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: An guide instructs paddlers during the 2012 edition of what is now called the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival. You can learn all about paddling and have lots of fun at the 2013 event, which stretches from Friday to Sunday at James Island County Park. You can pay just $1 and enjoy lots of free stuff. Or you can pay $10 to try even more stuff. Or you can register for the full blown experience. Learn more here. Photo provided.

Issue 5.24 | Monday, April 15, 2013
Tax Day (grrrr)

FOCUS How indigo was used
BRACK Take Medicaid expansion money
KIDS Signs of spring abound
GOOD NEWS Tasty town, standing up, more
HISTORY More on indigo
SPOTLIGHT Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
FEEDBACK Don't ignore my candidacy
THE LIST Most generous
QUOTE Tax time
CALENDAR This week ... and next

Learning about how indigo was used years back
Curator of textiles, Charleston Museum
Special to Charleston Currents

APRIL 15, 2013 -- In the last issue, we discussed the history of indigo in the Lowcountry and its major proponent, Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Let's turn now to the cultivation and dyeing process for this natural dye.

To produce this amazing dye, tiny indigo seeds were sown by hand in rows, usually in late March. The first cutting of branches was in early July with a second cutting in August and perhaps even a third in December. The cut plants were laid in vats and allowed to ferment in water for about twelve odiferous hours. The liquid was drained into a second vat or "beater" where it was agitated and lime water was added causing the solid matter to settle to the bottom. This material was collected and became "indigo mud" which was dried in linen bags. It was then spread on boards to dry further and finally cut into "bricks" and packed into barrels for shipment.


You can learn a lot more about the importance of indigo in the Lowcountry:

Exhibition: "Indigo: Natural Blue Dye in the Lowcountry" opens April 27 at the Charleston Museum to explore the history of the crop and its role. The original exhibition runs through Sept. 2. More.

Workshop: In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum invites knitters and textile enthusiasts to learn about dyeing with indigo from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 27. Register online.

Dyeing with indigo is an amazing process; perhaps some of its earliest users thought it magic. The cake of blue powder requires no mordant (fixing agent) as do many natural dyes, but must first be reduced and made soluble in water. This was accomplished by adding an alkaline agent such as wood ash lye or ammonia (stale urine). The resulting liquid is not blue, but a pale yellowish-white. The yarn or fabric is dipped into this "indigo-white" liquid and appears greenish when lifted out. Upon exposure to the air, however, the fibers magically turn blue and can be re-dipped until the desired depth of color is achieved.

Because of this oxidation process, indigo was difficult to use in printing fabrics. However, two methods of using indigo directly were developed in the eighteenth century. In "pencil blue," an arsenic compound was added to the indigo paste, delaying the oxidation so that it could be applied with a pencil or brush. In the "China blue" method, unreduced indigo was printed onto the fabric which was then oxidized in baths of ferrous sulfate. The result was a beautiful but lighter shade of blue, similar to its namesake, Chinese porcelain.

Indigo: Natural Blue Dye in the Lowcountry, a small, focused exhibit in the Charleston Museum's Textile Gallery from April 27 - September 2, will explore this rich blue dye.

Indigo-dyed textiles, in their many shades, will serve as a backdrop for the history of this interesting product. Although most of the processed indigo was exported, it was a common component for the wool weft of locally woven coverlets (pictured at right), contrasting with the naturally white cotton warp threads. These simple but beautiful pieces were often woven on South Carolina plantations, by skilled weavers, both enslaved and free.

Imported goods, such as a lovely block-printed bed valance owned by Eliza Lucas Pinckney, displays the delicate "penciling" of deep blue indigo after the bold brown and red design was stamped on. The blue is still strong, even though the yellow underdye in the green leaves has faded, leaving them blue as well. A delightful curtain roller-printed in "china blue," depicting English country scenes, would have been fashionable in early 19th century Charleston homes.

The darkest of blues is evident in a luxurious cloak (pictured at left), worn by Charlestonian Joel Poinsett in the years following his service as United States Minister to Mexico. Not only is the color intense, it too shows little sign of fading even after 180 years.

If the indigo dyeing process has you intrigued, the Charleston Museum will be offering a hand-on workshop on this very topic on April 27!


Take the money and save employers from expansion fines
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

APRIL 15, 2013 -- When South Carolina business owners figure out how they'll face millions in fines if the state doesn't take billions in free federal money to provide better health care for hundreds of thousands of low-income workers, they'll rise up in disgust.

As part of the complicated implementation of the Affordable Care Act to expand access to health care through the federal Medicaid program, South Carolina businesses that employ at least 50 workers could face fines of up to $47 million if Gov. Nikki Haley gets her way and state lawmakers turn down federal expansion dollars.

To put it bluntly, the governor is playing the dangerous political game that business owners won't figure out they're liable for fines of up to $3,000 per qualified employee who signs up to get Obamacare through a federal exchange. Why? So she can blame President Obama for "causing the problem" when the bills start rolling into business owners.

This is all avoidable. The federal government will pay for 100 percent of Medicaid expansion efforts through 2016 and for 90 percent from then to 2020 under the Affordable Care Act. That would pump $11 billion into poor South Carolina over seven years, compared with having to pay hundreds of millions of fines over the same time frame.

"We are cutting off our nose in spite of our face because we have a president they don't like," said Frank Knapp, head of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce. "That's the only reason this is going on. It's all party politics."

Knapp highlighted the value of federal Medicaid expansion money: "If we think it's a good return on investment on this Boeing venture ($120 million in bond money to support a new expansion), it's a much better investment to expand Medicaid. We're talking about it creating about 44,000 jobs. Boeing's not going to create 44,000 jobs."

The Affordable Care Act envisions low-income workers who don't have health insurance being able to get coverage for free through Medicaid if they earn 100 percent or less than the federal poverty level. If they earn between 100 percent and 138 percent of poverty, they will qualify for tax credits to help pay for health insurance through Medicaid.

But in states that don't take federal money to expand Medicaid, an employer with 50 full-time employees who doesn't currently offer health insurance -- like a lot of folks in the tourism industry -- will have to pay a $40,000 fine ($2,000 per employee for the number of employees minus 30). If the same employer offers insurance that's of such low quality that just one employee decides to use a tax credit to get Obamacare through a federal health insurance exchange, the employer could face an annual penalty of $3,000 per employee who takes the credit up to the $40,000 amount calculated earlier.

According to a March study by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, South Carolina employers could confront fines of $30.4 million to $45.7 million if state lawmakers don't figure out a way around Haley's obstinacy.

Proponents for expanding Medicaid say there's still a chance state senators will include expansion dollars in the state budget. Later this month, busloads of preachers and health care workers are expected to flood the Statehouse to support the measure. Meanwhile, some conservative House members are reportedly looking for an alternative to allow the state to take the money to pay private insurers instead of an exchange for the extra health care.

We'll see. Time is growing short.

Lots of people might not like how health insurance implementation is playing out. They might feel like a gun is being held to their head to force implementation of Obamacare. But the time for that debate is long past. Now, it's best for lawmakers to do what's best for South Carolina and stop fighting old battles (sound familiar?). It's time for South Carolina to join other industrialized nations and implement broader health care for workers without crippling our hospitals and forcing costs to go up -- both of which will happen if we remain bull-headed.

Let's not be dumb and send the Medicaid expansion dollars we're supposed to get to California or New York.

Andy Brack is publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report, where this commentary first was published. He can be reached at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.


Platt: Don't ignore my candidacy

To the editor:

This afternoon I read in this week's issue of the James Island Messenger your Brack Talk column, "Sanford Will Be Tough To Beat." The column also appears online under the heading "Sanford will be tough to beat."

Near the end of your column you write: "If the ballot had a choice for 'no one' ... they would probably vote for that more than other choices." Well, in effect, voters will have such a choice in the May 7 special election. If they are tired of being limited to the usual "either or," (i.e., one or the other of the corporate party candidates), this will be a rare occasion when there is a third choice: Eugene Platt. They can vote for the third choice or not; however, if they stick with the usual "either or," they should not complain later about not having had another choice.

Why are most journalists, including you, ignoring my candidacy? Do you think that if you simply ignore my candidacy it will go away? Do you think I will receive so few votes that they won't matter -- notwithstanding the fact that most journalists, educators, LWV members, etc. emphasize that Every Vote Counts?

You will recall the 2010 three-way race for State House Seat 115. I was the Green Party candidate in that race, and I was in it to win. As it turned out, Peter McCoy unseated the one-term Democratic incumbent by a margin of fewer votes than I received.

In the following days I received hate mail from supporters of the Democratic incumbent who unfairly charged that my candidacy "spoiled" the election for her. Perhaps that was to be expected; after all, Democrats tend to believe their candidates are entitled to all votes a truly progressive candidate -- such as a Green -- might receive. Of course, not only Greens but responsible, mature voters of all political leanings utterly reject that line of reasoning in favor of this: No one owns the vote of anyone else.

-- Eugene Platt, James Island Green Party Candidate for Congress

NOTE: You can learn more about Platt's candidacy here.

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family. It has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870. Open 365 days a year, Magnolia offers its visitors splendid tours of nature and history and the role African-Americans played in the development of its award-winning Romantic-style gardens. Visit www.magnoliaplantation.com to learn how you can experience a complete plantation experience.


Signs of spring abound throughout South Carolina
By LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

APRIL 15, 2013 -- The fine green film of pollen has finally washed away, leaving pops of color everywhere in the Low Country and the feeling of Spring has bloomed throughout our beautiful state. Aside from the obvious plantation gardens that are always a sure bet when you hunt for Spring, we have scouted out a few more places locally and further afield that are bursting with those signs of Spring we crave; gorgeous flowering bushes and trees, cardinals and songbirds everywhere we look, and bees and butterflies at every turn.

Spending as much time as possible outside in the coming weeks will ensure that children experience the limited window that Spring really comprises; these weeks of fleeting azaleas and draping wisteria attracting working bees with a frenzy of pollinating to do. The best part of these day trip adventures with children is the heavenly cool breeze that lingers with you as you picnic in the grounds and gardens that are highlighted here. Make sure you get out and enjoy these Spring moments with your kids before the window closes.

  • Mepkin Abbey -- This is home to an Order of Trappist Monks and the manicured gardens are shared with the public. Nestled on the banks of the Cooper River in Moncks Corner, you will catch that sweet breeze right off the water as you wander meditative resting spots and alleys of oaks. Children love the cozy size of the property and the peaceful environment allows them to really hear the birds. (check the two blog posts for more details on the history and the great tour of this special place.)

  • Hampton Park -- located in the heart of downtown Charleston, this is our city park for everything. You can scooter ride all over, bike the track that rings the park, and picnic by the water. The azaleas and camellias are gorgeous here and I recommend it as a superb dog walking park.

  • Brookgreen Gardens -- Head to Murrells Inlet for a Pluff Mud Kids favorite in the Spring and savor our favorite flower; the tulip. There are so many varieties of flower in all stages of bloom and every color of the rainbow begging the question "is this really real, Mom?" The statues and sculptures are an added bonus and there's even a zoo, a fantastic butterfly garden, and a pontoon boat excursion. The massive property is 9,100 acres, so be sure to allow an entire day for little legs to cover all that ground as they will surely want to!

  • Columbia State House -- Not only can you enjoy an educational tour of the State House, but the grounds here make an excellent resting spot in a bed of azaleas and daffodils; the perfect backdrop for a Spring picnic. This is an unexpected twist for children at our state capital and they love to climb and count all those steps.

Enjoy links to these Spring hot spots and many more at Pluff Mud Kids blog!

Writer Leigh Sabine of Mount Pleasant offers a monthly look at fun activities for Lowcountry kids. It's based on her great blog, PluffMudKids. Check it out.

Charleston named one of South's tastiest towns

The May issue of Southern Living magazine names Charleston one of the South's "tastiest towns. Read more.

Southern Living editors identified the most compelling food destinations across the region and allowed consumers to vote for their favorites once per day from January 10 to February 28.

While Durham, N.C., took home the top award, the magazine said Charleston impressed editors and voters for its hyper-attention to local sourcing and indigenous heirloom ingredients. Chefs Sean Brock and Mike Lata are cited as the city's star tastemakers. The magazine also singles out Butcher & Bee, Two Borough's Larder and The Macintosh and recommends having a barrel-aged Manhattan at the bar at Husk.

"The South's culinary scene has become richer and more diverse than ever," said Southern Living Travel and Features Editor Jennifer Cole. "Whether you're a native or a tourist, there's an endless variety of dishes, restaurants and local flavors to discover across our region."

Other tasty towns: Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Greenville, S.C.; Louisville, Ky., Memphis, Tenn.; Miami, Fla.; and New Orleans, La.

Standing up to racism

People across the Charleston area will stand up to inequality and for human rights at a four-day event and rally called Stand Together Acclaim A New Day (STAND). It is sponsored by the YWCA Greater Charleston with several other groups.

The four-day event is an outgrowth of the National YWCA's "Stand Against Racism" movement which began in 2007 and drew some 250,000 supporters to outdoor rallies held nationwide last April. The Charleston rally is set for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., April 26, at the YWCA, 106 Coming Street. It will include speeches, music and food, a poetry slam, drummers and dance. At 4:30 p.m., rally goers will form a human-chain demonstration along Calhoun Street between St. Philip and Coming streets, across from the College of Charleston. The rally is open to the public and admission free.

"Polls show the American people are moving in the direction of full, equal rights for all people and a greater acceptance of diversity. All-in efforts are needed to keep the Lowcountry moving forward lest we fall behind the national trend" said YWCA Executive Director Kathleen Rodgers.

Other events:

  • April 24, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Kickoff, Mosaic Café,1150 Hungryneck Blvd., Mount Pleasant.

  • April 25, 6 p.m.: "The Power of 1NE," a monodrama on the life of voting rights champion Fannie Lou Hamer performed by Charleston actor Donna Lee Williams, followed by a panel discussion titled "Women's Voices: Speak Out For Their Rights" with moderator Victoria Middleton and Susan Dunn of the state American Civil Liberties Union, Lisa Surratt of the A21 Campaign and Nilsy Rapalo, psychologist and El Informador columnist.

  • April 27, 10 a.m. to noon: "Woman to Woman Series - Living Longer, Living Smarter" workshop on long-term care planning for baby boomers.

All events, other than the kickoff, are held at the YWCA, 106 Coming Street, downtown Charleston. Thursday's event is $5 general admission. More information.

County resolution seeks to ban text messaging while driving

Charleston County Council will consider a resolution banning text messaging while driving during its 5 p.m. Finance Committee meeting on April 18.

According to the draft resolution, the county is seeking the resolution to promote transportation safety. Texting while driving is banned in 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"Studies from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute show texting while driving increases the risk of crashing by 23 times," the resolution says. "University of Utah studies show that using a cell phone while driving delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent."

The draft resolution, which could be voted on by the full council on April 23 if it is approved by committee, encourages the General Assembly to make it unlawful to drive a motor vehicle while texting, typing, sending or reading data on an electronic device.

Charleston Animal Society is nation's leader in certifications

The Charleston Animal Society is the nation's leader in United States animal shelters in the number of fully accredited trainers under the ASPCA's SAFER (Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming) program. In Charleston, 11 professionals at the animal shelter have received the training, according to a press release.

Designed to assess the probability of future aggression in dogs age six months and older, SAFER evaluates potential behavioral issues to help potential adopters make informed decisions.

Seven behaviors are examined in dogs when compiling their SAFER profiles. Dogs in Charleston Animal Society's program must undergo routines involving look, sensitivity, tag, squeeze, food behavior, toy behavior, and dog-to-dog behavior before they are put on the shelter's adoption floor. It also serves as a useful tool in behavior modification for dogs that may need training and assistance before they are deemed eligible for adoption.

"Since we started the SAFER program at the shelter, the number of dogs returned by adopters has dropped dramatically," said Paul Aytes, head of the shelter's SAFER program. "Not only has it increased the animal handling skills of our trainers, but it has also improved communication between adoption counselors and potential adopters about what to expect," he adds. "Ultimately, we see a better pairing between dogs and their new owners and a quick and enduring bond is formed."


Hampton Plantation

This eighteenth-century house in northern Charleston County was the centerpiece of a large rice plantation and home to members of the Horry, Pinckney, and Rutledge families. Though a construction date has not been conclusively determined, the Horry family, early Huguenot settlers of the Santee Delta area, may have built the house between 1730 and 1759.

When first constructed, Hampton was a relatively simple timber-framed farmhouse, but before the end of the eighteenth century it had grown into an impressive Georgian-style mansion. Possibly around 1761 Colonel Daniel Horry undertook an extensive building campaign that included the addition of two large wings, several upstairs rooms, and a ballroom. Sometime prior to 1791 Horry's wife, Harriott Pinckney, supervised the construction of a massive Adamesque portico, one of the earliest of its type in American domestic architecture.

By 1804 a traveler to the region described it as a "seat of wealth, splendor, and aristocracy" in the tradition of "cultivated English taste." Hampton Plantation was home to two notable South Carolinians: the pioneering indigo planter Eliza Lucas Pinckney and the poet laureate Archibald Rutledge.

The impressive architectural display of Hampton's mansion was financed with profits created by the intensive cultivation of rice, the Lowcountry's basis of wealth. However, the plantation was not just a residence for socially prominent families. It was also a community made up of hundreds of enslaved African Americans, which included field workers and domestic slaves as well as artisans such as blacksmiths, wheelwrights, carpenters, and masons.

Hampton Plantation was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Since 1971 the South Carolina State Park Service has managed the site as a historic house museum. In addition to the house, the plantation also includes a surviving kitchen building, archaeological sites, remnants of rice fields, and extensive 20th century gardens.

Excerpted from the entry by Al Hester. 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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Most generous cities in the South

The South is the nation's most generous region with nine cities ranking in the top 25 in online giving in 2012, according to a new report by Charleston's Blackbaud. Those cities, each of which has at least 100,000 people, are:

  • Alexandria, Va.
  • Arlington, Va.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Cary, N.C.
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Richmond, Va.
  • Houston, Texas

Charleston ranked 95th nationally. Number one? Seattle. See complete rankings here.


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(NEW) Trade talk: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 15, Harbor Club, 35 Prioleau St., Charleston. Sir Peter Westmacott, the British Ambassador to the United States, will discuss opportunities for trade and investment between the U.S. and United Kingdom at a luncheon hosted by the World Trade Center Charleston. More: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Design secrets: 3 p.m. April 18, 4 South Adgers Wharf, Charleston. Designer Kimberly Grigg will offer secrets of Southern design at a talk at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League's 36th annual Designer Showcase. More.

(NEW) Third Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 18, downtown Summerville. SouthRail Bluegrass Band will perform in Hutchinson Square as visitors can visit local boutiques and stroll through an art walk. More online.

(NEW) Charleston Academy of Music concert: 12:15 p.m., April 18, Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC, 86 Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston. Young musicians from the Academy will perform at MUSC. Free. More.

(NEW) Farmers Market: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays through Oct. 3. The Daniel Island Farmers Market will resume starting April 18 at a new location on Seven Farms Drive in front of the Family Circle Tennis Center. More.


(NEW) Burger luncheon: Noon, April 26, Fish restaurant, 442 King Street, Charleston. Local author Ken Burger will discuss his newest novel, "Salkehatchie Soup," at Blue Bicycle Books' Author Luncheon series. A champagne and dessert reception will follow in the bookstore, 420 King Street. Tickets are $25. More: BlueBicycleBooks.com

Pencil Point: 11 a.m., April 27, Physician's Auditorium, College of Charleston. The Charleston International Film Festival will offer a screening of this S.C. Film Commission-award winning short film by Charleston-based composer Ayala Asherov-Kalus. More on the film.

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.

Where the Wild Things Run: 8:30 a.m., April 27, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel. Run through the marshes and woods in this 5K race. Cost is $28 to $34. Online registration is open through April 26. More online at: www.ccprc.com.

"Anything Goes:" Through April 27 at the historic Dock Street Theatre. Charleston Stage will offer Cole Porter's classic musical comedy as the grand finale of its 35th anniversary season. Tickets range from $38.50 to $57.50. Available online at: www.CharlestonStage.com

Shaggin' on the Cooper: Gates open, 7 p.m., April 27, Mount Pleasant Pier. Charleston County Parks and Recreation will kick off its annual dance event series with live music by Groove Train. Other events will be monthly through September. Tickets are $10 per person; available in packages. On Folly Beach, "Moonlight Mixers" will open May 31. More.

(NEW) Industry Day: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 9, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. The Charleston Post of the Society of American Military Engineers will hold its annual industry day with speakers and networking opportunities. Register here. Contact: Melvin Williams.

Color in Freedom Experience: Through May 20, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. This interactive exhibit involving the Underground Railway experience offers 49 works by artist Joseph Holston. More.

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.


7/1: McGee: Monroe's new book

Williams: Avoiding foreclosure
Dewey: Preventing suicide
Hoover: Clean kitchens
Kulp: On breathalyzers

5/27: May: Hurricane prep lessons
Home converted into gallery
Roper Rehab hosts singer
White, Vinson: Digital library

4/29: Greenberg: Not insurmountable
Harleston: Transportation tax
Heister: How indigo used
Heister: Indigo's history
Angstadt: Manatees

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

Thomas: Storytelling event
Logo contest
Anderson: 2-1-1's 10th
Colwell: Teen pregnancy

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


6/10: "A furious barbarian"
Recovery of Keokuk guns
"Turrets are coming!"
Preparing to attack
Blockade is broken
Stono Rebellion

Charleston Christmas
"Satan's Kingdom"
Christening ironclads
Beauregard's return
Second Battle of Manassas
Secessionville aftermath
Battle of Secessionville
Robert Smalls
Preparing for the attach
Yankee in charge?
Lee and Traveller
Stone Fleet


7/1: Brad Taylor's new thriller

Brookgreen Gardens
New fee bring us closer?
Great new library service
On Robert Ford

5/27: Drum Island's piles
Southern Crescent of Shame
Sanford win, gerrymandering
SC to get more angels

4/29: Pinckney's heroic story
Cleaning up messes
Take expansion money
Sanford tough to beat
With no vision ...

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

Old-timey customer service
New House Speaker?
Reject Riley tax hike
Episcopal schism

Nullification talk wrong
Tailgaters: Back off!
A lot to be proud of
Myth of big government


6/24: GoodBiz Summit
Getting ready to evacuate
Tax policies
On good policy
Heirs' property
1/28: Two conferences

11/26/12: Consumerism
Can we be a better town
Permaculture, more
Bank on Charleston
Did you know?
Payday lenders hurt economy
Waterkeeper event
GrowFood difference
Earth Day festival
Lorax Project
More gardening tips
Food Waste program
Energy from farms
Turtles that fly
Art from beach trash

Coal ash, more
Boeing's solar farm
More eco-tours
More recycling ahead


3/18: Great local parks
What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventures


7/1: Mosquito facts

Curbing mosquitoes
Twitter tips
Help for job applicants
Summer projects

5/27: Hurricane tips
Cleaning up rooms
Traveling with friends
5 on melanoma

4/29: 5 on Cinco de Mayo
Best in Charleston
Generous cities
Spring cleaning tips
Vacation ID tips

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

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

Cold water boating
On Ted Stern
SMART goals
Dealing with email



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