My elementary school held a mock presidential election in the fall of 1980.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
By Richard Eckstrom
S.C. ComptrollerThursday, 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. …
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 …
How about this gorgeous weather, huh?
Much of what life was like in earlier times can be found in early newspapers, particularly information about place locations. Sometimes this comes …
By Bill Lewis
Special to the Moultrie NewsWednesday, 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 …
By Larry K. Grooms
S.C. SenateMonday, 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 …
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.
Don't you just love a good dysfunctional family story? Doesn't everyone? Well, I do, anyway.
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.
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.
By Tim Bullard
Author and columnistFriday, 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 …
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield's famous line was he “got no respect.”
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.
Wow, we are getting weather that is making it really hard to deal with some of our perennial worst situations this time of year.
I am embarrassed to say that I trick-or-treated – for candy – until I turned 18.
One of the most popular (and prolific) trees in the Lowcountry is the wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera). This aromatic shrub grows everywhere – behind the …
One of the keys to quality government is the ability of citizens to see how decisions are made and how tax dollars are spent.
Damn this traffic jam. It hurts my motor to move so slow. – James Taylor, “Traffic Jam”
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.
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.
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.
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 …
By Richard Eckstrom
S.C. ComptrollerTuesday, 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.
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?