JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: Made ready for Augusta and The Masters

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Total numbers are not in, and I'm not sure if there is a database that projects figures on this sort of statistic, but I'd venture to say that a solid tens of thousands of golf fanatics laid their heads in suites of hotels across the area.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: He gave everything for us

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Holley Gerth's words point to the journey of Jesus from nativity to Calvary: “He came not to a throne, but to a manger. He lived not as a king, but as a servant. He chose not an earthly kingdom, but a cross. He gave not just a little, but everything.”

JUDITH BERRY: Easter: To rise above our differences

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Easter – a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. At least that was how it has been celebrated for centuries.

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Worth the wait

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

This is something I swore I would never do. I never wanted to be “that guy” writing about his girlfriend/wife/significant other in the newspaper.

GARDENING NEWS: Companion planting producers healthier plants and bigger harvests

By TRISH MANUEL

Columnist

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Have you ever experienced a vegetable plant failing in one location, yet thriving in another? Even with the same soil, water and light, it just does …

LETTER: Birth control and young people just donít mix UPDATED

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

As I have had two letters published in two weeks, I must take issue with Phil Nobleís editorial on April 10.

Baseball boom hits UPDATED

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

The City of Columbia is working to bring baseball to South Carolinaís capitol city, in a move that rivals Project Jackson for redevelopment of a city …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Create memories in the outdoors

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

By John Felak

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Jesus takes care of the hard stuff, gives wisdom

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Jim was horrified as a judge in the foreign land announced to the court that he was guilty of breaking a major law. Jim immediately appealed to the king for mercy. The king replied that a law is a law and there was no way he could bend the law for Jim because the people would say the king was unethical. However, the king did say that if Jim could …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: A trip to the real South

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

I've spent the last week in the Dominican Republic with my friend Susan. I went last year, and I am hoping against hope that by next year at this time, Susan will be making plans to return to the U.S. permanently.

Create memories in the outdoors

Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

The Activities Center began holding beginner archery classes over the winter, and they have proven to be quite popular.

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Red Sox on the brain

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

There are few things that I enjoy more than fantasy baseball.

LETTER: The possibility of a one cent sales tax

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Concerning the possibility of having a one-cent sales tax in Aiken County for the schools, a very wise friend of my wife suggested this more than five years ago. This should have been put forward a long time ago, but, wait for it, this conservative South Carolina Legislature made some very stupid rule that makes putting forward a penny sales tax …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Who has influenced your life?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Our church has a new minister, and he was asked to speak at a Wednesday dinner to introduce himself to members of the church. Rather than give the usual life story, he decided to give us a rundown of people who had been particularly influential in his life. He focused on his religious growth.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Christ paid for man’s sins through his suffering

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

The Masters Golf Tournament won't be the same without Tiger Woods this year. Many in North Augusta met him over the years at a gym and in a North Augusta neighborhood. He may not be staying in the beautiful neighborhood in our city this year because he suffered from muscle spasms in his back that resulted in surgery. I know what muscle spasms in …

COLUMN: Letís talk about sex in South Carolina

By PHIL NOBLE

phil@scnewdemocrats.org

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Now that I have your attention, letís narrow the focus a bit and talk about sex education in South Carolina. It may not be as titillating, but itís …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: The pursuit of fitness

By JOHN FELAK

Columnist

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

At the beginning of 2014, the Activities Center began a walking/riding/running program called N.A. to L.A. That is, North Augusta to Los Angeles. The …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: The importance of spark plugs

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

After changing the spark plug in my lawn mower, I experienced pleasure when it cranked immediately. For a brief moment I felt that I knew something about small engines, but I soon admitted to myself that the real knowledge originated in the one who invented the spark plug. The engine started because the spark ignited the fuel. In our lives, …

EDITORIAL: Applaud candidates

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Holding office isnít just about attending meetings every few days. Itís about being a leader in your community and trying to make a difference.

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: Honest relationships provides the best future for students

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

No one asked me to do this, but preparing today's generation of youth is sort of implied in the job description of a teacher or a coach.

GARDENING NEWS: Garden clubs promote art of flower arranging

By LINDA BOLAND

Columnist

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

One of the objectives of our local, state and federal garden clubs is to promote our knowledge of and skills in the art of floral design.

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: That time of year

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Last year was the first time I got to go to The Masters Tournament.

COLUMN: S.C. could be missing the future

By Phil Noble

Columnist

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

You may not know the name, but we in South Carolina need to listen to Larry Page. He is a very bright and very rich young man.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: A truly joyous occasion

By PHYLLIS BRITT

Columnist

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Last weekend we officially welcomed a new daughter and granddaughter into our family with the marriage of our son, Mac, to Joy Ekre.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: We need more officials

By JOHN FELAK

Columnist

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Our youth sports program involves many people. From age 4 to 18, both boys and girls participate in a variety of sports, at a variety of skill levels. …

EDITORIAL: Jackets, Predators could grow into rivalry

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

North Augusta will always be a football town, but on Saturday it was baseball that was on everyone's mind.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God can use trees to teach us about survival

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Trees all over town are showing off their new spring flower outfits with flair. The first trees to win best-dressed during the spring fashion show were Bradford pears, who were especially lovely and eye-catching this year. Cherry trees are now making their spring debut with eye-popping elegance. Two huge cherry trees at the end of our street were …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Enjoying The Masters

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

We know that playing golf well requires good timing. Last year at The Masters, I decided to enjoy the view from the bleachers near the eighth green. As I waited to ascend the steps, I sensed a sneeze almost ready to surface.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God made fungus to recycle dead wood

Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Did you know that the biggest organism on earth could have relatives in your yard? Moreover, these organisms may help with the cleanup from the ice storm?

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Senior sports galore

Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 a.m.

The last few weeks have been about youth sports and the variety of offerings available in our community. This week, senior sports is the focus of the column.



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