWitt, Jr. Posted March 24, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr.Welcome to Swampton, S.C., population 2,168, unless it’s Saturday night and we all “ride off” to the Fairdale Walmart so Momma can get her hair done for church tomorrow.   Weather ForecastThe...

Filibuster

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Filibuster Posted March 24, 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

God is still in the miracle business

Living on Purpose: God is still in the miracle business Dr. William Holland Posted March 24, 2021By Dr. William HollandMany people around the world have heard of the Moron Brothers, (Michael Carr and Michael Hammond) who live in my hometown. Mike Carr is a good friend and I’ve actually performed...

A Chapel and a School

A Chapel and a School: The Historic Sweet Easy Tom Poland Posted March 17, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netSmith Chapel found me Sunday. Though it’s on Smith Chapel Road and sounds like a no brainer, directions for my first attempt led me astray. That day I turned left when I...

I’m Back

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: I'm Back Posted March 17, 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

Here -finally- comes the bride

Here -finally- comes the bride Posted March 12, 2021By Rachel StrieberCarolina News & ReporterUniversity of South CarolinaEditor's Note: This snippet links to a full package of content, including images and an infographic on the Carolina News & Reporter site. With pandemic restrictions gradually lifting in South Carolina, a boom in business for...

The Clothesline

The Clothesline: The Gentle Cycle Tom Poland Posted March 10, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netA neighbor suggested I join a community website where people post about restaurant openings and closings, shady repairmen, and snakes. “What kind of snake is this?” The answer is always, “I don’t know but it looks...

A Good Day

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: A Good Day Posted March 8, 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

Advertisers’ blind spots

Advertisers’ blind spots By John Foust, Advertising Trainer When we learned how to drive, we heard about blind spots. Those are the areas which are not visible in our rear and side view mirrors. As a result, we have to be extra careful when we change lanes. The term “blind...

The Flower World’s Beautiful Blonds

The Flower World’s Beautiful Blonds Tom Poland Posted March 3, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netDaffodils. They’re the beautiful blonds of the flower world and if it’s possible for a flower to smile, daffodils do. They bring to mind young women standing together making plans for a party or a trip...

Full Speed Ahead

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Full Speed Ahead Posted March 1, 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

Our future is being decided today

Living on Purpose: Our future is being decided today Dr. William Holland Posted March 1, 2021By Dr. William HollandThe greatest life-changing story ever told is that Jesus died for you which proves he loved you more than anything in the world. He knows your every thought and intention, listens to...

Texas Snake

Stuart Neiman Cartoon: Texas Snake Posted February 24, 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

Don’t be a ‘Sharent,’ Karen

Don’t be a ‘Sharent,’ Karen A Joint Column Posted February 22, 2021By Michael DeWitt, Jr. and Mae Frances BingTranslating the urban dictionary into a language even old geezers can understand.When we began this column we had a noble purpose: to bridge the gap between generations, the sexes, and the races,...

Winter’s Lush Green Carpet

Winter’s Lush Green Carpet Tom Poland Posted February 22, 2021By Tom PolandA Southern Writerwww.tompoland.nettompol@earthlink.netIt’s an unusual plant. No flowers. No roots, but what a green velvety plant. Green moss mystifies me. When I come across it I stare. Always. Why can’t my lawn look like that? I don’t know much...