Articles by: Charleston Currents

MYSTERY:  White and black

MYSTERY: White and black

This white and black structure is somewhere in South Carolina. By the hints in the picture, Sandlappers ought to be able to figure it out. Send your best guess to: — and make sure to include the name of the town in which you live.

PHOTO: A Charleston bike

PHOTO: A Charleston bike

Here’s a look at a familiar site — the orange house — often snapped by contributing photographer Michael Kaynard. But in this photo, offered by Courtenay Brack, we see a different view — a long shot from a courthouse alley to focus on a Charleston bike with the orange house in the background. Not only is it interesting to look at how people view the same general subject, but the photo reminds us to try to take new looks at everyday object to appreciate them more fully.

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HISTORY: Charles D. “Pug” Ravenel

S.C. Encyclopedia | Charles “Pug” Ravenel was born in Charleston on February 14, 1938, the son of Charles F. Ravenel and Yvonne Marie Michel. A football standout in high school in Charleston, he graduated from Bishop England (1956), Philips Exeter Academy (1957), Harvard University (1961), and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., 1964). He was first marshall (president) of Harvard’s graduating class and corecipient of the Bingham Award for most outstanding athlete. He worked on Wall Street from 1964 to 1972 and as a White House fellow at the U.S. Treasury Department (1966–1967). Ravenel returned to Charleston and established a merchant-banking firm. He married Mary Curtis on December 26, 1963. They have three children. Following a divorce, he married Susan Gibbes Woodward on November 30, 1991.

SPOTLIGHT: Charleston RiverDogs

SPOTLIGHT: Charleston RiverDogs

This issue’s featured underwriter is the Charleston RiverDogs. The Lowcountry’s leader in sports entertainment, Charleston RiverDogs baseball is an attractive, affordable medium for your group or business.

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A South Carolina native:  the yellow pond lily.

CALENDAR, March 20+: Native plant sale set for Saturday plus flood maps, Walk for Water

Staff reports | Looking for the perfect plant for your yard? You’re in luck because the local chapter of the S.C. Native Plant Society is having its 10th annual native plant sale Saturday at Charles Town Landing State Historic Site. Also ahead: flood map meetings; Walk for Water …

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FEEDBACK:  Praise for the “king’s” wish list

FEEDBACK: Praise for the “king’s” wish list

Jane Welch, Mount Pleasant: Add lanes to the 526 Zoo. Fix what we have before adding extension.

David Brown, Daniel Island: Long live the king!

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REVIEW:  The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

REVIEW: The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Lua Wells: Have you ever dreamed about being a travel writer assigned to take trips and explore the world? What a treat it would be to stay in luxury accommodations and have elegant (and expensive) meals on someone else’s dime. “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware allows you to imagine what that’s like.

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Carolina parakeets, illustrated by John James Audubon in 1833.  Via Wikipedia.

HISTORY: Carolina parakeet

S.C. Encyclopedia | Now extinct, the Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) was a dove-sized (about thirty-five centimeters long) bird with a bright green body, yellow head, and orange face. Mark Catesby, an English naturalist living in Charleston, painted the parakeet in 1731, thus providing the first scientific description of the species. The species was abundant in early America, and its range extended to New York, Colorado, and Florida. The Carolina parakeet was well known for its ability to withstand harsh winters, due to the winter availability of its main foods: cockleburs, thistle seeds, and sandspurs.

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GOOD NEWS: Coates to speak Tuesday in race, social justice series

Staff reports | Author Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena as part of the college’s Race and Social Justice Initiative lecture series. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Coates’s lecture, “A Deeper Black: Race in America.” Also in Good News: Wi-Fi on some buses; Wine Down Wednesdays; and colleges want money.

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MYSTERY:  Spring is on the way

MYSTERY: Spring is on the way

Even though last week’s cold snap slaughtered the area’s azaleas, you can spy that spring is on the comeback with bursts of color in area yards from phlox and other flowering plants. In fact, it’s a good time of year to visit this place. It’s not in the Lowcountry, but where is it? Send your best guess to: — and make sure to include the name of the town in which you live.

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