Sallie Ann Robinson, the inspiration for "Ethel" in Pat Conroy's famous memoir, "The Water Is Wide," shares a story of her close friend. The duo were on a press tour to Oklahoma with the release of the movie version of the book. Robinson, of Savannah, Ga., was a sixth-grade student of Conroy's on Daufuskie Island, S.C. in the late 1960s. Robinson is the author of two story cookbooks, with a third set to be published soon.
William "Bill" Dufford of Columbia was Pat Conroy's principal at Beaufort (S.C.) High School in the early 1960s. Dufford spoke about Conroy Feb. 18, 2016, while in Bluffton for an art show opening for another former student, Doug Corkern. Conroy died Friday, March 4, 2016, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Esther Shaver, founder of E. Shaver, Bookseller in Savannah, Ga., recalls with amazement a Pat Conroy book signing at her store -- for Sallie Ann Robinson -- in which the famous author was reunited with his former students from Daufuskie Island, S.C. Mr. Conroy, Shaver says, was remarkable in his recall of each of his former pupils.
Clawing chest pains and a fiery car crash take one life and change the destiny of four others. The Stone Necklace braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a troubled homeless man, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways our lives touch one another and how, together, we can recover from even the greatest of losses.
Carla Damron weaves the stories of four people in Columbia, South Carolina, whose seemingly disparate existences intersect through tragedies realized and tragedies averted.
Heidi Todd was taken from her Johns Island, S.C., home Tuesday morning, police say. Here's how her kidnapping unfolded — and how her suspected kidnapper, Thomas Lawton Evans Jr., ended up 600 miles away in Madison County, Mississippi.
Seventeen people were killed when suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students said they heard the fire alarm go off and thought it was a drill. "We went outside," said student Manuel Barraza, "I heard gunshots. I thought it was firecrackers. But after I heard the last shot I was like oh, no." Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is in custody.