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This week The Daniel Island News debuts three new columns: Meet the Merchant, Focus on Food, and Art Around Town. Meet the Merchant focuses on local retailers and is written by regular contributor and island resident Marie Rocha-Tygh. Marie launched her new column with an enlightening feature about...
It is easy in these times of “fake news” and denigration of the media to forget the importance of your local newspaper. It is National Newspaper Week, so take time to consider what value your local newspaper brings to your community and your life. Newspaper staffers work hard to cover what you need...
There is no calculated order to the books I read. I request print and audio books online from the public library and take them in the order they are available. This is my explanation for the hodgepodge this month! Starting with non-fiction, first is a memoir from the former New York Times Food...
It is with a mixture of melancholy and joy that I write these words. Our editor, Elizabeth Bush, is stepping down from her day to day responsibilities as the editor of the paper. The sadness comes from knowing that we will miss Beth’s daily contributions and presence at the office, as well as her...
If you are a Republican in South Carolina you should be more than bothered by the South Carolina Republican Party’s Executive Committee’s recent decision to cancel the South Carolina primary. This means that your voice in the 2020 political process was just knocked-out. In Trump’s campaign, he...
Local American Heart Association reps call for ban on the sale of flavors in e-cigarettes South Carolina lawmakers need to put the health of our residents first by banning flavors in e-cigarettes. Right now, teenagers and adults in the Palmetto State smoke more than the national rate. In addition...
Chances are by now you’ve already scooped up just the right notebooks and pencils and helped select the perfect back-to-school clothes. You’ve made the effort because you want your child to be ready for success in the new school year. No doubt you want your child to be successful in life, too....
“My mother says the only tent she goes into is a wedding tent,” my friend Carol told me when I said we were going glamping. “But this is glamorous camping,” I explained. “Who doesn’t love glamour?” Under the Canvas near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was my husband and my first glamping...
I’ll start with the good news: I recently closed the books for the fiscal year that ended June 30, and even after some additional “contingent” spending at year-end the state finished with $350 million in surplus revenues. Annual tax revenue totaled $8.8 billion, an increase of 8.6 percent over last...
In the 1980s, the American Medical Association distributed a widely viewed public safety announcement encouraging parents to teach their children about “Stranger Danger.” In the 30-second clip, a man drives up to a young girl on her way to school. He begins a conversation with her and she responds...

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