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 grandmotherís 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, itís 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.

CHAPLAINíS CORNER: Overflowing with thankfulness

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

I recently read words from the late Maya Angelo: ďLet gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.Ē This outlook fits with the scriptural writings of the Apostle Paul, who, although in a Roman prison for preaching the Gospel, continued to share letters of inspiration and encouragement. He describes an attitude and …

HOW DO I replace my access door?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 6:09 p.m.

Many brick homes have an access door to the crawl space underneath the floor level that is made out of metal. Over the years, these metal door units …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Traditions hold strong in City of North Augusta UPDATED

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:35 p.m.

A tradition in North Augusta for many years has been the annual tree lighting ceremony held at Calhoun Park the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year the event will be on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Why should you attend? Let me convince you.

NOBLE: Gov. Haley in India Ė good, travel more

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

Gov. Haley is on an 11 day trip to India. There are some who are grumbling, calling her trip just another post-election junket by a politician.

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Thanksgivingís classic debates

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

This week is a special one. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that has a spectrum of different traditions.

CHAPLAINíS CORNER: Giving thanks at meals

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:52 p.m.

I noticed the younger couple sitting near us in the small restaurant as they paused to give thanks for their meal. There was something uplifting about their quiet prayer. They exhibited no pretention or show; just a moment of expressing gratitude. Because of the casual setting, I felt comfortable mentioning to them that I had observed their …

LETTER: Gender bias in the workplace

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:51 p.m.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires employers to pay equally regardless of gender if the work and work environment are the same, seniority is the same, quality and quantity of output is the same and other work standards, other than gender, are the same. It is illegal for employers to pay men and women differently under these conditions.

JUDITH BERRY: Wholehearted thankfulness

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:23 p.m.

Maybe my generation knows why we celebrate Thanksgiving, but is it taught in the schools today like it was taught back in my day? What do we really know about the first Thanksgiving? I donít think it was as glamorous as it was made out to be. When the Pilgrims sailed to the Americas, why were they coming in the first place?

NOBLE: The start of something big

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:51 p.m.

As a part of writing this column, I go to lots of meetings, community events and conferences all across the state in my never ending search to find out about the people, businesses and community groups that are doing good and important things to make our state better.

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: Creating dynamic relationships

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:14 p.m.

On occasion itís good to have a conversation with people in your line of work that you donít work with.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:52 p.m.

This is American Education Week, and we will eat lunch with Cade as part of his schoolís celebration, which weíre expecting to be as interesting as Hammond Hillís Grandparents Day. Ariah is in Mrs. Popeís fourth grade class, and was excited to have her momís parents and Tom and me all representing her family for the celebration. She noted she had …

LETTER: Penny tax vote proves value of schools

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:51 p.m.

The vote Nov. 4 demonstrated that local residents value our schools and our students enough to dedicate 1 cent on the dollar for the next 10 years to improving our school facilities. They said yes to education, yes to economic development and yes to families with children.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: November a time to give thanks

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:18 p.m.

November is a time of both remembering and giving thanks. The summer season is gone, and fall seems to get shorter every year. We move from hot weather to cold, from outside to inside. We have days we need both the heater and the air conditioner in the car.

HOW DO I solve this mystery?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:14 p.m.

You know, sometimes itís the smallest details that go unnoticed that can cause trouble into the future.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God gave our skin amazing abilities

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:31 p.m.

Itís weatherproof, as flexible as paper, can generate electricity, serve as a microphone or radio speaker, sense your presence, act like a sponge and has some abilities that are like human skin. What could this strange material be? Itís a plastic called PVDF.

GARDENING NEWS: Help your roses get some sleep

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:16 p.m.

Whether you grow knock out roses, finicky hybrid teas or the old garden variety you dug up from your grandmaís farm and transplanted to your garden, …

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Remembering a fallen Jacket

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:24 p.m.

While I was at the Rotary Bowl on Saturday, someone remarked to me that over the years there were thousands of photos of Noah Creech.

HOW DO I: Repair hardwood floors?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 5:18 p.m.

Have you ever been embarrassed to have guests come over for dinner because of the worn places in the hardwood floors finish around the dining room chairs?

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Lessons I learned

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Things I learned on my way to the Nov. 4 election:

LETTER: Noble implied science should be accepted

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:24 p.m.

I love science, in fact, the University of Missouri declared me a Master of Science. I have a real problem with junk science. I understand the pressure to publish for academics and to pay bills for everyone.

CHAPLAINíS CORNER: The world should go on

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:24 p.m.

I love the words of Carl Sandburg: ďA baby is Godís opinion that the world should go on.Ē On October 28, 1916, a North Carolina family welcomed a newborn girl who became my mother. Last week, on October 28, 2014, on what would have been Mamaís 98th birthday; our family received the precious gift of a beautiful baby girl. With gratitude for all …

LETTER: Eggersman a model grandpa

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:24 p.m.

As many people who know me know, Iím not a big ball sports fan. Even though I used to work around all the sports teams in Chicago and would regularly bump into players like Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson, My friends would make fun of me because I would be given courtside seats and proceed to spend my time admiring the architecture of the various …

NOBLE: OK SC Democrats, this is the bottom, but Ö

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Let me begin with three points that wonít surprise anyone and then a fourth that will surprise Ė maybe even shock you.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Sports benefit kids more when mixed with variety, breaks UPDATED

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:22 p.m.

Recreational sports offer year-round choices for children ages 4 to 18 in North Augusta. Our mission is to provide these sports in a safe and …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: ĎWonder netí means geese donít need socks

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:36 p.m.

My husband and I were out for a delightful afternoon drive enjoying the beautiful weather of late. We stopped beside a lake outside of town to take in the serene ambience when we heard an animal screaming as if in great pain. The sound was coming from beyond the brush and down the embankment to the water. We walked around the dam until we could …

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: A simple act of courtesy

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:36 p.m.

Friday afternoon I had the pleasant experience of being stuck in a doctorís office for much longer than a human should have to bare.

GARDENING NEWS: Cucumbers and camellias

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 5:18 p.m.

Cucumbers and camellias are not traditional companions in the yard.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Changing times

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 5:15 p.m.

With the return to standard time, dusk starts an hour earlier and changes our routine quite a bit. Running, biking or walking on the Greeneway has just become more difficult to accomplish after work. The leaves are falling as well creating a maintenance challenge to keep it clean. And condensing the available usable time can make it a bit crowded …

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