FROM THE PARK BENCH: New lights installed at Riverview

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 6:26 p.m.

A variety of projects and opportunities are taking place this week. Lighting improvements, floor refinishing, sports programs and camp registration are dominating our department.

GARDENING NEWS: Wonderful time of the year UPDATED

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 6:28 p.m.

It’s a wonderful time of year. Vegetables are ripening in local gardens and everything is fresh and green. Now is a good time for checking out …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God gave birds tools keeps nests, themselves clean

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 6:29 p.m.

Our backyard birds have put on quite a dramatic presentation this spring. I noticed some birds lying on the ground with their wings spread, they appeared to be dead. However, when I approached them, they quickly got up and flew off. I discovered that birds sometimes have a behavior called “anting,” where they lie on the ground and …

NOBLE: S.C. Profiles in Courage

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:59 p.m.

As a very young boy of 9 years old, I first became interested in politics when my father offhandedly encouraged me to watch the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate in 1960. It changed my life – literally.

Take time to reflect on the extent of sacrifices

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:59 p.m.

Most of us will never have to consider making the ultimate sacrifice of laying down one’s life for another. But for the men and women who serve this country in the military, laying down their lives for friends, family and others, it’s is a very real possibility.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Merging old and new

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:59 p.m.

During our visits with family in Mount Pleasant, I enjoy biking on the good, level roads.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: An old-fashioned holiday - 2015 style UPDATED

Monday, May 25, 2015 1:14 p.m.

How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend? We spent ours going to community picnics. Each year, our neighborhood has a covered-dish picnic on the Saturday before Memorial Day. This year it was also Pentecost Sunday, so our church’s annual picnic and birthday party followed a special celebratory service. And then, on Monday, the pool club …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: The gift of memory

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:22 p.m.

The ability to remember ranks very high on the list of great blessings God gives to us. Memory enables us to connect the past with our present. Even as I write these words, I am aware that pain accompanies some memories, and we do not view them as good friends. An encouraging context in which to think about memories comes from the word …

Pipeline meeting needs strong attendance

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:21 p.m.

It’s time for us to have our voices heard.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Splash pad opens

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:47 p.m.

One of the most popular recreational areas in the City will re-open May 22 in Summerfield Park with the Splash Pad available for water fun. This zero- …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: A time for endings ... beginnings

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:21 p.m.

It’s that time of year. School is winding down. Spring sports are completing their season. End-of-year recitals are closing out a year of dance or piano or violin.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Volcanic eruption proves existence of God

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:51 p.m.

This week commemorates the 35th anniversary of a literal earth-shattering revelation of God to us as creator. In just a few hours on May 18, 1980, a mini-grand canyon and large coal deposits were formed where forests and wildlife lived a few moments before. This devastating event forever shattered the previous hypotheses of scientists that it …

HERITAGE CORNER: Arts and Heritage Center’s summer calendar heating up

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:52 p.m.

As a nonprofit organization, the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta relies on support through memberships, sponsorships, grants and donations. …

NOBLE: The myth of the lost cause and the reality of SC’s future UPDATED

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:21 p.m.

Over 60 percent of us who live in South Carolina today were born here. As native South Carolinians, we grew up imbibing the history, heritage and myths of the South. And there is no stronger myth of the South than the myth of the Lost Cause, as beautifully and brilliantly portrayed by the 1939 romantic historical film epic, Gone With the Wind.

GARDENING NEWS: Spring cleaning in your garden UPDATED

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:03 p.m.

Your garden would benefit from some spring cleaning.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: A salute for a job well done

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:56 p.m.

For the last eight years, Jonathan Stephens has worked for the North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department as a member of the custodial staff. …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God gives us strength to complete the journey

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:03 p.m.

We had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and hope you did. We visited Maggie Valley, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dillard and Helen, Georgia, in one adventure. It was a sensory feast of mountain ambience. One particularly adventurous part of the trip involved climbing the concrete path up the highest mountain in the Smokies, Clingman’s …

NOBLE: How are our kids doing? … Worse

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 6:49 p.m.

I have written this column before. In fact, I’ve written this same basic column about this time every year for the past several years.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Jesus makes sin vanish from God’s sight

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 5:04 p.m.

It looks like H.G. Wells’ book, “The Invisible Man,” has just come closer to becoming a reality. A group of Caltech researchers recently announced they have succeeded in making a mouse transparent. The researchers said their new scientific technique – called Perfusion-assisted Agent Release in Situ, or PARS for short …

LETTER: No excuse to riot

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 6:49 p.m.

I am African-American. In 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. At the time I was eight years old residing in Washington, DC. I remember vividly the rioting, looting, burning buildings, curfews, and the National Guard patrolling the streets. The rioting and looting was not justified then, and in 2015 it is not justified now.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: What are friends for?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 6:48 p.m.

Liz’s Charleston friends held a “sprinkle” for her last weekend. For the uninitiated, sprinkle is the name given these days to a baby shower for a second child.

JOE WILSON: Nothing small about the impact of South Carolina’s small businesses

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 6:48 p.m.

Small businesses are crucial to our economy in South Carolina, as they employ almost half of our state’s residents. It must be a top priority to help small businesses expand and create jobs; yet, the president’s current policies of overregulation and excessive taxation stifle small business growth and hiring.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Honoring our Mothers

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 6:48 p.m.

Among the many profound statements made about mothers, I believe this sentiment by an unknown author ranks near the top: “All mothers are working mothers.” When I think about my mother, who gave birth to five children, I picture her doing a great variety of things to make sure we had what we needed. She worked tirelessly and loved us …

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Summer camps right around the corner

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 5:02 p.m.

Summer camps are a large part of our programs. We have hundreds of boys and girls participating with the transition from school to vacation, and …

NOBLE: Growing big dreams and fixing higher ed

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:51 p.m.

Back many years ago when I graduated from high school, my father made me a promise that changed my life and we should make the same promise to all of our children in South Carolina.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: God made us unique

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:51 p.m.

The speaker had us consider an imaginary situation in which each person has a book that provides correct responses for every encounter. When someone speaks to us, we find the appropriate reply in the book.

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: A glimpse into the future

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:51 p.m.

Last weekend I got a taste of what North Augusta could look like in a few years.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Animal communication shows God’s genius

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7:30 p.m.

It is amazing to watch our cats communicate with each other and with us. The range of animal communication and how it reflects the intelligence and genius of the creator is amazing. Researchers in animal communication have been no less amazed as they have now begun to learn that many animals actually have languages and that they can invent new …

Gun bill amendment absent common sense UPDATED

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:51 p.m.

The S.C. House’s attempt to scrap the requirement for concealed weapon holders to acquire a permit is dangerously and blindly misguided.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Stroll along the Art Walk on Saturday

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:36 p.m.

If you are looking for a great way to spend a sunny afternoon, support some local artists and never leave the city of North Augusta, I have just the …

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