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Melanie Balog South Editor

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Melanie Balog edits The South section. She joined the paper in 2005 as an assistant city editor. She was named web editor in 2008 and digital editor in 2010. Prior to that she spent 8 years as a reporter and news editor at The Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, IL. In 2003 she received a first-place award for column writing from the Illinois Press Association. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and a master's degree in professional writing from Illinois State University, and has been an adjunct instructor at the College of Charleston.

Recent Articles


Keeping religion separate from science in S.C. schools

Why can’t science teachers simply teach science?


South’s poorest shut out of health care reform

There’s been a lot of talk these past few days about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.


Changing the mindset, changing the outcome

Nobody wants to sit here two years from now, when the 2013 homicide statistics come out, and lament that South Carolina is once...


A tale of two Carolinas, and S.C. is looking pretty good

Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in what’s going wrong in South Carolina.


System to track child support payments needed in S.C.

A centralized computer system for tracking child support payments sounds like a good idea.


Growth brings challenges, opportunities to Lowcountry, South

You may be surprised to learn that Summerville’s population has grown to 44,836, making it the seventh most populous...


A right way and a wrong way to solve homelessness

Being homeless is not a crime, despite recent actions to the contrary across the Carolinas.


Stand Your Ground not a blanket defense

Surely the state Legislature, in its infinite wisdom, never intended its 2006 Stand Your Ground law to be used by an alleged home...


DHEC needs more aggressive approach on TB

Maybe now that the Centers for Disease Control says that TB was a contributing factor in the March death of a Greenwood-area man,...


Dredging can be win-win-win for Southeast ports

If you’re a fan of harbor deepening then you couldn’t have asked for a better gift than the shout-out President...

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