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Connie Barnard

Last month, we lost a dear friend, and one of the writers who helped shape Sasee into the magazine you love today. From the very first issue, back in 2002, Connie Barnard’s well written essays and interviews endeared her to readers. Connie reached out to Sasee publisher, Delores Blount, and marketing director, Susan Bryant, when […]

Well loved by readers, Connie Barnard was one of the first to grace Sasee with her fascinating interviews and stories.This month, to our great delight, Connie agreed to return to us with an update on her life! 15 years – Wow! What an honor it is to have been associated with Sasee since its first […]

Southern Revival – Lake City: New Life for a Small Town

Just a few years ago, Lake City looked like one of many sleepy former farm towns along the coastal plain. That’s because it was. Settled by Scots-Irish in 1736, the little hamlet was originally named Graham’s Crossroads for a farmer who owned the land around the country roads that intersected to connect Kingstree to Cheraw […]

High Seas Adventure II: Same Song, Second Verse

Once again, it’s me – writing to you from the Deep Blue Sea. Sasee readers may recall a piece I wrote a few years ago recounting our travel adventures on a freighter ship and the grand time my husband, Howard, and I had exploring our way from Savannah to Australia and New Zealand by way […]

The Ultimate Road Trip: One Local Family's Year off the Grid

Scott and Beth McNew’s friends and associates all agree: nobody saw it coming. “At first we were shocked,” their close friends Pete and Chris DeSantis confide as they recount Beth’s visit to their home to share her family’s plans to spend the next twelve months camping across North America. “The shock came not only from […]

La Petite Goffinet: The Story of a Name

Many of us have names with ties that bind us to the past. We carry around the history of a barely remembered relative, the admired friend of a parent, maybe even a film star from another era. Few, however, tell a story like that of Goffinet Hutton McLaren who was named in tribute to a […]

Living with Grace

By Connie Barnard

Living with Grace

Long Island in the Bahamas is a tiny string of land roughly 80 miles long and no more than four miles wide, an hour’s plane ride but a world away from its nearest neighbor, the boisterous resort center of Nassau. Nestled between the turquoise waters of the Atlantic and the silver blue of the Caribbean, […]

Full Court Press: Jaida Williams Brings Energy, Enthusiasm and Inspiration to Lady Chants Basketball

Jaida Williams’ stunning presence lights up any room she enters. First, there is her elegant six foot frame – which is hard to miss. Even more striking, however, is the new CCU Women’s Basketball coach’s marvelous smile which reflects genuine joy from deep within her. A phenomenal athlete in her own right, this dedicated young […]

Great Balls of Fire!

By Connie Barnard

Great Balls of Fire!

Nestled in the shadow of the Horry County Courthouse, in an unassuming storefront on Laurel Street, lies a big surprise. Do not be deceived by the modest sign reading “Conway Glass.” Entering this shop is like saying “Open Sesame” to a treasure trove of handcrafted glass. The studio’s owners, resident artists Ed and Barbara Streeter, […]

We Gather Together: A Family Rich in Love, Rich in Tradition

For Elizabeth Singleton Benton and her husband Lawton, there is a heightened sense of happy anticipation this year as their family gathers for Thanksgiving. For the first time in five years, they will all celebrate the holiday together. Lawton and Elizabeth’s daughter Louise, a junior at Clemson, will be home for the holiday. So will […]

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