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Author: Mary Ashton Mills

Home for the Holidays

Photo by Chris Thelen   Sometimes home for the holidays means more than unwrapping presents on Christmas morning. Influences of different regions, reflections of time spent with family members and a culmination of Christmas memories made in cities across the country create a state of mind that embodies Christmas for the Whitney family. For Lisa and Bryan Whitney and their three sons, home is their newly built custom home in River Island. The Whitneys were able to take some of their favorite features of homes they shared and incorporate them into their home in Evans. As busy retail executives...

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The Man Behind the World’s Most Accurate Hunting Rifle

Photo courtesy of Jarrett Rifles   It’s a sticky June day in Jackson, S.C. Turning off South Carolina Highway 125, there’s a transition into a slower pace. My arrival at Jarrett Rifles is met with relief since GPS sent me off course on an accidental dirt road tour of Jarrett Rifles’ 10,000-acre Cowden Plantation. I realize I’ve gone too far when I reach a sign that reads “Hell Hole.”  With barely enough cell service to call for directions, Jarrett chuckles on the other end of the phone when I say I’m in the “Hell Hole.” He patiently tells me...

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They Decided to Stay

Mary Louise and Robert Hagler felt at home in the West Augusta house where they raised their children over the past 18 years. The new empty nesters knew it was in need of some updating and minor changes. They even considered downsizing. At first she thought the grass might be greener somewhere else, but after looking around a little, she realized the home had everything they really needed—plus it was filled with fond family memories. So they decided to stay. That was the birth of #wedecidedtostay, which Mary Louise, master gardener and blogger used on her social media handles...

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Your Oyster Awaits

Shellfish never tasted as good as they did that November day in 1984 at Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant in Murrell’s Inlet, S.C. I’ll always remember my family surrounding me trying to persuade me to try one of Mother Nature’s most anticipated delicacies, the oyster. I was nine and the pressure was coming from my cousins, parents and gregarious great uncle with an intense ability to get what he wanted in all areas of life including introducing his niece to his salty world. “Come on! Down the hatch,” he said as everyone around us was slurping back the steamed bivalves and...

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The Prayer Bench

Paul Pearman is no stranger to things rare and valuable. The self-taught mosaic artist has been dealing with precious and semi-precious stones for almost two decades. Recently his reputation earned him a call for help from a local church who needed to restore an antique prayer desk – not just any desk. This desk features inlaid Favrile glass mosaics handcrafted by Tiffany Studios. Tiffany studios was owned and founded by Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the founder of world-renowned jewelry manufacturer, Tiffany and Company. It seems fitting that Pearman wound up in the same town as the prayer desk...

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