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'Farm=Life' for dedicated Sumter County Young Farmers and Ranchers

GREENVILLE - A record number of attendees met recently for the annual South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. Sumter County young farmers Spencer McCown, Chris … more

Soaking up some warmth

Not everyone is a hunter

There was a soft knocking on the front door. I sat up, bleary eyed and groggy. Buster leapt from the couch and was barking his disapproval at this afternoon intrusion. We can usually sneak in a short nap before Ginger gets home but not today. Buster … more

More Boy Scout camps will be open to girls this summer

The Boy Scouts of America is putting out the welcome mat for girls, too, at more of its summer camps this year. The changes follow a decision by the Scouts last fall to admit girls into more programs. For some camps, like Cub Scout Camps, this … more

Installing wood duck nest boxes in Clarendon

We hand carried everything into the woods from the truck, and it took several trips. I put a 10-foot 4-by-4 post on my right shoulder and carried a pair of hole diggers in my left hand. Ginger carried lopping shears, a shovel and a hammer. The site … more

L.L. Bean dropping its unlimited returns policy because of abuse

FREEPORT, Maine - L.L. Bean's generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for more than a century, is imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing … more

A work day in the Lowcountry

The streets of Sumter were deserted and eerily quiet. Street lights stood out like beacons in the predawn darkness, and very few cars were on the roads. It was early Saturday morning in late January, and I was headed out of town to the … more

Rain gutters cause many home drainage problems

The person who coined the phrase "saving for a rainy day" must have been a property owner with home drainage problems. The financial costs of poor drainage can be substantial and the human health costs significant, too. Prevention is … more

A question of predator management

He killed hundreds of hawks and owls. Not just locally, but all over the Lowcountry. This prominent attorney shot most of the avian predators with a rifle, from a car window, on public roads. Yet, he was hailed as a renowned sportsman and … more

How to keep your evergreens green in winter

Did you notice browned areas on your evergreens at the end of last winter? You may still be able to do something to prevent a repeat performance of this condition, winter burn, which happens when evergreen leaves lose too much water in winter. No … more

Hurricanes harm birds, too: What you can do to help them

Americans in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico suffered through devastating hurricanes last year, and they weren't alone in their desolation - Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria also caused unparalleled upheaval for wildlife, including bird populations. … more

Darlington farm family places in national competition

Darlington family farmers Ty and Tracy Woodard were named top 10 winners of the National Achievement Award Competition recently at the 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. More than 100 South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation … more

The fear of getting lost in the outdoors

One of our greatest fears is the thought of getting lost. There aren't many places in this part of the world to get lost in, but it does happen occasionally in Sparkleberry Swamp. Ever so often we hear about some duck hunter or fisherman that gets … more
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