Aiken County is made up of many different towns and cities, each with its own charm, hopes and goals. While we celebrate our diverse communities, it is worth noting that a common thread uniting us all is our commitment to prepare our students for success after graduation and become successful in the variety of opportunities our county is blessed to offer now and in the future. To that end, you have entrusted us to be responsible stewards of your hard-earned tax dollars. It is our duty to ensure that the Aiken County Public School District always make the most efficient use of public funds and resources.

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That’s the official “assumed rate of return” for South Carolina’s retiree pension system. In other words, state officials tell us the system s…

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As we sang “I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day; still praying as I’m onward bound, Lord, plant my feet on highe…

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Riverview Park will be a busy place starting Friday with the annual Splash Day, the school's out celebration for all of our local students. Th…

Spring in East Texas always announces its arrival with an annual tree-pollen allergy apocalypse, followed by our own version of monsoon season, when most residents consider trading in their pickups for four-wheel drive dinghies. All of the rain and foliage-philandering gives rise to the need for some serious yard work, which many of us look forward to with the same anticipation we feel when it's time to visit Dr. Auger for a thorough colonoscopy.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the 2020 election gears up, it seems apparent that Mike Pence's days as vice president are numbered. Trump's preference is obvious: Kim Jong Un.

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Our TrueNorth staff had a “Staff Funday” last week where we rented tandem kayaks and floated down the Augusta canal together. When we began fl…

In preparation for the second Best of Prep Sports banquet on Friday, May 24, at USC Aiken Convocation Center, we compiled a collectible program for the event. Recapping some of the outstanding athletic performances from Aiken, Barnwell and Edgefield counties was a morale boost for the staff. It is outstanding to see the level of talent in our area. We’ll share the sports highlights compilation with Aiken Standard readers in the newspaper this week and then announce winners in their individual sports Friday night.

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Have you ever seen the Blue Angels perform? I recently had the opportunity to see them and it was amazing! Thanks to a Navy Aviator friend, I …

The tragicomedy in Washington continues unabated. It's important to remember where we were, to know where we are and how we got here. I can sort of understand how Donald Trump was elected president. The American people were sick and tired of all the polarization, gridlock, extreme partisanship in Congress and between Congress and the president. So, in November 2016, enough voters – 70,000 total – in three key states, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, made Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States (aided by the Electoral College – Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes). That's the way it was, as I see it.

WASHINGTON — In 2008, when Sarah Palin entered the stage to debate her fellow vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, she asked him first thing: "Hey, can I call you Joe?"

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in South Carolina and nationwide and, while the month is almost over, we need to raise awareness about this problem every month. I wanted to let you know what our office is doing, and what all of us can do, to raise awareness and reduce sexual assault. The answer can be summed up by the theme for this year, which is, “I Ask.”

CAMDEN — With the arrival of spring and the advance of summer, American life shifts toward the porch – at least for those lucky enough to have a sheltered outdoor space, preferably attached to the front or back of one's home.

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In 1986, my wife Beth and I moved 960 miles away from our hometown of North Augusta. It was a sad and exciting day at the same time. We were o…

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