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BELLYING UP TO THE BAR:
If you want to attract hummingbirds, just find something red as highlighted in this picture of a hummingbird taking an afternoon drink of nectar in West Ashley. To get the photo, we had to sneak up on the skittish bird and snap the shot through a window because any fast background movements cause it to zip away. (Photo by Andy Brack.)






   

 

ECCO celebrates 25 years of community service

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SEPT. 15, 2014 -- After Hurricane Hugo, the only distribution center for food, water and clothing east of the Cooper River was at Christ Our King Stella Maris School hall. Out of that crisis East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) was born.

Twenty five years later, ECCO provides low-income residents with emergency assistance for food, clothing, household furnishings and financial needs as well as access to dental care, health care, prescription drug assistance, financial literacy, job readiness training, and counseling.

Founded in 1989 by Monsignor James Carter of Christ Our King Catholic Church, ECCO was an emergency response that grew into a community mainstay. The communities east of the Cooper River were among the most badly damaged, including Mount Pleasant, Awendaw and McClellanville.

"It looked like a third-world country," Carter said. "People without houses; living in tents. It became apparent that even though Mount Pleasant was an affluent area, there were deep pockets of poverty. It was devastating."

A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

ECCO will celebrate 25 years of service with a free special event Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Awendaw Green. It will include live music, an array of food vendors and activities for all ages such as face painting, a balloon artist, the Art Bus, a bounce house, Charleston County Parks and Recreation's climbing wall, and a Sky Zone play station.

The first 350 guests to arrive will receive $15 of tickets to use at area eateries. Entertainment will be provided by Shades of Plenty, Shem Creek Boogie Band, and the Plantation Singers.

Over the last quarter century, ECCO has grown from an emergency relief distribution center to a reliable source of refuge for people in financial distress offering a wide range of services across three program areas: Basic Needs, Health Services, and Education and Job Services. For many years, the majority of ECCO's client population came from generational poverty, but as a result of the last economic downturn, many more individuals and families have used the organization's comprehensive services.

During the early 1990s, ECCO opened a Dental Clinic for emergency extractions, began providing financial assistance and counseling, and started the prescription drug program. In 2008, ECCO shifted its focus to guide clients towards self-sufficiency and achievement with added educational opportunities and programs like the Getting Ahead Family Partnership for single mothers. Last year, ECCO Works was launched to help clients get a job and keep it for one year, as a sustainable approach to reducing poverty, which incorporates job preparedness, case management, skills training, and employment placement assistance.

Through ECCO, more than 4,500 families a year receive emergency assistance for food, clothing, household furnishings and financial aid, and have access to dental care, health care, prescription assistance, financial literacy classes, job readiness training and counseling.

Gripping yarn by local author offers glimpse into ancient trail

By ANDY BRACK
Editor and publisher
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SEPT. 15, 2014 -- Local author Andra Watkins' first book, "To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis," will make a real reader purr with satisfaction. It's filled with elegant writing and spins a gripping yarn that blends history, action, adventure and philosophical ponderings to stretch your brain.

A work of historical fantasy, "To Live Forever" offers the tale of a 9-year-old girl from New Orleans who is desperate to find her musician father in Nashville after her mother runs into problems in The Big Easy. Helping the girl is a mysterious man named "Merry," who turns out to be the reincarnation of Meriwether Lewis, the Jeffersonian explorer of Lewis and Clark fame. In real life, Lewis died a mysterious death, which Watkins exploits as the backbone of her well-written story.

The book, which flips between competing first-person narratives of the girl, Merry and others, finds the lead characters avoiding bad guys by traveling on the eons-old Indian trail known today as the Natchez Trace, a 444-mile route from Louisiana to Tennessee. Readers get a real sense of what it was like to travel in days gone by -- the sweat, woodsy smells, dirt and more.

And that makes sense because Watkins traveled the Trace from beginning to end. In fact, the Trace is featured prominently in her second and third books, both of which debut at the start of 2015.

"Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Ancient Natchez Trace" is a memoir of her walk, which she did in 15-mile increments over 34 days.

"I actually believed it would be fun to take readers into the world of the book," Watkins told Charleston Currents with her dry humor seeping through. "The walk almost killed me. Plus, I convinced my 80-year-old father to be my wingman and immediately thought of all the self-scratching and gas, not to mention the trauma of sharing a bathroom for five weeks. It isn't easy to live with a parent as an adult."

MEET ANDRA WATKINS

You can learn about the Natchez Trace and Watkins' book this week in Charleston when she will talk about the book and the walk and will sign copies.

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 18, 2014

WHERE: Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street

MORE: www.AndraWatkins.com

The other book that will debut will feature photographs taken during the Natchez Trace journey. It's called "Natchez Trace: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of an Ancient Highway." Both books, like "To Live Forever," will be published by Word Hermit Press. A portion of proceeds from the three titles goes to the National Park Service to support the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Watkins said writing her first novel taught her what she could do.

"I always gave up on things. Walked away. Quit trying. With this novel, I finally saw what I could accomplish if I refused to quit. I guess I also learned that I'm an athlete. I never imagined I could walk more than a half-marathon every day for a month.

"When I set out to walk the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez, Miss., to Nashville, Tenn., I never dreamed I would finish. The Trace is a national treasure, a 10,000-year-old road and a tunnel through time. I've touched every inch of it, and I hope some of that history seeped into me."

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Friday's commentary in Statehouse Report took issue with the head of the Democratic Party saying that South Carolina had a "culture of corruption" because "it unfairly paints good, elected public servants from both parties. Yes, there might be one bad egg in every few cartons -- just like in regular society -- but the overwhelming majority of people who serve in the legislature are upstanding folks who got into elected politics to try to make positive differences in the lives of South Carolinians."

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PLUFF MUD KIDS

It's fun to run and walk with the whole family
By LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
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SEPT. 15, 2014 -- Years ago when our twins were still in a jogger stroller, our family began participating in charitable running and walking events all around the Lowcountry.


Columnist Leigh Sabine and her 10-year-old son Aiden are pictured at the finish line of the Isle of Palms Connector Run. Photo provided.

Over the years, we have progressed from strolling to jog/walking to actually slowly running 5K and 10K runs as a family. These events have come to mean so much more than just a means of exercising together. We have developed a sense of continuity through annual participation in our favorite events and created a sense of purpose in the work of training for events.

Walking, jogging, and running with young children are great ways to inspire a lifelong respect for exercise. The camaraderie of charitable 5K "fun runs" and walks can add other teachable moments to the activity in terms of community awareness, compassion, and goal setting. A child's self-esteem gets a boost from the accomplishment of preparing for and completing a group event as well. All of these factors combine to make going the distance over time a positive influence on a child's life.

So here is a list of some (and by no means all) of the charitable walks and runs the Lowcountry has to offer. Many of these events provide a separate course or distance just for young children and these are often held the day preceding the event. These kid-friendly special events are a great way to get your child starting on a path to running longer distances.

Crossbridge 5K/10K Pancake Run -- Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at 8 a.m. Event site: Laurel Hill Plantation, Mount Pleasant. Benefitting Crossbridge Family Ministries. PMK note: A gorgeous plantation venue.

Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child ** -- Oct. 4, 2014, at 8 a.m. Event site: Isle of Palms Connector, Isle of Palms. Benefitting Lowcountry Children's Causes. PMK note: This is a great event for families with strollers.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure ** -- Oct. 18, 2014, at 8 a.m. Event site: Family Circle Stadium, Daniel Island. Benefitting breast cancer research. PMK note: This is a beautiful course through residential Daniel Island.

Turkey Day Run -- Nov. 27, 2014, at 9 a.m. Event site: downtown Charleston. Benefitting numerous area charities annually.

Reindeer Run -- Dec. 6, 2014. Event site: downtown Charleston. Benefitting MUSC Children's Hospital. PMK note: This one is really for the whole family and your dog too!

Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon ** -- Dec. 13, 2014, at 8 a.m. Event site: Kiawah Island. Benefitting the Kiawah Conservancy. PMK note: This one's just for moms and dads, folks! A great event for children to come out and cheer their parents to the finish line.

Charleston Marathon Shrimp and Grits 5K ** -- Jan. 17, 2015, at 8 a.m. Event site: Park Circle, North Charleston. Benefitting Youth Endowment For The Arts. PMK note: This is an annual family favorite! Check the website for other youth-related activities at this event.

Catch The Leprechaun 5K ** -- March 12, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Event site: Memorial Waterfront Park, Mt. Pleasant. Benefitting Pattison's Academy. PMK note: This is always a beautiful, family-friendly run along Patriot's Point.

Cooper River Bridge Run ** -- March 28, 2015, at 8 a.m. Event Site: Cooper River Bridge, Mt. Pleasant and downtown Charleston. Benefitting 16 local area charities. PMK note: Check the website for options for children running and walking.

Postpartum Support Charleston Mom's Run and Family Fun Day -- May 9, 2015. Event site: Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island. Benefitting Postpartum Support Charleston.

  • A note on registration fees: Set aside an annual budget and select events that mean the most to your family. Always register early to ensure you catch the lowest registration rate as most event fees go up as the event date approaches.

  • An exercise note: As with any exercise regimen, always check with your doctor and pediatrician to set appropriate goals. Wearing the right clothing and good quality running/walking shoes can make a huge difference in your child's comfort level. Make sure to check frequently that a child's shoes fit comfortably and change out running shoes as they wear out. Here is a link for information about testing the shelf life of your running shoes.

**Denotes events PluffMudKids have participated in. Check out run highlights in the "runs" archives at pluffmudkids.com.

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.

More than 20 are part of MOJA juried art show

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More than 20 area artists will be part of the 31st annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition, which is running at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street, through October 3.

The annual juried art exhibition gives cash awards for Best in Show and two runners-up. Artists selected to participate in this year's exhibition are Kelvin Bluffton, Sr., Shelley Bonner, Karen W. Brown, KTC (Karole Turner Campbell), Jeremy Darby, Octavious Dowling, Andrea Hazel, Latasha Hollins, Katherine Houghton, JahSun, Cindy Male, Dorothy Montgomery, Judy Mooney, Bridget Murray, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr., Celia Pray, David Sanders, Georgette W. Sanders, Patricia E. Sabree, and 515 a.k.a Ricki Washington.

Doris Colbert Kennedy, this year's juror, is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, but now lives in North Charleston. She earned her bachelor's degree in fine arts and master's degree of fine arts in painting and art history at Howard University, where she once served as artist-in-residence.

A founding member of The National Association of Ghanaian Artists, she has also been a consultant for the Washington Project for the Arts (W.P.A.) and a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts. As an arts educator, she has taught at the Corcoran School of Art, American University, Howard University, the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and the Maryland College of Art and Design. Her paintings are in museum, corporate and private collections.

  • A reception and awards ceremony will be in the McKinley Washington Auditorium at the Avery Research Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2014. More info.

Agency's coastal photo contest taking entries

Photographers of all ages and degrees of expertise are invited to ready their cameras and tripods to enter their best photographs of coastal South Carolina scenes in the annual photography contest sponsored by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

"The winning photo will appear on DHEC's 2015 annual tide table poster," said Director of Environmental Affairs Elizabeth Dieck. "We're looking for coastal South Carolina scenes including marshes, beaches or wildlife -- something that would be appropriate and eye-catching as an image for the tide table."

Color photographs and digital photos are accepted with a limit of five pictures per contestant. Digital photos should not exceed a total combined file size of four megabytes. Printed photographs should not exceed 8.5" x 11". Horizontal orientation is required. All entries must be submitted between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, 2014.

Entries can be e-mailed to dhec_ocrm@dhec.sc.gov or submitted via surface mail to: Coastal Photo Contest S.C. DHEC 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 400 Charleston, SC 29405. Surface-mailed submissions will not be returned without a self-addressed stamped envelope provided by the contestant. The winner will be announced in November.

Local hospital performs first "scarless" hysterectomy in area

A Charleston-area doctor this month performed the Lowcountry's first "robotic-assisted single-site hysterectomy," an advanced surgery made one incision through the belly button.

According to a press release from Summerville Medical Center, Dr. Ron Givens of Lowcountry Women's Specialists performed the hysterectomy in the region at Summerville Medical Center. He is among a small group of surgeons in the nation trained to perform the advanced procedure.

Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, is the second most common surgical procedure for women in the United States. An estimated one-third of all women will have a hysterectomy by age 60, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Compared to a traditional hysterectomy, a robotic-assisted procedure is minimally invasive and helps women return to their normal activities more quickly. The surgery is performed in less than one hour and many patients return home within four hours and nearly all go home within 24 hours. Intuitive Surgical's daVinci robotic surgery system also allows for a single incision hidden within the belly button, compared to traditional laparoscopic surgeries, which require three to five small visible incisions.

"The cosmetic results of a hysterectomy can weigh heavily on women," Dr. Givens said. "This new single-site procedure gives women a surgical option that leaves virtually no scar."

Robotic-assisted surgery, like other minimally invasive surgery, utilizes cameras and instruments that are inserted through small incisions in a patient's body. For more information, call 843.797.3463 or visit http://scrobotics.com/

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
By Ransom Riggs

Much has been made about the unusual origins of the young adult novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children -- inspired by discovered, vintage photographs of children. My experiences with YA novels and pretty much any attempt at literature based on a gimmick haven't been very rewarding, but Ransom Riggs' effort surprised me. A lot of the aspects that make for good YA reading are present - a vibrant protagonist with a wide character arc, a fleshed-out fantasy world that holds a sharp reflection to our own real one, an imaginative storyline. Like all good fiction, this one is not dumbed down for its audience. Still, as an adult, I did find myself ahead of the story occasionally. I was also disappointed to discover that the "ending" was merely a setup for the book that follows it.

-- Darryl Woods, Main 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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Operation Lost Trust

Operation Lost Trust was arguably South Carolina's largest and longest-running political scandal. Including the investigation, trials, and retrials, the Operation Lost Trust saga extended from 1989 to 1999. The key player in the FBI's investigation into legislative corruption was Ron Cobb, a lobbyist and former member of the S.C. House of Representatives. He was arrested in April 1989 for trying to buy a kilo of cocaine in a deal orchestrated by the FBI for the purpose of securing his involvement as the front man in the Lost Trust investigation. He told members of the General Assembly that he represented the Alpha Group that was seeking support for a bill legalizing dog- and horse-track betting in South Carolina. Cobb recruited Representatives Robert A. Kohn and Luther Taylor to help in securing legislative votes by paying members money in exchange for their support and votes. The transactions were captured on surveillance tapes.

The federal investigation resulted in the conviction of seventeen members of the South Carolina General Assembly, seven lobbyists, and three others for bribery, extortion, or drug use. All but five of the twenty-seven convictions were the result of guilty pleas. In 1991 and 1992 five legislators were granted new trials because of legal errors. U.S. District Judge Falcon Hawkins then dismissed the charges against the five for alleged misconduct by the federal prosecution team led by U.S. Attorney Bart Daniel. Judge Hawkins's ruling was overturned in November 1998 by the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which reinstated the criminal charges. During the period between 1991 and 1998 two of the five legislators died after long illnesses. The three remaining defendants were retried in 1999, and all three were convicted.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Jon B. Pierce. 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

Before and after

Before

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Two of three long-time dilapidated buildings at the corner of Charlotte and Washington streets were torn down last week after a wall crumbled and they became unsafe. Eyesores from the past, they'd been left standing in hopes of preservation that never came. Only the building at 75 Washington Street remains, but it might not be long for this world either. Photos by Andy Brack. More.

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Issue 6.47 | Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
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ECCO celebrates 25 years of service

BRACK
Watkins' first novel a romp in the woods

GOOD NEWS
MOJA Festival exhibition, more

HISTORY
Operation Lost Trust

SPOTLIGHT

Maybank Industries

PLUFF MUD KIDS
Great to walk and run with family

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Before and after on Washington Street

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Avondale Restaurant Week: Sept. 16-22. On the heels of Charleston Restaurant Week, eateries around Avondale Point in West Ashley will observe their own deals for just over a week with three-course meals for $20. Complimentary valet parking will be available.

(NEW) Community forum: 6 p.m., Sept. 17, Wells Fargo Auditorium, College of Charleston, 5 Liberty Street, Charleston. Several group s will discuss the state's "School to Prison Pipeline" and the need for new approaches to school discipline to produce graduates and productive citizens, not prisoners. Speakers include representatives from the ACLU, College of Charleston, a family court judge, a police lieutenant and Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston.

Book signing: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 18, Blue Bicycle Books, King Street, Charleston. Author Andra Watkins will sign copies of her 2014 novel, "To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis." More: AndraWatkins.com

Autumn on the Ashley: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 19-21, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston. More than 50 vendors are expected to exhibit wood carvings, paintings, textiles, pottery, jewelry and more at this crafts fair, held in the past in October. More.

Carolina Green Fair: Noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 21, James Island County Park, James Island. The Carolina Green Fair features conservation education through fun and inventive demonstrations, interactive play and music, and education shared by experts in their field. Come celebrate "being green" while enjoying beer, food, music and artisans from the Lowcountry! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers, outside food, or beverages permitted. Admission is free, thought it costs $1 per person to get into the park.

Play by Euripides: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 25 through Sept. 30, Emmett Robinson Theatre, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, Charleston. The College of Charleston's Department of Theatre and Dance will stage a modern interpretation of Euripedes' "The Bacchae" with a 24-person cast. Tickets are $10 to $15. More.

Dawn 'til Dusk: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 27, Gibbes Museum of Art. The museum has several activities for a 12-hour celebration of its multi-million-dollar renovation from yoga and family activities to artist demos and music. More.

(NEW) Adaptive Recreation Expo: Noon to 5 p.m., Sept. 28, James Island County Park. This new event will showcase a variety of adaptive sports and leisure activities for people with physical limitations. More.

American Music Celebration: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 28, Village Green, Kiawah Island. The ninth annual celebration features a variety of live music from zydeco to roots rock to blues as artists how their works. More: 843.762.9125.

Women Painting Women: Through Sept. 30, Principle Gallery: Charleston, 125 Meeting Street. Some 86 paintings by 73 female artists from around the world showcase the female form. More.

Wine Down Wednesdays: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 1, 15 and 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.

(NEW) Latin American Festival: Noon to 6 p.m., Oct. 5, Wannamaker County Park. Live Salsa and Merengue music will fill the air as families enjoy authentic food, craft items, kids' activities, and much more. Featured performers will include UltimaNota, Bachata Flow, Capoeira Charleston, Buen Ache Dance Company, DJ Luigi Bravo and more.

(NEW) Brewsdays: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. Building on the success of Wine Down Wednesdays, Charleston County Parks will offer live music, eats and beer with this new event for the beer crowd. Cost: $6 per person, not including food and drink. More.

(NEW) Zombie pub crawl: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Oct. 18, at restaurants and bars in North Charleston's Park Circle area. Holy City Brewing will offer the fourth annual Pint of Hope Zombie Pub Crawl as a fundraiser to help Lowcountry AIDS Services. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. More

ONGOING

Yappy hour and more. Charleston County Parks will offer dog-friendly, after-work socials at James Island and Palmetto Islands county parks a dozen times over the summer. At James Island, Yappy Hour will be held starting at 4 p.m. with live music on Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. At Palmetto Islands, dogs, owners and musicians will appear with food trucks in Pups, Yups and Food Trucks on Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. More.

TEDxCharleston is accepting applications through October 14 for speakers and performers for its 2015 event. Next year's theme: "Embrace chaos." More.

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

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

9/15: 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

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

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

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

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

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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