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PRETTY IN PURPLE. Look around and you'll see little pockets of pleasing purple in fields and along streets. These wildflowers are spiderworts, distinguished by three petals and six yellow stamens. Photo by Andy Brack.

Issue 6.25 | Monday, April 21, 2014
Living United.

FOCUS S.C. ranks 34th in volunteerism
BRACK United Ways help state a lot
GOOD NEWS Standing up; employment program
KIDS The wonders of ArtFields
HISTORY Artist Jasper Johns
SPOTLIGHT Maybank Industries
FEEDBACK Rant, rave, send your thoughts
REVIEW Below Stairs
BROADUS McLeod park's groundbreaking
THE LIST Pick a name; win tickets
QUOTE On age and dreams
CALENDAR This week ... and next
   
TODAY'S FOCUS: VOLUNTEERISM

South Carolina ranks 34th in volunteerism
By BARRY WALDMAN
Trident United Way
Special to Charleston Currents

APRIL 21, 2014 -- Wanna Sikes is a busy. working grandmother with one child and two grandkids ages 13 and 10 living in her home. But she finds time to volunteer with Pinewood Preparatory School, Habitat for Humanity, Roscoe Reading, Junior Achievement, Berkeley County Kids Who Care and Trident United Way. A new study finds that there were nearly a million of us like Wanna volunteering in our communities across the state last year.


Waldman

But Wanna is still in the minority: three quarters of adults in the Lowcountry reported that they didn't volunteer even once.

The Corporation for National & Community Service's annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America found that South Carolina is behind the national average in volunteering, ranking 34th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

At the same time, more than half of us contribute money to charity, providing the resources to help more children graduate high school, more families raise themselves out of poverty and more individuals lead a healthy lifestyle in the Lowcountry.

As the coordinator of volunteer activities in the community, Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline has a comprehensive database of volunteer opportunities with hundreds of area non-profits. In the past decade, this service has helped connect thousands of volunteers with non-profit organizations in need. The hotline can be accessed by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting tuw.org.

"This community has some of the most innovative non-profits in the nation; from Metanoia, a community development organization on the cutting edge of asset-based development; to Wings for Kids, a pioneer in social-emotional learning; to national leaders in the Food Bank and United Way systems," said Chris Kerrigan, CEO of Trident United Way.

Across the nation, we put in 7.9 billion hours of service, valued at $175 billion. Notably, volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charities as non-volunteers, according to this study.

The study has ramifications for area non-profits. It demonstrates that engaging volunteers can lead to donations down the road. Windwood Family Services has been notable in capitalizing on Trident United Way's Day of Caring by developing long-term relationships with businesses and their employees. After a Day of Caring project at C.C. Blaney Elementary School a few years ago, Rick Hendrick Imports and its staff began contributing regularly to the school, building, painting and raising needed items for the children who attend and their families.

Here are some highlights of the study:

  • 25.5 percent of S.C. residents volunteer
  • 36.5 volunteer hours per resident
  • 914,410 volunteers
  • 133.4 million hours of service
  • $2.3 billion of service contributed
  • 53.2 percent of residents donate to charity
  • 7.5 percent of residents participate in public meetings
  • 24.9 percent of residents over age 55 volunteer

The study also found that 46 percent of South Carolina's volunteering is for faith-based organizations. That compares to just 24 percent in Connecticut and 25 percent in Alaska.

Barry Waldman is vice president of communications and marketing at Trident United Way.

ANDY BRACK

United Ways help South Carolina in a million ways
By ANDY BRACK
Editor and publisher

APRIL 21, 2014 -- If you ever wanted proof that South Carolinians have a lot of basic, unmet needs, just look at what the state's United Ways are doing.

This year, the United Way Association of South Carolina and two affiliates that run the free statewide 2-1-1 helpline are expected to handle a million calls from people. Yep. A million calls for help.

Through the calls, United Ways link people to help with health care needs, food, clothing and shelter -- areas that directly meet the organization's mission, said UWASC director Tim Ervolina of Columbia.

The state association has built a powerful statewide help database that includes 17,000 services offered by more than 4,000 public, private and non-profit organizations. Through three call centers -- one in Columbia that handles 2-1-1 calls from 40 counties, one in Aiken (three counties) and one in Charleston (three counties) -- more than 80 paid staff members and volunteers field calls from people who need everything from a warm bed for the night to a meal to help with rent.

It's a daunting task, Ervolina said, but one that allows the United Way to focus on individuals while breaking down silos of help typical at many agencies and organizations. Furthermore, the association applies private-sector entrepreneurial lessons to manage three basic kinds of help calls:

  • Medicaid. The state Department of Health and Human Services has contracted with UWASC to field calls related to people seeking Medicaid services, including those trying to get federal health. The contract pays for a staff of about 50 people to start eligibility applications and deal with specific problems related to benefits or service providers. The group handles about 30,000 calls per month. Some 94 percent of callers wait less than a minute before they speak to someone.

  • Food stamps. The state Department of Social Services also contracts with the United Ways to consolidate its calls for food assistance, including applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The SNAP team handles about 50,000 calls a month. Almost 900,000 people in the Palmetto State get food stamps, but that doesn't mean people are not still hungry, Ervolina said.

    "The fact that all of these people are calling us tells us that we do still have hunger."

  • Other problems. Another smaller team takes all of the other calls -- about 10,000 a month -- ranging from homeless people needing a place to bed down for the night to a young mother dealing with domestic abuse to a parent trying to pay a power bill.

Petra Lilly of Blythewood, a licensed master social worker who handles some of the more difficult cases, remembers one call in particular. A woman with obsessive-compulsive disorder hardly ever left her home. She called to say she was going to end her life by eating all of her pills. It was quickly clear she was very lonely, Lilly said.

She recalled how she told the woman that she wanted to provide assistance, but wouldn't do so until the woman got her pills out of the room. The woman, who didn't identify herself so that Lilly could send help from authorities, put away the pills and talked for 20 minutes. She promised she would call again if she felt suicidal.

"I didn't know if she would keep her promise," Lilly said. "When she called back, I felt really relieved," adding that the woman called two or three times a week to deal with her loneliness.

"Active listening is a skill that we all need to have here."

As a state, we're lucky our United Ways provide much-needed support to so many people who have nowhere else to go. After spending time at a call center, it's clear more work is needed to increase capacity by state government and nonprofits to meet the basic needs of South Carolinians.

"We have more need than availability of services," Ervolina said.

Our high-poverty state prides itself on being charitable. But what's so frustrating -- and challenging -- is how much more work we all have to do.

Andy Brack is editor and publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report. He can be reached at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.

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SPOTLIGHT

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PLUFF MUD KIDS

ArtFields in Lake City offers something for the whole family
By LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

APRIL 21, 2014 -- Last year, Pluff Mud Kids trekked to Lake City on a day trip to investigate a brand new twist on art and design. For the grand opening of this new and unusual art festival, the creative team behind ArtFields pulled out all the stops to reimagine Lake City as a giant museum, spreading art across every surface, wall and nook and cranny in everyday spaces such as shops and restaurants.

That out-of-the-box thinking encouraged children and families to walk right up and be involved and immersed in the art, which was one of the aspects that most appealed to my children.

Leaving their thoughts written on a wall at the "Before I Die" installation was empowering and helping spray paint a massive wall mural alongside real artists was a thrill for 9 year olds. My kids were able to see and understand sculpture, photography, the texture of oil paint, the art of graffiti and the idea that anything and everything can be created from basic materials and creative brain power.

Another key point to engage your children throughout the day is through participation in the voting process for their favorite works of art. Your votes count toward big cash prizes awarded to winning participating artists. With the addition of food and music and beautifully-designed gallery spaces, your family can spend an entire day peacefully wandering the small campus of Lake City. (There is also a free shuttle service this year which is helpful for families with small children).

You will come away deeply inspired and perhaps find new ways to tempt the creativity in your child.

The following are highlights to look forward to for this year's festival which commences April 25 and runs through May 4:

  • Community Mandala: Beyond the Crossroads will pair 2013 People's Choice Winner, Kirkland Smith, with attendees as they create a sacred mandala from disposable materials.

  • 2013 Winners' Gallery will feature artwork on display from the inaugural ArtFields Art Competition winners-Top Prize Winner Jim Arendt, Juried Prize Winner Leanna Knapp and People's Choice Winner Kirkland Smith, at the Jones-Carter Gallery.

  • INSIDE OUT Project is part of a worldwide photography exhibit that seeks to express the scope of humanity through portrait photography, and will feature portraits of 55 Lake City venue owners/operators as they prepare for ArtFields.

  • Plein Air workshops will show artists how to create artwork on-location at two Lake City outdoor locales: the Imperial Tobacco Building led by William McCullough and Moore Farms Botanical Gardens led by Karen Weihs ($45 advance; April 30 and May 2, limited space available).

  • "Before I Die" Wall allows the public to share their hopes and dreams on a chalkboard in a public space in downtown Lake City.

  • ArtFields Portrait Contest with local farmers as the subjects is a high-speed, high-stakes paint-off. The best in show will receive $1,000 (May 3).

  • Chalk-n-Talk invites kids of all ages to create masterpieces with chalk on the sidewalks of Lake City with help from local art teachers (May 4).

  • Making it Grow, an Emmy-winning ETV show, invites attendees to be part of an audience when it tapes live at ArtFields. Host Amanda McNulty will discuss agricultural and gardening topics (April 26).

  • Farmers andArtisans Market allows visitors to experience sustainable agriculture and curated crafts from South Carolina vendors each weekend of ArtFields.

  • Color Me ArtFields 5K -- "Be the Canvas" is a 5K run and walk for all ages that ends with a splash of color for participants (April 26, registration required).

  • Live music with The Black and Blue Experience (April 26) and Touch Band and Show (May 3).

  • Fields to Fork Dinner celebrates Lake City's agricultural roots with a three-course dinner featuring food from local farms and entertainment from Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues ($125, May 1).

  • ArtFields After-Dark 'Arty will entertain partygoers with a laser light show, glow-in-the-dark wearables and techno tunes from DJ B Mack at the historic

  • Bean Market ($15 in advance/$20 at door, ages 21 and over, May 2).

To read more about our experience last year at ArtFields, click here. For tickets, directions and other general information, visit the ArtFields website here. Lake City is located in Florence county, 89 miles from Charleston.

Writer Leigh Sabine of Mount Pleasant offers a monthly look at fun activities for Lowcountry kids. It's based on her great blog, PluffMudKids. Check it out. (Photos by Leigh Sabine.)

GOOD NEWS

YWCA announces "Stand Up Friday" rally, workshop on April 25

The YWCA Greater Charleston will offer a 10 a.m. Friday workshop and a noon rally featuring civic leaders and groups calling for an end to all forms of discrimination.

The event, called "Stand Together Acclaim a New Day" will include numerous human rights groups. It is free.

Also known as 'Stand Up Friday,' the local event is an outgrowth of the National YWCA's "Stand Against Racism" movement which began in 2007. Some 300,000 persons are expected to attend STAND events nationwide on April 25, sponsored by YWCA local affiliates.

Victoria Middleton, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, will moderate the 10 a.m. workshop entitled "Linked UP" with a focus on community networking and outreach strategies. Workshop panelists will include: Loreen Myerson of the South Carolina Progressive Network; Romina Candless of PASOs Latino Community Services; Anthony Haro, executive director of the Lowcountry Homeless Coalition; and Betty Houbion, president of the Zonta Foundation of Myrtle Beach.

The noon rally to be held in the YWCA's parking lot, is entitled "Stand Against Racism," and will feature speeches by Linda Ketner, president of KSI Leadership and Management Development; Ruth Jordan, former Charleston County School Board Chair; and John O. Bello-Ogunu Sr., College of Charleston associate vice president. Rally performers will include: African dance and drums by the WoSe Dance Theatre Company, and Native American musicians of the Veterans In Arms Band. The rally will also feature on-site voter registration and food vending by Chill-N-Grill restaurant.

County's Summer Youth Employment program takes applications

Summer months are around the corner and Charleston County Government is again offering the Summer Youth Employment Program.

The program provides teenagers and young adults who reside in Charleston County an opportunity to develop workplace readiness skills, provide exposure to a professional environment and gain experience in the operations of county government.

"Last year's program was so successful that it was an easy decision to bring it back again this year," said Teddie E. Pryor Sr., chairman of Charleston County Council. "The abundance of applications we received showed us there is a serious need for summer employment opportunities in our county."

The program runs from June 16 to August 1. Students will be working 20 hours a week. The county expects to be able to fund up to 100 students who want to get work experience this summer, according to a press release. The goal is for students to obtain summer employment and explore the various career opportunities that exist within County departments, while gaining critical workforce skills.

Student eligibility requirements for the Summer Youth Employment Program are:

  • Age 15-22
  • Currently attending high school or college
  • Residents of Charleston County

"The Summer Youth Employment Program will provide opportunities for teens and young adults to have a meaningful employment experience working alongside Charleston County professional staff and to develop work place readiness skills that will serve them throughout their career and academic endeavors," said Patricia Henley, who coordinates the program for the county.

  • Applications will be available beginning April 28 at www.charlestoncounty.org. Application packets may be submitted by email or in person at Charleston County's Human Resources Department located in the Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building at 4045 Bridge View Drive North Charleston, SC 29405.
RECOMMENDED

Below Stairs
By Margaret Powell

Below Stairs is a brutally honest memoir about the author's life in domestic service in early twentieth-century England. A kitchen maid at 13, Powell worked her way up to the best job in the house, Cook, by age 18. The author portrays this life in a surprisingly objective way, considering how much she actually disliked it. Powell also humorously relates her trials and tribulations in finding a husband while working long hours for the "gentry." The writers of Downton Abbey, the wildly popular PBS series, took much inspiration from Powell's book. It is a very interesting, quick read. If you enjoy this subject, she wrote a follow-up called Servants' Hall: A Real Life 'Upstairs, Downstairs' Romance.

-- Mike Nelson, Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, Charleston County Public Library

Find this and similar titles from Charleston County Public Library. This item is available as a book, audio book and downloadable eBook. To learn more or to place a hold, visit www.ccpl.org or call 843-805-6930.

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SC ENCYCLOPEDIA

Jasper Johns

Artist Jasper Johns was born in Augusta, Georgia, on May 15, 1930, probably because its hospital was the closest one to Allendale, South Carolina, where his parents were living. His father, William Jasper Johns, was a farmer and former lawyer who divorced his mother, Jean Riley, by the time the artist was three years old.

Johns spent his childhood with various family members in Allendale, Columbia, Batesburg, and Sumter, where he graduated from high school in 1947. He attended the University of South Carolina from September 1947 until December 1948, when he moved to New York. In May 1951 he was inducted into the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Jackson until he was sent to Japan during the Korean War. Upon his discharge he moved to Manhattan and resided there until the mid-1990s, with regular sojourns spent at Edisto Beach, South Carolina (1961-1966), Saint Martin, French West Indies (1969-), and Stony Point, Long Island (1974-1991).

In 1954 Johns destroyed all of his previous work and began two of his signature series: the flag and the target. Four years later his career had clearly been launched: the prestigious Leo Castelli Gallery began to handle his art, the Museum of Modern Art acquired several of his works, and he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale.

Johns is a pivotal figure of twentieth-century American art, occupying a critical position that mediates Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. Like the latter, he is interested in art materials; he is proficient in a variety of media, including drawing and lithography, oil and encaustic painting, and collage and assemblage. Using commonplace subjects-such as the American flag, numbers, or a beer can-he discharges a fundamental tenet of his art: "Take an object. / Do something to it. / Do something else to it."

Johns's career falls into three broad periods: early work characterized by great detachment, abstract work from the early 1960s and 1970s that often emphasizes patterns, and imagery from the 1980s that is more personal and based on early recollections. For example, he incorporated symbols relating to his step-grandmother in several paintings emblematic of his childhood, and in 1992 he employed a floor plan of his grandfather's house in Allendale.

Four years later the Museum of Modern Art organized Jasper Johns: A Retrospective, which attempted to identify his sources, present his biography and achievements, and assess his place in modern art. In the accompanying catalogue, curator Kirk Varnedoe acknowledged Johns's influential role: "Johns's presence can be felt at or near the origin point of virtually every generative idea of importance in avant-garde painting and sculpture in America for four decades."

-- Excerpted from the entry by Martha R. Severens. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

BROADUS

McLeod park's groundbreaking


Charleston County Parks and Recreation will hold a groundbreaking 10 a.m. April 22 for a new county park at McLeod Plantation, 325 Country Club Drive, on James Island. Pictured above are some of the slave cabins on the plantation's grounds. The original house on the grounds was used as a headquarters by British General Henry Clinton while planning the siege of Charleston in the Revolutionary War. The current house dates to 1858. More. Photo by Andy Brack.

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"Did you ever think about how much it might cost the bull-headed state of South Carolina, which is not accepting billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid to 200,000 of the state's poorest, to say no to the money? It'll cost more to say no, at least by 2020, than it will to take the money. Smart. Real smart. Read more here. -- Andy Brack

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Fill 'er up

Voting is open until Wednesday to pick from four names for Charleston County Environmental Management's new mascot. The top four names are:

  • Randy "Re-New" the Recycling Guru

  • Phil D. Bin

  • "Ollie," the All-In-One

  • Philup Cartaway

    To vote, click here. The winning name will be announced at the County's Earth Day Festival on Saturday.

  • OUR CONTEST: If you're the fifth person to tell us who you voted for, you will win a pair of RiverDogs tickets.

QUOTE

Age and dreams

"It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

-- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning author who died last week.

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CALENDAR

(NEW) TONIGHT ONLY, Fun Home: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., April 21, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., Charleston. The off-Broadway musical "Fun Home," based on the book that's become controversial at the College of Charleston, will have two shows with many of the award-winning musical's original cast. Tickets: $15. More.

CofC Concert Choir: 8 p.m., April 21, Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth Street, Charleston. The College of Charleston Concert Choir will offer its spring performance -- free for students; $10 for others. This year's concert will include music by Charles Ives, Pierre de Manchicourt, Johannes Brahms, Rheinberger and Eric Barnum.

Charleston Music Fest: 8 p.m., April 22, Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Phillip St., Charleston. The College of Charleston School of the Arts will stage its season finale, From Baroque to the Romantics, with a stellar collection of musicians. Pieces to be performed are by Tchaikovsky, Handel, Chausson and more. Tickets are $30. More.

(NEW) MisLEAD film screening: 7 p.m., April 23, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston. The Lead Safe America Foundation and local groups are hosting a documentary on lead poisoning, followed by a conversation with the film's director. The film, "MisLEAD: America's Secret Epidemic" outlines how lead paint is still in many historic homes and has toxic effects. Free. More.

Bowling for Good: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 24, The Alley, 131 Columbus St., Charleston. Teams of four to six people will bowl for 1.5 hours to help support healthy babies and responsible mothers to benefit the Florence Crittenton Programs of S.C. Registration is $400.

(NEW) Shakespeare's Birthday: 7 p.m., April 24, Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, Charleston. Celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday with a performance by the Charleston Renaissance Ensemble and commentary by Nan Morrison. Tickets are $20 for members; $30 for non-members. More.

Where the Wild Things Run 5K: 8:30 a.m., April 26, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel. The race through the beautiful settings of the park is for ages 10 and up. There are free activities for kids starting at age 6. Online registration is open here.

(NEW) Earth Day Festival: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 26, Riverfront Park, North Charleston. The 15th annual event will include an art contest, introduction of the county's new environmental management mascot, music and more.

(NEW) Festival of Choirs: Starts at 1:30 p.m. and with 5 p.m. finale, April 26, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St., Charleston. The 6th annual event is a one-day festival and will feature renowned conductor Craig Jessop, former music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Free. More.

(NEW) Book signing: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., April 27, Blue Bicycle Books, King Street, Charleston. Folly Beach resident Penny Travis will sign copies of her book, "Kabul Classroom: A Memoir of an American Teacher in Afghanistan." Learn more.

E-Waste Recycling Rally: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 8, parking lot near North Charleston City Hall, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston. Verizon employees will host an electronics recycling rally for local residents and small businesses that want to recycle old computers, monitors, TVs, computer cables and all sorts of electronic devices as well as glass, plastic and aluminum (no hazardous waste or things containing fluids). Random participants will get prizes.

Musical cabaret: 8 p.m. May 9, and 8 p.m., May 10, with companion events starting an hour earlier. Location: James F. Dean Community Theatre, Summerville. Singers of Summerville and the Flowertown Players will offer a musical cabaret-style fundraiser with "What I Did for Love: 100 years of Show Tunes." More.

Happily Ever After: 2 p.m. May 10, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. Charleston Ballet Theatre is bringing "Happily Ever After -- A Tale of Dancing Princesses" to the city as its spring production. Tickets are $12-$30. More.

(NEW) Art in the Park: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., May 11; and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 22, Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. Artists of all skill levels ages 12 and up are invited to participate in this plein air painting opportunity in what will once become a full-time county park. Cost: $40 for county residents. More.

RiverDogs Re-opening: 5:15 p.m., May 27, Riley Stadium, Charleston. Because opening night was rained out last week, the Charleston RiverDogs will conduct opening night festivities in the middle of the season -- on May 27. This second opening night will include fireworks, cheerleaders, a marching band and much more.

ONGOING

Westmark, photography exhibits: Through July 13, Gibbes Museum, Charleston. The museum will host two special exhibitions to keep a focus on contemporary art. "John Westmark: Narratives" explores the human figure in the Factor Prize-winning artist's large-scale paintings. "Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century" takes a look at photographic works acquired for the museum's permanent collection over the last 10 years. More.

Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

4/14: Chamber music
4/7: Green-Warren: Kids' book

3/31: Harwood: Epitaphs
3/24: Thomas: Library's plans
3/17: Berrio: On Google CS
3/10: Bledsoe: Charleston Tells fest
3/3: Navy: CofC grad's history career

2/24: Butzon: If it ain't broke
2/17: Clemson: On roses
2/10: Dangerfield: Recycling contest
2/3: Moise: How to do an oyster roast

1/27: Patrick: Early childhood education
1/20: Letter from Birmingham Jail
1/13: Hoover: Expiration dates
1/6: Laurie: American chestnuts

DOUG BOSTICK: CIVIL WAR HISTORY

4/14: Charleston capture?
2/10: Attack of the Hunley
1/27/14: Bleak conditions

ANDY BRACK

4/14: Great Arkansas museum
4/7: Some good S.C. news

3/31: Can't legislature go home?
3/24: Settle down on McConnell
3/17: About time for Waring statue
3/10: "Minimally adequate" wrong
3/3: Remembering Bernard Warshaw

2/24: Taking, not taking money
2/17: Give Obamacare a chance
2/10: Local dishes recommended
2/3: Rare voting happening

1/27: Where's the outrage?
1/20: What's underrated?
1/13: What's overrated?
1/6: Bugs Bunny and Nimrod

LAFOND, McQUAGE: ON SENIORS

4/7: Medication check-up
3/3: Read your deed
2/3/2014: Driving and being older

12/2: On the Personal Property Memo
11/4: Your time: great gift for seniors
10/7: Let's celebrate aging
9/3: Medicaid and your future
8/5: More on estates, wills
7/1: Estate planning myths
6/3: Pensions for wartime vets
5/6: Revocable Living Trusts
3/4: Resources to help seniors cope
2/4: On life estates
1/7: Next step in health care

KYRA MORRIS: MONEY

3/24: Let's invest in Charleston
2/24: Getting beyond jitters
1/27/14: Financial independence

12/23: And now there is hope
12/2: The "thanks" of Thanksgiving
10/28: Impact of rising bond market
9/30: What happens when rates rise

LEIGH SABINE: PLUFF MUD KIDS

3/17: Spring break ideas in S.C.
2/17: Four great outings for limited times
1/20: Upstate wonders

12/16: More holiday fun
11/18: Winter activities to do
10/14: Four ways to preserve history
9/16: It's harvest time
8/19: Kids giving back

7/15: Childrens' museums
6/17: Interactive adventures
5/20: Birds, bees, butterflies
4/15: Signs of spring abound
3/18: Great local parks
2/18: What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventure

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