Elite girls tournament coming to NA

By Rick Meyer

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:47 p.m.

The 2014 Nike Peach Jam is in the books and was another great tournament for the Nike EYBL, the City of North Augusta, and the North Augusta Parks, …

LETTER: Thomason responds to letters UPDATED

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:46 p.m.

I just read Phil Noble’s guest column, “While I breathe, I hope — really?”.

LETTER: Mothers versus breeders UPDATED

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:46 p.m.

Actress Cameron Diaz consciously decided not to have children. In a recent Esquire magazine interview Diaz said, “It’s so much work to have children. A baby, that’s all day, every day for 18 years”. Diaz said what many women with children should have seriously considered beforehand. Because they did not, many innocent children suffer. Women who …

LETTER: The boondoggle that is Project Jackson UPDATED

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:46 p.m.

The decision about the future of Project Jackson may very well have been decided by the time this is printed. Assuming, as is usually the case, that Project Jackson is allowed to go forward, I would like to say the following:

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Jesus gives us spiritual sight UPDATED

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Many of us take our physical vision for granted. However, our physical vision is one of the most useful physical blessings that God has given us. Here are some little known facts about our eyes.

North Augusta’s schools deserve more UPDATED

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:46 p.m.

North Augusta residents have had a love-hate relationship with local schools for a long time. We applaud our great teachers and administrators, but often complained about the facilities, the Aiken County Board of Education and its treatment of the North Augusta schools through the years.

LETTER: Veterans not treasured in America UPDATED

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:46 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, New York Yankees star Derek Jeter played his final All-Star game. He went 2-for-2 with a run scored and left in the top of the fourth to a three minute ovation from the Target Field crowd. He received more love, admiration, and respect than a Medal of Honor recipient. That’s how it is in America. Athletes are treasured …

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: A healthy discussion on the Mexican border

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:49 p.m.

About two rows back in a gathering of people, I overheard the start of a conversation about the Mexican drug cartel and U.S. involvement in and around the border.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Something to think about UPDATED

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:46 p.m.

The photographer’s words in the television commercial had a larger meaning: “I always try to find the best angle on life.” These words relate to happiness and sound similar to Abraham Lincoln’s musings: “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” This perspective makes sense because, although we all have joy-sapping …

NOBLE: SC, Immigration and ‘Us vs. Them’ UPDATED

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:46 p.m.

First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment, but a simple geopolitical fact.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: History and growth of the Peach Jam UPDATED

By RICK MEYER

Director, North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:29 p.m.

Coach Clint Bryant, of Augusta State University, asked his good friend Ed Myers of Game Plan Sport if Nike would be interested in bringing a summer …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God gave knowledge to protect ourselves from sin

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:45 p.m.

We adopted a kitten that got into a bee hive and was covered with bee stings. We nursed her back to health and she is now happy and healthy.

NOBLE: While I breathe I hope’ - really? UPDATED

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:46 p.m.

South Carolina’s motto, “While I breathe, I hope,” is surely the most optimistic statement any one can make. Despite all, if we can draw a breath, we are hopeful and optimistic.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Central theme in journey of memories UPDATED

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:46 p.m.

We have collected quite a few mugs over the years, and during most of a three-month period, I drank my delicious coffee from a different one each morning. This project took me on a journey to many locations ranging from the arid desert to breathtaking mountains. I relived countless memories including those of schools, churches, vacations and …

SNIPPETS FROM SCOTT: Big week for North Augusta UPDATED

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:46 p.m.

This is set to be a major week for North Augusta, in two radically different ways.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Life at a different pace UPDATED

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:46 p.m.

What is it about the beach? Somehow just being at the beach means your mind and body quickly get the message that it’s time to slow down and smell the sea oats, to watch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets (or sleep through them if you’re so inclined), to listen to the sounds of the ocean and her variety of wildlife and, with luck, to reacquaint …

JUDITH BERRY: Should we go with the flow?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:04 p.m.

When one loses their spouse, the responsibilities are overwhelming. Sometimes the void is more than you can bear.

LETTER: Living in North Augusta UPDATED

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:46 p.m.

Listen, O foolish, senseless people – you with eyes that do not see and the ears that do not listen – Have you no respect at all for me? (God speaking) – Jeremiah 5:21, The Living Bible

COLUMN: I’m just looking

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:19 p.m.

There are few things that are more American than shopping for a new television.

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: Playing the minority role isn’t easy

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:35 p.m.

For the sake of this article, pretend you are Hispanic.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: The roots of America lie in God

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:33 p.m.

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

GUEST COLUMN: Trying to slay David

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:19 p.m.

BY FRED ILARDI

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Changing history of softball UPDATED

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:13 p.m.

A generation ago, slow-pitch softball was king. Leagues were full, players were everywhere, games were held every night of the week and tournaments …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Reflections on trip to Bolivia

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:19 p.m.

Last month I traveled on a 10-day mission to Bolivia. In Humanata, a village over 2½ miles high, we shared medical and dental intervention, eyeglasses, Bibles, and God’s love with hundreds of residents who lined up each day. Memories fill my heart as I reflect on the experience, but I mention only two. First, I noticed how the Bolivian pastors …

It’s not about SEC football

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:19 p.m.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, also known as the AJC, has always had a very special role in the South and for me personally. And, on a recent trip to Atlanta, several AJC stories, all published on the same day, provided a wake-up call about the challenges we in South Carolina face relative to other states in the South.

LETTER: Low voter turnout due to lack of information

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:19 p.m.

A letter to the editor in the July 3 North Augusta Star related to the voter turnout at the primary election caught my attention.

PHIL NOBLE: What’s SC’s civic health? It depends

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:48 p.m.

As with so many things about South Carolina, when it comes to trying to assess the “civic heath” of our state, there are no easy answers. The answers are that we are both healthy and weak, consistent and conflicted, simple and complex.

LETTER: Stadium crowds

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:48 p.m.

It does not surprise me that the only positive comments concerning the concert at Lake Olmstead Stadium held on June 13th came from the promoter of it. The Augusta Chronicle’s headline June 14 read “Parking shortage delays fans’ arrival” with a sub headline, “Concertgoers unhappy with shuttle.” In Jeff Eisman’s defensive letter to the editor …

GARDENING NEWS: Plant your red, white and blue UPDATED

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 5:20 p.m.

Smart gardening is a “plan ahead” thing. Few of us would forget to buy or start tomato plants each spring, yet when it comes to having flowers in the …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Celebrating the Fourth

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:48 p.m.

The Fourth of July means many things to many people. As this patriotic holiday approaches, I was thinking about what Friday will bring for me this year: our pool club always has an old-fashioned covered dish cookout, along with a patriotic hat contest, fun games and more. Then in the evening, our neighborhood hosts a potluck dinner with fireworks …

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