By Patra Taylor

For many, growing up on South Carolina’s coast naturally fuels an enduring passion for the environment. No doubt, that was the case for Elizabeth Applegate Dieck, who spent as much of her youth as possible outdoors and on the water, a practice she and her husband continue to this day with their three children.

By Robert Salvo

For those of us steeped in the pluff mud and tannin-dark waters of the Lowcountry, a span of 90 years can feel like the blink of an eye. Great oaks tell their story in centuries; a sunning alligator speaks to millennia. Creeks shift and shorelines shuffle back and forth — it’s the rhythm of our natural environment, as sure as the tides.

By Miro Smith

Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008 turned the world upside down and changed the way the global system functioned. It dealt a great blow to the post-Cold War order, undermined European security architecture, broke all the rules and norms of international law and brought lawlessness to interstate relations while creating conditions for more tensions, hostilities and conflicts. Moscow’s forceful move against an independent state raised legitimate questions about the willingness and capacity of the West, particularly the United States, to meet and overcome systemic challenges posed by revisionist Russia. 

The Advocate

Jay Williams, Jr.

The roar permeated the night air well before they appeared. Suddenly 12 motorcycles flew across Columbus Street and careened down King Street, the leaders with the green light, the remainder blasting through the red. Weaving in and out of traffic, they thundered down the street, and as cars braked and veered to miss them, pedestrians froze to watch. Engines revving, neon lights aglow, the pack picked up more speed as traffic thinned before they turned, racing west on Broad Street, engines screaming into the night.

By Kent Hutchinson

Charleston has always played a major role in the defense of our nation. Even after the 1990’s closing of our Navy base during the BRAC process, Joint Base Charleston continues to plays a major role in thousands of lives across the Lowcountry. Beyond that, many of our local veterans first served elsewhere and have returned home or they’ve migrated to the military-friendly environment that South Carolina offers.


By David Bakradze 

Anniversaries are times for both celebration and reflection in the lives of individuals and nations. In 2017 the Republic of Georgia and the United States celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two nations. I am optimistic about what the next 25 years will bring for this important relationship that promotes security and stability in our region and around the world. 

The Advocate

Jay Williams, Jr.

When the carriages bring fresh loads of tourists down King Street south of Broad, a driver may announce that the Board of Architectural Review has preserved these historic districts since 1931.

A century of economic challenges, aided by visionary preservationists and the BAR saved Charleston’s old houses and buildings from demolition. That preservation movement sparked Charleston’s fame and become a magnet for growth.

Today that growth is a mixed blessing — overwhelming the BAR and the defenses that protect our history and the city itself.

Mercury newspapers can be found at the following locations:


Buxton Books

Caviar & Bananas

The Meeting Street Inn (Rack)

Clair's Service Station, Folly Rd. (Rack)

Harris Teeter, Houston-Northcutt Blvd. (Rack)

Mt. Pleasant Library, Mathis Ferry Rd. (Rack)

Pitt St. Pharmacy

The Square Onion, I'On (Rack)