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Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:00 AM
It was written 200 years ago and later put to music. In 1931, it took an official place of honor in our nation. It is played and sung at nearly every major sporting event and Fourth of July celebrations. Few who sing it can do it justice and give it the honor and respect it deserves -- even today. Dare I remind readers of the horrid rendition performed some years back by comedian and actress Roseanne Barr? The list is long, but hers is one of the more memorable. Or one most of us would rather not remember at all.
  • Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    It was written 200 years ago and later put to music. In 1931, it took an official place of honor in our nation. It is played and sung at nearly every major sporting event and Fourth of July celebrations. Few who sing it can do it justice and give it the honor and respect it deserves -- even today. Dare I remind readers of the horrid rendition performed some years back by comedian and actress Roseanne Barr? The list is long, but hers is one of the more memorable. Or one most of us would rather not remember at all. 

  • Sunday, September 07, 2014 12:00 AM

    Dear me, it seems dire days have descended on Abbeville.

     

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Carolina! Clemson!
    Clemson! Carolina!

    Some of you have probably already geared up, ready to make your attack and tell us just how biased we are. At no other time of year, not even the political season, do we hear claims the likes of which we hear during football season. In fact, the claims about our bias make me think the crew at MSNBC, CNN, CBS and FOX have it easy.
    Granted, there are quite a few folks in the office who have garnet and black running through their veins, but that stands to reason. Clemson is not known for spitting out too many journalists anymore than Carolina is known for spitting out agriculturists and engineers -- although, both probably have their fair share of students who have extensively studied one form of agriculture, cannabis. Still, the truth is the newspaper has a healthy crop of Clemson fans. 

  • Sunday, August 03, 2014 12:00 AM
    You know things are happening in Greenwood when the rumor mill gets going as much as it is lately. I’m not talking about salacious rumors or the rumors that circled Abbeville about the KKK rally. These rumors mainly pertain to good things, matters related to the area’s growth and progress.
    For nearly two decades the rumors flew that Greenwood was getting an Olive Garden restaurant. It nearly happened about a year ago, by the way, but the parent company pulled the plug on this and a handful of other prospective locations. 

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Did Barbie shoot down a Malaysian commercial airliner? No, but one would think the high-fashion doll did something along those lines because there’s been so much fuss over the toy. Again.
    This time, folks are seething because -- gasp! -- the Girl Scouts of America have given their OK for Barbie to wear the uniform and even lets girls earn a Barbie patch. 

  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    So Amazon.com, which knows many of my habits at least as well as the NSA and Apple, sent me an email last week to let me know my favorite prog rock band, Yes, has released a new CD. 

  • Sunday, July 06, 2014 12:44 AM
    It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark... and we’re wearing sunglasses. -- Elwood Blues 

  • Sunday, June 29, 2014 1:03 AM
    As many of you read in Saturday’s edition, Brad Thompson has stepped down from his District 50 school board seat. He had to. Brad moved from one neighborhood and into another, and school board seats are geographically assigned. 

  • Sunday, June 01, 2014 12:23 AM
    It’s time to fan out, folks. The Salvation Army needs your support. Well, actually the people served by the Army need your support. 

  • Ch-ch-ch-ch changes:  Some good, some bad, some indifferent
    Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    A wise man once said “Nothing is so constant as change itself.” My father was a wise man, but I’m not sure his quote will stand the measure of time as much as the one just related: “Do socked feet leave footprints in the sands of time?” 

  • Sunday, May 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    If cancer were a person, it would be the most unwelcome and unpleasant house guest anyone could ever imagine. 

  • Sunday, May 04, 2014 12:00 AM
    Golf is one of those games where fans are generally expected to be quiet. Sure, you hear the applause from the gallery when a player makes a great shot. 

  • Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Before we know it, June will arrive and usher in another Festival of Flowers. The 47th Festival of Flowers, to be precise, and this one has a couple of twists and turns to it. 

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s difficult not to get more than a twinge of excitement right now. It’s almost as if the Masters not only officially heralds spring, but also sort of jump starts a big season right here in Greenwood.
    We just had the inaugural Uptown Live concert, with Fabulous Expressions kicking off the season (congrats on no rainout, band!), the next one is about to take place Thursday and then — or so it seems — things really take off at break-neck speed. 

  • Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:03 AM
    A few of you who read this column — which might mean all of you, since there are probably only a few who read it to begin with — have expressed disdain for the occasions when the column jumped from one topic to another.
    Writers sometimes call these "random thoughts" or something catchy like that. Political columnist Thomas Sowell produces such columns with a degree of regularity.