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Columns

  • COLUMN: Trusty tricks to battle winter’s worst

    Well, we had a little weather. I’m still hiking up the hill. When the ice man cometh, he brings all kinds of challenges.
    Shoveling an 800-foot drive by hand is not my idea of a swell time, but it does give you lots of time to think and appreciate nature. After all, it’s just a little water, and look at all the mayhem it caused.

  • COLUMN: Gift cards, donations will help animals

    This holiday season, please remember the homeless dogs and cats at the animal shelter.
    While most of us are spending time with our families, these animals have no family, and no home, to call their own. Here are some ways you can help this holiday season:
    Most pets that arrive at shelters and rescues are frightened in their new surroundings.
    And sadly, many are forced to sit and sleep on hard cement floors that are hot in the summer and cold in the winter, since shelters and rescues don’t normally have the budget to supply soft bedding.

  • COLUMN: Unlikely partners team up for worthy cause

    Column as I see ’em …
    You probably didn’t see this coming.
    The Anderson News and the fiscal court have teamed up (hard to believe, I know) in an effort to promote the county’s ever-improving recycling effort.
    On Dec. 20, our Monday paper (The Anderson News Extra) will include a flyer spelling out all of the times, dates, etc., to have your recyclables alongside the road.

  • COLUMN: To give and to receive

    One of my best friends recently became a mother, and I, along with our other friends, am completely smitten with her beautiful daughter, Cecelia.
    I wanted to get baby CeCe a gift for Christmas, and ended up settling on an ornament her parents can love now and she can appreciate in the future. It is personalized to serve as a memento of her first Christmas.

  • COLUMN: All of the signs point to a cold winter

    Brrrrrrrr, and double brrrrrr. Baby, it’s cold outside. Even Spanky’s wearing a coat. Spanky is my only shorthaired dog and she loves to wear her faux leather, fur-lined coat. Go figure. I love to wear my long underwear.
    Dressing in layers is about the only way to stay warm as winter settles in for a few months. Keeping your head and chest warm is key. You lose up to 90 percent of your body heat through the top of your head. If these temperatures continue, I’ll have more layers than an onion by the time spring rolls round.

  • COLUMN: Anderson County — working for students

    By Sheila Mitchell

  • COLUMN: Unexpected inspiration

    Sometimes inspiration hits you in a way you least expect it.
    To my surprise, this was exactly the case on Tuesday afternoon.
    There is no need to get into grand detail, but I would like to publicly thank Ms. Georgia Kennerly for her very kind and much appreciated thank you card.
    I agree with you in hoping that someone somewhere will benefit from last week’s column.
    Actually that is my hope every week.

  • COLUMN: Consider your talents when deciding on gifts

    Christmas is creeping up on us and I know many of you have not quite finished your shopping.
    Money and time may be factors and I’m here to give you a few inexpensive ideas for gifts from the heart.
    You’re on your own for finding the time.
    Handmade gifts can range from third-grader art projects to museum quality items, depending on your talent and, just like in gardening, some folks have a black thumb. While I can’t draw or paint, and my woodworking skills resemble a Lincoln Logs meets Superglue disaster, I can cook.

  • COLUMN: School district examining funding, spending

    By Sheila Mitchell

  • COLUMN: Hatch Act violation? Look somewhere else

    Here’s why fools should stick to the business of being fools and leave the serious work to those who know how to do it.
    Following the general election, I used this space to blow off steam about those who placed what amounted to garbage in our drop box in an effort to anonymously smear a candidate for judge-executive.
    From personal financial documents to outrageous claims about his private life, these people were looking for someone to do their dirty work, apparently for fear of soiling the reputations of their chosen candidate.