NOBLE: The very strange world of race and politics in SC UPDATED

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:02 p.m.

In November, South Carolina will make history by electing its first African-American to the US Senate. And, if the polls are to be believed, it will be Republican Tim Scott.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Honey-do turns into learning experience

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:55 p.m.

The good news – or the bad news, depending on your perspective – with a husband who is at least semi-retired is that for the first time in our lives, really, I can make a honey-do list and expect the items on the list to get done.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: The Senior Games are here

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:58 p.m.

During a previous column, I discussed the S.C. State Senior Sports Classic held in Florence and a number of people participating, including myself, …

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: Relinquishing the fear in communication UPDATED

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 7:52 p.m.

When I told them they were going to have to use the language, every bit of it was meant.

NOBLE: Gators, Politicians and Oil UPDATED

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:02 p.m.

As I write these words, I’m sitting on a rustic dock overlooking a beautiful, placid pond on a coastal South Carolina island. I’m surrounded by nothing but God’s creations and natural beauty.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God protects us with the immune system

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:25 p.m.

Physicians have been mystified by and are in the process of studying GOD. But in this case, GOD is an acronym that stands for Generation of Diversity. The diversity that amazes them is the diversity found in our immune system. While we have fewer than 100,000 genes, our immune system is able to generate tens of millions of distinct antibodies to …

JUDITH BERRY: The right path of life

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 7:52 p.m.

Someone sent me an email, and it was titled, “Things to do before you get old.” When do we decide we are old? I can’t imagine doing any of these things like: Cliff camping – there were actual tents hanging from the side of a cliff, and the people actually spent the night in them; climbing redwoods; ice climbing a frozen waterfall; extreme kayaking …

LETTER: Thankful for longtime friends

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:46 p.m.

Today is a day I will always remember as a red letter day at chemo. A group of six of us ladies began meeting to celebrate birthdays and other …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Serendipity in the route

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:41 p.m.

I listened to an interview dealing with the use of cellphone apps to assist in international travel. Tourists can access information for transportation from the airport to hotels and receive directions from cities to remote villages.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Believers shine with the light of Christ

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 6:35 p.m.

Apple has recently released a snap-on camera back for the iPhone 5 that is a thermal camera. One can take thermal pictures that show heat sources as a glow. You can see footsteps of a person who just walked across the carpet. If you swipe your hand across a wall, the heat trail would be visible in the picture as a smear.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Shore up for the aging game

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:01 p.m.

OK, I’m only going to discuss this once – and then you have to promise to remember that I’m really 39, forever.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Volunteers are always welcome

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 9:28 p.m.

About 55 years ago, recreational programs began in North Augusta for senior citizens, doing traditional classes of rug hooking, cake decorating, sewing, ceramics and dancing.

HOW DO I … Replace a doorknob?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 6:18 p.m.

Have you ever attempted to make a home repair only to get into the middle of it and feel you’re over your head? The details can be overwhelming.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Praying in the mountains

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 1:27 p.m.

While traveling last month, we stopped at Lake Junaluska. Having enjoyed this beautiful setting in the western North Carolina Mountains on many previous occasions, we wanted to visit the store and walk around the lake.

EDITORIAL: Firm penalties for domestic violence

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 1:38 p.m.

The stunning number of women killed by men in South Carolina should have been addressed a long time ago by South Carolina lawmakers. But it’s a positive sign to see the creation of a committee in the state legislature aimed at curbing the problem that should be seen as a disgrace.

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Car shopping an experience to be missed

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 1:32 p.m.

I’ve never been through the process of car shopping, but now I suddenly dread it.

GARDENING NEWS: Chrysanthemums add color to your landscape

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 3:00 p.m.

It happens overnight – home and garden centers transition to fall with the addition of potted mums.

LETTER: Project Jackson a “disaster” for NA

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:56 p.m.

The Aug. 27 edition of The Star asks for a “What do you think” reply to the Project Jackson decision. I am very much in favor of the original plan, but am not in favor of the baseball stadium. Short and long rant, I think the stadium will be a disaster for North Augusta

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Celebrating 60 years of The Star

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:56 p.m.

The Star turns 60 years old this week. While the North Augusta weekly newspaper has made many changes in that time, since 1954 The Star has remained dedicated to providing local news to this community – everything from what’s happening in our City government to what’s happening in our schools, who’s getting married, who’s making strides in their …


Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:55 p.m.

As we approach our fall season, there are many changes occurring in the North Augusta Parks. Several projects have been obvious, and a few probably not.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Malls may have existed in biblical times

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 7:11 p.m.

Did you know there is recent archaeological evidence of David, King of Israel’s wartime victories? While cleaning up an excavation at the current site of the biblical Dan, one of the excavation team members noticed an inscription on a stone that was sticking out of the ground. It turned out to be part of a victory monument erected by an Aramean …

EDITORIAL: Reminiscing about North Augusta High School

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:56 p.m.

“In the Hills of Carolina, stands my alma mater fair.”

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: Developing patterns for young minds

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 7:13 p.m.

Working at school is a constant reminder that young minds need developing.

NOBLE: SC Women – Afghanistan and Rwanda UPDATED

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:56 p.m.

The world is shrinking and with the Internet we are now all hyper-connected.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: The ability to laugh at ourselves

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:56 p.m.

A finalist in the Jeopardy Teachers’ Tournament shared that he tried out for a basketball walk-on slot while a student at Duke University.

HOW DO I: Adjust my shower door?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 7:08 p.m.

At one time or another, we have all had that proverbial shower door that gradually got harder and harder to close – those of us, at least, who have the framed swing-type shower door.

TIM SCOTT: Protecting South Carolina’s veterans

By Tim Scott

U.S. Senator

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:52 p.m.

COLUMBIA, SC — The brave men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform deserve our honor and our kept promises. South Carolina’s 400,000 veterans …

NOBLE: Lowcountry Local First: Who are those guys?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:51 p.m.

One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Since it came out, I’ve probably watched it 20 times.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Some things never get old

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:52 p.m.

The last three weeks have been a whirlwind of activity at the Britt house. It began, of course, with the birth of Thomas William, now three weeks old. Since then Liz, Vince and Pearce visited for a day, Cade started first grade, Payton started 4-K, Pearce came back to visit for five days while her parents traveled for work, Tom’s dad and sister …

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: It wasn’t as bad as it looked

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:52 p.m.

This weekend was supposed to be a relaxing one.

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