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Cover your ground, for your plants' sake

Nature abhors bare ground, and so should you. Her response to naked earth is to clothe it, a job at which many weeds excel. Bare soil is too easily blown and washed away by wind and water. Rainfall pounding on it seals pores, making it much … more

Tips for winterizing your boat

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Bassmaster Elite Series pro Gary Clouse is not only a prolific tournament angler, but he is also the president and founder of Phoenix Boats. His decades of expertise have given Clouse important insight into proper care and … more

Pulling the trigger

The shadows had combined, and darkness was settling into the woods. I was ready to get down from the stand, but something caught my attention out front. It looked like a couple of raccoons at the corn, and I could see something else now. It looked … more

Wild turkey harvest in S.C. down slightly last spring

COLUMBIA - Approximately 50,000 turkey hunters take to the woods annually in South Carolina with hopes of harvesting a wily gobbler, and the 2019 spring turkey season was no exception. With an estimated harvest of 15,783 adult gobblers and 1,591 … more

Here's how to extend the vase life of your flowers

Fresh cut flower arrangements are fleeting, but you can keep them lively longer by taking a few simple steps in selection, conditioning and nourishment. "Cut flowers generally last five to seven days after the time they get to the consumer," said … more

40 acres of wonder

The upper trail was wide and sloped gently downhill. It was easy walking. Thick pine forest closed in on each side. The blackened trunks were evidence of a low-intensity prescribed burn. Dogwoods, post oaks and a few small sweetgums were scattered … more

Gifts for the gardeners on your holiday shopping list

FROM NEWSWIRE.COM COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - As the holiday season arrives, it's time to make a gift list - and check it at least twice. Some friends and family members are easy to buy for. But the difficult-to-shop-for friends and relatives … more

S.C. anglers should kill invasive snakehead if caught

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officials are warning anglers that if the invasive Northern snakehead fish is caught in the Palmetto State, anglers should kill it immediately and by all means NOT release it back into the … more

Not an exact science

Several trucks rolled down the highway behind me and onto the gravel drive that extended to the yellow gate. I knew what it meant. A dog drive was getting underway on the adjoining property. From my elevated stand, I could see the orange clad … more

A scene from the Cypress Trail in Sumter

Wanda Smith took this photo at Cypress Trail off Wise Drive on Oct. 9. PHOTO PROVIDED BY WANDA SMITH more

Sumter Air Force chief master sergeant kills 11-point day after retirement

PHOTO PROVIDED BY SHAUNA PADGETT Shauna Padgett, a chief master sergeant who retired from the Air Force on Oct. 1, 2019, after fighting breast cancer for a year, killed this 11-point buck with split brow tines and an 18-inch spread on Oct. 2, the … more

Sumter County women attend S.C. Farm Bureau conference

NORTH CHARLESTON - Sumter County residents Joye Davis and Jenny Marshall joined more than 100 women from across the state in North Charleston on Oct. 14-15 for the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation's annual Women's Leadership … more

Shades of gray

The forest was dark around me as I walked slowly up the faint woodland road an hour before daylight. It was cloudy, and there was no moon. I had a pen light in my pocket but didn't want to use it unless I had to. As I approached my stand site, I … more

Ladies of Palmetto Trail hike Wateree Passage

Mary Rawl took this photo on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Wateree Passage of the Palmetto Trail. The Ladies of the Palmetto Trail hike every second Saturday on a section of the Palmetto Trail. more

Rattlesnake spotted along Palmetto Trail Oct. 12

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Ladies of the Palmetto Trail hiked a portion of the Wateree Passage starting at Poinsett State Park, up over Molly's Bluff, then down to Trestle No. 1 for lunch. This was seen on the spur trail leading up to the Foxville … more

South Carolina DNR briefs: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019

McBee WMA Lottery Quail Hunt applications available until Tuesday at 5 p.m. If you have not applied yet, there are a few days left to submit an application for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources McBee WMA Quail Lottery Hunts. Applications … more

A Lowcountry hunt

The rain was coming down in torrents. Lightning flashed in the blackness. My visibility was limited to a few yards ahead. Red taillights streamed by. I needed to get off the road for a while. An exit just ahead would be a good place to take … more

DNR is on target with new range only 2 miles from Sumter / Richland County line

There is a new free public range in the region for shooters to practice and hone their craft for self-protection purposes or their next hunt at Wateree Rifle and Pistol Range in Eastover. Just two miles across the Sumter County line and over the … more

The sounds of innocence

Peals of laughter, squeals of joy and young voices shouting in the distance. The words couldn't be distinguished, but they were cried out in frolic and play. The sounds came on the soft breeze from a nearby house. It was the sound of pure innocence. … more

To keep enjoying your garden's flowers as the seasons change, consider drying them

Cut flowers have an intense but brief vase life, lasting generally about a week. Yet they can be preserved as attractive and long-lasting arrangements when properly dried and displayed. Air-drying is the simplest and cheapest way to go about it, … more
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