• CHURCH CALENDAR week of 06/27

    Armenia UMC

    Covered dish lunch for the Rev. Harry Gindhart Jr., 12:30 p.m. Sunday, fellowship hall.

    Black Rock Baptist

    Car wash to raise money for the youth, 8 a.m. every Saturday in June and July 12, 19 and 26 at Auto Zone.

    Blackstock First Baptist

    • Family Fun Day, Saturday at White Oak Community Center. Swimming, games, hot dogs.

    • Interrogation/examination for ordination for Jay Dorsey, 3 p.m. Sunday. Licensing service for youth minister Will McBrayer, 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Calvary Baptist, Calvary Church Road

  • CHURCH CALENDAR week of 06/20

    Armenia UMC

    New minister, the Rev. Harry Gindhart Jr., to begin Sunday. Covered dish lunch in his honor, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, fellowship hall.

    Bethel UMC

    Welcome reception for new pastor, Sunday.

    Black Rock Baptist

    Car wash to raise money for the youth, 8 a.m. every Saturday in June and July 12, 19 and 26 at Auto Zone.

    Blackstock First Baptist

    • Vacation Bible school, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 23-27. Classes for birth to adults with a class for special needs children.

  • MY VIEW: Wonder if cosmetics can be addictive?

    The only thing I understand about women's cosmetics is that the people behind this racket have made more money than I can imagine -- and I have an active imagination.

    I say this because among the Christmas gifts I was always instructed to give my late wife certain cosmetics put together from a list she gave me. I always bought her Christmas gifts from a list she provided. She put her foot down about surprises the Christmas I "surprised" her with a set of diamond earrings for the second straight year.

  • THAT GUY:Is it heresy or just curiosity, to question God's existance?

    Frederich Nietzsche pronounced ee,"God is dead!"eef about a hundred years ago. It wasn't an intentional thumb in the eye for the all powerful. He believed religion had strayed far from the spiritual concepts in which it had been created and had become, instead, a fearsome power structure over most of Europe, capable of passing life or die pronouncements on those who lived in areas where it ruled.

    And rule it did! It defined sin, it defined salvation and it defined grace.

  • KEEPIN' ON IN EAST CHESTER: Being delegate was instructive, exciting

    I was privileged to have been a part of the selected Chester delegates to the South Carolina Democratic Party Convention on Saturday, May 3, 2008, in Columbia. Arising at 5:15 a.m. that morning (it felt as if I was going to work), we arrived in Columbia about 7:30 a.m. and already, the Convention Center parking lot was full.

    As a lifelong voter, this was the first time participating in the political process at the state level and I must say, it was exciting, interesting and exhausting. A totally new learning experience.

  • CHURCH CALENDAR week of 06/06

    Armenia UMC

    • Vacation Bible school, 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 8-14.

    • New minister, the Rev. Harry Gindhart Jr., to arrive June 18.

    • Covered dish lunch, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29.

    Bethel UMC

    • Covered dish luncheon for departing pastor at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

    • Welcome reception for new pastor, Sunday, June 22.

    Black Rock Baptist

    • Car wash to raise money for the youth, 8 a.m. every Saturday in June and July 12, 19 and 26 at Auto Zone.

  • Journey ends, journey begins Dixie Roberts graduates high school, prepares for college

    "I can't believe it's over," Dixie Roberts said wistfully, looking around the office at Chester High School for one of the last times. "I know I'm going to cry at graduation."

    Emotion will surely be running high that night, when young adults step from childhood into freedom with a quick toss of their caps. But for Roberts and her family, the completion of the journey means even more.

    Confined to a wheelchair for almost five years, her high school graduation will be a victory, a true reason to celebrate, proof of Roberts' unwavering will and positive attitude.

  • MY VIEW: Looking for bulldog's lost waistline

    I gave up regular medical checkups years ago when I went to my family doctor complaining of stopped up sinuses and was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and low life expectancy.

    I went from taking no pills per day to taking three pills per day and all I thought I had was a little head cold, leading to the perfectly logical conclusion that going to the doctor makes you sick or sicker. After all, aside from the staff, how many healthy people have you ever seen in a doctor's office?

    Don't even get me started on hospitals.

  • WHAT'D SHE SAY? Pictures can say a thousand words, bring back memories

    We've all heard this before. But really what exactly does it mean? That's not a hard one for me to answer, especially since I take lots of pictures and have them displayed all over our house. I am more of the candid type photographer, action shots, you know, getting them at their best.