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A state motto worth memorizing

South Carolina’s motto, “While I breathe, I hope,” is surely the most optimistic statement any one can make. Despite all, if we can draw a breath, we are hopeful and optimistic.I’m sure most people don’t pay attention to such things, or even know what our state motto is, but “While I breathe, I hope” gives great solace to me. I am an optimist by nature and when it comes to the future and fortunes of my beloved native state, I sometimes vaci...

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Secret autopsies leave public in the dark

For the second time in a month, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.On July 15, the court ruled that autopsy records are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act because they are medical records.Why does this matter to the public?It matters because the next time police shoot an innocent man, don’t expect the public to have access to the autopsy report g...

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Childhood memories in the chinaberry shade

I’ve heard Mac (Wallace to his family) talk about his grandfather’s chinaberry trees, or umbrella trees to clarify it (apparently there are two types) forever. He talks about how the temperature beneath the chinaberry seems to be a good 15 degrees cooler, something you discover as soon as you walk beneath the shade.He remembers everyone sitting around under the trees talking — the old men, anyway, the boys were too full of fireflies to sit still and talk or stand ...

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OUR VIEW Changes in store for your Cheraw Chronicle

The old adage tells us not to judge a book by its cover, but you can usually make a sound judgment about a newspaper by taking a glance at its front page.The stories and photographs your local paper selects and the way it presents them communicates their timeliness, relevance, interest and impact on people’s lives. It’s equal parts art and science — a skill we’re sharpening here at The Cheraw Chronicle this month.The Chronicle is joining its siste...

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Your Voice

Do you believe extraterrestrial life forms exist?“I don’t know if I believe it or not, but everything is possible. We never know. But if they’re like they are on television, they can stay up there.”Charles ShortCheraw“No. Not at all.”Alan FreemanCheraw“To be honest, I do not know. I’m too religious to say they do.”Mari...

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Valverde Day

The town of Ruby declared July 5th 2014 Dr. Michael Valverde Day, and it dawned clear and cool. It was to be the official retirement for the Doctor who most everyone called “Dr. Mike.” He had prepared a speech he wanted to give (sans notes) and practiced on his children. He kept asking us it sounded alright. Of course we told him it sounded fine, because it came straight from his heart.

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Your Voice

What do you think of the US Supreme Court decision allowing companies to opt out of providing insurance coverage for birth control?“I think birth control should be covered. If everybody supported birth control maybe there would be a lot less stress on food stamp and foster care programs, and children who aren’t taken care of properly.”Meghan WattsMcBee“I don’t think they should have to offer birth control.”...

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Even superheroes could benefit from Social Security

It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for popcorn, snacks and blockbuster movies on the silver screen. Have you noticed that many of the heroes in theaters this year seem to be of a certain age? In fact, some of them are old enough they could easily be getting Social Security retirement benefits even as they continue to work — saving the world or otherwise.These days, retirement isn’t what it used to be. Modern-day retirees are more likely to be travelin...

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A sign of summer: The first tomato sandwich

Several weeks ago (was it only May?) Mac and I would roam the garden looking at the tomatoes growing on vines he had produced from tiny seed.He would have made a good farmer. He loves growing things and harvesting the fruits of his effort.We laugh when we talk of the 30 years he spent in the U.S. Navy, dressing the ship with the flags of his profession, at how he could have had a whole new and different career. Who knew?I had chosen a tomato, a German Johnson,...

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