The Advocate

Jay Williams, Jr.

When the carriages bring fresh loads of tourists down King Street south of Broad, a driver may announce that the Board of Architectural Review has preserved these historic districts since 1931.

A century of economic challenges, aided by visionary preservationists and the BAR saved Charleston’s old houses and buildings from demolition. That preservation movement sparked Charleston’s fame and become a magnet for growth.

Today that growth is a mixed blessing — overwhelming the BAR and the defenses that protect our history and the city itself.

By Patra Taylor

In an industry that runs on ratings, the host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight seems indifferent to the numbers game playing out around him. Instead, the political junkie constantly focuses on his next show … on finding his next guest and preparing for that next on-air conservation about to unfold. When the lights go up and the cameras turn on, the host takes action — donning the mantle of “the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness and groupthink” before lobbing his first pointed question at his guest, hoping to ignite a spirited debate that engages his growing audience in the process.

It’s game on.

By Charles W. Waring III

Meet the guy who sat just a few feet from President Trump and his family at the recent inauguration. Indeed, he not only has access to the new president and his team, he is also co-chairman of Gov. Henry McMaster’s transition team. Standing astride both national and Palmetto State politics equally — and adroitly — he is South Carolina’s “Man of the Moment.”

At the kind introduction of Elizabeth Sher, our famed outdoor photographer, yours truly met Ed McMullen several years ago. I soon learned that Ed enjoyed a few of my own favorites — the shooting sports, politics and Italian cuisine — but I had no idea that Ed would soon be influencing the national and state political worlds in ways unexpected from an unassuming old-school gentleman. I saw no “hungry-like-the-wolf” killer instincts that most operatives have; instead, I observed a sharp mind and genteel demeanor.

The Advocate

By Jay Williams, Jr.


More change is coming to Charleston. But many residents say there’s no plan to manage it, that the existing rules aren’t being enforced and that the city has reached — or passed — the tipping point from being a livable, working small city to a bustling tourist town.

By Roger Pinckney XI

The wind was out of southeast and it smelled like a storm. You come up around here and you’ll know how a storm smells, how it feels and how it sounds. Cool for this time of year, a rising wind sighing through the Spanish moss, a particular rustle in the live oak tops, an electric crinkle at the end of your nose. The boy didn’t know what it was, but he smelled it too.

The Advocate


By Jay Williams Jr.

Could anything impact Charleston’s future more than the proposed new 100,000-square-foot cruise terminal at Union Pier? Yes. There’s the possibility that citizens’ rights to protest any public controversy could be diminished in the legal process. There may be a trend in the South Carolina courts to do just that.

By Peg Eastman

This year Burbage’s will celebrate 70 years of continuous operation as a neighborhood grocery store. It is a venerable Charleston institution, one that started in 1946 when Robert A. Burbage and his brother, John Henry, opened their first corner store on Ashley Avenue.

Mercury newspaper racks are located at the following locations:

The Meeting Street Inn

Clair's Service Station at 334 Folly Rd.

Harris Teeter on Houston-Northcutt Blvd.

The Square Onion in I'On

Mt. Pleasant Library on Mathis Ferry Rd.