According to the Hearth Home Improvement Index — which examines the number of applications for home improvement loans on — homeowners in South Carolina have significantly increased their rate of home improvement project creation and are prioritizing pandemic-themed projects related to interior remodeling, windows and doors, fencing and decks, landscaping, and solar panels.

In a day when partisan warfare and Twitter taunts can define the day’s public discourse, local newspapers like the Union County News provide something else. They bind people with the glue of shared community.

An unprecedented touring exhibition coming to the Gibbes Museum of Art explores the work of celebrated artist Romare Bearden, who shifted from regional depictions of the Black experience to rarely exhibited abstract works.

Not only does the quality of light during the golden hour gild everything in sight, but it also makes for gloriously luminous photos — and we got so many of those this week.

Our migration pattern for seeking safety is not geographical but psychological. It is set in motion not by what season of the year is approaching but what season of our lifetime is approaching—the season when our frailties and diminishments come upon us like the storms of winter.

Our arts critic travels to New York City to see “Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror,” the most comprehensive retrospective to date of the South Carolina-raised artist, is made up of nearly 500 works that have been divvied up between the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where they will remain simultaneously through Feb. 13.

Promising one’s love is always risky, and a couple in the acute care unit of the Sacramento VA Medical Center knew that truth better than most.

Mount Zion AME, a historically Black congregation, has joined with the predominately White St. Stephen's Episcopal to launch the Micah Project, a lunchtime Bible study that offers a platform where people can have respectful dialogue around issues that have become divisive.

Effusive. Over the top. Bursting at the seams. In short, maximalist. We asked for a lot this week, but these submissions took the topic to the max. 

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