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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:00 p.m.

I felt encouraged as I looked at my notes from a spiritual retreat I had attended. The leader mentioned three essential beliefs in our daily walk with the Lord. First and foremost, we must affirm that God exists, that God is!

Column: North Augusta center reconfigures ‘Rivers, Rails and Roads’

Column: North Augusta center reconfigures ‘Rivers, Rails and Roads’
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 11:00 p.m.

Sometimes when one door closes, another opens. This applies not only to the lives of individuals, but to that of cities as well. Because federal …

TRUE TALK: God is good even when life isn’t

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:06 p.m.

We knew my 38-year-old sister was sick, but we didn’t know exactly how sick she was. After multiple doctors and twice as many tests, Claire called my mother with the final diagnosis. 

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: And so it begins ... again

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:06 p.m.

Last week brought the end of summer as we know it around here.

Letter: North Augusta doesn’t look down the road with Project Jackson

Letter: North Augusta doesn’t look down the road with Project Jackson
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 11:00 p.m.

Dear Members of the City Council,

Editorial: Scuttle’s Island owners should provide more updates

Editorial: Scuttle’s Island owners should provide more updates
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 11:00 p.m.

It’s hard to believe that nearly two years have passed since plans for the Scuttle’s Island Water Park were first announced.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Releasing and letting go

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:23 p.m.

Biblical scholars inform us that forgiving literally means releasing the offender and letting go of hurt. This shows us that a lack of forgiveness entails a grasping or holding-on pattern that saps much of our energy. It sounds simple and straightforward to release and let go as we practice forgiveness, but these actions require faith and …

TRUE TALK: Do you need a fresh start?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:32 p.m.

There is something about this time of year that brings renewed life and enthusiasm to many homes.

EDITORIAL: It’s back to school time in Aiken

EDITORIAL: It’s back to school time in Aiken
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:25 p.m.

It’s that time of year again, the time of year kids dread like a trip to the dentist, and the time of year parents see as Christmas in August. …

GARDENING NEWS: Figs ripe for growing throughout the South

GARDENING NEWS: Figs ripe for growing throughout the South
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:31 p.m.

Figs, glorious figs! As my husband and I harvest the last of this year’s bountiful fig crop, I am reminded of how lucky we are to live in the …

PHRAGMENTS BY PHYLLIS: Flipping my lid over lids

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:33 p.m.

My friend Susan was visiting her granddaughter this past weekend, while my Greenville girls were here for a couple of days, and I was reminded of a definite dilemma in today’s world of babydom.

COLUMN: High school football season is right around the corner

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:24 p.m.

Space is short this week, so I’ll be brief. I cannot wait for the start of high school football season, especially here in North Augusta.

Column: Aiken County students can overcome poverty

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:09 p.m.

Imagine, for a moment, that you are late for work – at your second job.

Chaplain’s Corner: Hoping against hope

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:03 p.m.

As the honest and desperate father brought his son to Jesus for help, he appeared to be running out of options. Even though he pleaded for assistance, he apparently did not have a deep belief that Jesus would provide healing. We can describe the man as one who was “hoping against hope,” meaning that he had a strong hope but did not …

Editorial: Solutions needed in MOX funding debate UPDATED

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:08 p.m.

It’s a shame more people weren’t on hand Thursday to hear an important legislative update from U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina. But for the approximately 30 people attending the town hall organized by the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the affable senator from the Lowcountry delivered a lot of important news.

Letter: Habitat welcomes Hollingsworth UPDATED

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:10 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta nears completion of House No. 17 on Swarthmore Drive in Belvedere.

TRUE TALK: A perspective for prayer

TRUE TALK: A perspective for prayer
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:15 p.m.

I love details in life. I look at the world through an aesthetic lens often focusing on the beauty of things.

PHRAGMENTS BY PHYLLIS: What is really in a name?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:16 p.m.

I was in a store the other day, paying for my purchase with a credit card. The clerk looked at the card and said, “Phyllis – I love that name.” My immediate response was, “Well, you’d be a fan club of one.”

Chaplain’s Corner: The Lord Made Us All UPDATED

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:45 a.m.

“Rich and poor have this in common: the Lord is the Maker of them all.” These words from Proverbs 22:2 show that creation links us together as human beings. Our need for food represents another commonality. Food provides fuel for our bodies, and this requirement presents itself on a daily basis. Jesus acknowledged physical hunger …

Letter: Hillary Clinton ignored calls for help

Letter: Hillary Clinton ignored calls for help
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:42 p.m.

The parents of an American soldier killed in Iraq publicly scolded Donald Trump. The father said, “Trump has a black soul.” The mother …

COLUMN: Live your life with less

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:53 p.m.

We live in a society that always seems to say, “The more we get, the happier we will be.” This is not true. Rather than accumulating more, try to do with less and you will see your life from a different perspective. Believe it or not, you will experience a greater sense of completeness.

Letter: Unity Day taught us what makes community special UPDATED

Letter: Unity Day taught us what makes community special
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:00 p.m.

Unity is a lot like love: It’s hard to define but you know it when you see it.

Editorial: Security necessary at North Augusta municipal building UPDATED

Editorial: Security necessary at North Augusta municipal building
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:42 p.m.

It’s unfortunate that we live in a time when North Augusta City leaders must discuss enhanced security at the municipal building, but as …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Oh, the places you go, ... The things you can think

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:54 p.m.

What were your favorite books when you were a kid?

TRUE TALK: Don’t underestimate your potential

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:48 p.m.

I missed it … again. Somehow it failed to make my calendar and it happened without me.

GARDENING NEWS: Cacti and other succulents

GARDENING NEWS: Cacti and other succulents
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:47 p.m.

Growing up in the Southwest, where cactus and other succulents are as common as oaks trees are in the South, I was totally surprised back in 1989 …

FOTAS: Fix-A-Pet Program provides assistance for spay/neutering surgery

FOTAS: Fix-A-Pet Program provides assistance for spay/neutering surgery

By BOB GORDON

FOTAS director of communications

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:44 p.m.

While it is impossible to determine exactly how many orphaned dogs and cats live in the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: We can overcome our labels

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:35 p.m.

“Leave four or more and you are just a plain eg-no-ra-moose.” Many have had fun at a well-known restaurant playing this game of eliminating golf tees from the small board. Of course, we know that the descriptions of various levels of success or failure are humorous and not intended to be taken seriously. Other labels, however, are …

Letter: Video provides proof of police violence

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:34 p.m.

Someone needs to produce a video for those people who accuse police of acting without reasonable cause.

He’s lived a life of generosity

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:42 p.m.

I was reminded this week that generosity is sometimes a matter of being gracious enough to allow others to do something for you.



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