You really can’t make this stuff up

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:00 a.m.

The blessing of being a writer/columnist is having a forum to share thoughts about what is going on all around us and trying to put it in some sort …

Hope out of a storm – 25 years of serving East Cooper

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 10:00 a.m.

At church last week, my friend Roy, who drag races, told me he runs one-eighth of a mile in six seconds. He said that when he finishes a race, it would take 20 minutes to explain everything that went on in those six seconds.

Getting help with your Medicare costs when money is tight

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:38 p.m.

Medicare provides vital health insurance for 50 million seniors and people with disabilities. But even when you have Medicare, health care is not …

Saving time and money in your yard

Sunday, September 14, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Over the past few weeks, I have talked to two different customers who have had great success with one of our money-saving products. The product is Possum's Wetting Agent with Biostimulants (PWAB for short).

Library cards, part one

By Susan McSwain

Reference Department

Friday, September 12, 2014 9:33 a.m.

What’s the most valuable card in my wallet? I would have to say my library card.

Shop locally and improve your community

Thursday, September 11, 2014 9:52 a.m.

The benefits of shopping locally can't be overstated.

Apple envy: New iPhone announced

Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:25 a.m.

Apple just announced the iPhone 6 and a watch while I “listened” online with text blasts from California.

Dealing with sudden and unexpected loss

Thursday, September 11, 2014 9:50 a.m.

Short of a natural disaster, there has been an inordinate number of deaths of people close to me and my readers just this past week. Some were expected, such as long illnesses and the very elderly. But there were many that were sudden, unexpected and “too soon” which leave most people shaken, in shock and very saddened.

Staying social in a digital age

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 10:38 a.m.

I just met my neighbors. – Statement by Zack Bussey on Twitter when Facebook crashed in June 2014

Great products to use after aerating

Sunday, September 7, 2014 9:00 a.m.

I was asked about aerating a yard this time of year, and I replied that you should go for it as long as your grass is actively growing and not under any stress. Aerating should be considered for the health of your whole landscape and it is not a spring-only activity. While you have the holes open in your yard, there are many products that you can …

September is ‘Library Card Sign-up Month’

Friday, September 5, 2014 1:00 p.m.

As I grew up in a very small village in the Netherlands, the nearest public library was in a town about 5 miles away. You might think 5 miles is not very far, but at that time, I was elementary school age and my only mode of transportation was a bike suitable for my size, i.e., not very big with small wheels.

Music and memories

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:53 p.m.

By Tim Bullard

Safety disputes and the subject of allowance

Sunday, August 31, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Dear Liz,

Tips on battling back against armyworms

Sunday, August 31, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Wow, what a week. Fall armyworms decided to attack my yard and many others throughout the Lowcountry. Golf courses and turf fields have been getting their fair share of munching as well. Walk around your yard late in the evening; if you see a lot of moths, usually worms are close behind (moths lay eggs; eggs hatch into hungry worms).

Meet the newest member of the library staff

Saturday, August 30, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Meet Christian Colon, full-time library assistant in the circulation department, and one of Mount Pleasant Regional's newest staff members. Christian …

Legislative update – Agenda-setting session

Saturday, August 30, 2014 11:00 a.m.

The Republican majority in the South Carolina House of Representatives currently stands at 78 members, in comparison to the Democratic Party's 46 …

Simple tips on saving money UPDATED

Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:26 p.m.

My wife invited me to go with her to help select a new laptop for her job.

A tricky situation in funding education

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 9:39 a.m.

Everyone who is against funding for education, please raise your hand.

NFL could always use another dose of sportsmanship

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:43 p.m.

I'm always excited to see Clemson or USC athletes ascend to the NFL, but it was particularly thrilling to watch former Gamecock quarterback Connor …

Amid the bad news, much good news to be found

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:34 a.m.

It was a tough month.

A look at reader mail and proper screening

Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 a.m.

A local gardener writes:

Reader questions about Wando’s STEAM, Yeti and rednecks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:52 a.m.

Q: Why is the term “redneck” OK, but the mascot name “Redskins” isn’t?

Dealing with wet weather, preparing for winter

Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:03 a.m.

Treat for mosquitoes in your yard! Usually, I recommend the organic repellents; however, with the amount of rain we have had, try some Cyonara and kill the mosquito. Scout around your yard for potential breeding sites.

The problem with fracking

Friday, August 15, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Recently, the Winston-Salem Journal covered the issue of fracking in Davie County next door to Forsyth County.

A nation of immigrants should have an immigration system that works

Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:23 p.m.

America did not become great by keeping people out. We are great because, throughout our history, we have held our doors wide open to those seeking a new start, economic opportunity and a chance to raise their families in peace and freedom.

Food for thought: Culinary literature

Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:27 p.m.

I love food, but I'm a terrible cook. I don't like to cook. I don't have the patience for it. Frankly, I'd rather be reading a book.

On the eve of an important decision UPDATED

Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:24 p.m.

We can’t solve problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein

Settling disputes and the issue of allowance

Monday, August 11, 2014 2:37 p.m.

Dear Liz,

Caring for your Leyland Cypress: part 3

Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:00 a.m.

This article is the third in a series about Leyland Cypress. If you have missed any of the other articles and are interested, please go to and look under the Horticulture Hotline tab.

A retirement reality check UPDATED

Sunday, August 10, 2014 11:45 a.m.

If you have already retired or if you can count the number of years until retirement on your fingers, then please heed this friendly warning: unless you’re already making the most of your current retirement planning strategies, it may be difficult to lay the groundwork for a financially secure future.

On Vacation

On Vacation – Moscow

Thursday, September 4, 12:53 p.m.

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