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CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Believing in the goodness and faithfulness of God

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:21 p.m.

I felt encouraged as the Sunday school teacher challenged us to claim a “holy stubbornness” that would prevent us from being sidetracked from believing in the goodness and faithfulness of God. The Bible presents a wonderful role model of this special strength of purpose in the life of Simeon. This righteous and devout man’s persistent faith …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Missing at Christmas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:21 p.m.

As I watched yet another sentimental Christmas movie, I was suddenly struck by what I’m missing this Christmas.

HOW DO I replace a dishwasher?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:15 p.m.

You know, dishwashing is an everyday occurrence that we just can’t seem to escape, whether we wash them by hand or use the ever-so-common dishwasher. …

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:19 p.m.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave., will hold Advent Celebrations every Sunday in December. The services will feature special events, …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Celebrating Jesus is the reason for Christmas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:19 p.m.

What is your favorite birthday celebration memory, a time when someone who loves you made you feel really special? Happy birthday celebrations are good times that we do not want deleted from our memories. It is that one day each year when our loved ones and friends celebrate the day of our birth.

Finance Director John Potter will be missed

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:21 p.m.

North Augusta has been lucky to have John Potter.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: December is basketball month

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:11 p.m.

December is the time when 500-plus youth enter and participate in our basketball program. Beginning at age 4, players are instructed in fundamental …

GARDENING NEWS: Fooling Mother Nature - gibbing

By Anna Sheets

Gardening News

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:04 p.m.

You may not be familiar with the term “gibbing (jibbing),” but you benefit from this process frequently.

JUDY BERRY: We wonder why

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:15 p.m.

In one of my Christmas messages to my friends in 2004, I wrote: the world around us is getting smaller. We hear more about things that are terrible than we hear of things good and some times wonder why. I’ve had many discussions with people who ask, “Why does God let these things happen?” My answer is he doesn’t – we do. The Creator has given us …

NOBLE: South Carolina (Republicans) have an attitude problem

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:21 p.m.

When I was a school boy, there was a kid down the street named Rodney who had an “attitude problem,” or at least that’s what the adults called it. To me and my friends, Rodney was just a jerk.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: A season of anticipation

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:34 p.m.

When we consider the meaning of the Advent season, we find that it points to an upcoming or imminent event. Anticipation plays a vital role this time of year, and it makes everything special. I have come to the conclusion that, for many people, the purchasing of gifts and anticipating the joy of the recipients outweighs the receiving of presents. …

NOBLE: Turkeys, Obama’s amnesty and America

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:34 p.m.

In my family, it’s a tradition that my daughter does all the cooking for Thanksgiving. Like all good traditions, it is a part of the fabric of our family holidays. On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, she and I went to the local Publix to buy all the ingredients for this special dinner. I know that it’s special as the tape read $157.23 for this one …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Greeneway bridge building its own legacy

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 1:41 p.m.

I was recently asked about the history of the Greeneway bridge, specifically the railroad trestle that presided over Martintown Road for over 50 …

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Christmas in the air

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:34 p.m.

When I first brought up the Tour of Homes to Samantha she had never heard of the concept.

LETTER: My dreams

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:34 p.m.

I have a dream that the Congress will pass budget appropriations bills and Constitutional legislation to properly manage America.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Jesus destroys sin at its roots

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 4:52 p.m.

No matter where you live, it is likely that a wondrous creature is, right now, at work in or near your lawn. This creature has more ability to sense the things going on around him than a sophisticated space probe. It can even hear earthworms chewing beneath the ground.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: A hectic time of year

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:34 p.m.

The holidays are always cause for some level of panic. We all shop for the right gift for family and friends. We spend extra time baking. There are parties and programs at school and at church. Then there’s the wrapping of presents after you’ve bought them. So much to do, so little time.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God created natural medicines

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:21 p.m.

God has given our bodies incredible powers of healing and repair; you could almost say that we carry our very own doctor and pharmacy inside us.

GARDENING NEWS: How to fool Mother Nature – forcing bulbs to bloom UPDATED

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:20 p.m.

If you’re not quite ready to hang up your trowel for the winter and have a desire to continue gardening, try your hand at forcing bulbs to bloom …

Parking deck means big things for North Augusta

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:44 p.m.

The City of North Augusta took a big step forward at the City Council meeting on Monday night.

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: An indictment against humanity

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:39 p.m.

With an epicenter located in Missouri, race issues have quickly become the most prominent epidemic infecting these United States.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Return to Bethlehem

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:44 p.m.

When we return to Bethlehem and focus on that first Christmas, we discover that a rigorous journey preceded the birth of Jesus. This eighty-mile trek from Nazareth set the stage for the celebration by shepherds and angels. Each year millions of Americans travel to observe this holy season with family and friends. Our traveling modes do not present …

LETTERS: Illegal Rather Than unconstitutional

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:44 p.m.

People’s eyes glaze over when we say something is “unconstitutional” because they have never studied the Constitution. I now prefer “illegal.” It is appropriate to say that POTUS, his AG, the Congress, SCOTUS and lower courts have conducted illegal activities. Each took an oath like I did to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies …

HOW DO I replace a roof vent pipe?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:39 p.m.

Have you ever noticed small water stains near the edge of your ceiling in certain areas and wondered how that can be; you just had your roof replaced a few years ago and the contractor said it was a 25 year roof?

LETTER: Continuing resolutions are irresponsible and destructive

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:44 p.m.

The normally uninformed electorate has repudiated the tyrannical Obama administration policies. To fund the government until the next Congress is seated does not make sense. The GOP has gotten a black eye on previous shutdowns, but the election may be used as a mandate, and the next Congress can quickly right many of the excesses of the …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Holiday fun and other wild things

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:44 p.m.

What a jam-packed Thanksgiving weekend we had, as I’m sure you did, as well.

LETTER: Theft of Christmas Trees

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:44 p.m.

I am a member of the North Augusta Optimist Club. We have trees for sale just off Martintown Road near I-20. We got our trees in on Monday evening and began selling this (Friday) morning. The tree lot is fenced, but the fence is mostly to lean the trees on.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Role models are necessary

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:27 p.m.

Role models are essential in our society.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Give thanks from the heart for what you have

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 6:01 p.m.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. For the largest part of my life, my family went to my grandmother’s house on Thanksgiving Day. I have such fond memories of seeing my grandmother greeting us at the door in her white apron. Tantalizing aromas of turkey, dressing and sweet potatoes filled her house as she busily peeled and prepared fruit …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Give thanks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:39 p.m.

I love Thanksgiving. Oh, it’s not like Christmas, but it is a relatively no-pressure holiday that gives us all a chance to look around at what in our lives is worthy of our personal thanksgiving.

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