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Our backyard visitors

They come for the food and are a constant delight. We get a variety of types. Some are regulars, and some are more seasonal. They are all welcome. I'll start with the red ones. They are the most numerous. We've had as many as 18 in our backyard … more

Bassmaster releases its rankings of best bass lakes

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Since 2012, Bassmaster Magazine has released annual rankings of the country's best bass fisheries. While tournament data could not be gathered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, crunching numbers gathered over the past eight … more

S.C. students continue learning via farm work during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools statewide to shutter, hundreds of schools were forced to transition entirely to remote learning. But when the … more

A new tool

I had not been on one in nearly 30 years. The rapid acceleration surprised me, and the deceleration was equally rapid. But I knew it would be like riding a bicycle; once you learn, it stays with you. I knew that all it would take was a little … more

S.C. state parks advise campers to leave firewood at home, purchase locally

State parks in South Carolina are asking visitors and campers to mitigate the spread of invasive insects by purchasing firewood locally near parks. The recent discovery in Charleston County of the … more

Simple design steps can take your garden to the next level

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The flower beds are finished, the vegetables are growing, and yet something could be missing from the backyard landscape: That "wow" factor. Adding a personal touch to the lawn and garden doesn't have to be complicated or … more

Benefits of nature

We probably take it for granted that we live in an area that offers so many things to do in the great outdoors. Hunting and fishing, camping, hiking, boating and other outdoor pursuits are just a way of life here. We have the Wateree River, Santee … more

Mayesville's Brunson, Summerton's Wolfe both win on Santee Cooper

SUMMERTON - It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Summerton with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Santee Cooper events. FLW, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the … more

Inspectors survey Lowcountry trees after invasive beetle discovered

PENDLETON - An invasive species of beetle discovered for the first time in South Carolina has state and federal officials conducting surveys in Charleston County to determine the extent of the insect's spread. The Asian longhorned beetle was found … more

Dan Geddings: Freshly plowed ground

The big green tractor roared forward, and the disk cut deep into the soft earth. The scent of the freshly plowed ground was good. Rainy days and work commitments had delayed our plans, but this day had dawned clear, and we had much work to do. I … more

A scientific look at how light affects what bass eat

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Conventional angling wisdom says in clear water use "natural-looking" lures. On bright days, use light colors. In low light or more turbid water, use darker-colored lures. But do bass pick and choose what they eat based on the … more

Good fences make good neighbors of humans, wildlife

Fences are the best way to prevent deer and other foraging animals from damaging gardens, landscape plants and orchards, but they can be expensive and difficult or time-consuming to install. There are other wildlife deterrents, but they might not … more

Friendly and Squirt

He was surprised and saddened to see the road full of feathers and two mangled geese on the pavement. He turned on his emergency flashing lights and pulled over. He moved the dead geese to the grassy shoulder then noticed a couple of goslings … more

S.C. farmers lose use of important herbicides early in growing season

PENDLETON - One of the most widespread and effective herbicides in South Carolina farmers' arsenal has been barred from sale early in the growing season. Officials with the Department of Pesticide … more

2020 Public Alligator Hunting lottery in S.C. to close soon

If you haven't already applied, there are less than two weeks left to enter the 2020 Public Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing.A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt, and a randomized computer … more

Landscape designer shares tips for container gardening

StatePoint Container gardens are a viable and popular cultivation option, especially for those who have limited sun-exposed spaces or are looking to start small and learn the basics of gardening. "Containers, whether bought or recycled, are a … more

Dan Geddings: A morning on the lake

The water was almost as smooth as glass. Occasionally, a series of low swales from the wake of some distant boat would roll through and gently rock us. The air was cool, and there was no wind. A brilliant blue sky arched overhead. The sun was not … more

USDA issues 1st Coronavirus Food Assistance payments

All our coronavirus coverage is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our … more

Making the right call

The nighttime sky was full of snow geese, their forms illuminated by the street lights of the town. There were thousands, and their high-pitched calls drowned out the nearby traffic. I was standing out in our motel parking lot, spellbound by this … more

Home gardeners can help hungry by donating some of their harvest

Gardening's popularity has surged during the coronavirus pandemic; it provides exercise, outdoor time, emotional well-being and wholesome produce. Home gardening also can provide some hunger relief to others during a time of rising food … more
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