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    The South's Best City: Charleston, S.C. | Southern Living

    The South's Best City: Charleston, S.C. | Southern Living

    Charleston gains even more bragging rights as it is named the 'South's Best City of 2017' by Southern Living Magazine.

    Last Fall, Southern Living magazine invited readers from around the nation to vote on their favorite Southern spots. There were 13 various categories readers could vote for in the South's Best poll — from BBQ joints to drinking holes and everything in between. Editors poured through over 20,000 submissions and totalled for each category - Charleston also took home various awards for local hot spots, including:

    • Hominy Grill, sixth best restaurant in the South
    • Fig, 10th best restaurant in the South
    • Coast Brewing Co., 10th best brewery in the South
    • The Inn at Middleton Place, eighth best inn in the South
    • Wentworth Mansion, tenth best inn in the South
    • Kiawah, sixth best island in the South
    • The Sanctuary on Kiawah, fifth best resort in the South
    • Charleston Gardenworks, sixth best shop in the South
    • The Commons, eighth best shop in the South

    Congratulations Charleston!

    100 LB Tarpon Reeled in on Folly Beach, South Carolina

    100 LB Tarpon Reeled in on Folly Beach, South Carolina

    Have you seen this?! 100 LB Tarpon is caught on Folly Beach, South Carolina.

    Video Credit: Dustin Mohr

    The Atlantic tarpon inhabits coastal waters, estuaries, lagoons, and rivers. Tarpons feed almost exclusively on schooling fish and occasionally crabs. A tarpon is capable of filling its swim bladder with air, like a primitive lung. This gives the tarpon a predatory advantage when oxygen levels in the water are low. Tarpons have been recorded at up to 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in length and weighing up to 161 kg (355 lb). The Atlantic tarpon is also known as the silver king.

    In appearance, tarpons are greenish or bluish on top and silver on the sides. The large mouth is turned upwards and the lower jaw contains an elongated, bony plate. The last ray of the dorsal fin is much longer than the others, reaching nearly to the tail.

    Tarpons are considered one of the great saltwater game fishes, not only because of their size and their accessible haunts, but also because of their fighting spirit when hooked; they are very strong, making spectacular leaps into the air. The flesh is undesirable and bony. In Florida and Alabama, a special permit is required to kill and keep a tarpon, so most tarpon fishing there is catch and release.

    14 Signs You Grew up in a Southern Town

    14 Signs You Grew up in a Southern Town

    There are some things that only a southern small towner can relate to, since the south has a unique experience, accent, flavor or variation of almost anything! If you have lived your life in a small town of the southern region, here are a few things that work as signs that you are undeniably, unashamedly, a southerner in its truest form.

    1. When you spot someone wearing cool southern tees, you don’t have to ask them where they bought them from. You already know they must’ve originated from rare southern boutiques in town.
    2. The only traffic jams that you ever had to sit through happen near the Christmas parade season in the month of December, but you don’t have to usually worry about a parade you are probably a part of too.
    3. “Has no one ever heard of cowgirl/boy clothing?” That’s your mating call when you go shopping in fancy malls in the next biggest city or town. Choosing stores that offer a bit extra to your style is what is called a signature southerner move, since you can’t keep wearing the same kind of clothes, all ‘life’ long.
    4. You spend hours looking for the ‘perfect jeans’ that you can ruin within a week on the farm.
    5. You still remember every last person’s name who graduated with you, along with their parents’, siblings, pets, and even uncles and aunts sometimes!
    6. From August to October, you plan every Friday differently since all the places are shut down for the high school football tournaments.
    7. During the spiciest of gossip sessions in high school, “That‘s my cousin” was one of the top 20 most repeated expressions in your group.
    8. When you accidentally or intentionally miss church, everyone will know exactly why before the service is even over.
    9. Your teacher will always call you by ether your parent’s name, or your sibling’s, never yours.
    10. Your mama keeps the key of the house in a “secret” spot that the entire neighborhood already knows about.
    11. As you age, shopping for Christmas was happily transformed into an online experience, ‘cuz ain’t nobody got time for real shopping no more. Any small southern town never had the clothes that internet franchises did. Great Southern clothing brands are very hard to find in small towns.
    12. Driving a tractor to your school is NOT weird; it’s something you did every Wednesday!
    13. You mastered the art of saying “Hey y’allll!” when you were 5.
    14. You keeps saying how much you hate your small town and how many things just can’t be done if you stay put, but as you step through the doorway of your childhood dwelling, you realize there is no other place in this world that you’d rather call ‘home’.

    Hunting Island Beach and Camp Ground

    Hunting Island Beach and Camp Ground

    Hunting Island State Park is one of the most popular state parks and beach areas in South Carolina. Located on the edge of Beaufort, South Carolina, Hunting Island beach attracts over a million visitors a year. The erroding island acts as a natural barrier to the Atlantic Ocean, making it a unique island like no other with it’s pristine sandy beach and palmetto foliage. Hunting Island features a campground, which has spaces for RV’s and tent campers, as well as a primitive camp site for established groups. The camping area has very easy access to the beach.

    Restoring Hunting Island: Since Hurricane Mathew

    (Source: Bluffton Today) Restoring Hunting Island is a work in progress and help from volunteers may soon be needed.

    All the water lines in the state park’s campground are being replaced and electrical lines will be upgraded, according to a report from the Friends of Hunting Island organization.

    After Hurricane Matthew hit in October, numerous trees had to be removed from the back side of the campground and 88 campsites were lost.

    Before the storm, the campground’s west side had been scheduled for maintenance. The four comfort stations are being gutted and remodeled.

    The campground store was underwater for a few days after the hurricane and sustained some interior damage. The staff stripped it completely, and it will now have new displays and slat boards as part of its new décor.

    Contractors are working all over the island, mainly removing trees where they block roads, trails or campsites. Trees that that do not block access will be left as deadfall.

    One group of workers clearing trees near Parking Lot A at North Beach were mired down during January’s heavy rains and their equipment couldn’t be moved. They were relocated to the campground to clear trees on the ocean side.

    Equipment brought to Hunting Island includes log trucks, chippers, bucket trucks and Bobcats. Crews are working seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

    The foundation of the bath house at Parking Lot A was undermined when surf went under it and trees fell on the structure, so it will not be salvageable. Temporary restroom facilities will be brought in. When it is rebuilt, the facility could be moved farther from the water.

    The lighthouse’s new fence surrounding the compound remains unpainted, which could be a job for volunteers. Friends of Hunting Island purchased 100 gallons for that purpose.

    With all the boards up, the treated wood is seasoning for a few months before paint goes on. Expect a request for help in April or May.

    Another volunteer job will be to install sand fencing to begin to rebuild the dunes. The fencing will run about the length of accessible beach. Fencing will be installed at South Beach at a later time.

    With the cabin at the lighthouse slated for an extensive renovation this year, the hurricane added to the expenses by removing the laundry room from the back. The central maintenance crew is working on the renovation and expects it to be complete by the end of April. The changes include a vaulted ceiling and larger bathroom.

    The lighthouse store withstood the hurricane, but needed a new roof and paint job.

    Studies on beach loss will reassess the renourishment needs. There is no definite date for renourishment at this time.