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BIG STORM.
Tendrils of clouds poked almost to marsh over the Ashley River as these big, dark thunderboomers rolled through the area last week. While ominous last week, the rain from the clouds will likely be welcome today as temperatures soar in the Lowcountry. Fortunately, a cold front coming in tomorrow should make things more bearable. Photo by Andy Brack.






   

 

Local literacy program helps people achieve dreams

BY DAMON L FORDHAM | permalink
Special to Charleston Currents

JULY 28, 2014 -- Historically, South Carolina has long been a state that has struggled with the problem of illiteracy.


Fordham

Charlie G. Williams, who served as South Carolina’s superintendent of education from 1979 to 1991, often mentioned in his speeches that this is due in part to the state’s long history of poor education of its predominantly working-class citizens to maintain a large pool of cheap labor.

In the July 28, 1968, edition of the Charleston News and Courier, local civil rights leader Esau Jenkins recalled how farmers would go to their schools on Johns Island and casually pull children away from their lessons to work in the fields.

The legacy of this history can be seen in a number of ways. The Jan. 20, 2009, edition of the Charleston Post and Courier noted that 465,000 South Carolinians could not “use printed or written information to function in society,” as literacy is defined by the National Assessments of Adult Literacy. Such conditions lead to high dropout rates, poverty and increased spending on welfare, health care, incarceration and juvenile delinquency. That same article noted that adult education classes are largely responsible for the improvements being made in that field. Among them on the local level is the Trident Literacy Association.

The Trident Literacy Association (TLA) is a local nonprofit headquartered at 5416-B Rivers Avenue in North Charleston that serves some 1,500 local residents per year in the tri-county area (Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties). It includes other offices in downtown Charleston, Goose Creek, Edisto Island, Moncks Corner, as well as the county jails of Charleston and Berkeley counties.

Beginning with a group of volunteers in 1972, the TLA provides such services as instruction in the GED (General Education Development) tests, which provide students with high school equivalency diplomas, as well as basic literacy, English as a second language, Work Keys Career Readiness, and basic computer skills. Its mission statement reads in part, “To help adults reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy through the acquisition of vital life skills.”

On a personal level, I became involved with and aware of the TLA in 2006 when I was asked by its director Eileen Chepenik to manage its GED classes at the then Charleston County Detention Center. One of the things I learned from this experience was that many inmates resorted to crime not only because of a lack of educational skills, but also because they have been led to believe that due to various problems in their environment that they were personally incapable of academic success and destined for a life of crime. Many prisoners needed to be convinced that they had the ability to succeed in scholastic pursuits and were able to contribute more to society than illegal activities.

Once this was understood, 28 inmates were able to obtain their GED diplomas during my three year with the program at the detention center, With the newfound respect for their own capabilities, many of these inmates were able to leave the criminal lifestyle after their release while the GED and Work Keys programs for inmates continues to this day.

In recent months, I returned to TLA in assisting at the Goose Creek office. One thing that I have noticed that remains unchanged with TLA is its holistic approach with students. They are dealt with in a largely hands-on approach by instructors. Individuals are handled with respect in a manner that does not patronize the students but understands that adults are often sensitive to their lack of education and often come from situations where their sense of self has been battered.

Whether they are middle-aged or elderly people who are struggling with their pride to learn the lessons of literacy that they have missed in their youth or the younger students who were expelled from or dropped out of school for various reasons, the students are handled with patience and dignity. Upon training with TLA, many of the students go on to take their GED tests and they are given a yearly commencement ceremony during the summer months that is filled with pride for the students and their families.

As was said during a recent commencement ceremony to the graduates of TLA’s GED and Work Keys programs, “Your children, younger siblings or the youth of your neighborhoods can go to the movies during the summer to see the various superheroes on the screen, but when you achieve your dreams through the completion of these programs, you can be a real hero to them.”

Damon Fordham is a Charleston author who works with the Trident Literacy Association. If you know anyone who is in need of their services or would like to volunteer, the Trident Literacy Association may be reached at (843) 747-2223.

State's poverty areas remind writer of eastern Africa

By ANDY BRACK
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JULY 25, 2014 -- Talented, internationally-respected travel writer Paul Theroux has a terrifying verdict for poor, rural places in South Carolina: They remind him of parts of eastern Africa.
In the July issue of Smithsonian magazine, Theroux wrote of a journey through the “other South” -- the parts away from prosperous cities, commercial factories, tourists’ frenzies, classical concerts and golf courses. 

“This other Deep South, with the same pride and with deep roots -- rural, struggling, idyllic in places and mostly ignored -- was like a foreign country to me.” He outlined how he decided to travel the region’s rural backroads to discover it, just as he had done all over the world, and to concentrate on the “human architecture, in particular the overlooked: the submerged fifth” of Southerners at the bottom.

About a year ago, Theroux showed up in Allendale County, one of the poorest counties in the country where about four in 10 people live below the federal poverty level. As described in the article, he found decay, ruin and emptiness along U.S. Highway 301, once a bustling north-south artery now dried up thanks to Interstate 95. He described Allendale as “the ghost town on the ghost highway.”

“The presence of Indian shopkeepers, the heat, the tall dusty trees, the sight of plowed fields, the ruined motels and abandoned restaurants, the somnolence hanging over the town like a blight -- and even the intense sunshine was like a sinister aspect of that same blight -- all these features made it seem like a town in Zimbabwe.”

But while Theroux’s first impression of Allendale was dismal, he found hope when talking to people like former state Rep. Wilbur Cave who now runs Allendale County Alive. The nonprofit works to improve housing and the community. 

Over the years, the organization has helped people purchase better homes. It also has purchased homes and upfitted them to increase the community’s rental properties and develop a sustainable revenue stream to allow the organization to continue. Allendale County Alive also provides microloans to help local residents start businesses successfully and works to engage officials and businesses to try to get more food stores in the area.


This decrepit motel in Allendale, which has the word "crescent" misspelled, appeared to be used last year as a place for some of the town's poor to live. More at the Southern Crescent project. Photo by Michael Kaynard, Kaynard Photography.

In an interview last week, Cave said Theroux didn’t shy away from the community’s challenges in his two visits. What Theroux’s article “The Soul of the South” opened his eyes to, he said, was that it didn’t compare Allendale and its challenges to nearby Bamberg, Barnwell or Hampton counties, or to other areas in the state. It viewed the area through Theroux’s lens as an experienced traveler of the world. 

“As bad as some of the facts are, we’d like to think we’re not that bad, but that was the theme he felt.”

In the magazine story, which also featured communities in Mississippi and Alabama, Cave described how the whole area needed help, but if the state is to change, its worst places have to change. Not all of those changes will cost money, but he said money was “the straw that stirs the drink.”

Cave continues to be optimistic about the area pulling itself up by its bootstraps, despite all of its challenges.

“The old adage is how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Cave added, “In spite of all of the negativity, we’re trying to do some positive things here. We know that it’s tough sledding, but we’re going to continue to do what we do.”

To hear such optimism in a place with so many problems is refreshing.  But unless our state starts seriously investing people and resources into our poorest areas, such as the counties around Allendale County and a similar area between Marion and Chesterfield counties, we’ll stay at the bottom, just like we’ve been since the Civil War.

Folks, it’s an election year. Listen closely to politicians who want your vote. You’ll be surprised how many of them blather on about urban economic development, accountability and more. But do you ever hear anything about the poverty that squeezes almost a million of our residents?

We can’t keep ignoring poverty in South Carolina. Or do we just want to remain at the bottom? 

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

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Article highlights gnarly issues for illumination

To the editor:

You article on discrimination has some interesting points. You could have deepened it by addressing the right to associate, which also has the right not to associate.

Some organization by definition discriminate. Must women's colleges be forced to accept men or have their public money withheld until they do? Should the Knights of Columbus be forced to enroll Buddhists and be censored if a Buddhist is not allowed to be the top knight? Gnarly issues that need illumination.

-- Frank Leister, Charleston, S.C.

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Kaynard Photography

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on Kaynard Photography, a business run by contributing photographer Michael Kaynard of West Ashley.
Kaynard Photography grew from Michael's love of walking the streets of the Charleston's historic district. It developed into a passion for capturing everything Charleston through a camera lens. Kaynard can be seen walking the streets of Charleston many days from dawn to darkness. He calls his work "At Street Level." His photos are available for viewing and sale at kaynardphotography.com.

Now headquartered at 114 East Bay Street in the W. Hampton Brand Gallery across from Rainbow Row in the Charleston Historic District.

ON MONEY

Think about your digital assets when planning
By KYRA MORRIS, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

JULY 28, 2014 -- Where does everything else go? Andy Brack spoke at my Rotary club meeting last week about life and the fact that its value was not measured just by its longevity.

There are so many things to consider. We leave behind a lot of items of value -- our homes, our cars, our bank accounts. These all have tangible value. What about my digital assets? What happens to my Facebook page, my Picasa Web Albums, my YouTube videos when I have been laid to rest? What happens to the value I’ve created in my online life?

There is a lot of literature, laws and support to guide us with the handling and care of our physical assets – our real assets. There is not yet a clear answer for the value we create, collect and preserve in the clouds. This is new thinking for me

“When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best.”

-- Norman Greenbaum, "Spirit In The Sky"

Many of the companies like Facebook are reluctant to hand over their customers' private data. Privacy and the ability to protect it is an important yet potentially polarizing aspect. Many people may not want to share every aspect of their online lives. After someone passes away though, these accounts may be needed to solve financial issues or simply for sentimental reasons.

This dilemma and all of its complexities came to light when Karen Williams, who lives in Oregon, had to sue Facebook to get access to her 22-year-old son’s account after he was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2006. It was not an easy process, but it was very important to Ms. Williams as it added a lot to memorialize her son.

There is a leading group of lawyers who contend that families should get immediate access to everything online unless it is otherwise directed in the will. The Uniform Law Commission whose purpose is to help standardize state laws endorsed the plan for “digital assets.” The plan allows for families to have access to, but not control of the deceased’s digital accounts. In order to become law, each state would have to adopt the legislation.

There is an opposing view coming from privacy activists. The Electronic Privacy Information Center would like to make it mandatory to get a judge’s approval for access. They contend that this is necessary not only to protect the owner of the accounts, but all the other people who communicated with the accounts.

"May you live in interesting times."

-- Chinese proverb

On top of all these other complications, the simple solution of sharing my passwords with a trusted friend or family member is not technically ideal either. Anti-hacking laws and service agreements prohibit this type of access.

The only solution that is not being dismissed is the use of estate documents. It is not one yet one of the normal items on my estate planning checklist, but perhaps it should be. Who do I want to receive my digital asset when I’m gone? I can give clear directions regarding the accessibility of my online assets in my estate documents, though I still need to be careful. My will becomes public record. I’ll have to figure out how to disclose confidential login and password information without making it public.

The jury is still out for those who pass with no instructions in their estate documents, but I now know that I will include better directions in my estate plan. When I die and they lay me to rest, I and all my life’s value will go to the place that’s the best.

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. (Photo by Leigh Sabine.)

West Ashley Circle project to begin today perma
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The West Ashley Traffic Circle project by Charleston County moves into a new phase today as construction over more than a year seeks to improve traffic flow at the Glenn McConnell Parkway and Bees Ferry Road Intersection. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 11, 2015.

According to county government, part of this project already exists, the next phase will only construct the remaining three quarters which will include:

  • Construction of a four-lane road with a landscaped median.

  • Installation of an 8-foot sidewalk on one side of the West Ashley Circle.

  • On-street parking will be added around the project.

  • A stop light will be installed at the new intersection of Bees Ferry Road.

  • The existing and new traffic signals at the intersections of Bees Ferry Road will will include pedestrian signals and improved crosswalks.

  • Improvements to the roadway and a new drainage system that will include curb and gutter, catch basins, water quality measures and drainage pipes.

Learn more. Visit the official website for public meeting notices and up-to-date news and information about all Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax road projects. Or phone: (843) 202-6140.

Gibbes Museum of Art receives $250,000 federal grant

The Gibbes Museum of Art last week received a $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to improve storage conditions for the museum's collections, which focus on American art.

According to a press release, storage furniture will be installed in a new collections suite that is being created as part of the major renovation and expansion of the museum, which will begin in the fall. The renovation and storage/study suite will go far to help make this knowledge accessible to diverse audiences, and add richness to the visitor experience.

“We are thrilled to receive this wonderful recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities as the Gibbes Museum is at a defining moment in its history," said Zinnia Willits, director of Collections Administration and project manager for the grant.  "The storage project is at the core of our renovation design to ensure long-term, energy-efficient, sustainable preservation upon the collection’s return.”

Trident Breast Center gets national recognition

Trident Breast Care Center is the state's only facility to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™ .

The honor, according to parent organization Trident Health System, represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in their community. Trident Breast Care Center is just one of 27 in the United States to achieve this level of certification.
 
"Measuring and comparing quality performance is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources where improvement is desired," according to a media statement on the recognition. "In today's dynamic health care industry, breast centers are faced with providing quality care while simultaneously keeping costs under control. A center's staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but must also be aware of new advances in technology."

RECOMMENDED

Southern Living Home Cooking Basics
Ashley Strickland, editor

If you want a great cookbook, this is it. It’s well-organized for the beginner, but contains enough information that even an experienced cook can find something new to learn. Fully a quarter of its 416 pages help you begin: From how to set up your kitchen with tools and equipment (cookware, bakeware, knives, gadgets, barware, etc.) to learning about ingredients (spices, sugars and salts, fats and oils, grains and beans, six categories of cheeses, all types of vegetables and fruits, poultry, seafood and meat, even wine types) to preparation instructions (including different types of chopping and how to prepare apples and artichokes to how to peel and seed a tomato).

The book includes more than 375 recipes. Nearly all include beautiful photographs and contain step-by-step instructions, beginning with “the methods” section where you can learn how to bake, boil, braise, fry, grill, roast, sauté and steam. The “recipes” section itself includes appetizers and beverages, breakfast and brunch, breads, sandwiches and soups, meats and poultry, fish and shellfish, side dishes, desserts, and sauces and condiments. There are subject and recipe indexes as well as metric equivalents, substitutions and sample menus. Throughout, you’ll find “kitchen secrets,” “southern foodlore,” and “fix it” tips. “Home Cooking Basics” would make a wonderful gift for someone starting out on his or her own, but would also be appreciated by anyone who enjoys making good food.

The full title is: "Southern Living Home Cooking Basics: A Complete Illustrated Guide to Southern Cooking: Great Food Made Simple"

-- Susan Frohnsdorff, Mount Pleasant Regional 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.

An invitation: What Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us a short paragraph review of why you liked a recent visit to a restaurant or a book that you recently read. Send to: editor@charlestoncurrents.com

Literacy in South Carolina

Illiteracy is a problem that has bedeviled South Carolina for generations. While literacy rates among free white males during the colonial era are estimated to have been quite high, the situation did not persist into the nineteenth century. Historically, dismal support for public education in the state helped spawn a legacy of appalling rates of illiteracy.

By 1880, more than three-quarters of the black population and almost one-quarter of the white population were completely illiterate. These rates enabled Ben Tillman and his followers to use literacy qualifications in the 1890s to effectively disenfranchise African American voters. During that same decade, forty-five percent of the state’s population over the age of ten could neither read nor write. Illiteracy levels declined somewhat in the early twentieth century, but rates were still high enough at the start of World War II to render thousands of eligible black and white males unfit for military service. In 1948, the state superintendent of education estimated that in South Carolina 62 percent of blacks and eighteen percent of whites remained totally or functionally illiterate. Great improvements were made in the ensuing decades, however, and at the start of the 21st century South Carolinians were better educated and more literate than at any other time in their history. Nevertheless, factors persisted that placed the state’s literacy rates near the bottom in the United States.

Literacy development is both cultural and individual, and it involves a complex set of interrelated variables, including individual experiences, acquisition of skills, and social and economic conditions. Like learning in general, literacy is not acquired by studying or following a sequence of rules. The National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) measures literacy by looking at three scales: prose literacy, document literacy, and quantitative literacy. Each scale reflects real-life literacy tasks—for example, finding information in texts, such as newspapers articles; completing forms, such as a Social Security card application; and interpreting charts and graphs, such as a table of employee benefits.

The NALS reported in 1998 that 25 percent of South Carolina’s population was at level 1 on the NALS literacy continuum (level 1 being the lowest of levels 1 through 5). Furthermore 15 counties in South Carolina had 75 percent of the respective populations rated above level 1 literacy, while 12 counties had populations with 37 percent or more rated at level 1 literacy. Level 1 skills include performances such as signing one’s name, identifying a country in a short article, locating the expiration date on a driver’s license, and totaling a bank deposit entry. It is important to emphasize that level 1 ratings do not equate with illiteracy; rather, they indicate adults who “do not have the full range of economic, social, and personal options open to Americans with higher levels of literacy skills.”

A complex issue such as illiteracy has required a broad range of solutions. South Carolina has enacted a variety of legislation to improve reading, early reading experiences and family literacy instruction. The 1984 Education Improvement Act (EIA) introduced programs to foster superior performance, improve poor performance, and enhance student achievement. Since 1984 other reform legislation has included the Target 2000 School Reform for the Next Decade Act (1989), the Early Childhood Development and Academic Assistance Act (1993), the School-to-Work Transition Act (1994), and the Education Accountability Act (1998).

In an effort to improve literacy in South Carolina, the State Department of Education in partnership with Gov. Jim Hodges created the Governor’s Institute of Reading. In June 1999, Hodges signed into law the “First Steps to School Readiness” initiative, which listed early-childhood and family literacy as primary goals. In December 1999, the first South Carolina Reading Summit brought literacy educators from all levels—elementary, college, and state department—together to explore how best to meet the literacy needs of children and teachers in South Carolina. In June 2002, the South Carolina Reads initiative set a three-dimensional approach to combat illiteracy: work with teachers to develop a knowledge base in literacy; work with the Early Childhood Office at the State Department of Education to implement an early literacy intervention program; and develop a model to facilitate family literacy. Initiatives such as these held the promise of “creating a culture of literacy in South Carolina.”

-- Excerpted from the entry by Amy Donnelly. 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.)

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Issue 6.409 | Monday, July 28, 2014
School openings around the corner

FOCUS: Improving literacy
BRACK: Part of state like east Africa
MONEY
: Your digital assets
GOOD NEWS: West Ashley project, more
HISTORY: Literacy in S.C.
SPOTLIGHT
: Kaynard Photography
FEEDBACK: Gnarly issues
REVIEW: Southern Living cookbook
THE LIST
: Only in Charleston
QUOTE
: Theroux on S.C.
CALENDAR
: This week ... and next

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Only in Charleston

We recently ran across this list by writer Pam Grout on Huffington Post of five things you can't find anywhere else than Charleston. Thought you would enjoy.

1. A famous arts festival started by a Pulitzer-prize winning composer who had never lived there. (Spoleto Festival USA)

2. Divorce-inducing, muscle-straining hot dogs. (At games of the Charleston RiverDogs).

3. A ghost that shows up in broad daylight. (Zoe St. Armand at Poogan's Porch restaurant).

4. A secluded dueler's alley paved with cobblestone from the ballast of colonial ships. (Philadelphia Alley).

5. A tea plantation that grows the official White House tea. (Charleston Tea Plantation).

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On Allendale

“Approaching the outskirts of Allendale, I had a sight of doomsday, one of those visions that make the effort of travel worthwhile. It was a vision of ruin, of decay and utter emptiness ...”

-- Travel writer Paul Theroux in the July issue of Smithsonian magazine

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(NEW) Health care film: 6 p.m., July 29, Main branch of Charleston County Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston. A free screening of "The Healthcare Movie" may change your mind about true universal health care in the U.S. After the film, Dr. Edward Weisbart, a family physician who retired in 2010 as chief medical officer for Express Scripts, will answer questions about the film. Currently, he chairs the St.Louis chapter of Physicians for a National Health  Program.

(NEW) Upper peninsula planning: 5:30 p.m., July 31, International Longshoremen's Association Local 1422, 1142 Morrison Drive, Charleston. The City of Charleston is hosting a public meeting to discuss recommendations for urban development along the Morrison Drive corridor as part of planning for the upper peninsula.

Charleston: A Novel: 5 p.m., July 31, Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street, Charleston. The shop will hold a book launch party for novelist Margaret Bradham Thornton on her new novel. More.

Be Brave Bunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 1, Cooper River Room, Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. The Center for Women will host its annual "Be Brave" celebration in honor of Women's Equality month. Online submissions are being taken through June 23 to honor five brave people. More.

Thursday Night Boogies: This new summer dance series is at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Dancers age 21 and older are invited to do dance starting at 6 p.m. on August 14. Learn more.

Hitchcock movie marathon: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Aug. 29, St. Andrews Regional Library, West Ashley. The library will offer the best of Alfred Hitchcock in this day-long marathon.

ONGOING

Author submissions sought: Through Sept. 1. Join a forum for self-published authors and readers, and submit family-friendly content to Steven Schwengel, Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, 29401. Submissions must be family-friendly and include the author's name, phone number, email and postal addresses. Authors of approved submissions will be invited to present their works during 4- to 8-minute presentations September 25. This event is not a sales forum, but a literary exchange for authors and readers More: phone 843-805-6943.

Family movies at Freshfields Villages: 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Village Green at Freshfields Village near Kiawah Island. Starlight Cinema is a free outdoor movie series that offers top new releases and family classics. Coming soon: Muppets Most Wanted (July 30).

Yappy hour and more. Charleston County Parks will offer dog-friendly, after-work socials at James Island and Palmetto Islands county parks a dozen times over the summer. At James Island, Yappy Hour will be held starting at 4 p.m. with live music on Aug. 7, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. At Palmetto Islands, dogs, owners and musicians will appear with food trucks in Pups, Yups and Food Trucks on July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. 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

7/21: Troy: Dolphin's new owner
7/14: Waronsky: Message focus
7/7: Devaney: Winning poster prize
7/1: Dodge: Take 5 campaign

6/16: Pritchard: Anti-cruelty effort
6/9: Wentworth: Palmetto Poem
6/2: Mullins: Play on bishop's murder

DOUG BOSTICK:
CIVIL WAR HISTORY

7/14: Nearly impregnable
6/9: Prisoners to Charleston
5/12: Change of command
4/14: Charleston capture?
2/10: Attack of the Hunley
1/27/14: Bleak conditions

ANDY BRACK

7/21: Problem with chamber
7/14: On being fair
7/7: Do more on civil rights
7/1: Great trip to Wyoming

6/16: All about chiggers
6/9: Hollywood drama at capitol
6/2: D is for dysfunctional

LAFOND, McQUAGE:
ON SENIORS

6/2: It takes a virtual village
5/19: Common IRA traps to avoid
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

7/1: Tax credits, deductions
5/26: Social Security conversation
4/29: Community ag/fisheries
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

7/21: Great reading places
6/16: Picking berries, making jam
5/26: Art and music for kids
4/21: ArtFields for 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

PALMETTO POEM

7/7: Amaker: Out of breath
6/9: Wentworth: Path to the Beach

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