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You don't need a college degree to understand what's happening in our country. Oliver Anthony, the songwriter behind the viral hit "Rich Men North of Richmond," didn't even finish high school. But … more
Our mother, Emmie Windham Driggers, passed away on June 11 at age 85. One of her wishes was to have a poem she wrote put in The Item. She enjoyed reading every issue of this paper front to back. I am always with you ... When I am gone, release … more
Even though it was enacted shortly after then-Gov. Mark Sanford's whole Argentine mess, there's no reason to believe that lawmakers passed a bizarre tax law in 2012 in an effort to keep South Carolina men from getting … more
America's political parties are the oldest and third-oldest in the world, and they have competed for votes among a population that has been diverse since colonial times. If you have any doubts about that, consult David Hackett Fischer's 1989 classic … more
People love telling journalists how to do our job better. That comma is wrong. This headline doesn't tell the whole story. "Your fake news!" Yes, I spelled "your" incorrectly for this example. It's part of the gig when your work is seen, … more
The devotion for today is "The Blessing of Being Eternally Secure," and my text is 1 John 5:12-13, where we see, "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on … more
"Preparation" is an important word in life. We spend our entire life preparing for something. At the end of every day, we start making preparations for the next day and the day after that until our days run out. Nothing is more frustrating than to … more
In a recent letter to the editor, this statement was made: "Since I am old enough to remember when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to this terrible sin of racism, I also remember his words about 'content of character' as more important than skin … more
Dear Mr. Wright and Trustees: First, I want to give honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is because of His mercy and my faith that I am able to write this letter. This letter is very important and emotional because it is about the … more
I want to bring this thought to your heart, titled, "The Sovereignty of God Over the Nations," and my text is Acts 17:22-27 where we see, "Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are … more
Maui has long been the go-to destination for millions to experience paradise. Life has changed. Maui is now the site of the deadliest fire in modern U.S. history. At this writing, over 90 persons are been reported dead. The lovely town of Lahaina … more
I am still searching for a logical reason why so many people are still on the Trump bandwagon. I am an independent conservative. I would never vote for anyone that would support the killing of the most innocent among us. Yes, women do have rights … more
South Carolina speaker of the House Rep. Murrell Smith Jr. endorses Former President Donald J. Trump in an article written on Aug. 4, 2023. The only word that comes to my mind is "wow." This is how far we as a country have gone. Donald J. Trump is … more
It is interesting that the health care facility, located at 703 Broad St., Sumter, that was once known as the "Black folks' hospital" now stands abandoned and in ruins. After serving as a hospital, it functioned as the Community Residential Care … more
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