More ice than you can fit in your tea: Charleston via Instagram

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Via Mary Catherine James click for link.

I’m sorry it’s been a couple of weeks since I last put together a (supposedly) weekly Instagram gallery.

As you know we had a little bit of ice a week ago that caused a bit of a mess.

I’m going to ignore the fact that no one seemed to notice the gallery’s absence and take solace in all of the great photos tagged with #postandcourier.

Another strong week with, believe it or not, quite a few ice shots you might not have seen yet, like this leaf photo from Mary Catherine James.

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Charleston’s Darius Rucker uses Twitter to respond to fans, critics

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When he’s not singing, Darius Rucker is often tweeting. Post and Courier/file.

Following celebrities on Twitter is usually a one-way street. Not only do they rarely follow you back, you’re lucky to ever get a response.

Take Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, for instance: 90 million followers between them and most of their tweets range from self-promotion to mundane.

That’s why it’s refreshing to see celebrities like Charleston’s own Darius Rucker take the time to respond to both fans and critics on Twitter, as he did Saturday.

Rucker let loose some fun facts you might not have already known, such as: he never signs autographs with ‘Hootie’, his golf handicap is a 6.9 and his favorite winter sport is curling. You can also find out what happens if a woman throws her panties at him while he’s on stage.

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Ravenel Bridge blocked – A short history as told through social media

By Wade Spees/

By Wade Spees/

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is kind of like the power at your house. You don’t realize how much the Lowcountry relies on it until it’s shut off.

Since it opened in 2005, the Ravenel Bridge has been closed for extended periods of time only a handful of times.We’ve seen it most recently with the ice and #Ravalanche falling ice situations last week.

With the rise of social media over that same span, each of the incidents has been pretty well documented as people use it to seek and pass along information. For old time’s sake, here’s a look back at the previous high-profile bridge closings:

On Friday, police say Phillip DeClemente fled from a traffic stop and later called police to tell them he was waiting to surrender on the Ravenel Bridge – the same spot in which he led a with police nearly two years earlier. The original Storify story about it was viewed more than 140,000 times.

The bridge was blocked again for several hours seven months ago when police say another man threatened suicide. The incident pretty much shut down the town of Mount Pleasant for the duration, as you can see here. The incident also led to this now famous picture from Post and Courier photographer Grace Beahm Continue reading

Last week’s Charleston Instagram photos: The calm before the winter storm

Via Mark Swick.

Via Mark Swick.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking about snow. Ice.

Frozen fountains. Snow-covered palmetto trees. Kids beaming each other with snowballs.

Photo ops.

I totally get you. But the winter weather isn’t here yet, so sit back and enjoy some great photos from the last week.

We’ve got a pretty good mixture of skyporn, architecture and even some human-made snow.

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How did Charleston Police end up in this viral Justin Bieber meme?


At first glance, this picture circulating social media (Twitter especially) seems like just another joke aimed at boy singer Justin Bieber, who was arrested in Miami on charges of DUI and resisting arrest.

But anyone familiar with Charleston, if you look a little closer, will notice that those are Charleston police officers giving that little boy a pretend ticket. (Hat tip to Jared Smith – coiner of #warontouror – who noticed it before I did).

Where did the photo originally come from? I emailed Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis who said the photo was taken by the child’s father but his name was not immediately available.

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Charleston trick shot is a SportsCenter Top 10 hopeful

Should this video showing 12-year-old Jackson Stebbins kicking a football into a basketball net appear on SportsCenter? Proud mom Ellen Stebbins from here in the Charleston area believes so.

Stebbins said her son, a soccer player who attends Moultrie Middle School, had been practicing the shot for about an hour Saturday when she went out to check on him. He said, “I’m going to get it in the net, I’m going to get it in the net.”

He gave his mom a hug, flipped the football and made the shot. “The power of a mom’s hug,” she said.

Stebbins is asking for your support to help Jackson’s video get some air time. You can retweet it below:

As of publication the video had 6 views. How many did it have when you watched it the first time?

Charleston social media reacts to rickshaw sting; #WarOnTouror becomes a thing


By Wade Spees/

The #WarOnTouror has arrived, according to Twitter.

The hashtag popped up not long after Schuyler Kropf at The Post and Courier broke the story about the Charleston police sting that resulted in one rickshaw driver getting a $1K ticket.

The snark only continued from there as you can see on the Storify I created (Slideshow version here).

There was also a lot of incredulous reactions on The Post and Courier’s Facebook page. I’ve included some of those, too.

Update 1: Credit for coining the phrase goes to Jared Smith.

Update 2: A tour guide responds in a Continue reading

Icy fountains to cool rainbows – this week on Charleston Instagram

fountainWhat a long, strange week it’s been. Frigid temps, incredible sunsets, crazy clouds and, just to cap things off, a rainbow Thursday.

Combine that with the beaches and classic Charleston architecture it was a picturesque week.

Thanks everyone for participating this week.

Keep tagging your pics with #postandcourier and tell your friends.

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Rolling blackouts, frozen fountains: Coldapocalypse hits Charleston

zoellerfountainRolling blackouts, schools without power, frozen fountains.

It was a surreal day in the Lowcountry Tuesday.

See what it looked like through social media and how people responded to not having any power.

P.S. We’re also building a reader gallery over at the mothership.

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If it walks like a duck, it must be time for the weekly Charleston Instagram photo gallery

Via @el_cliente

Via @el_cliente

Lots of great stuff this week: a duck on a leash, obscure Charleston architecture and Lowcountry skies.

Speaking of skies, this week’s weekly photo assignment (in which we pick a pic to run in the newspaper every Saturday) is Lowcountry clouds. Send your best #skyporn pic to by noon Tuesday (Jan. 7).

Finally, we have a new Instagram hashtag for you foodies (I’m guessing they don’t want my Shoney’s pics). The hashtag is #firstbitechs. Food writer Hanna Raskin has the details on her blog.

Anyway, here are this week’s pics. Keep using #postandcourier Continue reading