Category: Special Interest

Locally written columns of special interest to Dillon County citizens

USDA Offers Grilling Tips To Pros And Beginners

As millions of Americans get ready to commemorate Memorial Day and welcome summer, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds people to keep it safe this weekend: follow the latest CDC guidance for COVID-19 and remember your food safety practices.

Japanese Privet

Ligustrum is the genus of the wicked privet plants. Common or European privet and Chinese privet have escaped into the wild across the South East and are weedy and invasive.

Essentials We Often Take For Granted

While standing outside recently, as the sunshine beamed down upon me, I could not help but to think how often I have taken the essential light of the sun for granted.

Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)

Nandina, also known as heavenly bamboo, (Nandina domestica) is an evergreen or semi-evergreen broadleaf shrub. It is a tough and durable plant in the landscape.

The Mark and Model of Meritorious Mothers

I almost allowed Mother’s Day to slip up on me without preparing an appropriate article way in advance.

Mountain Mint

Mountain mint is an easy-to-grow perennial that flowers from July to August. It is also a magnet for many pollinators such as wasps, skippers, bees, and moths.

Blessings In Disguise

As I often do in my column (as was the case two weeks ago with my subject, “Necessary Evils”), I utilize and expound on well-known sayings that people commonly use.

COVID-19 Conflict: Concerns, Challenges, and Casualties

Let us not forget the struggle to subdue and eradicate the deadly disease and enemy called COVID-19. It is still very much in effect.

Remembering The Legacy

A few weeks ago, my topic and thought dealt with things that we received from both parents entitled, “The Best and Worst from Both Sides.”


Wildflowers are rising in popularity in gardens and landscape. They add beauty to any landscape as well as attracting forms of wildlife. Some wildflowers are ideal for cut or dried flower arrangements.