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A Saturday at the club

I could hear someone speaking to my son Clayton, and when I turned around to look I was surprised to see Mister Thomas. I hadn't heard anyone drive up, and I just assumed it was someone that had walked over from one of the campers on the riverbank. … more

Young fisherman enjoys his catch for lunch, dinner

PHOTO PROVIDED Helms Horton, 7-year-old son of Scott and Leslie Horton, poses with his channel catfish caught at his grandparents' pond in Alcolu. He proudly ate his catch for lunch and dinner the next day. more

The Castle at the Beach

Long, dark corridors run the length of the strange building. The walls are masonry, and the floors and ceilings are concrete. Ornate metal bars cover the large windows. Many small rooms line the corridors. There is an open, central courtyard with … more

Fertilizer 101: It's simpler than you might think

Every garden needs periodic fertilization. "Designer" fertilizers are available for some kinds of plants, and so are fertilizers that you're directed to apply at specified times throughout the season. So roses get their rose food, tomatoes get their … more

Gone fishing

It was a perfect cast. The little top water plug plopped down six inches from the dead snag. I waited until the ripples were about gone and just wiggled the plug. The water boiled, the plug disappeared, and I snatched - out of reflex. The plug … more

Many schools keep gardening efforts going all summer

The school year runs just the opposite of the growing season, making it difficult for educators to teach kids how to garden. But many school systems enlist volunteers to prep garden beds while students are on summer break, making the crops ready to … more

Volunteers needed to take Summer Turkey Survey

Annually since 1982, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources conducts a Summer Turkey Survey to estimate reproduction and recruitment of wild turkeys in South Carolina. The survey involves agency … more

Registration open for 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project for youth in S.C.

CLEMSON - Registration is underway for the 2018 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project, which gives South Carolina youth a unique opportunity to learn about wildlife habitat management. Ashley Burns, assistant director of the Clemson Cooperative … more

On the trail of synchronous fireflies

KELLETTVILLE, Pa. - Picture a moonless June evening, shortly after midnight, deep in a northwestern Pennsylvania forest. Wild sounds echo gently. Stars glow far above through the canopy of trees. Otherwise it is dark - so very dark. But … more

Every scar tells a story

He turned off the highway onto the big, wide, sandy road, looked over at me and said, "you can drive." I was 14 years old and more than ready. We changed places, and he talked me through the steps of operating a stick shift. The truck was an old … more

New limits for red drum will address overfishing

Red drum, redfish, spottail, channel bass - South Carolina's most popular saltwater gamefish goes by many names and plays a key role in the coastal economy and ecosystems. In recent years, state biologists have documented a declining trend in the … more

Exploring the mountain

From the highway, I could see the pine-covered top in the distance. Then, from the gate to the clubhouse, it was uphill for nine-tenths of a mile. The narrow dirt lane crossed a series of terraces built into the wooded slope. A large, overgrown … more

Set priorities for watering in drought

Homeowners know that irrigation is a necessary but never-ending task for gardens and the overall landscape. But watering priorities change drastically during a drought. Conservation prevails over plant care and can trigger expensive and in some … more

Expert warns S.C. melon growers to beware of mildew

CHARLESTON - Powdery mildew has been detected on South Carolina watermelons, and Clemson University specialist Anthony "Tony" Keinath warns growers to act now to protect their crops. Powdery mildew produces yellow spots on the tops of the leaves … more

2018 public gator hunting lottery to close June 15

If you haven't already applied, there are only a few days left to enter the 2018 Public and Wildlife Management Area Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt, and … more

Carolinas' waterways get $1.2M boost

CHARLOTTE - Sixteen organizations spanning 46 counties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will receive more than $1.2 million in new grants from Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund to support environmental and wildlife programs. The … more

Jigger fishing for big bass

The Santee Cooper Lakes have changed over the years, and just like any other body of water, there's a constant struggle between land, water and cover. Water levels and conditions have varied due to drought, invasive weeds, the need to produce … more

Is homegrown food safer? If you are cautious

Food safety often is cited as the primary reason why people grow their own edibles, but that's frequently an illusion. Food-borne illnesses are almost as likely to be caused by homegrown produce as by fresh foods acquired elsewhere. "The odds are … more

America's recreational boating industry preps for busy summer

CHICAGO - Data released recently by the National Marine Manufacturers Association show that unit sales of new powerboats increased 5 percent in 2017, reaching 262,000, the highest levels the U.S. recreational boating industry has seen in 10 … more
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