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NOBLE: Promise Zone: Help, Hope and Heroes

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 6:00 p.m.

One of the most shameful and enduring problems in South Carolina is the huge gap between the prosperous/urban and poor/rural areas of our state. Most of these poor/rural counties lie along Interstate 95 and it has been dubbed The Corridor of Shame – and it is.

GARDENING NEWS: Back to the Japanese beetles

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 5:39 p.m.

In June, I talked about our need to know if we should treat our garden for Japanese beetles. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suggested we …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Many uses for Riverview facilities

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 6:00 p.m.

The City of North Augusta and the Parks and Recreation Department are very proud of our recreation facilities. The youth and adult sports programs we …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God has placed huge value on mankind

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 5:39 p.m.

One of the areas in which modern technology is advancing most rapidly is fiber optics. Crystal clear telephone messages are carried on cables of special fibers that conduct data in digital form, using laser light.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Thinking about expectations

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Someone sent me the five simple rules for happiness: (1) Free your heart from hatred. (2) Free your mind from worries. (3) Live simply. (4) Give more. (5) Expect less. I am intrigued by the admonition to “expect less.”

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: My how school has changed

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 6:00 p.m.

My grandson Cade started second grade last week. Then Payton started kindergarten this week.

Editorial: Big aims for North Augusta

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 6:00 p.m.

The announcement last week that pharmaceutical supplier AmbioPharm Inc. in North Augusta would once again be expanding is a welcome sign for the City …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: 91-year-old inspires each day

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 5:07 p.m.

There are many members of the Activities Center, but few with the life experiences and vitality of Sarah Davis. At 91 years young, she has been a …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: School is in

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 6:13 p.m.

This week, thousands of kids in Aiken County set off for their annual adventure in our local schools. My grandson, Cade, and his cousin, Ariah, were …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Love does no harm

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 6:13 p.m.

John Wesley wrote, “Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.” If we employ this useful formula, we can also conclude that an ounce of love is more valuable than a pound of busyness, good intentions, or best-laid plans. In considering the necessity of love in our lives, I agree with …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Power of God can transform communities

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 5:16 p.m.

The March for Jesus last Saturday was an overwhelming success. Everyone said it was an awesome encouragement and blessing to all participants. There is definite spiritual power in thousands of Christians crossing denominational lines and coming together to publicly proclaim that Jesus Christ is lord of their lives. This event could be the …

JUDITH BERRY: Learning to stay positive about God’s creation

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 5:26 p.m.

Recently I pulled some old poetry books off my shelf to browse through them. I figured it was time to weed out some of my books and get rid of them. Norman Vincent Peale, in particular, compiled one of them. He was one of my mother’s favorite theologians and she had many of his books that she passed on to me. I read all of them, and when I …

JOE WILSON: Conservatives offer Obamacare alternatives

by joe wilson

editor@northaugustastar.com

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 6:13 p.m.

Every day, I hear from men and women about the harmful effects of Obamacare on their families. The effects of the president’s takeover of the …

NOBLE: Wanted: A climate change hero

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 6:13 p.m.

I live in Charleston. Though my roots go many generations deep in the soil of the rural Upstate – and I love the green rolling hills and blue mountains – Charleston is the place I love the most.

EDITORIAL: Right choice on field logo

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 5:50 p.m.

Since it was announced that North Augusta High school would get an artificial turf field, there has been one major debate.

GARDENING NEWS: Using native plants in landscaping can help environment

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:37 p.m.

I’m referring to your garden in this case. Many articles recently have discussed the benefits of using native plants in our yards.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Fall programs coming soon

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 5:50 p.m.

With the continued heat and long summer days, it may not seem as if fall is coming. But the preparation for fall sports has begun at North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department. Soccer, baseball, volleyball, cheerleading and football seasons are just around the corner with sign-ups already started in all of these sports.

Dedication ceremony needs to happen

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 5:50 p.m.

In May of 2004, the City modified Calhoun Park to accommodate Grace Church.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Ants showcase God’s amazing works UPDATED

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:36 p.m.

While watering flowers, I had an opportunity to witness a most unusual event. We have a bluebird feeder that looks like a long stemmed flower. It is attached to our downstairs deck by the long thick wire stem. At the top is a large, pale blue glass flower. We place dried meal worms inside the flower for the bluebirds.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Forgive and be forgiven

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 5:50 p.m.

The scientific world acknowledges that the practice of forgiveness leads to lower levels of stress, blood pressure, and depression. Forgiveness also improves our feelings of self-worth.

Common Sense in North Augusta

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 5:50 p.m.

Common Sense published in 1776 by Thomas Paine contained the following introduction, “Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor, a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it superficial appearance of being right.”

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Cousins are a blessing

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 5:50 p.m.

I was reminded last week just what it means to be family.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Going high tech in the baby game

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 6:11 p.m.

I spent several days over the last couple of weeks with daughter Liz and 2½-year-old Pearce and newborn Clarke.

LETTER: NA’s lost grant ... the rest of the story UPDATED

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 5:38 p.m.

I am writing in response to Mr. Glover’s letter in the Star on July 21, 2015. Mr. Glover’s letter had the following comments about the …

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Finding, or creating, a destination

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 6:11 p.m.

This past week, Samantha and I spent some time in North Carolina. We spent a handful of days in Asheville and the rest in Raleigh visiting her brother.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Visitor opinions on our facilities

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 7:01 p.m.

If you have been reading this column for the last month, you are aware we had a busy July. Basketball, baseball and softball tournaments have brought visitors from all over the country to North Augusta and Riverview Park. Our staff has had a great opportunity to hear some interesting opinions about the park and our facilities.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Pause and let it sink in

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 6:11 p.m.

The fitness expert explained the value of pausing occasionally throughout the day. One of the suggested exercises involves consciously slowing down our breathing and triggering the relaxation response in stressful situations. I have heard Chuck Swindoll speak of the biblical word “Selah” as a musical notation for a pause. A friend of …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Technology looks to nature for advancement

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 7:03 p.m.

The latest edition of Microsoft’s software, Windows 10, is out and my husband and I have it on both our computers. It is quite an improvement over previous Windows operating systems, and has some neat new features like the ability to draw and make notes on web pages with a mouse. This new version organized a lot of previous features and …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Holding on and letting go

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:11 p.m.

I attended a memorial service which was followed by a ceremony of family members releasing balloons. Someone called this a “token of closure” in the grief journey.

LETTER: Progress at What Cost?: Taxes Aren’t For Stadiums

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:11 p.m.

I am writing this letter in response to Mr. (Todd) Glover’s letter in the July 22, 2015 edition. 

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