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PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Celebrate, celebrate and overeat

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:08 p.m.

I’m coming off the annual huge birthday week in the Britt household, and I wonder: Is it a Southern phenomenon, or does everyone mark such special events with food, above all else?

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Grant programs offer opportunities

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:05 p.m.

Parks and Recreation departments across America utilize grant money to develop and renovate areas available to the general public.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God gave animals ways to stay healthy

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:09 p.m.

Birds are very active at bird feeders this time of year. The squirrels turned one of our platform feeders on its side still hanging in the air. I was about to correct it when I noticed that tiny birds were busily collecting seeds out of it. The new feeder presentation was benefiting the small birds and protecting them from the squirrels, so I will …

HOW DO I: Replace the weather stripping on my front door?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 4:47 p.m.

The other day I had someone ask how they could replace the weather stripping from around their front door.

Editorial: The tea leaves: Feds will look to shut down Savannah River Site MOX project

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:07 p.m.

There’s no need to wait for President Barack Obama’s budget rollout.

Thirty years of service

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:07 p.m.

Every third Thursday night for the past 30 years my brother-in-law, Richard Fletcher, has served on the North Augusta Planning Commission. He has generously given his time in community service because of his love for his home town.

Kinder Morgan assembly at school unacceptable

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:08 p.m.

Redo. This is an opportunity for redemption I offer my students when they perform poorly on a test because I believe in second chances.

I cannot do it, but God can

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:08 p.m.

Joseph stood before Pharaoh with the command to interpret the dream of this Egyptian ruler. Mr. Kelly Combs reminded our men’s group of the courageous words that Joseph spoke to this ruthless leader who held in his hands the power to inflict immediate death: “I cannot do it, but God can.” Kelly shared how the Spirit of God …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Celebrations galore in the Britt household

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:18 p.m.

This is the week of the year that I often embark on with mixed emotions. It is the week that two-thirds of my family celebrate birthdays, along with my best friend and my next-door neighbor. Tom, Cat and Liz have birthdays in succession, so I have always felt the pressure to make all their birthdays extra special. I’ll admit it has gotten …

NEWS FROM FRONT PORCH: The intelligence of dolphins

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:28 p.m.

My husband took me on a weekend trip to Sullivan’s Island and Charleston for my birthday. My mom also went with us. We had a great time, and while on the beach we saw a pair of dolphins swimming together along the shore. They seemed lively and playful. Bottlenose dolphins have a reputation as intelligent, playful creatures. A newly released …

MASSEY: A protective eye on private property UPDATED

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:17 p.m.

News broke last Wednesday afternoon that Kinder Morgan had donated $50,000 to Strom Thurmond High School’s athletics department. And soon …

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: A deck (or two) of cards

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:18 p.m.

A few days ago I saw Donald Rumsfeld was trending on Twitter and Facebook.

LETTER: One world - without end?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:17 p.m.

I’d like to comment about Phil Noble’s article on Gov. Haley’s State of the State address: More, less or better. As much as I’d like to agree with his comments about the educational systems in South Carolina, my thoughts on what is the most important issue in today’s world is the environment.

HOW DO I: Repair a storm door?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:16 p.m.

I’ve heard of Nor’easters, but when a storm comes from the Southwest, what do you call it? A Southwestern? The winter storm of 2016 …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Spring sports around the corner

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:18 p.m.

Despite the colder temperatures and the focus on basketball in our youth sports program, the spring sports seasons are right around the corner.

GARDENING NEWS: Camellias for Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:17 p.m.

In writing this article, I’m presenting my case for using camellias on Valentine’s Day and in other winter floral arrangements needed …

There is a time to laugh

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:18 p.m.

I read often the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, which talks about the contrasting seasons of life, including the phrase “a time to cry, and a time to laugh.”

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: The best type of snow day

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:25 p.m.

After waking up on Saturday, I had to do a bit of a double take looking out the window.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: A charity culinary opportunity

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:25 p.m.

For the first 30 years or so of my marriage, my husband and I had an agreement: At mealtime, I cooked, while he cleaned up.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Ducks on the pond

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:25 p.m.

One of the challenges I like best about the Parks, Recreation and Tourism effort is the behind the scenes work required to operate a dynamic department such as ours.

HOW DO I: Stop my floors from squeaking, part 2

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:26 p.m.

As we concluded last week’s article, I said we would look at hardwood floors and staircases next time, which for generations, allowed parents to know when their teenagers were coming in late at night.

Are good intentions enough?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:25 p.m.

The ancient saying that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” certainly grabs our attention, but it does not paint the full picture. Many inspirational writers remind us that a life filled with good intentions will end up blessing and helping others along the way. Wouldn’t we want those around us to have good …

JUDITH BERRY: What I should be doing

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:26 p.m.

I’m not a Buddhist, but I love what Lao-Tzu the Chinese prophet writes in the 70th verse of the Tao Te Ching (interpreted by Wayne Dyer). I find all 81 of the verses are full of wisdom and common sense. I suspect, perhaps, that Jesus might have known of Lao-Tzu’s writings, as so much of what he taught is very similar. Certainly Lao- …

NOBLE: Gov. Haley’s State of the State address: More, less or better

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:25 p.m.

“This has been a different, and difficult year for South Carolina; a year that warrants a different kind of speech,” Gov. Haley said in her recent State of the State address.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: The key to dealing with fear

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:22 p.m.

When we are confronted with a problem or challenge, we often find ourselves worrying about what we will do about it. Well-meaning people in our lives can come along and ask us what we are going to do about it.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Jesus is the ultimate superhero

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:44 p.m.

When I was a young girl, I had no fear of intruders breaking into our home. My Daddy was the strongest man in the land, and at the slightest sound outside, he was out there checking it out, protecting his family.

NOBLE: Saving lives, computers and guns

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:05 p.m.

Back in the late 1990s, my company developed the first Internet strategy for the Ministry of Health in Australia. In all honesty, we really didn’t know much about what we were doing, but I learned one thing: with technology, the right incentives and political leadership, big changes are possible very quickly.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: God’s mercies new every morning

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:05 p.m.

The devotional leader for our monthly group spoke about our receiving God’s care when we must follow Plan B when Plan A does not develop as we had hoped.

GARDENING NEWS: Growing a Meyer lemon from seeds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:04 p.m.

A neighbor recently gave me a lemon from her Meyer lemon tree. Meyer lemons are in season now, from December to April each year. Well, this once …

HOW DO I: Stop my floors from squeaking?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:04 p.m.

Do you remember hearing parents share stories about how they knew when their teenagers were sneaking back in after curfew because of that famous …

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