Category: Special Interest

Locally written columns of special interest to Dillon County citizens

Spring Vegetables

February is the time to plant early vegetable crops such as garden peas (Pisum sativum) and spinach (Spinacia oleracea).

Strong Black Mothers Who Sustained Their Bereaved Children

Today, I am going to continue my focus on matriarchs from a local perspective who were strong and courageous in their ability to hold their families together after their husbands died or their children’s father became dead-beat dads who made no effort to support their children.


Orchids are relatively easy to grow and provide six to eight weeks of beautiful flowers.

Those Amazing African-American Matriarchs

Since this is officially Black History Month (that was started by historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson back in 1926), I am going to start this month off by focusing my attention and emphasis on a subject that is, in my estimation, one of the most essential elements of the African-American culture and experience in the history of this nation.


When people think of a dogwood tree, they often think of a flowering dogwood.

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.