Antique lumber is his niche

By CHARLIE SMITH,

Will Branch is 75, but he works like a man half his age.

During the lunch hour Wednesday, he remained behind the wheel of a track hoe. His task? Salvaging the wood from homes on Mary Street that have been involved in a now-settled eminent domain case between the owners and the Columbia School District.



A different perspective on guns

By CHARLIE SMITH,

Never-ending and never-settled, the partisan debate over gun control rages again after the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 59 Sunday night. Stephen Paddock, 64, was armed to a T and slaughtered concert-goers trapped in an enclosed area from his 32nd-floor casino suite before turning a weapon on himself when police closed in.


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