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Smith Says: Country living is pretty good ‘out here’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:53 a.m.

My husband won’t like this column, but I’ve been living it long enough to write it.

Smith Says: Country living is pretty good ‘out here’

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:19 p.m.

My husband won’t like this column, but I’ve been living it long enough to write it.

Valentine’s Day is a chance to put a price on romance

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:25 p.m.

When this newspaper reaches your hands you will either be enjoying the lingering victory of the Carolina Panthers or trying to forget the defeat. Of course you know which way the sentiments run in the Carolinas.

Zika virus is nothing to sneeze at

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:43 p.m.

The Zika virus has the media abuzz.

A sick day is no vacation

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:37 a.m.

I love my husband; I also love solitude. That can pose quite the dilemma since spouses generally, you know, live together.

Smith Says: For the love of coffee

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:51 a.m.

Is it just me, or is coffee getting out of hand?

Lack of focus produces two traps

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:24 p.m.

After his resurrection, Jesus Christ gave a charge to his disciples. He wanted them to maintain their focus of making disciples of all nations.

No unmade beds here

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:42 a.m.

Do you make your bed every morning? And how is this even a question?

Resolved: To do my best in 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 11:46 a.m.

It’s that time of year again, when we all turn over a new leaf. (I’m skeptical of that term, because bugs are usually on the other side of leaves.)

Editor’s Notes: I’m looking for some smart people

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 11:46 a.m.

We’re looking for a handful of smart people to participate in a year-long project we’re calling “The Opinion Shaper.”

New Year’s Wishes

Thursday, December 31, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Well, Christmas has come and gone and I’m still wearing my stretchy pants. I gorged on fruitcake, toffee, chocolate and Trader Joe’s coconut bars until my taste buds rebelled. You know that “ugh” point, when you’ve eaten so much nothing looks good? That’s where I am.

Wallace: Exiles in Jesus’ lineage

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:17 a.m.

The past few weeks we’ve been learning how God used all types of people in the lineage of Jesus to bring him into the world through his birth. We saw how God used unknowns as well as wealthy people. As God blessed Israel, he used kings and privileged people. However, when the line of Jesus became enslaved by foreign nations, the line became …

New Year’s Wishes

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 2:21 p.m.

Well, Christmas has come and gone and I’m still wearing my stretchy pants. I gorged on fruitcake, toffee, chocolate and Trader Joe’s coconut bars until my taste buds rebelled. You know that “ugh” point, when you’ve eaten so much nothing looks good? That’s where I am.

Merrill: Compromise needed in next legislative session

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:27 a.m.

With the New Year approaching preparation has begun for the second part of the legislative session.

Editor’s Notes: Breaking news is what we’re all about

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:27 a.m.

Here in the news biz we spend a lot of time thinking about breaking news - the kinds of stories that happen unexpectedly, like fires and crashes and …

Relishing memories of Christmas past

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 10:23 a.m.

Christmas is here. If you’re not ready, relax. Take the pressure off. (Whenever someone asked Mom if she was done with holiday prep, she’d reply, “I don’t really finish, I just stop.”)

Editor’s Notes: Spoiler alert: How to be a good gift giver

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 10:22 a.m.

As I emerged from the Azalea Square theater Saturday – Star Wars spoiler alert: popcorn and a drink cost me nearly $15 – I realized I still had a handful of Christmas gifts I needed to track down.

Smith Says: Christmas musings

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Thoughts while locked in a life-or-death struggle with a 6-foot, pre-lit, pre-decorated, pop-up Christmas tree:

Editor’s Notes: Enjoying the sounds of Christmas all around

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:31 p.m.

One of the fun parts of my jobs as the editor is that I get to read the community calendar before it gets published every week.

Wallace: Jesus is for all people

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:30 p.m.

We are well into the holiday season and you know what that means for many of you: family reunions.

Wise Words: Wake - up America

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 11:27 p.m.

“14 killed in San Bernardino, California attack.”

EDITOR’S NOTES: New face in editor’s chair

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 12:48 p.m.

Last summer, my youngest son and I spent several weeks in the garage building a couple of kayaks as part of a Scout project. The skin-on-frame …

Tribes, South Carolina and Politics

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 11:14 p.m.

Who are your people? Where did you grow up? Are you from around here? Where did you go to school?”

Julie’s guaranteed guide to Christmas shopping

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 11:14 p.m.

Let’s all take a moment to revel in the glorious, joyful, meaningful money-draining marathon known as Christmas shopping.

You can’t make this up

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 12:02 p.m.

Lawdamercy, people are crazy. Take these recent reports (from the Associated Press and other media outlets):

The power of love

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Ten years ago today, Widdle and I took a big gamble at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas.

In praise of archaic argot

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 12:35 p.m.

Ever think about words and phrases you don’t hear anymore? Maybe it’s just something English majors do.

When food worldviews clash

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 12:29 p.m.

Yesterday I opened the refrigerator, groaned and slammed the door. Then I opened the freezer, screamed and slammed the door.

When food worldviews clash

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 11:40 a.m.

Yesterday I opened the refrigerator, groaned and slammed the door. Then I opened the freezer, screamed and slammed the door.

Law enforcement job is tough

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 11:40 a.m.

There are some subjects that are highly emotional. Emotional to the point that common sense sometimes, or most times do not prevail. The atmosphere in many places in America towards the police is rather hostile and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better because of more and more high profile incidents in the news. When it comes to a …

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