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Issue 1.83 | Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 | Don't drink and drive


LAST CHANCE FOR BASEBALL:
If you want to end the summer with a bang, head out to The Joe for the RiverDogs' last home stand of the season from today through Monday. More info in the Calendar below. (Photo provided.)


NEXT ISSUE
Charleston Currents will enjoy a Labor Day vacation and we hope you will, too. We'll see you again on Thursday, Sept. 10.

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Five win Thrive Prize

CURRENTS

:: Market changing, dove banding, more

FEEDBACK
:: Let us know what you really think

THE LIST
:: Free legal clinics

GOOD NEWS
:: Directory, jumping dogs, roadwork, more

ALSO INSIDE

___:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next
___:: REVIEW: Tell us why you like a book
___:: HISTORY: Indigo
___:: QUOTE: Marcus on choices
___:: BOOKSHELF: Interesting reading
___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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TODAY'S FOCUS
On juggling, alligators, giving back and a prize to 'Thrive!'
By LAURA DEATON
Founder, PluffMudConnect
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com

SEPT. 3, 2009 -- Just a little over three months ago, my husband, Mark, and I started our new family-owned "social enterprise" in coastal South Carolina. We're part of growing group of for-profit businesses who are building philanthropy into the very essence of our business models. In our case, our service directly benefits nonprofit organizations, and we also take a significant portion of our revenue and set it aside for small capacity-building projects within the communities we serve.


Deaton

Launching a new business during one of the most difficult economic times in recent history was a bit of a wild card. And doing it in May, just as summer heated up and things slowed down, added some extra insanity to the mix. But hey, "no risk, no reward" right?

As we've ramped up the business, things like Web site glitches, vendor management and new service rollouts have often made us feel like jugglers walking on a tightrope suspended above an alligator pit. But once in a blue moon, we've also had moments where everything clicked, such as getting some unexpected news coverage, a sudden surge in enrollment, and even making it to the bank on time.

We've been fortunate, and now just three months post-launch, those alligators aren't looking quite so hungry. Our service, which connects local businesses with local nonprofits, continues to grow. Being part of making those connections is rewarding, and just last week, we met with nonprofits who received our first round of special funding called the Thrive! Prize.

More than 50 nonprofits competed for five $1,000 donations signaling needs as diverse as marketing support, volunteer program development, strategic planning, and new governance structures. Thankfully, our members helped us select the finalists, since we found it to be a huge challenge to winnow the field when every application reflected both real need and a passionate commitment to mission.

In this first round of funding, Alzheimer's Respite and Resource in Hilton Head is getting highway signage as it moves out of donated church space, tripling the number of families it serves and changing its name to a less-confusing "Memory Matters." Born To Read in Beaufort is working with a consultant to help the organization build a sustainable fundraising plan that will allow volunteers to continue to encourage more than 2,300 new families each year to read to their children starting the day they are born. The Mediation and Meeting Center, a completely volunteer-run nonprofit, will be able to put outreach materials into the hands of 1,000 families who might otherwise end up in Family Courts throughout the Trident area. The Palmetto Project, based in Mount Pleasant, will be able to accept donations and capture e-mails for the first time via the Web. And, Rural Mission will use our funding to create a newly strengthened governance model.

So, now we're back in the office. Even though the alligators are still circling below us and there are more balls in the air than ever before, there's a new lightness in our step that makes balancing on that tightwire a little easier. Meeting with so many nonprofit organizations that spend every day making a tangible difference in the lives of Lowcountry residents lifted us from our everyday work and allowed us to reflect on what's really important: community, caring, commitment and real connections.

Laura Deaton is the founder of PluffMudConnect, an underwriting partner of Charleston Currents.

CURRENTS
Market changes, dove banding, 'Runway' and cold comfort

By ANN THRASH, editor
CharlestonCurrents.com

SEPT. 3, 2009 -- So this is how it's going to be this fall: Tell someone you've got a cold and all you hear is, "Hope it's not swine flu!" Take it from one who knows - you get either a nervous swine-flu joke or the sight of someone's hind end as they run immediately in the opposite direction from you.


Thrash

Sniffles, colds and coughs seem to be making the rounds in the past week or two, and if the cold-relief aisle at my neighborhood drug store earlier this week was any indication, lots of people are either feeling the pain themselves or trying to ward it off before they fall victim, too. You could hardly find a place to stand in front of all the bulk-up-your-immune-system items, and it was just as crowded where I was - the cough syrup section.

Being under the weather gives me a short attention span -- or maybe it's the syrup -- so without further ado, here are a few short takes on some news that's flown under the radar.

Farmers Market shortens hours: The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market moves to a fall schedule next week for the rest of the season, opening at 4 p.m. instead of 3 p.m. (and still closing when it gets dark). The schedule change sort of makes sense now that schools are back in session, since the market is located at Moultrie Middle School and parents need to be able to get in and pick up their children after the bell rings at 3:20 p.m. But it's starting to get darker earlier, and that, combined with the later opening, really shortens the time people have to shop.

Our view has long been that the market should stay open through the end of the year, rather than wrapping up for the season in late October as it does now. It would be great to have another way during the holiday season to support local farmers and other small-business owners who are market vendors. We'll bet that lots of folks would patronize the market in the final two months of the year to pick up pecans for holiday baking, greenery and wreaths for decorating the house, collards for New Year's dinner, sweet potatoes for pies and casseroles, etc.

Dove banding under way: Our state Department of Natural Resources is doing its part to contribute to the national knowledge base about mourning doves, one of the most abundant birds in South Carolina. Since 2003, the agency has been taking part in a long-term, multiple-state banding project to help gather information on the birds. The data -- harvest rates, survival rates, population trends, etc. -- are used to help make decisions about dove management regionally and nationally. DNR hit a milestone in July, banding its 10,000th dove at Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area in Aiken County. As of mid-August, the number of banded birds was up to 11,400.

With dove-hunting season starting Sept. 5, hunters will want to know what to do if they kill a bird that's been banded. "Hunters are a critical link in assuring the success of the banding study," a DNR news release says. "By reporting any banded doves harvested, hunters add valuable information that will assist in the management of this important migratory bird resource. Hunters who harvest a banded mourning dove should call 1-800-327-BAND (1-800-327-2263) to report the band number. Operators will be on duty 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday, during the hunting season. Outside of the hunting season, hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Banded birds may also be reported online. Hunters can keep the bands and will be provided a certificate identifying the age and sex of the bird, as well as the date and location the bird was banded."

And sew on for Charleston designers: After two weeks, the Charleston-based fashion designers competing on the new season of "Project Runway" are still standing. Carol Hannah Whitfield and Gordana Gehlhausen are representing the Lowcountry's growing design community on the smash-hit show, which airs at 10 p.m. Thursdays on Lifetime (Comcast Channel 29). In fact, in an online vote that lets viewers pick their favorite designer, Whitfield was doing very well, coming in as third most popular among the 14 remaining designers (two have already been sent packing). The Yugoslavia-born Gehlhausen has fans, too, including an online Entertainment Weekly columnist who writes, "I … must give a thumbs-up to Gordana, who continues to enthrall me. Her stone-cold impassive tone and bordering-on-Borat accent just crack me up."

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

FEEDBACK
Send us your opinions on public issues

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SPOTLIGHT
Lowcountry Food Bank

The public spiritedness of our underwriters and nonprofit partners allows us to bring CharlestonCurrents.com to you at no cost. This issue's featured nonprofit partner is the Lowcountry Food Bank, which was founded in 1983 as a clearinghouse for donated food items. The Food Bank, which receives more than 10 million pounds of donated food annually, seeks to feed the poor and hungry of the ten coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing healthy food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies serving the poor, and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger. For more, visit the Food Bank online at: http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/.

GOOD NEWS
Local independent-business directory deadline extended

Lowcountry Local First has extended the deadline for local independent businesses to be included in its first business directory. The new deadline is Sept. 15. Local independent businesses who are Lowcountry Local First members are eligible to be included in the directory. LLF defines a "local independent business" as one that is privately held, has owners having more than 50% controlling interest living in the Lowcountry, is able to make independent decisions regarding purchasing, practices and distribution, and pays all its own marketing, rent and other business expenses.

The goal of the directory, according to an LLF press release, is to help local businesses "level the playing field" with larger national companies. "By educating the community on how local independent businesses are better for our economy, create better jobs, have less impact on the environment, make more efficient use of our tax dollars and preserve our historic and rural spaces, we hope to see a shift in local spending," the release states. "We vote with our dollars every day."

The directory will be distributed to business members, local visitor centers, Piggly Wiggly stores, and local real estate agents. It's expected to be distributed in late fall before the next Buy Local Week, which is scheduled for Nov. 30 through Dec. 6. All members of Lowcountry Local First will have a listing, and advertising opportunities are also available. For details, e-mail directory@lowcountrylocalfirst.org or go to http://www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org.

Trident Literary Association offers lots of help

Seventy-four Trident Literacy Association students from across the tri-county area received either a General Educational Development (GED) or WorkKeys certificate during the past year. A ceremony to mark the students' achievement, held recently at the Sheraton in North Charleston, was the largest ever for Trident Literacy. The Rotary Club of North Charleston sponsored the event.

"Trident Literacy helped these adults prepare for the GED exam and WorkKeys certification," said Eileen Chepenik, executive director. "But it is their determination and their families' support that really helped them achieve their goals."

Thirty-three students received a GED, 44 earned a WorkKeys certificate and three students earned both.

Give blood, get a chance to win a $1,000 gas card

Trident Medical Center is hosting a blood drive today, Sept. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria, and those who donate will be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 gas card. "There is a constant need to replenish the blood supply in the tri-county area" said Christy Joiner, medical technologist with Trident Medical Center. "Presently, we are at critical levels for O Negative, A Negative and B Negative units."

Walk-ins are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment by calling Joyner at 847-3376.

Wannamaker Park pools to go doggie-only on Sept. 13

Whirlin' Waters at Wannamaker County Park will open its gates to dogs from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission's first Dog Day Afternoon.

Large dogs can romp in the 27,000-square-foot Big Kahuna Wave Pool, and smaller dogs will be able to use the Otter Bay Kiddie Pool. Owners will not be allowed in the water. Concessions will be available for purchase so pet owners can relax while Fido meets new friends.

Advance admission is $8 per dog for Charleston County residents or $10 per dog for nonresidents, with owners getting in free with their pets. Owners must bring proof of their dog's current vaccinations. Tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $10. For more information, go to http://www.ccprc.com or call 795-4FUN (4386).

Weather forces change in lane closures on Maybank Hwy.

Thanks to some poor weather, road work that was expected to occur Aug. 28 to Aug. 30 on Maybank Highway has been rescheduled for 9 p.m. Sept. 11 through 5:30 a.m. Sept. 14. Crews will be working to install a new 60-inch drainage pipe under Maybank Highway at Old Folly Road as part of the Folly Road and Maybank Highway Intersection Improvement Project.

Because crews will be working in the roadway, there will be temporary lane closures on Maybank Highway, but at no time will the entire roadway be blocked in either direction.

Old Folly Road will be closed to traffic coming from James Island heading toward Johns Island. Drivers going to Johns Island via Maybank Highway will need to continue on Folly Road to the intersection at Maybank Highway. A law enforcement officer will be on site at the intersection to direct traffic and allow drivers to turn left from Folly Road onto Maybank Highway and continue toward Johns Island.

When completed, the Folly Road and Maybank Highway intersection improvements will include signaled left turns, with mast-arm stoplights, from Folly Road onto Old Folly Road and from Old Folly Road onto Maybank Highway; new lighted and landscaped medians on Maybank Highway, Folly Road and Old Folly Road; sidewalks with pedestrian lighting along the three roads; new stormwater drainage facilities as well as new curbs and gutters throughout the project area; and new pavement markings, including crosswalks and signs.

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REVIEW
What's your favorite?

HAVE A REVIEW? If you have a review of a book, movie, restaurant or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Ann Thrash. Make sure to include your name and full contact information.

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT
Indigo
(Second of two parts)

The cycle of planting, processing, and marketing indigo began in March, when the fields were prepared for sowing. Planting began in early April, with a first harvest in July and often a second harvest in August or September. After cutting, the plant was carried to the processing site, a work area generally shaded by a thatched roof.

Specialized equipment included three graduated vats set next to each other, in which the plants would be converted to dye. The conversion involved soaking the plants in the first vat, beating the indigo-soaked water in the second vat until thickened grains formed, then draining away that water into the third vat. The thickened mud that settled to the bottom of the second vat was the indigo paste, which was dried, cut into squares, packed in barrels, and shipped to market during the winter months.

Slaves were responsible for most of South Carolina's indigo production. Field slaves planted, weeded, and harvested the crop, and skilled "indigo slaves" worked to convert the plant to dye. Slaves who understood the art of processing the dye had greater value, as an entire year's product depended on the talents of the indigo maker.

Carolina indigo was grown in a variety of locations and in a number of ways. In the parishes south of Charleston, most indigo planters grew the weed in combination with rice, as a "second staple." Planters growing indigo closer to the city were split, with roughly half growing rice and indigo and half growing only indigo. North of Charleston, most planters focused solely on indigo. By the 1760s production expanded from the lowcountry to the interior. Indigo was especially important in Williamsburg Township, where the soil was ideal and the crop was an important part of the local economy. By the 1770s, some indigo was also produced in Orangeburg and Fredericksburg Townships.

The Revolutionary War disrupted production, although the Continental army used Carolina indigo to dye some of its uniforms. Production appeared to recover after the war, as 907,258 pounds of dye were exported in 1787. But indigo exports declined sharply in the 1790s. No longer part of the British Empire, South Carolina indigo growers lost their bounty and market as England turned to India to supply its indigo demand. Carolina planters soon after turned their attention to cotton, another crop that fit neatly into the plantation economy. Indigo was produced and used locally throughout the nineteenth century, but by 1802 it was no longer listed among Carolina's exports.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Virginia Jelatis. 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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THE LIST
Free legal clinics

The South Carolina Bar's Pro Bono program makes legal information available free through regular talks in various communities, and in Charleston County, the public library plays host to the programs. Here's a list of upcoming legal clinics on three topics that touch virtually all adults. The clinics are free and open to the public, and all include a 30- or 45-minute talk followed by a Q&A.

  • Family Law Issues: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15, John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St., with attorney Stephan V. Futeral of Futeral Law Firm. More info: 722-7550. Another program will be held 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sept. 22 at the St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 Woodmere Drive; the lawyer giving the program has not been announced. More info: 766-2546.

  • Real Estate Issues: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Otranto Road Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road. More info: 572-4094.

  • Wills, Estates and Probate: 6 p.m. Sept. 24, Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway. Attorney Charles S. Goldberg will lead the program. More info: 559-1945.

QUOTE
On choices

"Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect."

-- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Roman emperor (121 A.D. - 180 A.D.)

CALENDAR: THIS WEEK

Wine + Food Launch Party: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road. Barbecue and beverages will be available, and the latest news about next year's BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, including the lineup of chefs and authors, will be announced. Entertainment by the Blue Plantation Band. Tickets: $10 per person cash or check at the door, with proceeds benefiting the festival's charitable efforts. Reserve tickets by Aug. 31 by e-mailing or calling 727-9998, ext. 4.

(NEW) RiverDogs Last Home Stand: Sept. 3 through Sept. 7, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. Five-game series with the Savannah Sand Gnats marks the end of the regular season. Game times and promotions: Sept. 3, 7:05 p.m., Thirsty Thursday/Midget Wrestling II; Sept. 4, 7:05 p.m., Force Protection Industries Red Shirt Friday/Post-Game Fireworks; Sept. 5, 7:05 p.m., Paint-It-Yourself Bobblehead Giveaway; Sept. 6, 5:05 p.m., Family Sunday; Sept. 7, 6:05 p.m., Fan Appreciation Night. More info/tickets: 577-DOGS (3647) or http://www.riverdogs.com.

Moonlight Mixer: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 4, Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Next-to-last Shaggin' on the Pier mixer for the year (final event is Sept. 25). DJ Rob Duren will spin oldies and beach music; food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site at Locklear's Beach City Grill and the Gangplank Gift & Tackle Shop. Cost: in advance, $8 for Charleston County residents, $10 for nonresidents, available at Charleston County Park and Recreation headquarters (795-4FUN); at the gate (if available), $10. More info.

Rice Plantation Program: 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 5, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel. Investigate daily life and practices on a South Carolina rice plantation in the colonial era. Examine the details of field construction, planting, cultivation and harvest to reveal an endeavor of amazing scope. Advance registration required; a registered and paid chaperone is required for participants age 15 or younger. Open to ages 9 and up. Cost: $7 Charleston County residents, $9 nonresidents. More info: 795-4FUN or click here.

CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON

Selling in a Tough Economy: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 9, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, Suite 100, North Charleston. The chamber's Charleston Area Business Council will offer a program titled "How to Sell in Challenging Times," featuring Dennis Kerwin of PURE and Craig Dellinger of The Citadel Foundation. Cost: $15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More info/registration.

Barbecue in the Carolinas: 7 p.m. Sept. 10, Bond Hall, Room 165, The Citadel. John Shelton Reed, the 2007 Mark Clark Professor of History at The Citadel and the author of "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue," will give a talk titled "The Balkans of Barbecue: Pit-Cooked Meat in the Carolinas." Reed, a widely recognized expert on modern Southern identity, is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the American South. Talk is free and open to the public. Reed will be available to sign books.

(NEW) Concert on the Cooper: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Mount Pleasant Pier at Memorial Waterfront Park. Live music from Super Deluxe starting at 8:30 p.m., beverages available for purchase on-site (no outside alcohol or coolers). Tickets: $8; available beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the event in the pier gift shop, or at the gate. Open to ages 3 and up. More info: 795-4FUN (4386) or http://www.ccprc.com.

Young Professionals: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15, Tate Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Charleston. The Charleston Young Professionals are hosting a luncheon that will focus on career navigation and creating your own path to success. Cost: $15 CYP members, $25 nonmembers. More info/registration.

League of Women Voters Fall Kick-Off: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Renaissance on the Harbor, 100 N. Plaza Court, Mount Pleasant. Two S.C. House members representing Charleston County -- Republican Jenny Horne and Democrat Anne Peterson Hutto -- will talk about their experiences as first-term representatives and their priorities for the upcoming legislative session in January. The Charleston County League of Women Voters will also provide information about its activities. Free. Parking available across the street in the Belvidere lot and next door at the Motley Rice building. More info: 745-5166 or stacey.lindbergh@psysolutions.com.

ECCO Hurricane Party: 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Omar Shrine Temple, Mount Pleasant. To mark 20 years of service, East Cooper Community Outreach, which was founded in the wake of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, is having a Hurricane Party featuring a an auction, music and dancing to the music of the Mighty Kicks, heavy hors d'oeuvres by Cru Catering and an open bar featuring hurricanes. Tickets: $50 in advance, $60 at the door. More info/tickets: 971-9500 or online.

Lowcountry Spiritual Journey: 7 p.m. Sept. 19, Christ Episcopal Church, 2304 Highway 17 North, Mount Pleasant. The newly formed Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble, under the direction of Nathan L. Nelson, will kick off its first full season with this performance, which is free (donations are accepted) and open to the public. A pre-concert voice recital featuring lyric soprano Shanelle Woods of Charleston Southern University will begin at 5:30 p.m. More info.

(NEW) MOJA Festival: Sept. 24 through Oct. 4, various locations. Tickets are now on sale for the annual arts festival, which highlights black artists' contributions to dance, music, literary arts, visual arts, theater and the overall cultural community in Charleston. Schedules, tickets, more info: http://www.mojafestival.com.

SEWE Fall Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 25, Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St. Casual event to unveil featured artist Luke Frazier's official poster for the 2010 Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Includes oysters, barbecue and side from Buck Ridge Plantation, plus live music by Triple Lindy, an open bar, and a silent auction and raffles to benefit Ducks Unlimited. Attendees must be 21 or over. Tickets: $40 in advance through http://www.sewe.com or by calling 723-1748; at the door, if available, tickets are $50.

Benefit Fashion Show: Noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 26, Jasmine Porch restaurant, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. Fashion show and luncheon will benefit the Center For Women. Models will wear fashions from Eden Boheme and Cose Belle, and jewelry designers will display their work. Three-course lunch includes champagne. Cost: $45 plus tax and gratuity; portion of the proceeds go to the Center for Women. Lunch guests also get complimentary beach access at The Sanctuary for the day. More info/reservations: 768-6253. The Center For Women is a nonprofit partner of CharlestonCurrents.com.

Concert in the Park: 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Mayflower Court park, next to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race St., Charleston. The concert is part of the church's year-long centennial celebration. Program will feature Holy Trinity's Centennial Choir performing liturgical music as well as secular selections in both Greek and English; in addition, Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers will perform spirituals. Cost: $15 for adults; $3 ages 17 and under. Tickets available at the Hellenic Center, 30 Race St., or by calling 577-2063 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays before Sept. 25).

Entertaining Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 30 through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses celebrating the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston style and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals, authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More info/registration.

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
  • The Book of Marie, Terry Kay
  • Charleston Jazz, Jack McCray
  • 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

11/19: Barnette: Nutcracker
11/16:
Franklin: Reverse mortgages
11/12:
Wutzdorff: Be a principal
11/9:
Haley: Buying local
11/5:
McCutcheon: Work gap
11/2:
Ohl: On carpooling
10/29:
Wiedman: Women at Gibbes
10/26: Matouchev: Bear markets
10/22:
Conover: BarCamp buzz
10/19:
Wilson: Symphony update
10/15:
Bender: Special Olympics
10/12:
Baron: Breast Center
10/8:
Ginn: Growing prosperity
10/5:
Buffum: Waterkeeping
10/1:
Personal branding
9/28:
Acker: Designer fashion
9/24:
Spencer: Art galleries
9/21:
Riley, Moryl: MOJA
9/17:
Gaither: Green Room
9/14:
Chesson: Museum Mile
9/10:
Barnette: Chas. Ballet
9/3:
Deaton: Thrive Prize

THRASH ARCHIVES

11/19: LowCANtry holiday
11/12:
Hawks vs. doves
11/5:
Improving turnout
10/29: Celebrating a year
10/22: Good, bad signs
10/15: Bob's new food show
10/8: Robot ice cream
10/5: Costumes, snarks
9/24:
Must-see TV
9/17: Fall leaves
9/3:
Cold comfort, more
8/27:
Being a fan
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

BRACK ARCHIVES

11/16: Alliance's good news
11/9:
SC's hidden gems
11/2:
Boeing highlights needs
10/26:
No place for prejudice
10/19:
Have fun at Halloween
10/12:
Renovated Gaillard?
10/1: Napa wine trip
9/28: Anti-crime measures
9/21: Caw Caw park
9/14:
Debris policy
9/10:
Mystery solved
8/31:
This and that
8/24:
SC's treasures
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?

LIST ARCHIVES

11/19: Being a tourist here
11/16:
Growing your business
11/12:
Electronics recycling
11/9:
Beyond the lights
11/5:
Weather watching
11/2:
5 cooking classes
10/29:
Best lists of year
10/26:
Oyster recycling
10/22:
Howl-o-ween fun
10/19:
Literacy
10/15:
Giving blood
10/12:
Top ratings
10/8:
Major league
10/5:
Book sale
10/1:
Citadel football
9/28:
Taste of Charleston
9/24:
Feeding the need
9/21:
Hugo
9/17:
History for sale
9/14:
Shrimp baiting
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Day of Caring
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Free legal clinics

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