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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

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

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

Gardening: How to reach a truce in the war with weeds

If you want to avoid chemical weedkillers but don't like the idea of hand hoeing or bouncing along behind a rototiller, you still have options to keep weeds from taking over your garden. MULCH For starters, there's mulches, which can smother … 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

More seals means learning to live with sharks in New England

PORTLAND, Maine - Seals are thriving off the Northeast coast thanks to decades of protections, and that victory for wildlife has brought a consequence for humans - more encounters with sharks. Seals are a favorite prey of large sharks such as the … more

Soak or drip? Watering advice for the hot season

August is the month for two garden W's: weeding and watering. Regular attention to both keeps a vegetable or flower garden pretty and productive well into autumn. For now, let's look at watering. It's not necessarily less rain that makes soils … more

Is there drama in hunting clubs?

Recently, one of my friends asked if there is any drama in hunting clubs, and I answered, "If you see it in The Item, it is so." So, I'll tell you the truth about drama in hunting clubs. Drama in this context is defined as a way of relating to … more

Our native blue flag

I had made the initial crossing in the fall, during deer season, wearing hip boots. The water backed up from the downstream beaver pond was shallow here. The trees were long gone, with button brush and thick stands of cattails crowding the watery … 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

Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

Give a child a box of crayons and a piece of paper, and ask for a flower, and you very likely will get a picture of a daisy. Daisies also hold attraction for poets. Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet of the 14th century, wrote "...of all the floures … more

SCDNR: Deer tags arriving in mailboxes soon

Deer tags should be arriving in your mailbox soon!For the first time, Lifetime, Senior, Gratis and Catawba license holders that requested deer tags last year will automatically receive a free base set of tags this year and into the future. These … more

The path to Shoot Yo Leg

The woods are primitive and ancient. Giant hardwoods tower over the hillside. There is a super canopy of massive pines. In March and April, portions of the forest floor are carpeted in a thick stand of wild Easter lilies. A heavy stand of cypress … more
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