How to solve your pesky mosquito problem

Sunday, July 20, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Last night, I finally figured out one of the “mysteries of life.” I had always wondered why there are one to three mosquitoes flying around inside my car in the morning. They were not in my car when I parked it the night before. My windows are sealed tightly. No holes in the floorboard like my 1972 VW Bug. Drum roll please... The brief …

Recovering from addiction leaves marriage strained

Sunday, July 20, 2014 9:16 a.m.

Dear Liz,

The benefits of a good discussion group

Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:00 a.m.

One of my duties at the Mount Pleasant Library is leading the Monday book discussion group. Before this, everything I knew about group interaction I learned and experienced in college and graduate school.

ECCO, MUSC unite as Partners in HealthCare

Friday, July 18, 2014 10:00 a.m.

In a time when health care is such a moving target, it is an extremely difficult arena for the working poor and uninsured to receive preventive and primary care services. East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) and the MUSC College of Nursing have responded to this overwhelming need by opening “Partners in HealthCare,” a nurse …

The truth behind community journalism

Friday, July 18, 2014 2:15 p.m.

I've been reading “Saving Community Journalism,” a must-read for all publishers, editors and journalists. It was written by Laurinburg native Penelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy and published by The University of North Carolina Press in Chapel Hill.

Helping to Care for Aging Parents

Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:31 a.m.

Many baby boomers are finding that their aging parents are in need of health care assistance. Luckily, there are many options available today to help your parents grow old gracefully, either in their own home or in a facility, and several ways that you can finance the costs of the care.

Legislative update: Odds and ends

By Rep. Jim Merrill

S.C. House of Representatives

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:12 p.m.

Since joining the General Assembly, I have found fireworks at the beginning of July to be an appropriate double entendre. On the one hand, we …

Property rights and unchecked growth

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:41 a.m.

This idea that you have an individual right to do whatever you want with your land is very democratic, but the result is pretty questionable. – Andres Duany

Little Chefs get big surprise

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:41 a.m.

It's days like this that really make you pause, sit back and appreciate all that is good in the world. As you probably know, Louie's Kids is having …

Limit abuse, not legitimate use, of prescription drugs

BY Dr. TODD WARRICK

Pain Society of the Carolinas

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:41 a.m.

Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic. According to a recent report by the Trust for America’s Health, prescription drug-related deaths now …

Save yourself some work with growth regulators

Sunday, July 13, 2014 9:00 a.m.

It is hard to believe another year is halfway over with. Depending on your fertility program, now is generally a good time to fertilize. It has been a while since the ever-popular spring fertilization and with the help of a few rainstorms, many lawns look washed out and hungry. Do not forget about your trees and shrubs, they are hungry too. …

How to prepare your kids for storm season

Friday, July 11, 2014 11:58 a.m.

Summer is in full swing! I hope each of you is finding a way to enjoy, and not stress, the demands and fun of summer. (Yes, fun can be stressful.) I have had multiple questions about “trying” to enjoy kids on summer vacation and “trying” to enjoy family coming into town. In addition, newcomers to the area are asking about storm preparations as …

Prepare now for hurricane season

Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:46 p.m.

It is never too early to start looking at the upcoming hurricane season which includes many new names of storms.

Learn the wonders of birding at your local library

Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:28 a.m.

When I was in high school I dated a fellow who was a bird-watcher. In fact, his whole family were avid bird-watchers.

How do we fix our beloved Palmetto State?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 8:03 a.m.

If you are anywhere on the South Carolina coast between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you don’t have to look too hard to see that we’ve got something here that people from all over seem to really want.

Watergate exhibit at N.C. Museum of History UPDATED

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:15 p.m.

If you know anyone who wants to know more about Watergate, you should tell them to go to the exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

11 tips for a better yard this summer

Sunday, July 6, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Here are a few helpful tips on how to have a better yard this summer:

The future right on your wrist

Sunday, July 6, 2014 3:36 p.m.

A red light comes from the device, alerting me that the mini-USB cord plugged into my electric outlet is charging my new Martian Notifier smart watch which communicates with my iPhone's app.

How did football become soccer?

Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:00 a.m.

On June 12, the term “Flying Dutchman” was mentioned more than once in the media and the reporters were not referring to the legendary ghost ship that's not able to make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. Nor are they referring to André Rieu's music CD. Robin van Persie earned the nickname “Flying Dutchman” when …

Attorneys general frequently notify public of state grand jury investigatons

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:06 a.m.

It has been widely reported that some members of the South Carolina Supreme Court and others expressed surprise that the attorney general's office issued a press release when the investigation of South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell was referred to the state grand jury. It was stated by one justice that attorneys general have never made …

What it was, was ‘Futbol’

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:06 a.m.

The awfullest fight that I have ever seen … in my life! – Andy Griffith, “What It Was, Was Football” (1953, Capitol Records)

Honesty and communication are key

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:01 a.m.

Let freedom (from aggravation, anger, frustration, hurt feelings) ring!

Serenity at Old Edwards Inn

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 9:41 a.m.

Every once in a while, serenity finds me. Sipping a frothy cappuccino at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina, I'm relaxing on the emerald …

Food Synergy: Why you should eat a varied diet

Sunday, June 29, 2014 9:28 p.m.

The body best acquires the protective benefits of fruits and vegetables when a variety is consumed rather than isolated nutrients (pills, supplements). Research suggests that nutrients, phytochemicals and fiber found in whole, plant-based foods work together optimizing the health benefits for the body. For example, while vitamin E is an …

Tips on keeping watered in the summertime

Saturday, June 28, 2014 9:33 a.m.

Summer is here! Pop-up thunderstorms in the afternoon, well over 90-degree days, and vacation time (“School’s out for Summer” – Alice Cooper). If your kids are grown, maybe you are thinking “Summertime and the living is easy” because if they are still around the house, you are busy keeping them busy.

What growth means to the community

Friday, June 27, 2014 9:12 a.m.

I read an article recently which said that Mount Pleasant was the ninth fastest growing area in the country. It seems everywhere I have lived tells that story.

Pregnant, stressed and looking for advice

Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:31 a.m.

Dear Liz,

Proper watering to alleviate brown spots

Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Leyland Cypress issues, roaches and rodents that like air conditioning, flies by the grill, how an application of SeaHume and 15-00-15 made the grass so green, mosquitoes and these mysterious brown areas in my yard seem to dominate my conversations this week.

How to find great books to read

Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:00 a.m.

My friend Susan recently pointed out a new book that just arrived at our library, written by one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby. I was thrilled to discover it. It's called “Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books,” and it's a compendium of 10 years' worth of book reviews from Hornby's column in a magazine called …

A great day for a ballgame

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:46 a.m.

It was a cool and cloudy day with sporadic downpours and warnings of spotted flooding in our beloved Charleston. I voiced timid disappointment …

On Vacation

On Vacation – Churchill Downs

Wednesday, July 9, 1:12 p.m.

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