The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth ...

Friday, October 24, 2014 2:11 p.m.

Last week I discovered that the prosthetic devices recently constructed to replace my missing teeth had wended their way to dental heaven while I was …

Pass the okra

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Southerners do make headlines, don’t we? Sometimes we hear some piece of news and immediately know it happened south of the Mason-Dixon Line. We just …

Delinquent Tax process explained

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:01 p.m.

The Delinquent Tax Office for Dorchester County is in charge of collecting taxes, penalties, fees and levy costs for unpaid property taxes. State law dictates how the process occurs.

‘Give it all you’ve got’

Friday, October 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

How do you plan to mark your eighth decade? Chances are you won’t have a gig at a London pub. But that’s just what 86-year-old American cabaret …

Reflections on church

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Forty souls attended the 11:30 a.m. service at our church last week. That doesn’t sound like much compared to some megachurches, where Sunday …

Tax Tips That Could Save You Money

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:01 p.m.

The Assessor’s Office has implemented a new Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Program, CAMA, for the 2014 tax year. This program will provide more speed and accuracy to the assessment process and will be a big asset to the Assessor’s Office. It took two years for the implementation.

Looking at the past – and the future

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 1:01 p.m.

As the Sweet Tea Trolley Tour project begins wrapping up this increasingly successful inaugural year, it’s a good time to look back into Summerville …

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

Friday, October 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Food often evokes as many wonderful memories as any other aspects of our lives.

Some thoughts on punishment

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 2:15 p.m.

The “corporal punishment” debate blew up last month when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted after allegedly beating his four- …

How The Homestead Exemption Can Help Reduce Your Taxes

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:55 a.m.

The South Carolina Homestead Exemption allows eligible taxpayers to be tax exempt on the first $50,000 of assessed value on their primary residence. To be eligible, a taxpayer must be 65 years of age or older as of Dec. 31 of the previous tax year, or 100 percent totally and permanently disabled or legally blind. Furthermore, a taxpayer must …

Newspapers look out for community’s well-being

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:13 a.m.

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s famous line was he “got no respect.”

‘ . . .no Buddy quite so true’

Friday, October 3, 2014 10:03 a.m.

These partial lyrics by Gus Kahn in the chorus of the song “My Buddy” published in 1922 could have been penned about our dog Buddy who left us last …

Ramblings from Julie

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:01 a.m.

My mind is all over the place lately. I blame it on hormone shifts but the less we talk about that, the better.

Scrumptious outtakes

Friday, September 26, 2014 12:01 a.m.

It’s no small matter to invite 1,000 people to stroll through your home, so Scrumptious Kitchen Tour hosts are much appreciated.

Mayor outlines budget plans

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:01 a.m.

One of my tasks as mayor is to develop a balanced budget each year. The town’s proposed budget for next year will be presented for first reading at …

Random thoughts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:30 p.m.

Random thoughts while folding laundry and wondering if we will all mildew before the rain stops. (This being South Carolina, and this being written a …

Brollies and bumbershoots UPDATED

Friday, September 19, 2014 1:10 a.m.

Umbrellas have been a bane of my existence since my first pink parasol. It was part of a precious spring ensemble when I was five and came with a …

I haven’t owned a normal dog yet

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:01 a.m.

I’ve never had a sock-eating Great Dane, but I’ve owned some goofy dogs.

Kudos to Kitchen Tour volunteers

Friday, September 12, 2014 12:01 a.m.

When Marlena Myers, chair and guiding spirit for Summerville’s Scrumptious Kitchen Tour, knocked on Jane Askeland’s door a few seasons ago and asked …

Marilyn’s place…

Friday, September 12, 2014 12:01 p.m.

Around this time of year I get the hankering to head for the hills – the North Carolina Mountains, actually – and this year the itch is coming on …

The friendly skies?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Remember when it was fun to fly the friendly skies? Back when flight attendants were called stewardesses, traveling by airplane was special. Meals …

In the kitchen with Mike

Friday, September 5, 2014 10:45 a.m.

One of the best cooks in our family is our son-in-law Mike Gatch, a gifted musician as well as a kitchen guru, who cooked up a luscious Labor Day …

Enemy Mine

Friday, September 5, 2014 12:01 p.m.

I can see him just out of the corner of my eye. Felt him first, even as he scampered mindlessly across the back of my hand. He’s waving at me now, …

Thoughts on dancing

Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:28 p.m.

There’s a Facebook post going around that features a 91-year-old woman who is A) Lovely, slender and blonde and B) Dancing up a storm. She’s gliding …

Queen for a day

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:01 a.m.

I can claim royal blood for my family. It goes back through British history. Not 400 years maybe – but a tenth of that. And it’s inherited in a …

Dixie’s Story

Friday, August 29, 2014 12:01 a.m.

This is Dixie. She lives with my in-laws. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at lunch time, Dixie was fine, barking from outside, at the ladies visiting my mother-in- …

Signs, signs ...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:46 a.m.

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to advertising signs and billboards while on the road lately. I don’t text and drive during my frequent travels, but I do take the occasional peek at the signs along the way.

Weird, wild stuff

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:23 p.m.

Once you’re in the news business, you’re never really out of the news business. Which is why I’m still obsessed with the news business.

From the mayor’s desk

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:01 a.m.

My wife, Margaret, and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a Seine River cruise in France earlier this month. We booked it a year ago and …

Lowcountry Riffs

Friday, August 22, 2014 12:01 a.m.

So I received this nondescript little package in the mail the other day — looked sort of like yet another credit card offer.

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