• As a South Carolinian, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and someone with loved ones who served in the military, I believe that supporting our nation’s troops should be our highest priority. I am to advocate for, and support, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
    The act funds critical military readiness initiatives and construction projects in South Carolina.
    For years our military has had to plan for the future around artificial budget caps that not only hurt readiness, but did little to decrease the deficit.

  • Guardian ad Litem volunteers are needed to serve as a voice for the abused and neglected children in Chesterfield County.
    ◆ What is a Guardian ad Litem volunteer?
    Guardian ad Litem volunteers are everyday residents who are trained and supported by the Guardian ad Litem county office. A Guardian ad Litem volunteer is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of children in Department of Social Services child abuse and neglect cases in and outside of court.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Less than a week after the horrific shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff members, a coalition of 16 news outlets and organizations filed a motion with the criminal court overseeing the prosecution of the shooter, arguing that hearings and records in the case should be open to the public.

  • The S.C. House of Representatives has sent a budget and capital reserve fund appropriations to the state Senate for considerations.
    That’s an $8.8 billion state budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
    The budget includes $8.2 billion in recurring state general fund revenue and $145 million in Capital Reserve Funds.

    Key budget expenses

  • People exposed to news of mass shootings and controversy over gun control can have a variety of stress reactions, says Heidi Zinzow, an associate professor of psychology at Clemson University.
    People taking in this news can feel a sense of hopelessness, shock, sorrow or anger. Some may look out for danger in their everyday lives and be hypervigilant, Zinzow says.
    What can people do to relieve this anxiety?

  • In 1972, I was among a group of college students from Western Carolina University who traveled to Charlotte, for the Billy Graham Crusade at the Charlotte Coliseum. 
    It was a crowded place on a Saturday night. We made our way to one of the top sections of the arena. It was an unforgettable evening. 
    There was a tremendous sense of the presence of God in this vast arena. I was a believer in Jesus already. But I must admit, I was gripped by the message Rev. Graham preached that night. 

  • Contrary to the expressions of some, celebrating black history in February – the shortest month of the year – is not a slight. When launched in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, it was for a week.
    Dr. Woodson selected the second week of February because it envelopes the birth dates of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14).

  • In the wake of the tragedy in Florida, I want to take a moment to speak directly to South Carolina residents, parents, students and teachers. Keeping our students safe continues to my top priority. From the moment a child boards the morning school bus, or a student passes through their school’s doors, no parent should ever have to worry if their child will be safe. No teacher should ever have to fear for the safety of themselves or their students.

  • Angela Stallings is the chairperson of the United Way of Chesterfield County. She is employed at Sonoco in Hartsville as a senior tax accountant. She resides in McBee and is immediate past President of McBee Lions Club. She and her husband Leon were very active in the United Way of Chesterfield County’s Financial Stability program during 2016 as volunteer tax preparers. Financial stability has been added recently as part of United Way of Chesterfield County impact areas. Stallings helped plan for this addition. 
    Q: Why did you become a board member?

  • Curtis Loftis

    S.C. Treasurer

    For many of us, the New Year is a time to create resolutions we hope will have a lasting impact in our lives. 

    We think of the New Year as a blank slate, the perfect opportunity to prioritize what is most important to us. For many families across South Carolina, helping their children achieve future goals and dreams is at the top of that list. 

  • Christmas is a love story and a light story. It is no accident that lights are so much a part of the Christmas celebration. The light of the ancient star was more than guidance for the wise men.

  • McLeod Hospice

    The holidays are upon us. While many people are getting in the spirit, many more are having a difficult time preparing for the season.
    Some individuals and families are dealing with the loss of a loved one. The loss of someone close is stressful at any time of the year, but it is especially hard to handle during the holidays.

  • On Nov. 7, the residents of District 5 will go to the polls to election a representative for Pageland Town Council. This election is important to not only District 5, but to all residents of the Town of Pageland. I have decided to run for this position for a multitude of reasons. Here are just a few that I feel are most important:

  • Ichose to run for public office because I want to make a difference in the community I live in.  In the four years that I have served the Town of Pageland, I can proudly say I have made a difference.  
    Just to name a few things accomplished include refinancing the community center debt and saving the town $450,000 in interest expense.  By doing so we will pay the debt off 26 years earlier. We have also paved the parking lot at Moore Park as well as adding restroom facilities.  
    I love being a part of the council that will move Pageland forward.

  • For most of my life when people asked where I was “from,” my reply was that I had the best of two worlds.
    “I’m blessed, I was born in the North (upstate New York) and raised in the South (Virginia).”
    I am rethinking that response after the events in Charlottesville, Va., and other places.
    The South and the North of today are not the places I grew up in.
    Hate has replaced history. People want their own versions of history and are willing to delete – or destroy – any inconvenient truths.

  • By Kevin Smith
    Guest column

    There was a time in my life when I end up in $209 a week hotel in Charlotte near the office park I worked at, downloading Walking Dead each week and looking out the window every couple of hours to see if my car was still there. It was after a breakup and I didn’t eat a whole bunch.
    I may not have eaten well, but a man does need his toiletries: his toothpaste, his deodorant, his shampoo, and his razor.
    And his shaving cream, even though I don’t enjoy shaving.

  • By Kevin Smith
    Guest column

    Kelly sat down on the couch, crying. She had just started the last cigarette her doctor allowed her.
    “I’m pregnant.”
    We weren’t married. We had been together for the better part of a year, but that’s still not married in 1998 in Matthews, N.C.

    The south.

  • By Kevin Smith
    Guest column

    “Do I need to cook you some chicken, Kevin?” asked Shelby Moree in the back of Mickey’s kitchen in downtown Pageland.
    I hesitate. I stutter.
    “Uh, yea, uh…”
    I grew up with relatives who never found anything they wouldn’t deep fry.
    “You want white or dark meat?”
    “Uh, white. Definitely white.”