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Issue 2.08 | Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 | Warm socks needed


WINTER WONDERLAND:
You've gotta love living in a place where Christmas decorations at a park compete with warm sunshine and shirtsleeves on an almost-December day. Sunday's nice weather drew a number of families to Waterfront Memorial Park at the base of the Ravenel Bridge. The town of Mount Pleasant will hold its Christmas tree lighting there for the first time on Wednesday. See Good News for details. (Photo by Ann Thrash)


TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Next for autistic adults

CURRENTS

:: Weakened Sanford pushes on

FEEDBACK
:: Enjoyed courage column

THE LIST
:: Area parades

GOOD NEWS
:: Big check, trees, recyclists

ALSO INSIDE

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

___:: REVIEW: Thanksgiving taste test

___:: HISTORY: Spotted salamander

___:: QUOTE: Seinfeld on family

___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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TODAY'S FOCUS
What's next when children with autism become adults?
By PHIL BLEVINS
Executive director, Carolina Autism
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com

NOV. 30, 2009 -- During the early 1990s, I frequently spoke to groups about autism, teaching them about the characteristics and treatment of the disorder. Early in the talk I would ask audience members to raise their hands if there was someone in their family or other circles with autism. Usually a few people would raise their hands, but not too many.


Blevins

Fast forward to 2009. Today when I speak to groups and ask the same question, nearly everyone raises a hand.

The difference between then and now is a troubling trend. For whatever reason -- vaccines, environment, genetics or causes unknown -- autism has become epidemic. The school systems must spend more money every year to help the autistic children they serve. Families fight insurance companies, Medicaid and mortgage their homes to pay for treatment. Families become tired and their children with autism grow older.

Now we face this fact: The tide of children with autism is fast becoming a storm surge of older teens and adults, and they will outlive their parents.

What does this mean to you? While we have seen pieces on "Dateline" or "60 Minutes" about children (maybe of celebrities) who benefitted from treatment, and we may have heard about the needs of parents with a child affected by autism, we don't hear about the majority of kids who didn't get the right treatment and fail to progress. We may have an idea about schools trying to include children with autism in regular classrooms, providing much-needed social skills training. And it isn't uncommon to see stories about an adult with autism with a special skill, adding a hopeful tone to a lifetime of challenges.

But we rarely see the rest of the story: a severely disabled adult living a solitary life locked within his or her own world. Who can help prevent that once the parents no longer can?

Parents with autistic children share a similar trait. They fear death, worried that there will be no one to take care of their adult child. For you, the reader, this means that your friend or co-worker with a child who has autism will need to worry about finding a place for the child. There are agencies (including ours, Carolina Autism) that are capable. But our capabilities are limited. We are in no way ready for the coming wave. Agencies that serve the disabled but do not specialize in autism are helping - but most families want to find an "autism specific" provider of services.

The services Carolina Autism provides are designed to last a lifetime. The adults with autism we serve need round-the-clock assistance. Most of these adults can't prepare food or complete basic self-help tasks. Many engage in very limiting behaviors. This is why it's so important that the agency serving them understand autism.

As you can imagine, these services are expensive. We help the state by taking adults living in institutions and giving them a home, and it costs over $200 a day to do this. As more adults need services, the government programs that help pay for them are unable to keep up. Although the cost of serving people with autism has gone up a little each year, the assistance that agencies like ours get has been cut dramatically. To serve the large numbers of people with autism entering the adult services system, the available money must be spread more thinly.

This is where you come in. We get calls almost every day asking for services, and we must tell them that we can't help them at this time. We, and other similar organizations, operate on your support, including community acceptance, funds and services. If you have any questions regarding this article or adults with autism, please contact me at phil@carolinaautism.org.

CURRENTS
Weakened Sanford pushes ahead despite cloud

By ANDY BRACK, publisher

NOV. 30, 2009 - On the day newspaper headlines screamed that the state Ethics Commission accused Gov. Mark Sanford of 37 violations, the governor's sense of humor remained intact. When asked how he would like his terms as governor to be remembered, he said, "Better than today."


Brack

Then during another of his Rotary Club apology tours across the state, Sanford paused 9 seconds to consider the question. He highlighted two areas he hoped to be remembered for:

  • Investment. He pointed to $8 billion in job-creating business investment over the last two years. He briefly highlighted some initiatives, such as tort reform and tax policy, that improved the "soil conditions" for small businesses to thrive better.

  • Land conservation. Sanford said more land had been protected under his administration than any other. In turn, that improved the state's attractiveness and quality of life. Since funding for the S.C. Conservation Bank started in 2004, more than 152,000 acres have been set aside at a cost of $80.6 million.

During the talk (and after the self-imposed obligatory apology for letting people down with his extramarital affair), Sanford asked Rotarians to urge state lawmakers to make a few specific policy changes - what he called "rifle shots" -- to help set the course on a new direction. Among the suggestions: restructuring the state Budget and Control Board into an executive Department of Administration overseen by a governor; allowing the governor and lieutenant governor to run on the same ticket; changing some constitutionally-elected officers into appointed positions; setting spending limits; improving economic development; and reforming the state Employment Security Commission.

None of his proposals were new. As he discussed them, what was remarkable was how the sometimes rambling, professorial rhetoric had not changed, but how the wind was gone from his sails. He was a fellow talking the talk, but who seemed really tired of walking the walk.

Sanford said he had become a big fan of these policy rifle shots because he "thought there was more power in the executive branch than there was. And we took some bigger bites than were achievable.

"Little bites are indicative of the ways that more policy has to change. … We have a political system designed to guard against revolutionary change."

* * *

And so it would be revolutionary if South Carolina's legislators actually turned Sanford out as governor. While a House subcommittee started work on an impeachment bill this week, caution is in order.

At this point, Sanford is accused not of any felony, but of ethics violations, each of which carry about a $2,000 civil fine. Although some GOP lawmakers remain mad, embarrassed and highly irritated with how the governor behaved over the summer, the real question is whether these ethical allegations are aggravated enough to throw out a weakened weak governor out of office.

Sanford has been weakened by his affair. His legislative initiatives are pretty much dead on arrival in the General Assembly. But he hasn't reached the threshold of serious wrong to be turned out of office according to the law in the state constitution."

Yes, he's made some mistakes. But flying business class instead of coach doesn't reach the level of impropriety envisioned by the framers of our state constitution. It's better for a governor to get off a 14-hour plane trip a little refreshed than to go into immediate meetings with bad jet lag from being cramped in a coach seat.

His campaign spending might have some minor problems, but that's not unexpected with millions of dollars and hundreds of events over several years. Most of the legislators "sitting in judgment" of Sanford probably wouldn't meet the standards they're setting for Sanford in their own campaign spending.

And sure, he might have used some state travel in questionable ways. But remember, governors and their families live in a bubble imposed by the job. They have big pressures on them to try to maintain normalcy.

Bottom line: Sanford has been weakened by his affair. His legislative initiatives are pretty much dead on arrival in the General Assembly. But he hasn't reached the threshold of serious wrong to be turned out of office according to the law in the state constitution. Instead of obsessing on Sanford in 2010, lawmakers should spend their time on real problems - getting better jobs for people, improving education and bettering health care.

Andy Brack is publisher of CharlestonCurrents.com. This commentary first was published in SC Statehouse Report. You can reach Brack by email here.

FEEDBACK
Enjoyed column on courage

To the editor:

(Andy Brack's Nov. 23 column was) an excellent piece that I'd like to see get picked up by more media outlets. My husband and I bemoan the lack of leaders who are thoughtful and deliberate. Courageous is certainly the third leg of that stool. Our president is showing us that he will not be forced into rash decisions on the basis of politics alone.

And, as you mention, Lindsey Graham is doing that as well. Sarah Palin is so dangerous because she is the polar opposite: unthoughtful, impulsive and fascinating in a train-wreck kind of way. I hope you will keep the focus on politicians of any party with the best qualities and bring the local ones to our attention. It is a vital service you can perform.

-- Diane De Angelis, Charleston, SC

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SPOTLIGHT
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GOOD NEWS
Donation to help students study history, science at Patriot's

A $25,000 donation from the USS Yorktown Association will make it possible for 3,100 Charleston County fifth-graders to take part in the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum's History and Science Initiative in early 2010.


Bob Dorsey, left, and retired Rear Admiral Jim Flatley, right, of the present a $25,000 check to Dick Trammel, executive director of Patriots Point.

The donation, made at the USS Yorktown Association's Annual Reunion Gala aboard the aircraft carrier, was earmarked specifically for the initiative, which is designed to dovetail with the curriculum taught by area fifth-grade teachers in the classroom. The donation will make it possible for all Charleston County fifth-grade students to be involved.

"Education is important to the members of the Yorktown Association and everyone here at Patriots Point, and we are both committed to making certain today's students know of the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy today," said Patriot's Point Executive Director Dick Trammell. "This is an incredibly generous gift and exciting partnership that will benefit more than 3,000 of our future leaders."

In the History and Science Initiative, students study key World War II social studies standards such as the attack on Pearl Harbor and the "War on the Homefront." Students also conduct standards-based, hands-on science experiments with information and resources gathered from the estuaries found at Patriots Point. In addition, a new Marine Science Lab that's scheduled to open in January will further enhance the program.

Town to hold first tree-lighting at Memorial Waterfront Park

Mount Pleasant will hold its town Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony at Memorial Waterfront Park this year, officially flipping the switch at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the park near the foot of the Ravenel Bridge. The 21-foot-tall tree, which features almost 600 Christmas lights and a star on top, will help "create a new tradition," Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails said.

"Santa will arrive on a bright red fire truck to listen to Christmas requests and distribute candy canes," he said. "Entertainment will include local performers, and a Toys for Tots drive will be held at 7 p.m. in the Cooper River Room at the Visitor Center. Bring your children and good cheer and help us usher the Christmas season into our wonderful town!"

For details on the "Tree of Lights" ceremony, contact Su McManus-Frost at 884-8517.

Charleston kicks off holiday season this weekend downtown

The city of Charleston will officially mark the beginning of the holiday season on Saturday with a tree-lighting ceremony, farmer's market, and boat parade. Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., Santa Claus and other special guests will light the 60-foot city tree at Marion Square during festivities from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. For the month of December, the square will be beautifully lighted and decorated for the holidays, including the Tree of Lights, a Hanukkah Menorah and a Kwanzaa Kinari. Each of these cultural symbols will be lighted at the appropriate times during the holiday season.

The Holiday Farmers Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5 through Dec. 20. Market patrons will find greenery and wreaths, baked goods, fresh vegetables, and an assortment of arts-and-crafts and gift items as well.

For details on the Parade of Boats and the city's Christmas parade, see The List elsewhere in today's issue.

Local organizations honored for recycling efforts

Three Lowcountry organizations picked up awards recently from the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Recycling Market Development Advisory Council for their impact on South Carolina's environment, communities and economy.

Santee Cooper in Moncks Corner was named Recycler of the Year. During fiscal year 2009, the utility recycled more than 970,000 tons of materials, including paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, used motor oil, fluorescent tubes, consumer electronics, gypsum, flyash, ferrous metals, wood products, lead-acid, alkaline and rechargeable batteries. The calculated goal is based on the quantities recycled, carpooling miles saved, landfill gas and solar generation. Santee Cooper's Give Oil for Energy Program began in 1990 and has more than 450 do-it-yourself collection sites.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort was honored in the "Best Large Business" category. The resort recycles office paper, glass, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, electronics, pallets, batteries, florescent light bulbs and oyster shells. Damaged automobile, golf cart and bike tires are also collected and sent to a rubber recycler. The resort holds electronics recycling drives and collects pallets for recirculation back to the shipping industry. Gravel in the parking lots is made from slag, a byproduct of the steel industry, and room keys are made from 50 percent recycled polyvinyl chloride. Unused cell phones and empty printer cartridges are collected and donated to local schools or sold to recycling companies. The resort also has a small-scale, educational compost bin that handles animal bedding, vegetative food prep and plant material from landscaping.

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity's Deconstruction Unit on Johns Island won in the "Best Reuse Program" category. The unit diverted more than 94 tons of usable materials from the landfill, and Sea Island Habitat's staff handles both the deconstruction and removal of building materials and accessories, as well as housing a reuse store. Work on 93 construction projects had a direct estimated value of over $119,000. Reusing items such as decking, appliances, carpet and cabinets saves energy and natural resources.

REVIEW
Taste-testing Thanksgiving

(NOTE: Our friend Liz Collins in Durham, N.C., sent along this little, umm, holiday tidbit.)

This Thanksgiving, my friend and I decided to forego invitations to the big meal at other friends' homes this year for a 'kitschy' meal instead: Taste-testing frozen turkey dinners! The contenders:

  • Hungry-Man Roasted Carved Turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and corn, and a bonus 'apple cranberry dessert.' (560 calories, 18 grams total fat, 1620 mg sodium, 78g carbohydrates and 19g protein; net wt. 17 oz)

  • Boston Market Turkey Breast Medallions with home-style mashed potatoes and gravy, with carrots and green beans (360 calories, 14 grams total fat, 1570 mg sodium, 35g carbohydrates and 24g protein; net wt. 15 oz)

  • Stouffer's Roast Turkey with gravy and seasoned bread stuffing and mashed potatoes topped with paprika ((290 calories, 12 grams total fat, 970 mg sodium, 30g carbohydrates and 16g protein; net wt. 9-5/8 oz)

First, the ease of cooking this particular Thanksgiving feast can't be beat - preheat the conventional oven (I don't have a microwave) for about 15 minutes; when the buzzer beeps, pop in the food trays with various bits of plastic either poked or pulled back, bake for 35 minutes, remove the smaller of the meals, continue baking others for another 10 minutes and cooking is done.

We sampled freely, armed only with forks as we "purposed" the food trays as plates in true TV dinner style.

Results: The best of the three -- Boston Market. The turkey slices tasted like real slices of roasted turkey, the carrots and green beans were actually pretty good and the potatoes were tasty. I'm not a gravy fan (that's where a lot of the sodium seemed to be in all three), so I can't attest to the gravy, but the parts that didn't get scraped off didn't ruin the meal.

The worst -- Hungry-Man. The "roasted carved turkey" advertised was, technically, roasted and carved; however, they should have added the word "roll" to the description - it was very obviously a processed turkey roll that was sliced and doused. The stuffing (which should have been called dressing, as it had never been inside a turkey) was glue-like. The corn was the best thing on the tray, as it retained its crispness. I heard the apple cranberry 'dessert' was ok - it just looked like thick red goop to me.

And Stouffer's wasn't too bad - the mashed potatoes were the best of the three (must have been that paprika!).

Out of a possible combined 1210 calories, the two of us probably each had about 450; the dog ate most of the Hungry-Man meal. The upside of this taste-testing - Portion control! Easy clean-up (toss in trash, put forks in dishwasher)! No leftovers! It was fun - and total cost of the three meals hovered around $11 total for two! Did I mention shopping was easy???

-- Liz Collins, Durham, N.C.

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HISTORY SPOTLIGHT
Spotted salamander

The spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) became the official state amphibian by a law signed by Governor Jim Hodges on June 11, 1999. The designation resulted from the interest and activity of children in the third-grade class at Woodlands Heights Elementary School, Spartanburg, taught by Lynn K. Burgess. Students conducted research and a letter-writing campaign to get an amphibian adopted, enlisting support from scientists, public officials, and other third-graders in the state.

The spotted salamander is a six-to-eight-inch-long cold-blooded amphibian marked by two rows of yellow or yellowish-orange spots on its black or steel-gray back. The animal ranges from southeastern Canada throughout the eastern United States and is found across South Carolina. It lives mostly in bottomland deciduous forests but can also be found in coniferous forests and mountainous areas.

Born with gills, the spotted salamander later develops lungs. The female lays eggs mainly in springtime ponds. Salamanders are seldom seen by people because they live mostly underground, in or beneath rotting wood or leaf litter. All salamanders are predators; they play an important ecological role by consuming vast quantities of earthworms, mollusks, spiders, and insect larvae. They can live twenty-five years or more.

Some legislators and scientists had preferred designating a rare South Carolina species, the pine-barrens tree frog, found in the Sandhills, as state amphibian, but there is agreement that the spotted salamander is a beautiful and important animal. Salamanders are used extensively in scientific research, such as medical studies of limb and tissue regeneration. Scientists consider them important indicators of overall environmental health.

- Excerpted from the entry by David C.R. Heisser. 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.) 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
We love a parade

Cities around Charleston County will get the holidays rolling this weekend with their official parades. Here's a list of the major parades that will be held in the next two weeks, as well as their times, dates and links to details on the parade routes and other accompanying festivities.

Hanahan - 10 a.m. Dec. 5.

Charleston Parade of Boats - 5 p.m. Dec. 5.

North Charleston - 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

Charleston - 2 p.m. Dec. 6.

Folly Beach - 1 p.m. Dec. 12.

Mount Pleasant - 5:45 p.m. Dec. 13.

QUOTE
On family activities

"There is no such thing as fun for the whole family."

- Jerry Seinfeld, comedian (1954 - )

CALENDAR: THIS WEEK

(NEW) Water the Future: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 3, Eye Level Art Warehouse, 2143 Heriot St. Learn about issues that are threatening local waterways at this event, sponsored by the Charleston Waterkeeper. Includes music from DC-based DJ duo Party on Marz, local food, cold drinks a raffle, aquatic touch tank, inflatable video dome, art installations and more. Tickets: $15 for Charleston Waterkeeper members; $20 nonmembers. Buy at the door or online. More info: 608-WATR or http://www.charlestonwaterkeeper.org.

Citadel Candlelight Service: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, Summerall Chapel, The Citadel. The S.C. Corps of Cadets will present its Christmas Candlelight Service for the Lowcountry. Cadets from the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel choirs, the Chorale, the Women's Ensemble, and members of The Citadel Regimental Band will take part in the annual celebration, which features Scripture lessons and carols (both traditional and international favorites). Free and open to the public. More info: 953-5049.

(NEW) Santa in the Swamp Food Drive: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner. To benefit a local food bank, visitors to Cypress Gardens who bring a canned good will be admitted at half-price ($5). Children ages 12 and under who bring a canned good will get in free. Santa will arrive by flat-bottom boat at 11:30 a.m., and other activities include music, crafts vendors, children's make-and-take crafts, photos with Santa, a new parrot display, etc. More info or 553-0515.

Holly Days: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5, downtown Summerville. Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday experience in historic Summerville with shopping, caroling, cookies and cider for shoppers and visitors. Sponsored by the merchants of Summerville and Summerville D.R.E.AM. More info: 821-7260 or online.

Holiday Parade of Boats: 5 p.m. Dec. 5, Charleston Harbor. This Lowcountry holiday tradition features festively decorated and lighted boats of all sorts parading through the harbor, following by a fireworks display. View the procession along Charleston's waterfront or decorate your own boat and join the parade. Parade begins in the harbor off Mount Pleasant at 5 p.m.; viewing from the peninsula begins at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks start about 6:45 p.m. More info: 724-7305.

(NEW) Wine Under the Oaks: Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Sponsored by the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross. Sample a variety of wines and gourmet food from local chefs; bid on silent auction items; and shop for holiday gifts. Tickets: $20 in advance or $25 at the gate.

(NEW) "Buy Local Week" Bash: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 6, The Landing at Shem Creek (former Trawler site). The event, which caps off Lowcountry Local First's "Buy Local Week," will include live music, local beer, FireFly vodka and rum, and a variety of food. tickets. Tickets: in advance, $30 for LLF members, $35 nonmembers; at the door, $35 for LLF members, $40 nonmembers (cash or check only at the door). Purchase online.

CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON

Small-Business Lending: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dec. 9, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speisseger Drive, Suite 100, North Charleston. The chamber's Charleston Area Business Council will discuss small-business lending and how to obtain financing in today's current lending climate. Cost: $15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More info/registration.

Latin American Business Expo: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 10, 10 Storehouse Row, Noisette, North Charleston. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's Latin American Business Council (LABC) will host a seminar and expo to educate attendees on the economic impact that Latin Americans and their businesses have on our region, and to offer local businesses an opportunity to exhibit to this community. The event will also provide Latin American and traditional business owners with an opportunity to network with industry experts. Cost: $15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More info: Email Emily Brown.

Festival of Wreaths: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Palmetto Café, Charleston Place Hotel. Fourth annual festival will feature champagne, hors d'oeuvres, live music from Silver Lining and wreaths from local interior designers being auctioned with all proceeds going to the MUSC Children's Hospital. In addition to the wreaths provided by members of the American Society of Interior Designers, kids from the Youth Center at the Charleston Air Force Base will provide several wreaths as well. Tickets: $10 in advance at the Orient-Express Boutique at Charleston Place or by calling 937-9142; $15 at the door. Guests can get parking-ticket validation for the Charleston Place garage on Hasell Street.

"Beauty, Bliss and Scrooges": 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10, Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Family-oriented event to benefit Windwood Farm features Santa, snow, live performances, the Grinch, Scrooge, shopping from local retailers, carolers, cocktails and more. Tickets: $5; free for kids age 12 and younger. More info: 971-2860.

Kimono Silks Exhibition: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10, 214 King Street Gallery, 214 King St. Kimono Silks features new works by batik master Mary Edna Fraser. Fraser discovered the vintage narrow silks on a recent Australia trip and has blogged about the experience at http://www.kimonosilks.com. A master dyer, Fraser came home with aerial landscapes featuring batiks, monotypes, oils and archival prints. Exhibition on display through Jan. 24; gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. More info: 762-2594 or at info@maryedna.com.

(NEW) Pat Conroy Book Signing: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Conroy will sign copies of his latest novel, "South of Broad"; this is currently his only planned signing on the peninsula. To secure a place in line, customers can get tickets for the signing starting Dec. 11. Tickets are free to customers who purchase a Pat Conroy hardback or have already purchased "South of Broad" from Blue Bicycle Books (please bring your receipt). For a full explanation of the guidelines for the signing or to order a signed copy, go here online or call 722-2666.

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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