• Trees aren’t flying off the lots this year. We blame pre-lit trees — they saved our marriage.

“We have twice as many trees left this year as last year,” said Jones, who has been selling trees since 1963 at lots from Virginia to South Carolina. “Saturday should have been our biggest day, and it was almost half what it was last year. The big tree sales are what hurt us this year. They are usually gone right after Thanksgiving. I was told last night to cut the prices.”

• The only thing crazier than an earthquake is the weird prophetic stories found in this morning’s paper.

Better “shock absorbers” will be installed on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in the next few weeks to make the structure safer in the event of an earthquake, the state Department of Transportation said Monday.


If you’re a resident of Louisiana, North Carolina or Virginia, your state is likely better prepared to protect you from disease outbreaks, natural disasters and bioterrorism than other Southern states, according to a report released Tuesday.

• Some promised state aid for conservation projects may go unpaid due to budget cuts at the State Conservation Bank. No word yet on whether any Charleston projects are imperiled.

“So it falls to the county. For the time being … as far as I’m concerned, the bank is kind of out of business.”

• After putting off the decision this summer, Jasper County has gone ahead with a saggy pants ban. One council member said he decided to support the ban after seeing a picture of a man wearing saggy pants in the newspaper. Next month, he’ll be introducing a bill to keep cats from walking upright and eating lasagna from the dish.

• Charlotte’s commuter rail is hitting the skids because the transit commission is worried about eating into expansion plans. We don’t get it either.

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