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In honor of Independence Day, we ask you to take a stab at your knowledge of the Palmetto State’s Revolutionary War history. The information was gleaned from Walter Edgar’s “South Carolina: A History.”   1. This General from New England, who was sent to South Carolina in 1780 to replace...
In preparation for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, we thought it would be a good time to review the laws and suggested safety measures regarding fireworks on Daniel Island. Before we do that, we found it interesting that fireworks were first used in seventh century China. They were used for...
In the wake of the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, among others, the call for gun law reforms has again been brought to the forefront. Recently, a bipartisan U.S. senate group announced a deal that would include support for state crisis intervention orders, funding for...
When they aren’t busy delivering human babies, the Lowcountry’s wood stork population is typically occupied delighting birdwatchers, riding thermal currents high in the sky or slowly pushing their long, curved bills through local wetlands searching for their next meals.     While these storks...
We love our pets! Each summer we publish the Big Pet Edition and feature your pets. This year, our Big Pet Edition will be published on July 21.    We invite you to be a part of this special publication. It will include original stories from our reporters as well as reader submitted photos of...
The doctors said there was nothing more that could be done beyond very extraordinary measures. After a series of physical setbacks, his frail body was shutting down in the summer of his 87th year. His desire was for no further treatments and, hard as it was, the family was now asked to respect...
What happened to our old trash collectors? They were efficient and accommodating. The new company is arrogant and uncooperative. For over eight weeks, sections of a rotted fence (cut and bundled as instructed) have remained uncollected in my backyard. Despite numerous calls and emails to both the...
Just when you think partisanship could not boil any hotter, the heat is turned up again.    Now, it’s school board elections. In only two districts in the state are the elections partisan, Lee and Horry counties, and no authorization in law can be found to require that. In fact, in numerous...
Is it possible for your heart to be bursting and breaking at the same time?   And, can you ever love anyone as much as you love your own child?   Yes and yes.   Kindergarten graduation, 2022. The timing was hard.   As we drove up to the school, our hearts bursting – I was carrying...
Starting out this month with some adventurous nonfiction. Any of these would be great as audiobooks if you are taking a road trip or sitting in an airport!   “Riding With Evil” by Ken Croke. This book scared the bejeezus out of me. Croke is an ATF agent who infiltrated, and became a reigning...

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