Tickets, popcorn and wedding vows

We all have our interests. Our hobbies. Activities we like to do and places we cherish going. Places we can go hide and step aside from the hustle of everyday life, if but for a moment. If you’v ...

Love for the Lakelands

It’s that time of year. Love is in the air. Well, kind of. Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, a “holiday” I’m convinced has ascended into our collective consciousness through th ...

Chris Trainor: It has to be the Falcons

Well, this is it. It’s the last day. The really, final, for real last day. At least until September. Indeed, today is the last day of this football season. High school ball has been over for a ...

I still believe in Calhoun Falls

There is much to be found in small places. One such place that I’ve always held close to my heart is a little town nestled up against South Carolina-Georgia line. A lakeside hamlet dotted with w ...

Education under the arches

School isn’t the only place to get an education. In fact, some of the best education I have ever received was at McDonald’s. Yes, the place with the golden arches. The origins of the fast ...

Don't let Post 20 baseball slip away

There are certain things that make Greenwood, well, Greenwood. Places, events and traditions that are just intrinsically part of the Emerald City. And yes, calling it the “Emerald City” is ...

As ever, bread and milk

The chances are that many of you will not go hungry or thirsty this morning. That’s because you’ve got bread and milk. Yes, by God, bread and milk. As I was preparing this column late last ...

A clean slate

Here we are. A fresh start. A clean slate. A new year. Many of you are probably starting slowly this morning, your ears still ringing from a party or some fireworks or the Clemson game or whatever New ...

The stocking column

By the time many of you read this, the fat man will have squeezed down the chimney, tended to his annual work, eaten your cookies and milk (or Coca-Cola, if you’re generous) and headed on back t ...

Breakfast for dinner

It’s funny how traditions start. Very rarely, if ever, do we do something, enjoy it, and then actively say “Hey, let’s make this a tradition,” and actually follow through with ...

The 'A'

It’s amazing how much meaning a single letter can have. Not a sentence or a paragraph or even an entire story. Just one letter. In Abbeville, the charming town of 5,100 that is snugged right up ...

A season of change at City Hall

Things change. It’s one of life’s unavoidable facts. Lately I’ve reflected on some of the changes Greenwood has seen in the last year or so. Earlier this year, District 4 state Sen. ...

Have you checked Sky City?

If you wait long enough, just about everything comes back around. Even if it’s just a mini version of the thing you remembered. As I’m sure some of you are aware, especially seeing as how ...

Still thankful

Hey, look at that. Thanksgiving week is here. You remember Thanksgiving, right? You know, the one with the turkey. It’s that holiday that used to come between Halloween and Christmas, back in th ...

About 'The Media'

Well, it’s almost here. Finally, mercifully, it’s almost here. Election day is upon us. On Tuesday, we’ll finally have the chance to pull the lever (OK, push the button. But I wish w ...

A Promise brewing: Greenwood rolls on

It was hard not to smile last week, reading a bit about one of my favorite places on this big, blue planet. On Tuesday, I was at my fulltime gig in the wonderful, drafty old office building of the Co ...

The girl who changed my life

That first day is one I remember as vividly as any moment in my life. The eight years that have since passed have gone by in a blink. I've turned around, and they're gone. Life on fast forward. But th ...

Strange day for a game

Well, it's Sunday morning. And it's... gameday?Yes, as weird as it seems, for the University of South Carolina and University of Georgia football teams and their fans, today is the day for their annua ...

Amid tragedy, bravery stands out

We all paused for a moment on Wednesday, didn't we?  Some might have taken a bit longer than a moment. The events of the day are probably still lingering in the hearts and minds of many, especial ...

Snakes!

Let's be honest: School buildings, especially high schools, are typically rather large facilities. They've got lots of infrastructure running throughout them, numerous entrances and exits, differ ...

I just need a stamp

It's not uncommon for my 7-year-old daughter, Charley, to disappear into her bedroom for long periods of time.  I can hardly blame her, seeing as how it's kind of like a fun house in there. She's ...

Fifteen years

I still remember pieces of that day. Of the week that followed. Sept. 11, 2001. Fifteen years ago today. So much has happened in the decade and a half that has since passed. All the little things in o ...