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 ...

The 'High Water' mark

It's Labor Day Eve (is that a thing?) and I'm sure more than a few of you will spend the next couple days squeezing the last little drops out of summer. There will be trips to the lake. There wil ...

Orange crack and football's back

It's here, folks. No more waiting. No more pondering and pontificating. It's game week. College football has arrived. The national pastime, or at least the Southern pastime, will return this week, sig ...

The fire ant shuffle

Life is really a series of extraordinary moments surrounded by unending normalcies.There are the good extraordinary moments (the birth of a child, a promotion at work, a vacation overseas, etc.) and t ...

The coast beckons

For months I've seen the pictures. If you are on Facebook or Twitter or other some other form of social media, you've likely seen them this summer too. Shots of people lounging in chairs on the sand a ...

Get your back-to-school ski boots

Summer is waning.I know, I know. I'm not sure where it went, either. Nevertheless, the majority of the season is in the rearview mirror.Sure, there's a little bit of summer left for all you kids out t ...

Sixty years is long enough

When people are young, they often put on like they'd rather be anywhere else but at school. I was one of those.And yet so many of us would spend hours at the school after the regular day ended, partic ...

New furniture and fancy dogs

We all know a good marriage is a give and take proposition. At least it seems that way to me.When you bind your life to someone else, and you're dedicated to it, you do so knowing you can't win e ...

Burnt ends and arthritis pills

Sometimes I think we take for granted that we live in a big, unique, melting pot of a country, one that is cut up into distinct regions filled with diverse people and cultures and traditions and landm ...

A smartphone quandary

It can get a little hectic around our house on weekday mornings.I'm sure it's the same way for many of you, especially if you have kids.Granted, it's not quite as crazy during the summertime, when sch ...

Chris Trainor: BBQ and a shove story

There's a lot going on this weekend, what with everyone celebrating the Fourth of July. I'm certain more than a few of you have spent the weekend grilling out, cutting watermelons, swimming at the lak ...