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Issue 1.92 | Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 | Big library book sale this weekend


FLIPPING OUT:
Out at Caw Caw Park near Ravenel, the mullet were jumping out of the water this past weekend to the delight of onlookers. We're not sure why they do it, but some say it is to break up parasites in their gills. Anybody got a better theory? (Photo by Andy Brack)


TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Area's key to prosperous future

CURRENTS

:: Robot ice cream in Mount Pleasant

FEEDBACK
:: Send in your thoughts

THE LIST
:: Making the playoffs

GOOD NEWS
:: Candidate forums, growth, more

ALSO INSIDE

___:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next

___:: REVIEW: Send us a review

___:: HISTORY: Edisto Indians

___:: QUOTE: Bankhead on vices

___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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TODAY'S FOCUS
Area's growing 'metro' status may be key to prosperous future
By DAVID GINN
President, Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com

OCT. 8, 2009 -- Can the nation's metro areas save the U.S. economy? And, closer to home, can greater Charleston's growing metropolitan profile make it a winner in the global competition for jobs?


Ginn

These are the sorts of questions economists and futurists ask. And the answers have a significant bearing on our activities at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA). Our role is to help advance the area economy by positioning our three-county region to attract investment by successful, growing companies.

Just a few years ago, the region's strategy for growth involved promoting the cost savings that businesses received here. Cheap land -- and lots of it -- coupled with low-cost energy, low labor costs and other bargains fueled our economy. We face a very different reality today. Happily, it's one our region is again poised to meet.

Namely, the world's economy craves -- and rewards -- innovation. Forward-thinking businesses favor nimble intellect over strong backs. And their employees crave connectivity -- both digital and human. They gravitate to places that stimulate their brains. Quality of place has become one of the primary drivers of new investment, worldwide.

In a word, quality of place pays. Just see how well our region has fared in the early stages of this emerging "innovation economy." Attracting better jobs allowed our GDP to grow 40.4 percent between 2001 and 2006, while the nation's GDP grew slower at 30.1 percent. We've seen bank deposits -- a measure of personal wealth -- grow here by 108 percent between 2000 and 2007. Our wages grew twice as fast as the national average in that same time period. But on some key indicators, we still lag other successful regions. We can do better.

How? By benefiting from the world's desire for the very assets we enjoy every day.

While many of us prefer to think of this three-county region as a collection of small and midsize towns, in reality we're a top 100 metropolitan area. And that's a good thing. According to the Brookings Institution, 83 percent of Americans now live in metro areas; these areas contain 86 percent of all U.S. jobs. (For the purposes of this discussion, "metro" signifies all the things that comprise an interwoven community -- jobs, hospitals, colleges, transportation networks, etc.).

"Our region "got it right" 15 years ago, when leaders decided to stop competing with one another for investment, and instead to unite in competition with other regions."

-- David Ginn

Thirty years ago, futurists predicted that new technologies and changing demographics would allow us to disengage from specific places and to work remotely from just about anywhere. Some predicted the demise of the metro area.

They were wrong.

Today, we find that while technology may allow it, the marketplace does not reward such disengagement. As the Brookings researchers note: "In this current, global competition for investment, quality place will win the 'big ones' every time."

Indeed, the connectivity that today's worker prefers serves as a metaphor for today's enterprise. More and more, density drives prosperity. And smart economic development therefore focuses on the benefits of density.

As the Brookings researchers note: "The American economy has evolved into a series of clusters - networks of firms that engage in the production of similar products and the provision of similar services. And firms within these clusters crave proximity to pools of qualified workers, to specialized services like legal or finance that often require face-to-face interaction, to infrastructure that enables mobility of people and goods, to other firms so that ideas and innovations can be rapidly shared. Density - the essence of urban places - matters even more in the knowledge economy than it did in the industrial economy," they conclude.

So what does it all mean? In the realm of economic development, it means a few things. Namely:

  • That our region "got it right" 15 years ago, when leaders decided to stop competing with one another for investment, and instead to unite in competition with other regions.

  • Protecting our economic future means investing in our competitive assets and ensuring that our educational, governmental, environmental and cultural institutions thrive. We must focus on the core strengths of our metro area and work together to make them even stronger.

  • We must work to strengthen our shortcomings, the links in the chain that can limit our future. In an economy defined by quality of place, it will not be easy to ignore or brush aside difficult truths. Committed, bold leadership will be key to our future success.

In the end, the CRDA's work to build our base of leading-edge, sustainable companies will rely on the shared commitment of us all. And, more and more, our best future will depend on the quality of this place, and the extraordinary talent it continues to attract.

David Ginn is president of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

CURRENTS
Robot knows scoop on serving ice cream with a local flavor
By ANN THRASH, editor
CharlestonCurrents.com

OCT. 8, 2009 -- For a business with some far-out ideas, Discovery Ice Cream in Mount Pleasant is keeping its focus close to home. The far-out part is a robot that serves ice cream and helps kids build their own customized concoction of flavors. The part that's close to home is owner Hubert Maughan's commitment to supporting the community.


Thrash

Discovery opened in June in a shop next door to Belk in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. Maughan owns the cheery space with his wife, Robin; both are retired from AT&T. The shop is now the flagship Discovery Ice Cream franchise. The Maughans had seen the original Discovery shop in Kingsport, Tenn., and it turned out that the owner there wanted to move operations to Charleston, so the Towne Centre site is now home base for the company. Maughan said Discovery is looking for a franchisee to take over the Kingsport shop, and other franchise locations are planned as well.

What customers will see at Discovery that's different from other ice cream shops is the robotic ice cream server. This is ice cream for the touch-screen generation for sure. After a child inserts a card into the machine, a computer screen lets him create his own six-layer "Robofusion" sundae - three ice cream flavors (vanilla, chocolate and vanilla-chocolate swirl) and three toppings (goodies such as M&Ms, Reese's Pieces, Skittles, Nerds, etc.). Kids also get to choose a character for the robot - perhaps ReiS, "the bubbly female" and the most clever, or ReV, the mischievous younger brother, or CiD, the unofficial leader of the group.


The robot at Discovery Ice Cream holds out a cup of ice cream for toppings to be dispensed. (Photo by Ann Thrash)

A touch of the screen and the robot starts moving to a techy tune, with each character having its own dance moves and music. Then it reaches for a cup, holds it out while a layer of ice cream is dispensed, then holds the cup under one of the twirly tubes that dispenses the topping from clear canisters overhead. All the while, the robot is doing a dance, bobbing and nodding at youngsters, even seeming to be headed for the wrong topping dispenser at one point just to keep the kids entertained. It's a fun show. (You can see a little video here.)

Maughan says he has made a commitment to using Coburg products rather than those from an out-of-state dairy, and he adds that customers have responded well to the fact that the shop is working with the longtime local dairy. In addition to the soft-serve ice cream that the robot dispenses, the shop offers hard ice creams that are made on-site. The cones are made in-house, too.

Maughan has reached out to local schools, donating to Jennie Moore Elementary for an ice cream social and working with Palmetto Christian Academy, whose football players regularly come by after games. Discovery Ice Cream is also part of the "Cool for School" discount card program. "We want to partner more with the schools in the area," he says. Discovery is also taking part in the town of Mount Pleasant's Children's Day Festival on Oct. 18.

The minds behind Discovery Ice Cream are as agile as ReV and ReiS. Maughan says company founder and CEO Allan Jones is a scientist with a background in polymer chemistry who holds a number of patents. Maughan himself spent 39 years with AT&T, working in electronics, fiber optics, and digital and high-speed technologies. His wife worked in the same areas for AT&T, retiring after 27 years. All that experience - Maughan builds computers as a hobby - has come in handy dealing with the robots, especially during the summer's lightning storms.

But don't think it's just the computer side of the business that appeals to Maughan. His father was a pastry chef at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, working in the café and executive suites, and Maughan says he learned a lot by watching him and helping him. He gets a chance to put those talents to use by designing custom ice creams and working with clients to come up with signature flavors - for example, for a special-occasion birthday party or a wedding.

If you want to learn more, go to Discovery's Web site.

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

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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
League, Chamber to offer free candidate forums

The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce are hosting several free candidate forums this month to give the public a chance to hear from office seekers in some of next month's elections.

The forums will feature candidates for Charleston City Council Districts 8 and 12, and Districts 2 and 10; Mount Pleasant mayor and Town Council; and Isle of Palms mayor and City Council.

All the forums are free and open to the public. The formats will vary. With the City of Charleston and Isle of Palms forums, each candidate will be given time to make a brief introductory statement. Following those statements, audience members can pose questions to the candidates. The order of answers will be rotated throughout the forum. Audience members can give their questions in writing to League volunteers, who will be collecting them throughout the forum.

At the Mount Pleasant forum, the first part of the program will feature introductory statements from the three mayoral candidates, followed by questions from the audience. The second part of the forum will consist of a 3-minute statement from each of the 19 candidates seeking a seat on Town Council.

Here are the dates and locations of each forum. Go to http://www.charlestonchamber.net for more info.

  • Charleston City Council Districts 8 and 12: 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Charleston County Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun St. Council District 8 candidates are Yvonne Evans and Michael S. Seekings. District 12 candidates are Craig T. McLaughlin and Kathleen G. Wilson.

  • Charleston City Council Districts 2 and 10: 7 p.m. Oct. 21, West Ashley High School, 4060 W. Wildcat Blvd. District 2 candidates are William Blake Hallman Jr., Rodney Williams and Stephen Ziker. District 10 candidates are Arthur L. Beane Jr., Dean C. Reigel and Virginia (Ginger) Rosenberg.

  • Mount Pleasant Mayor and Town Council: 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Mount Pleasant Municipal Complex, 100 Ann Edwards Lane. Candidates for mayor are Joseph M. Bustos, Gary K. Santos and William D. Swails. Town Council candidates are Stephen G. Brock, Benjamin B. Bryson, John W. Burn, Elton K. Carrier, J. Howard Chalmers, III, Paiam Etminan, George A. Freeman, David P. Kent, Henry A. Middleton, Douglas Benson Miller, Christopher W. Nickels, Kenneth J. Oubre, Linda G. Page, Russell F. Read, Thomas E. Reilly, Roxanne M. Riccio, Craig H. Rhyne, Jr., Phyllis J. Scheffer and Ted W. Summerford.

  • Isle of Palms Mayor and City Council: 7 p.m. Oct. 28, Isle of Palms Recreation Center, 24 Twenty-Eighth St., Isle of Palms. Mayoral candidates are Richard Cronin and Jimmy Ward. City Council candidates are Barbara Bergwerf, Marty Bettelli, Ron Denton, Barbara Gobian, Sandy Stone and Douglas A. Thomas.

Growth Forum will look at sustainable development

Balanced growth and building sustainable communities will be the central topics for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's annual Growth Forum on Oct. 20. The chamber's Developers Council sponsors the forum, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott at 170 Lockwood Blvd.

Members of the city of Charleston's Green Committee (CGC), which includes 24 business, academic, nonprofit and government leaders, will give an in-depth look at their plans and talk about their role in advising the city on the creation of a local action plan for climate protection and sustainability. The CGC's recommendations will be presented to City Council in late October and are expected to have an impact on development and construction in the city of Charleston, possibly in the areas of building and zoning requirements or permitting processes.

Kurt Taylor, Charleston County deputy administrator, will provide an update on a number of major road projects being funded by the half-cent sales tax program. The forum will also discuss the re-launch of the chamber's Sustainable Growth Ethic. A reception will follow the program.

The cost of the forum is $45 for chamber members, $60 for nonmembers. To register or find out more, go online here.

Free programs to offer resources on 'aging in place'

To mark National Aging in Place Week next week, the S.C. Aging in Place Coalition will host three free events that focus on resources and information for older citizens who want to be able to safely, comfortably and independently remain in their own home as they age.

The programs are planned for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the following sites: Oct. 12, Faith Sellars Senior Center in Summerville; Oct. 13, Christ Episcopal Church in Mount Pleasant; and Oct. 15, Lowcountry Senior Center on James Island. Each session will include music and refreshments.

Paul Franklin, chairman of the board of the S.C. Aging in Place Coalition, says information will be available on the five elements of successful aging: healthy living, livable homes, financial and legal resources, supportive relationships, and transportation.

"When we look to the future, most of us picture ourselves growing old in our own homes," he said. "We imagine staying put in a house that we love and where we feel comfortable. But the reality is, it takes forethought and planning to age in place. The S.C. Aging in Place Coalition joins the many resources -- nonprofit, government, private sector, and geriatric research and health -- available to older adults."

Franklin and his wife established the coalition as a result of their own experiences looking for resources to help their aging parents. "We realized there wasn't a single place where we could access all the available resources. What we have developed is a community service organization that brings those services together and urges adults and adult children to focus on planning. We encourage people to make plans now, rather than to try to do so in a crisis when they may not be able to take full advantage of all the options."

For more information on the programs, call 789-1760.

REVIEW
Send us your opinion

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
Edisto Indians

At the time of English colonization, the Edisto Indians were a tribe living between the Savannah and Edisto Rivers. Originally inhabitants of St. Helena Island, the tribe relocated in the late 1500s to Edisto Island. The English captain William Hilton first contacted this tribe when his ship, Adventure, visited St. Helena's Sound in 1663. Hilton observed that the Edistos knew many Spanish words and had regular visits from the Spaniards at St. Augustine. He also made records of the Edisto villages, noting that each contained a round house of about two hundred feet in diameter covered with palmetto leaves.

In 1666 Robert Sandford made contact with the same tribe. Sandford was met by an Edisto chief named Shadoo, who insisted that the group visit his nearby village. Touring the Edisto settlement, the Sandford party described the same round council house as noted by Hilton. The men wrote, "Round the house from each side the throne quite to the Entrance were lower benches filled with the whole rabble of Men and Women and children in the center." Of particular interest to the group was the chief, a woman who extended great hospitality to the group. The cultural exchange went quite well, and the Edisto chief returned with Sandford to spend the night as a guest aboard his ship.

Eventually, Edisto land was acquired by treaty by the Carolina colony between 1670 and 1686, as were the lands of most smaller coastal tribes, such as the St. Helenas, the Ashepoos, and the Stonos. Coastal tribes such as the Edisto could not withstand occasional English slave raids and epidemic diseases. Most tribes lost their identity, and remnants were adopted by tribes further inland.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Michael P. Morris. 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
Making the playoffs

Thanks to the Charleston RiverDogs for this timely tip: 11 players in the Major League Baseball playoffs spent part of their pro careers here in the Lowcountry. Here's who to keep an eye on as the teams vie to make it the World Series.

  • Pitchers Phil Coke, Mike Dunn, Chad Gaudin and Phil Hughes, and outfielder Brett Gardner for the New York Yankees (the current RiverDogs' affiliate).

  • Outfielders Rocco Baldelli and Joey Gathright for the Boston Red Sox.

  • Outfielder Delmon Young and pitcher Carl Pavano from the Minnesota Twins.

  • Pitcher Scott Eyre of the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Pitcher Jason Hammel of the Colorado Rockies.

QUOTE
On double trouble


Bankhead

"Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once."

-- Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (1903-1968)

CALENDAR: THIS WEEK

"Blithe Spirit": Various times, Oct. 8-Oct. 18, Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston, 44 George St. Charleston Stage will present Noel Coward's classic ghostly comedy just in time for Halloween. The plot in brief: Charles is celebrating his second marriage when the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, shows up to join in the celebration. When his old wife and his new wife cross paths at a séance, spirits and tempers fly. Tickets: Online or call 577-7183.

Mom to Mom Sale: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 10, National Guard Armory, 245 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant. Sponsored by the MOMs Clubs of Mount Pleasant, the sale features toys, books, clothing, baby equipment, bedding, furniture and more from 100 different consigners. The event also includes a special half-off sale from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. for all remaining items. Proceeds will benefit the Charleston Autism Academy and Carolina Children's Charity. There is a $1 entry fee to the sale. Send e-mail for more information..

Teddy Bear Picnic: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11, Hampton Park. Free, family-focused event hosted by the Park Angels, the volunteer group of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. Events will include storytelling, face painting, crafts, music, a parade with children and their dressed-up teddy bears, and a booth where children can plant seeds. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, or attendees can bring their own picnic fare. More info: 724-5003 or visit online.

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.

CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON

Personal Branding Seminar: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, Wescott Plantation Clubhouse, 5000 Wescott Club Drive, Summerville. Sponsored by the Summerville chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA), the program is open to the public and will ABWA members Shauna Heathman of Mackenzie Image Consulting and Cheryl Smithem of Strategic Marketing & Charleston PR, experts on personal image, strategic marketing and public relations. They will be discussing the significance of building an effective and appealing personal brand to help you reach your career goals. Cost: $20 ABWA members, $25 nonmembers; price includes dinner and tea or water. Register by Oct. 3 by contacting Kathy Berman by email or at 795-9751.

(NEW) Third Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15, Hutchinson Square, downtown Summerville. The monthly Third Thursday event for October features the bluegrass and gospel strings group Down the River, along with extended evening hours at businesses around the square. Sponsored by Summerville DREAM. More info: 821-7260 or http://www.summervilledream.org.

(NEW) Costume Shop Sale: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 17, Philadelphia Alley next door to the Footlight Players Theater at 20 Queen St. The Footlight Players recently cleaned out their vast costume shop and are selling items to the public to benefit the theater. Items available will include vintage hats, band uniforms, shoes, suits, evening and cocktail dresses, everyday clothing and furniture.

Growth Forum: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Charleston Marriott. Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Growth Forum will have recommendations from the city of Charleston’s Green Committee (CGC), which is advising the city in the creation of a local action plan for climate protection and sustainability. Charleston County Deputy Administrator Kurt Taylor will provide an update on major road projects that are being funded through the half-cent sales tax program. Cost: $45 chamber members, $60 nonmembers. To register: visit this Web page.

Making Great Presentations: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Center for Women, 129 Cannon St. The Entrepreneurial Woman Series, which focuses on helping women create, manage and build businesses, will look at how to make a great presentation and maximize your time in front of a client or customer. Debbie Cooler of Dale Carnegie and Claire Gibbons of Powerspeak Communications will lead the program. Cost: $20 for CFW members, $40 nonmembers. Register online.

(NEW) 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow': 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 3 p.m. Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Charleston Stage opens its Piggly Wiggly Family Series with Washington Irving's spooky classic story about a headless horseman and his ghostly ride through the hamlet of Sleepy Hollow. Family-oriented production is described as "scary, but not too scary" by director Marybeth Clark. Tickets: $19 adults, $15 students; call the box office at 577-7183 or order online here.

Museum Picnic: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, Dill Sanctuary, 1163 Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends and Needed Supporters (FANS) of the Charleston Museum will host their annual family picnic, which includes nature walks, live bluegrass by the Eagle Creek Band, a Lowcountry dinner (fried chicken, ham, red rice, etc.), a touch tank with marine animals, games, hayrides and demonstrations by experts from the Center for Birds of Prey. Cost (all-inclusive): $15 FANS member adults; $20 nonmember adults; $7 for children; free for ages 5 and under. Advance reservations are required; call 722-2996, ext. 264, or register online through the calendar. 

(NEW) Martha Graham Dance Company: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St. The Charleston Concert Association opens its 73rd season with the Martha Graham Dance Company, a modern-dance company called "one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe" by the Washington Post. Tickets: $25 to $99; on sale at the Gaillard box office or order online through TicketMaster. More info: http://www.charlestonconcerts.org.

(NEW) Business Education Summit: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 28, the College Center at Trident Technical College, North Charleston. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's Education Foundation will host the 14th annual Business Education Summit. The theme is "Building the Pipeline" within the public schools so that all students graduate equipped with the knowledge and skills to further their education or go directly into the workforce. A representative from the Ford Motor Company's Next Generation Learning Communities program will outline its national model and discuss why the nine communities in the Ford network have been successful in transforming their schools, and why Charleston has been invited into the network. Cost: $50 for educators, $85 for others. Registration is online here.

The Red Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 29, Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St. The American College of the Building Arts will present the party, during which the always-spooky Old City Jail will be transformed into a rich red venue. Attendees are asked to dress in red and wear masks. The event features a raffle and silent auction with items such as luxury trips to Africa and the Caribbean. DJ Arthur Brouthers will provide music for guests to dance to on a color-changing, illuminated dance floor. Open bar; food by Carolina Catering. Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 at the door. To purchase, call 577-5245, visit online or e-mail Brittany Darwin.

Nighttime at the Museum: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Charleston Museum. A special Halloween-season edition of the popular event will feature glimpses of rarely seen animal mounts, fencing demonstrations, a colonial nautical touch table, new historical figures, and an elaborate scavenger hunt. Kids will be able to make Halloween crafts, learn about the Museum's funerary collection, and more. Costumes welcome. Cost: museum members, $10 per adult, $5 per child; nonmembers, $20 per adult, $10 per child; under 3 get in free. A light pizza supper is included with the ticket price. Registration (required): online or 722- 2996, ext. 264.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

12/23: Christian: Mannie's story
12/17:
Bender: Polar Plunge prep
12/14:
Brooks: Homes for Christmas
12/10:
Doll: Enjoy holidays sans lbs.
12/7:
Yarian: Instruments of Hope
12/3:
De Armas: Latin biz expo
11/30:
Blevins: Autism
11/23:
Hutchisson: Giving
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

THRASH ARCHIVES

12/17: Cookbook, shopping
12/10:
The Pig's wines
12/3:
Neat shopping
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

12/23: Photographer Meyer
12/14:
Ain't over on Sanford
12/7:
Back off a little
11/30:
Sanford presses on
11/16:
Now is time for courage
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

12/23: Blackbaud 5
12/17:
4 on holiday lights
12/14:
Eco-holiday
12/10:
Five about oysters
12/7:
Winter finds
12/3:
Free parking
11/30:
Holiday parades
11/23:
Home fire stats
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

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