We know there are plenty of people affected by the partial government shutdown, and we do have sympathy for them and their families. Truly. But we also have to chuckle a bit about the government’s choice of words. How would you like to be labeled one of the non-essential employees out of the…

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We know there are plenty of people affected by the partial government shutdown, and we do have sympathy for them and their families. Truly. But we also have to chuckle a bit about the government’s choice of words. How would you like to be labeled one of the non-essential employees out of the…

When North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders have seen their work struck down in court as unconstitutional — as they have many times — they have frequently responded by attacking the judge or judges as partisan hacks.

In reply to Mr. Hudgen's article in Saturday's paper, I ask where have you been when border security people said that the wall works? Do we want a country or what?

We do not have an emergency at the southern border, and so it’s good President Donald Trump did not try to seize power by declaring a state of emergency during his national address Tuesday night.

Some people appreciate wall-to-wall carpet. Me? I appreciate wall-to-wall music. Maybe – if you have a few hours – I’ll give you the grand tour of the room down the hall.

A government shutdown. A border wall. Political impasse. America is the loser as the important issues of illegal immigration are being framed more and more as Democrats vs. Donald Trump.

While public school district budgets are indeed tight and arguments can be made that employee salaries are, in some cases, getting out of hand, District 52 in Ninety Six and its trustees get a thumbs up for staying true to their word.

Perhaps all too often, those serving in our law enforcement and courts arena get little thanks for the jobs they do. And, as with any profession, the bad ones tend to get the attention, overshadowing those who simply do their jobs, giving their very best.

“You can’t arrest your way out of this problem. You can give somebody medicine to treat to treat addiction all day long, but if they don’t have that reassurance with them through that recovery process, you see them back in the emergency room.”

Like previous government shutdowns, the current one has had less impact than you might expect. About two-thirds of government spending is for benefits such as Medicare and Social Security, which are unaffected by shutdowns. Also unaffected are the jobs of federal workers considered “essential.”

It wasn’t roads, bridges and highways that dominated discussion among lawmakers with various media representatives Thursday in Columbia. It wasn’t a costly abandoned nuclear power plant construction project, either.

National poll numbers consistently show more than 50 percent of Americans disapprove of the job being done by President Donald Trump. But the numbers may be as misleading as the popular vote outcome in the 2016 presidential election. The president is unpopular in “blue” Democratic states and…

It’s that time when we reflect on the year that was and focus on the year that lies ahead. Hard to believe a year has already passed. It gives us pause to wonder whether Earth is rotating around the sun faster than before, but we know it’s really only that time seems to move more quickly as …

France recently reignited international debate on what to do with artwork in Western museums stolen from former colonies and war-torn states. France has agreed to return 26 works plundered from Benin in West Africa. The move followed a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron recomme…

Class size: It’s a complicated subject. But common sense goes a long way, and veteran teachers usually have a good idea about what works for them.

How do we not come to the close of another year without saying thank you and giving a thumbs up to our readers? We appreciate the fact that you appreciate us and what we do as we endeavor to share with you news, sports, features and advertising that is important to you, that informs you, tha…

If the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic committee does not understand this by now, it should: Safety must be the top priority of any organization, whether it constructs tall buildings, teaches children or organizes athletic activities.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety and law enforcement partners statewide have begun stepped-up enforcement of impaired driving laws as part of the Sober or Slammer! campaign. Troopers are encouraging drivers to make a plan now for a safe ride home from parties and celebrations t…

People in Greenwood headed to get a Bruster’s Ice Cream, attend Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church, hit the Walmart or travel to and from Cobb Road and all points in and around that area probably did not even notice Rocky Creek as they drove over it. That is, not until a short portion of th…

It’s hard to top a late-season swoon or the star quarterback’s bum shoulder, but the winner for Headline Carolina Panthers Fans Didn’t Want To See Right Now is likely one that had nothing to do with the team’s on-field woes. Instead, it was a report from the Charleston Post and Courier that …

As Christmas approaches, it seems an appropriate time to simply extend to you, our Index-Journal faithful, our wishes for you to have a happy Christmas and holiday season with friends and family.

For all the criticism cast President Donald Trump’s way, he’s not to blame for the effort to save the U.S. postal system from insolvency. Trump is trying to fix a system he correctly identifies as structurally defective, largely because of an outdated international postal-rate pact that is s…

For a while, it appeared Trinity Episcopal Church in Abbeville might not have a wing or a prayer, but now it appears prayers are, in fact, being answered. It also appears the restoration project that will save the structure from certain demise.

At least 14 of Donald Trump’s family members and associates communicated with Russian government representatives during and after the 2016 campaign, according to a new Washington Post analysis. Those Russian contacts offered campaign dirt, help with Trump’s real estate empire and conduits wi…

This should be a no-brainer for state legislators: If you want to have better teachers, you have to provide a better salary.

South Carolina was recently deemed the sickest state in the country with 4.3 percent of the population (about 176,300 people) experiencing flu-like symptoms, according to Kinsa, a company tracking where flu-like illness is spreading in real time with the help of its smart thermometers.

I'm writing you about the trap, neuter and release (TNR) program in Abbeville County. My cat Cheeto disappeared Oct. 20. He slipped out of the house late in the afternoon and I was unable to find him.

Until recently, black people who acquired land after the Civil War had been losing their properties at an alarming rate. They were preyed upon by swindlers who pitted family members against one another to force sales. Properties were sold on courthouse steps because of unpaid taxes. And conf…

Just a real quick thumbs up here to everyone — individuals, churches, businesses, municipalities — who have gotten into the spirit of the season with their decorations and events. It can be a tad overwhelming trying to make the rounds for all the Christmas parties, school programs, church pl…