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Long Live Print! :The Moultrie News Celebrates 50 Years

CDiggle - late 60s

      Just about everyone who moves “from off” to the communities East of the Cooper has encountered a pleasant surprise. Once each week, a newspaper chock-full of local news, information, opinion and entertainment arrives on their doorstep – for free. This has been going on in Mount Pleasant, the Isle of Palms, … [Read more...]

Hidden Retreat, Special Treat – Mount Pleasant’s Marsh View Trail


  Less than 50 years ago, Rifle Range Road was a quiet rural route surrounded by small farms. Today the farms are gone and cars speed by, bringing folks to one of the many residential neighborhoods that line the roadway. Many are unaware of a hidden retreat that lies behind the Mount Pleasant Waterworks complex.   When I was … [Read more...]

Influential Icons of East Cooper, Part 1


Florence O’Sullivan In 1670, the British frigate Carolina brought the first settlers to Carolina. Among those on board was Capt. Florence, aka Florentia, O’Sullivan, an Irish soldier of fortune who brought 16 servants with him. As deputy to Sir Peter Colleton, one of the Lords Proprietors, he was granted 2,340 acres, which uncompassed most … [Read more...]

From Mount Pleasant to Mount Everest: A Profile of the Most Interesting Man East of the Cooper


During my time with Mount Pleasant Magazine, I’ve interviewed and crossed paths with many interesting East of the Cooper residents. I have been dragged down the Isle of Palms beach by a 20-foot kite while learning how to kite board. I drank  beers with some of the coolest oldtimers I’ve ever met at the Carolina Coast Surf Club. I even … [Read more...]

Fishing on the Fly: The Lowcountry’s Pioneer of Saltwater Fly-Fishing


If you’ve never heard of, thought seriously about or tried fly-fishing, it’s time to get into the sport and take a closer look at one of the fastest growing segments of the sport fishing industry. Slinging string is in. “In the early 1960s, I decided to bring fly-fishing to the Lowcountry because I thought the idea was a good one,” … [Read more...]

Brains and Beauty: Brooke Mosteller – Miss South Carolina

Miss South Carolina

The Miss America Pageant doesn’t take slackers. When Mount Pleasant native Brooke Mosteller earned the Miss South  Carolina crown in 2013, she already had more than a few achievements under her belt, many of them fostered right here in East Cooper during her years at Wando High School. In addition to earning the title of Miss … [Read more...]

From One Artist to Another: My Son’s Experience with Shepard Fairey


It was a night of conversation between Mark Sloan of the Halsey Institute Of Contemporary Art and home-grown, nationally known artist Shepard Fairey at the Charleston Music Hall. I’m sure it was a special night for the sold out crowd that came to listen to Fairey talk about his roots, his art and how he hopes his art will encourage people to … [Read more...]

The Legacy of Tony Page


  This Father’s Day will be one of the hardest days of my life. My father, Tony Page passed away on March 25. More than 700 people showed up to our family's visitation just to share the love they had for him. Why would so many people take time from their busy lives? I can come up with many reasons, but the best explanation is that he … [Read more...]

Femme Fighting: Life on the Roller Derby Team

Berlin GGGRG

By Courtney O’Leary • aka Grace Smelly • #08 Taking a deep breath, I force myself to close my eyes and contain and control the growing nerves in the pit of my stomach. My palms are sweating and I swear my hands are trembling. I don’t get nervous often, but, right now, my entire body is humming with energy. My life as a stay-at-home mom … [Read more...]

Pop Art and Progress: Shepard Fairey in the Lowcountry


A progressive art movement is gaining traction here in the Lowcountry, around the country and even hundreds of miles above the Earth aboard the International Space Station.   Elizabeth Willingham, a senior Studio Arts major at the College of Charleston and an intern at the school’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, said she has noticed … [Read more...]