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Charleston City Council’s initial vote in favor of the King Street Business Improvement District (BID) has many business owners and city leaders hopeful for the future of commerce downtown, but some concerns still hover around transparency and other impacts of the district. King Street has long been the economic lifeblood of downtown Charleston, with hundreds of businesses, many of them locally owned and operated, calling the long corridor home. But in the last few years, many of those business owners have had growing concerns about King Street and their businesses. From the violent protests on King Street in May 2020 which damaged some storefronts to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which continues to drain local businesses of resources, many owners who have managed to remain in business are still struggling. But recent booms in tourism and commerce as the pandemic waned — before the onset of the omicron variant — gave businesses new life. “With everything those business owners have gone through, it’s great to see how packed King Street has been for months now,” said new Charleston City Councilman

Stephen Bowden. “Nationally, retailers are having the best time in a while, and that’s true for King Street as well. We need to do everything we can to ensure that keeps on rolling.” In the BID, that means improvements to safety, cleanliness, marketing and more, all with the goal of making the King Street corridor between Line and Broad streets a more desirable place to shop and do business. But of course, that money has to come from somewhere. “The BID is going to create about $600,000 per year from the properties along King Street between Broad and Line [streets],” said Doug Warner, vice president of media and innovation for Explore Charleston and a representative of the BID. “Then, there’s another $400,000 raised from other government entities or other interested parties that believe supporting and improving the experience on King Street is important.” Warner is also part of the Charleston Downtown Alliance, a nongovernmental nonprofit named as the city-contracted entity that will manage district affairs. Money coming from businesses is determined primarily by the size and potential profits for each individual business in the corridor. Of the 467 parcels affected

Now you want to add this district, which is going to tax the business owners more to make it nicer, which is good, but who can afford the rent?” —Chris DiMattia

by the BID, 241 will pay less than $500 per year. Six will pay more than $25,000. Businesses are not identified in the proposal or preliminary budgets, but Warner pointed to large hotels and new projects without assessment caps for the higher end of the payment spectrum. Warner explained that those who contribute money, including each individual business owner, will have a voice in how the money is spent. “And it may not be all people putting money in, but those that have a vested interest or an expertise that is important,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

Charleston County School District trustees called off a Monday vote on a proposal intended to improve struggling schools that critics have said would invite too much private involvement in public education. The Reimagine Schools proposal would set aside more than $31 million to close achievement gaps in some local schools. The nonprofit Coastal Community Foundation, based in North Charleston, proposed the plan last month to set aside the funds and devise “turnaround plans.” The proposal has drawn criticism from activists and lawmakers over the past month, with S.C. Rep. Marvin Pendarvis, D-North Charleston, saying late last week he was “concerned” about the plan. —Sam Spence

“It expands the reach of the commission, and its name alone shows it’s more inclusive.” Charleston City Councilman Dudley Gregorie, on the Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission, the new name of a controversial committee designed to root out systemic racism in city government.

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NAACP awaits word on office space as renovations planned building is on the rental market. A local newspaper reporter informed her in December that Coldwell Bankers Commercial has the property listed on its website. The NAACP rents the office at Columbus and Hanover streets for $900 a month. The listing said, “This property is currently under renovation and restoration and should be ready for move in by February 2022.” The owners are seeking about $2,400 a month to rent the 1,236-squarefoot office on a three-year lease that would increase 3% annually. Scott said renovations have not begun. In a prepared statement, Barnes said the NAACP moved in the office July 1, 2013, but it didn’t begin to pay rent until January 2015 under a lease that expired December

2017. “Since then, they’ve remained on a to change the lease he should have sent some month-to-month basis at the same rate,” the kind of document. We have not once gotten statement read. a request for a rent increase that we didn’t “Therefore, the NAACP has not had a follow through on immediately.” Meanwhile, since 2000 ownership of the rent increase in six years,” according to the two-story building at Hanover and Columbus statement. “PASTORS has worked in good streets has changed hands three times, ultifaith in an unsuccessful attempt to negomately sold again to PASTORS last year. tiate a new lease with the NAACP for its “As a good steward of its resources, existing space or for a small space at a simPASTORS is initiating much needed capital ilar price. While we recognize the critically improvements and repairs at 81 Columbus important work performed by the NAACP, such as replacing all windows and HVAC we must cover our costs and can no longer operate under the previous financial terms.” units, and repairing exterior siding,” the Scott said the NAACP paid $650 a month statement read. “To effectuate this work, when the organization initially moved in and PASTORS increased rents in this commercial space to align with the market and to about six years ago the rent rose to $900. cover these necessary improvements.” “Do you think we’d ignore a rent increase —Herb Frazier suggestion?” she asked. “If (Barnes) wanted

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SC Republicans push ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ gear ahead of Jan. 6 The S.C. Republican Party email-blasted supporters Jan. 4, letting them know to “Get Your Let’s Go Brandon Gear Here!” — a reference to a months-old anti-Joe Biden meme. The party’s hottest new merch hit inboxes two days before the one-year anniversary of the deadly U.S. Capitol invasion by spurned supporters of defeated former Republican President Donald Trump out to stop the certification of the 2020 election. “Start the New Year showing Joe Biden how you feel,” the party email said. A navy polyester-cotton blend T-shirt will run you $35. Or spring for the T-shirt and ballcap combo for $55. Cold? The $20 beanie is a made-in-the-U.S.A. bargain. If the reference is lost on you, here’s a quick catch-up: After an Alabama NASCAR crowd chanting “Fuck Joe Biden” was heard on live TV during an October post-race interview with driver Brandon Brown, a reporter tried brushing off the expletive by saying the fans were chanting, “Let’s Go Brandon.” Since then, the phrase has found its way onto bumper stickers, Christmas ornaments, flip-flops, AR-15 accessories and now onto South Carolina Republican Party print-on-demand T-shirts and hats. U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, even wore a “Let’s Go Brandon” face mask at the U.S. Capitol last year. Duncan was among the six S.C. Republicans who voted against certification of the 2020 election results. Examination of S.C. GOP’s Shopify-hosted store source code shows the party’s “Let’s Go Brandon” products were uploaded last month, but were updated the morning of the party email. South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson said the apparel is par for the course.

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For $55, state Republicans’ new T-shirt and hat combo can be all yours “Are we really surprised? This is the same groups that supported a coup to overthrow our democracy,” Robertson told the City Paper in a text message. “It’s the same group who supported treasonous acts against individuals who are carrying out their constitutionally mandated duty. These folks believe in the overthrow of our democracy.” To be fair, it’s not the first time Biden has appeared alongside an expletive on a mainstream political T-shirt. The Obama-Biden campaign sold “BFD” shirts after an energized Biden was caught on mic when President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. —Sam Spence

South Carolina legislators were already drowning in work on Tuesday when the House and Senate gavels clack to open the 2022 session. Not only do they have to deal with three different budgets, but they have to make sure to deal with reapportionment of legislative districts, set primary elections for 2022 and deal with an array of leftover questions from how to deal with mask mandates, education reform, tax fairness, medical marijuana and more. “There’s not going to be a lot of time to take up more substantive things,” one state senator said. On display in the midst of all of this will be a culture war that has ramped up in recent years. “Whether it [a culture war] is real or perceived is up for debate,” said state Sen. Sean Bennett, R-Summerville. “But for many in our society, it is real and that cannot be ignored. One thing is for sure: When beliefs are dismissed, it sets a battlefield. Worse, when one shows contempt for another or their ideas, there is no coming back from that. “I happen to believe that when exposed to the competition of ideas to solve our nation’s problems, ‘my side’ has real solutions to the real problems. And those ideas get better when challenged. I am often frustrated that there are few moments in time when we actually engage.” Rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter, D-Orangeburg, explained how symbolic issues might get more time than substantive ones in 2022: “The issues that the House is likely to take up and pass unfortunately will be those that follow the national Republican playbook designed to divide rather than build consensus. Transgender students playing in sports; additional restrictions on abortion; anti-vaccine and masks restrictions that will continue to add to the rise in COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths; and bills addressing Critical Race Theory (CRT), even though it is not taught anywhere in the public schools in South Carolina.” For a closer look at the issues facing state legislators, read the full story at charlestoncitypaper.com. —Andy Brack

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The Charleston Branch of the NAACP has not been asked to leave its Columbus Street office that was recently placed on the rental market. Branch president Dot Scott said that during a recent call with Columbia attorney F.A. Johnson, a representative of PASTORS Inc., the building’s owner, she was asked how much the civil rights group would pay to continue renting the first-floor office suite at 81 Columbus St. “They want us to make an offer, but I’d like to talk to the board members” of PASTORS and its chairman, the Rev. Julius Barnes, she said. “He has not called me.” Scott said PASTORS, a community development organization that specializes in creating affordable housing, has not told her the

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As of Jan. 7, Warner said among CDA members, 65% of property owners on the street have agreed to the yearly fee to support the BID, 55% in writing. “That’s crazy,” Warner said. “Can you imagine, at this time, getting 65% of business owners to agree to an additional annual fee, after having come out of COVID, fighting every day to survive? That really says something.” But the BID proposal as written has raised flags for some. “Anything we can do to make King Street an even better and viable commercial corridor is a positive,” said Councilman William Dudley Gregorie. “But that doesn’t come without concerns — not just from businesses who feel as though they may not be served as well as others, but also larger businesses in the corridor that basically will be paying for most of it.” Chris “Boston” DiMattia, who owns two bars downtown, one in the proposed district, said affordability is one of his top concerns with the corridor even without the BID proposal. “This just keeps coming back to the same issues that have now made this area of town completely unaffordable. And now you want to add this district, which is going to tax the business owners more to make it nicer, which is good, but who can afford the rent?” he told the City Paper. “We’re pricing all small businesses out and all you’re going to be left with is corporate [businesses] — but didn’t even The Gap close?” Others say the proposal does not adequately outline how the funds will be spent, opting instead for broad or vague mentions of safety, cleanliness or beautification. “The proposed use of taxed funds is not at all for specific capital expenses,” Ben Silver Corporation President Sue Prenner wrote in a Dec. 9 letter to The Post and Courier. “Nor are these funds to be expended by a transparent and accountable government department.” Prenner did not respond to follow-up inquiries from the City Paper. But Warner said transparency is at the core of the proposal, and that the more broad language is meant to leave wiggle room for ideas that may come up in the future. “Transparency will clearly be a part of this,” Warner said. “Chris Price, who is the current chair, is talking about having all of the financials accessible to people in the BID at any given time as well as auditing financials at the end of the year … and we could do such a great job at developing the experience that we don’t need ‘X, Y or Z’ anymore, now the need is something different. The CDA would have the ability to shift and change that direction.” The BID was up for second reading before council Tuesday night. If passed, funding would begin with the new budget year in January 2023.

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e still don’t know why former Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait is no longer in her chair as leader of Charleston County Schools. But the recent saga that saw Postlewait unceremoniously headed for the door at the end of 2021 seems to be standard operating procedure for a school district that’s grown rife with secrecy and closed-door dealings that continue to shortchange Charleston’s students. State and local schools have a host of problems that needed to be fixed yesterday. But this much is clear: Charleston County School District’s next superintendent must be a public education reformer committed to building trust and bringing along school communities with new programs that help enrich our struggling schools. The numbers in Charleston County School District paint a clear picture of a district that seems incapable of improving schools where student success rates often mirror household poverty levels. Each year, we hear about Academic Magnet High School’s U.S. News and World Report ranking, but not the 89.9% poverty rate at North Charleston High School nearby, where just 22.9% of students earn Cs or better in English. District leaders’ shortcomings have not been for lack of trying. Every school year, parents and students are pitched some new-fangled “innovation” that promises to turn things around, many times by inviting unknown, unelected and unaccountable outside operators and dark-money groups to step in. It’s this kind of wrongheaded, politically minded rungovernment-like-a-business nonsense that buys mile-wide leeway for do-nothing elected leaders to show any progress at all. Yet, struggling schools still struggle. (All while big corporations get nice local news stories for stroking multi-million-dollar checks to Meeting Street Schools.)

Charleston County School District has long had a bad habit of executive-session meetings where public school affairs are discussed in secret without the transparency public meetings are supposed to provide. Postlewait’s departure alone included three hours of secret meetings that yielded no public explanation why the district now has to endure an expensive, drawn-out superintendent search. (A City Paper Freedom of Information Act records request to the district for employment documents discussed Dec. 29 remained unanswered at the time of publication.) And the pandemic has made it even easier for district trustees to hide from parents frustrated by clunky COVID-19 precautions and behind-the-scenes machinations. Some of the anger is immature, but you can’t blame parents for feeling like their kids’ futures are out of their control. So here we are, in need of a new district superintendent, set to be chosen by a school board dominated by a majority of trustees endorsed by the Charleston Coalition For Kids. Pressure will be strong to pick another leader eager to cede control to public-private arrangements. District leaders: Don’t relinquish the “public” in public education. District parents: Don’t let them do it. Public schools funded by public money should be led by public officials devoted to students, not wannabe do-gooders with no obligations to academic standards and public accountability. Conduct a proactive national search that will yield quality candidates. Probe deeply into their backgrounds and affiliations. Give the public a chance to have a say. And finally, discuss and select the new superintendent in the open. No more secrecy.

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Let’s get to work, America By Andy Brack It’s been a year since a mob of enraged Americans stormed the United States Capitol. What’s happened since may be even more shocking: The attack accentuated our country’s political fissures instead of starting to heal them. The nation, in fact, still seems to be in some kind of weird shock and denial. Half of the country remains baffled by the riot and the other half desperately is trying to reframe what happened as less than it really was. Contrast this to the feeling most Americans had on Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the deadly coordinated jet attacks by foreign terrorists that killed almost 3,000 people and wounded 25,000. On that day and those that followed, Americans pulled together, united against terrorism. But in the year since the riot, Americans haven’t pulled together against threats posed by domestic terrorists. In the past, they rallied around troops and against foreign enemies, but not these days around democracy. It’s sad. It’s scary. Our communities and nation need to heal and get stronger. Americans — Republicans, Democrats, independents and the millions who don’t seem to care about politics — have to start

caring about strengthening the foundations of our country, lest we lose what too many have died for. After a year of watching chattering politicians, it’s clear America can’t leave the healing to them. Rather, we all need to take charge in our own special way. Just as you can earn more money by saving early and taking advantage of compounded interest, Americans of all stripes need to start investing their time and energy in promoting democracy. Think of the compounded impact to democracy if everyone started getting more involved, just as the whole country rallied during the last great global threat to democracy, World War II. Back then, Americans invested by buying war bonds, saving scrap steel and rationing for the war effort. As American men fought in foreign lands, women joined the workforce to build the planes, tanks and materiel needed to fuel the war machine. In other words, people got involved. We need that now in our communities. The combined impact of lots of individual actions can turn around the split in our society. Imagine an America where people get off the couch, turn off the TV and engage more by working and talking with neighbors. They can build understanding and their communities by working in gardens, sharing books, talking sports, starting book clubs, sharing recipes and teaching children how to work together.

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Imagine the impact of increasing volunteerism across the land so Americans interact more at food banks, libraries, churches, hospitals, schools, local parks and more. They can pick up trash along roads and beaches, adopt a pet, donate a meal to a shift of firefighters, recycle oyster shells from a neighborhood roast, help someone fix their home or get involved in any of hundreds of ways to make a real difference in the quality of local life. And certainly, Americans can do things to promote civic engagement by more people getting involved in the often maddening work of oiling the wheels of democracy. First and foremost, all Americans of voting age need to get to the polls and vote. Others who want to do more can run for office, donate to candidates, support advocacy organizations that promote positions they support, share opinions in newspaper and media outlets, and promote community civility. They can demand Americans in the governing class set aside bickering. Just think of the positive changes to strengthen the country from a billion extra hours of community service. But everyone has to do their part. Let’s get to work, America. About the writer … Andy Brack is publisher of Charleston City Paper. Have a comment? Send it to: feedback@charlestoncitypaper.com.

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Creative Flow: Yoga in the Gallery This weekly, donation-based yoga class is held in the main gallery at Redux Contemporary Art Center, taught by Lauren Skinner. Surround yourself with art for a creative approach to Vinyasa yoga practice. Bring your own mat and face mask or covering to maintain the health and safety of other guests. Space is limited. Wednesdays. 6-7 p.m. $10-$15 suggested donation. Redux Contemporary Art Center. 1056 King St. Downtown. reduxstudios.org

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Eight Four Flea Drop by a community flea market hosted by Selective CHS and Red Rose Vintage. Shop from more than 35 sustainable vendors with a variety of vintage clothing, jewelry, housewares and more. That’s not all — enjoy local craft beer by Tradesman Brewery, jam out to a local DJ and get your Sunday grub on with local food trucks, all in one place. Jan. 16. 12-4 p.m. Free to attend. Tradesmen Brewing Co. 1647 King St. Downtown. tradesmanbrewing.com THURSDAY

Candlelight Tour and Madeira Tasting Take an evening trip to the historic Edmondston-Alston House on Charleston’s picturesque Battery. See the house lit by candlelight on a self-guided tour and try some Madeira, a fortified island wine, on the second story piazza overlooking the Charleston Harbor. Masks are required in all indoor spaces for all visitors. Jan. 13. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $35/nonmembers; $25/members. The Edmondston-Alston House. 21 East Battery. Downtown. middletonplace.org THROUGH FEBRUARY

Pause for Pastels Exhibition This exhibition will feature works by members of the Pastel Society of South Carolina in a variety of subject matter. The pastel society was formed in 2016 and members include accomplished award-winning artists. All artworks are original works painted using “dry pastels.” An official opening reception will be held Jan. 20. from 5:30-8:30 p.m.. Jan. 14. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free to attend. Public Works Art Center. 135 W. Richardson Ave. Summerville. publicworksartcenter.org STARTS FRIDAY

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BIG WAYS you can help our waters By Andy Brack

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he ocean is big — really, really big.* It’s so “vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly” big you may not think it needs your help. But consider the daily global degradation from pesticides, detergents, sewage, plastic (33 billion tons of it annually), oil spills and dumping. On top of that, warming seas are causing habitat destruction and overfishing is depleting bounties that have fed people for centuries. Fortunately, there is a net full of specific actions you can take to help to turn it around, as highlighted by ideas shared by about a dozen area water leaders and conservationists. They agree the compounded effect of these small acts of kindness can benefit our local coastal ecosystem, improve local waters and, in turn, help the ocean recover from years of harmful use. “Protecting and resourcing our coastal waterways is essential for ensuring our right to fish, swim and enjoy the water without fear of pollution or getting sick,” said Charleston Waterkeeper Andrew Wunderley. “More than that, their health is our health — we too often overlook the connection between environmental health and human health.” This story got its start during the reading of The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge (2021) by James Island writer Chris Dixon and Jeremy Spencer of Portland, Oregon. While it offers a plethora of wisdom and short master classes on “everything from ancient skills to cutting-edge science,” it also is a broad array of things one can learn about and from the ocean. In that spirit, we offer a list of practical things you can do to help local waters and make more of a difference globally.

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1. Get into the water and have fun. The more that you get to the beach or enjoy rivers, the deeper you will grow to love it and want to work to protect it, several people said. “Whether you are young or old, the first step is connection,” said Hannah Gideons, marine science coordinator at Patriots Point. “Understanding that all water moves downstream and eventually — whether in short or very long periods of time — makes its way into our oceans is a behavior-changing notion. … If you start to ponder all of the ways the ocean affects us then it is much easier to make wise choices in our daily lives.” James Island marine biologist Carolyn Sotka and Wunderley encouraged Lowcountry residents to paddleboard, kayak, surf, explore, learn to crab, fish, take tours and swim in tidal creeks. “Walk the beach in early morning looking for turtle tracks,” Wunderley said. “The more you experience your waterways firsthand, the more in tune and connected you’ll be with their natural and healthy rhythms.” 2. Be a responsible boater. “Boating is in its own right enjoyable recreation, whether power boating or sailing or using a personal watercraft,” said Scott Gudes, a past interim administrator of the National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration with long ties to South Carolina. “Being close to the elements, those out on the water are often natural advocates for wise stewardship of the seas.” He encouraged boaters to wear life jackets, be careful when refueling, gather and dispose of trash appropriately, and respect speed limits to prevent endangerment of marine life and coastal erosion. 3. Be a conservationist angler. Gudes, a former vice president of the American Sportfishing Association, also encouraged fishermen to do what they could to ensure fish remain abundant by complying with


Be sustainable

About half of the 10 people interviewed encouraged consumers to eat sustainable seafood. 4. Choose local, sustainable seafood. “In Charleston, we benefit from a fishing and maritime community committed to living in balance with the seas, backed by smart and effective regulations,” said S.C. Aquarium Executive Director Kevin Mills. “Live inland from the coast? Look for seafood approved by the Marine Stewardship Council or listed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.” More: S.C. Aquarium Good Catch. 5. Join a community-supported fishery. “You buy sustainably caught fish and you’re not putting money into factory fishing vessels operating illegally across the globe,” Dixon said. Abundant Seafood, for example, sells shares in its catch to consumers who can pick it up once or twice a month in Mount Pleasant. “Make no mistake. This is not the fish you get at the markets,” according to the company.

Protect waterways

There are several actions that go beyond not littering or picking up trash by litterers.

6. Conserve water. Mills explains that just 3% of the earth’s water is fresh so if we conserve it, we won’t have to treat as much. “Don’t let your faucet run, fix leaks, take briefer showers and wash your car less,” he said. “Many parts of the world today have no reliable access to drinking water, and climate change and overpopulation threaten water security everywhere.” You can also use more cold water, use eco-friendly detergents and run water-using appliances only when full. 7. Help to restore oyster beds. You can recycle oyster shells to help build new oyster beds. “People can donate oyster shells from backyard roasts or work with communitybased restoration programs like the S.C. Department of Natural Resources of the S.C. Oyster Restoration and Enhancement … to take part in marsh planting or oyster reef construction,” said Natalie Olson of the Lowcountry Open Land Trust. 8. Protect beaches and wild places. “Turn off lights at night that distract sea turtles, eliminate harmful fertilizers and insecticides from your lawn, join a beach or stream clean-up, plant a tree and acknowledge the beauty of the life that is all around you — teeming in the tidal pool as you wade along the beach, or nestled in the trees just outside your door,” said Mills.

Be stewards of the land, too

Sharon E. Richardson, a leading Lowcountry land conservationist, says caring for local waterways and the ocean starts with better stewardship of land. “When I worry about the ocean health, I think about the almost estuarine ecosystem collapse that almost happened [in 2015] with salinity levels that were inundated post-Hurricane Joaquin,” said Richardson, who operates a consultancy called Resilient Lands Matter. “It would have collapsed the entire Charleston harbor — and no one talks about it at the local level.”

Today, nearly 40% of the plastic produced annually is for single-use plastics and packaging, and unsurprisingly that’s what we’re seeing on our beaches too.”

resilience to coastal storms are now being promoted at the national level.”

Get greener intentionally

Here is a list of specific actions you can do to get greener intentionally at home. 14. Eliminate single-use plastics. There was almost universal recognition by conservationists that a huge way to help the ocean —Samantha Siegel was to cut use of plastic plates, forks, cups, bottles, spoons and more. “Single-use plastics are flawed by design: They use a mate9. Grow more marsh. “Marsh isn’t keeping up with sea-level rise,” she said, sug- rial made to last forever but are designed gesting a project by federal and state authori- to be thrown away and are sometimes only used for a few moments before polluting ties to elevate marshes near places where the earth for years to come,” said Samantha roads are flooding to dissipate storm surge. Siegel, Southeast senior field representa10. Grow more resilient grasses. “An tive for Oceana. “Today, nearly 40% of the acre of turf grass holds 10 times more plastic produced annually is for single-use [water] if it’s native plants with their deep plastics and packaging, and unsurprisingly root zones,” Richardson said. “So the big that’s what we’re seeing on our beaches too.” bang for the buck in all open grassy spaces Public action to reduce their use, such is to convert them to seasonal warm grasses as a ban on plastic bags, works, Siegel and pollinators for a 10-fold increase in said. A 2018 ban in Sullivan’s Island cut flood storage capacity. The co-benefit is the amount of plastic bag trash by 63%. because of the deep roots, native plants A similar 2019 law in Mount Pleasant led sequester more carbon dioxide.” to a 69% reduction, she said. 11. Donate conservation easements. 15. Monitor personal care products Landowners can help protect salt marshes and pharmaceuticals. Some skin products by granting conservation easements to protect non-developed areas forever, Olson said. include plastic microbeads that can wash down drains and enter waterways and then 12. Incentivize more green infrastrucfish. “Choose an alternative product without ture. State and local governments can these items in them,” Gideons said. “If you cut carbon and reduce climate change want to be a bit more heavy-hitting, you can by incentivizing more green infrastructry more natural products.” Similarly, don’t ture, several said. The state could change flush old or unused drugs down the drain. guidelines for homeowners’ associations Dispose properly through your pharmacy. to let people steer away from traditional 16. Properly dispose of machine fluids. lawns, Richardson said. Elected officials You shouldn’t change car oil or fluids on could promote more solar, incentivize use the street or near a storm drain. Maintain of energy-saving green roofs and change vehicles to make sure they’re not leaking, plants in public and open spaces. Gideons said. 13. Promote beach resilience. “South 17. Garden consciously. Be careful with Carolina’s leaders for many years have promoted natural coastal resiliency, such as fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides in your protecting sand dunes and grasses,” Gudes CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 said. “Such efforts to promote community

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state and federal regulations, harvesting only what they consume (even if the fishing is really good), practicing catchand-release methods, and “packing out” discarded plastic and lines to keep them out of the ecosystem. “Take a kid fishing or similar activity, like shrimp baiting,” he said. “Over 90% of today’s anglers were introduced to sportfishing by their parents, relatives or friends.”

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yard so they don’t run off into area streams. Don’t use them when it rains. (Better yet, find a natural alternative.) 18. Be careful with sunscreens. NOAA advises that some chemicals in sunscreens can harm corals and other marine life. Use sunscreens without harmful chemicals, Gideons said. 19. Get rid of the two-stroke motor. Replace with a four-stroke motor, Dixon said. “Most two-stroke oil-burning gas motors are horrible polluters of air and water.” 20. Reduce your carbon footprint. “The carbon in the atmosphere is absorbed by our oceans which causes them to become more acidic, adversely impacting marine plants and animals and in turn, us,” said Emily Cedzo of the Coastal Conservation League. “To ensure the ocean can still exist, much less thrive, we must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”

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21. Teach people about the environment. “Sometimes the easiest way to do that is to help people find ways to enjoy the outdoors through nature walks and litter sweeps,” Cedzo said. 22. Promote ocean literacy. Gudes, a former staffer of the late U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., said the senator’s pivotal role in legislation to protect the oceans led to state and federal programs to educate people about the marine environment. “The South Carolina Sea Grant program funded by NOAA is an excellent resource for learning about the oceans,” he said, adding that people should also visit the local aquarium to learn more. 23. Educate yourself about your local waterways. “Learn their history, their culture and their ecology,” Wunderley said. “You’ll develop a deeper understanding of just how wonderful and special our rivers and creeks really are. You’ll also learn to enjoy them more.” He added people should learn the rules governing use of waterways.

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informed decision, then exercise your right and responsibility to vote.” 25. Get engaged in issues. “Take action to protect the ocean,” Cedzo said. “Whether it’s opposing offshore drilling or supporting protections for the endangered right whale, there’s a lot of information out there, so get some help gathering it. You can send emails or make calls to local, state and national elected officials or speak at public meetings.” Also: Sign up for emails from conservation organizations. 26. Connect with local conservation organizations. “You’ll find smart, hardworking, active people with deep connections to their communities and a pathway to becoming a clean water steward yourself,” Wunderley said. 27. Become a conservation leader. “Never underestimate your power to make a difference, through volunteerism, recycling, political advocacy, sharing via social media or engagement in citizen science programs,” Mills said.

Support leaders, organizations

28. Donate to conservation organizations. Among the groups to consider (other than the ones in this story): S.C. Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network, Conservation Voters of South Carolina. Search for others on the internet. 29. Support conservation-minded elected officials. Give to their campaigns to help them stay in office to lead on conservation issues. Gideons, the educator, reflected that advocates can get more buy-in for conservation efforts by engaging people. “When folks get talked down to, they tend to reject ideas,” she said. “The more we can connect people to the water, wherever they may be geographically or in their situation in life or with their beliefs, the more success will be had.”


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4 positive changes you can make in 2022 Before you completely overhaul the way you live in the new year, keep in mind that making positive changes may just be a few simple steps away. Starting small with attainable goals can help keep you on the right track throughout the year. Here are four suggestions to keep you fit: Drink more water. Preventing dehydration, keeping a normal body temperature and lubricating joints are benefits of drinking enough water daily. Try carrying a reusable bottle as a reminder. When out for a meal or on the road, choose water over sugary drinks. Learn to cook. If you’re not comfortable in the kitchen, start with simple recipes that don’t force you to sacrifice flavor. After all, an eating plan is easier to stick to when you enjoy the foods you’re making. For example, Baja fish taco bowls (below) take just 20 minutes for a spicy, fresh-flavored family dinner.

And Mediterranean rice bowls offer satisfying, meatless and healthful alternatives. Eat more whole grains. Skip refined grains by opting for whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, which offer a more complete package of health benefits. Some options are ready in just 10 minutes to help remove the guesswork in cooking while giving home cooks more time to focus on elevating dishes for loved ones. Make an eating plan. Creating weekly menus can help you avoid the drive-through by scripting meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, an eating plan makes grocery shopping easier and less frequent by allowing you to buy all the ingredients you’ll need for the coming week at one time. Encourage family members to provide suggestions so the planning process doesn’t become overwhelming. Family Features contributed to this story.

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Jonathan Sanchez:

All in for books and reading By Andy Brack

For a guy who owns a bookshop, you’d think his home would be crammed with books. Not for Jonathan Sanchez, owner of Blue Bicycle Books on King Street. Rather, his family’s 105-year-old, two-story Hampton Park home is sleek and bright, upfitted in a comfortable, minimalist decor where light bounces on white walls to highlight a huge kitchen island and tall ceilings to die for. Of course, there are books in the 3,000-square-foot house. A couple of hundred line two small bookshelves — one narrow and tall, one wide and squat — on the first floor of the home outfitted by wife and interior designer Lauren Sanchez. And then there are some book knick-knacks, such as a neat birdhouse made from an old book. But the home is more about family than books. If Sanchez needs a book, he’s got more than 30,000 of them at the narrow King Street storefront that’s been around for a generation. “I love my job,” he said one January morning. “I get to be around books. … I love my staff. I get to meet interesting people every day. And people like coming in there.”

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Sanchez says he stumbled into being a bookseller, although the path got a good start thanks to a bachelor’s degree in English in 1995 from Yale University. (So if you want to know what someone does with an English degree, perhaps they own an independent bookshop?) After college, the Florida native who went to high school in Charlotte got some advice from an editor at The Charlotte Observer: Start pitching his resume to some newspapers. Soon, he landed a job in 1996 as an obituary clerk at The Post and Courier. It didn’t take long before he moved to being a local reporter covering interesting stuff downtown. But after a two-week trip to Italy in late 1997, he decided to move on. Within a year, he landed at Boomer’s Books and supplemented his income by teaching creative writing to kids. Ten years later, he bought the bookstore from the owners and renamed it. About that time, he launched YALLFest, a young adult bookfest every November that’s become a smash regional hit. In 2021, for example, it attracted more than five dozen authors and thousands of customers in the three-state area who were eager to meet writers and buy their thoughts in print.

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“My whole life — the (writing) camps, the teaching, the store, the aesthetic of it — is very local to Charleston,” he said. “For me, it is very personal. I’m also interested in what makes a place unique.” What he loves about Charleston is how the old is respected amidst the new. There are the old houses and buildings, as well as the old influences of Gullah on the local language that he has to explain to people who are new to the store. There is Charleston’s maritime and military history, both of which have a tremendous impact on what the Holy City is today. But Charleston is changing. “The city isn’t as weird as it used to be,” Sanchez noted, pointing to the institutional loss of the Read Brothers’ store up King Street. (For newbies, one side of the store featured fabrics, buttons and just about anything to do with cloth. The other side was a polar opposite containing high-end electronic audio components, some of which were extremely hard to find anywhere in the South.) Among the unique things in the area he recommends to people are to walk the streets south of Broad, including lower Legare Street, to see the homes and gardens. “Magnolia Cemetery is pretty awesome,” he said. “Folly Beach is still pretty cool. The people of Folly pride themselves on idiosyncrasies.”

While working and managing the bookstore is challenging and fun, Sanchez generally puts it aside when at home. It’s where he and his wife spend time with their children, a daughter who is 13 and a son who is 10. In summers, they enjoy their new screened-in porch, added during the pandemic, while winters bring watching TV and eating in a huge, remodeled kitchenden at the back of the home. Sanchez is quick to steer credit for the way the house looks and lives to his wife, who designs spaces professionally at Lauren Sanchez Designs Ltd.

The space inside the 105-year-old Sanchez home is bright, airy and modern.

Age: 48. Birthplace: Gainesville, Fla. Education: Yale University (B.A., English). Current profession: Owner, Blue Bicycle Books; executive director, YALLFest Charleston; creative writing teacher for kids. Family: Wife, Lauren; daughter, Evelyn; son, Xander. Pets: Toby (schnauzer); Elia (cat); Clarabell (rabbit). Something people would be surprised to learn about you: “Usually listen to country radio in the car.” Your passion: “Whenever people compliment the bookstore, I explain that all it takes is total obsession.”

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Books are tucked into a small, vertical cabinet in the den. “I’m very lucky to have someone who knows how to do this stuff — all of the construction, the decoration,” he said. “I’m almost just along for the ride. (But) I do the finances.” On weekends, the family comes together to do several activities from a big breakfast followed by a bike ride to Magnolia Cemetery or across the Ravenel Bridge or along the West Ashley Greenway. Or they might take a quick trip out of town for a hike or other exploration. But when night falls, there’s always a little time for reading. It’s probably not the latest book being touted in the store, but something that’s been around for awhile, something that piqued Sanchez’s interest awhile back but needed to marinate. For example, he’s now reading Wolf Hall, an award-winning historical novel from 2009 by English author Hilary Mantel that won all kinds of awards. But with 30,000 books at the store, there’s always something to recommend. For 2022, he recommends two books: “Why We Drive, by Matthew B. Crawford, a polemic against self-driving cars by the philosopher-mechanic; and Where Men Win Glory, by Jon Krakauer, which is about Pat Tillman, the NFL player who enlisted after 9/11 and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. I just reread it after the pullout last summer. Krakauer does a great job of summing up the last few decades of Afghan history, although he’s a little too hagiographic* — could be more critical of the milieu of violence Tillman lived and played in. Nonetheless I really recommend it. “I recommend a lot of flawed books. There’s a lot of pressure on people and art to be perfect now, but I think you might get more out of a book with some flaws than one that manages not to make any mistakes.” *EDITOR’S NOTE: (This is the word we learned from talking with Sanchez. “Hagiographic” is obviously either a word taught at Yale or in magazines for booksellers. It essentially means an account that’s a little too saintly.)

Books on bedside table: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel; A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin; War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy; Raising Arizona screenplay, by Joel and Ethan Coen; Seculosity. by David Zahl; All the Colors Came Out, by Kate Fagan. Favorite novel: Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Favorite book as a child: The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury. Something that you have too much of at home: Pilot G2 Pens. “I put them in my pocket at work and bring them home by accident.” Hobbies: The New York Times crossword puzzle. Favorite musicians: R.E.M., Steely Dan, Renee Fleming, Miles Davis, Indigo Girls. Favorite food: Gazpacho. Three people (alive or dead) you’d like to dine with: Larry David, Gary Gulman, Jerry Garcia. Describe your best day in 50 words or less: “Open water swim at Folly, preferably in the fall when it’s smooth and flat. A bike ride with my family around downtown. Some used book shopping. Hello, Dolly! at the Gaillard. I guess I have to fit some writing time in there?” Charitable causes: Reading Partners S.C., Lowcountry Local First, One80 Place, Friends of James Simons School. Pet peeves: “1. The ‘Education’ Lottery. 2. Restaurants that make you peel your own shrimp. (Although I respect the Tom Sawyer hustle).” Your advice for someone new to Charleston: “I think in general complaining about how things aren’t like they are up North is a bad policy, but there’s nothing new about that notion. On a more positive note — for our transplants from Ohio — I’d just like to apologize for the rude folks with the inhospitable bumper stickers. They don’t speak for me!” Your advice for better living: “Drink a lot of water.”

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Famous European and Japanese male painters, such as Monet, van Gogh, Hiroshige and Renoir, are revered for their interpretations of flower gardens and composed arrangements. According to My Modern Met, the French painter Edouard Manet loved to be gifted floral bouquets and, for the last six months of his life, the only things he painted were still lifes of the flowers he received. If art imitates life, then why in American culture is the first time most men receive flowers at their funerals? Shouldn’t Earth’s natural gifts be enjoyed by all, regardless of their gender identity? Overwhelmingly, flower deliveries are sent to female recipients to express a variety of emotions such as love, friendship and appreciation or to celebrate an achievement. How do we express these same emotions to the men in our lives? Typically, men are gifted things that our culture deems useful to a stereotypical man, such as tools, a new razor, a desk plaque or ties. However, a poll from the Society of American Florists found that more than 60 percent of men polled would “love” to receive the gift of flowers. So where is the disconnect between what men want and what we give? After interviewing Brenton Rueger, the community leader coordinator for the Mankind Project’s Charleston Community, the answer seems to go Reale much deeper than the material gift itself. It’s not about the thing. Rather, it’s about the ability for men to receive love and the pressures in how they give it. According to Rueger, men typically demonstrate their love and appreciation

All people deserve the opportunity to enjoy receiving gifts of flowers and the intentions behind them.”

through acts of service — by “being big” to be seen. Historically in our culture, men are pressured to be the “providers,’’ to base their worth on what they can bring to the table. Unconsciously, to do for others or to attempt to be ‘useful,’ can be an internal way for men to prove their worthiness and that they are loveable, no matter the personal cost. As a consequence, this imbalanced societal pressure has left most men with the inability to truly receive. Rueger explains that fully allowing yourself to receive from another requires being “small” and vulnerable, and allowing the giver to express their love or appreciation in the way that they would like to show it. Because of our accepted societal structure, it can be uncomfortable for most men to allow themselves to be served, let another do something for them or be given something the gifter deems valuable, Rueger said. I’ve personally given flowers to a man who had helped me greatly and while I could see that he thought it was a kind gesture, he immediately replied, “Thank you. I’ll put it by my secretary’s desk.” In the seconds leading up to his comment, I can only guess the discomfort he felt was because his judgment was that flowers weren’t traditionally for men or that he was undeserving of my thanks. While the true reasons are unknown, he immediately decided to re-gift the gesture. The radical acceptance of love, respect and appreciation is like a muscle that needs to be flexed. Rueger suggests if a man


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Britney Spears has been one of the most endearing and debated artists in the history of pop music. 2021 was a banner year for discourse on the pop princess: the Free Britney movement gained massive momentum as her father’s long-standing conservatorship over her affairs was finally dissolved. There were three documentaries about Spears in 2021 alone. Here in Charleston, the star is the subject for the first big dance production of 2022 as Dance Lab presents Be Free: A Celebration of the Sounds and Freedom of Britney Spears. The one-night-only show takes the stage at Charleston Music Hall on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., and promises to be a jam-packed tribute to one of pop culture’s most enduring icons. “Every dancer wants to dance Britney Spears,” says Jenny Broe Quinn, owner of Dance Lab. “It is our favorite. Everytime we play a song in the studio it’s like, ‘Oh my God, it’s Britney Spears!’ You just feel sexy, you feel cool, you love it. It brings back memories of childhood and teenagehood. Every dancer feels like a queen or king dancing to her voice.” Originally, Dance Lab had a show prepared before the pandemic for a combo Britney Spears-Justin Timberlake show. The show was postponed due to the shutdown three weeks from curtain, but continued to linger in the studio’s plans. It was inevitable that it would come back. About half the show returns from that pre-pandemic showcase, with the rest being new song choices. Half the cast returns as well, as dancers have changed or moved since early 2020. Dancers had four weeks of intense rehearsals to put together the show, a fast turnaround for Dance Lab, where shows are usually given two months of prep. There are 65 dancers in the show, ages 18-60, all members of The Bad Girls Club + The Guys, the studio’s adult dance company. Some just started dancing months ago, others have been dancing for decades — Dance Lab prides itself on the diversity of its dancers.

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Be Free also represents a return to full staging for Dance Lab. During the almost two years out of the venue, Dance Lab has created its own intimate performance space at its studio. But its dancers are ready to return to the big stage. “These dancers are so hungry to perform,” said Quinn. The dancers, like much of the performing arts community in Charleston, return to the stage amid a new surge of COVID-19 cases and varying health and safety protocols. “We’re trying to stay really safe. So the Music Hall felt like the best fit for us because they’re doing such a good job of handling it all.” Sara Coy, who has been with Dance Lab since 2018 and is a member of the Bad Girls Club, is super excited about the show and the pieces she’s dancing in. Coy is featured in five pieces of Be Free, including “Boys,” a number that takes Coy back to her musical theater days. “As a performer, Britney is very unique and has that rare compelling quality that makes her very accessible to the audience,” said Coy. “You can be a fan of almost any other genre, and there will be a song or aspect to Britney that will appeal, often on a visceral level.” Fans of Britney Spears are in for a night of great dancing set to some of the artist’s best songs. There’s an exciting opening number with some potentially awesome surprises that cycles through some of the pop star’s iconic songs. Audiences can expect to see hits including, “Baby…One More Time,” “Toxic” and “Circus.” A contemporary piece called “Breathe On Me” brings a beautiful sensuality while slowing down the proceedings. What’s On Tap, a tap dancing crew, will perform a number. Another act features Matrix-themed costumes, breaking up the thematic elements of the production.

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is bringing a new collection to City Gallery at 34 Prioleau St. Starting Monday and running through Feb. 28, Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay presents the permanent collection of the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund. Curated by Torreah “Cookie” Washington, an established textile designer who designed a quilt for former President Barack Obama, Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay showcases the tradition of fiber arts through the artwork of four dozen artisans. Tickets are free with timed admission. —Michael Smallwood

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Jenny Broe Quinn (above) has been planning Dance Lab’s Britney Spears tribute since before the pandemic Dance Lab is also encouraging audiences to get involved in the Britney love affair. They are holding a costume contest, inviting audience members to come dressed in their best Spears-themed outfits. The winner of the costume contest will receive a voucher for unlimited Dance Lab classes for six months, a value of $1,200. “We all look up to Britney Spears as an artist,” said Quinn about the importance of a show like this. “She has shaped so many dancers through song, dance, her videos, costuming: there’s so much to be given to her. So we want to celebrate her in a major way.” Quinn is confident that there’s something for fans and casual attendees alike. “Even if you don’t like Britney Spears or people don’t enjoy her music, I think watching what we create, pieces of artwork to her songs, will give people a new appreciation to enjoy the visuals.”

Ruby Hazzard makes Holy City debut Charleston Arts Festival brings the works of Ruby Hazzard to the city for the first time with Slice-O-Life, Jan. 12-28 at Julia Deckman Studio. Hazzard’s photography is renowned for its deeply personal vignettes. This is Hazzard’s first time presenting in the Holy City after exhibitions in the Northeast. An opening night reception will be held Jan. 14 from 5-8 p.m. More information can be found at rubyhazzard.com. —MS

Correction Linda Joy Walder’s poem in last week’s Lit Issue was published using the incorrect title. The correct title of the poem is “Nana.” We regret the error. For daily updates from Charleston’s art world, check out the Culture section at charlestoncitypaper.com.


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Sarah Dionna pauses performing for Afghan benefit work By Michael Smallwood Charleston local Sarah Dionna has a small role in Lady of the Manor, now playing on Amazon Prime Video. The movie stars Melanie Lynskey, Justin Long, Judy Greer and Ryan Phillippe — Dionna was honored to be a part of it. “Filming Lady of the Manor was one of the best and most magical days of my life!” said Dionna in an August Instagram post about the movie. “I will forever be grateful to everyone on set that day!” Dionna has been a fixture in the Charleston arts and film scenes for ages. She started submitting for film auditions in 2015. She’s written and directed her own projects, and starred in Michelle Iannantuono’s Psychoacoustics in 2018. Dionna started pole dancing in 2019, and has grown quite an online following as well as booked a collection of dancing gigs in recent years. But for the past few months, she’s put performing to the side to focus on important work as a member of Operation Snow Leopard. Operation Snow Leopard is a group of private citizens who are working to evacuate as many people from Afghanistan as possible. The organization is focusing many of its efforts on removing groups vulnerable to the Taliban, particularly women leaders. “Right after the fall of Kabul, I was heartbroken,” said Dionna, who served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2006. She was accidentally exposed to chemicals and developed postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which kept her from deploying and led to her medical retirement from the Marines. “I’ve been a part of Veterans in Media and Entertainment for the past year now. They started making posts on Instagram about wanting to do something to help evacuate people from Afghanistan and so that was something I really wanted to get involved with. I thought, before that, maybe I wasn’t

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able to do all the service that I had wanted to do. But this, I can give back in this way.” Operation Snow Leopard works diligently to evacuate American citizens and legal residents, their extended families and Afghan allies and partners who have worked with U.S. forces. This includes special operations, interpreters and intelligence agents. The organization also provides food, shelter and medical supplies to people on the ground. Afghanistan’s former regime relied heavily on foreign aid, so the new Taliban-ruled regime is facing a crippling economic crisis. On top of that, women face increasing difficulties under Taliban rule, as they lose rights they previously held, including driving and attending public schools. “I spend all my time either actively working on helping evacuate people in some capacity, writing about it or in meetings with people,” said Dionna. “I never know what my job will be when I wake up and I don’t ever know when the next time I will get to sleep is. I don’t even always know which state I will be in.” On the day of Lady of the Manor’s release, Dionna was unable to head to the theaters, instead celebrating a flight out of Afghanistan she helped organize. “Filming Lady of the Manor was one of the best days of my life. Getting that flight out was one of the most meaningful days of my life.” “In a situation where the politicians of the world decided to be quiet and leave us behind, here in the U.S., thousand of miles away from me, Sarah, an actor based in South Carolina, decided to join [Operation Snow Leopard] as a volunteer to help people like me and my family to live their lives without fear, in peace,” said Somayah Nouruzi, a writer and journalist who is among the many people that has been helped by Dionna’s efforts. Dionna’s work is constantly evolving with Operation Snow Leopard. She’s taking her

I never know what my job will be when I wake up and I don’t ever know when the next time I will get to sleep is.” —Sarah Dionna

writing skills, honed in film and television projects, and helping to draft legislation to help process evacuees. She’s working directly with politicians as a liaison to help get new bills passed to make the work of Operation Snow Leopard easier to accomplish. Dionna is a volunteer, as are many of the team members for Operation Snow Leopard. She’s happy about that. “I put my life on hold, all of us did. Some lost their jobs or had to pass on taking jobs. I passed on gigs myself.” Nouruzi praised Dionna’s commitment to the cause and her selflessness. “Sarah stopped her professional life to give a new life for those who were living in danger of being humiliated, harassed and killed by a terrorist group,” she wrote in an email correspondence. “She decided to be a human.” As for the sacrifices that such work requires, Dionna herself has no regrets. “It’s like I joined the military again. I feel like that again. I feel like the film, the dance, the music, all of that was like … I don’t want to say it was like a consolation prize, but it was kinda like a consolation prize. That’s not what I had envisioned myself doing growing up. That just ended up being something that I just really enjoyed. But now going back into doing this and helping out with Afghanistan … I don’t feel like I’ve lost anything at all by halting my life. I feel like I’m gaining.”


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Daysie founder pours herself into search for natural syrups What’s someone to do when they move back home to Charleston, only to be furloughed a month later due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Start her own company, of course. In February 2020, Pate returned to Charleston from San Francisco and started working as marketing and chief of staff for Butcher & Bee. A month later, the world changed, setting Pate on a new path in the city. With time on her hands and a distaste for store-bought simple syrups, Tara Pate set out on a year-and-a-half-long journey to make her own, USDA-certified simple syrups and last month, launched Daysie. “The world stopped, I was let go of my job and I started building my at-home coffee bar because I couldn’t come to a place like [Babas on Meeting],” Pate said. And building the at-home coffee bar was relatively easy, according to Pate: Buy an espresso machine from Italy and have

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I said to myself, ‘Well surely my local coffee shops don’t use this.’ “That’s the beauty of a local coffee shop – they make their own using premium ingredients,” she added. “They’re doing the hack and now that I’m at home, I need to do that hack.” Now on a mission to make her own delicious, quality simple syrups, she called The Daily and asked for advice. Simple syrups are simple, they told her, but to make it taste good requires high-quality ingredients, like using vanilla beans as opposed to vanilla extract. With that advice, she

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started making her own syrups at home, but her mind wouldn’t stop working and thinking. “I’ve worked since I was 12 years old — my first job was at a rollerskating rink and I just never stopped.” All that free time had her feeling restless and driven. “Because I wasn’t working, I was like, ‘Oh, this hole exists. I might not be the only one,’” said Pate. “So I put on my mask and went to Whole Foods. I thought, ‘If Whole Foods didn’t have what I was looking for, that was going to be the tip of the hat,’” a signal. According to Pate, the shelves were filled with more complex syrups for cocktails like rosemary, which wasn’t something she wanted in her coffee. And when

she asked an employee for simple syrups like vanilla for coffee, they didn’t have any, only sugar substitutes. That was the sign she was looking for. The concept of Daysie started brewing in Pate’s mind in May 2020. “Not only do I want to do this, but I want to do it the best and cleanest way possible,” Pate said. “I wanted [Daysie] to be this really approachable, at-home and consumer-friendly brand.” The first step Pate took on her journey to Daysie was to look at other “unicorns happening right now,” or other consumer-packaged products nationally and locally, like Red Clay Hot Sauce. She spent time researching different companies and its aesthetics, packaging and consumer interactions. “There are really great consumer-packaged goods companies that are coming through the pandemic as people are reexploring how to live at home, cook at home or drink coffee at home,” she said. After all that research was done, “It was off to the races of pure chaos,” she said. It was now down to the nitty-gritty of building a consumer-safe, edible and delicious product. “The hardest part was putting together these breadcrumbs,” Pate said about the process of building the company. Using contacts from her time in San Francisco, “tons of podcasts” like Building Her Empire and Story of a Brand, the power of Google and dedication to building the company, Pate spent the next year and a half fine-tuning flavors, packaging and handling legal work to build Daysie. Because of the trail of breadcrumbs she had to follow, Pate built Daysie to not only make delicious and organic simple syrups, but to also make it easier for others like her to build a company and succeed. “One of the things I’ve been very open about is giving people the resources that I used because one of the things I found was other entrepreneurs were really secretive about that,” she said. “The whole ethos of my company is that I want women entrepreneurs in this business to be able to succeed and to make it easier for them to do that.” Buy Daysie syrups online at enjoydaysie.com.

A la carte AMOR teaching plantbased cooking With the new year upon us, AMOR Healing Kitchen announced Plant Powered Education, with a goal to increase education on plant-based cooking. To do this, the nonprofit is offering an eight-week, plant-based interactive cooking course, held via Zoom. The program, Nature’s Nutrients, will be held Mondays, 6-7 p.m., starting Jan. 24 and instructed by WiBi Ashley and AMOR chef Kayla Rutherford. Registration and more information can be found on amorhealingkitchen. org. —Michael Pham

Restaurant Week kicks off Thursday Charleston Restaurant Week is back, and restaurants throughout the city are participating, offering a variety of specials and deals. Check out places like 82 Queen, The Watch and more during the 10-day event. For the full list, check charlestoncitypaper.com. Have something to add? Email pham@charlestoncitypaper. —MP

Tippling House offering quick lunch next door Tippling House owners Matthew Conway and Carissa Hernandez, have renovated the former Taco Spot space at 221½ Coming St. to serve quick, easy and on-the-go pressed burritos. The Press will offer three options: veggie bean for $9, chicken for $10 and steak for $12. Each will be stuffed with your choice of filling, cheese, fries, pico de gallo avocado and mild red or spicy green salsa. Order at tipplinghousechs. com. The Press is open Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. —MP

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TO DEFENDANTS: JESSICA DAVIS AND CHRISTOPHER MODEN: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Berkeley County on September 20, 2021. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Berkeley County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Kenneth L. Murphy, II, Esquire, Legal Department of the Berkeley County Department of Social Services, 2 Belt Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Kenneth L. Murphy, II, Esquire, SC Bar # 101817, 2 Belt Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461, (843) 719-1095

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that Charleston County Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 5:00 pm in the Beverly T. Craven Council Chambers, Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC, regarding an ordinance establishing the Charleston County Housing Steering Committee and other matters related thereto. The public hearing will be held in the Beverly T. Craven Council Chambers, Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, S.C. Public comments, written and oral, are invited. Submission of written public comments is encouraged, and those wishing to provide written public comments for the public hearing should email comments to publiccomments@charlestoncounty. org by 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 27, 2022. Kristen L. Salisbury Clerk of Council

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ESTATES’ CREDITOR’S NOTICES All persons having claims against the following estates are required to deliver or mail their claims to the Personal Representative indicated below and also file subject claims on Form #371ES with Irvin G. Condon, Probate Judge of Charleston County, 84 Broad Street, Charleston, S.C. 29401, before the expiration of 8 months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors, or else thereafter such claims shall be and are forever barred.

ESTATES’ CREDITOR’S NOTICES All persons having claims against the following estates are required to deliver or mail their claims to the Personal Representative indicated below and also file subject claims on Form #371ES with Irvin G. Condon, Probate Judge of Charleston County, 84 Broad Street, Charleston, S.C. 29401, before the expiration of 8 months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors, or else thereafter such claims shall be and are forever barred.

Estate of: WILLIAM ROSE 2021-ES-10-0077 DOD: 12/03/20 Pers. Rep: TAMMIE ROSE 293 SUMTER ST. CHARLESTON, SC 29403 Atty: EDUARDO K. CURRY, ESQ. PO BOX 42270 CHARLESTON, SC 29423 ************ Estate of: RENE JOHN ACKERMAN 2021-ES-10-1945 DOD: 09/13/21 Pers. Rep: DAVID D. HAHN 170 PAULA DR. TYRONE, GA 30290 ************ Estate of: JANE MARTIN RIES 2021-ES-10-2010 DOD: 10/10/21 Pers. Rep: EDWARD KRONSBERG PO BOX 31607 CHARLESTON, SC 29417 ************ Estate of: GERARD PETERS 2021-ES-10-2078 DOD: 09/30/21 Pers. Rep: DEREK COOPER 200 BRANDYWINE DR. SUMMERVILLE, SC 29485 Atty: JOHN F. PERRY, ESQ. 3021 RUSHLAND MEWS JOHNS ISLAND, SC 29455 ************ Estate of: ELEANOR BARNETT KENLAW 2021-ES-10-2188 DOD: 12/16/20 Pers. Rep: CAROLUS R. BARNETT 2203 CAMBRIDGE AVE. NO. CHARLESTON, SC 29405 Atty: KELVIN M. HUGER, ESQ. 27 GAMECOCK AVE., #200 CHARLESTON, SC 29407 ************ Estate of: ANDREW P. MARINAK 2021-ES-10-2211 DOD: 09/19/21 Pers. Rep: REV. ROBERT A. YOHE 225 SALT RD. ENOLA, PA 17025 Atty: ULIET M. CASPER, ESQ. PO BOX 4086 N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC 29597 ************ Estate of: JOHN JASON KAPPA 2021-ES-10-2218 DOD: 11/04/21 Pers. Rep: JOHN R. KAPPA 248 MAIN ST., #536 WESTLAKE, OH 44145 Pers. Rep: MARILYN L. KAPPA 248 MAIN ST., #536 WESTLAKE, OH 44145 Pers. Rep: KURT R. KAPPA 3981 TRUXTON PL. AVON, OH 44011 Atty: JENNIFER S. SMITH, ESQ. 260 W. COLEMAN BLVD., #B MT. PLEASANT, SC 29464 ************ Estate of: MILDRED DORIS WRIGHT 2021-ES-10-2230 DOD: 06/19/21 Pers. Rep: RHONDA D. WRIGHT 1207 DRUID KNOLL DR. AUGUSTA, GA 30919 Atty: JEFFREY C. MOORE, ESQ. 1 CARRIAGE LN. BLDG. H, 2ND FLOOR, CHARLESTON, SC 29407 ************ Estate of: CARL WILLIAM COLE 2021-ES-10-2241 DOD: 11/22/21 Pers. Rep: PATRICIA F. MEARS 2221 MAXCY ST., CHARLESTON, SC 29412 Atty: STEPHEN M. SLOTCHIVER, ESQ. 751 JOHNNIE DODDS BLVD., #100 MT. PLEASANT, SC 29464

Estate of: DONALD G. JAMES 2021-ES-10-1727 DOD: 06/24/21 Pers. Rep: JACQUELINE H. JAMES 1987 SHADETREE BLVD. JOHNS ISLAND, SC 29455 Atty: JOHN F. PERRY, ESQ. 3021 RUSHLAND MEWS JOHNS ISLAND, SC 29455 ************ Estate of: JIMMY W. MONEY 2021-ES-10-2037 DOD: 09/01/21 Pers. Rep: JOANN M. CANTRELL 188 MIDLAND PKWY., #416 SUMMERVILLE, SC 29485 ************ Estate of: SARAH GREGORIE STURM 2021-ES-10-2100 DOD: 10/23/21 Pers. Rep: MARGARET S. VOLPE 6308 BATTLE ROCK DR. CLIFTON, VA 20124 Atty: ANDREW E. RHEA, ESQ. 115 CHURCH ST. CHARLESTON, SC 29401 ************ Estate of: JAMES LAWRENCE 2021-ES-10-2161 DOD: 11/18/21 Pers. Rep: SHIRRESE B. BROCKINGTON, ESQ. PO BOX 31312 CHARLESTON, SC 29417 ************ Estate of: SHIRLEY M. HARTLEY 2021-ES-10-2182 DOD: 11/17/21 Pers. Rep: RICHARD E. HARTLEY, JR. 4098 LOBLOLLY BAY FOREST DR. JOHNS ISLAND, SC 29455 Atty: JOSEPH W. GINN, III, ESQ. 3842 LEEDS AVE., #2 CHARLESTON, SC 29405

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO. 2021-CP-10-05558 MGB INVEST LLC, Plaintiff, vs. U.S. Bank National Association, CitiFinancial Mortgage Company, Inc., Successor By Merger With Associates Home Equity Services, Inc., JOHN DOE, adults, and RICHARD ROE, infants, insane persons, incompetents, and persons in the Military of The United States of America, being fictitious names designating as a class any unknown person or persons who may be an heir, distributee, devisee, legatee, widower, widow, assign, administrator, executor, creditor, successor, personal representative, issue or alienee of John Martin Cadle, Jr., deceased, and any or all other persons or legal entities, known and unknown, claiming any right, title, interest or estate in or lien upon the parcel of real estate described in the Lis Pendens and Complaint filed herein, Defendants. SUMMONS TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVENAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you,

and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the subscribers at their office located at 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF FILING YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Certificate of Exemption Summons, Lis Pendens, Notice and Complaint in the above action were filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on December 9, 2021. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced by the Plaintiff against the Defendants to quiet title and to confirm a tax title relative to the following described real property, together with improvements, located in Charleston County, South Carolina, to-wit: ALL that certain lot, piece or parcel of land. Together with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in County of Charleston, 6-3, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Lot B-4, on a plat of the subdivision of lots nos. 12, 13, and 14, Block #2, Charleston Farms, made by H. J. Williams, licensed land surveyors, dated January, 1952, and recorded in the Register’s Office for Charleston county in Plat Book J, page 7; said lot having such size, shape, dimensions, buttings and boundings as by reference to said plat will more fully and at large appear. Being the same property conveyed to Galina S. Bogatkevich by Tax Deed, dated February 19, 2014, and recorded in the Register’s Office on February 25, 2014, in Book 0390, at Page 401. Also, the same property conveyed to MGB Invest LLC by deed of Galina S. Bogatkevich, dated June 16, 2014, and recorded in the Register’s Office for Charleston County on June 17, 2014, in Book 0411, at Page 483. T.M.S. No. 471-01-00-213 NOTICE TO APPOINT A GUARDIAN AD LITEM NISI You will please take notice that by Consent Order dated the 23rd day of December, 2021, and on file in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County, Walter R. Kaufmann, Esquire, whose mailing address is PO Box 459, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465-0459, was appointed Guardian ad Litem Nisi to represent John Doe, adults, and Richard Roe, infants, insane persons, incompetents, and persons in the Military Service of The United States of America, being fictitious names designating as a class any unknown person or persons who may be an heir, distribute, devisee, legatee, widower, widow, assign, administrator, executor, creditor, successor, personal representative, issue or alienee of John Martin Cadle, Jr., deceased, and any and all other persons or legal entities, known and unknown, claiming any right, title, interest or estate in or lien upon the parcel of real estate described in the Lis Pendens and Complaint filed herein; such appointment to become absolute unless the said Defendants or someone on their behalf shall procure the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem on or before the thirtieth (30) day after the last

publication of the Summons herein. CISA & DODDS, LLP s/John J. Dodds, III 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (P) (843) 881-6530 (F) (843) 881-5433 john@cisadodds.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA CHARLESTON COUNTY IN THE FAMILY COURT CASE 2020-DR-10-3174 ALFREDO SIA PANER, JR V. LEIGH ANNE ALEXANDER To Defendant Leigh Anne Alexander, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: a final hearing has been scheduled in this matter regarding termination of parental rights and name change of a minor child, to be held February 7, 2022, at 3:00 PM in the Charleston County Family Court, 100 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401. Lauren M. Edwards, Esq., Condon Family Law & Mediation, 4840 Chateau Ave., N. Charleston, SC 29405, 843-225-7288, Guardian ad Litem Christopher Kays, Esq., 1 Carriage Lane Building F, Suite 100 Charleston, SC 29407, 843-277-9006

Master’s Sale Case No.: 2020-CP-10-03108 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company -vsMaurice A. Perry aka Maurice Perry, United States of America, acting by and through its agency, the Internal Revenue Service, Jasmine Monique Rowe, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Gloria L. Steed, and any other Heirs-at-Law or Devisees of Gloria L. Steed, Deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe and Charleston County Clerk of Court, Upon authority of a Decree dated November 9, 2021, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the Front Entrance of County Council Chambers, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC, on February 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter. All that certain lot, piece or parcel of land, including any improvements thereon, situate, lying and being on Old See Wee Road, Awendaw, Charleston County South Carolina, measuring and containing 0.70 acres, more or less, being more fully described on a plat by W. L. Stephens, PE & LS, April 7, 1972 and recorded in RMC Office for Charleston County in Plat Book Q, Page 35. Said lot designated thereon as Lot A. This being the identical property conveyed to Maurice Perry deed of Robert Thompson dated 11/05/04 and recorded 11/12/04 in the office of the Charleston County Register of

Deeds in Deed Book V515 at Page 343; and the same property conveyed to Maurice Perry by Master’s Deed of Master in Equity for Charleston County, filed 01/26/05 and recorded 07/06/05 In Deed Book T543, Page 428 in RMC Office for Charleston County. TMS #: 680-00-00-017 Property Address: 122 Porcher School Rd. Awendaw, SC 29429 As the Plaintiff did not waive its right for a deficiency judgment in the Complaint, this sale will be re-opened for final bidding at 11:00 a.m. on March 3, 2022. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, cash or certified check in the amount of five (5%) per cent of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search well before the foreclosure sale date. NOTICE: ANYONE THAT ATTENDS WILL BE EXPECTED TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE. This Property will be sold subject to the 120 day right or redemption of the United States of America, by and through the its Agency the Internal Revenue Service. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY B. Lindsay Crawford, III (SC Bar# 6510) Theodore von Keller (SC Bar# 5718) B. Lindsay Crawford, IV (SC Bar# 101707) Telephone : (803) 790-2626 Email: court@crawfordvk.com

THE TOWN OF SUMMERVILLE, CHARLESTON COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA,” made by Parker Land Surveying, LLC on February 22, 2017, and recorded in the Charleston County ROD on June 23, 2017 in Plat Book L17, Pages 0343-0344. Said lot having such size, shape, dimensions, buttings and boundings as will by reference to said plat more fully and at large appear.

Upon authority of a Decree dated the 16th of December, 2021, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the Front Entrance of County Council Chambers, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina, on the 1st day of February, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter.

THESE BEING the same property as conveyed to Antwan D. Evans and Patrice Adrian Simmons Evans, as joint tenants with rights of survivorship not as tenants in common, by Deed of Eastwood Construction, LLC, a North Carolina Limited Liability Company, dated September 10, 2018 and recorded September 26, 2018 in Book 749 at Page 322, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Charleston County, South Carolina.

ALL THAT certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with all improvements thereon, or hereafter constructed thereon, situate, lying and being in the State of South Carolina, County of Charleston, lying and being in Christ Church Parish, all as is shown on a plat of W. L. Gaillard dated March 5, 1967 as in included within the lines lettered AB, BC and CA, said plat being recorded May 9, 1967 at Plat Book W at Page 17 in the RMC Office for Charleston County, South Carolina.

TMS # 388-14-00-057 Current Property Address: 540 Wynfield Forest Drive, Summerville, SC 29485 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, cash or certified check in the amount of five (5%) per cent of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY John S. Kay, Esquire Telephone: 803-726-2700 FOR INSERTION January 12, 2022 ; January 19, 2022 ; January 26, 2022 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity

FOR INSERTION 01/12, 01/19, 01/26/22 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity

Master’s Sale Case No. 2019-CP-10-06484 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Navy Federal Credit Union vs. Antwan D. Evans; Patrice Adrian Simmons Evans; Summerpark Homeowners Association, Inc. Upon authority of a Decree dated the 16th day of November, 2021, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the Front Entrance of County Council Chambers, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina, on the 1st day of February 2022, at 11:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter. ALL this certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the Town of Summerville, County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, known and designated as LOT 97, PHASE 2 WYNFIELD FOREST SUBDIVISION, as shown on a plat entitled “FINAL SUBDIVISION PLAT SHOWING WYNFIELD FOREST (PHASE 2) PROPERTY OF WYNFIELD, LLC LOCATED IN

Master’s Sale Case No. 2021-CP-10-00589 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Citibank, N.A., not in its individual capacity, but solely as owner trustee of the New Residential Mortgage Loan Trust 2019-1 vs Patricia Singleton and if Patricia Singleton be deceased then any children and heirs at law to the Estate of Patricia Singleton distributees and devisees at law to the Estate of Patricia Singleton and if any of the same be dead any and all persons entitled to claim under or through them also all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, interest or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; Any unknown adults, any unknown infants or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe, and any persons in the military service of the United States of America being a class designated as Richard Roe; Sonia Singleton Johnson Ezell a/k/a Sonia Singleton Johnson a/k/a Sonia Ezell a/k/a Sona Denise Singleton a/k/a Sonia Singleton Ezell, Individually and as Personal Representative for the Estate of Robert Louis Singleton, Jr. a/k/a Robert Louis Singleton a/k/a Robert L. Singleton; Edward L. Singleton

THIS being the same property conveyed to Robert Louis Singleton, Jr., by Deed of Rosemary Singleton dated May 13, 1976 and recorded June 10, 1976 in Book P109 at Page 207, in the Charleston County RMC Office and by Deed of Judy Saunders dated May 13, 1976 and recorded June 10, 1976 in Book P109 at Page 206, in the Charleston County RMC Office, South Carolina. THEREAFTER, Robert Louis Singleton, Jr. conveyed a one-half (1/2) interest in the subject property to Patricia Singleton by Deed dated May 7, 1992 and recorded May 8, 1992 in Book R213 at Page 696, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Charleston County, South Carolina. TMS #560-05-00-009 Current Property Address: 1434 Bowman Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, cash or certified check in the amount of five (5%) per cent of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY John S. Kay, Esquire Telephone: 803-726-2700 FOR INSERTION January 12, 2022; January 19, 2022; January 26, 2022 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF BERKELEY IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Case No.: 2021-CP-08-00914 Roger Wheeler Individually and as Parent and Natural Guardian of A. W., a minor child under the age of fourteen (14), Plaintiffs, vs. Daniel R. Mixson Defendant. SUMMONS Tort: Auto Collision (Jury Trial Demanded)

TO THE DEFENDANT ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to the said Complaint on the subscriber at his office, 3045 Ashley Phosphate Road, N. Charleston, South Carolina 29418, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint. JOHN PRICE LAW FIRM, LLC By: s/ Mark A. Redmond Mark A. Redmond (17268) 3045 Ashley Phosphate Road N. Charleston, SC 29418 843-552-6011 markredmond@johnpricelawfirm.com Attorney for the Plaintiff North Charleston, SC Date: 4-27-2021

Master’s Sale Case No.: 2019CP1005317 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee, on behalf of the holders of the J.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Trust 2007-CH5 Asset Backed PassThrough Certificates, Series 2007-CH5, PLAINTIFF VERSUS Louis Hamilton a/k/a Louis L. Hamilton; James Hamilton, Jr.; DEFENDANTS. Upon authority of a Decree dated the 16th day of December, 2021, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the Front Entrance of CHARLESTON COUNTY CHAMBERS, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina on the 1st day of February, 2022 at 11:00 AM or shortly thereafter. All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with the improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in the State of South Carolina, County of Charleston, being shown and designated as Lot No. 11, as shown on a survey prepared for Dorothy Hamilton by Inman Land Surveying Company, Inc., by Richard P. Inman, pls no. 13385, dated July 5, 2005, and recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County, South Carolina in Plat Book DE, at page 849. For a more complete and accurate description, reference is hereby made to the above referenced plat. SUBJECT to assessments, Charleston Ad Valorem Taxes, any and all restrictions, easements, covenants and rightsof-way of record, and any other senior encumbrances. This being the same property conveyed to Louis Hamilton and James Hamilton, Jr., by deed of Michael Graham dated and recorded on February 7, 2007, in Book O 614 at Page 229; Subsequently James Hamilton, Jr. conveyed his interest in the property to Louis L. Hamilton by deed dated May 25, 2011 and recorded on June 24, 2011 in Book194 at Page 194 in the Register of Deeds Office for Charleston County. TMS # 459 09 04 061, 459 09 04 034 Case#: 2019CP1005317 Current Property Address: 11 and 13 Reid Street Charleston, SC 29403 No personal or deficiency


The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, certified funds in the amount of five per cent (5%) of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY John J. Hearn (803) 744-4444 011847-04612 2019CP1005317 FOR INSERTION 1/12/22, 1/19/22, 1/26/22 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity

Master’s Sale Case No.: 2018CP1001966 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., PLAINTIFF, VERSUS Tamaran C. Benjamin n/k/a Tamaran C. Hightower; Deer Park Neighborhood Council; DEFENDANTS. Upon authority of a Decree dated the 8th day of October, 2018, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the Front Entrance of CHARLESTON COUNTY CHAMBERS, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina on the 1st day of February, 2022 at 11:00 AM or shortly thereafter. All that certain lot, piece or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, known and designated as LOT 24, REINDEER WOODS SUBDIVISION as shown on that certain plat entitled: “FINAL PLAT OF REINDEER WOODS SUBDIVISION OF LANDS OF W.J. HALL INTO SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL LOTS ZONED RM-6 FORMERLY PART OF LOT NO. 14, DEER PARK SUBDIVISION, NORTH AREA, CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC”, dated April 29, 1990 by R.J. Sample & Associates and recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County in Plat Book BZ, Page 120. Said lot having such size, shape, dimensions, buttings and boundings as will by reference to said plat more fully and at large appear. SUBJECT to assessments, Charleston Ad Valorem Taxes, any and all restrictions, easements, covenants and rightsof-way of record, and any other senior encumbrances. This being the same property conveyed to Tamaran C. Benjamin by deed of Ann W. Sanderson, dated May 3, 2005 and recorded May 6, 2005 in Book Y535 at Page 258 in the Register of Deeds Office for Charleston County. TMS # 486-06-00-091

Case#: 2018CP1001966 Current Property Address: 2772 Donner Ave North Charleston, SC 29406 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, certified funds in the amount of five per cent (5%) of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY John J. Hearn (803) 744-4444 FN 013263-10679 2018CP1001966 FOR INSERTION 1/12/22, 1/19/22, 1/26/22 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity

Master’s Sale Case No.: 2020CP1000779 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PennyMac Loan Services, LLC, PLAINTIFF, VERSUS Timothy Edward Kraft; Wellborn Village Property Owners Association, Inc.; DEFENDANTS. Upon authority of a Decree dated the 16th day of December, 2021, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the Front Entrance of CHARLESTON COUNTY CHAMBERS, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina on the 1st day of February, 2022 at 11:00 AM or shortly thereafter. ALL that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, together with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in the City of North Charleston, County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Lot 34, Phase 1B2, Wellborn village, as shown on that certain plat of HLA, Inc., entitled, “PLAT SHOWING WELLBORN VILLAGE PHASE I B-2, LOTS 26¬65 & COMMON AREA TMS NOS 393-00-00-140 THRU 180 (CONTAINING 4.335 ACRES) AND SHOWIMG A 30’ SCE&G EASEMENT THROUGH LOTS 27-30, PROPERTY OF R&S PROPERTIES OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC LOCATED IN THE CITY OF NORTH CHARLESTON, CHARLESTON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA,” dated December 7, 2010, and recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County, South Carolina, in Plat Book L11 at Page 0004. Said lot having such size, shape, dimensions, buttings and boundings as will by reference to said plat more fully appear. SUBJECT to assessments, Charleston Ad Valorem Taxes, any and all restrictions, ease-

ments, covenants and rightsof-way of record, and any other senior encumbrances. This being the same property conveyed to Timothy Edward Kraft by deed of Chelsea L. Beyer and Frank J. Beyer, II, dated May 30, 2017, and recorded June 5, 2017, in Book 0642 at Page 576 in the Register of Deeds’ Office for Charleston County. TMS # 393-00-00-148 Case#: 2020CP1000779 Current Property Address: 3844 Annapolis Way Ladson, SC 29456 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, certified funds in the amount of five per cent (5%) of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY John J. Hearn (803) 744-4444 016487-00851 2020CP1000779 FOR INSERTION 1/12/22, 1/19/22, 1/26/22 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity

Master’s Sale 2021-CP-10-02868 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS U.S. Bank Trust National Association, not in its individual capacity but solely as owner trustee for Legacy Mortgage Asset Trust 2020-GS5, PLAINTIFF versus Thomas P. King, III aka Thomas Preston King, III, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for BCAP LLC 2007-AA3 and National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2005-3 A Delaware Statutory Trust(s), DEFENDANT(S). Upon authority of a Decree dated the 16th day of December, 2021, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the County Council Chambers, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina, on the 1st day of February, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter. All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon, or to be built thereon, situate, lying and being on James Island, in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, known and designated as Lot No. 22, Block A, Eastwood Subdivision, as shown on a plat thereof made by A.H. Schwacke, III, RLS, dated January 13, 1998, and duly recorded in the Office of the RMC for Charleston County, South Carolina, in Plat Book EC, at Page 508; said lot having such size,

shape, dimensions, buttings and boundings as will by reference to said plat more fully and at large appear. Being the same property conveyed unto King Construction of Charleston, LLC by deed from Jeffrey T. Morris and Tess H. Morris, dated May 4, 2005 and recorded May 10, 2005 in Deed Book E536 at Page 278; thereafter, by deed from King Construction of Charleston, LLC unto Thomas P. King, III and Lydia B. King, dated July 25, 2006 and recorded August 1, 2006 in Deed Book A593 at Page 472; thereafter, Lydia B. King conveyed her interest in the subject property unto Thomas P. King, III by deed dated June 19, 2014 and recorded August 5, 2014 in Deed Book 0420 at Page 983 in the ROD Office for Charleston County, South Carolina. TMS No. 4540700118 Property Address: 760 Sterling Drive, Charleston, SC 29412 Since a deficiency judgment is being demanded, the bidding will remain open for thirty (30) days after the date of sale, pursuant to S.C. Code ANN. Section 15-39-720, (1976), to close on March 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. The deficiency judgment may be waived by the Plaintiff upon written request prior to sale. THIS SALE IS SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, cash or certified check in the amount of five (5%) per cent of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. The successful bidder will be required to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed and interest on the balance of the bid from the date of sale to the date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 5.2500%. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. Should the Plaintiff, or one of its representatives, fail to be present at the time of sale, the property is automatically withdrawn from said sale and sold at the next available sales day upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or any Supplemental Order. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search well before the foreclosure sale date. ATTENDEES MUST ABIDE BY SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AND MAY BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK OR OTHER FACIAL COVERING. Any person who violates said protocols is subject to dismissal at the discretion of the selling officer or other court officials. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY RILEY POPE & LANEY, LLC (803) 799-9993 FOR INSERTION January 12, 2022 January 19, 2022 January 26, 2022 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity 4413

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Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): The coming months will be an excellent time for you to explore the art of Soulful Bragging. Do you deserve any of the titles below? If so, feel free to use them liberally throughout 2022. 1. Practical Idealist with Flexible Strategies. 2. Genius of Interesting Intimacy. 3. Jaunty Healer with Boisterous Knowledge of the Soul’s Ways. 4. Free-Wheeling Joker Who Makes People Laugh for Righteous and Healing Reasons. 5. Skillful Struggler. 6. Empathy Master with a Specialty in Creative Compassion. 7. Playful Reservoir of Smart Eros. 8. Purveyor of Feisty Wisdom and Cute Boldness. 9. Crafty Joy-Summoner. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Most people who use tobacco products are at risk of having shorter life spans than they might have otherwise had. Smoking is detrimental to health. Those who smoke in their twenties and thirties may cut ten years off their longevity. But here’s some good news: If you kick your tobacco habit before age 40, you will regain most of those ten years. I bring this to your attention because I’d like it to serve as a motivational tale for you in 2022. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will have more power than ever before to escape any harmful addictions and compulsions you have — and begin reclaiming your full vitality. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In May 1974, the Grateful Dead introduced a new wrinkle to their live musical performances. Playing at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, they amplified their music through a “Wall of Sound”: 604 speakers piled high, together channeling 26,000 watts of energy. Had any band ever treated their fans to a louder volume and crisper tones? I’d like to make this breakthrough event one of your top metaphors for 2022. According to my analysis, it will be a great year for you to boost your signal. I invite you to distribute your message with maximum confidence and clarity. Show the world who you are with all the buoyant flair you can rouse. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Philosopher Emil Cioran said he despised wise philosophers. Why? Because they practice prudent equanimity, which he regarded as empty and sterile. In Cioran’s view, these deep thinkers avoid strong feelings so they can live in cool safety, free from life’s nervewracking paradoxes. I agree with him that such a state is undesirable. However, Cioran contrasted it with the lives of the normal people he admired, who are “full of irreconcilable contradictions” and who “suffer from limitless anxiety.” My question for Cioran: Are there no other options between those two extremes? And my answer: Of course there are! And you can be proof of that in 2022, Cancerian. I expect you’ll be full of deep feelings, eager for new experiences, and infused with a lust for life — with less anxiety and fewer irreconcilable contradictions than ever before. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 1838, 29-year-old naturalist Charles Darwin was early in his career. He had not developed his theory of evolution, and was not yet a superstar of science. He began ruminating about the possibility of proposing marriage to his cousin Emma Wedgwood. If married, he wrote: “constant companion and a friend in old age; the charms of music and female chit-chat — good things for one’s health.” If not married: “no children; no one to care for one in old age; less money for books, loss of time, and a duty to work for money.” I bring this to your attention, Leo, because I suspect that in 2022, you may be tempted and inspired to deeply interweave your fate with the fates of interesting characters. A spouse or partner or collaborator? Could be. Maybe a beloved animal or spirit guide? Have fun making your list of pros and cons! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): What were your favorite toys when you were a child? Now would be a good time to retrieve fond memories of them, and even acquire modern versions so you can revive the joy they gave you. In my astrological analysis, you’ll be wise to invite your inner child to play a bigger role in your life as you engage in a wide range of playtime activities. So yes, consider the possibility of

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buying yourself crayons, Legos, dolls and puppets, video games, squirt guns, roller skates, yo-yos, jump ropes, and board games. And don’t neglect the pleasures of blanket forts, cardboard boxes, mud pies, and plain old sticks. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In his novel The Story of a Marriage, Andrew Sean Greer asks, “Does love always form, like a pearl, around the hardened bits of life?” My answer would be, “No, not always, but when it does, it’s often extra sweet and enduring.” One of my wishes and predictions for you in 2022, Libra, is that love will form around your hardened bits. For best results, be open to the possibility that difficulty can blossom into grace. Look for opportunities that are seeded by strenuous work. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “It is worth living long enough to outlast whatever sense of grievance you may acquire.” Author Marilynne Robinson wrote that, and I recommend her thought as one of your uplifting meditations in 2022. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the coming months will be a favorable time to dismantle and dissolve as many old grievances as you can. This could and should be the year you liberate yourself from psychic grunge — for the sake of your own mental, physical and spiritual health as much as for the sake of others. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Some critics view author Diana Wynne Jones as a genius in her chosen field: fantasy novels for children and young adults. She had a generous spirit, asserting, “I have this very strong feeling that everybody is probably a genius at something; it’s just a question of finding this.” If you are still unsure what your unique genius consists of, Sagittarius, I believe 2022 will show you in detailed glory. And if you do already know, the coming months will be a time when you dramatically deepen your ability to access and express your genius. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer wrote a meditative book about moss. It was her response to questions she had been wondering about: Why has this inconspicuous plant persevered for 350 million years? While so many other species have gone extinct, why has moss had staying power through all the Earth’s climate changes and upheavals? And what lessons does its success have for us? Here are Kimmerer’s conclusions: Moss teaches us the value “of being small, of giving more than you take, of working with natural law, sticking together.” In accordance with astrological omens in 2022, Capricorn, I believe moss should be your role model. (Kimmerer’s book is Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses.) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Author Joyce Carol Oates has been very successful and has won several major awards. But she describes her job as arduous and time-consuming. “I work very slowly,” she testifies. “It’s like building a ladder, where you’re building your own ladder rung by rung, and you’re climbing the ladder. It’s not the best way to build a ladder, but I don’t know any other way.” I wouldn’t always recommend her approach for you, Aquarius, but I will in 2022. As long as you’re willing to accept gradual, incremental progress, you’ll get a lot of fine work done. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’ve selected a quote for you to use as one of your guiding principles in 2022. I urge you to undertake a specific action in the next 24 hours that will prove you mean to take it seriously. Here’s the wisdom articulated by Piscean rabbi and philosopher Marc-Alain Ouaknin: “People must break with the illusion that their lives have already been written and their paths already determined.” It’s reinvention time, dear Pisces. Homework: What’s the most important thing for you to get rid of in 2022? Newsletter. FreeWillAstrology.com

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Grace Joyner gives us another dose of dream pop with ‘Vampira’ Local singer-songwriter Grace Joyner’s new somber pop song, “Vampira,” drops Jan 14. It is inspired by Vampira, a late-night horror TV host persona that actress Maila Nurmi created in the 1950s. Joyner will perform with a full band Feb. 5 at The Royal American benefit show in support of The Goodmood Fund, a project of The Giving Back Fund, that raises money to provide assistance to independent touring musicians across the U.S. Sharing the bill for the event will be local acts Jack Fortune and Argot, joined by Columbia-based duo Admiral Radio. —Chelsea Grinstead

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It’s through learning the language of beat production that local hip-hop artist Hirow has found freedom in his own songwriting, and most recently, he’s articulated his own take on internet-foraged electro hip-hop with his new album, Hell is Empty Vol. 2. Hirow’s journey with crafting songs began when he got into beat making and collaborating on others’ work after high school several years ago. “I wanted to get into engineering vocals, because if somebody sent me stuff I wanted to be able to mix it for them,” he said. “I put my own vocals on the beats mainly just to learn how to mix them. I liked the process of the whole songwriting thing more than I thought I would like it, so I naturally gravitated toward it.” On Vol. 2, Hirow has shaped a dark synth landscape similar to 2018’s Hell is Empty Vol. 1 — a reference to Shakespeare’s Tempest: “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” Descending into trippy filters and resurfacing with crowds of sound and detuned textures, Vol. 2 connects industrial hip-hop with tangents of soulful rhythm and blues tunes. The consistencies of the beats amplify or distort the vocals, displaying Hirow’s cohesive yet experimental style. The first track, “Control,” starts mellow and moves to a harder beat, setting the tone for the rest of the album, he said, which has a certain type of aggression to it. Inlaid with a haunting aesthetic, the song, “Found,” captures a self-aware stream of consciousness with lines like, “I don’t lie but don’t tell every truth / I control your mind just like the news” and “I just numb the pain when I’m in doubt / I didn’t want to make it trickle down.” Outside of the electrical storm synth and bold lyrics on Vol. 2, Hirow retains an optimistic yet humble attitude toward making music.

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Hirow’s new hip-hop album is set to debut next month with a release show at West Ashley’s Tin Roof “It’s just a matter of putting stuff out and liking what you do so you can keep going,” he said. “If you are doing it for the long run, you’ve got to stick to your true self and believe that it’s really going

to work out. You can fail at everything else, you might as well attempt it.” To him, if you approach the day-to-day with the idea that everything is doable or anything could happen, it helps you be open with yourself and not shrink away from sharing what you’re making. The artist’s way may be a lone road for the most part, but if you really love it, that within itself is perseverance. “Just knowing that any day anything could happen, it’s such an ingrained part of me,” he said. “That’s the boat I’m in fully: just faith.” The album release show for Hell is Empty Vol. 2 will be held at the Tin Roof on Feb. 18, which isn’t too shabby a way to start out a new year. “2021 wasn’t too bad, I feel like I did a lot of learning,” he said. “2022 — I have really high hopes.”

Local multi-instrumentalist Jojo Wall just dropped Bloodshot Eyes, a combination of old studio remasters and new DIY recordings that bring an eclectic ’70s rock energy. His influences range from Robert Johnson’s blues, Jim Morrison’s vocals and Bob Dylan’s songwriting, and the album retains a heaviness that could be a result of his tendency to listen to Alice in Chains and Nirvana. You can catch Wall Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Southern Roots in West Ashley, and he will be performing an acoustic show Jan. 14 at Fox Music House on Dorchester Road for a World Music Cafe event at 7 p.m. —CG

Podcast showcases original local music Local singer-songwriter Eric Barnett recently started Songs of the Unsung, a podcast to help promote other local singer-songwriters by conducting interviews and documenting original performances. Each month, Barnett will host a showcase at Freehouse Brewery featuring interviewees and post the footage to YouTube and other streaming platforms. The next showcase event takes place Jan. 23 2-5 p.m., featuring Dan Riley, Chris Dodson and Scotty Oliver. Subsequent showcases are planned for Feb. 13 and March 13. —CG


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Americana musician Meredith Foster finds joy in community Singer-songwriter Meredith Foster grew up surrounded by music. “We had more guitars than people at our house,” Foster said. “I think the guitar-toperson ratio is probably like 5-to-1.” Hailing from St. Louis, Foster grew up with a blues musician father and rockenthusiast mother. She began singing at the age of 6 and taught herself guitar when she was about 13. “When my friends [were] listening to, like, Miley Cyrus and that whole thing … I was listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan,” Foster said. Though she and her father played gigs together, she was initially more drawn to the idea of being a songwriter. Foster was studying at the University of Mississippi when she discovered a local coffee shop and a dive bar that revived her sense of what it means to be an artist. She was able to connect with older musicians who had experience writing music with soul, who felt the value of storytelling. “I think that’s really where my songwriting took root,” she said. After graduating, Foster made her way to Charleston sight-unseen and quickly searched for a community. “I am a big supporter of small business,” she said. “I love everything local. I crave that authenticity.” Foster stumbled upon Elliotborough Mini Bar, and after her first open mic night, she felt it would become something of a second home. This last summer, she had the incredible opportunity to meet Dean Dillon, the storied songwriter of hits such as “Tennessee Whiskey,” and George Strait’s “The Chair.” She also secured a spot playing at Awendaw Green’s Barn Jam, which was her first chance to perform her music solo.

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Meredith Foster performed solo before a crowd for the first time at Awendaw Green “It was an opportunity to turn 25 strangers into 25 friends,” she said. She returns to Awendaw Green on Feb. 16. Foster’s music conveys a fresh Americana sensibility melded with poetic narrative lyricism. In December, she celebrated her first release, which was a live version of a song called “Love’s Lost and Found.” It’s country in the sense that it relies heavily on storytelling, but also because of Foster’s smoldering twang. You can feel the song’s old-school roots — it’s less the bedazzled Instagram country of today, and more the folksy, mournful country of the classics. Following this release, and the experience of playing her own songs live, Foster is considering honing her skills as a performer, rather than just a songwriter. Moving into 2022, she has a goal of releasing a full EP and seeing what happens. “I always say if life hands you one, take a chance.” —Kate Bryan

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