Not time to hedge on Confederate flag vote

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:29 p.m.

Now is not the time to bob and weave on the issue of removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Through the eyes of a 2-year-old

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:29 p.m.

I’ve just returned from 10 days with my brand new granddaughter, Clarke, and her big sister, Pearce.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Proud to be an American

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:28 p.m.

There is no better day to be proud to be an American as the Fourth of July. Flags are proudly displayed around homes and are a symbol of all we are proud of in the United States.

LETTER: We’ll take down the flag out of respect

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:29 p.m.

Over the past week I’ve seen many calls on Facebook and news broadcasts for the removal of the Confederate flag.

JUDITH BERRY: We the people

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:02 p.m.

I tried to type the preamble of the U.S. Constitution (following) without looking. I got most of it right and I’m glad that I can still remember most of it by heart. I wonder how many children in school today are taught to memorize it?

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: The different races show God’s creativity

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:01 p.m.

There is only one race, the human race. That said, how did the differences in appearances that are referred to today as “race” come about?

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Enjoy the music of freedom

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:29 p.m.

I vividly recall the pride we felt as college students singing “This is my country! Land of my birth! This is my country! Grandest on earth! I pledge thee my allegiance, America, the bold, for this is my country to have and to hold.”

LETTER: Elected officials are working hard

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:29 p.m.

In the recent letter from Robert Snell of Beech Island, he writes “Why hasn’t the County Council fired Tim Carlton?”

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Faith knows where to take questions

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:41 p.m.

“Faith does not eliminate questions, faith knows where to take them.” The Christian leader who spoke those words could articulate them because her life proved their validity.

LETTER: Aiken County politicians have no clue UPDATED

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:31 p.m.

The Aiken County Board of Education is now proposing a hefty increase in administrator’s and Brookhaven flunkies’ salaries, yet the hourly folks (cafeteria works, custodians, etc.) haven’t had an increase in seven years.

GARDENING NEWS: The perfect complete flower

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:41 p.m.

The importance of sustaining and promoting pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies in our gardens was discussed in a previous article.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Tournaments coming to Riverview in July

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:40 p.m.

July is basketball time here at Riverview Park Activities Center. The 20th annual Nike Peach Jam is July 8 through 12, and is a major event not only in North Augusta, but the entire CSRA. July means a huge economic impact on our area from Aiken all the way to Augusta. But it is not the only game in town.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: The sound of summer love

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:31 p.m.

I am officially on vacation – at least that’s the way it seems to me.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Prayer for those in grief UPDATED

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:31 p.m.

Our loving heavenly Father, we lift our hearts in prayer for the families of those who died last week in the shootings in Charleston.

NOBLE: June 17th: Denmark Vesey and Clementa Pinckney

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:31 p.m.

One of the questions of the tragic killing of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is why him? And why now?

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: What’s love got to do with it?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:57 p.m.

When you’re young and fall in love, most folks envision a life of wedded bliss which eventually includes children. Then those children come along, and life is good. And somewhere along the way you find that you are caught up in the day-to-day effort of raising those kids while you build a career, serve your church, serve your community and …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Summer heat and hydration

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:56 p.m.

For anyone who spends any time outdoors, the summer season can be a difficult time to stay properly hydrated and protected. Even performing outside chores in the early morning hours can be dangerous if you are low on water. Here are a few tips to keep you healthy over the next few months.

JUDITH BERRY: “Be calm and carry on”

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:57 p.m.

When I watched the news report about the young man and his father who were camping in the Smoky Mountains, it inspired me to write. Evidently a black bear attacked the young man while he was sleeping in a hammock. The bear was dragging him by the head into the woods, so the father started hitting the bear in the face many times. The bear ran away …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God gave dung beetle navigation tools

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 7:44 p.m.

There is a huge hunt among scientific researchers to find life on other planets, and this hunt has been going on for decades. Scientists recently stated that they had found several planets that can support life as the Earth does. However, they were recently forced to write in Science Magazine, “Two planets considered among the most …

A legacy remembered for years to come UPDATED

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:57 p.m.

The family of Toyian R. Williams showed how to turn a tragedy into a positive experience.

NOBLE: Andy Griffith is stopping progress in SC

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:57 p.m.

OK, the headline got your attention, so now hopefully you will read the whole column – and no, it’s not technically true. Andy Griffith died in 2012 and he was from North Carolina, not South Carolina.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Listening before speaking

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:57 p.m.

While serving as chaplain of the 43rd Engineer Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia, after attending the commander’s staff meeting, I followed the information as it moved down the chain of command in one company.

LETTER: Concerned citizen of North Augusta asks questions

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:21 p.m.

There are important facts about the proposed development of 195 acres of property near the brick ponds.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Don’t worry, I’m back

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:19 p.m.

I had to take a few weeks off for some minor medical issues, nothing serious. This article is a product of our department, not of me personally. I had every belief an article would have been supplied last week but for whatever reason, it didn’t happen. It isn’t because there is nothing going on. Quite the contrary, we are very busy …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Welcome to the world, baby girl

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:22 p.m.

They say a first born child never quite gets over his or her position being usurped by child No. 2. And it may well be true.

GARDENING NEWS: Daylilies – perennials that offer diversity of size, shape, and color UPDATED

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 6:15 p.m.

Most everyone has a favorite flower. For me, it’s daylilies; I love daylilies.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Christians worldwide pray for faith, strength

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:23 p.m.

I found the following statement surprising. Persecuted Christians in the Middle East, North Korea and China are praying for Christians in America.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Remembering a season of life UPDATED

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:21 p.m.

While in college, after consulting with my dad, I purchased my first car, a twelve-year-old 1955 Chevrolet, at a bargain price. The vehicle’s well-worn appearance prompted someone to suggest that it would be a suitable car to drive only at night. I loved my imperfect automobile and drove it day and night as needed. It provided …

LETTER: Leaders need encouragement

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:21 p.m.

American citizens ought to be more encouraging and less critical of local and national leaders. Increasingly, the majority of criticisms directed at those in positions of leadership have not been constructive, but destructive. Most are rooted in ignorance, jealousy, envy, hatred, phobias, and many types of isms. To the proud originators of …

LETTER: Does North Augusta want Times Square?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:21 p.m.

I am a North Augustan living in Hammond’s Ferry and feel compelled to comment on the recent article in The Star (GreenJackets owner patiently planning to bring Aiken County baseball, more). Because I dare openly disagree with moving a baseball stadium to the river I have to put up with being labeled a “naysayer.” This article …

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