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Today's Features

  •  Annually in the United States, Thanksgiving week is also honored as a time to give thought and offer action to the plight of homeless hordes whose lives are hidden in the nooks and crannies of our world. Their roof is the sky; their floor is the earth. Shelter is found anywhere they can hide, in woods behind public buildings, huddled in alleyways, housed in vacant buildings marked for destruction. They are invisible in the plain sight of unseeing eyes.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    The inaugural Family and Consumer Sciences Day is Wednesday, Dec. 3. In observance of this day, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences are asking families to plan and eat a healthy meal together. They are calling for this to be Dining-in Day.

  •  By John Nelson

    It got REALLY cold (by my standards) here in central South Carolina last week and a lot of leaves fell. It’s the time of the year when you realize, once again, how open your backyard is without all that foliage. And of course, they are perfect for the compost pile.

    Our little Mystery Plant has pretty much lost all of its leaves by now, and of course there aren’t any flowers to see. (Now.) But there are these very odd structures.

  •  If you’ve been to our local Walmart or Belk’s (who hasn’t?), you’ll know that the holiday season is in full swing and that means it’s time for baking cookies! So many recipes, so little time…

  •  Air Force Airman Zachary R. O’Dell, son of Stacy G. and Robert M. O’Dell of Supply and brother of Jeremy M. O’Dell of Hurlburt Field, Fla., graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    O’Dell completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  •  Army Pvt. Justin M. Arahill has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

  •  Maybe it was the sound of the wind chimes hanging from the rafters of our tiny entryway that inspired me. It could have been a story that went viral, the one about a Texas teen who had been cruelly bullied. She wasn’t physically injured. It was worse. She was tricked into thinking she had been nominated as a contestant for class queen. The joke was turned around when her friends surprised her – and the bullies – by relinquishing the honor and offering the crown to her.

  •  It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is the time to gather with your friends and family, turn on some football and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal…the one meal of the year that you usually know what to expect and what you will be eating.

    Even though I’m not really a turkey lover, I do manage to get my fill of the traditional trimmings, such as mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes and more.

  • By John Nelson 

    Arrggh! Dealing with common names of plants makes me sound like a pirate.

  •  Army Pvt. Diaz Cruz, daughter of Jessica Cruz and stepdaughter of Joel Gonzalez of Calabash, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.