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Fire on the landscape

The flames burned the hair off the back of my hands and singed my mustache, eyebrows and eyelashes. My sideburns were singed, but my gray hair was pretty much protected by my hat that was pulled down tight on my head. My long-sleeve shirt had … more

S.C. to receive $4,760,835 in boating infrastructure grants from Department of Interior

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of the Interior announced South Carolina will receive a Boating Infrastructure Grant of $2,314,657 to improve boating infrastructure and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. State partners will provide … more

An inside look at a conservation organization

He is the type of speaker that can keep an audience spellbound for hours. Of course it helps if he is preaching to the choir, and in this instance, it was a room full of hunters, land managers and conservationists. I attended a meeting here in … more

Ancient treasures and a walk in the woods

I stepped out of the truck and looked down at the ground. Something caught my eye. It was pink and had a very distinctive shape. It was a small arrowhead. "Woo hoo!" I exclaimed. My son Clayton looked up and waved. He knew what it meant. We were … more

'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
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