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Four years ago, Dorian Lambert received a phone call from her aunt about a stray cat that had found his way into her yard. Knowing Dorian loved cats and not being able to keep him herself, Dorian’s aunt asked her if she would like to take him in. Dorian gladly welcomed Rodney into her home a…

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When it comes to exercise, the most important thing is that you do it. When you are starting out, almost anything you do will have health and fitness benefits. As little as 30 minutes per day of moderate aerobic activity can improve your endurance and even one set of a few resistance exercis…

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The aerial show was awesome – swooping, gliding, banking, rolling upside down and other airborne acrobatics. We were not watching a Blue Angels air show but instead a gathering of swallow-tailed kites, one of nature’s most graceful birds. No bird can travel near the speed of sound, but the k…

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“I like their purring – I love that sound,” says FOTAS PetSmart Volunteer Twylia Stewart as she strokes the fur of Kendi, a male black kitten who’s just arrived from the Aiken County Animal Shelter. “I also think they sometimes don’t get as much attention from people as dogs do. Everybody lo…

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In reality, your 65th birthday signals nothing other than the passage of another year, since more and more middle-aged Americans are choosing to retire earlier than age 65, and a few, like me, are choosing to continue to work until we are carted away from our offices in hearses. In my case, …

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Imagine that every person in the world had all of his or her natural life compressed into a single year, from start to finish. Talk about intense. That’s what it is like for the plants we call “annual” species – those that germinate from seed, then grow as much as they can from a (usually) r…

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Quincy dog and I were out walking – working our way down some of the quiet, shade-filled streets of our neighborhood. It was one of our typical early-morning, warm-weather walks; rather sultry, sleepy, silent – both of us still a bit rumpled from our beds, still half living in our dreams, no…

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Tom Russell, founder of Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, was named the 2017-2018 South Carolina Optimist District “Optimist of the Year.” Russell received the award in a small surprise ceremony at his home.

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Seeking forgiveness, setting it straight, restoring the trust, healing the hurt, beginning again. Who would not agree that these are often tough, though worthy goals to achieve? This Yom Kippur, this Day of Atonement, is a remarkable institution.

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The current financial health of university presses has become a matter of debate. Because of recent budget cuts in public higher education, some college-based publishing houses, which remain the mainstay of research in the sciences and humanities, have had to face cutbacks and some have clos…

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Cedarville University student Logan Stringfield, a senior from Aiken, will graduate in May 2019 with an allied health degree, three years experience as class president and a life changed by God's grace.

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Hot, humid South Carolina weather is the perfect time to enjoy a cold, fresh cone of ice cream. While most people don't have an ice cream maker at home, there are plenty of ice cream parlors and places around Aiken County where you can enjoy a frozen treat.

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This past January, a new South Carolina law came into effect, illegalizing the owning, purchasing, possessing, importing or selling of “a large wild cat, non-native bear [or] great ape.” South Carolina is now one of the 46 states that ban private possession of these exotic animals. Alabama, …

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Losing weight and getting in better shape are common goals. Given that almost 40 percent of Americans are considered obese and less than 25 percent meet minimum exercise recommendations, there are many people who could benefit from changing their eating and activity habits.

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PHOENIX — Early, partial results from a historic gene editing study give encouraging signs that the treatment may be safe and having at least some of its hoped-for effect, but it's too soon to know whether it ultimately will succeed.

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Do not reveal the exact localities of where you found the turtles. This was an admonition to speakers at the annual meeting of the Turtle Survival Alliance, an international organization of scientists involved in turtle conservation. One concern is that unscrupulous poachers will find out wh…

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Sandra Procter, one of FOTAS’s first volunteers, was walking her favorite dog, Stanley, on the Aiken County Animal Shelter’s trails this week. She stopped to pet Stanley and praise him for his good behavior. As she enjoyed this warm moment with the young retriever mix, Sandra looked around h…

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Several years ago, I was asked for some assistance by one of my high school teachers. It seemed that her 82-year-old husband, trying to protect their investments, was duped into purchasing an equity indexed annuity product that was totally unsuitable for their situation. The agent actually c…

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A certain Taiwanese suitor wrote some 700 love letters proposing marriage to his girlfriend over a period of two years. His persistence finally brought results. The girl became engaged to the mailman who regularly delivered all the letters.

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Jennifer Bannecke has been wading deep in Operation Christmas Child since 2015, when she became that ministry's top representative at First Baptist Church of North Augusta, and this year, she thought of a way to go deeper yet.

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