Archive for The State

And then comes the bad news

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , on January 13, 2010 by macmystery

It figures that I post something positive about journalism and it comes back to bite.

The Columbia State newspaper, owned by McClatchy, announced they were cutting 12 newsroom jobs on Monday. Among the layoffs was a sports reporter who worked with me here at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal … someone I consider a friend, though not a close one.

My friend is very good at his job. And he has a wife and children to take care of. And you might think the first statement would ensure the second one is a mere formality.

But in this business that’s not so. My thoughts and prayers are with him.

Appalachian Trail, Argentine tail, … what’s the difference, again?

Posted in Humor, Politics with tags , , , , on July 3, 2009 by macmystery


In case you’ve missed it, the governor of the fine state of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, has been in the news a little bit over the past couple of weeks. If you need a refresher course, here’s The State newspaper’s coverage of the affair, so to speak.

Quick summary: Governor told aides he was going to hike part of the Appalachian Trail. Turns out, he was with some Argentine tail.

Anyway, Old Man Records is selling a T-shirt to commemorate Sanford’s achievement. It’s $15 and 15 percent of the proceeds go directly to the The Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

If you’re interested, go to the Old Man Records store to purchase the shirt. For more information on the charity, go to