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PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Responding to sibling rivalry UPDATED

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:07 p.m.

I don’t have any brothers or sisters. As a result, when my kids were coming along, I had to look to my husband for insight into what was happening with my three children in this regard.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Dealing honestly with our hearts

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:07 p.m.

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah used the words desperately wicked to describe the human heart. All persons who commit themselves to an honest spiritual inventory find that they must deal with their hearts.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Technology can’t compete with God’s design

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 4:57 p.m.

The recent winds left some damage to trees still injured from the ice storm last February. Have you ever wondered how creation responds to the wind when it blows ferociously and there is no damage?

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: People are starting to act as crazy as the weather

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 4:57 p.m.

How do you like the weather?

NOBLE: Gov. Haley’s $29,000 football tickets and higher ed reform

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:07 p.m.

I love this state, I really do – and that’s why I get so frustrated when we can’t do the obvious right thing for stupid reasons. (Like, say, $29,000 worth of free football tickets – but more on that in a moment.)

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Saying goodbye UPDATED

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:07 p.m.

I remember driving over to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to look at a rabbit.

LETTER: Support our champion robotics team

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:07 p.m.

My name is Leeanna Whittle, I’m a 14 year old ninth-grader at North Augusta High School. My goal is to become an engineer.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Time to go outside to play

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 4:51 p.m.

After a long winter, even by Southern standards, the time has come to go outside to play. There are many of you that enjoy the cooler, or even cold, weather; I am not one of them. Give me the warm days of summer anytime. Our department has completed the basketball program and we are in full organization mode for the spring sports season.

Mug shot bill is sensible, but needs specific scope

Monday, February 23, 2015 3:04 p.m.

The line between publishing a mug shot because it’s newsworthy and publishing it just to make money should be clear.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: A bit of this and that on a wintry day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:14 p.m.

My grandchildren continue to be an important part of my daily life. I find a great deal of satisfaction in following the successes of each of them. Fourth-grader Ariah excels in martial arts, and she recently decided it was time to master riding her bike. Cade, in first grade, has taken off in reading. It’s amazing what a difference it …

GARDENING NEWS: Be cautious when reusing containers

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 11:27 a.m.

A few warm days have let me know that it is time to think about starting seeds and evaluating my current stash of pots and containers.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Basketball far from done

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:13 p.m.

The youth recreation basketball program is coming to a close in North Augusta, but basketball season is far from over. Riverview Park Activities Center will be the host of a variety of events over the next few months.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Life-changing ministry of the Gideons

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:14 p.m.

I admire the work of the Gideons because I have witnessed their faithfulness in providing New Testaments to military personnel and hospitalized veterans. At a recent gathering I learned that South Carolina Gideons are currently giving 25,000 New Testaments annually to soldiers at Fort Jackson. Many have carried them into combat. Christian business …

LETTER: Career Center a valuable resource

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:14 p.m.

Aiken County Career and Technology Center, or ACCTC, is a gem that many in our community might not know about. As we celebrate Career and Technical Education Month, I would like to shed light on the importance of career and technical education for the future of our community, state and the nation and to share the opportunities available at the …

JUDITH BERRY: When I was growing up

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:14 p.m.

I was reading an article in the “Reader’s Digest” magazine about the children of today, comparing them with the children of yesterday. I woke several hours later and couldn’t go back to sleep, because my mind was taking me back to my childhood and I was reminiscing about my playtime days.

NOBLE: SC State - Fix it, don’t kill it

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:14 p.m.

Let’s begin with the obvious: South Carolina State is a mess.

LETTER: An invitation to serve

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:41 p.m.

After watching “American Sniper” recently, I started thinking there must be many veterans out there who would like to do as Chris Kyle …

HERITAGE CORNER: Paint Your Palate 2015 coming soon

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:17 p.m.

Mark your calendar for Feb. 20. The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta is busily wrapping up plans for its upcoming Paint Your Palate event …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Even bats primp for their Valentines

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:12 p.m.

The story of Valentine’s Day begins during the height of the Roman Empire, in which they held a festival every February. This Lupercian Festival was held in honor of the God of Fertility and, during the festivities, young men would get to choose their mate. At the time, marriage was a common occurrence, but when Claudius became emperor he …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Program updates from Riverview

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:03 p.m.

There has been much activity in the parks and programs over the last few months. Here is an update on a few things.

NOBLE: The Palmetto Prize: Let’s do something great with $21.5 million

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:41 p.m.

We’ve all seen the advertisements for the TV lawyers promising big bucks if we sign up with them on some big class-action suit for mesothelioma or asbestos or some other product or medical liability case.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Knocked down twice but still growing

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:41 p.m.

A friend cheered the resilience of our maple tree that has been knocked down twice by stormy weather. The first blow came one year ago when the massive ice storm locked down our area.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Birthdays and more

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:41 p.m.

Last week featured Britt birthdays and more.

HOW DO I: Choose the right picture hanger?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:16 p.m.

We’ve all had those days when we decide, “Today is the day I will finally hang that picture.” One of the biggest reasons for …

LETTER: McDowell should be reelected

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 12:38 p.m.

Ken McDowell is the person North Augusta needs on the City Council shaping the direction of future growth and development. Ken has approached each of the important and difficult issues the council faced over the past several years with reason, logic and a carefully considered approach.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Spring sports are here

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 2:29 p.m.

It is never too early to think about spring. The planning stages and sign-up periods have begun at Riverview Park for youth baseball, soccer and softball. Annually our largest turnout of participants are in the spring. From now until Feb. 20 are the dates to register 4-year-olds to 18-year-olds in a variety of leagues.

LETTER: Baggott seeks reelection to Council

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 12:38 p.m.

North Augusta is such a special city, and I have been honored to serve as one of your council members.

LETTER: Fresh face, new ideas on City Council

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 12:38 p.m.

This is the week before the North Augusta City Council election on February 10, 2015. This election is very important because the three people selected by the citizens of North Augusta to serve with the other three councilmembers will be influential in shaping the future of your town. I want to be one of those three for many reasons but the number …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Where is the church in the 21st century?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 12:38 p.m.

I spent much of this past weekend at church. Our church had a guest, Rodger Nishioka of Columbia Seminary in Atlanta, who led our congregation in discussions of “What is God Up To?”

GARDENING NEWS: Camellia blooms can be preserved using wax

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 6:11 p.m.

An interesting technique you can use when creating floral displays involves dipping flowers, such as camellia blooms, into melted wax.

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