HOW DO I: Replace my wax ring?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:14 p.m.

You know the weekends are designed to be relaxing and enjoyable, a time to take a break from the past weeks turmoil and struggles.

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: A casual conversation over business

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:14 p.m.

The need for a new iPhone became overwhelming Saturday. The phone I owned had ceased being a technological convenience and became something of a nuisance long before I went to receive my upgrade.

LETTER: Same-sex marriage is a slippery slope

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:22 p.m.

In reference to Mr. Phil Noble’s article last week, I remember very well Ms. Shannon Faulkner’s short stay at The Citadel, I think she lasted six days, five of which were in the school infirmary. She cracked the door open to admitting women, but the first woman to finish all four years really opened it. I think the student body is now about nine …

People come and go, buildings remain – sometimes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:22 p.m.

My wife commented recently how odd it seems that buildings last, while people come and go.

NOBLE: Ebola, fear and politics – from Bamberg to Bangkok

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:22 p.m.

Ebola is scary. It has scared the bejesus out of us here in South Carolina, nationally and literally all over the world.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Faith trumps fear

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:22 p.m.

Fear is a normal emotion and a realistic level enables us to stay alert. Sometimes, however, fear paralyzes us and saps our joy while leading to painful physical symptoms. Like the disciples, when we feel that the rug is being pulled out from under us, we allow fear to control us. E. Stanley Jones wrote that “we are inwardly constructed in nerve …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Chocolate is a gift from God

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:53 p.m.

Did you know that a delicious food item that has been written against and outlawed is also the reason the microwave was invented? Percy Spence was a scientist working on World War II radar and weapons projects; he also happened to be a big fan of chocolate. After spending some time near a formidable device called a magnetron, he noticed the …

GARDENING NEWS: Plant flowering bulbs now for a splash of color in late winter/early spring

By Trish Manuel

Gardening News

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:49 p.m.

For generations, flowering bulbs have offered gardeners beautiful blooms from late winter to early summer. Bulbs require little care, so often you …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Kids, glorious kids

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:22 p.m.

The last two weeks have given me an opportunity to spend even more time than usual with my grandchildren, and it’s been interesting.

LETTER: Project Jackson getting costly

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:22 p.m.

Suddenly this no-cost-to-you stadium has become costly. The stadium which is part of Project Jackson in North Augusta will give an out-of-state minor league baseball team a home.

HOW DO I: Remove the stains on my roof?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 5:18 p.m.

I was having lunch with a friend a few weeks ago and he said, “I have an idea for one of your articles.”

JOE WILSON: President Obama needs a reality check

By Joe Wilson

U.S. Representative

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:49 p.m.

President Obama has recently been jet-setting around the country endlessly attending campaign fundraisers while ignoring the crises we face. Based on …

LETTERS: Project Jackson helping raise taxes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:02 p.m.

Which of these statements aren’t true? “Read my lips – no new taxes”; “If you like your health insurance you can keep it”; “TIFs don’t raise taxes.” Of course, every one of them is false. When North Augusta rolled out Project Jackson they told everyone they could that “TIFs don’t raise anyone’s taxes.” The truth is, TIFs raise everyone’s taxes. …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Memories of a building

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:18 p.m.

The repository of North Augusta’s history for more than 40 years became a part of that history last week. The building that housed The Star newspaper for much of its tenure was razed, and a certain nostalgic melancholy set in.

LETTER: Education funding needs to be used wisely

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:02 p.m.

First there is an error in Ms. Britt’s column about North Augusta High School. The school was not built in 1964. I graduated in 1965, and NAHS was on Old Edgefield Road. That same school, with some additions, is now North Augusta Middle School. I worked for SCE&G during the summer of 1968 helped run lines to the school on Knobcone Avenue, …

NOBLE: Marriage equality – SC fighting to the bitter end

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:26 p.m.

First, please forgive my personal indulgence about South Carolina with this column. I love our state, I really do. I have a friend who said I’m obsessed with South Carolina; he may be right.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: The ear is intricately designed by God

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 5:51 p.m.

Hydraulics are part of our everyday lives. Fluids, such as the brake fluid used in your car, cannot be compressed, so when you step on the brake pedal that fluid can be forced from a cylinder into the braking mechanisms attached to your wheels. All hydraulic machines work in a similar way because the fluid used will flow easily to areas where …

JUDITH BERRY: Love of sailing charts a course through family

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:49 p.m.

Ahoy, matey. The old saying, “Blood is thicker than water,” certainly puts me on the right wavelength when it comes to the love of the water.

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: Finding the value in eduction UPDATED

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 5:17 p.m.

For the second time in less than a minute, a student raised his or her hand to ask me a question.

LETTER: Educational support ensures future success

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:02 p.m.

It is my strong belief that the future of the region, the state and the nation depends heavily on the success of our young people. Educating our children today will benefit us all for decades to come.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Confidence in the middle of uncertainty

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:10 p.m.

“I don’t like uncertainty!” Upon hearing these words, I felt myself agreeing with them and resonating with the strong emotions. Despite these sentiments, however, life does not conveniently move along in neat packages of certainty. Sometimes we hear that our generation faces more uncertainty than ever, but throughout history people have had to …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: New attractions at this year’s Jubilee

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:56 p.m.

Carnival style rides are not new to North Augusta. Our fall festival has had rides in the past to add a new dimension to the event. Two years ago, we reintroduced these rides after a multiyear absence and had a wonderful experience. In 2013, we expanded the rides, with many people of all ages taking advantage of the opportunity. This year will be …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Jack-o-Lantern Jubilee is right around the corner

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 7:44 p.m.

Small towns across America hold festivals to celebrate the fall season and all the things we enjoy about being a small town. North Augusta has been …

GARDENING NEWS: Gardening with native plants

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Plants occurring naturally in our area are referred to as native plants. They have evolved naturally over time with the biological and physical …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: He sees our needs, designs a solution

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 7:46 p.m.

Which body structure is a powerful generator of emotions, gives us a sense of direction and serves as a cannon all at the same time?

LETTER: Please help make a difference

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 8:47 p.m.

It isn’t very often that we have the chance to do something that has the potential to make a real difference in our community, as well as in the lives of our young people. This is especially true when it comes to something that is a real game-changer and will have an impact for generations to come.

HOW DO I … repair drywall

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 7:48 p.m.

Have you ever opened a door too hard and couldn’t grab it before it connected with the wall? Resulting in a fresh new hole in the surface of the drywall

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: We all experience strong feelings

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 8:50 p.m.

Although we have the capacity to approach things from a thoughtful standpoint, our apprehensions may lead us to emotional responses. Sometimes we realize immediately that we have spoken with haste and on other occasions we comprehend the significance of our words more slowly.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: A glimpse of the future we could have UPDATED

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 9:05 p.m.

I recently taught Real Life 101 at North Augusta High School for a couple of days. The class meets in the 500 wing of the school.

HOW DO I: Remove scratches from stainless steel appliances?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:53 p.m.

Have you ever come into your kitchen and had the shock of seeing a profound scratch gleaming across the most obvious part of your stainless steel …

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