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FAMILY AND MARRIAGE: The role of fathers has changed over the years UPDATED

FAMILY AND MARRIAGE: The role of fathers has changed over the years
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:14 p.m.

“However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” – Bible

COLUMN: Moped bill sputters after Gov. Haley veto

COLUMN: Moped bill sputters after Gov. Haley veto
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:28 p.m.

Nearly six months ago at a legislative briefing in Columbia, I stood in a multi-purpose room near the Statehouse, quizzing state lawmakers about why …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Dealing with the ‘terrible sixes’?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:17 p.m.

Like many little girls, my 6-year-old granddaughter is really 6 going on 16 – most of the time.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Do You Need a Little Space?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:28 p.m.

Do you ever feel the need for brief periods of solitude? The pace of life has tended to get things out of balance, and we yearn for opportunities for rest and reflection. Our personalities differ greatly, and the need for withdrawal varies accordingly. Some seem to thrive in the midst of constant social interaction while others welcome an …

LETTER: Trump needs to change his message

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:29 p.m.

The presumptive Republican Party candidate for president has secured sufficient votes from the Republican base to drive the party elders to question their integrity. The people have spoken. In lieu of making Donald Trump clean up his act and “get on script,” it appears there are two choices. They can refuse or rescind their support …

EDITORIAL: Aiken Communications agrees to dismiss Craven dashcam lawsuit

EDITORIAL: Aiken Communications agrees to dismiss Craven dashcam lawsuit
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:28 p.m.

A little more than a year has passed since Aiken Communications filed suit in support of the public’s right to know.

EDITORIAL: North Augusta should balance planning, growth UPDATED

EDITORIAL: North Augusta should balance planning, growth
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6:45 p.m.

North Augusta has done a lot of things right when it comes to economic development, which we find encouraging.

COLUMN: When fame goes to one’s head

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6:54 p.m.

We moved our family back to Detroit in 1970. Both my husband and I were born and raised in Detroit and two of our children were born there. We lived away for 15 years. Detroit was coming out of the racial riots that happened in 1967, so we became involved in several groups that got together to have dialog with our black neighbors.

PHRAGMENTS WITH PHYLLIS: A challenging week on the home front

PHRAGMENTS WITH PHYLLIS: A challenging week on the home front
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6:52 p.m.

This past week was a little tough for at least one of my grandchildren.

COLUMN: Beating our favorite drums

COLUMN: Beating our favorite drums

By JACK DeVine

Columnist

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6:45 p.m.

This past weekend, we again awoke to news of horrific mass violence – a single assailant shooting more than 100 people in an Orlando nightclub, …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Expect delays

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6:45 p.m.

As I read the above words on a large road sign, I noticed it also warned of one-lane traffic ahead. This admonition to “expect delays” impressed me as an honest appraisal of the situation.

Editorial: Bright future awaits Aiken County grads

Editorial: Bright future awaits Aiken County grads
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Aiken County Public Schools held commencement exercises for 2016 on Thursday and Friday. More than 1,400 students from the seven high schools walked …

Give thanks with a grateful heart

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 7:55 p.m.

I saw the above words on a plaque in a loving home and recalled the inspired lyrics written by Don Moen: “Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.” I believe that giving thanks has a way of producing more and more gratitude. It is geometrical in its …

Column: Once a great notion

Column: Once a great notion

By KATHLEEN PARKER

Columnist

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 8:03 p.m.

OXFORD, Md. — It was such a marvelous idea: The United States of America.

LETTER: Thank you, Jason Goings

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 7:55 p.m.

With the upcoming Republican party primary approaching, I wanted to take a moment and thank Jason Goings, Aiken County Treasurer, for his service to the citizens of our county. I have not only come to know Jason as County treasurer but perhaps more importantly as a true public servant to the citizens of Aiken County.

Beware the pitfalls of modern technology

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 8:08 p.m.

As most of you will agree, smartphones might just be too smart.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: The Power of a Personal Testimony UPDATED

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:48 p.m.

Football great, Marcus Lattimore, gave an inspiring testimony at the Mayor’s National Day of Prayer luncheon a few weeks ago. His transparent and refreshing manner in describing his faith journey warmed the hearts of the large crowd of listeners. I left the luncheon with a new sense of appreciation for the power of a personal testimony to …

COLUMN: Aiken Standard, Star editor increasing communication with readers

COLUMN: Aiken Standard, Star editor increasing communication with readers
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:48 p.m.

This may sound like a talking point, but one my favorite things about working in the newspaper industry really is interacting with readers. …

Column: 2016 Memorial Day massage in Hiroshima

Column: 2016 Memorial Day massage in Hiroshima

By Jack DeVine

Columnist

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:48 p.m.

Last week, President Obama was in Hiroshima, Japan, where he delivered a much-anticipated speech at the place where 71 years ago a U.S. Air Force B- …

PHRAGMENTS WITH PHYLLIS: Bring on the summer

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:02 p.m.

After many years working, I find life once again is centered in large measure on the school year, so I’m currently focused on the beginning of endings and of summertime activities. This past weekend was definitely indication of summer coming – we attended three picnics in three days over the holiday.

Bark Park is a step in the right direction for North Augusta

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:49 p.m.

Imagine having to live a majority of your life on a leash and going to a safe place where you could run free requires a trip to a nearby city.

PHRAGMENTS WITH PHYLLIS: A mixed blessing in Virginia

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:49 p.m.

I spent the weekend in Virginia, as I joined my cousins in laying my Aunt Ruby to rest.

Remembering Includes Love, Joy, and Pain

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:46 p.m.

Remembering is an integral part of a healthy life. I have memories of long-ago experiences that have emotions associated with them. Some of these feelings are happy while others are sad, but they tend to offer a capsule of joy, love, and pain. One memory involves hearing my father tell about the evening he received a phone call informing him …

Editorial: Decision day puts spotlight on students

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:45 p.m.

The seven Aiken area high schools did something different this year for its college-bound seniors.

Column: Make America great again, part 4

Column: Make America great again, part 4

By Anthony J. DiStefano

Columnist

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:51 p.m.

The debate over whether America is great, or how to make it great again, drags on. Those who participate in this debate should state their …

LETTER: Water park plan has many unanswered questions

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:45 p.m.

Ever since the first announcement of Scuttle’s Island hit media, I have been on a crusade to stop it. I have shown up to Council meetings, gave a speech to North Augusta and led the charge to dispute its placement next to my subdivision, Pinewood Plantation.

EDITORIAL: Zoning issues illustrate need for more public input

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:55 p.m.

To the untrained eye, planning and zoning may seem like a dry business. But among the plethora of agencies within county or city government, the planning department probably has the most impact on not only business, but also the taxpaying public.

COLUMN: Big shoes to fill

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:56 p.m.

“You’ve got big shoes to fill.”

FROM THE PARK BENCH: New challenges

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:21 p.m.

This is the 115th column I have written over the past 2½ years. When our department was first approached about submitting a weekly column, we all thought it was a good idea and sharing the load would be a great strategy. After a few weeks, the responsibility fell to my desk, and I have honestly enjoyed the process.

Guest column: One person keeps you in the dark

Guest column: One person keeps you in the dark

By Rep. Bill Taylor

Guest columnist

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:25 p.m.

Government belongs to you, not politicians. You have every right to know what your elected and appointed officials are up to and how government …

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