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Opinion

  • I am going to relive a story I brought to you, oh, probably some three years ago about going back to school and how wonderful that time was for me. I remember it well and as I worked and shopped over this three day tax-free weekend. I was oh so reminded of it and how hard it must have been for Mama to get everything for Cindy and I, but no matter what the sacrifice, she and Daddy always did it and we had everything we needed to start the school year fresh and new. Enjoy the story once again and relive your own memories of those school days.  

  • There is very powerful proverbial and instructional map that is thousands of years old and is contained in the Kemetic writings of The Husia. It tells one to "Follow in the footsteps of your ancestors, for the mind is trained through knowledge…their words endure in books. Open and read them and follow their wise counsel." This not only tells us what to do but when to do it and how to do it. Again, very powerful.

  • It’s hard to believe that today is Mrs. Anne Collins birthday and she is 103 years old.

  • For almost two years we have been writing stories about a proposed bridge replacement project. The bridges that connect Chester County and the Union County town of Lockhart have been deemed obsolete and structural deficient by the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The bridge is still safe to travel, but the long process raises a few questions.

  • Back during the time that we were professors at UGA (1987-2004), my lovely wife Betty often would invite Dr. William Hale to guest lecture to her textile economics class. He would reminisce about his life growing up on various mill villages.
    At the time of his lectures, the American textile industry had not yet collapsed. Dr. Hale often would state, "We all have memories. Some are pleasant. Some are not. Some sting like hell and are not to be shared with anyone!"  

  • This past week I received a note from a girlfriend of mine talking about the Diane Sawyer stories that have been going on for the past couple months on the "Made in America Challenge." As I read further through the note I realized I was one of those people.

  • Race fans enjoyed a trip down memory lane last Saturday night at the Greer Dragway as front engine dragsters, nostalgic nitro burning funny cars, and old school gassers joined the regular divisions of racing.

  • It seems like yesterday, but it was about seven years ago that The News & Reporter published a series of articles by me recalling my memories of my Uncle Enos Woodle and his many (sometimes tall) tales.
    As I age, I find that time passes by faster and faster. Older readers of this column know what I mean. I think that it might be interesting if I revisited Uncle Enos in this "Chester Memories" column. I have memories of him that I have not previously shared.

  • How well I remember the rotary dial phone my grandparents had back in the '50s and '60s where you had to put your finger in the small hole and and twist the dial all around until it stopped. You did that until the numbers were all dialed.
    I also remember that Chester only had those two prefixes -- 385 and 377 -- back then, so that you did not have to dial all the numbers!

  • The old adage about any publicity being good publicity doesn't completely hold water where our state is concerned.

    Consider the “big” news stories that have garnered national attention in the past year or so. We had the sordid South American sojourn of Governor Mark Sanford, a senate candidate who wants to make action figures of himself, a primary which featured both unproven allegations of infidelity and an ugly racial slur and now a horrific killing in Newberry which has drawn protests by, among others, the New Black Panther Party.

  • You've probably noticed a lot of stories about the happenings at Eureka Mill in the News & Reporter lately.

    Work to demolish the structure has been an on-again, off-again process that has been going on for months. The process began in earnest in January when Jim Womack and Larry Ramsey came to address the Chester County Council. They questioned why they were not being allowed to start razing the structure. One of the obvious reasons at that point was because they didn't actually own it yet, though they were close to making their final payment.

  • History was made when South Carolinians chose their two major candidates for governor last month. Nikki Haley is the first woman from the Palmetto State to win a major political party’s nomination for governor.

    She clinched the Republican gubernatorial nomination in convincing fashion. She nearly locked up the nomination in the GOP primary on June 8, falling just shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to capture the nomination. She then easily defeated U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster in the June 22 runoff.

  • The Chester County School Board had a public hearing and a final reading of the upcoming school year budget Monday. The budget actually passed.

    But (and it’s a big “But”) …

    But the board passed the budget without its members ever being given a budget — without reading that budget.

    Yes, you read that right. We’ve been doing this for a long time and have never seen a board pass the budget without getting or reading a line item by line item budget.

  • I am writing this short piece in response to a recent editorial that publicly disparaged the school board for “not reading” the budget that has been put before us for approval this year. While I welcome any legitimate criticism to the way I and others serve the school board, I found that the editorial invites the kind of criticism that is not only unhelpful, but also misguided.

  • South Carolina has certainly made a lot of national news lately where politics is concerned. Most of the attention stems from allegations, or admissions of infidelity. Whenever there is a story of post-marital trysts, people's interests, prurient interests especially, are going to be piqued. That's not new or surprising.

    What's hard to figure is the coverage generated by Alvin Greene's victory in the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate.

  • South Carolina has certainly made a lot of national news lately where politics is concerned. Most of the attention stems from allegations, or admissions of infidelity. Whenever there is a story of post-marital trysts, people's interests, prurient interests especially, are going to be piqued. That's not new or surprising.

    What's hard to figure is the coverage generated by Alvin Greene's victory in the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate.

  • Ben Franklin is credited with coining the phrase “Fish and visitors smell in three days.” After putting in long work days in temperatures nearing 100 degrees, some of the Salkehatchie volunteers who visited Chester may have indeed smelled a bit, but no one was in any hurry to have them leave.

  • We saw new Chester County School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Graves at Lewisville High School's recent baseball banquet. We saw him at a couple of games during the Lions' run to the state title as well, where his Auburn education and allegiance was the target of some playful teasing by a University of South Carolina Gamecocks fan. We saw him at all three of our high schools' graduations, at a recital and at a lot of other public gatherings. We don't get up early enough, but you might see him going for his every-morning six-mile jog.

    In short, we've seen him a lot, and that's good.

  • We're sure the mathematics and economics courses offered in the Fairfield County School system are top notch. The folks actually running the district might want to sit in on a class or two.

  • If a recently released Federal Trade Commission discussion draft entitled “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism” should ever actually be adopted as law, the press will no longer be free, in any sense of the word.