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CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Serenity, courage, and wisdom

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:37 a.m.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” Along with countless others, I receive inspiration from this clear-cut prayer. In praying for serenity, we ask for enough composure and self-control to face life honestly. In seeking courage and …

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Seeking vacation input

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:35 a.m.

Samantha and I are trying to figure out our summer vacation.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Earth Day a lesson for all

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:15 p.m.

The 18th annual Family Earth Day celebration will be held on Saturday at Brick Pond Park. The park has been the home of the event for the last three years, and it has proved to be a perfect setting for celebrating the outdoors together.

HOW DO I repair my laminate countertop?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:20 p.m.

The new bride, so excited to be in her first home, was upset when she placed a hot pot on the surface of the laminate countertops not knowing the …

GARDENING NEWS: Pollinators are essential for gardening

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:20 p.m.

Last summer, I was one of the first to complain that my squash would bloom or “set” but then shrivel up, rot, or just not grow anymore. …

Public’s input has to be heard on pipeline push

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:33 a.m.

Both South Carolina and Georgia have a wholly misguided climate where private companies are allowed to use eminent domain far too easily.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Brains are amazing things

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 5:45 p.m.

It appears that we are made even better than we thought.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Disturbing the peace

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:33 a.m.

It was a very quiet Sunday. Cat wasn’t feeling well, so we picked up Cade and Payton for Sunday school and church. Tom took the kids to lunch while I attended a church meeting. Following that, we all came home with plans for Tom to enlist the help of Cade and Payton in the inaugural use of a new pasta maker for a spaghetti dinner.

JUDITH BERRY: The eggs and I

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:08 p.m.

The April edition of Martha Stewart’s Living magazine came a few days ago. It was geared to the Easter holiday.

HOW DO I: Clean my paintbrush?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:11 p.m.

You know, when it comes to painting, there are usually three parts to any project. The first step is prep work, the second is the actual painting and the third is cleanup. There’s a saying that goes like this, “2 outta 3 ain’t bad,” but in this case, most folks would agree that two out of three of these steps are not …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Differing sports

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:34 p.m.

The last few weeks have been a great time for sports fans. The NCAA basketball tournaments, men and women, provided great action, fantastic coverage and two great champions. Professional baseball completed its spring training season and opening day marks the beginning of spring for most of America. Even the few hockey fans we have in the area are …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: A kid-friendly spring break

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:40 p.m.

Last week was, as most of you know, not just Masters Week, but also spring break.

JOE WILSON: Fixing our broken education system

By Joe Wilson

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:40 p.m.

During the past few decades, the federal government’s overreach into our state’s school system has been unprecedented, and the quality …

LETTER: The many arts and heritage groups in North Augusta

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:40 p.m.

Being involved with several of the local arts and heritage groups, I find people are frequently unclear as to what each group’s activities are, and to whom they are paying a membership. Please allow me to hopefully provide a simple guide to answer the question.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Fulfillment of a Christian is to see Christ

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:46 p.m.

I enjoy playing and watching golf. It was sad to see Ben Crenshaw leave. He taught me to play golf. I never envisioned him retiring. A champion left and a new champion was born at the 2015 Masters.

NOBLE: Business leaders in ‘small town’ South Carolina

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:40 p.m.

It is often said that South Carolina is a big small town where everyone knows everyone else. And if we don’t know someone personally, then it’s usually “I know who they are.”

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Colonel Leroy Hammond Park part of rich history

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 8:08 p.m.

Located at the corner of Knobcone and Curtis avenues, Colonel Leroy Hammond Park is a quiet neighborhood park located a block from North Augusta High …

NOBLE: “South Carolina, we have a problem”

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:11 p.m.

One of my favorite movies is Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks. It tells the story of the 1970 NASA mission to the moon that almost ended in disaster when a systems failure in the space capsule resulted in too much carbon dioxide in the astronauts’ breathing system.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Good Friday a statement of unity

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 8:11 p.m.

The Cross Walk commenced at Burns Memorial United Methodist Church on Good Friday with gathering at the churchyard for some worship songs, scripture readings, and a few words from a pastor. Then as the walk began, the wonderful worship experience continued to increase in awe of our Savior and Lord.

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: New experience for Masters week

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:11 p.m.

I was finally able to check off something I have wanted to do for a long time.

Phragments from Phyllis: Holiday Joy UPDATED

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:11 p.m.

I hope your Easter was as wonderful as mine.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Lasting advice from Bobby Jones

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:11 p.m.

The historic words of Bobby Jones concerning golf etiquette contain a deeper meaning: “Most distressing to those who love the game of golf is the applauding or cheering of misplays or misfortunes of a player.” One who looks carefully at Mr. Jones’ remarks can readily see a life application. While the ability to laugh at our …

The Arts & Heritage Center Presents the Open Session – April 6 - 24, 2015 and AHC Goes Robotics – April 6 – 10, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015 10:35 a.m.

The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta (AHC) is excited to announce the opening of two exhibits on Monday, April 6, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The Open Session is an exhibit featuring artworks created by 24 juried artists of the AHC. The exhibit allows the artists to show work of any subject matter and medium. This year’s show …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Community Center a wonderful venue

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:41 p.m.

North Augusta’s Community Center, located at 495 Brookside Ave. and part of Maude Edenfield Park, is a wonderful venue available for large and small group meetings and celebrations. Built in 1986, it has been the site of many functions and has been privileged to have some very notable guests. Some of those include: Gov. Carroll Campbell, …

GARDENING NEWS: How to use plant supports

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:45 p.m.

Peach trees are in bloom and spring color is appearing everywhere. New leaves are coming out on the rose bushes. Before more growth appears, we need …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Finding peace when fear invades

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:44 p.m.

In the days immediately preceding the crucifixion, when fear gripped the spirits of the disciples, Jesus taught them about belief, heaven, and peaceful hearts.

S.C. deserves a voice in pipeline

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:44 p.m.

Palmetto is in its name, and it makes no sense why the opinion of Aiken County doesn’t seem the matter.

JOE WILSON: Funding our military must be a priority

By Joe Wilson

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:46 p.m.

Providing for our national defense is the primary function of our federal government, and I am concerned President Obama’s policies are …

NOBLE: Mandatory voting – let’s try it

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:44 p.m.

One of the inherent powers of the president is the ability to spark a big and important national debate simply by floating a new idea in a few lines in a speech.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Jellyfish shows creativity of God

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:45 p.m.

We really enjoyed “The Bible” movie on the History channel last year, and are looking forward to the movies on the Book of Acts that start this Easter Sunday titled “The Bible A.D.” Although the scripts are not word-for-word scripture, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey said they have tried to faithfully illustrate the …

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