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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Summer Slide: It’s not all fun and games!

    Summer Slide is not a new game or attraction. It is the term used to refer to the amount of academic growth that students usually lose during the Summer months.
    Research shows if students do not continue to read during the summer, the growth they made during the school year can be lost in as less as 8 weeks. 
    This can be even more significant for lower income students who may not be involved in any other enrichment activities throughout the summer.

  • LETTER: A Petersburg Primary thank you

    The Petersburg Primary School faculty and staff would like to thank local businesses and residents that contributed more than $1,200 worth of door prizes to the annual faculty and staff end-of-year banquet.
    Contributors were: Screwmatics of SC, Inc., New Creation Embroidery, Pageland Hardware, Grits and Grocery employees, The Ball Theatre, In and Out Mini Mart, Subway, Food Lion,

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Stories to be remembered, stories to be told

    While it was not officially recognized as a national holiday until 1971, Memorial Day has been celebrated in the United States since 1868. 

    The first “Decoration Day” observances were to remember the armed forces veterans who had died during the Civil War.

    After World War I there was even more interest in having a time to reflect. Another generation of Americans had experienced the realities of war. 

  • LETTER: Honoring the hero behind the heroes

    Betty Evana Rogers dedicated her life to helping those in need. 

    A native of Pageland, the love, devotion and loyalty she gave to her seven children – Andy, Mark, Julie, Kim, Robby Tina, and Little Andy – are without question, extraordinary. 

    Her enduring strength as a military spouse, through some very tough times in the 1970s, is nothing short of remarkable. 

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Reqiuem for ‘The Other Story’

    It is customary in the news business to write the obituary after someone dies.
    But in this case, why wait? It is time to write the obituary for “The Other Story” now.
    What is “The Other Story”?
    It is the story next to the story you intended to read. Often “The Other Story” has a catchy headline or an eye-grabbing photograph with it.
    “The Other Story” informs you about something you did not know, or gives you a different perspective on something you did.

  • COLUMN: The importance of small-town newspapers

    Of the many factors that contribute to a community’s qualify of life, one that’s often under-appreciated, is the local newspaper.
    Small, weekly (or non-daily) publications are a form of public service. They bring us “good news” and recognize the efforts of hometown people who make a difference. On their pages you’re likely to find news about youth achievements, civic club projects, charity fundraisers, and church events that larger media outlets don’t carry.

  • COLUMN: Life with autism

    My name is Xanaa Myers and I am Miss Jr. Teen Pee Dee United States.
    My platform is Autism Awareness.
    As we think about autism and spread awareness this month, I feel it is important to shine a light on the silent casualties of this disorder – the siblings.
    One of our older brothers has autism.
    Our family has to function a lot differently than “normal” families do, which is very stressful sometimes.

  • PUBLISHER'S COLUMN: Newsprint tariffs won’t save U.S. jobs, will damage essential industry

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.
    Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.