“They used to plant cotton. Now they plant golf courses.”

Walter Mack, director for the Program for Academic and Cultural Enrichment at St. Helena Island’s Penn Center, quoted last month in The Green, a multicultural golfing magazine. Mack was lamenting how little has changed for South Carolina blacks since slave times. The February edition of the magazine was pulled off the shelves of several national stores because of the cover, which depicted an old newspaper ad offering “Negroes” for sale.

Plaque’s Return Brings Toothy Smiles ·
It was all smiles last Friday at 5 Pitt St. as a historical marker honoring three influential Charleston feminists was finally erected and unveiled after being stolen earlier in the week. The address was the childhood home of the Pollitzer sisters — Anita, Carrie, and Mabel. Anita was a key figure in ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote; Carrie ushered the College of Charleston into the world of coeducation thanks, in part, to money she saved and donated for a ladies’ bathroom. Mabel taught in public schools for more than a half-century, and was a “driving force” in the opening of the city’s first public library. The Center for Women, a local women’s development organization, had put together the application to the state’s Department of Archives and History, including raising the $1,525 to pay for the marker, according to its executive director, Jennet Alterman. Alterman, who had alerted the cops and the media to the disappearance, was overjoyed Thursday evening when the current tenants at 5 Pitt called to say the marker was back, albeit in a lot across the street. More proof that you can’t keep a good (wo)man down.

$100 million

That’s how much The Citadel Foundation hopes to raise with the “Campaign for The Citadel” fundraising effort it kicked off last week.

Haiku O’ The Week:
John Graham, where to go
Now that your career’s faded
To get attention?


That’s how many properties in Charleston were going through some stage of the foreclosure process last week, according to RealtyTrac.com.

Sic Itur Ad Astra ·
One of the most respected reporters at The Post and Courier, Arlie Porter, 44, passed away last week after a six-year battle with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. An avid golfer up until his body could no longer play, Porter had moved to Nebraska to be with his family in his final days. While at the P&C, Porter covered a variety of beats, winning multiple South Carolina Press Association awards. Direct, aggressive, and hardworking, Porter should have won Reporter of the Year awards from the SCPA, according to his longtime friend and colleague at the paper, Schuyler Kropf. “What he was, was a workaholic,” says Kropf from his office desk. “Late night, weekends, he was in here pulling hours and hours; he should have been paying rent to the paper versus his downtown apartment.” Even Porter’s last words — reported to have been, “How can I beat this?”— show a man unwilling to take the easy way out. We should all be so determined. Godspeed, Arlie..

“I don’t think there’s any way in Hades we can do anything with this.”

State Rep. Nathan Ballentine (R-Irmo) last week on the soon-to-be-killed measure authored by Rep. Fletcher Smith (D-Greenville) that would have paid state college football and basketball players $350 a month during their respective seasons. After a USC sports lobbyist told the House members that a stipend would automatically result in expulsion from NCAA sports, the measure was killed in less time than there is on a basketball shot clock.


That’s how many square feet there are in the new Wal-Mart Supercenter that opened its doors last week in West Ashley.

“I see us very busily making dinner reservations on the Titanic, because there’s not a ghost of a chance we’ll get more than $6.5 million.”

Mt. Pleasant Councilman Kruger Smith last week, commenting on the slim chances that County Council will give CARTA $9.2 million from this year’s half-cent sales tax revenues. Kruger is also a member of CARTA’s board. Source: The Post and Courier


That’s the percentage of homes that are overvalued in the Charleston real estate market, according to a national report released last week by financial information provider Global Insight, authored by the company’s managing director and based on a comparison of median home prices.