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IN BLOOM.
West Ashley photographer and librarian Cynthia Bledsoe is right to say that you can tell spring is here when the hydrangeas take off. This blue flower head -- called a "corymb" or "panicle" -- reminds us our our grandmother's garden where the blooms were as big as a child's head. Thanks, Cynthia!

Issue 5.29 | Monday, May 20, 2013
Have a safe Memorial Day next week

FOCUS Curators have home show
BRACK Southern Crescent of Shame
KIDS Birds, bees, butterflies
GOOD NEWS Corridor, taxes, jazz
HISTORY Jazz in South Carolina
SPOTLIGHT Charleston RiverDogs
FEEDBACK Got a beef? Tell us about it
BROADUS Confetti and a red ribbon
THE LIST Kids and clean rooms
QUOTE Use what you got
CALENDAR This week ... and next
   
TODAY'S FOCUS

Curators to have art show in their home during Spoleto
Special to Charleston Currents

MAY 20, 2013 -- Two Warren Street curators are opening their home later this month to highlight the contemporary artwork of two British artists and three locals.

Home Is Where the Art Is, a Charleston-based, artist-run progressive Contemporary Art Initiative, is designed to share art in an accessible, open and comfortable environment. Based in the curators' historic circa-1880 Warren Street home, which is custom designed for ample exhibit space, the organization's goal is to share contemporary art in an intimate, relaxed setting, without diminishing the respect for the artists and their work.

Fulfilling a lifetime dream of the curators, Home Is Where The Art Is curates up to three shows of highly respected progressive contemporary artists per year. Exhibits are held in both the home gallery and the organization's studio space, "Where it's Made."

"Art comes alive when it is lived with. Art is meant to be experienced, shared and discussed in an open, comfortable environment," says co-curator and resident Stacie McCormick. "Home Is Where The Art Is aims to innovate and inspire the contemporary art scene in Charleston by providing a space accessible to the general public and not forgetting the critical discourse of each exhibit. We are proud to call Charleston home and it is the city's progressive attitudes that allows us.

The curators' passion for art and all that it means has led to the remarkable opportunity to view progressive international and local artists in the cozy environment of their home, hopefully planting the seed of new critical thinking and exposure to challenging and celebrated art, according to a press release.

On display at Home Is Where The Art Is starting May 30 is work by Chicago-based artists Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth. The show, open 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, will also feature works of local artists Joshua Lynn, David Boatwright and Jane Winefield. A conversation with artists will be June 8. The show closes June 9.

"We are thrilled that our gallery will be home to Jessica and Tim's work," says McCormick. "These world-class exhibits seek to unravel and provoke rich interactions between people, technology, products and services. The fact that exhibits of this depth will be hosted in our casual, comfortable home gallery is perfect. Charleston residents and visitors from all over the world who are in town for Spoleto can explore world-class contemporary art in a welcoming environment, allowing for more critical thinking. When art is more approachable, it becomes more meaningful."

Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth are a husband and wife team working in the realm of experimental and speculative object making. They are graduates of the Royal College of Art in London, Charlesworth from the Design Interactions course (graduating 2007) and Parsons from Design Products (graduating 2000). Parsons currently holds the position of Associate Professor in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Their work is wide-ranging, from material experimentation to adapting meaningful found objects to speculative, narrative-led work.

While in Charleston, Parsons and Charlesworth will work locally in a studio run by Home Is Where The Art Is creating a Charleston-based specific work inspired by the city. The artists will develop a series of experiments during the residency that communicates the couple's sensibility and approach to object making.

ANDY BRACK

Time to focus on Southern Crescent of Shame
By ANDY BRACK, editor and publisher

MAY 20, 2013 -- A few years back, Columbia public relations guru Bud Ferillo made a film about several economically distressed counties that he dubbed the "Corridor of Shame." This area, which stretched along Interstate 95 from Dillon County to Jasper County, got a lot of attention when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama toured an old Dillon middle school in the run-up to the 2008 election.

But did you ever wonder whether South Carolina's Corridor of Shame was an anomaly -- or whether something similar was happening on the other sides of our state borders? Unfortunately, similar conditions continue, extending north to Tidewater Virginia and curving south and west across middle Georgia and Alabama before swinging north to the Mississippi Delta.

Our Corridor of Shame is just a piece of a Southern Crescent of Shame of economically distressed areas inhabited by more than 4 million people. They live in a rural South shaped by long-term poverty and lack of economic opportunities outside of agriculture. [Below at right, see map of poverty in 2008; the darker that the red is, the higher the amount of poverty.]

This Southern Crescent is home to as many people as live in the whole state of South Carolina. But unlike cities with the dynamism of Charleston, Columbia and Greenville or the increasing manufacturing prowess of Sumter, Anderson and Florence, the 100+ counties in the Crescent seem to be places where hope may go to die.

That's not to say there aren't success stories. Downtowns in places like Hampton, S.C., and Blakely, Ga., are getting new lives. Some forward-looking communities have taken extra steps to plan and innovate. Over recent years, for example, Vidalia, Ga., has branded itself as the go-to place for sweet, delicious onions. Prosperity shows throughout the town, but 25 percent of the people in Toombs County live in poverty. Or look at Hartsville, S.C., where Sonoco is making big investments in local education efforts to help create a more skilled work force for the future.

Still, there's an sense of gloom in these Crescent towns, hamlets and crossroads that mixes with a pride of being less complicated and more friendly, relaxed and personal than generally found in suburbs. A bank employee in Fitzgerald, Ga., this week reflected that her young son was growing up in a good place, but schools in her nearby hometown didn't have the high-tech tools that her brother's son had in his school in Seattle. She worried that he'd be left behind.

It's not hard to see the Crescent stand out on maps that display how its counties have higher rates of poverty, unemployment, single family households, chlamydia, obesity and diabetes. With the blink of an eye, it's easy to see that these areas easily correlate with another map at the left -- that of where enslaved people lived in 1860.

Folks, the Southern Crescent is a remnant of plantation life -- a region that has been the soft underbelly of the Deep South for generations. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, it's time that this area starts receiving the same attention that Appalachia did in the 1960s War on Poverty.

The Center for a Better South is starting a three-prong effort to focus attention on the Southern Crescent. First, it has a new Web site -- www.SouthernCrescent.org -- that highlights a different image of life in the region every other day. Second, it seeks to work with nonprofits and foundations to fund research and studies on how to coordinate better and smarter delivery of existing services to infuse more dynamism in the region. And the Center encourage creation of a special national study commission to recommend federal and state policies to raise living standards.

This effort may not cost a lot of money. The Center presumes that if various state and federal government bureaucracies get out of their comfort zones and work with engaged rural communities, they can figure out ways to coordinate services better and create more economic opportunities.

After a week of riding roads in South Carolina and Georgia through Crescent communities, it's clear that millions of rural Southerners want more opportunities for their counties. Now is the time to get moving so they don't get left behind even more.

Andy Brack is publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report, where this commentary first was published. He also is chairman of the Center for a Better South. He can be reached at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.

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SPOTLIGHT

Charleston RiverDogs

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. This issue's featured underwriter is the Charleston RiverDogs. The Lowcountry’s leader in sports entertainment, Charleston RiverDogs baseball is an attractive, affordable medium for your group or business. The RiverDogs develop the next major league stars for the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees at one of the finest ballparks in Minor League Baseball -- Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Three short words sum up the every day approach taken by the Charleston RiverDogs front office. The brainchild of club President Mike Veeck, the nine-letter phrase “Fun Is Good” is meant to be a guideline and daily reminder of how employees should approach their jobs and in turn capture the imagination of the fans to turn them into repeat customers.

The season is in full swing! [Bad pun intended.] See the schedule. Call the 'Dogs today at (843) 723-7241 or visit online at: www.RiverDogs.com.

PLUFF MUD KIDS

The birds and the bees ... and conservancies
By LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

MAY 20, 2013 -- This spring has brought us continuous encounters with birds and butterflies with the added attraction of an in-school bee hive installation.

Nature-walking throughout this month is a great way to quiet the hubbub of the daily routine and hush idle chatter as your children sneak up and observe closely their winged friends before they take flight.

Our recent journeys have provided us with a clear record of the best Lowcountry spots for viewing birds and butterflies. The lists that follow enable you and your family to head straight to the action and plan a great weekend walk. Don't forget your camera! [If you find that your favorite bird or butterfly observation spot has been left off the list, please email Pluff Mud Kids and we will check it out!]

For Bird Observation

The Audubon Swamp: Named for John James Audubon, the painter and naturalist, this 60-acre swamp land is located just inside the gates of Magnolia Plantation and is a 30-minute drive from Mount Pleasant. This lush habitat is a mix of cypress and tupelo trees, marshy bogs, boardwalks and native foliage. We love this swamp for the cool shade it provides in late spring and summer and for the opportunity to view varieties of birds up close . You will see egrets and herons nesting side by side, crows, woodpeckers, warblers and our favorite little Carolina chickadees. This is a wonderful, manageable short hike for children of all ages and stroller friendly too!

Brookgreen Garden Aviary: This aviary is our top pick for zooming in close with birds in a natural setting. Children delight in spending time inside an actual bird cage! The knowledgeable staff feed the birds and give child-friendly information while you study the birds, take pictures and linger a while in this very special habitat.

Caw Caw Interpretive Center: With more than miles of trails to choose from, every time you visit this site is a brand new experience. You can see rare species of birds here such as kites and eagles while absorbing the history of the tea and rice crops that were once grown here.

The Pitt Street Bridge in the Old Village, Mount Pleasant: Walking, picnicking or kayaking this area is best in the early morning sun or on a cool spring evening for bird watching as it is a natural habitat teaming with pelicans, songbirds and other marsh birds. Stand at the end of the bridge to view more protected land directly across the water on Sullivan's Island, courtesy of the efforts of the Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy.

Observation Tower at Palmetto County Park: Kids love this bird's eye view complete with a viewfinder! The sweeping marsh and Intracoastal waterway are a bird watcher's paradise and you will enjoy a cool breeze at the top.

The Birds of Prey Center: Your best bet for viewing birds in flight. The flight shows are daily at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Allow at least two to three hours here to cover all the site and take the informative tour at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. with the incredible staff here who are happy to patiently answer your children's questions.

For Bee Study

Check out our friends over at The Bee Cause who are working hard to install working bee hives in 1,000 schools! Read more on Pluff Mud Kids blog post.

For Butterfly Observation

Marsh View Trail and Butterfly Garden: This property represents another Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy effort to protect and preserve our environment through a community based garden project and marsh trail.

EdVenture's Blooming Butterflies: This 2,500 square foot butterfly house is located within the interactive children's museum in Columbia. You can devote an entire day to include time for the butterfly garden, making it well worth the trek from Charleston.

Cannon Park: This lovely green space and garden area in the heart of downtown Charleston is a picture perfect spot for seeing butterflies land on their favorite types of specially planted flowers provided by the Charleston Parks Conservancy.

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.

GOOD NEWS

Gullah Geechee Corridor takes another step forward

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Management Plan has officially been approved this month by the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, which makes it an official document with which to begin implementation of projects and programs.

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, established by federal legislation in 2006, is the only one of 49 National Heritage Areas that promotes the living culture of an African American population. It spans the coastal communities from Wilmington, N.C., through South Carolina and Georgia, to St. Augustine, Fla.

"I commend the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission for their four years of intensive work to create this management plan," said the corridor's sponsor, U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C. "Their efforts have already brought tremendous attention to the Gullah Geechee culture, and this plan will serve as a blueprint to not only educate people about the culture, but also to ensure its sustainability for future generations. It is gratifying to see the vision I had for the Corridor coming to fruition, and I thank all of those involved who made this possible."

  • Learn more about the corridor online at www.gullahgeecheecorridor.org, and in management plan documents at public libraries throughout the Corridor.

Proposed budget includes lower county taxes

Charleston County residents could see a 6 percent reduction in taxes on owner-occupied homes if a budget proposal by Charleston County Administrator Kurt Taylor is approved by County Council. The proposed decrease, which equates to $4.80 on a $100,000 home, will be before council's finance committee 5 p.m., May 21.

The proposed decrease is possible because of an offset credit from Local Option Sales Taxes that have been collected. The proposed primary county budget of $194 million is up $6.9 million mostly due to added workers at the mosquito control division and 9-1-1 dispatch center employees, according to a press release.

6th annual jazz series takes place during Spoleto

Upstairs at 493 King Street will be home for a second year for the Jazz Artists of Charleston's sixth annual JAC Jazz Series from May 23-26, May 29-June 2, and June 4-7. The venue is between Radcliffe and Morris streets on King Street.

Among the performers from the area and nation are the Kevin Hackler Quintet (May 23), The New South Jazzmen (May 24), Jamie Slater Trio (June 1), Charlton Singleton Quintet (June 2) and Charleston Latin Jazz Collective (June 5).

Each night, there will be sets at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., each of which will last about 75 minutes. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the show.

Historic plats, buildings on Seven to Save list for 2013

When the Preservation Society of Charleston puts something other than an old building on its Seven to Save list for a year, you know it's different ... and important.

On the Society's new list is Charleston County's historic plat collection in storage with the Register of Mesne Conveyance. The office has archival maps that date as early as 1680 and includes the John McCrady Plat Collection of more than 10,000 plats.

"These documents are essential to the interpretation and understanding of the development of the built environment of Charleston and the Lowcountry," according to a press release. "The collection is in danger of being lost forever because of deterioration. Improper conservation methods and storage conditions in the 20th century exposed these fragile documents to fluctuating air temperatures and inappropriate levels of moisture."

The county recently pledged $100,000 to buy the equipment necessary to digitize the plats for posterity.

S.C. ENCYCLOPEDIA

Jazz in South Carolina

South Carolina has been home to an impressive number of nationally prominent jazz figures as well as the site of many high-caliber jazz activities, including major festivals, comprehensive jazz education programs, and even an award-winning radio show.

Although Cheraw native and bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie, a major influence on modern jazz trumpeters, is the best-known and most historically significant jazz musician to have come from the state, many other important performers were either born or spent their formative years in South Carolina, some being alumni of the world-famous youth bands of Charleston's Jenkins Orphanage. Among the earliest South Carolinians to make names for themselves outside the state were tuba player Pete Briggs, who recorded with Louis Armstrong in 1927; trumpeter Jabbo Smith, regarded by many in the 1920s as


Gillespie

a serious rival to Armstrong himself; preeminent alto saxophonist Willie Smith; and popular trumpeters Peanuts Holland and Gus Aitken.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra included South Carolinians such as trumpeters Bubber Miley, Cat Anderson, and Taft Jordan; clarinetist and saxophonist Jimmy Hamilton; and drummer Rufus Jones. South Carolinians who performed with Count Basie include his longtime guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeter Pete Minger and saxophonist John C. Williams. Charleston's Fud Livingston became an important arranger for many swing bands. Players who rose to prominence in modern times include saxophonists Lucky Thompson, Odean Pope, Houston Person, Bob Belden and Chris Potter; guitarist James Blood immigration; drummer Alphonse Mouton; and trombonist Ron Westray.

Two major jazz festivals have brought scores of famous musicians to the state. Since 1980 the annual Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston has presented dozens of top stars, including such luminaries as the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Sarah Vaughan, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, George Shearing, Dianne Reeves and many more. And for ten years, starting in 1987, Columbia's Main Street Jazz annually imported performers of a similar quality.

Educational institutions, arts presenters, and other organizations bring leading performers to the state on a regular basis. The Hilton Head Jazz Society, founded in 1986, imports name musicians to raise funds for its jazz scholarship program and present master classes at the local schools. The group also holds monthly concerts featuring regional artists.

In the late 1950s, one of the first collegiate jazz bands on the east coast was organized at Newberry College. Shortly afterwards the Newberry College High School Jazz Festival was founded to allow student jazz bands to perform for ratings and comments by nationally known clinicians. Later, after the formation of the South Carolina unit of the National Association of Jazz Educators (now the International Association for Jazz Education) to promote jazz education in the state, the Newberry festival, in conjunction with that organization, introduced the South Carolina All-State High School Jazz Ensemble, whose members are selected by audition from throughout the state.

At the start of the twenty-first century, many of the state's secondary and postsecondary educational institutions provided some form of jazz in their curricula. Offerings included ensembles, classroom courses, clinics conducted by professional artists, and even full majors in jazz. The University of South Carolina at Columbia offered curricula leading to both bachelor's and master's degrees in jazz studies. The South Carolina Jazz Hall of Fame, founded at South Carolina State College in the late 1970s, honors outstanding students, professionals, and support personnel. In 1985 Dizzy Gillespie became its first professional inductee.

The citizens of South Carolina have regular access to high quality jazz through the offerings of South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) and the South Carolina Educational Radio Network (SCERN). The latter not only brings the music to citizens throughout the state in the form of locally produced and nationally syndicated programs, but has for more than two decades produced the nationally distributed, Peabody Award-winning "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz," a weekly program featuring the highly regarded pianist and her guests. In the year 2000, the network's Rock Hill station began to broadcast jazz exclusively and continuously.

Excerpted from the entry by David Franklin. 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

Confetti and a red ribbon


CONFETTI AND A RED RIBBON:
The Art Institute of Charleston had a special ribbon cutting on May 10 to open its new fashion studio. From left to right are Olivia King, bachelor of fine arts in Fashion & Retail Management student; Lynne Riding, academic director of fashion; Newton Myvett, president; Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.; Eric Watson, associate dean of academic affairs; Sabrina Hyman, bachelor of fine arts in Fashion & Retail Management student. Photo provided.


In last week's Broadus, we showcased a lush Lowcountry scene, but wondered if you could guess where it was.

A pair of RiverDogs tickets are heading to Chuck Boyd of Charleston for correctly telling us that the tunnel of trees is on Edisto Island.


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THE LIST

How to get your kids to clean up their rooms

Merry Maids of Charleston offer five suggestions on how to get your kids to clean up their rooms -- without a lot of heated banter.

  • Make a contest of it: Assign everyone in the family a room or a space to clean and set a time limit. Then, ask a neutral party to judge. Take before and after pictures and send them to the judge if no one neutral is around. The prize can be an outing of the winner's choice, but something that will be enjoyable for everyone who worked so hard.

  • Give some detail: Instead of just saying "clean your room," give them a clearly defined list of what to do: make your bed, put dirty clothes in the hamper, place books on the shelves and toys in the bins, etc.

  • Give control: You could let them decide the types and styles of bins they use to store their things. They are far more likely to get excited about stashing their toys in a Monsters University bin they picked out themselves.

  • Pick a song: A clean-up song is a great idea. The music will make cleaning up more fun and eventually when your child hears it, he or she will automatically know it's time to tidy.

  • Take it easy: Cleaning up is necessary. Encouraging your children to do it teaches them many skills that will help them throughout their lives. But it doesn't have to be a chore. The more relaxed and positive you are about cleaning up, the more your attitude will rub off.

QUOTE

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-- John Coltrane

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CALENDAR

IN THE WEEK AHEAD

(NEW) Make Google apps work for you: 9 a.m. to noon, May 21, Coastal Community Foundation, 635 Rutledge Ave., Charleston. The S.C. Tech Academy of Coastal Community Foundation presents a 2-session class to help nonprofits get the most from this incredibly powerful suite of tools. Learn tips that will help you get stuff done faster and work more effectively with others in your organization to reduce re-work and confusion. More online.

(NEW) Turtle release: 4 p.m., May 23, Isle of Palms County Park. "Birdie," a 16-pound Kemp's Ridley sea turtle brought to the S.C. Aquarium in September and two loggerhead turtles are the first three turtles to be released publically this year. More: SCAquarium.org.

Run to Remember: 6:30 p.m., May 23, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission offers the inaugural evening run as a way to kick off Memorial Day celebrations. Online registration is open through May 22 at www.ccprc.com.

Great watercolors: May 24 to Sept 15, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston. In conjunction with Spoleto Festival USA, the Gibbes will present watercolors created in Charleston in the early 1990s by celebrated contemporary artists Stephen Mueller and Carl Palazzolo, who will give an opening day gallery talk at 2:30 p.m. at the museum. Art is from the collection David and Carol Rawle. More: GibbesMuseum.org

Run, Forrest, Run: 4 p.m., May 25, The Joe stadium, Charleston. The Charleston RiverDogs will host the 10th annual "Run Forrest Run" 5K race before that day's 6:05 p.m. baseball game against the Greenville Drive. Pre-registration is $30. More online.

(NEW) Free admission: May 27, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Active-duty members of the military and their immediate family will be able to get free admission to the attraction for general garden admission. More: MagnoliaPlantation.com.

CONTINUING AND IN THE WEEKS AHEAD

(NEW) Conversation with West Fraser: 6 p.m., June 3, Preservation Society of Charleston Book and Gift Shop, 147 King Street, Charleston. Lowcountry traditionalist painter West Fraser will offer his thoughts on Charleston, his style and more. Reception starts 30 minutes before the lecture. $15 for members/$20 others. More: PreservationSociety.org

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.

(NEW) Nighttime at the Museum: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., June 7, Charleston Museum, Meeting Street, Charleston. Bring your flashlight to the annual event as living historians represent many time periods. The event will help history come to life for your children. Tickets are $10 for member adults, $20 for non-members; rate is half of that for kids. More: CharlestonMuseum.org

Spivey Hall Children's Choir: June 7-11, around town. The internationally recognized chorale group from Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga., will perform as part of its summer tour in local retirement homes and at Piccolo Spoleto at 3 p.m. June 9 at Grace Episcopal Church. More online.

Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival: June 20-23 with events including a June 22 parade led by diplomats from Trinidad and Tobago. Learn more online about the festival's broad cultural events.

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

7/15: Kaynard: Mepkin Abbey
7/8:
McCandless: At-risk youths
7/1:
McGee: Monroe's new book

6/24:
Williams: Avoiding foreclosure
6/17:
Dewey: Preventing suicide
6/10:
Hoover: Clean kitchens
6/3:
Kulp: On breathalyzers

5/27: May: Hurricane prep lessons
5/20:
Home converted into gallery
5/13:
Roper Rehab hosts singer
5/6:
White, Vinson: Digital library

4/29: Greenberg: Not insurmountable
4/22:
Harleston: Transportation tax
4/15:
Heister: How indigo used
4/8:
Heister: Indigo's history
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

DOUG BOSTICK: CIVIL WAR HISTORY

6/10: "A furious barbarian"
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

7/15: Give brand to government
7/8:
S.C. keeps treading water
7/1:
Brad Taylor's new thriller

6/24:
Brookgreen Gardens
6/17:
New fee bring us closer?
6/10:
Great new library service
6/3:
On Robert Ford

5/27: Drum Island's piles
5/20:
Southern Crescent of Shame
5/13:
Sanford win, gerrymandering
5/6:
SC to get more angels

4/29: Pinckney's heroic story
4/22:
Cleaning up messes
4/15:
Take expansion money
4/8:
Sanford tough to beat
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

CAMPBELL, LAFOND : ON SENIORS

5/6: Revocable Living Trusts
3/4:
Resources to help seniors cope
2/4:
On life estates
1/7:
Next step in health care

GREG GARVAN: CHARLESTON GREEN

6/24: GoodBiz Summit
5/27:
Getting ready to evacuate
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

LEIGH SABINE: PLUFF MUD KIDS

5/20: Birds, bees, butterflies
4/15:
Signs of spring abound
3/18:
Great local parks
2/18:
What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventure

THE LIST: ARCHIVES

7/1: Mosquito facts

6/24:
Curbing mosquitoes
6/17:
Twitter tips
6/10:
Help for job applicants
6/3:
Summer projects

5/27: Hurricane tips
5/20:
Cleaning up rooms
5/13:
Traveling with friends
5/6:
5 on melanoma

4/29: 5 on Cinco de Mayo
4/22:
Best in Charleston
4/15:
Generous cities
4/8:
Spring cleaning tips
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

SISTER SITES
TWITTER UPDATE

 

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