Palmetto Scene

South Carolina Economist Expects Flat Growth Through 2017

March 31, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
economy

Unemployment is low and the economy is growing both nationally and locally, although according to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen , readings on the U.S. economy since the turn of the year have been somewhat mixed. The national economy is limping along at a fairly slow...

Additional Funds to Retain SC Teachers

March 30, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
SC State House

The S.C. House unanimously passed an amendment to the state budget that would allocate over $9 million to teachers in high-poverty areas. The school districts included in the plan have at least 80 percent of students living in poverty. The one-year funding is to help retain...

Thirsty for Some Homegrown SC Goodness? There's an App for That

March 28, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Milk from S.C. farms is featured on the new list of places to drink around S.C.

With summer right around the corner, the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism wants to get people out, tasting the best drinks the state has to offer. The new campaign is sporting the slogan “Satisfy Your Thirst” and is costing the agency about $65,000. The hope...

Roads Get Additional $400 Million in Funding

March 24, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
pothole in road

The S.C. House approved the state’s $7.5 billion dollar budget this week, and much of the debate surrounded the state’s failing infrastructure system. The approved budget allotted an extra $400 million dollars in road repairs. A gas increase, supported by Democrats, failed...

Native Americans Make Land Gains

March 21, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Native Americans make land gains.

Native Americans have been making land gains since 2009, totaling to about 400,000 acres, according to the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. President Obama pledged to place a total of 500,000 acres into trust for Native American tribes before his term as...

House Passes Tucker Hipps Transparency Bill and Senate Works to Help Farmers

March 17, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene
Senate looks to help farmers.

This week at the South Carolina State House, senators hoped to provide funding for state farmers who were crippled by last year’s historic flooding. The Senate Finance Committee met this week to discuss the current bill that would allow $40 million to be appropriated to...

New Domestic Violence Committee Bill Signed Into Law

March 16, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Governor Nikki Haley

On Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a bill that establishes a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. The committees, one in each of the 16 Solicitor Circuits, will identify and review all domestic violence deaths. The recommendations from these reviews...

SC Offshore Drilling Plan Canceled

March 16, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by AB Madden
Beach

South Carolina is among four southeastern states that will no longer be a part of the federal government’s offshore drilling plan. The U.S. Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, announced Tuesday that it has canceled its plans to allow oil and natural gas drilling along the...

Senate Passes Roads Bill, but Not Everyone is Happy

March 11, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Katie Geer
Senate looks to fund road repairs.

The roads in South Carolina may be one step closer to repair, but many lawmakers are unhappy with the current bill that passed through the Senate this week. The Senate gave the $400 million roads plan key approval with a 30-15 vote. This version of a roads bill does not...

“Life Pod” Offers Options for Affordable Housing

March 10, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Life Pod

Michael Weekes lives at the intersection of engineering and art. At those crossroads, he created the Life Pod, a 115 square foot tiny home of the future. In today’s mentality of doing less with more, Weekes has grown a greater sense of the earth. “In the last six months...

Homeless Artists Perform at Columbia "Silent Voices"

March 10, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Marina Ziehe
Homeless artists performing on stage

Homeless Helping Homeless is a nonprofit organization formed in Columbia in May 2010. Their mission is to help remove the negative stereotypes associated with homelessness, and to present the homeless as employable, respectable, responsible and productive citizens. Last...

Drivin' n' Cryin's Rock Finds Roots in the South

March 9, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
Poster for concert with Drivin n Cryin

The words southern rock can evoke a myriad of emotions, reflections and sounds, depending on whom you speak to. Swells of wailing guitars at a concert, dulcet tones and harmonies from the radio on an afternoon drive, or even just a feeling you get; access to a memory when...

The Many Hats of Edith Childs

March 9, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Edith Childs in hat

Greenwood's Edith Childs is the lady who gave President Barack Obama his "Fired Up, Ready to Go" campaign chant. She's a big fan of the President and she has a great love for hats, too. In fact, she has a hat to match every outfit.

Charleston Toy Boat Travels Far from Home

March 8, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by AB Madden
Students tracking boat

A toy boat created and launched by students at a Charleston elementary school was discovered off the coast of Britain. The boat, “Carolina Dreamer” was launched last May by students of the St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science. They tracked her journey for nine months...

Private Dam Owners Face Repair Struggles After Flood

March 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
23 S.C. roads still closed after historic flooding.

Hundreds of roads were washed out last year in historic flooding that hit parts of South Carolina, and while many of those roads are now open, roads that pass over washed-out privately owned dams are not. According to an article in The State , 23 roads are still closed, due...

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