business ready for health care reform?
President, David M. Gilston Insurance Agency
Special to Charleston Currents
2, 2010 -- We have passed the first significant date for the implementation
of health care reform: Sept. 23. That means employers need be sure
they understand the major provisions of the law before they renew
their group health plan. Dependents now can stay on your health
plan through age 26, children under the age of 19 can no longer
have pre-existing limitations placed on their coverage, and health
plans can no longer have lifetime limits, just to mention a few.
topics that are important to discuss in greater detail are grandfathered
plans, tax credits and additional reporting and notification requirements.
All plans in existence prior to March 23, 2010, have "grandfathered
status." The advantage of grandfathered plans is they do not
have to implement certain new provisions, which may keep premiums
down. But any significant plan changes could result in the loss
of grandfathered status.
November, an amendment was released that allows employers to change
insurers and still maintain grandfathered status. Group health plans
could switch insurance companies and shop for the same coverage
at a lower cost while maintaining their grandfathered status, so
long as the change does not result in significant cost increases,
a reduction in benefits or other changes in the original rule. The
amendment applies only to changes that are effective on or after
Nov. 17, 2010.
groups will be required to maintain all documents necessary to support
their grandfathered position. Also, employers will be required to
notify all employees the plan is in fact a grandfathered plan.
Beginning with the 2010 tax year, if you employ fewer than 25 people
with an average annual wage of less than $50,000 and you contribute
at least 50 percent of the single premium on the health plan, you
may be entitled to the new small group tax credit.
actual amount of the credit will vary but could be as much as 35
percent. Most businesses currently take a tax write-off for the
premiums paid, so tax advice is essential in determining which method
is more advantageous to the bottom line.
Reporting and Notification Requirements
Employers are burdened with several reporting and notification requirements,
including creditable drug coverage, Children's Health Insurance
Program Reauthorization Act, Women's Health and Cancer Rights as
well as reporting benefits on Form W-2.
are required to provide their employees written notification by
Nov. 15 every year as to whether their prescription drug coverage
is creditable. Also, within 60 days of the plan anniversary, employers
are required to register on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services website if their prescription drug plan is creditable or
are also required to receive written notification from their employer
of their rights under the Children's Health Act, as well as the
Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act. This notification needs to
be provided to employees the first day of each plan anniversary
provision of the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act requires
employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored
group health plan on W-2 Forms beginning with the 2011 tax year.
The IRS announced they will defer the new requirement to the 2012
tax year, making reporting by employers optional in 2011. Essentially,
2011 will serve as a grace period for employers to prepare for compliance
of reporting the cost of coverage. Employers should use this time
wisely to adjust their payroll systems.
will continue to be burdened with additional reporting and disclosure
requirements. Your agent serves as the best resource to keep you
up to date as clarification on the new regulations continues to
Swayne is the president of David
M. Gilston Insurance Agency, which supports insurance agents
and brokers across South Carolina.
give a gift when you can give an experience?
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor
2, 2010 -- Now that the leftover turkey has been consumed (and if
it hasn't been, you should toss it out), thoughts are turning to
holiday gift lists. Some of the best gifts I've given, and gotten,
were gifts of experiences -- tickets to performances or concerts
or special events that creating lasting memories and closer bonds
with the people I shared the experience with. These are gifts with
staying power -- the kind of pleasures you'll still be talking about
years down the road.
took a few minutes this week to look ahead, sometimes way ahead,
to upcoming local shows and events that haven't been in the news
very much yet, but might make great gift experiences for someone
on your shopping list. These events occur as soon as this month
and as far ahead as May, and there's something for all ages and
are one-time shows, but of course there are plenty of other locally
based repeat events that offer gift-giving opportunities. Probably
all of us know someone who'd like tickets to an event that's part
of the Southeastern
Wildlife Expo, BB&T
Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Charleston
International Antiques Show, or Charleston
Fashion Week. Who knows, your gift recipient might like this
so much that he or she takes you along for the occasion.
Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker":- 8 p.m. Dec.
23, North Charleston Performing Arts Center (PAC). This would
be a great, albeit early gift - a classic holiday story for all
ages, performed by a legendary dance company. Tickets
are $88.50, $68.50, $48.50, $38.50 and $28.50.
Aluminum Show: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 22, PAC. "Israel's
hottest dance theater creation, reminiscent of Mummenschanz, Blue
Man Group and Cirque du Soleil." Now THAT sounds interesting.
The PAC's Web site says "silver industrial materials create
a luminous and reflective world" in this offbeat show. "The
curtain rises on a spectacle of aluminum pipes that slowly unravel
and transform into a wriggling nest of silver snakes. Intertwined
coils transform into centipedes, silkworms courting each other,
a huge waterfall, dinosaurs and even a massive opera singer."
are $60, $50 and $30.
Plant: 8 p.m. Feb. 4, PAC. Surely the former lead singer of
Led Zeppelin certainly needs no introduction. Tickets
are $65 and $45.
and Friends Live on Stage in "Thomas Saves the Day":
3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 10, PAC. If you know a tot who's a Thomas
the Tank Engine fan, you could be his or her hero if you snag
some tickets to this show. Tickets
are $38, $28 and $17.
White: 7:30 Feb. 26, PAC. White is the cigar-smoking "They
call me Tater Salad" comedian of "Blue Collar Tour"
fame. My husband and I saw his show the last time he was in Charleston,
and while he's certainly not for the easily offended, I have to
say I've never laughed so hard. Tickets
are $65.75 & $45.75.
du Soleil, "Alegria": multiple shows March 17-March
20, North Charleston Coliseum. Cirque du Soleil's dramatic mix
of circus arts, street entertainment, aerobatics and acrobatics
are well-known, and they're local favorites. Their current show,
"Alegria," is described as "a baroque ode to the
energy, grace and power of youth." Tickets
go on sale this coming Monday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. and range in
price from $28 to $90.
Don't Tell Me": 7:30 p.m. May 26, PAC. The
long-running hit quiz show from NPR comes to the Lowcountry in
May with its always-entertaining mix of personalities and commentary.
are $61, $51 and $41.
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talkin' to me?' workshop on communication in a crisis
PETER LUCASH, contributing editor
2, 2010- - The second of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
series on business continuity and disaster planning is Dec. 7. Speakers
include Laura Varn (Santee Cooper) on developing a crisis communications
plan, Andy Brack (Statehouse Report and Charleston Currents)
on working with the media, and Chuck Kramer on his firsthand experiences.
Info and registration at www.thinktec.org.
After 5 - Charleston
The December Tech After 5 gathering will be early due to the holidays
- Tuesday, Dec. 21 at Southend Brewery. The gathering begins at
5:30 p.m. Join us and a hundred or so members of the knowledge community
for a free beer and an interesting crowd doing interesting things.
The second BarCamp Charleston was quite a sold-out success. I had
a good session on "Launching and Growing a Business in Charleston."
This is a project that is under development, and I greatly appreciated
my "test" audience. This will be the subject of a continuing
ed course I will be teaching at Trident Tech in February, and a
publication (online and print- - ads will be sold) to be issued
at about the same time.
Wordpress group in formation
There are several tech-specific groups in Charleston, and go
online here for the best list I've seen. A new group for Wordpress
is in formation: follow it on Twitter: @chswordpress
of Startup Resources
These will keep you going for a long time: View
Peter Lucash is a Charleston-based businessman who runs Digital
CPE, a training, consulting and information media company that
works to improve the business management of organizations. You can
read and subscribe to the full edition of the Business
Indigo blog here.
War Sesquicentennial begins this weekend in Lowcountry
official Lowcountry Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration will
commence this weekend, Dec. 3 and 4, in recognition of South Carolina's
Secession from the Union on Dec. 20, 1860. The
Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust announced the weekend
will include a cocktail party, lectures from nationally recognized,
prize-winning historians and authors, and a play.
are available for the opening night cocktail reception with the
lecturers from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at The Club Level Lounge at Johnson
Hagood Stadium, 69 Hagood Drive. Tickets are $50. Email Allison@fortsumtertrust.org
or call 843-224-0331.
lecture series, "A House Divided: Secession and Its Legacy,"
which is free and open to the public, will follow Friday at 7:05
p.m., at the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. Friday night's
topic is "Felt History: Remembrances of The American Civil
I. ("Bud") Robertson Jr. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University) Robertson was the Executive Director of
the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission and worked with Presidents
Truman, Kennedy and Johnson in marking the war's 100th anniversary.
He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including "Stonewall
Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend," which won eight
David Blight (Yale University) Author or editor of 10 books,
including "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory,"
which received eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize,
the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize as
well as four awards from the Organization of American Historians,
including the Merle Curti prizes for both intellectual and social
history. He is director of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale and
a member of the Board of Advisers of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
M. Thomas (University of Georgia) is the Regents Professor
of History Emeritus at the University of Georgia. He is the author
of numerous books including "Robert E. Lee: A Biography,"
which was named a Notable Book by the New York Times.
lectures, which begin at 10 a.m. at the Holliday Alumni Center,
C. (Jack) Davis (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University) Author of more than 40 books including "Jefferson
Davis: The Man and His Hour," and "A Government of Our
Own: The Making of the Confederacy." His latest book is "Breckinridge,
Statesman, Soldier, Symbol."
William K. Scarborough
(University of Southern Mississippi) His publications include
a three-volume edition of "The Diary of Edmund Ruffin,"
and "Masters of the Big House: Elite Slaveholders of the
Mid-Nineteenth Century South," both of which won the Jules
and Frances Landry Award from the Louisiana State University Press.
(South Carolina Historical Society) is the author of "These
are Precious Years, The Papers of Rosalynn Carter," in "Modern
First Ladies: Their Documentary Legacy" and a contributor
to "Making a New South: Race, Leadership, and Community After
the Civil War." She is executive director of the South Carolina
(Pennsylvania State University) Author of several books, including
"The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties,"
which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Bell I. Wiley Prize.
W. Freehling (University of Kentucky) His book, "Prelude
to Civil War: The Nullification Crisis in South Carolina,"
was a recipient of a Bancroft Prize.
(The Citadel) is the author of "Sacred Debts: State Civil
War Claims and American Federalism, 1861-1880" and a co-editor
of "Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of
the Twenty-First Century."
weekend will culminate with the play, "In the Name of Liberty,"
presented by the Historical Trust and PURE Theatre. The play brings
to life the turbulent times surrounding Abraham Lincoln's election
in 1860 in a dramatic evening inside historic Fort Moultrie. Actors
and musicians, along with audience participation, will illuminate
the struggles, the hardships and the galvanizing principles that
led to this tumultuous time in our history. Step back 150 years
and answer the question of what you would have done.
one-show-only performance will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are $25 general admission or $55 VIP including a cocktail party
sponsored by Home Team BBQ at Mugdock Castle (a few steps from the
Fort) following the show. For tickets,
see this site or on sight the night of the show. The evening
is presented in cooperation with the National Park Service at Fort
Moultrie. For more information about the weekend and other events,
Christmas market to benefit Learning Center
Outreach Learning Center at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church will host
The Christmas Giving Market on Dec. 4 and 5 at 403 King St. (off
from The Christmas Giving Market will support the programs of the
Outreach Learning Center. Shop for gifts and delectable edibles
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
items, small gifts and other beautiful things including food items
will be on sale. Go
online for more information about the Outreach Learning Center.
in 'Turkey Bowl' hails from Charleston
SGT. 1st CLASS RHONDA LAWSON
BASE BALAD, Iraq -- It wasn't quite the Super Bowl, but for the
officers and noncommissioned officers with the 3rd Sustainment Brigade,
103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), the Turkey Bowl on Nov.
20 was the biggest game of the year.
officers, known as the "Enforcers," would try to claim
the title of Turkey Bowl champions from the NCOs at Joint Base Balad's
Killeen Field. They came out of the gate swinging, quickly scoring
the first touchdown of the game.
the NCOs, known as the "Backbone," refused to give the
Enforcers an easy win. In an epic battle, the Backbone defended
their title, winning 24-12 and earning bragging rights as two-time
Turkey Bowl champs. Despite the score, both teams gave a physical
show of strength and speed throughout the game.
Lonnie Williams, a soldier with the 3rd Sustainment Brigade,
103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), the Enforcers quarterback
and a Charleston, S.C., native, prepares to launch the ball
during the 3rd Sust. Bde. annual Turkey Bowl, held at Killeen
Field Nov. 20 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Photo by Sgt. 1st
Class Rhonda Lawson.
was an awesome game," said team coordinator and Enforcers quarterback
Capt. Lonnie Williams, the assistant operations officer with the
3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sust. Bde., and a Charleston,
S.C., native. "Everyone put in maximum effort all the way until
the last buzzer."
added that many of the officers were older than the NCOs, so he
felt his team was taken lightly.
had some underrated players who showed up and played really, really
well," he said. "There was no one player; it was a collective
effort, and we did better than many expected."
Turkey Bowl is a flag football competition that began in 2009 with
the 3rd Sust. Bde., back at Fort Stewart, Ga., and is traditionally
played the week of Thanksgiving. Each team is allowed up to 15 players,
all of whom must be assigned or attached to the brigade headquarters
or its special troops battalion. Additionally, each team must have
a female player on the field at all times.
said the event promoted cohesion among all participants.
had some officers say after the game that they wished they were
out there," he said. "This is something that should be
continued year after year. There was a little bragging after the
game and at the barbecue after, but we were back on mission; it
didn't separate us."
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father of modern dredging
H. Lebby, an inventor, was born in Charleston on Aug.22, 1816. He
conceived of the mechanism for the world's first hydraulic suction
dredge, which became the standard method of modern dredging. The
device was first employed in the dredge boat General Moultrie in
the late 1850s to deepen a new channel through the Charleston harbor
it provided the city with an active and prosperous port for almost
two centuries, Charleston's harbor had a serious drawback at its
mouth - a shifting barrier of sand and debris that lay between one
and three miles offshore. As ships got larger, they drew increasingly
deeper drafts, which made the problem of the bar more acute with
each passing decade. By
1852 the U.S. Coast Survey found that shoaling in the main channel
through the bar had reduced its depth to less than eleven feet at
low tide, down from an estimated thirteen feet in 1780. As a result
federal, state, and local officials began looking for ways to deepen
this time Lebby was employed by the South Carolina Railroad. In
1852 he had been awarded a patent for a "water raising apparatus,"
a steam-driven pump that found frequent employment on rice plantations
to flood and drain fields. When in operation, his pumps discharged
sizable amounts of mud, sand, and even rocks. Lebby believed that
a similar pump would pass through dredged material as well. His
working model for a dredge that used a pump to suck up materials
through a pipe impressed Captain George Cullum of the U.S. Corps
of Engineers, who had assumed charge of public works in the harbor
in 1855. Lebby's machine was housed in a New York-built dredge boat,
which, christened the General Moultrie, went into service in early
1857. The results were spectacular. By June 1858 Lebby's suction
pump had been used to remove some 145,000 cubic yards of material,
an unprecedented dredging achievement.
and mechanical drawings for the dredging apparatus do not survive,
but Captain Cullum recorded a description of Lebby's apparatus in
1857: "a large centrifugal pump six feet in diameter, revolving
on a vertical axis, to which an iron 19-inch (diameter) suction
hose is attached, its lower, or bell-shaped, end resting on the
bottom of the channel. The pump is placed in the center of a powerful
propeller under the deck in the hold of the vessel and is powered
by a steam engine, which is supplied by steam from the propeller
received three additional patents after the Civil War: one in 1867
and one in 1869, each for a "Centrifugal Pump"; and a
third in 1870 for an "ore washing machine." He never married.
Lebby died of consumption in Charleston on February 11, 1880, and
was buried at Magnolia Cemetery there.
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you're a mom-and-pop shop looking to expand business or an entrepreneur
looking to reach a new audience, driving people to your Web site
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to talk about your site, they usually will.
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onto that Christmas spirit
to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster
than the Christmas spirit."
Hubbard (1868-1930), an American cartoonist, humorist and journalist
of War: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 2, Jan. 6, at the Charleston
Museum. This is a curator-led tour of an original exhibit featuring
women's, men's and children's clothing, uniforms and accessories,
quilts, coverlets and flags, along with magazines, newspapers, daguerreotypes
and diaries which provide tangible images of mid-nineteenth century
Charleston and a lifestyle torn apart by war. Free for Museum members
and free with admission ($10/adults, $5/children, under 3 free)
Wining & Dining Tours: 4 p.m., Dec. 2, 9, 16, at
the Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church Street. Special 18th Century
Wining & Dining focus tours will be held Thursdays during December.
See elaborate table settings and period-appropriate faux food throughout
the various entertaining spaces within the house. Tour the c. 1740
kitchen building and learn about open hearth cooking. Visit the
laundry area, servants' quarters, and auxiliary kitchen herb garden.
Free for Charleston Museum members and free with admission ($10/adults,
$5/children, under 3 free)
Christmas Jubilee: 6 p.m. Dec. 2,
Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston.
Tickets are $30 per person; $15 for children; $240 for a table.
Advance purchase is required by Nov. 19. For information
on the Jubilee or to purchase tickets, call 843-529-3014.
Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House: Dec. 4 to 31,
350 Meeting St. Each year, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this
magnificent house as a backdrop for their creative arrangements,
using only live plant materials that would have been available in
the Lowcountry during the first quarter of the 19th century. Free
for Charleston Museum members and free with admission ($10/adults,
$5/children, under 3 free)
Holiday Book Sale: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 3, and 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m., Dec. 4, at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library,
1133 Mathis Ferry Road. Books, CDs, DVDs, and rare collectibles
will be on sale. Books have been picked for quality with gift-giving
in mind, and prices start at just $1.The Charleston Friends of the
Library, a non-profit volunteer organization, raises money through
book sales to help fund Library services, equipment, training, materials
and public programming. Admission is free.
Lowcountry Women Authors Holiday Book Signing: 2 to 5 p.m.,
Dec. 4, South Carolina Thrift & Resale, 1670 U.S. Highway
17, Mount Pleasant (next to new CVS). Sponsored by the Center for
Women. Come meet your favorite local writers and get your purchases
signed. Nationally known authors include: Mary Alice Monroe, Nathalie
Dupree, Dr. Ann Kulze, Maryann Reid, Charlotte Jenkins, Margot Raven,
Marjory Wentworth and more. Several authors will read from their
latest works and a 'high tea' will be served. Free gift wrapping.
$10 at the door.
Annual Charleston Tree Lighting Ceremony: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.,
Dec. 4. Join the cast of holiday characters, including Santa
Claus himself, in lighting the magnificent 60-foot Holiday Tree
of Lights, the official City of Charleston Christmas tree in Marion
Annual Holiday Parade of Boats: Dec. 4. Parade begins
along Mount Pleasant waterfront at 5 p.m.; viewing from the peninsula
begins at 6:30 p.m. Get on board with a Lowcountry holiday tradition
as this display of lighted and festive boats proceeds through the
Charleston Harbor. View the procession along Charleston's waterfront
or decorate your own boat and join the parade.
Theatre: In the Name of Liberty: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 1214
Middle St., Sullivan's Island. The Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical
Trust in cooperation with PURE Theatre brings to life the turbulent
times of 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was elected president with less
than 40 percent of the popular vote and South Carolina soon after
voted to leave the Union. Actors and musicians, along with audience
participation, will illuminate the struggles, the hardships and
the galvanizing principles of this tumultuous time. Tickets are
$25 general admission or $55 VIP including a cocktail party sponsored
by Home Team BBQ at Mugdock Castle (a few steps from the Fort) following
the show. For tickets, see www.puretheatre.org
or on sight the night of the show.
30th Annual Charleston Christmas Parade: 2 to 5 p.m., Dec.
5, downtown Charleston. Bands, floats, marchers and performers
parade through downtown Charleston. The parade begins at the intersection
of Calhoun and Meeting Streets, proceeds down King Street to Broad
Street to Lockwood Boulevard.
in the Square: 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 5, Marion Square.
A festive party for everyone, featuring music, dancing, lighting
of the nine-foot Menorah by Charleston's Holocaust survivors, crafts
and many treats, including latkes and other traditional Chanukah
ONGOING AND SOON
Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 4 to Dec. 19,
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find everything
you need to deck the halls for the holidays and fill the pantry
with baked goodies, all from local farmers and artisans, including
natural wreaths, fresh greenery, special breads, cookies and fresh
vegetables, as well as the best assortment of art, crafts and holiday
Holiday Entertainment and Visits with Santa: Dec. 5 to
Dec. 19, Marion Square. Fridays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays
and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday, Dec. 5: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Children's choirs, bands and other entertainment. Bring your Christmas
wish lists to the North Pole mailbox and bring your camera for pictures
with Santa in the decorated park. (Drop-off location for Debi's
Kids and the Salvation Army Angel Tree.)
of Wreaths: 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 9, Palmetto Café,
The Shops at Charleston Place. An auction of wreaths created by
local interior designers to benefit the Medical University of South
Carolina Children's Hospital. The wreaths will hang in The Shops
at Charleston Place beginning on Nov. 26 and will be auctioned at
the Dec. 9 event. Tickets in advance are $15 and are available at
the Orient Express Boutique at Charleston
Place. Tickets at the event will be $20.
Haus Christmas: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 477
PURE Theatre offers a world premiere family affair for this holiday
season. Come get scattered, smothered, and covered with "Waffle
Haus Christmas," written by PURE's in-house playwright Rodney
Lee Rogers and directed by Artistic Director Sharon Graci &
Rondey Lee Rogers. Stuck working on Christmas Eve, a diner waitress
burnout, her ex-husband line cook and their "special"
teenage daughter are visited by the ghosts of Waffle Haus Christmas
past, present and future in this irreverent comedy which lampoons
our most precious Holiday traditions. For tickets go to puretheatre.org
or call 866-811-4111.
Express 4D: Through Dec. 31, South Carolina Aquarium.
The South Carolina Aquarium invites children and parents alike to
be transported into the magical world of "The Polar Express,"
being shown through the end of the year in the 4-D Immersion Theater
next to the Aquarium. The 4-D Theater combines 3-D imagery, interactive
seating and waves of special effects such as gusts of wind, smells
of hot chocolate, flurries of snow and movement under your feet,
all synchronized to your favorite family holiday film. For information
on the several show times per day and tickets, go
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careful what you ask for
"new era" for SC
isn't dirty word
Dave the Potter
pix make impact
many med schools for SC?
LUCASH: BUSINESS INDIGO
problems for awhile?
Kucha 7 coming
After 5 hits Chas
fair, CED venture
on working with Boeing
library text questions
GARVAN: CHARLESTON GREEN
can be tied to ideals
Tech green grant
lists from 2010
tech trends for 2011
holiday party tips
offbeat SC places
uses of WD-40
for Web traffic
for going back to school
to rid roadblocks
for keeping warm
for your face
on long-term care
on childhood obesity
on breast cancer
at the Gibbes