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  Successful living involves risk-taking. Over 300 people rejected Colonel Sanders’ special recipe for Southern fried chicken before he received a “yes.” Today, because of his persistence, KFC boasts 20,000 restaurants in 125 countries.  Reflecting on my youth, I wish the idea of taking calculated...
  Remember as a kid that thrill you got when you found an Easter egg. I’ve got that feeling again. My family and I are now geocachers.   Geocaching (noun, jee•ow•ka•shuhng): the recreation activity of hunting for and finding hidden objects by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website.   I first...
  Each day in the United States women are victims of all types of violence at the hands of men – murder, domestic abuse, sexual assault – yet too often as a nation we take little or no notice. But on occasion, for some of us, the violence hits home and can no longer be ignored.  My daughter,...
  I’m so proud of my daughter I can hardly stand it. Our third born, Mary Elizabeth MacDonald, stopped the other day to treat the wounds of a person injured in a car wreck. It was on Hwy 76 near Metal Masters, and she was the first first-responder on the scene. I am getting this word second-hand,...
  A few months ago, the federal debt we have accumulated over the past decades crossed the $22 trillion mark. That’s a record. And it’s surely not going to be the last. According to Congressional Budget Office estimates, annual federal deficits over the next decade — the deficit is the annual...
  I spent last week in Cuba. Fascinating place. We’ve been visiting our nearest southern neighbors for 15 years, a partnership of churches established by a relationship between the Alliance of Baptists and the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Cuba. Members of our church take an annual trip to...
  Like all CHAMPS students, Katelyn Norris began the program when she was in the sixth grade. She was at Hickory Tavern Middle School then.  “This is something for me,” she remembers thinking. “This sounds local and ‘homey.’ “And CHAMPS’ values really attracted me to the program.” Norris liked the...
  “Dare to risk public criticism,” said Mary Kay Ash. She should know. A successful businesswoman who broke many molds and took many risks, I’m sure she endured her share of critics. I remember as a young pastor receiving an anonymous letter full of complaints about me and my wife. Most pastors...
LOTS OF INFORMATION -- INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGES AND SAFETY.   The editor, I along with millions of Americans will celebrate Independence Day on July 4TH. I hope all will pause, reflect and give thanks to our Creator for bestowing to us this great country. But freedom is not free. I suggest readers...
  In her first try at Miss South Carolina, Morgan Nichols, Miss Clemson from Lexington, will be the newest ambassador worldwide for the Palmetto State. She won the crown Saturday night at The Township in Columbia. Kellan Fenegan, Miss Columbia Teen from Lexington, will carry the Palmetto State’s...

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