By Patra Taylor

Even as 2018 roared in like a lion, with record low temperatures and near record snowfall across the Lowcountry, a new era quietly arrived at the Historic Charleston Foundation when Charleston native Winslow W. Hastie took over as the organization’s president and chief executive officer. After a nation-wide search resulting in 85 eager candidates vying for the top spot at one of the nation’s most respected preservation organizations, Mr. Hastie was ultimately selected by the foundation’s board of trustees for the position vacated late last year by retiring Katharine S. “Kitty” Robinson, who served the foundation for 17 years.

By Ford Walpole

Since a wealthy Northern banker donated it in 1936, beautiful Bulls Island has been part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Known for its breathtaking Boneyard Beach, the 5,000-acre island is a favorite site for birdwatchers, hikers and school groups. Yet for two weeks a year, the first weeks of November and December, archery hunters set up camp on the island, a tradition that dates back to the mid-1950s.

The Advocate

By Jay Williams, Jr.

There isn’t enough money.

Mayor John Tecklenburg’s proposed 2018 city budget may be balanced, but it doesn’t include additional funding for two priorities — the drainage and flooding crisis and pay raises for city workers. The mayor’s plan is to leave it up to City Council to decide if it wants to fund either of these priorities and if it wants to raise property taxes to do it.

“Mount Pleasant is a town of peaceful, home-loving people, blessed through the ages with contentment. It has been said that the place is more than just a town; it is a state of mind.”

So wrote Petrona Royall McIver in her book, History of Mount Pleasant South Carolina published in 1960. Nearly six decades later, it’s doubtful that Ms. McIver would recognize her beloved village, founded by English settlers in 1680 just across the Cooper River from the Holy City. While preservation of the town’s rich heritage and small town appeal seemed a top priority when Mount Pleasant first entered its “growth spurt” during the 1980s (resulting in the doubling the town’s population between 1990 and 2000, a population that continues to trend upward), each successive ribbon cutting of multi-family complexes and high-density neighborhoods has many wondering if the “Mount Pleasant state of mind” of yesteryear will survive the 21st century.

By Peg Eastman

Part I covered the Rev. Rick Belser’s life and ministry until he moved to the Lowcountry. Part II brings the reader up to the present time.

After many years of prayer, Rick was asked to become the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church on John’s Island. As his predecessor the Rev. Edward Guerry had served in that capacity for 28 years, Rick couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to follow such a long-serving and much-beloved priest. God answered Rick’s prayers and the faithful people of St. John’s accepted him warmly into their community.

By Patra Taylor

When Hurricane Harvey blew ashore along the Texas Gulf Coast last month, bringing with it category four winds and record rainfall of more that 50 inches in some places, the storm devastated a number of towns and cities in its path. As residents of southern Texas and Louisiana cope with the catastrophic conditions left in Harvey’s wake, finding their way back to “normal” will undoubtedly be their primary focus in the coming months. As survivors pick through what remains of their lives, many important questions are being asked such as, “When will my family be able to rebuild our home?” “When can I replace my car?” “Will my business survive?” and “Is my family prepared to face the growing public health crisis?”

By Charleston Mercury Staff

Many remember the excitement in 1985 when the “new airport” opened. And although it was finally a somewhat modern facility, some also felt that it undershot the mark. It was much like most of the “one-horse” airports seen around the country: small, drab and barely well-enough equipped to serve the community’s needs at that time. So as the years went by and the Charleston region began to smolder, smoke and eventually catch fire, our airport became perhaps the last symbol of a Charleston reluctant to change to meet the challenges of the 21st century.    

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