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Coast Guard steps up patrols of waterways

CHARLESTON - The U.S. Coast Guard is stepping up patrols along South Carolina waterways as tourists and residents look for ways to avoid paying a licensed charter to get on the water. For example, The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the … more

Where I came from

Daddy spoke softly to Thomas as we approached the thicket, "whoa now, steady." Thomas trembled with excitement but held the point. The quail exploded from the old house spot at our approach and rocketed down the edge of the field. Daddy fired and … more

Return to the mountain

"I am in," my friend John answered enthusiastically, then followed with another text that read "that's awesome that we got it!" My answer was "yes, we got the lease, and now we have to pay for it." I've sent him pictures of "the mountain" and … more

State hunting, fishing license purchases will be unavailable this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS If you are planning an outdoor activity this weekend that requires a state hunting or fishing license, you need to make that purchase now. Because of a necessary security upgrade and installation, South Carolina Interactive … more

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
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