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CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Holding on and letting go

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:11 p.m.

I attended a memorial service which was followed by a ceremony of family members releasing balloons. Someone called this a “token of closure” in the grief journey.

LETTER: Progress at What Cost?: Taxes Aren’t For Stadiums

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:11 p.m.

I am writing this letter in response to Mr. (Todd) Glover’s letter in the July 22, 2015 edition. 

FROM THE PARK BENCH: August sports camps

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:10 p.m.

The last two camps of the summer are open for registration. It’s hard to believe August is here as we complete a very busy summer schedule at Riverview Park.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Rare animals a blessing of creation

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 4:44 p.m.

After I finished my early morning plant-watering routine a few days ago, I made my way up the steps on the back deck. I was thinking about how thirsty the plants are after consecutive days of hot temperatures and no rain. Halfway up the steps, my eyes fell upon a most magnificent creature poised on the deck. I immediately felt this was a rare and …

LETTER: North Augusta on the cusp of great expansion

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:11 p.m.

As a citizen of North Augusta for over 20 years, I am writing to share an observation and to make a few comments.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Taking it easy ... Or not

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:41 p.m.

Vacation is the order of the day during summer. Whether you’re a kid out of school for a couple of months or a teacher or a doctor, lawyer, Indian chief, most of us are ready for a respite, however brief, when the kids get out of school.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Designers find inspration in creation

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:43 p.m.

We became new grandparents of an adorable grandson named Hudson a few days ago. It was a glorious experience, and we are so thankful everything went well with Megan and Hudson. Megan was in labor for almost 12 hours, and she looked lovely the whole time. It hurt to see her in so much pain, but she handled it with such grace and confidence. After …

GARDENING NEWS: Window boxes can add a splash of color to any home

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:43 p.m.

Window boxes planted with a combination of upright and trailing plants and attractive foliage provide added color and texture to your home’s …

LETTER: Glover, City respond to planning issues

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:42 p.m.

I am writing in response to recent Letters to the Editor by Mr. Fred Ilardi and Mr. Daniel Smith, both running in the July 15, 2015 edition. I would …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Humor is good for us

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:42 p.m.

The dictionary defines humor as “the ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous or absurd.” The late theologian, Soren Kierkegaard, echoed this sentiment when he wrote, “Wherever there is life there is contradiction, and wherever there is contradiction the comical is present.” Clearly …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Basketball continues thriving at Activites Center

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:39 p.m.

The second Nike basketball tournament of the year comes to Riverview Park Activities Center July 23 through 30. After a very successful Nike Peach …

LETTER: Trying to put a round peg into a square hole

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:12 p.m.

I’m still concerned, aren’t you? The saga continues. As it has been discussed hundreds of times, and as much as the developers and the City of North Augusta try to convince everyone that the ballfield and all of its inherent problems is going to happen successfully, one has to ask, at what cost?

HERITAGE CORNER: New exhibit opens at Arts & Heritage Center

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:12 p.m.

Each summer the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta features a history exhibit that explores our region’s past.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Activities Center returns to normal after Peach Jam

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:21 p.m.

After a highly successful Peach Jam, it’s back to basics for the department. Activities Center usage becomes normal, and Riverview Park returns to softball games and baseball practice. Tennis leagues resume to available parking and disc golfers can enjoy the last five holes which open again.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God’s designs inspire engineers

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:25 p.m.

Why in the world would engineers at Mercedes-Benz and DaimlerChrysler turn to a fish built like a box for inspiration on automotive design? After all, automakers want their vehicles to travel just as efficiently through air as sharks swim through water. The boxfish is anything but streamlined. However, the cube-shaped boxfish slips through water …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Happy people reach out

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:12 p.m.

Many factors, including boredom and worry, can lead to unhappiness in our lives. Intentional activities and attitudes that emphasize faith and hope help us to move forward and grasp the joy of life. If we are wrapped up in ourselves and our own concerns, we will find it impossible to encounter and experience this happiness.

JOE WILSON: Cyber - A new domain of warfare

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:12 p.m.

BY JOE WILSON

LETTER: Make Camelot, not Cramalot

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:12 p.m.

I have lived in North Augusta all of my adult life, and currently live on Shoreline Drive in The River Club. I have always been very proud of our city. We do things right. Our recreation center, our bike trail, our parks and our police department have all been outstanding. Knowing that, when the first news of the stadium and the rest of Project …

LETTER: Thanks to a good businessman

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:12 p.m.

This letter is to express sincere thanks to an outstanding helpful business man in your town. My family and I are from east Tennesse and arrived in North Augusta the night of June 24 for a wedding of our granddaughter. We found that our car air conditioning and fan was not working properly.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Facing your fears

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:12 p.m.

Summertime and the living is easy. And so as to make it not so easy, we sign kids up for camps of various proportions. There are residential camps, where you drop children off and leave them in the care of someone else for a week or so, and there are day camps.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Remember pink sugar cubes?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 7:50 p.m.

I’m a member of a Facebook group dedicated to natives of and those who grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia, where I lived from the time I was 5 until I married.

The Hamburg Massacre needs to be remembered

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 7:50 p.m.

It’s time for the victims of the Hamburg Massacre to get the recognition they deserve.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: It’s time for the Peach Jam

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 8:39 p.m.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Nike Peach Jam, the premier basketball tournament for college bound players in America. Over the summer, the EYBL, or Elite Youth Basketball League, has held four qualifying tournaments to earn the right to play for the EYBL Championship right here in North Augusta. Hampton, Virginia; Lexington, …

GARDENING NEWS: Japanese beetles - have they gone away?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 8:43 p.m.

Just as our rose garden was recovering from black spot the Japanese beetles moved in to plunder and destroy.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Strengthen America by reading the Bible daily

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 8:42 p.m.

As another wonderful birthday of our country has come and gone, many wonder what the future of America holds. Perhaps a visit to the underpinnings of our great country can give us a standard by which to measure the direction our country has traveled. If we dig beneath the surface of 238 years of American growth, what are the roots made of?

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Walking about in freedom

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 7:50 p.m.

Many factors make our country magnificent, but freedom provides the bedrock foundation of our nation. Because of the sacrifices of many, we can walk about in freedom. Medical practitioners have long touted the health benefits of walking. I noticed that even the great Hippocrates wrote that “walking is man’s best medicine.” …

Get out and support the Peach Jam

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 7:50 p.m.

This week is one of, if not the biggest weeks of the year for North Augusta.

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.

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