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From Where Does Such Violence Come

By Shiela K. Haynes It is hard to watch the news these last few weeks. School shootings are the most horrific thing imaginable. As a parent and grandparent, my greatest fear was always that my child might be afraid, and I might not be there to protect and comfort them. The idea that someone would attack the most innocent among...

We’re Moving!

We’re Moving!

Yep, it’s true, we are moving The Winnsboro News from its home of more than 40 years to a more modern and comfortable location. The current building is simply an unsustainable space that really does not fit our more streamlined and efficient model. Back when the 12-ton Goss Community Press was still running, when manual typewriters created copy, when Kodak...

Like Father, Like Son

Are We Destined to Become Our Parents? Or, Can We Be Different?

By Chuck Roy Today, for me, started out as usual – you know shower, shave, dress, sip far too hot coffee and spill it all over my shirt, change shirts, and then head to the office. Well, today was different and slightly unsettling. Nancy is in London for the month so I am alone at home with my menagerie of...

Who What When Where and How

Compromise, Good or Bad?

By Chuck Roy Last week’s Op-Ed column received many responses. Not surprising, considering the topic. And, about as expected, they were almost equally distributed between supportive, adversarial, and “are you crazy or just plane [sic] stupid?” Actually, there was only one of the latter, I just included it so that the author would not feel slighted. The topic, of course,...

Who What When Where and How

Who What When Where and How

In all fields of endeavor there is always room for improvement. No doubt that I could be a better publisher, manager, business owner, etc. And the same follows through for the hearts of service of those elected-volunteers on the Winnsboro City Council. None of the Alderpersons are professional politicians, thank goodness, for it would be an unnecessary burden that the...

Too Much Information

By Shiela K. Haynes TMI. Remember that catch phrase from a few years ago? You’re talking to your friend or colleague and maybe share a few more details than you intended. Awkward. And they might have replied, “TMI!” Too much information. I am the queen of TMI. Odds are really good that if you’ve gotten locked up with me in...

Coaches Make an Impact

By Shiela K. Haynes Coaches are among the most sacrificial people I have ever known. They work incredible hours for an income that covers the bills but will never make them wealthy. They take care of the student athletes under their supervision. Not just the physical development, but the whole person including emotional health and well-being. Sometimes the list includes...

Did You Vote?

Did You Vote?

by Chuck Roy Of course, voting is a right and a privilege, but it is not mandatory. As witnessed during last week’s City Council, Bond Proposals, and School Board races, the people of Winnsboro are very typical of the national averages when it comes to casting a ballot. However, if voters can’t get worked up after everything we’ve witnessed from...

The High Calling of Public Service

By Shiela K. Haynes Public service is a high calling. Our great nation depends on dedicated individuals who are willing to put others before self in an effort to make our communities the best they can be, to create safe places where we can educate our children, raise our families, and enjoy fulfillment in our daily lives. The ideal public...

Voting is Fundamental

Voting is Fundamental

By Chuck Roy More than likely you know that there is another election scheduled for this weekend. And with your vote, you have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and future generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about. This is your life: take the time to...

Journaling Keeps Your Memories Intact

By Shiela K. Haynes I keep a five-year journal. I have never been very disciplined about recording my thoughts and feelings. Like most people, I have a stack of partially filled journals going back years. But the five-year model is different. There is a single page for each date divided into five small sections, one for each year of the...

An Invisible Imperative

An Invisible Imperative

By Chuck Roy In our business, print publishing, the challenges remain glaring – led by the decline in how seriously the world takes our legacy method of information delivery via paper, ink, and the U.S. Postal Service. We understand the need to keep evolving. Change is inevitable if you plan to survive, and we have a number of changes in...