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GOT IT ALL. Boy, this Nov. 1 shot by Hanahan photographer Chuck Boyd has it all. "We did a mini- photo walk in the historic district. I looked back and saw this coming together of several images that represent Charleston today: the cruise ship looming over the historic homes along the battery, two horse-drawn carriages are clopping along and several tour vans are pulled to the curb along high battery. There's even a bicyclist braving traffic." And in the background -- the "sails" of the Ravenel Bridge. See more of Chuck's photos and thoughts at Chuckography.



Let's talk about it:
Why do white parents not send their children to Burke?

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NOV. 17, 2014 -- I was going to pose this question on social media to see what answers I might get. I decided not to. I already know the reason why. It's because of race.


I am a 68-year-old white woman who spent the majority of her teaching career as the librarian at Rivers Middle School, an all-black inner city school. I could count the white students I had in 17 years on one hand.

We still are not far enough away from when schools were segregated. It is a process that takes time. If today's parents were brought up in integrated schools, their parents were likely not. I believe it will take more than two or three generations for us to completely erase what is in our collective memories -- to eradicate any vestiges of what once was.

It is not right, moral or logical to have feelings that are racist, whether you are black or white or somewhere in between. Unfortunately, the feelings still survive and are fed on both sides by flag-carrying entitled whites and bitter blacks.

Having said that, I think the foremost reason white parents do not send their children to Burke is fear. Fear is something I understand. I was in an all-black school when whites began buying houses in the "hood." They did not force black owners to sell. They just offered dazzling sums.

In 1985, blacks wanted their children in peninsula schools that were all black. Many brought in their relatives' electric bills to prove they lived on the peninsula. One person told me he had sent his child to Orange Grove but she didn't do as well so he got her back in the downtown schools where she could succeed. Meanwhile, white parents were buying second homes or rental property across the rivers in districts where they wanted their children to attend school.

There were three downtown middle schools in 1980, which became two in 1985 and then finally one school when Courtenay was closed. I was at Rivers from 1985 when it was an elite black school with students who did science fair projects on subjects like AIDS. I was there as it wasted into total chaos. We got a few principals who stayed behind their closed office doors (you never saw them in the halls at the changing of classes) and some unconcerned people down in the district offices.

Toward the end of my tenure, we had two loaded guns on campus in one month. We had a Steinway grand piano that was moved into the hall during renovation. Thuggish kids running the halls tore it to pieces, ripping out the keyboard and breaking off the legs. A Steinway piano! The chorus risers were in the hall and were soon kindling sticks thrown everywhere. Parts with nails protruding were to be walked around on your way to lunch. All of this littered the halls and the yard. We often had to have metal detector checks before school started. Imagine how long that took. Classes were delayed at least an hour. Homeroom teachers had to hold students that were bored and restless.

This was all before Dr. Nancy McGinley, the superintendent ousted recently by the school board. Back when I was at Rivers, white and black administrators knew we had problems. We needed additional police presence, an additional assistant principal and lots of guidance in handling students who were unmanageable. In the late 1990s the school district just did not care. They, black and white administrators, blamed it on the teachers.

Fast forward to today. I toured the Burke Middle/High School campus recently. It was pristine and seemed very empty. I saw empty classrooms and classrooms with maybe 15 students. Yet, it is a beautiful campus. My late husband, Hugh Cannon, was on school board when the renovation for Burke was started. By then, the exodus of black students from downtown schools was evident and some board members said we were building a school too big for our prospected population. My husband said, "This train has been coming down the track for a long time. We promised the black community this school." He voted for the renovation.

Now this school district is again in turmoil. Our best superintendent ever is gone. Our school board is concerned with personal ego trips rather than the children they serve. We have whites fighting over the Rivers campus with beautiful Burke nearby. There is talk that we might need to construct a new school with our tax dollars because two integrated schools can't fit on the Rivers campus. I think it is time for both black leaders and white leaders to work to stop this racial divide. Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing? Blacks and whites working together.

How about a real conversation about this? Not a black pride or a you-have-it-better-than-me conversation. Not a my-kids-need-to-go-to-schools-that-are-specialized conversation. Let's have a conversation on how we can all go to school together and share all resources -- a conversation on how we can help each other and really learn.

Jo Cannon, a retired public school librarian, operates Beads on Cannon in downtown Charleston.

Gerrymandered districts are dangerous to state's future

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NOV. 17, 2014 -- The single biggest hurdle for South Carolina moving away from the bottom tier of American states is in the way we elect people to the legislature.

Until we create some real competition that gives good people a fair shot at being elected to public office in Columbia, we'll remain in the cellar on any number of indicators -- poverty, education, prisoners, health, domestic violence and on and on.

What's going on now with our election process tramples on the notion of equal representation that the founding fathers envisioned.

In the recent general election of 124 members for the S.C. House of Representatives, some 116 seats -- 94 percent! -- were safe for GOP or Democratic candidates, based on a Statehouse Report analysis. Of the 116 seats, 53 Republican and 30 Democratic incumbents had no challengers. Six other seats had newcomers with no challengers. In the remaining seats, the victors won by a margin of 60 percent or more in all but eight seats.

So with 94 percent of the seats of the S.C. House fairly certain to go to one party or another without much trouble, people outside a seat's non-favored political party are virtually voiceless in the election process. Furthermore, there's little incentive for the "fat and happy" preferred candidates to campaign hard, delve seriously into issues and really debate anybody who futilely runs. And once these gerrymandered winners are sworn-in as members, why really do anything big when that might get you in trouble with the voters and cause a challenge from your own party?

Why, indeed? South Carolina can't afford a milquetoast legislature like those of recent years. Instead of having state lawmakers who have to be dragged kicking and screaming to make progress, why not start electing folks who want to have real debates on issues and who really want to get something done to craft policies that get us out of the dungeon of states? Wouldn't it be great if we could address poverty through something like an earned income tax credit -- or at least have a healthy debate about it instead of kicking the can down the road? Imagine a legislature that engages to develop a real solution for our $40+ billion in road needs or our outdated, uneven tax code that favors the wealthy. Think about how the legislature could really make education a priority, instead of continuing to make cuts.

That's why the only real solution seems to be one that changes how we vote -- not by fiddling with voter ID rules, but by changing the way districts are drawn.

Every 10 years we have that chance following the U.S. Census when the lines for legislative seats are redrawn. It's called reapportionment, sometimes known as redistricting. The problem? The very people who are redrawing the lines -- the incumbents -- are doing everything they can to protect their own behinds to keep their districts safe.

Earlier this year, two House Democrats, state Reps. Laurie Funderburk of Camden and Walt McLeod of Little River, proposed an independent reapportionment commission appointed by the legislature and governor. Its job would be to draw balanced, fair districts and submit a plan to the General Assembly to vote up or down. Once a plan is approved, the commission would be disbanded with a new one appointed 10 years later.

The notion of an independent redistricting commission, which at least nine states currently use, is sound. As a nation, we use such a structure, for example, to take the politics out of closing military bases.

California, which started an independent redistricting commission after the 2010 Census, has found the new process boosts competition and causes fewer incumbents to hold on because there are fewer "safe" seats. While South Carolina may have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to change its process, it is time for state lawmakers to give it a serious look.

Philosophically, Southerners believe in competition. In football, baseball or basketball, Southerners realize that having good teams to play against causes all teams and players to get better at their games.

Shouldn't it be the same with elections, the starting point of our democracy?

Andy Brack is editor and publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report, where this column first was published. If you have a funny quip about a politician, send it along so we can share it. You can reach Brack at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.


To the editor:

To the voters of Charleston County: Thank you.

We've spent nearly four years working together, asking for your ideas, your suggestions and your vision for the future of Charleston County Public Library. You were there every step of the way, and together we developed a Building and Renovation Plan that will bring our library system into the 21st Century.

On November 4, you showed up to the polls to make sure "your" plan was approved and it passed by a huge three-to-one margin. It's been a long journey to get to this point, but our work is just beginning because we must turn the vision and ideas into concrete and stone.

Receiving 74 percent of voter support was possible only because of the many individuals, organizations and media outlets that endorsed the referendum. A special thanks to Charleston Currents for multiple article and constant support from the very beginning!

To all of you who wrote letters, volunteered your time, handed out literature, made donations, posted on Facebook, planted yard signs, starred in our fabulous TV and Internet ads, emailed friends and neighbors and VOTED YES…..You did it!

As we assured you throughout the campaign, we will continue to seek your input on building designs. The next step is to work with the County Council and staff to secure land for the new libraries, develop a detailed timeline and begin the process of hiring architects and engineers.
We will host neighborhood meetings with the architects and hope you will attend. We will keep you updated on the Charleston County Public Library website. www.ccpl.org.

Our whole community will benefit from new libraries for years to come. The library Board of Trustees and staff members thank you for your support and trust.

-- Janet Segal, chair, Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees, Charleston, S.C.

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It's fun to run and walk with the whole family
By LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
Special to

NOV. 17, 2014 -- The holiday season is a time for repeating traditions unique to each family. As your children get older, consider adding one or two new activities to keep things exciting. The following list includes a few ideas your family may enjoy:

  • Send a card to Grandma: If you are planning to stay close to home this holiday season, encourage your school age child to send some cards of their own using the creative MUSC Children's Hospital 2014 Christmas cards made by local children. Be sure your child is aware that sending these cards supports the hospital. Next year, they may even be inspired to submit their own entry! This direct link is available to order MUSC 2014 Christmas cards.

  • Study the Nativity: The 2014 Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival offers a fascinating exhibit of nativity sets from all over the world. There is no admission fee, but all donations help support the Abbey and build the nativity collection. Families must make a reservation at www.mepkinabbey.org. Located at 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner, S.C.

  • Trains and Treats: Visit the annual train display at the Charleston Place Hotel (free to the public) and treat your family to tea at the adjoining Thoroughbred Club all through December. Located in downtown Charleston at 205 Meeting Street.

  • Christmas at the Aquarium: Visit SCUBA Claus at the Great Ocean Tank at the SC Aquarium Nov. 29 through Dec. 21, 2014 and be sure to catch the wonderful Aquarium presentation of the Polar Express in the 4D IMAX movie theater on site and free with membership (Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014).

  • Lights Before Christmas: Visit the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC at night for a special Christmas memory. The zoo is illuminated during the evening at Lights Before Christmas Nov. 21 through Dec. 30, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 2 to 12. *Be sure to purchase tickets online to avoid a wait in line.

  • Try a New Holiday Recipe: Check in with pluffmudkids.com for coming child-friendly recipes like gingerbread cookies and peppermint playdough that are simple crowd pleasers on cold days at home!

Mark your calendar now to squeeze in even just one new Christmas tradition!

Writer Leigh Sabine of Mount Pleasant offers a monthly look at fun activities for Lowcountry kids. It's based on her great blog, PluffMudKids. Check it out. Photo courtesy PMK.


The Battle of Honey Hill
By DOUGLAS W. BOSTICK, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

When Union General William T. Sherman marched out of Atlanta in November 1864, leaving a path of destruction and devastation behind him, his next destination was the subject of great speculation by the Confederate command. Troops and resources were pulled from Charleston and elsewhere in South Carolina to face him.

The Fifth Georgia was moved from Charleston and sent to Macon, Georgia, to reinforce General Howell Cobb. Brigadier General James Chesnut Jr. also moved his South Carolina Reserves to Georgia. Confederate general William J. Hardee, headquartered in Charleston, also moved to Georgia, and Major General Robert Ransom arrived in Charleston to replace him. Soon, it was determined that Sherman was marching to Savannah.

Sherman's March to the Sea targeted not just military targets, but destroyed industry, civilian property, and infrastructure such as roads, railroads, and bridges. His "Total War" concept was designed to cripple the civilian population's psychological support for the war. As he moved through Georgia, Sherman allowed what he called "liberal foraging" by his troops. Those in his path would have likely called it criminal looting and needless destruction and attacks on civilians.


Hardee was entrenched in Savannah with 10,000 veteran troops. The region's rice fields were flooded, leaving only narrow causeways for use by the advancing Union troops. Sherman sent orders to Major General John G. Foster, headquartered in Hilton Head, to send a large force to sever the Charleston and Savannah Railroad in South Carolina. He did not want the Confederates to send further reinforcements to Hardee in Savannah and sought to cut off Hardee's best avenue of escape.


Foster dispatched five thousand army troops and a naval brigade of five hundred sailors and marines, under the command of Brigadier General Edward Hatch, to sever the railroad line at Grahamville. The troops were supported by a squadron of warships with heavy artillery. The twelve Union regiments included five regiments of U. S. Colored Troops and the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry regiments. Hatch and his troops landed at Boyd's Neck, on the Broad River, just above Beaufort, South Carolina on November 28 to make the seven-mile march to Grahamville. Facing heavy fog, the Union troops did not disembark until the afternoon of November 29.

Confederate Colonel Charles Colcock traveled through the night to reach the area on the morning of November 30. Hardee sent General Gustavus W. Smith with two brigades of Georgia militia to reinforce Colcock. Colcock had his troops occupy existing earthworks at Honey Hill. This earthwork fortification was part of a system designed and ordered to be built by General Robert E. Lee in 1861. The Honey Hill earthworks were just a few miles southeast of Grahamville. In total, Colcock had only several thousand troops and seven cannons to face the advancing Union army of 5,500 men.

Despite having area maps and former slaves as guides, the Union army first moved down the wrong roads. By 8:00 am on the morning of November 30, Hatch's army was re-directed and skirmishing with Confederate troops and taking on artillery fire. Without any direction from Hatch, Union troops spread out on a front in Honey Hill Swamp. Most of the Federal units never did attack but chose to exchange musket fire with the entrenched Confederate forces.

Finally, the 35th US Colored Troops made a charge up Grahamville Road, but were quickly driven back. Next the 55th Massachusetts formed in-column and made two charges up the same road. Both attacks broke up at the creek of Honey Hill Swamp as the Confederate guns at the earthworks fired on them causing high casualties and wounding their brigade commander, Colonel Alfred Hartwell. The 127th New York attempted an attack through the swamp, but, after exchanging fire, they retired as well.

Federal reinforcements and additional artillery arrived in the afternoon, but there were no further attempts to over-run the Confederate fortification. In the daylong battle, Hatch could not dislodge the Confederates from their position, even though the Union troops outnumbered the Confederates more than three to one. At dusk, the Federal troops began a retreat from the swamp to their transports at Boyd's Neck. Total Union casualties were 764, compared to only forty-seven for the Confederates. Hatch's mission to sever the railroad line failed. This Confederate victory and a later victory at Coosawhatchie would prove critical as Hardee ultimately did use the railroad to escape Savannah.

Douglas W. Bostick grew up on James Island, and his ancestors in South Carolina date back to colonial America. He is the author of several books and numerous articles that have appeared in historical journals, magazines and national newsletters. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Bostick earned a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a former staff and faculty member of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland.

New law enforcement center has grand opening


Elected and law enforcement officials from around the county on Friday celebrated the grand opening of the Charleston County Law Enforcement Center, a 110,000 square-foot structure that will consolidate several public safety services in one place on Leeds Avenue.

"We are very pleased to be moving into the new Charleston County Law Enforcement Center," said Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon. "The facility will help streamline communication and coordination across several units within the Sheriff's Office. In addition, the space will allow us to grow and adapt to the future public safety needs of Charleston County."

Construction on the center, which cost $9.3 million, started in May 2013 and finished this month.

"Charleston County has made public safety a top priority and this new facility is proof of that initiative," said Charleston County Council Chair Teddie E. Prior Sr. "We live in one of the fastest growing areas in the country and the need for law enforcement is growing as well."

Jones named new president of Charleston School of Law

Highly-respected legal educator Maryann Jones is the new president of the Charleston School of Law, school leaders announced last week. While Dean Andy Abrams will continue to serve as the school's top academic officer, Jones takes over as the school's top executive following a unanimous vote by the school's board of directors.


"This is a thrilling opportunity to join a respected school as it matures," said Jones, who has served as dean emerita of Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Calif., since June 2009. That year, she began service as an independent educational consultant with the Charleston School of Law to provide guidance on accreditation, assessment and programmatic issues.

"We are indeed fortunate to have an individual with the experience and expertise of Maryann Jones assuming a leadership position here at the Charleston School of Law," Abrams said today. "Having previously played a significant role in our initial American Bar Association accreditation efforts and later in the establishment of our J.D./M.B.A. dual degree with the College of Charleston, her knowledge of legal education, in general, and the Charleston School of Law, in particular, will be invaluable at this pivotal time in the life of our law school."

Jones served in various roles at the California school, including dean and president from 2004 to 2009. Jones, who has a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Connecticut, earned her law degree and graduated with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1982.


The Illusion of Being Here
By David Hutto

From the outset, let us say we enjoyed this new first novel by Georgia writer David Hutto. It tells the story of two cousins -- a College of Charleston history professor looking for a lost letter from Catherine the Great to help him with his career and a grieving diplomat trying to understand his young wife's death in Russia. As they glide through Charleston, they seem as much on a spiritual quest to understand their place in the world as anything else.

The novel, however, had some problems that a good editor would have been able to fix. First were the obvious basic mistakes, such as referring to "Foley Beach" and "Shem's Creek." And then was the need to better develop the two background muses of the book -- the professor's girlfriend and the diplomat's wife, both of whom were the reason for the cousins' different spiritual searches. An editor might have been able to deal with occasional confusing changes in the voice of the work, too. But as we said, "The Illusion of Being Here" offers a creative, interesting story that engaged this reader. Tightening and pulling it together more would have made it even better.

-- Andy Brack, editor

Find this and similar titles from Charleston County Public Library. This item is available as a book, audio book and downloadable eBook. To learn more or to place a hold, visit www.ccpl.org or call 843-805-6930.

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World War II

Continued from last edition

South Carolinians contributed to the war effort in other ways as well, especially through rationing. Tire rationing began less than a month after Pearl Harbor, with just 2,921 tires allotted the entire state for January 1942. Six months later, gas rationing began on the East Coast, and many in South Carolina grumbled about bearing the brunt of this war measure.

By 1943, the entire nation was under the same restrictions. This system reduced gas consumption for private cars to between three and four gallons every two weeks for the remainder of the war. In March 1943 nationwide food rationing began. Under the mandatory system coordinated through the federal Office of Price Administration, all canned and processed foods were severely rationed, as were red meat, sugar, and coffee. Foods exempted by the rationing board were fresh vegetables and fruits as well as seafood. Victory gardens were successfully promoted in cities and towns to supplement family needs, so that by 1943 more than 330,000 plots were reported across the state.

With housing rents rising even before Pearl Harbor, many cities and towns had to impose rent controls early in the war. While Columbia imposed them less than a year after the Japanese attack, the housing shortage in Charleston became so acute by 1940 that the navy established a city clearinghouse. This helped, but housing remained scarce and complaints grew that local landlords and residents were gouging the public. The housing shortage along with problems in food distribution and labor needs forced the federal government to list Charleston as one of eighteen cities in the nation considered Congested Production Areas that needed special assistance. Greenville and Spartanburg also faced shortages, but to a lesser degree.

Amid war-time conditions, segregation laws came under pressure. The influx of non-South Carolinians with different ideas on social customs led to temporary changes, especially on military bases. Nevertheless, African Americans remained at the bottom rung of the social ladder. Although some minorities gained promotions to skilled jobs, most of these went to recent arrivals. Segregated United Service Organizations, restaurants and movie houses remained standard throughout the war. When reports reached South Carolina congressmen about "violations" of southern traditions on military installations, those congressmen did not hesitate to protest. U.S. Senator Burnet Maybank wrote a strong objection to the captain of the Charleston Navy Yard after a constituent protested that blacks were working alongside whites and that some minorities were getting promotions above whites.

Although segregation would remain entrenched in the early postwar period, seeds of change were planted during the war, particularly through landmark court decisions. In 1944 the federal district court ordered South Carolina to provide equal salaries to black and white teachers. In the same year, in the case of Smith v. Allright, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the all-white primary unconstitutional. Politicians in the state, led by Governor Olin D. Johnston, fought these and subsequent court rulings, but African Americans in South Carolina were slowly but steadily gaining voting rights by the end of the war. Between 1940 and 1946, the number of registered African American voters in the state increased from 1,500 to 50,000.

As the war ended, most white South Carolinians expected prewar social customs to remain. These hopes were mixed with fears of an economic depression like the one that followed World War I. Fortunately, although some military bases closed and others downsized, the GI Bill helped maintain a strong economy by providing low-interest loans and free education to former servicemen. Thousands of veterans entered the University of South Carolina and other state schools in the immediate postwar years. As the cold war accelerated by the early 1950s, several bases on the verge of closing gained new life and expanded as the nation retooled to confront the threat of global communism.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Fritz Hamer. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)


Look at all of the colors

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Issue 7.03 | Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Turn off the blower

Why not more white students at Burke?

Gerrymandering poses big threat

Great options for the holidays

The Battle of Honey Hill

Grand opening, new school president

World War II


Maybank Industries

Library: Thanks

The Illusion of Being Here

Magnificent colors

Tradition and progress


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(NEW) Holiday Swing: 8 p.m., Nov. 22, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will end its sixth season with "Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition" featuring movements from Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Nutcracker Suite. Tickets are $30 to $45. More.

(NEW) Gospel Christmas: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston. CSO Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble will present the 14th annual performance of beloved holiday show. Tickets: $35, which lower prices for seniors and students. More.


Regional premier of 4000 Miles: Through Nov. 30, Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road, James Island. Midtown Productions will offer the regional premier of this award-winning play at the end of the month. For tickets and info, click here.

Yuletide Madrigal Feast: 7 p.m., Dec. 4 through Dec. 6, Alumni Memorial Hall, Randolph Hall, College of Charleston, 66 George St. The Department of Music will present an annual feast with their award-winning Madrigal Singers. In addition to beautiful music, the Renaissance menu will include Cornish hen, haricots vert, wild rice, apple caramel tart, coffee and wine. Wassail will also be served.  Tickets are $40 to $70 per person and are sold in advance only. Reservations: (828) 432-7271.

That Holiday Book Sale: Dec. 5 through Dec. 7, Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Charleston. Books, CDs and DVDs will be on sale during the annual That Holiday Book Sale. by the Charleston Friends of the Library. Books have been picked for quality with gift-giving in mind. With prices starting at just $0.50, this is a bargain that can't be beat.


Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.


11/10: Lesesne: More Wi-Fi in parks
11/3: Denaux: One80 Place

10/27: Reynolds: Festival of Lights
10/20: Sabine: Halloween favorites
10/13: Charleston Jazz Jam
10/6: Nuovo Cinema Italiano

9/29: Smith: West Ashley
9/22: Haynes: Hurricane Hugo
9/15: ECCO's 25th
9/8: Riley on responsibilities
9/1: Sabine: RiverDogs' photo essay

8/25: Friedman, Moredock: New station
8/18: No pets, kids in hot cars
8/11: Ruff: County's greenbelt plan
8/4: Holling: Watkins's book

7/28: Fordham: Literacy program
7/21: Troy: Dolphin's new owner
7/14: Waronsky: Message focus
7/7: Devaney: Winning poster prize
7/1: Dodge: Take 5 campaign

6/16: Pritchard: Anti-cruelty effort
6/9: Wentworth: Palmetto Poem
6/2: Mullins: Play on bishop's murder


10/13: Yellow fever epidemic
9/8: The "Immortal 600"
8/11: The inhuman threat
7/14: Nearly impregnable
6/9: Prisoners to Charleston
5/12: Change of command
4/14: Charleston capture?
2/10: Attack of the Hunley
1/27/14: Bleak conditions


11/10: Lesson on governing
11/3: Ballot box won't fix board

10/27: On the work ethic
10/20: Find the liberal
10/13: New station needed
10/6: Sheheen uses flag

9/29: On panhandling
9/22: Why we vote on Tuesdays
9/15: Watkins offers romp on Trace
9/8: DaPore on putting people first
9/1: On finding column topics

8/25: End of 2nd Reconstruction
8/18: Humor and politics
8/11: Gov's race interesting
8/4: Letters to a camper

7/28: Writer says S.C. like Africa
7/21: Problem with chamber
7/14: On being fair
7/7: Do more on civil rights
7/1: Great trip to Wyoming

6/16: All about chiggers
6/9: Hollywood drama at capitol
6/2: D is for dysfunctional


10/3: Honoring aging
8/4: There's an app for that
6/2: It takes a virtual village
5/19: Common IRA traps to avoid
4/7: Medication check-up
3/3: Read your deed
2/3/2014: Driving and being older

12/2: On the Personal Property Memo
11/4: Your time: great gift for seniors
10/7: Let's celebrate aging
9/3: Medicaid and your future
8/5: More on estates, wills
7/1: Estate planning myths
6/3: Pensions for wartime vets
5/6: Revocable Living Trusts
3/4: Resources to help seniors cope
2/4: On life estates
1/7: Next step in health care


10/27: Silicon Harbor
9/29: On personal happiness
8/25: S.C. Inland Port
7/28: Your digital assets
7/1: Tax credits, deductions
5/26: Social Security conversation
4/29: Community ag/fisheries
3/24: Let's invest in Charleston
2/24: Getting beyond jitters
1/27/14: Financial independence

12/23: And now there is hope
12/2: The "thanks" of Thanksgiving
10/28: Impact of rising bond market
9/30: What happens when rates rise


10/20: Sabine: Halloween favorites
9/15: Great run/walks for family
8/18: Edisto day trip
7/21: Great reading places
6/16: Picking berries, making jam
5/26: Art and music for kids
4/21: ArtFields for kids
3/17: Spring break ideas in S.C.
2/17: Four great outings for limited times
1/20: Upstate wonders

12/16: More holiday fun
11/18: Winter activities to do
10/14: Four ways to preserve history
9/16: It's harvest time
8/19: Kids giving back

7/15: Childrens' museums
6/17: Interactive adventures
5/20: Birds, bees, butterflies
4/15: Signs of spring abound
3/18: Great local parks
2/18: What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventure


11/3: Harris: Accidentals
10/6: Meyers: back from the woods ...
9/1: Hagerty: Twinzilla Wormhole
8/4: Lamkin: A rose for my mother
7/7: Amaker: Out of breath
6/9: Wentworth: Path to the Beach

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