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What is this world coming to? - Part 2: Tattoos

I first became fascinated with tattoos when I observed one on the arm of the late, great, Sumter fire chief "Bit" Wilder. Bit had been a sailor, so it went without saying that sailors were expected to have tattoos. He had one on his arm. I was …

Among the ruins, a case of righteousness

WASHINGTON - Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the …
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Notable & Quotable

From The Randle Report - www.sb-d.com - Mike Randle writes: "The service sector awakes from a deep sleep; consumerism is back." At one time, the American South's economy was dominated by plantations. Cotton was king. Then around the start of the …
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Western culture dead; only personal libraries remain

Western culture dead; only personal libraries remain As our borders dissolve and our financial bankruptcy expands, the very idea of traditional, American, rugged individualism, has become a faded memory in our historical landscape. We held firm …

Sumter National Dixie Boys baseball team shines

Sumter National Dixie Boys baseball team shines Last week at Clemson, the 10-year-old Sumter National team played spirited baseball. Coach Campbell and assistants Lyons and Richardson gave excellent instruction before and during each game. One …
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July 16, 2015

A recent editorial from a South Carolina newspaper: The Post and Courier July 14 Gag order out of order If ever there was a case that illustrates why freedom of information is important, it's that of the Emanuel Nine. Throughout the …
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