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FISHING FOR ATTENTION: Divers at the S.C. Aquarium did something neat Friday -- they spent more than 30 minutes in the big tank carving a 120-pound pumpkin with the attraction's logo. You can see a repeat performance at 11 a.m. on Halloween. More below in Good News. Photo provided.






   

 

25th annual Holiday Festival of Lights opens Nov. 14

BY SARAH REYNOLDS
Charleston County Parks
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OCT. 27, 2014 -- Make spirits bright this year at the 25th anniversary of the beloved Holiday Festival of Lights! With an estimated two million shimmering lights, Charleston's most popular holiday event returns Nov. 14, 2014, to Jan. 1, 2015, to James Island County Park.

More than four million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, which is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at the agency's James Island County Park. The event has received many awards and mentions in publications throughout the country, and the three-mile driving tour delivers more every year. Join us as we kick off the 25th season at the Grand Opening Celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, featuring live entertainment, awards presentations, and fireworks at 9 p.m.!

The Holiday Festival of Lights is much more than just a driving tour! Park the car and experience exciting attractions custom-designed for holiday cheer. There are many celebrated attractions to see and activities to do, including:

  • Marshmallow roasting
  • Festival train rides
  • Lakeside lights interactive activity
  • The amazing dancing light display
  • AHEAD AT THE FESTIVAL

    Nov. 12 and 13: Get a Sneak Peek of the festival at the Fun Run! 6:30 p.m.; advance registration is required.

    Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.: Opening Night - Join us for the grand celebration of our 25th anniversary! Live entertainment, fireworks at 9 p.m., and the awards presentation for the winners of the Gingerbread House competition, the Giant Greeting Card contest, and the Light Display Design Contest.

    Nov. 17: First night to save $5 on admission when you bring a non-perishable canned food item for donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Canned dog or cat food also accepted. Discount offered every Monday through Thursday.

    Nov. 20: Performance by Lowcountry Power Brass, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Nov. 21, 22: Outdoor Movie Night - Bring a chair and a blanket and kick back to watch a family holiday film! Continuous shows starting at 6 p.m. in Santa's Village.

    Nov. 26 - Dec. 23: Santa Claus is at the festival nightly in Santa's Village! Families as well as dogs are invited to have pictures taken.

    Enchanted walking trail
  • Old-fashioned carousel
  • Gift shops and the Reindeer Workshop
  • Santa's Sweet Shoppe
  • The Festival Fun Run on Nov. 12 and 13

What's new for 2014

What's amazing about one of this year's new light displays? It was inspired by a young local artist! The winner of the annual children's Light Display Design Contest for the 25th anniversary is 9-year-old Jenna, a Sullivan's Island Elementary School student. Jenna submitted a photo of a cute seal pup, which inspired a new light display on site this year. Creative kids are encouraged to pick up an entry form to submit their idea for a new display at next year's event.

Guests to this year's festival may win of one of our silver anniversary celebration surprises! One lucky guest each evening of the festival will receive a special gift valued at $25 as they drive through the park gates. Charleston County Parks will also give away a 5-night cruise as part of this year's celebration. No purchase is necessary for the cruise sweepstakes; all entrants can enter to win here between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31.

Also new this year, in an effort to increase environmental stewardship efforts, composting bins will be available on site select nights to collect waste for compost collection.

Light Show Supervisor Rich Raab has created and animated the festival's light displays on site at James Island County Park since 1990. Current designs range from holiday themes to dinosaurs, trains, space ships, aquatic themes, iconic Charleston imagery and hundreds more. Raab creates each design first on paper then develops his designs into a light sculpture based off his drawing. Today, there are over 700 light displays on site at the Holiday Festival of Lights.

There is so much to see at the festival every night! See our nightly calendar of events below for a list of special events taking place on select nights, and join us in 2014 as we celebrate 25 years of making spirits bright. This event is presented by Boeing and your Charleston County Parks.

Searching for clues to help build a work ethic

By ANDY BRACK
Editor and publisher
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OCT. 27, 2014 -- A question that's been nagging for the last few months is how to teach children the American value of hard work.

Contrary to many assumptions by boomers and those now at the height of their careers, Millennnials now entering the workforce aren't slackers, according to an article by Cam Marston on the myths of this new generation. Instead, they're task-oriented and motivated more by money than the concept of having a lifelong career.

So how does one help a kid today understand how to work? Perhaps it's as easy as just working.

Thinking back over all the jobs I've had through the years, I came up with a list of almost 30. It seems like a lot, but each helped to shape who I am and my value system.

As a boy in south Georgia, I well remember spending Saturday mornings at my father's newspaper where I would be paid to help out with tasks at the business's print shop, such as collating weekly programs for the local high school football team or helping to set headlines for his offset printing operation. Other than jobs around the house --raking pine straw, picking blackberries, mowing the yard -- my first real job around age 11 was a few days of work to help a local beekeeper get the honey out of the frames in the white boxes you can still see in fields across the South.

"If we want the next generation to take up where we left off, we need to give them opportunities to work and stop helicoptering with solutions that insulate them from the world."

As a teen, I worked as a campground attendant at Stone Mountain park in metro Atlanta, a Boy Scout camp counselor and the guy on the golf course who resurfaced sand traps and moved golf tees. In college came an array of jobs -- burger flipper, dishwasher, proofreader, ticket delivery guy.

Through these developing years, I had a lot of fun, but I always remember working. After college came an impressive array of jobs -- something like nine in the first year as I searched how to make a living. I don't remember them all but they included newspaper production layout guy, country music radio ad salesman (I lasted three weeks and was horrible at it), waiter, writing proficiency test grader, part-time reporter and oyster-shucker. This last one was the only job I ever got fired from, ostensibly because the owners didn't believe me when I called in sick ("You looked fine yesterday," I recall them saying. Today, I think they were really trying to cut staff and looking for any excuse.)

Finally, I got a job as a reporter and photographer in Williamston, a small eastern North Carolina town dominated by agriculture. It's much like many counties along our Corridor of Shame today. That led to graduate school and more reporting jobs and eventually serving as a campaign operative, press secretary and spokesman for U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings. After a stint in Washington came jobs as a political consultant, public relations business owner, Internet strategist, newsletter editor and more until I settled down by starting a company that now offers communications strategy and various publications, such as Charleston Currents.

So what's the conclusion after taking a walk down memory lane? It's that working, whether as a dishwasher or executive, builds character. The experiences we have from a young age in earning money helps integrate us into our system of capitalism and responsibility.

If we want the next generation to take up where we left off, we need to give them opportunities to work and stop helicoptering with solutions that insulate them from the world.

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In the most recent issue of Statehouse Report, you can find a commentary on how state government is not fulfilling some of its responsibilities and devolving them to local governments, which have to pick up the tab. Also in the issue: A look at the governor's race, ethics reform and a list of what's up and down. More.

Andy Brack is editor and publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report. 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.

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ON MONEY

Charleston's Silicon Harbor boasts lots of potential
By KYRA MORRIS, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

OCT. 27, 2014 -- Charleston is known as the Silicon Harbor and is home to the Digital Corridor. What is this? What does this mean? Who is involved, and why is it relevant to us?

Let's start near the beginning. A local visionary, Ernest Andrade, spearheaded the Digital Corridor in 2001. It evolved into a major initiative to support technology and knowledge-based businesses. There is a website -- www.CharlestonDigitalCorridor.com. The Digital Corridor is "A creative effort to attract, nurture & promote Charleston's knowledge economy by facilitating a business, physical and social environment where technology companies thrive."

In those early days, we had companies like Automated Trading Desk (ATD) and BenefitFocus, two local success stories that started small and then grew to ranks of national recognition. We now have the footprints of larger corporations - Blackbaud, Boeing and Google - in our community. These businesses need skilled, intelligent and creative talent.

PeopleMatter, a Charleston-based human resources software startup and a spinoff from BenefitFocus, tells us that these job opportunities cannot be met only by the graduates of local educational institutions. These jobs attract outside talent, which means talented young professionals are coming to Charleston from potentially all over the world.

The boom became truly noticeable during the recent downturn in the economy. "When the economic conditions are turbulent, there are people -- the more creative among us -- that say you know this might be the best time to start something," says Andrade of the Digital Corridor.

Charleston was already an attraction because of its foundation in history and the attention to historical preservation. We'd also cultivated a thriving arts and theater community, along with being known as a food destination. Our way of life attracted and continues to attract people. Conde Nast Traveler's 2014 Reader's Choice Awards named Charleston as the number two favorite city in the world.

"Charlestonians should be proud of the emerging importance of our Silicon Harbor and our high-tech, knowledge-based entrepreneurs. We have given them a place to land and to launch. We still need to develop the work spaces, the urban homes, the access to higher education and a functioning transportation infrastructure."

This technology initiative continues to grow. A recent 2014 report states that strong employment growth resulted in Charleston's tech and advanced manufacturing sector becoming approximately 5 percent of the regional economy. The average wage reported by Charleston's high tech and knowledge based companies represents approximately 1.7 and 1.8 times the average per-capita wages in the Charleston region and the state of South Carolina, respectively. In 2014, 11 knowledge-based companies were listed in the 2014 Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies. With all of this, Charleston is ranked in the top 10 fasted growing cities for software and internet technology.

This growth in high-tech, knowledge-based companies has other ramifications for our community. These businesses require office space and they like to have their think tanks close together. This means development of high-density, technology-equipped business buildings.

Their highly-paid employees need homes. Most of these people are young and want to live where the action is. Therefore, we need modern urban-in-fill places that ideally are not far from their work places, their playtime places and their resting places.

Entrepreneurs and their staffs also need access to quality, often cutting-edge information and education. Universities and institutions of higher learning must regularly evaluate the needs of our community and help provide both new talent for our workforce and reinforce the existing talent. The opportunity for academia to work together to benefit Charleston is apparent.

To attract and sustain their success, transportation and infrastructure is crucial. Congested, long-distance commuting ranks high on the unhappiness scale. Therefore we need effective, efficient, low-stress ways to get from Summerville to downtown Charleston, from Charleston to North Charleston, from North Charleston to Mount Pleasant, from Mount Pleasant to West Ashley. Our infrastructure needs a lot of improvement with the already-existing bus lines to the addition of light rail and safe pathways for pedestrians and cyclists.

We have current growth and future potential. Charlestonians should be proud of the emerging importance of our Silicon Harbor and our high-tech, knowledge-based entrepreneurs. We have given them a place to land and to launch. We still need to develop the work spaces, the urban homes, the access to higher education and a functioning transportation infrastructure. Charleston is still just a speck on a silicon-laced map, but we have made a lot of progress so that these companies will have a place that they can truly call home - forever!

Kyra Hollowell Morris, a Certified Financial Planner, is CEO of Morris Financial Concepts, Inc., in Mount Pleasant. A national leader in the financial planning profession, she has been named several times by leading magazines as one of the country's top financial planners. More.

More underwater carving set for All Hallows' Eve

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Divers at the SC Aquarium did something new Friday -- they carved a 120-pound pumpkin underwater! And they'll do it again at 11 a.m. on Halloween.

Unlike years past when divers carved several small pumpkins, divers worked together on Friday to create a massive underwater masterpiece in the Aquarium's Great Ocean Tank, as highlighted in this photo slide show and this video.

The folks at the Aquarium said it took more than 30 minutes for the divers to carve the designs into the pumpkin, which came from Charleston's Legare Farms. Designs included bonnethead sharks and the South Carolina Aquarium logo. Underwater carving serves as a form of enrichment for the animals that live in the Great Ocean Tank. The activity also offers a form of stimulation and introduces new, fun objects into their environment.

Local residents honored at "Gifts of Aging" celebration

More than 20 people were honored Oct. 21 at a Gifts of Aging celebration on Oct. 21 to recognize older adults who are local examples of successfully aging in place in the Charleston Area.

The event, organized the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition as part of National Aging in Place Week, seeks to bring attention to the aging in place movement and ability for seniors to remain in their chosen residence for as long as possible.

Pictured front row, from left, are Hugh A. Farris Sr., Jessie Mendez, Len Fries, John Dietz, Betty Reed, Thomasena Stokes Marshall, Dr. W. Curtis Worthington; back row, from left, are Alice Streetman, Genevieve Felder, Janice Meyer, Charles Gilliam, Anna Smith, Carroll O’Neal, Jan Harman, Janie Brown, Matthew “Tripp” Moye, Shirley Hendrix, Anthony Wright. Stokes Marshall received the Aging In Place Week 2014 Marshall Award.

Levin to present all-Beethoven concert Nov. 4 at Sottille

The International Piano Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present pianist Beth Levin at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at the Sottille Theatre, 44 George St., Charleston.

Levin made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a child prodigy, at age 12. She was subsequently taught and guided by legendary pianists such as Rudolf Serkin, Leonard Shure, Dorothy Taubman and Paul Badura-Skoda.

With performances described as having "warmth as well as blinding light" (The Boston Globe), Levin has been a featured soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. For her Charleston debut, she will perform an all-Beethoven program dedicated to the late sonatas opp. 109, 110, and 111.

Levin also will offer a master class, free and open to the public, at 10 a.m., Nov. 5, at the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St.

RECOMMENDED

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
By Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

The companion volume to Ken Burns's latest PBS documentary series, a lavishly illustrated 500-page work, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is much more than a typical coffee table book. Nearly 800 photographs paint a picture of the lives of Theodore, Franklin Delano, and Eleanor Roosevelt, whose story is presented in alignment with the episodes of the PBS series. Chapters begin in 1858, the year of Theodore Roosevelt's birth, and end in 1962, when Eleanor Roosevelt died. In between, the authors lead us through the lives of the three most important figures in a well-known political dynasty and, in the process, present us with an overview of more than a century of United States history. The photographs are accompanied by captions which, combined with the other text, give us a narrative that is both informative and entertaining. According to Ward, the book "represents more than three decades of thinking and writing about the Roosevelts."

Although this book is a fascinating read, it's the photographs which set it apart. Culled from more than seventy sources, the array includes formal and informal family photos, press photos of news events, political memorabilia, and other ephemera. Notably, the end papers are comprised of one of only three known photos to include all three of the book's subjects. Highly recommended.

-- Susan F. Frohnsdorff, Mount Pleasant Regional Library

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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Sumter National Forest

Named for Thomas Sumter, famed partisan of the American Revolution, Sumter National Forest encompasses over 350,000 acres in the Piedmont and mountains of South Carolina.

The forest is divided into three ranger districts spread across eleven counties: Andrew Pickens (Oconee County); Enoree (Chester, Fairfield, Laurens, Newberry, and Union Counties); and Long Cane (Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, and Saluda Counties). Both Sumter National Forest and the Lowcountry's Francis Marion National Forest are administered from a central supervisor's office in Columbia.

With the country's vital wood supply dwindling, Congress created the US Forest Service in 1905 to manage the federal forest reserves (renamed as "national forests" in 1907) and provide quality timber to meet the long-term needs of the American people. Under the authority of the Weeks Law of 1911 and subsequent bolstering legislation, the Forest Service expanded the national forest system through the early decades of the twentieth century by purchasing millions of worn-out, cut-over acres in the eastern United States.

One historian referred to these as the "lands nobody wanted," and when it came to abused, abandoned agricultural lands, by the 1930s northwestern South Carolina had an abundance. By executive order, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the purchase of millions more acres for the eastern national forests, and in July 1936 he signed a proclamation establishing Sumter National Forest, much of it on infertile red hills eroded and exhausted from decades of intensive cotton cultivation.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was employed to terrace hillsides and plant trees. By the onset of World War II, the CCC had accomplished much of the spadework needed to bring the forest back into productivity. Reflecting a Forest Service - wide shift in policy, in the 1960s Sumter moved from managing the forest solely for timber to multiple uses including outdoor recreation and wilderness.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Matthew A. Lockhart. 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.)

BROADUS

Who is this?


If you've lived in Charleston a while, you might recognize the person in this statue. Who and where is it? Send your guess to editor@charlestoncurrents.com. And please make sure to include your hometown and other contact information. Photo by Michael Kaynard, KaynardPhotography.com.

Last week's mystery picture seemed to stump locals, but Elizabeth P. Stevens of the Downtown Mobile (Ala.) Alliance got it quickly. She realized that it was a fountain at the Hollings Judicial Center near the Four Corners of Law in downtown Charleston.

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Issue 6.53 | Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
No crankier than usual

FOCUS
Holiday Festival of Lights to open soon

BRACK
Searching for clues on work ethic

ON MONEY
Charleston's Silicon Harbor

GOOD NEWS
Underwater pumpkin, classical show

HISTORY
Sumter National Forest

SPOTLIGHT

Charleston Green Commercial

FEEDBACK
Send us your letters

REVIEW
The Roosevelts

BROADUS
No local got last week's mystery

THE LIST
Another number two

QUOTE
Promise worth keeping

CALENDAR

This week ... and next

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Another number two -- spookiest

Many were overjoyed last week upon learning that Charleston is the world's second travel spot in the world, according to readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. But did you know that the Holy City was also the second spookiest in the nation?

"Getting your scare on is easy in Charleston, with a plethora of cemeteries and the haunted Old City Jail," according to a new user survey by the travel dating site, MissTravel.com. It says the spookiest cities in the United States are:

1. New Orleans, Louisiana
2. Charleston, South Carolina
3. Savannah, Georgia
4. Key West, Florida
5. Salem, Massachusetts
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Portland, Oregon
8. Chicago, Illinois
9. San Francisco, California
10. Louisville, Kentucky

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NEW ON THE CALENDAR

(NEW) Defining local lecture: 6 p.m., Oct. 29, Charleston Visitor Center Auditorium, 375 Meeting Street, Charleston. Louisiana architect Victor F. Trahan will offer thoughts on "Defining Local" in a lecture sponsored by the Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m. More.

(NEW) Gold Bug Oyster Roast: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 2, Gold Bug Island, Mount Pleasant. East Cooper Meals on Wheels will have oysters from Noisy Oyster, music by Awendaw Green, an oyster-shucking contest and a chili throwdown with local fire departments in a benefit to make sure no senior goes hungry. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12. More.

(NEW) Duckworth exhibit opens: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 7, City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 37 Prioleau St., Charleston. "Awake," a new large scale exhibition by multimedia artist John Duckworth will open to highlight his art's meditative qualities embedded in Buddhist-inspired paintings and nature photographs. The exhibition continues through Dec. 21. More.

(NEW) Get your flapjacks: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Nov. 15, Applebee's, 7818 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Charleston Southern University's Psychology Club will be flipping flapjacks to raise money to benefit The Ark, Alzheimer's Family Support Services. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. More info: Contact Cheryl Moniz at 843.832.2357.

DON'T MISS THESE EVENTS EITHER

Fish or Treat: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28, S.C. Aquarium, Charleston. Kids can trick-or-treat through the aquarium, hunt for divers, boogie at a Monster Mash and dress to impress. Advance reservations required. $10 per member; children 3 and under are free. More.

Wine Down Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 29, Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. You can get another sneak peek at a future county park and enjoy a wine social at the same time. Formerly Ashem Farm, the 67-acre estate has open fiends and lots of live oaks. More.

Fences: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning play by August Wilson will be reprised here with tickets at $20. More.

Very Bad Day: 3 p.m., Nov. 1, Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street, Charleston. If you'd rather see "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" in person rather than at the movie theater, check out Charleston Stage's limited engagement at the end of the month. Tickets are $22.50. More.

Harvest Festival on Johns Island: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 1, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Five local bluegrass bands will be performing throughout the day, which will feature a barbecue cook-off, craft market, equestrian demonstration, hay rides and more. Tickets are $8 each; kids under 12 for free. More.

Adopt-a-Highway: Nov. 1. Charleston County Adopt-A-Highway will hold its next litter cleanup with an alternative bad weather day the following Saturday. Last year, more than 2,000 volunteers removed more than 27 tons of trash from area roads, according to Community Pride Inc. of Charleston County.
For more information, contact Angela Crouch at (843) 722-5940 extension 112.

An Evening with Joseph McGill: 6 p.m., Nov. 1, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston. The organization will present an evening with the historic preservationist to benefit the Slave Dwelling Project that works to preserve existing slave dwellings. Tickets, which are $50, include a cabin tour by McGill and garden tour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. prior to the reception. More.

Wine, Women & Shoes: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 2, Daniel Island Club, Daniel Island. This annual fundraiser allows people to shop, sip and savor in an event that benefits the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. More.

100 years since World War I: Bryan Ganaway, director of the International Scholars Program at the College of Charleston, will present a talk on the relevance of World War I today since it started in 1914. The 6 p.m. talk on Nov. 3 to the World Affairs Council of Charleston will be at the Holliday Alumni Center at the Citadel across from the school's football stadium. More.

Blessing of the vines: Noon to 5 p.m., Nov. 8, Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Fluff Road, Wadmalaw Island. The 12th annual blessing festival will offer live music and a variety of food trucks. Cost is $10 per car. More.

ONGOING

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.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

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

DOUG BOSTICK:
CIVIL WAR HISTORY

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

ANDY BRACK

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

LAFOND, McQUAGE:
ON SENIORS

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

KYRA MORRIS: MONEY

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

LEIGH SABINE:
PLUFF MUD KIDS

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

PALMETTO POEM

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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