Category: Special Interest

Locally written columns of special interest to Dillon County citizens

My Opinion On Justice And Capital Punishment

I am going to use my column today to make some comments on justice and the death sentence and how these two things must be considered in the public discourse, if we are going to mete out sentences in a just and nondiscriminatory way.

Common Buttonbush

Common buttonbush, also referred to as honey-bells, is a deciduous shrub that was cultivated for a pollen and nectar source for honeybees.

Virginia Sweetspire

Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) is native shrub from eastern Texas up to New Jersey and thrives throughout South Carolina.

Problems and Perplexities That Seem Unsolvable

With the beginning of a new year, as well as a new decade, in many aspects of life (that range from the personal to the collective) there are things that are very problematic and even foreboding that are looming over us like dark clouds before a torrential downpour.


Kalanchoe is a very popular house plant that is usually on sale during late winter and spring months.

Common New Year’s Resolutions That People Make

Now that we have officially entered the year of 2020, I want to consider and comment on a few of the common resolutions that many people have made concerning the new year.


Nutsedges are a very persistent and aggressive weed that commonly infests lawns, flower and vegetable gardens, and home landscapes.

Leadership Is Not For Cowards

The term leadership means “to lead.” It literally means, by most reliable sources, “to act as a guide to show the way, whether by words or action.”

Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna gardening is a simple method that turns kitchen scraps, yard waste, and newspapers into layers of rich and nutritious soil.

This Month In S.C. History: Family Receipts

As the holidays approach, our thoughts turn to cooking and baking for family and friends. The archives of the South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) contain a wonderful collection of family recipes, or “receipts” as they were frequently called.