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Filipino outreach event Aug. 2

Monday, July 21, 2014 8:32 a.m.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Filipino Community Center Inc. in Charleston, has announced that it will conduct a Consular Outreach Mission.

Annual Swamp Safari returns to Cypress Gardens

Friday, July 11, 2014 12:11 a.m.

It’s time to pull out your safari hat for Cypress Gardens’ annual Swamp Safari.

BCSO Summer Deputy Camp dates set

Friday, May 30, 2014 12:14 a.m.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is having its annual Summer Deputy Camp for students 8 to 12 years of age.

4H Youth Gardening contest accepting applications

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:29 a.m.

The South Carolina 4H Youth Development Programs have a new short-term project for area youth interested in gardening.

Alligator meat gaining popularity as food

Special to The Independent

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:31 a.m.

It’s big, green, scary and, apparently, very tasty.

BHS junior brings home Miss South Carolina Teen crown

Friday, April 18, 2014 3:11 p.m.

Erica Wilson, a 17-year-old junior at Berkeley High School, was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen at the 2014 Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant in …

Lowcountry Arts Day May 6

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:11 p.m.

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, in partnership with the Coastal Community Foundation, will facilitate Lowcountry Arts Day on May 6 to raise awareness and funds for its members throughout the Tri-County’s diverse arts community and will be supplemented by an anonymous gift of $110,000.

Historical Society Fall Tour Oct. 19

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:01 a.m.

The Berkeley County Historical Society Fall Tour is set for Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Clemson Extension features 2 new gardens UPDATED

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 5:32 p.m.

 The Clemson Extension in Moncks Corner has two new ornamental gardens.A concept that dates back to the 1970s, the lasagna garden is designed to be a …

Art show winners announced UPDATED

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:08 p.m.

The 23rd Annual Old Santee Canal Fine Arts Exhibition took place Aug. 24 to Sept. 8.Hosted by The Berkeley Artist Guild, Santee Cooper and Berkeley …

Mystery Plant: A favorite food for swallowtail butterfly UPDATED

Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:38 p.m.

 No, it's not a holly, although it does look like one.This is one of the most common woodland understory shrubs in eastern North America, occurring …

Funeral options involving trees

Thursday, September 5, 2013 3:27 p.m.

I received an interesting e-mail from my friend Craig, who has inspired several columns. It directed me to a website where I would learn how I could become a tree when I die. Of course I had to see what that was about.

Goose Creek movie night Sept. 7 UPDATED

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:09 a.m.

The City of Goose Creek will wrap up the summer season with a free outdoor movie on Saturday, Sept. 7 behind the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center.Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and relax under the sky while enjoying the Disney movie “Wreck It Ralph” on a giant inflatable movie screen beginning around 8 p.m.Concessions including …

Art exhibition under way UPDATED

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:26 a.m.

 The 23rd Annual Juried Art Competition and Exhibition began on Aug. 24 and will continue through Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center at the Old Santee Canal Park (900 Stony Landing Road, Moncks Corner). Artists from all over the state will compete for cash awards,  Purchase awards, and the People’s Choice award. …

Weeping Willow a childhood favorite UPDATED

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:27 a.m.

 Last week my friend Craig asked me why there seems to be so few weeping willow trees in our area. I had not noticed before, but there do seem to be far fewer of them here than there were in southwest Virginia where I grew up.While there are over 100 species of native willows (most of which are shrubs), weeping willows originated in China. Their …

Gospel concert set for Aug. 30 in Goose Creek UPDATED

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:06 a.m.

 The World Gospel Inspiration Network Associates and Bajim Productions are presenting The Voices of Grace Gospel Concert 2013 at the Goose Creek High School Performing Arts Center on Friday, Aug. 30.Doors open at 6 p.m., with praise and worship at 6:45. The school is located at 1137 Redbank Road in Goose Creek.The concert will feature national …

Plant loves summer, blooms into fall UPDATED

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:35 a.m.

 The summer's flower is to the summer sweet.               William Shakespeare, Sonnet 94 Ah, late summer: hot and sticky, soft, fragrant mornings, …

Farmers Market Month arrives in South Carolina UPDATED

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 11:42 p.m.

 South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers is asking South Carolinians to join him in celebrating Farmers Market Month in August by shopping at a farmers market in their community.“We are blessed to have an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce and locally made products here in South Carolina,” said Weathers in a …

Cypress Gardens ‘Safari’ Aug. 17 UPDATED

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 11:44 p.m.

 Hundreds of Lowcountry residents pull out their safari hats every year and visit Cypress Gardens for the annual “Swamp Safari.” The event will feature a full schedule of exciting swamp adventures from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.“We dedicate this day to highlighting and celebrating the unique wildlife found in our …

Covenant Counseling Center holding Gospel Concert Fundraiser UPDATED

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:50 p.m.

 The Covenant Counseling Center of South Carolina (CCCSC) will be holding what they hope to be an annual Gospel Singing Concert, at the Summerville Baptist Church, Friday, September 20. The Gospel Concert will feature three well-known artists associated with Bill Gaither – Charlotte Ritchie, Wes Hampton, and Doug Anderson and promises to be …

Shrine Club teams with Carolina Crowning Pageantry UPDATED

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:52 p.m.

 The Berkeley Shrine Club teamed up with Carolina Crowning Pageantry in May to host the first fundraiser pageant for the Shrine Hospitals of South …

Tech’s ‘Main Street USA’ July 18 UPDATED

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 4:48 p.m.

Celebrate summertime with Trident Technical College’s Main Street USA program on Thursday, July 18.The program, which features music and …

Dancing in the Streets UPDATED

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:45 a.m.

Custom 4 and Friends entertain the dance crowd at Moncks Corner’s annual Fourth of July Street Dance held in downtown on Friday. The annual …

Fourth of July Parade UPDATED

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:49 a.m.

A Moncks Corner Police Department car leads the parade.

Magnolia tree a longtime favorite

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 1:41 p.m.

 Psychologists have long delved into people’s memories trying to identify early events that influenced later behavior or choices.I clearly remember attending a birthday party when I was four years old. Several games were played and when I won one, the prize was a pocket-sized book about trees. All of the pictures were in full color and I …

Habitat farmer’s market open weekly UPDATED

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:24 p.m.

Anyone looking to take home yellow, green or red tomatoes can now do so in Goose Creek.Citizens can also gather woodturnings, knitted stitches, …

Lilacs bring back great memories UPDATED

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:33 p.m.

Returning from a mid-May trip to Virginia, I was happy to bring back a bouquet of lilacs cut from my sister’s yard.Growing up, we both loved an old lilac that stood at our home’s backdoor, and would often take flowering branches, stems wrapped in damp paper towels, to our teachers. The scent of lilacs still transports me back to those …

What are sustainably managed forests? UPDATED

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:36 p.m.

A few weeks ago as I was buying greeting cards I noticed this statement on the backs of several: “This card is made with paper from sustainably managed forests.”What exactly does that mean?Sustainable forest management (SFM) is a complex concept, but essentially its goal is to make certain that the forest resources the world enjoys …

Comic book fans enjoy free Saturday UPDATED

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:49 p.m.

Greg Woodard remembers the day he discovered Batman comics as a child. Since then he’s been a Batman guy.It’s a story he loves to share, …

A look inside Mepkin Abbey UPDATED

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:02 p.m.

Outside the Mepkin Abbey chapel a Japanese maple grows as the bell tower climbs in the sky behind it. For guided tour times and other information …

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