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Charleston's Hawk Hurst thrilled listeners at the first Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival at Wragg Square over the weekend. More than 500 people turned out Friday and Saturday to thrill to the stories at the festival, which was organized by the Charleston County Public Library. Photo by Michael Kaynard. More: Kaynard Photography.

Issue 5.19 | Monday, March 11, 2013
You can see some whirling in control

FOCUS Whirling dervishes here this week
BRACK Political ads aren't worth much
AT WAR Preparing to attack Charleston
GOOD NEWS Envision SC, contest, briefs
HISTORY Storyteller Augusta Baker
SPOTLIGHT Charleston Green Commercial
FEEDBACK Letters on SC-1, festival
THE LIST Low response rate
QUOTE On vision
CALENDAR This week ... and next
BROADUS Cemetery stained glass
   
TODAY'S FOCUS

Turkey's whirling dervishes come Wednesday to Charleston
By BRITTON KOROGLU
Special to Charleston Currents

MARCH 11, 2013 -- What ties us together globally as human beings? We all walk along different paths in life, but what is the underlying, proverbial ribbon that ties us together? Some people look to such things as nature and others to religion as their way of understanding the meaning of life.

One such seeker is a writer who created thought-provoking poetry who we in the West call Rumi. He was born in 1207 in Balkh, currently situated in northern Afghanistan, to a religious family. They settled in Konya, Anatolia [present-day Turkey] in 1228. He became known as Mawlana Jalaladdin Muhammad Rumi. 'Mawlana' means 'Our Master' and 'Rumi' means 'Roman Anatolian' because Anatolia used to be called the "land of Rum" [meaning from Rome, Italy].

He wrote on topics such as love, compassion and happiness. His poems are so universal that they have remained popular over 800 years and spread all over the globe. His works inspired Madonna to create the song 'Bittersweet' using one of his poems translated by Indian-American holistic health guru, Deepak Chopra! She sings, "Whirling and dancing like a spinning wheel… I saw myself as the source of existence".

Rumi spent his life as a devoted religious teacher and poet. Every aspect in his life branched from his love of God. His religious training was focused on divine love, worship, austerity and abstinence, piety, consciousness of God, humility and tolerance, which are the foundations of Sufism. Due to the religious warring in the Seljuk dynastic period in Anatolia, Sufism eventually spread from Iran to present-day Turkey and subsequently further into the West.

There is a striving in Sufism for an ultimate union with God coupled with the understanding that man and God stay separate. There is a dualistic lifestyle between the conscious, physical world and the unconscious spiritual world that the Sufi must master. A Sufi strives to live a life focused on the pursuit of conscious awareness of God.

There are different Sufi groups throughout the world. Each has different styles of worship. Rumi's lifestyle and subsequent teachings gave way to an order of Sufis forming in Konya in the 1300s called 'Mevlevi.' These believers were Muslim but they wanted to transcend their respect for God from everyday ritual and blossom into a loving devotion. The teachings of Sufism paired with Rumi's guidance aided them in this transcendence.
The Mevlevi order is widely known as the 'Whirling Dervishes.' Dervishes practice their worship in a ceremony known as a sema. In this sema ceremony, there is music played on ancient instruments setting the mood for the mystical journey of humankind's spiritual ascent through mind and love to "perfection." Turning, the dervish deserts their ego and finds the truth.

This act of turning reflects the revolution of all creation from something as small as the atom to something as big as the universe. After whirling, he or she then returns from this spiritual journey as an individual who reached maturity and greater perfection, as being in the service of the whole of creation, to all creatures without discrimination of beliefs, races, classes and nations.

Charleston has the opportunity to witness first-hand this timeless act of worship all the way from Turkey! At 7 p.m. March 13 at the Charleston Music Hall, a Turkish dervish group will perform a sema. They will also be in Columbia on March 11 and Greenville on March 14. Come seekers! All are invited to experience this unforgettable performance!

ANDY BRACK

Congressional campaign ads aren't worth much
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

MARCH 11, 2013 -- The spate of televised political advertising is only going to get worse as the March 19 congressional primary looms. Unfortunately, television advertising is how most people learn about candidates -- especially when there are 16 candidates in the GOP primary. Let's take a realistic look at the candidates and their ads, starting with the Republicans:

Mark Sanford: The former governor weaves a message in his first ad of being a proven fiscal conservative with yet another plea for forgiveness for an extra-marital affair that led to the very public break-up of his marriage. Redemption stories, notes the lead character in the Netflix drama "House of Cards," are very powerful narratives. All we can wonder is can Mark Sanford ever stop asking for forgiveness for his personal failing to do the people's business?

Teddy Turner: The self-anointed conservative son of media mogul Ted Turner smacked at Sanford and "career politicians" with a pretty tasteless ad making fun of the redemption tour, but it made its point. Turner's campaign seems to be about trying to figure out how many ways he can say he's conservative without a record of it.

Larry Grooms: The Berkeley County GOP senator tries hard to appeal to Christian voters with his emphasis on faith, family and freedom. "I'm in this race because I'm worried ... worried for our families." His two ads are slick, but generally forgettable.

Chip Limehouse: A longtime member of the South Carolina House from Charleston, Limehouse does a disservice to voters by bringing up the specter of socialism in a pandering ad featuring former Gov. Jim Edwards. Obviously a tool to try to get a chunk of the large senior vote in the GOP primary, preying on seniors' fears to win votes isn't something to be proud of.

John Kuhn: The former state senator has blanketed the airwaves with ads on how he'll out-conservative other conservatives, all of whom focus on cutting spending. He's attacked Sanford, Grooms and Limehouse with comments judged misleading about spending. And what's really galling is how one ad ends with a jet flyover of an aircraft carrier -- an image that gives the impression that he's got a military background, which he doesn't.

Curtis Bostic: The former Charleston County councilman doesn't physically live in the First Congressional District, but is quick to point out he works in it. Yet that didn't stop him from running for the seat or using a little girl who said she was his niece in an ad to push his message. Tacky.

Jonathan Hoffman: The relatively unknown former White House staffer asks for limited government in his only ad, a standard introductory piece that may be too little too late to cut through the chatter of all of the other candidates.

Keith Blandford: The libertarian Navy veteran offers a Mission Impossible-style biography ad that's kind of clever but likely to be too little for a likely impossible win.

There are eight other candidates in the Republican primary, but we haven't seen ads for any of them and couldn't find any on their Web sites.

On the Democratic side, only two candidates are running -- Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Ben Frasier. Colbert Busch is the only one with a primary ad, a relatively standard, dull bio piece that touts her experience as a "jobs creator."

Good luck in figuring out who you're going to vote for. Despite there being a huge field of candidates, there doesn't seem to be much choice.

Andy Brack is publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report. He can be reached at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.

FEEDBACK

Candidates challenged to ride bus with Straphangers

To the editor:

Six candidates for the SC-1 seat in the U.S. Congress have taken Hungryneck Straphangers' invitation to join us for a guided ride on the CARTA public transit system in the past month. The candidates who have been on the bus with us are Turner, Moffly, Larkin, Hoffman, Bryant (all Republicans) and Larry Carter Center (Green Party.) We are still hoping the Democrats and the remaining Republican and Green party candidates will take a ride with us before the primary.

All the candidates who have been on the bus have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of fresh potential voters, a great opportunity in a campaign which has been dominated by events where a large field competes for the same pool of base voters. While these less engaged voters can be tough sells, candidates of both the Green and Republican parties have found votes on board. Next week our organization will begin distributing thousands of printed tickets at bus stops telling transit voters who has been on the bus with us to assist them in selecting who to vote for in the primary. Transit riders regard having an actual, on board local transit experience to be important in determining which candidates are in touch with their day to day experiences.

While we'll be dealing with more detailed, transit connected issues later in the campaign, we're going to confine our outreach voter education prior to the primary to this simple fact of who has taken a ride on the bus. We won't be endorsing candidates in the primary (or general election later).

-- William J. Hamilton, III Mount Pleasant, S.C.

This isn't a 'story:' It was a great festival

To the editor:

Friday evening on my birthday and then from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday I worked as a volunteer at Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival at Wragg Square. I have never been so sore and tired in my life.


Charleston's Minerva King tells a story.

It was a the best birthday weekend I have ever had. The storytelling festival was a smashing success and will be back the same weekend next year. I have never been prouder of my wife than during this weekend. It was almost flawless and performers and attendees were extremely happy with the way it flowed. The only complaint I heard about was someone suggested that someone should have sold coffee since it was chilly.

My wife, Cynthia Bledsoe, along with Michel Hammes and Jamie Thomas, did Charleston proud. Their dedication and extremely hard work made this storytelling festival one to be envied. It is hard to believe that it was an inaugural event but it was. I would like to give these three and the multitude of volunteers that made Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival the best that it could be a standing ovation.

-- Michael Kaynard, Charleston, S.C.

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SPOTLIGHT

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SOUTH CAROLINA AT WAR: MARCH 1863

Preparing to attack Charleston
By DOUGLAS W. BOSTICK, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

As early as the fall of 1862, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles and Assistant Secretary Gustavus Fox were pressuring Flag Officer Samuel F. Du Pont to attack Charleston with his ironclad fleet. In assessing a naval attack on Charleston, Du Pont referred to the harbor as "a good deal like a porcupine's hide and quills turned outside in and served up at one end." He relied on Confederate deserters and escaped slaves for reconnaissance on the Confederate defenses and understood the firepower of the hundreds of Confederate guns placed in batteries around the harbor.

General P. G. T. Beauregard designed three interlocking circles of fire on any ship entering the harbor. Fort Sumter was the center of the first line which included Batteries Gregg and Wagner on Morris Island to the south and Fort Moultrie, Fort Beauregard, Fort Marshall and Batteries Bee, Marion and four small batteries on Sullivan's Island to the north. The second circle included Fort Johnson and Batteries Cheves, Wampler and Glover on James Island; Fort Ripley and Castle Pinckney in the harbor; a battery on Hog Island and two batteries on Mount Pleasant. The final circle included batteries in Charleston and others on the banks of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Range buoys were placed throughout the harbor to assist the Confederate gunners with the accuracy of their fire. Any ship coming through the main shipping channel would have to first face the 85 guns at Fort Sumter and the 24 guns at Fort Moultrie.

Fox, in a meeting with Du Pont, insisted that he should "go in and demand a surrender of the forts or the alternative of destruction of their city." Welles was also frustrated with Du Pont. He wrote in his diary that Du Pont "shrinks from responsibility, dreads the conflict he has sought, yet is unwilling that any other should undertake it."

Du Pont expressed his concerns about the ability of the ironclad ships to handle the shot that would be fired on them. He wrote Secretary of the Navy Welles stating that Fox "overrates the monitors as much as he underrates the defenses" of Charleston. Even John Ericsson, the designer of the monitors, warned of the pending naval attack on Charleston. In writing Fox he stated, "Your confidence in the great naval attack astounds me - you have not turrets enough . . . you have not guns enough."

President Abraham Lincoln knew that support for the war in the North was waning and he needed a major victory to boost morale. Lincoln met with his naval and army commanders to discuss the progress of the war. General John Foster pitched his proposal to capture Charleston by, first, taking Morris Island. Lincoln expressed his concern that approaching by Morris Island could result in a protracted siege. Like Welles and Fox, the president favored a naval attack and insisted that they instruct Du Pont to press the attack without delay.

In early March, two additional monitors and the USS Keokuk, an experimental ship with two fixed and armored towers, were dispatched south to join Du Pont's force. This brought Du Pont's attack force to seven monitors, the USS Keokuk and the USS New Ironsides, the strongest ship in the navy. All of the ironclads were sent to Port Royal where their armor plating was reinforced.


Passaic class monitor

Intelligence gathered from escaped slaves and Confederate deserters alerted the Union Navy to the many obstructions and torpedoes placed in Charleston Harbor. Naval engineers designed rafts to be built on the bows of the monitors to clear any threats in their path, though Du Pont expressed, "I have no more idea that we can use them than we can fly."

In Charleston, Beauregard issued an order for noncombatants to leave the city in the face of the pending attack, but Charlestonians were supremely confident of victory and few left. Frank Vizetelly, a correspondent for the Illustrated London News, was in Charleston. Prior to the attack, he filed a report with the London newspaper, writing: "I have every faith in the result of the coming encounter . . . every preparation has been made, every appliance pressed into service." Vizetelly predicted that the pending attack would "assuredly be one of the most extraordinary ever witnessed-amour-plated ships against sand-batteries, earth works, and brick and stone forts."

Douglas W. Bostick grew up on James Island, and his ancestors in South Carolina date back to colonial America. He is the author of several books and numerous articles that have appeared in historical journals, magazines and national newsletters. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Bostick earned a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a former staff and faculty member of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland.

GOOD NEWS

New site seeks big dreams for South Carolina

Envision South Carolina is a new eight-week interactive multimedia project that seeks to engage South Carolinians to dream big, connect with others and share what they've learned. The project has launched a Web site and is looking for the active participation of major media partners across the state.

"I hope and believe this project will inspire our fellow South Carolinians to embrace bold and innovative thinking about our shared future," said College of Charleston President and Envision SC co-founder George Benson. "Envision South Carolina is intended to help us take action-to think about how South Carolina can be a leader on the world stage."

The project includes video interviews with 25 of our state's innovators, educators and business leaders about how South Carolina can become globally connected and "world class" in technology, industry, education and more. It also includes an educational component for students of all ages to "connect, learn and share" on a project of their choice that reaches out to other parts of the world. The website, EnvisionSC.org, allows all residents to submit their own ideas for advancing our state.

This statewide endeavor has been developed as an inter-disciplinary project of the College of Charleston under the personal direction of its co-founders, College of Charleston President George Benson and Charleston businessman Phil Noble.

Competition promotes, rewards academic excellence

More than 1,200 public school students in the tri-county area participated Saturday in the 27th annual Quest Academic Competition held at Trident Technical College.

The competition seeks to promote academic excellence, provide academic challenges and recognize those who excel in academic areas, including math, science and social studies. Individual competitions also were in composition, public speaking and visual arts, as well as an array of special competitions in everything from culinary arts to construction. Overall school winners included:

  • Level I (Grade 6): First Place: Rollings Middle School of the Arts; Second Place: Alston Middle School; Third Place: Cane Bay Middle School, Moultrie Middle School, Oakbrook Middle School

  • Level II (Grades 7-8): First Place: Thomas C. Cario Middle School; Second Place: Rollings Middle School of the Arts; Third Place: Laing Middle School of Science & Technology

  • Level III (Grades 9-10): First Place: Academic Magnet High School; Second Place: Summerville High School; Third Place: Stratford High School

  • Level IV (Grades 11-12): First Place: Ashley Ridge High School; Second Place: Wando High School; Third Place: Academic Magnet High School

Briefs: GE, Riley, PeopleMatter

  • GE president to speak March 13 to Chamber: Jeff Immelt, president and CEO of General Electric, will be keynote speaker of the Charleston Metro Chamber's Economic Outlook Conference, which will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 at the Charleston Area Convention Center. There is a cost. More: www.charlestonchamber.net/calendar.

  • Riley in national ad: Hats off to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley for appearing in a national public service announcement to demand that Congress do something about gun violence. The ad features 30 mayors from around the country. View online: www.DemandAction.org/Mayors.

  • PeopleMatter gets venture funding: PeopleMatter, Charleston's own provider of the fastest-growing human resources software for hourly workforces, has closed $19 million in venture funding -- money that will be used to speed the company's growth through sales, product expansion and acquisitions. To date, the company, which is completing its headquarters on upper King Street, has raised $47 million. More: www.PeopleMatter.com
S.C. ENCYCLOPEDIA

Master storyteller Augusta Braxton Baker

Augusta Braxton Baker, the first African American to hold an administrative position in the New York Public Library, was born on April 1, 1911, in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Winfort Braxton and Mabel Gough. Her father was educated at Morgan College and taught mathematics. Keeping with the custom of the times, her mother retired from elementary school teaching following Baker's birth.


Baker

Baker's mother had a profound influence on and nurtured her love of reading and her overall education. "I was an only child, and I was fair prey, you see, for my mother to teach," Baker noted in a 1989 interview. Baker also cited her grandmother's influence on the development of her literary abilities: "my earliest recollection too was a storytelling grandmother, and that may have been the seed for my later interest in storytelling." Having developed an early love of literature and literacy, Augusta was advanced in elementary school and subsequently graduated from high school at age fifteen. She entered the University of Pittsburgh, where she met and married her first husband, James Baker. The marriage produced one son. The two moved to Albany, New York, where Baker continued her studies at New York State College for Teachers, earning a B.A. in education in 1933 and a B.S. in library science in 1934. The Baker marriage ended in divorce, and on November 23, 1944, Augusta married Gordon Alexander.

During her accomplished career as a children's librarian with the New York Public Library, Baker received the first Dutton-Macrae Award in 1953 for advanced study of library work with children. Her knowledge and capabilities were recognized by the Georgia Teachers and Education Association (GTEA) in 1956 when they requested that she provide consultation toward the advancement of the Librarians' Section of the organization. She later served as consultant to other organizations and programs, including the long-running television series Sesame Street. She was an early supporter and contributor to the development of the Coretta Scott King Book Award, which was first presented at the American Library Association Conference in 1970, and in 1974 she was the first African American to receive the Clarence Day Award.

In 1980 Baker joined the University of South Carolina (USC) and became "Storyteller-in-Residence." This position was created for Baker, and her goals were to teach others how to create enthusiasm in children about stories and reading. In 1987 the city of Columbia established a yearly festival in her honor, "A(ugusta) Baker's Dozen: A Celebration of Stories," recognizing the importance of stories and storytelling.

Through the joint efforts of the USC College of Library and Information Science and the Richland County Public Library, each celebration features authors, illustrators, storytellers, and a keynote address focusing on Baker's lifelong dedication to the creation and expansion of African American children's literature, the development of literacy skills among children and young adults, and the increased usage of libraries among children and adults. She received honorary doctor of letters degrees from St. John's University in 1978 and from the University of South Carolina in 1986. Augusta Baker retired from USC in 1994 and died in Columbia on February 23, 1998.

Excerpted from the entry by Rhonda Jeffries. 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.)

BROADUS

Did you guess "cemetery?"


Contributing photographer Michael Kaynard took this photo on the Charleston peninsula. No one guessed that it was a stained glass window near a grave at Magnolia Cemetery. More: Kaynard Photography.


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THE LIST

Low response rate

Below is a list of candidates in the First District race. You can read responses by clicking on the links. (DNR indicates "did not respond" with completed survey.)

DEMOCRATS

  • Elizabeth Colbert-Busch (DNR)
  • Ben Frasier (DNR)

REPUBLICANS

  • Keith Blandford (DNR)
  • Curtis Bostic (DNR)
  • Ric Bryant
  • Larry Grooms (DNR)
  • Jonathan Hoffman (DNR)
  • Jeff King
  • John Kuhn (DNR)
  • Tim Larkin
  • Chip Limehouse (DNR)
  • Peter McCoy (DNR)
  • Ray Nash
  • Elizabeth Moffly (DNR)
  • Andy Patrick (DNR)
  • Shawn Pinkston (DNR)
  • Mark Sanford (DNR)
  • Teddy Turner (DNR)

QUOTE

On vision

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."

-- Carl Jung

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CALENDAR

IN THE WEEK AHEAD

(NEW) Health Expo: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 14, Trident Technical College , Building 920, 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston. More than 20 Roper St. Francis Healthcare doctors and medical experts will discuss and answer questions on nine topics. $10 registration fee that includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Reservations and more: 843.402.2273.

Gardening in the air: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 16, Charleston Exchange Park. The 2013 Carolina Yard Gardening School is open for registration. For $75, participants will enjoy two lectures, two workshops, a great lunch, door prizes and free compost. Register here.

CONTINUING AND IN THE WEEKS AHEAD

(NEW) Walter Edgar: 12:30 p.m., March 21, Hanahan Hall, Grace Episcopal Church, Wentworth Street, Charleston. The South Carolina historian will speak at the church's luncheon series. $7 for lunch. More: 723.4575.

Book signing lunch with Lee brothers: 10:30 a.m., March 22, Fleet Landing restaurant, 186 Concord St., Charleston. Blue Bicycle Books is offering this special access to the Lee brothers as they discuss their new book, "The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen." For $75, you can get a great lunch and signed book. More.

(NEW) Bulls Bay Nature Festival: All day, March 23, with keynote address by Clemson's Patrick McMillan of "Expeditions with Patrick McMillan" at 6 p.m. At the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 5821 Highway 17 North, Awendaw. Music, art, nature hikes, more. Register online.

Natalie Merchant: March 23, Charlotte Symphony, Belk Theater, Charlotte. The singer-songwriter will perform in Charlotte with its symphony with music from her new album, as well as from her solo and band days. Tickets start at $44.50 and can be bought online.

Free admission to county parks: March 24. The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission will offer free admission to all county parks on this day as part of Customer Appreciation Day. Visitors also will be able to win waterpark and fishing passes ... and more. More: www.ccprc.com

Spring break camp: March 26-28, Dill Sanctuary, James Island. The Charleston Museum will offer morning camps for children age 5 to 10 where they'll take marsh walks, collect fiddler crabs and make crafts. More info.

Lowcountry Cajun Festival: Noon to 6 p.m., April 7, James Island County Park. There will be lots of Cajun and Creole food, great music and more at this event that costs just $10 for anyone over 12. More.

(NEW)Dig South: April 12-14, College of Charleston TD Arena, Charleston Music Hall, The Alley and Redux. The interactive festival explores the intersection of technology, social media, marketing and the arts. More.

Hunt & Habit: Through April 21, Charleston Museum, Meeting Street. The museum will present an original exhibition of women's and men's riding habits, hats and accessories from the 19th and early 20th century. More info.

Photo contest: Images due by June 6. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is holding its annual photo contest for photos taken at the attraction between March 1 and May 31. Entry is $25. To enter and look at rules, visit the Lowcountry Photographic Club.

Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

4/1: Angstadt: Manatees

3/25: Benson, Noble: Envision SC
3/18: Hedden: Walking tours
3/11:
Koroglu: Dervishes
3/4:
Richards: Teddy Bear Picnic

2/25:
Thomas: Storytelling event
2/18:
Logo contest
2/11:
Anderson: 2-1-1's 10th
2/4:
Colwell: Teen pregnancy

1/28: Ross: Root of stress
1/21:
Roberts: SEWE 2013
1/14:
Begin with Books update
1/7:
Vail: Jr. Achievement

12/31: Hester: Tech trends
12/24:
Abrams: Holiday time
12/17:
C. Brack: Help others
12/10:
Sabine: Pluff Mud for kids
12/3:
LaFond: Health directives

11/26: Stevens: Thank you letters
11/19:
McConnell: Retirement plans
11/12:
Franklin: Long-term care
11/5:
Middleton: You make the call

10/29: Herrick: Saucy new book
10/22:
Spencer: Invest in arts
10/15:
Ferillo: Hope's promise
10/8:
Brooks: Senior hunger
10/1:
Belton: Florence Crittenton

9/24:
Eberle: Hampton Park
9/17:
Ringler: Child cancer
9/10:
Craft: Our water
9/3:
SC Dems: Convention

BOSTICK: CIVIL WAR HISTORY

5/13: Recovery of Keokuk guns
4/8:
"Turrets are coming!"
3/11:
Preparing to attack
2/11:
Blockade is broken
1/14:
Stono Rebellion

12/17:
Charleston Christmas
11/19:
"Satan's Kingdom"
10/29:
Christening ironclads
10/8:
Beauregard's return
8/27:
Second Battle of Manassas
7/30:
Secessionville aftermath
6/18:
Battle of Secessionville
5/21:
Robert Smalls
4/16:
Preparing for the attach
3/19:
Yankee in charge?
2/20:
Lee and Traveller
1/30/12:
Stone Fleet

ANDY BRACK

4/1: With no vision ...

3/25: Candidates spend $2M
3/18:
Eating on $35/wk
3/11:
Ads aren't worth much
3/4:
Scary SC-1 survey

2/25:
Old-timey customer service
2/18:
New House Speaker?
2/11:
Reject Riley tax hike
2/4:
Episcopal schism

1/28:
Nullification talk wrong
1/21:
Tailgaters: Back off!
1/14:
A lot to be proud of
1/7:
Myth of big government

12/31: Mexican new year, more
12/24:
Looking back at 2012
12/17:
Action, not talk, on guns
12/10:
Two off Bucket List
12/3:
1-526 hoodwinking

11/26: Guilty pleasure
11/19:
Earlier education
11/12:
Lessons from the election
11/5:
Battleground state

10/29: 16 days, Gov. Haley?
10/22:
Our next mayor?
10/15:
Remembering Peatsy
10/8:
Haley's options
10/1:
Reform ethics system

9/24: New TravelOrMove site
9/17:
Cake and I-526
9/10:
Raise gas tax
9/3:
Doby on stamp, book

GARVAN: CHARLESTON GREEN

4/29: Tax policies
3/25:
On good policy
2/25:
Heirs' property
1/28: Two conferences

11/26/12: Consumerism
10/22:
Can we be a better town
9/24:
Permaculture, more
8/13:
Bank on Charleston
7/23:
Did you know?
6/25:
Payday lenders hurt economy
4/30:
Waterkeeper event
4/16:
GrowFood difference
4/2:
Earth Day festival
3/19:
Lorax Project
3/5:
More gardening tips
2/20:
Food Waste program
2/6:
Energy from farms
1/23:
Turtles that fly
1/9/2012:
Art from beach trash

12/27/11:
Coal ash, more
12/12:
Boeing's solar farm
11/28:
More eco-tours
11/21:
More recycling ahead

SABINE: PLUFF MUD KIDS

2/18: What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventures

THE LIST: ARCHIVES

4/1: Vacation ID tips

3/25: Park and play
3/18:
On the menu
3/11:
Still no response
3/4:
No response

2/25: Five on storytelling
2/18:
Earth Day duties
2/11:
For the heart
2/4:
Home energy tips

1/28:
Cold water boating
1/21:
On Ted Stern
1/14:
SMART goals
1/7:
Dealing with email

12/31: New Year's prep
12/24:
Last-minute gifts
12/17:
Gift of insurance
12/10:
Creative finals
12/3:
Great kid gifts

11/26: Giving back winners
11/19:
Tech gift list
11/12:
S.C.'s top golf courses
11/5:
We're No. 2!

10/29: Anti-hacking tips
10/22:
#1 best in world
10/15:
Earthquake tips
10/8:
Great U.S. streets
10/1:
5 tech tips

9/24:
Be tax-ready
9/17:
One long swim
9/10:
Clean water
9/3:
Going postal

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