Bad Hair Days and Lessons from a Blow Out

 

By Tammy Davis   Some call August the dog days. Women call it something else: bad hair days. SC humidity and hair styles don’t get along. Women hate their hair…

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The Roadside Stand

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Two words say it all. “Delicious simplicity.” No register. Cash and carry. Paper bags to hold jewels polished by the farmer’s hands. A friendly face. Produce…

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Renewable Water Resources among the first wastewater treatment agencies to launch program to track concentration of COVID-19 virus in area wastewater

 

Data analyzed by Clemson University and shared with health and governmental agencies shows significant level of COVID-19 infection in Greenville County residents Renewable Water Resources (ReWa), the non-profit entity responsible…

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Over 1,000 acres now conserved in the Lynches River watershed

 

Over 1,000 acres in the Lynches River watershed are now conserved, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the McLeod family, Congaree Land Trust (CLT) and the Lynches River Conservation Fund…

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The Mystery of Huguenot, Georgia

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   I grew up unlettered as Huguenots go. That changed much later after I moved to South Carolina. There I drove along Huger and Gervais Street and…

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Tyler, Dustin, and the Streets Of New York City

 

By Tammy Davis   Go ahead. Call me a bad mother. Back in 2019, I watched every single episode of The Bachelorette with my fifteen-year-old daughter. I knew it was…

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2020 Tacos ‘n Tequila Fiesta to be held in late September

 

The Upstate’s popular festival dedicated to the love of tacos and tequila has a date for 2020, and with added health and safety measures. Tacos ‘n Tequila Fiesta will be…

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Survey respondents needed to Build it Back Better

 

South Carolina leaders urge parent to fill out Child Care Survey  The South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) and the United Way Association of South Carolina want to hear…

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All The Stories

 

By Tammy Davis   A timeline. Every social studies classroom has one. Mine was up high, where the wall met the ceiling. The teacher before me, or maybe the teacher…

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Stonecutters’ Beautiful Legacy

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Stonecutters’ Beautiful Legacy I love back roads’ and their fading vestiges of yesteryear. Bull Durham and Coca Cola ads painted onto brick and old Camel cigarette…

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First-ever, free Drive-Through S.C. State Fair to be held Oct. 20-21, 2020

 

In an effort to give back to the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit South Carolina State Fair will host its first-ever free, Drive-Through S.C. State Fair…

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Better At The Beach. Food and Family Vacations.

 

By Tammy Davis   The only thing better than a week at the beach is a week at the beach with lots of good food. Vacations give families and friends…

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Tallulah Point Outlook, Part One

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland     An Enduring Icon Endures No More In that precious time of boyhood summers, our family would drive from Lincoln County, Georgia, to the North Carolina…

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Training continues for Sea Cadets at Relic Room – this time virtually

 

Educational activities continue at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, but a little differently from what we’re used to. For instance, on Saturday, July 18, we’ll have…

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Moving On, The Gift of Forgiveness

 

By Tammy Davis   A friend recently saw her ex for the first time in years. It was time to make peace.  Past time really. She saw his truck when…

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Ghost Stories

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Great Aunt Annie, long buried in some graveyard up Asheville way, told me ghost stories when I was a boy. I’d sit by a hissing wood…

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Coming Soon!

 

Coming Soon!

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Old Dogs, New Tricks

 

By Tammy Davis   I love it when the universe gives us what we need. Lately, I’ve been trying to grow my audience. I’ve asked several experts for advice, and…

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A Defense Against Wine Snobbery

 

By Thomas H. George Founder, Bacchus & Books   Ah, the wine snob. We all know one (or more!). In my view they give wine a bad name, because wine should…

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Saws, Maters, & Men Long Gone

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Growing up in eastern Georgia deep in pines, I wakened to the wail of chainsaws six days a week. Yellow McCullochs and red Poulans sliced through…

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Virtual Reedy River Duck Derby to be held in one week

 

The Reedy River Duck Derby will be held on July 11, but not in the way most Greenville residents are used to. There will be no rubber ducks going over…

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From Three Black Men to Two

 

By Tammy Davis   1990. Summer School, a place nobody ever wants to be. One of my first teaching assignments, and nothing from my education classes applied. The students fell…

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Fried Green Tomatoes

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   My back-road explorations take me to little eateries tucked neatly in the middle of nowhere, whistle-stop places. Country folks run these deep-fried, lonely roadside stops so…

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July 4th on Lake Murray

 

The Capital City/ Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board is pleased to present Lake Murray’s July 4th Celebration scheduled for Saturday, July 4th.  At approximately 9:15 or dark, fireworks will launch…

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Summer camps continue at Town Theatre – virtual AND in-person!

 

Summer Camps Continue at Town Theatre! Let’s go! Summer camp is in full swing ~ virtual AND in person options for ALL ages are available July 6-31. We offer a…

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This Is What We Like – Robert Gardiner, Jazz Musician

 

By Tammy Davis   January 2020. Date night, back when folks could actually leave the house. On that rainy evening, I showered, put on make-up, fixed my hair and wore…

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The Outhouse Flower

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   I remember Mom talked of a flower with a strange name, hollyhocks. She talked flowers a lot mentioning dahlias, Cape jasmines, which go by jasmines, gardenia,…

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What Makes a Party Unforgettable? (It takes a village…and plenty of SPF)

 

By Mitchell Crosby Founder, JMC Charleston When it comes to event design and production, I have always been passionate about creating “a one in a lifetime event.”  Designing an experience…

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High Spirits Hospitality’s Tammy Johnson wins GSA Woman of Influence

 

Tammy Johnson, CEO and owner of High Spirits Hospitality, was named a GSA Woman of Influence on Wednesday. Johnson was born in Houston, but moved to Greenville in 2009, where…

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The Language of Wine

 

By Thomas H. George Founder, Bacchus & Books Wine, like many subjects, has its own terminology, vernacular, and technical jargon. To wit, terms such as: “batonnage, foudre, lees, and Geneva…

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Grace Will Lead Us Home: A Compelling Guide to Understanding the Emanuel Church shootings

 

By Reba Hull Campbell   Rarely does a book appeal to all my “reading” senses – well written, important message, compelling story and human connections. “Grace Will Lead Us Home”…

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Sword Drills and The Devil, We’re All Scared to Death

 

By Tammy Davis   If you grew up Baptist, you know all about sword drills. At my little church in Bishopville, SC, it went like this: the Sunday school teacher…

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A Childhood, The Biography of a Place

 

By Tom Poland   The book is 9.25 inches long, 6.5 inches wide, and less than an inch thick. Its 182 pages present a world well-fed folks can only guess…

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Charleston Equity initiative announces guest speakers for Charleston Equity Concert

 

Charleston Equity Initiative announced the guest speakers for the Charleston Equity Concert, a virtual benefit concert featuring local black artists and local black community guest speakers. The concert will be…

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Fun Run and Race scheduled in Summerville to benefit Alzheimer’s family support services – August 22

 

The ARK, Alzheimer’s family support services, announces that early bird registration for its 21st Annual McElveen Race For The ARK is now open through August 20. The race is planned for August…

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The Bad Dream, the Book Bag, and the KKK

 

By Tammy Davis   1993 found me at an alternative school with a mixed bunch of students. Trashy kids and nice kids. Plenty of thugs and more than enough rednecks.…

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Just One Great Adventure

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   On my way back I crossed Clarks Hill Lake twice. In soft early evening light, the water lay like a mirror. Smooth as glass as we…

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The Soundtrack of the Pandemic – Those Voices in My Head

 

By Reba Hull Campbell Hearing someone’s voice encourages a connection that’s completely different than just exchanging a text, an email or even a handwritten letter. A voice is as distinctive…

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Ready or Not, It’s Back to Work.

 

By Amy Coward   When I came home from work a couple of months ago, I washed my thermos and stared at it. I wondered how long it would be…

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Disasters and Dreams

 

By Tammy Davis   It took two disasters to throw me into writing.  The first was a natural disaster:  the Thousand Year Flood that hit in 2015.  Thank you notes…

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July 4th on Lake Murray

 

The Capital City/ Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board is pleased to present Lake Murray’s July 4th Celebration scheduled for Saturday, July 4th.  At approximately 9:15 or dark, fireworks will launch…

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Woods, Waters, and Flowers

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   A botanical superstar lives in the South. It’s exquisite, ephemeral, and periled, in that much of its habitat lies beneath lakes. I’m writing about the rocky…

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Reedy River Duck Derby to go virtual this summer

 

The Reedy River Duck derby will have a new twist this year – it will be virtual rubber ducks going over the falls this July 11. Rotary Club of the…

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Relic Room will reopen, with precautions, starting Saturday, May 30

 

The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will be open again starting Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. The museum, which has been closed since mid-March because of…

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2020 Tacos n’ Tequila Fiesta postponed for crowd safety

 

To protect the hungry, taco-loving crowd of Greenville and guarantee an unforgettable time for all, the annual Tacos ‘n Tequila Fiesta has been postponed until further notice. As one of…

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Quarantine Heartbreak

 

  By Tammy Davis   Part Ten of The Corona Chronicles Part Nine here Part Eight here Part Seven here Part Six here Part Five here Part Four here Part Three here Part Two here Part One here After…

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If At First You Don’t Succeed

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Among my father’s passions were birds and woodworking. He made bluebird boxes in his workshop and mounted them around home. He loved hummingbirds and looked for…

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