September 3, 2020

Last month I opined on the wonders of world’s most beloved pet, the dog. After quite a bit of pressure from a number of our readers, I’ve decided this month to write a few lines about cats.

Unbeknownst to most — and 100 percent a fact — the domestic feline has failed to...

September 3, 2020

The Post and Courier has been reporting about the development of Laurel Island, a former landfill located on north Morrison Drive. A number of questions have been posed, including the speed at which the approval is progressing, what restrictions will be placed on what’...

April 20, 2020

Just outside Georgetown, S.C., you will find a shooter’s paradise named Backwoods Quail Club. It is an extraordinary operation, spanning hundreds of acres and offering sporting clays, 5-Stand, skeet, trap, a rifle range and a pistol range.

And here, in the midst of Gove...

April 16, 2020

While some Americans these days are exercising, binge-watching TV, homeschooling, day-drinking and day-drinking while homeschooling, I’m committing my time to the art of appearing smarter.

Not actually getting smarter — I gave up on that decades ago — but tricking you i...

April 14, 2020


South Carolina’s beaches are closed. But except for wandering around lost in the Francis Marion Forest, could there be a place more appropriate for social distancing than the beach?

No, but we… “disappointed” our Supreme Comrade in Columbia, and his executive Twee...

January 8, 2020

Big field winnowed, Prioleau not buffaloed, one lucky Dem endorsed … ship of state still well off course

It’s 2020 and that means only one thing to a political scholar like me — it’s an election year.

President Trump will, of course, soon be removed from office for obstr...

October 2, 2019

October is best known for Oktoberfest and Halloween, but there’s a great deal more to the tenth month than drinking yourself silly and mugging little kids for their candy.

Yes, I understand — you might believe it’s impossible to dwarf the import of these two holidays —...

July 31, 2019

It’s conspiracies gone off the rails as our very own Prioleau vents spleen against those anti-vaccine … and more

Ah, August… Vaccination Awareness Month.

Vaccines — in the event you are unaware because you were never vaccinated and are dead — have wrestled under control...

July 11, 2019

I am now, officially, a big game hunter. A warrior poet. A Pluff Mud Ernest Hemingway. My prowess at walking and scouting and walking is fast becoming a thing of legend throughout the Montana territory. Word may be trickling down to Wyoming as well.

It began a year ago...

July 3, 2019

Our maven of flag wavin’, Prioleau Alexander, offers a laugh that flies full-staff

July is the month of Independence Day, that glorious moment when we celebrate the launch of the greatest nation in history.

We’ve invented everything worth inventing. We’re the birthplace...

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Nearly 20 years ago, an editor noted that we are “… not the West Ashley Mercury, not the Peninsula Mercury, not the James Island Mercury…” To this day, we remain a publication for the entire Lowcountry. We send each month’s print edition to fifty fine neighborhoods in our area and to subscribers in to 34 states.  For thousands of Charleston Mercury readers, we continue the mission as he simply stated it — “to bring attention to what makes the real Lowcountry tick.” We hope all those who care about our arts, culture, outdoors, quality of life and all that "pluff mud magic" that We People love so dear will enjoy these "salmon sheets."

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