Editor’s Notes: Keep those cards and letters coming

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 11:11 a.m.

A note on letters to the editor:

Flower tunes for Flowertown Festival

Thursday, March 31, 2016 10:36 a.m.

The Flowertown Festival begins Friday in Summerville, but there’s no reason not to get in the flower spirit now. Here are 10 songs – some classic, some obscure – that will help you prepare for – or take your mind off – the 200,000-plus people expected to visit our area in the next few days.

Smith Says: Dance like nobody’s watching (and hope that no one is!)

Thursday, March 31, 2016 10:37 a.m.

I don’t dance, and I didn’t even before I went deaf.

Smith Says: Drinking while shopping - an idea whose time has come?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:02 p.m.

Tar-jzay just got more interesting.

Smith Says: Moving is for the birds

Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Like all married couples, Widdle Baby and I have faced challenges: Death, surgery, Atkins, the usual. Through it all, we’ve stayed strong and committed.

Second Amendment, Safe Haven bills move forward

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12:23 p.m.

Second Amendment Preservation Act: The House approved and sent the Senate H.4701, the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.” The legislation provides that the state of South Carolina shall not enforce any federal law, rule, or regulation that took effect after January 1, 2016, that limits the right of a person to own, possess, or use a …

Editor’s Notes: Sports rookie appreciates sports legends

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:26 a.m.

One of the first rules of journalism that every writer learns early on is “write what you know.”

Smith Says: Firing teacher for nude selfie teaches all the wrong lessons

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:24 a.m.

By now you’ve probably heard about Leigh Anne Arthur, a teacher at the Career and Technology Center at Union County High School.

Smith: Rise above grumpy person syndrome

Thursday, March 3, 2016 3:13 p.m.

My life is made of stardust, rainbows and unicorns. NOT.

Smith: Rise above grumpy person syndrome

Thursday, March 3, 2016 3:41 p.m.

My life is made of stardust, rainbows and unicorns. NOT.

Smith: Note to Southern men: Manners matter UPDATED

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:33 a.m.

As most of you know, I’m a proud daughter of the South.

Kennard: Make voting a family tradition

Thursday, February 18, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Mothers teach us lots of things. Mine taught me to vote.

Hoarding purses and other confessions

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:46 p.m.

You know how when you get together with friends to eat and have an adult beverage, the tone soon turns confessional?

FAFSA changes could effect college students UPDATED

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:59 a.m.

If you have a child in college, you’re probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed to help ensure that students don’t miss out on federal and state grants, work-study jobs and loans.

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.

Zika virus is nothing to sneeze at

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

The Zika virus has the media abuzz.

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 11:54 a.m.

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

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.

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 …

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

Thursday, December 24, 2015 11:15 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.

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

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 10:28 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 …

Smith Says: Christmas musings

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:47 p.m.

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

Tribes, South Carolina and Politics

Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:22 a.m.

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

Martin O’Malley a strong choice

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 1:30 p.m.

He comes bounding out of the Charleston Airport terminal looking trim, sharp and ready. As the early morning sun hits his face, he squints his eyes. He gazes across the expansive sidewalk, jumbled with people, baggage and taxis. He’s searching for a familiar face near a waiting car.

Home Sweet Homestead: What’s Camp Meeting?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:18 a.m.

“They’re messing with us,” my husband Henry said to me. “They’re not going to have a big meal to eat. Just watch.”

Race, Guns, Culture and Change in S.C.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 8:35 a.m.

I love South Carolina and the South – I really do. And I consider myself a reasonably serious student of our history and culture.

Wallace: The power of God’s word

Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:03 a.m.

In verse 9, the Psalmist states “the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.” Fearing God means to give him reverence. It means to hold him in high esteem. The culture we find ourselves in does not model this idea of revering people or things very well. We are quick to do the opposite. Therefore, I feel we can often struggle in …

I wonder ...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:02 a.m.

I wonder….

Starting is easy, but finishing is....what’s that?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:45 a.m.

Surely I have ADD. I can’t spend three minutes on one task before I get distrac—SQUIRREL!

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