Teaching kids about voting this Election Day

Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:00 p.m.

My elementary school held a mock presidential election in the fall of 1980.

Headed there in a handbasket?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:15 a.m.

A recent poll has made headlines by revealing that the majority of Americans asked think the world is going to hell in handbasket. Perhaps they meant “coming apart at the seams,” or, well, insert your favorite metaphor here.

Fighting illness at Sullivan’s Island Pest House

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:15 a.m.

Given the concerns over the recent outbreak of Ebola, I'm taking a quick sidestep from writing about East Cooper plantations to share some insight on some of the rather radical steps taken in the 18th and 19th centuries to halt the spread of infectious diseases. For the early colonists, disease was their No. 1 fear, dreaded more than enemy …

Battling viruses, both human and computer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:49 p.m.

First there were rumblings and a few news stories with tidbits of news. Then we started paying attention to the Michael Crichton novels and movies …

Dealing with your garden’s main offenders

Sunday, October 19, 2014 8:51 a.m.

With the rain, treat for insects. Sod webworms like to feed at night and on cloudy, overcast days. Obviously, they have been chowing down the last month or two.

Finding ways to fix our roads, five years after the stimulus

By Richard Eckstrom

S.C. Comptroller

Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:24 p.m.

You’ve probably heard much discussion lately about the condition of South Carolina’s roads and bridges, and how to fund their repairs and maintenance. …

Learning inner peace through meditation

Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:00 a.m.

We think of libraries as quiet, meditative spaces. However, if you visit the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, you will discover that it is brimming with life and activity. This may seem like an environment unconducive to meditation, but I beg to differ. Libraries are rich places of knowledge and learning, depositories of wisdom – and this is …

Advice on keeping your kids safe online

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:19 a.m.

How about this gorgeous weather, huh?

Murder and mayhem along Georgetown Stage Route

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:28 a.m.

Much of what life was like in earlier times can be found in early newspapers, particularly information about place locations. Sometimes this comes …

10 answers for referendum questions

By Bill Lewis

Special to the Moultrie News

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:23 a.m.

Will Haynie raised 10 thought-provoking questions for voters to consider about the referendum question on the November 2014 ballot to extend the …

Teaching history based on what’s important, not what’s fashionable

By Larry K. Grooms

S.C. Senate

Monday, October 13, 2014 1:31 p.m.

There was a time when American exceptionalism was as much a part of a student’s education as Jamestown, Manifest Destiny and the Wright brothers. In …

Fall is here at last

Sunday, October 12, 2014 9:58 a.m.

I would like to start this week’s article with a shout out to Charleston RiverDogs’ head grounds superintendent Mike Williams. Mike (Riley Park) won the South Atlantic Leagues’ Field of the Year honors for 2014.

Putting fun back in dysfunctional families

Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Don't you just love a good dysfunctional family story? Doesn't everyone? Well, I do, anyway.

Our shared battle against mental illness

Friday, October 10, 2014 10:47 a.m.

Some of my earliest public service was serving on the board of the Greenville County Mental Health Center – including as its chairman – in the early ‘90s. I later served on the South Carolina Mental Health Commission.

Picking healthy entertainment for your kids

Friday, October 10, 2014 10:02 a.m.

I’m always asked what type of movies I like. Animated Disney always makes me cry. (Cracks up my grandkids.) I also enjoy romantic comedies and true stories about people who have overcome the odds.

Fall gift guide

By Tim Bullard

Author and columnist

Friday, October 10, 2014 3:58 p.m.

If your mind is preoccupied by the never-ending saga of U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, just remember the story of the guy who married his niece and killed …

Recognizing National Newspaper Week

Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:45 a.m.

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield's famous line was he “got no respect.”

10 questions to consider about the sales tax referendum

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 2:10 p.m.

In a matter of weeks, local voters will be going to the polls to vote on renewing the county-wide 1 percent local option sales tax. Revenues from this go to the Charleston County School District (CCSD) for the construction of facilities. Its regular operating budget is paid primarily though real property taxes.

Protecting your lawn from rainy weather

Sunday, October 5, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Wow, we are getting weather that is making it really hard to deal with some of our perennial worst situations this time of year.

Spooktacular activities all month long

Friday, October 3, 2014 9:00 a.m.

I am embarrassed to say that I trick-or-treated – for candy – until I turned 18.

Waxing eloquent on wax myrtle

Thursday, October 2, 2014 10:10 a.m.

One of the most popular (and prolific) trees in the Lowcountry is the wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera). This aromatic shrub grows everywhere – behind the …

Struggle for transparency continues

Thursday, October 2, 2014 10:07 a.m.

One of the keys to quality government is the ability of citizens to see how decisions are made and how tax dollars are spent.

Traffic jams and flooded streets

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:26 a.m.

Damn this traffic jam. It hurts my motor to move so slow. – James Taylor, “Traffic Jam”

A new tale of terror UPDATED

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:27 a.m.

Placed in a hotel room beside the bride's parents, the first night of wedded bliss didn't turn out to be much. Oh no, that's my honeymoon.

Preparing your lawn for battle

Sunday, September 28, 2014 7:17 a.m.

Brown Patch Fungus is in the attack mode. The shorter days, moisture and finally the cooler weather has given this fungus all the conditions it likes to destroy the yard you worked hard on all summer.

Hurricane Hugo and combating loneliness

Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Dear Liz,

Celebrating Banned Books Week

Thursday, September 25, 2014 8:00 a.m.

The “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling, “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and the “Captain Underpants” series by Dav Pilkey.

Front lines in war against ISIS are right here

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Drive around east of the Cooper on a Sunday morning and you'll be reminded of just how many vibrant, growing churches there are in this area. Some are small, old congregations that have remained about the same size for generations. Some are relatively new, with multiple campuses and outreaches, some stretching coast-to-coast. As Mount Pleasant …

Lessons from Hugo

By Richard Eckstrom

S.C. Comptroller

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:57 p.m.

It’s been a quarter-century since South Carolina felt the wrath of Hurricane Hugo, but it remains a defining moment for our state.

How to manage earwigs and other pests

Sunday, September 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Q. I have these insects in my bathroom that have little pinchers, and when you crush them, they smell really bad. How can I get rid of this pest?

On Vacation

On Vacation – Long Island

Wednesday, October 15, 11:29 a.m.

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