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Issue 1.43 | Thursday, April 9, 2009 | Head out to the ballpark


STIMULATED: Drive along East Bay Street and you'll see this sign outside Wraggborough Homes, a public housing complex operated by the Charleston Housing Authority. It's proof positive that federal stimulus money is already at work. At this project, more than $342,000 is being used to reroof, paint and repair 34 buildings that house 172 families. All totaled, the City will get $3.1 million in money to upgrade public housing. More. (Photo by Andy Brack.)


TODAY'S FOCUS
:: CSO announces great 2009-10 season

ANN THRASH

:: First real vegetable garden

FEEDBACK
:: Currents brings back happy memories

THE LIST
:: Five SC female firsts

GOOD NEWS
:: Charter school, Earth Day, Kiawah

ALSO INSIDE

___:: CALENDAR: Coming events
___:: REVIEW: Show and tell with us
___:: HISTORY: Primus Plot
___:: QUOTE: Raymond on refunds
___:: BOOKSHELF: Interesting reading


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TODAY'S FOCUS
CSO announces its new season will "Celebrate Charleston"
By EMILY RYBINSKI
Director of marketing, Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com

APRIL 9, 2009 -- In spite of the current economic times and challenges faced by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra during the 2008-2009 performance season, the CSO is pleased to announce its 2009-2010 performance season for its three flagship series: Merrill Lynch Masterworks, McCrady's Charleston Pops, and Backstage Pass. The 2009-2010 season will "Celebrate Charleston" by performing concerts that have a tie to our beloved community.


Rybinski

The Merrill Lynch Masterworks season opens on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Gaillard Auditorium with highlights from Charleston's own opera, Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." The Merrill Lynch Masterworks season will also feature three of our own orchestra members: Yuriy Bekker (violin), Karin Bliznik (trumpet) and Brandon Nichols (horn). Also in store for our Masterworks patrons is a concert featuring College of Charleston graduate Sean Kinnard.

The CSO is excited to announce that the 2009-2010 McCrady's Charleston Pops series will be moving to Memminger Auditorium and will be performed on both Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. The series includes an "Armed Forces Salute" celebrating our local military community, Charlie Chaplin's classic film "The Gold Rush" featuring live accompaniment by the CSO, and a concert in collaboration with local jazz artist Quentin Baxter and his jazz trio, in addition to other fun-filled concerts.

The 2009-2010 Backstage Pass series will remain in Memminger Auditorium, but will be moving to Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Each concert will pair music from a living composer with music from a deceased composer. Backstage Pass concerts last just over an hour and do not have an intermission - which is perfect for getting your music "fix" and still leaving time to enjoy the rest of your evening in downtown Charleston. On the series will be four of our own CSO musicians: Alan Molina and Add Kridler (violins), Christopher Sales (bassoon) and Charles Messersmith (klezmer clarinet). Complete details for each of our 2009-2010 series performances and how to become a season subscriber can be found at http://www.charlestonsymphony.com.


The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will use the new season that starts in the fall to salute and celebrate the Lowcountry. (Photo provided)

While the announcement of the 2009-2010 season is filled with enthusiasm from all people affiliated with the CSO - from musicians to board members to staff - it does come with personal sacrifice from both the musicians and staff members who are taking a pay cut of approximately 23 percent through either unpaid furlough weeks or in reduced salaries.

As a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra staff, I know these cuts will personally affect the choices each of us makes as an individual. But it is a sacrifice worth making if it ensures the CSO can keep playing for the Charleston community. I work in the arts because I think they bring something important and special to the community at large. The arts can inspire, the arts can create an escape and the arts can educate.

The Lowcountry is a special part of the world, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is a special part of the Lowcountry. We hope that all members of the community will come out and support their symphony during the upcoming season. We dedicate our season to celebrating all things Charleston and hope that in return, the Charleston community will celebrate and support the CSO!

Emily Rybinski is the director of marketing for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

CURRENTS
Hope springs eternal in first real vegetable garden
By ANN THRASH, editor

APRIL 9, 2009 -- After having modest good luck with a few tomato plants in back-porch pots last summer, my husband and I decided that this year we'd take the plunge with an honest-to-gosh vegetable garden in the back yard.


Thrash

Up until now, most of my experience trying to grow fruits and vegetables at home has been in containers. I've had bad luck with grape tomatoes, good luck with lettuce, and mixed luck with lemon trees, lime trees and blueberries. Bill, my husband, has more experience than I do with serious vegetable gardening, so I'm ready to give him the credit (or maybe the blame, depending on how things go) for this new project. Last weekend he built a great raised bed and installed it in the sunniest corner of the back yard. He even rigged up a drip irrigation system for the bed. As soon as we're sure that the cold snap of the past few days is over, the plants will be going into the ground.

Home vegetable gardening has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years because it gives us more control over what we eat. With food safety scares in the news on a regular basis, growing your own means you have the last word on what kinds of disease control and fertilizers are used. And now, with the economy still mired in misery, growing your own also is a money-saver.


Eggplant (foreground) and tomato transplants are ready to be planted.

Last weekend, when I was shopping for transplants, it was tough not to get carried away by the beautiful weather and the sheer variety of choices. The tomato diversity alone is enough to leave anyone befuddled: Determinate, indeterminate, red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, grape tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, tear-drop shaped tomatoes. I wanted to say, "I'll take one of each!"

But cooler heads prevailed, and we settled on growing things that we know we love and know we'll use: Park's Whopper and Big Boy tomatoes, both of which are great for slicing -- and there's not much better than a tomato sandwich or BLT on a summer day -- along with some Black Beauty eggplant (the classic purple-black type) and yellow crook-necked squash (great to sauté with garlic and onions). It was tough to pass up the cucumbers and broccoli and zucchini squash, but if things go well this summer, there's always next year.

So I'm thinking positive, looking for recipes and dreaming about veggie plates to come. Just to be on the safe side, though, I've got a backup plan: Thank goodness for the farmers markets!

Ann Thrash is editor of CharlestonCurrents.com. She can be reached at: editor@charlestoncurrents.com

FEEDBACK
Currents helps bring back happy memories of Lowcountry

To the editor:

TICKET WINNERS!

Hats off to Jennifer Evans of Hanahan, Leigh Ann Garrett of Charleston and Rachel Chesser of Charleston who won free RiverDogs tickets from CharlestonCurrents.com thanks to a contest in Monday's issue!

I want to thank you for offering such an informative e-publication! I am originally from Charleston and since I don't get to visit my home city very much, I really enjoy the history and current news. I miss my childhood home and all the wonderful sights -- playing with the Spanish moss used as spaghetti in a playhouse, seeing the sweetgrass baskets being made and sold beside the roads (I'm dating myself now), the oysters, fish, crabs, etc., on a screen wire over a hole dug out on the beach, or the piers where the kids caught the crabs while my parents fished, the Lowcountry food -- I could go on and on with good memories. Family reunions every year -- which unfortunately have gone by the wayside -- people live too far away to get together.

I live in Gwinnett County (Ga.) and subscribe to the Gwinnett Forum, where I saw a link to your fabulous site.

-- Nancy Louise Gilliard Stickell, Grayson, Ga.

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GOOD NEWS
Charter school for gifted/talented sets information meetings

A local group establishing a charter school for gifted and talented students is planning several meetings this month for interested families. The Palmetto Scholars Academy charter school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010, with initial classes for sixth through eighth grades. High-school grades will be added in 2011, beginning with the ninth grade. The charter school application is currently awaiting approval from the S.C. Public Charter School District.


Lindbergh

"This school is a state public school and will not be part of any of the local school districts, so we will not take funds from them," says school planning committee chairman Stacey Lindbergh. "Palmetto Scholars Academy, if approved for a charter, will be the first regional school in the Lowcountry, and the first gifted-and-talented charter in South Carolina. Our goal is to partner with higher education, knowledge-based companies and art-focused organizations to provide the needed interaction with artists, scientists and high-level thinkers that research shows state-identified gifted learners need to be exposed to in order to reach their full potential. We also want to partner with these organizations to help support our art and high-tech business clusters so we can 'grow our own' talent to work in these industries and keep our top talent here in South Carolina so we can move our state out of poverty."

The informational meetings are open to the public and will be held at 6 p.m. on the following days:

  • April 20, Berkeley County Library, 2301 Daniel Island Drive, Daniel Island.

  • April 22, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St., Meeting Room B, Charleston.

  • April 23, Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Metro Room,
    Summerville.

For more information or to sign up for an e-newsletter about the school, go to http://www.palmettoscholarsacademy.org.

County's 10th annual Earth Day Festival planned for April 18

A recycled-fashion show, discounts on home composters and an eco-themed retelling of "The Three Little Pigs" are among the highlights for Charleston County's 10th annual Earth Day Festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at Park Circle in North Charleston. The Charleston County Solid Waste and Recycling Department sponsors the event, which drew more than 7,000 people last year. The theme of this year's festival this year is "Do Your Part, Be Earth Smart."

More than 70 environmental activities and educational displays are planned on topics such as alternative energy, green building, local and organic agriculture and nutrition, outdoor adventure, animals and habitat preservation, litter, water, recycling, seedlings and compost.

Among festival highlights will be a Becky's Box of Puppets show at 11 a.m. that features the retelling of the "Three Little Pigs"; a 1 p.m. talk by Leilani Munter, a world-renowned race car driver and trained biologist, speak about global environmental issues; and a 1:30 p.m. "Avant Garbage" a recycled-fashion show organized by Erin Keegan, a Charleston resident, and College of Charleston fashion design students.

For more information and a detailed scheduled, go to http://www.charlestoncounty.org/News/2995.htm.

Kiawah plans eco-themed 'Re-Run' and 'Greenival'

In celebration of Earth Day, Kiawah Island Golf Resort will hold a 5K fun run - the "Re-Run" -- and a green festival -- or "Greenival" -- on April 19. The Re-Run begins at 9:30 a.m. on the beach at Boardwalk 18 adjacent to the Night Heron Park nature center. In honor of Earth Day, runners will receive a "re-purposed" race T-shirt and bib as well as a recycled medal. There will be two race options: a timed 5K or a relaxing 1-mile run on the beach. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to fill up at water and Gatorade coolers that will be on site.

Registration for the run is $15 in advance or $20 at the event. Packets can be picked up at Heron Park Nature Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 17 and April 18. To make reservations, call the center at 768-6001, or stop by.

The "Greenival" will be held following the race from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a bluegrass band, local green vendors, artists and family crafts. There will also be a collection area for electronic or e-waste items. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is free, but donations to help support green initiatives are encouraged; suggested items include canned goods and gently used books, magazines or clothing.

REVIEW
Share your ups and downs

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HISTORY SPOTLIGHT
The Primus Plot (1720)

The Primus Plot was South Carolina's first alleged slave conspiracy. Word of this conspiracy surfaced while the colony's atmosphere was tense. A Waccamaw Indian attack had recently been repelled. South Carolina was suffering from economic problems. After expelling the proprietary government in 1719, the colonists were awaiting an official response from England. Anxieties were further heightened by Spanish privateer attacks against Carolina shipping and rumors that Spain would invade South Carolina and, in the process, arm the colony's slaves against its white inhabitants. All this occurred as South Carolina's enslaved black majority, spurred by labor demands for rice cultivation, had quickly grown to nearly twice the number of its white population.

The colonists first learned of this purported slave conspiracy on May 20, 1720, when a black man named Andrew addressed the South Carolina Commons House. What Andrew said is unknown. Apparently it concerned an attempt by at least fourteen slaves from the upper Ashley River to run away to St. Augustine, which was the capital of Spanish Florida. In the ensuing panic, it was said that the runaways, who were led by a slave named Primus, conspired to destroy isolated plantations, recruit more followers, and then attack Charleston. What these would-be insurgents were going to do after seizing Charleston is unknown. As the slaves fled toward Florida, and away from Charleston, the South Carolina Commons House of Assembly authorized all whites, blacks, and Native Americans to pursue them and offered a reward of 20 pounds for each slave taken - dead or alive. Then, in the midst of this purported slave uprising, the Commons House adjourned for two weeks.

By the time the assembly reconvened on June 7, the supposed plot had been suppressed. On June 9 Governor James Moore notified the Commons House that three slaves, Primus, Nero, and Robin, had been captured and were being held at Savannah. Moore wanted the accused rebels summarily executed. However, at the insistence of the Commons House, the slaves were taken to Charleston, where they were publicly executed, with Primus being hung alive in chains.

While existing evidence suggests that the Primus Plot was an effort by a group of slaves to reach freedom in Florida, rather than a planned rebellion, white South Carolinians regarded it as an insurrection in the making. The Commons House obviously believed that these slaves posed an immediate danger to the colony's white inhabitants. Once recaptured, the slaves were punished as if they were insurgents. Even after the accused conspirators were executed, white South Carolinians would continue to worry about slave conspiracies into the 1730s and beyond.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Kevin Dawson. 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.)

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EDITOR'S NOTE

CharlestonCurrents will not be published on Monday, April 13, so our hard-working staff can enjoy the Easter holiday weekend. We'll see you again on Thursday, April 16.

THE LIST
S.C. female firsts


Toal

The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has a cool page at its Web site called "Help with Homework". It's full of all kinds of facts about Palmetto State firsts, facts, history and stats that kids might be able to use in their schoolwork. Here's a list of five female firsts that even the grownups might not know:

  • Ludy Godbold from Estill was the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1922 Olympics in Paris. She brought home a total of six medals from the games.

  • The first black woman to practice medicine in the state was Dr. Matilda Arabelle Evans in 1897.

  • The first woman lawyer in South Carolina was Miss James M. Perry of Greenville. She was admitted to practice on May 4, 1918.

  • Jean Toal was the first woman elected to the state Supreme Court. She was elected in 1988 and went on to become chief justice in 2000.

  • Mary McLeod Bethune, born in Mayesville, S.C. in 1875, was the first black woman to be involved in the White House, assisting four different presidents. Among her prominent roles: She was appointed director of Negro Affairs in the National Youth Administration (1936-1944) by President Franklin Roosevelt.

QUOTE
Tax talk

"Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income tax refund."

-- Humorist F.J. Raymond

(Editor's note: Those crazy jokesters over at the IRS actually have a page of quotations about taxes at their Web site. If you're working on your taxes online this weekend, check it out when you need a break.)

CALENDAR: THIS WEEK

Opening Day: 7:05 p.m., April 9. The Charleston RiverDogs take on the Rome Braves at Riley stadium in Charleston. More: Riverdogs.com.

Lowcountry Oyster Roast: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 10, Drayton Hall Plantation, 3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston. Held in conjunction with the Historic Charleston Foundation's annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, the oyster roast and picnic includes local steamed oysters, a Lowcountry buffet supper, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Guests can also take a guided tour of Drayton Hall's main house. Tickets: $45 adults, $20 children ages 6-18, and free for children under 6. Tickets: HCF Events Office, 722-3405.

Founders' Day: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road, west of the Ashley. Celebrate the 339th anniversary of the "Birth of the Carolinas" during Founders' Day. Living-history programs, demonstrations of the firing of black powder cannons and muskets, re-enactments and other activities showing how Charleston's first English settlers lived in 1670. Cost: $5 adults, $3 ages 6-15, $3.25 for S.C. seniors or disabled. Details are online.

Easter EGGstravaganza: 11 a.m. April 11, Hampton Park. The city of Charleston's largest Easter egg hunt includes a magic show, games, a jump castle, refreshments and even a visit from the Easter Bunny. Free to children 12 and younger. Sponsored by the city of Charleston.

"Run Forrest Run 5K": 4:15 p.m. April 11, beginning at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. Sponsored by the Charleston RiverDogs, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Coburg Dairy, the race is a fundraiser for the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC. The race finishes at home plate, where runners are greeted by the RiverDogs' players before the start of that evening's game against the Rome Braves. Registration: $25 if received by March 27 (includes T-shirt, one ticket to baseball game and post-race party with dinner from Bubba Gump's); $30 after March 27. Registration forms available at the RiverDogs Box Office at Riley Park, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., The Extra Mile Running Shop and online at www.riverdogs.com or www.active.com.

Heyward-Washington Garden Tours: 4 p.m. each Friday in April, Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church St., Charleston. The Heyward-Washington House garden includes plants that were introduced to the Lowcountry no later than 1791. Visitors will see camellias, tea olives, boxwoods, native azaleas, yellow begonias, roses, herbs and more. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 3-12 (free for Charleston Museum members); includes both the garden and house tours. More info: 722-2996, ext. 235.

CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON

Historic Charleston Foundation Festival of Houses and Gardens: Ongoing March 19 through April 18, various sites. Tours feature the interiors and gardens of approximately 150 historic private homes in 10 colonial and antebellum neighborhoods during the peak of the city's springtime blooms. Other events include Plantation Picnics at Drayton Hall Plantation, daily walking tours through the Old and Historic District, "Eat and Run" luncheons, harbor tours, book signings, etc. Proceeds benefit the work of the Historic Charleston Foundation. Tickets/more info: 723-1623 or by clicking here.

'Fun is Good' Conference: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17, Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston. Presented by the Charleston RiverDogs and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the conference is designed to show business owners and organization managers how to empower their staffs and achieve success. The RiverDogs' famous "Fun is Good" philosophy emphasizes that laughter is not just the best medicine, but can also be the key ingredient in turning a floundering business into a profitable one or jump-starting a stalled career. Keynote speakers include RiverDogs co-owner Mike Veeck. Cost: $125 per person. Registration here.

(NEW) Kiawah Art and House Tour: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 17, Kiawah Island. Tour of six homes is sponsored by the volunteer group "Gibbes, etc." to raise money for Gibbes Museum of Art programs. Each home features a distinctive art collection and dramatic views of the salt marsh, ocean, woodlands or river. Cost: $55, which includes an admission to the Gibbes; purchase at the Gibbes Museum Store online or by calling 722-2706, ext. 18.

Moonlight Mixer: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 17, Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission's popular Moonlight Mixers series returns for another season, with nine mixers scheduled for April through Septemeber. DJ Rob Duren will play oldies and beach music for dancing. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Cost: In advance, $8 for Charleston County residents, $10 for nonresidents; at the gate (if available), $10. Sellouts are common, so advance purchases are recommended. More info/other mixer dates.

(NEW) Champagne, Cupcakes & Brides: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 18, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston. Dianne Shaver and Suzette Latsko, authors of "Bride's Advisor Charleston, Everything You Need to Create Your Dream Wedding in Charleston," are the hostesses for this event for engaged couples and their families. Champagne, Cupcakes & Brides will feature a variety of merchants involved in the wedding business, and the authors will be on hand to answer questions and sign books. More info.

(NEW) Drayton Hall Picnic: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 18, Drayton Hall Plantation. Second annual Friends of Drayton Hall Picnic includes Lowcountry food, historical games for children and informal presentations on Drayton Hall archaeological work and architectural research. Tickets: $16.95 for adult members of Friends; $19.95 otherwise; $11.95 for ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and younger. Reservations/details: Courtney Bates, 769-2612.

(NEW) Business Disaster Planning: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 23, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, North Charleston. The chamber's Business Continuity Planning Council will host a workshop on how to write a business continuity plan in light of hurricanes or other natural disasters, economic downturn and other unforeseen obstacles. Cost: $20 chamber members, $35 nonmembers. Registration.

Blessing of the Fleet: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26, Alhambra Hall, Mount Pleasant. Enjoy samples of local restaurants' best seafood dishes, live music by the East Coast Party Band, shrimp-eating and shagging contests, arts and crafts, and a parade of decorated shrimp trawlers at the 22nd annual festival. Admission is free; tickets will be sold for food samples. More info, including a list of other "Week With the Fleet" activities.

(NEW) Fort Sumter Findings: 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, Charleston Museum, followed by boat tour to fort. Dr. Russell Horres, a volunteer researcher and National Park Service Guide, will talk about new revelations on the fort's construction and events leading up to the start of the Civil War. Following talk at museum, group will visit the fort. Cost: $30 museum members, $35 nonmembers (includes boat transportation to fort). Make reservations online by April 24 or phone 722-2996, ext. 235.

ON THE BOOKSHELF

In this section, we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:

  • A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
  • A Turn in the South, V.S. Naipaul
  • The Book of Marie, Terry Kay
  • Charleston Jazz, Jack McCray
  • Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories, Gary Smith (review)
  • I'll Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes, Chris Lamb (List)
  • Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller

  • Suggest a book to us

FOCUS ARCHIVES

8/20: Yarian: New local music CD
8/17:
Fisher: Uses of social media
8/13:
Hall: Time for renovations
8/10:
Morris: Dog days at Drayton
8/6:
Lindbergh: Gifted school
8/3:
Jackson: Insurance tips
7/30:
VanBogart: Singles
7/27:
Stewart: Get it clean
7/23:
Rosenberg: Elect women
7/20:
Nathan: Turtle release
7/16:
Johnson: Online school
7/13:
Thiers: Protect skin
7/9:
Lee: Scoring supplies
7/2:
Shockley: Company wellness
6/29:
McKenzie: Park opening
6/25:
Jones: Cheer on US rugby
6/22:
McGahey: Young pros
6/18:
Ridder: Dress for Success
6/15:
Bender: Patriots Point
6/11:
Gerardi: Furry Affair
6/8:
Arnoldi: Reducing stress
6/4:
Mathos: Field to Families
6/1:
Moniz: Book burning event

THRASH ARCHIVES

8/20: Good, bad, spineless
8/13:
Locals on Runway
8/6:
Cookie contest
7/30:
Vote on car tags
7/23:
True confessions
7/16:
New way of tithing?
7/9:
Lookout for manatees
6/29:
Big green bus here
6/18:
New Mt. P. promo
6/11:
WDAV at Spoleto
6/4:
Protecting your computer
5/28:
Thoughts on hurricanes
5/21:
Special weekend at home
5/14:
Zucchini pie
5/7:
Charleston cookie contest
4/30:
Age spots
4/23:
Mt. P. Farmers Market
4/16:
Charleston library honored
4/9:
First vegetable garden
4/2:
Markets, mushrooms
3/26:
Feeding the need
3/19:
Waddling in
3/12:
Great Food + Wine Festival
3/5:
Provocative poem
2/26:
Seeking colorful birds
2/19:
Grab-bag of thoughts
2/12:
The candy map
2/5:
Shem Creek park input
1/29:
Controversy over fireworks
1/22:
Talking about oysters
1/15:
Help bald eagles thrive
1/8/09:
Local man moves up in contest

BRACK ARCHIVES

8/17: RIP to old clunker
8/10: Lots to squeeze in
8/3: On flying Delta
7/27: Conspiracy theories
7/20: Protect carriage animals
7/13: Economic thaw here?
6/25: Sanford shouldn't resign
6/22:
Lots of questions
6/15:
Mosquitoes, water park
6/8:
Think big
6/1:
On public television
5/25:
Shorten the session
5/18:
A last supper
5/11:
Legislature: do something
5/4:
Spring is in the air
4/27:
Mortgage discrimination
4/20:
Carriage regs
4/6:
Fun at the ballpark
3/30:
Southern tour
3/23:
Cultural appreciation
3/16:
Hodges leaves great legacy
3/9:
Being positive about economy
3/2:
Remember rural areas
2/23:
Looks at three books
2/16:
What tourists see
2/9:
PDAs, Phelps, layoffs
2/2:
Whales vs. Dolphins
1/26:
Dear Ellie ...
1/19:
Lift hood on "reform" efforts
1/12:
Truman book is great pleasure
1/5/09:
Manning band is inspiring

LIST ARCHIVES

8/20: You know you're from...
8/17:
On the school menu
8/13:
Wines for grilling
8/10:
First Day Fest facts
8/6:
Sales tax holiday
8/3:
Twittering tips
7/30:
Fall planting
7/27:
5 for teens
7/23:
Consignments
7/20: Beach reads
7/16:
Save the books
7/13: Hot plants
7/9:
Staying cool
7/2:
Old Exchange 5
6/29:
Historic house
6/25: Mosquito list
6/22: Hot stuff
6/18:
Five to bid on
6/15:
Last of Spoleto
6/11:
Fun in the sun
6/8:
Enviro-minded
6/4:
Out go the lights
6/1:
5 on duck race

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