Category: Expert Advice

Buckled Up? Seat Belt Usage Higher in SC Than NC

North Carolina – once a national leader in seat belt usage – saw usage drop from 89.5% to 87.5% last year. However, 4 of every 10 people killed in a North Carolina vehicle crash through July 2013 were unrestrained, the same percentage as last year. Through June, North Carolina traffic deaths had declined 2.5%. In […]

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Category: Carolinas

Haunted Sites: Explore the Spookiest Spots in the Carolinas

Haunted places in the Carolinas? Ghosts range north to south; mountains to coast. Pick your route and prepare for the scare. North and South Carolina share a vibrant history, good and bad, of colonization, pirating, slavery and warfare. Team that with ruthless industrialization, the happenstance of death through fire or accidents, and premeditated incidents like […]

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Category: Europe, World

St. Petersburg: A Russian History of Opulence

Growing up during the Cold War, I was captivated by what was then called the USSR, and by St. Petersburg in particular. It was said to be one of the most beautiful cities on earth, a place where buildings so ornate as to be works of art themselves held treasures worthy of an empire. But […]

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Panama: Perusing a Multi-Faceted Culture

Touching down in Panama for the first time, the vision of streets and buildings being hammered and shoveled into completion assaults your senses. Nearly every corner of Panama City appears to be under urgent construction. Famous for the legendary Panama Canal, this Central American boomtown has parlayed its position between two continents and transformed into […]

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Category: Carolinas

Pee Dee Region: Small-Town Charm and Natural Beauty

When most Carolinians consider the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, two landmarks jump to mind – the classic Darlington Raceway and the one-of-a-kind South of the Border. While both are great reasons to visit the area, there is a lot more to this corner of the state than just racing and souvenir splendor. It […]

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Category: Expert Advice

A New Cabin Air Filter is a Breath of Fresh Air

Every day on the roadways, we’re exposed to a variety of air pollutants, from exhaust fumes to pollen to mold spores, which get trapped inside the car’s cabin. Pollutants can collect inside your vehicle at concentrations up to 10 times higher than the outside air. If you suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, […]

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Category: Expert Advice

Do You Have Enough Life Insurance?

A life insurance needs analysis is the key to determining how much coverage your family would need if you died. Think about the answer to these questions: What would life be like financially for your loved ones if you were no longer there? Would they be able to maintain their standard of living? Would they […]

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Category: Expert Advice

Ford’s New C-Max Energi is Plug-in Plus Hybrid

In the automotive struggle to be green, Ford adds ammunition to its marketing guns with the 2013 C-Max and C-Max Energi midsize five-passenger hatchback sedans, ready to challenge Toyota’s Prius and the Chevrolet Volt. The C-Max Energi, our test-drive and about $7,000 more than the C-Max, has a triple-threat powertrain, meaning it can operate on […]

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