Teen Terror; library reads

Teen Terror


“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”  That’s how the old saying goes.  But in reality, sometimes a cover can tell you, in a glance, whether you want to spend your time reading a book or not.  For example, at this time of the year, lots of people are looking for that chilling read that will make their heart and breathing stop for a moment – lots of people including teens.  These titles are as creepy as their cover and guaranteed to send chills up your spine, even after you’ve turned the last page.


Poll: Half in SC say blacks not hurt by generations of slavery, discrimination

Winthrop Poll results released Wednesday found that 51 percent of those who responded said that generations of slavery and discrimination do not make it difficult or even somewhat difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class.

Sixty-two percent of whites expressed it when polled, while 24 percents of blacks did so.

Those who said generations of slavery and discrimination do make it somewhat or strongly difficult for blacks today made up 45 percent — 34 percent of whites and 74 percent of blacks who were polled.

Children's books for the Halloween season

Books for Your Little Pumpkins


Halloween can be one fun time.  For adults, teens and older kids that is.  For the toddler set, it may be a time of apprehension and stress.  Ghosts, vampires and monsters may be a little intense for that age group.  Let’s start them off slow.  Here are five board book titles that deal with pumpkins (and the occasional jack-o-lantern).  Get them hooked on these and they’ll probably be ready for “a little more scary” next year.


No Escape

Man against society.  It is a theme that resonates in our popular culture.  In cinema, it perhaps impacts the most in films where a prisoner is wrongly or unjustly convicted.  We can watch our “hero” struggle to correct the wrong he has been dealt from the comfort of our theatre seat or family room sofa.  Perhaps we should feel a little uneasy empathizing in comfort, but at least if the films are as good as these, we will empathize.


Papillon Warner Brothers, 1973


When the Leaves Turn Colors

It’s Fall!  Time for temperatures to drop, and leaves to change colors.  Here in the South, falling temperatures take a little while longer than in other parts of the country.  And as for the changing of leaves – perhaps we don’t have as much as some other climes, but we do have them.  Time to take the little ones for a walk to view them and then home again to read about them.


Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert


What's cool for back to school

NEW YORK — For kids of all ages, one big thing helps soften the blow of summer turning into fall: fresh and fun back-to-school gear.

Supplies with popular licensed characters from movies, TV shows and books always make a splash among younger kids, while older ones contemplate design and functionality for back-to-school items.

Notable Lives

Notable Lives



Perhaps one of the most unique qualities of humans is our ability to relate our thoughts and feelings even in those places and times in which we are not present.  We often take writing and reading for granted and seldom stop to think how the written word has allowed us to share the lives of those who we have never actually met.  Here are some people you’ll probably never meet but might still be interested in spending time with.


The Bible in Art

The Bible…for many centuries it was the primary source for the art of Western Civilization.  The events and stories told in its pages were the inspiration for canvases, tapestries, sculptures, and works in many other mediums.  Though it may not hold such a central spot in recent artworks, there are still many artists who look to it for inspiration in creating their work.


A Journey Into Christian Art, by Helen De Borchgrave


Revolutionary Reads

Each year, we celebrate the founding of our country with fireworks, picnics and other special events.  For those readers who want to reexamine what brought this country into being and who was responsible, there are hundreds of books.  Here are some of the best that cover the events and people in a dynamic manner that helps bring their past into our present.

1776 by David McCullough

New Nonfiction Reads

To avid readers there’s nothing like having a new book.  The youngest kids are happy with a book that looks shiny and bright.   The older kids look for the latest in their favorite series.  Adults who like fiction look for the latest by their favorite author.  And what about adults who like nonfiction?  Here are five brand new titles that are bound to catch and keep your attention.

The B-Side: the Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, by Ben Yagoda

Hoosier’s first sweet taste of Watermelon festivities

The 2015 Hampton County Watermelon Festival was my first sweet taste of Hampton County watermelon fervor, which happens every year around July.

I have already told my friends that “if they ain’t in a hurry then they otta stop by”. Most of them understand the lame country music reference.

Although the Hampton festival may not have inspired the classic country song by artist Tracy Byrd, it has inspired many to become involved in the community and participate in community events.

Father's Day turns into Mom's day

My parents came to visit me for Father’s Day this past week on Seabrook Island, and I was able to take them out fishing for the first time.

I was surprised by my mother’s enthusiasm when it came taking a fishing trip. I felt that my father would be the one who enjoyed the trip the most, but to my surprise my mother was the most excited of all.

Indiana Kayaker views alligator; sets personal speed record

The Lowcountry is a special and unique area to reside for multiple reasons. The generous and hospitable people, the striking beauty and the abundant and diverse wildlife make this part of the world a wonderful place to call home.

I, being an avid outdoorsman, typically spend any free time I have with my girlfriend floating along with the tidal currents trying to find a trout for dinner or a big red to test my skills. I began my love affair with the outdoors as a child and consider myself somewhat familiar with many of the plants and animals I encounter.

Why Common Core could be 'evil' for our schools

This time, we cannot blame the Hampton School District 1 Board or the District Superintendent for executing a really bad idea. They are victims - along with the parents, the students, and the quality teachers - of something that was shoved down their throats from outside of the district and this county. That something is called Common Core.


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