NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God offers unconditional forgiveness

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:12 p.m.

It is exciting to be a part of a plan God brings together. I had the privilege of providing my mother with the perfect pet last week. A small brown terrier with blue eyes named Buddy. This dog is really special and was an answer to my mother’s prayer. This was also an answer to Buddy’s previous owner’s prayer for a good home …

LETTER: Gordon brings new ideas to City Council

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:59 a.m.

Our mother, Cynthia Harper Gordon, is a candidate for North Augusta City Council.

PARK BENCH: Racquetball a popular, fun way to keep fit

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:10 p.m.

The only place to play racquetball in North Augusta is at the Riverview Park Activities Center. Equipped with two regulation glass-walled courts, the …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Changing expectations

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:59 a.m.

Grandparenting is not parenting. I have been the mama, and now that I am the YaYa, I’m finding my goals are largely different.

HOW DO I add a new phone line

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:16 p.m.

I remember years ago when I was in my 20s, I needed to run a new phone line from one room to another. As our family grew our needs changed and one …

NOBLE: The $130 Million Scandal

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:59 a.m.

“Someone needs to go to jail.”

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Using our senses in worship

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:59 a.m.

We sat on the bank of the scenic river that runs through Philippi, Greece. An actress gave a moving portrayal of Lydia, the seller of purple whom the Apostle Paul encountered when he entered the city.

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: Meeting a new challenge in education

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:16 p.m.

Surrounding education of young minds there are often discussions about how the young mind develops.

LETTER: Gordon brings love for NA to campaign

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:59 a.m.

Dwight Smith a lifetime resident and educator in Aiken County said, “Experience does not make the politician. Honesty, a love for your community and dedicated worker are what you offer. That makes the politician,” describing Cynthia Harper Gordon, North Augusta City Council Candidate.

LETTER: Time for new blood on City Council

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:59 a.m.

I am writing this letter in support of Ronnie Delaughter, who is running for a seat on North Augusta City Council.

GARDENING NEWS: What’s in a flower’s name?

By Trish Manuel


Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Most gardeners just do not give much thought to the scientific names and meanings of plants. We make our choices based on their common names. …


Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:02 p.m.

My grandson, Cade, is playing church-league basketball. It’s his first venture into basketball, and I’m enjoying watching him as he slowly learns the game and gains confidence.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Let’s start to run

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:29 p.m.

Have you ever thought about running a 5K race? Many of you have probably never attempted one, or at least felt intimidated about running in an event that includes young in-shape athletes and speedsters. Although these people do attend these races as running enthusiasts, there are plenty of beginners. This year could be your first 5K, so I want to …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God’s strength is unlimited

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:30 p.m.

Our kitty, Shadow, who has been an important member of our family for the last 14 years, passed away last week. She lost her sight recently. Then she had a seizure and died a couple of days later. The veterinarian said it was probably a tumor or stroke. We have other kitties that we love dearly, and Shadow’s death has made a huge difference …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Seeking guidance with pesky problems

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:02 p.m.

I do not often use the word “enjoyment” in association with raking leaves, but I do enjoy the exercise and the sense of accomplishing a task. I can look out the window and readily see the results of my efforts. Obviously these visible outcomes do not happen as quickly in many life experiences. Some problems acquire the description …

Upcoming election a big one for City’s future

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:02 p.m.

The upcoming election for three North Augusta City Council seats is a critical one.

JOBEN RIVERA-THOMPSON: A rebellious attitude has a place in all

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:29 p.m.

Almost as if it were clockwork, an administrator stopped another child in the hallway for a violation.

NOBLE: The moral test of government in SC

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:02 p.m.

This week Gov. Nikki Haley was sworn in for her second four-year term and a new legislature convened in the Statehouse. This seems like an appropriate time to look back on their record over the last four years.

HOW DO I deal with frozen pipes?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 2:45 p.m.

During times like this past week of frigidly cold weather, the plumbing stores experience an influx of DIY’s as well as professional plumbers …

JUDITH BERRY: Epiphany – the renewal of ourselves

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:58 p.m.

This is the season of Epiphany, when the renewal of light and revelation are celebrated in most catholic, episcopal, Lutheran and eastern orthodox churches. Now that the new year is in full swing, we should try to appreciate things and the way we live daily. Many of us, as we do during Lent, try and set new goals for their way of living – …


Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:59 p.m.

There is a genuine reputation the South has for being charming, polite and welcoming. However, sometimes, those attributes become the exact thing that frustrates me most.

How do I: deal with frozen pipes?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:59 p.m.

During times like this past week of frigidly cold weather, the plumbing stores experience an influx of DIYers, as well as professional plumbers in need of a quick fix. As was I, this past Friday evening. It seems for me, it’s always in the evening.

Editorial: Keep pushing for open government

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:55 p.m.

S.C. Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, is once again planning to go to bat for much-needed reforms to the state’s Freedom of Information Act. This is a legislative fight that has persisted for way too long and one that needs to be resolved in the upcoming session.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Intern an asset to Activities Center UPDATED

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:52 p.m.

Over the past few years, the Activities Center has been able to attract Georgia Regents University seniors to complete an internship in our …

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Always reaching forward

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:55 p.m.

The discussion questions in the lesson that Sunday morning caught my interest: “In what ways are you resistant to God’s work of renewal in your life? In what ways are you open to it?” These inquiries prompted us to look honestly at ourselves and consider avenues of spiritual growth. Unwillingness to take personal inventory …

NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: Olive leaf extract may help in treating ailments UPDATED

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:58 p.m.

Many plant species undoubtedly became extinct during the Great Flood at the time of Noah. It has been speculated that many of the plants lost forever during the flood offered better nutrition or medications than many of the plants we know today. This could be why, after the flood, God allowed the eating of meat for the first time. Meat could make …

PHRAGMENTS FROM PHYLLIS: Are we all really Charlie Hebdo?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:55 p.m.

Last week provided an opportunity for journalists all over the world to look inwardly.

NOBLE: Automatic retirement savings are a good idea for SC

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:55 p.m.

Back in 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that “a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

NOBLE: New Year’s Resolutions for South Carolina

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 10:09 a.m.

This is the time for New Year’s resolutions and I have a few for our state.

FROM THE PARK BENCH: Parks are a 24-hour job

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 10:08 a.m.

I have been asked to speak to some high school students this week about a career in parks and recreation.

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