What you heard the other night, the cheering and clapping and dancing in the driveway, came from my side of the neighborhood. My minivan was on fire.
Flames licked from under the hood. Black smoke boiled out.
• The Columbia County Republican Party will host a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at FATZ Café, 464 N. Belair Road, Evans. The speaker will be 10th U.S. Congressional District candidate Steven Simpson. Breakfast is $7 and no RSVP is required.
The Marine Corps League Riverfront Marines Detachment 1132, meets the second Thursday of each month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave., North Augusta, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m.
• Public schools in Aiken and Edgefield counties begin Aug. 19.
• Strom Thurmond High School will have freshman orientation Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Senior registration is Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Junior registration is Aug. 7 from 9 a.m.
Dear Lord I’ve prayed in public
I confess I am aware
Of people who surround me
As I offered up my prayer
And Lord I’ve prayed in private
When it’s only you and me
And it’s then I open up my soul
That only you can see
And Lord I’ve prayed for others
And I’ve felt your presence there