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Even with Help, Poor Students Lag Behind Wealthier Districts

February 15, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Education in S.C. needs a closer look.

A report on South Carolina’s $65 million dollar a year program that offers free 4K to underprivileged school districts, shows that even with the extra program, children who attend still lag behind other students from wealthier school districts. The study, which was...

Extended Interviews On Sex Education Bill

February 12, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Sex Education in S.C. is under review.

The Comprehensive Health Act was passed in the late 1980s mandating that sex education be taught in public schools in South Carolina. This session, a new bill amending the sex education practices in the state was put forth in the House, where it passed quickly. The bill...

Lexington Latin Teacher Earns Prestigious Milken Educator Award and $25,000

February 11, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
apple on stack of books in front of chalk board

Lexington Middle School teacher, Kimberly Freeman, was announced a recipient of the Milken Educator Award on Feb. 9, 2016, reports a release from the Milken Educator Awards. Freeman, a Latin instructor and the language department chair at the middle school, was surprised...

Changes to S.C. Teen Health Face Objection

February 11, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Vaccines given to teen.

Two bills dealing with teen health have stalled in the Senate after a speedy passage in the House. The two bills, one that would amend the current Comprehensive Health Education law and the Cervical Cancer Prevention bill, had objections placed on them by two Upstate...

Politicking In South Carolina

February 10, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
State House Lobby

It was one of those blustery, cold days we don’t often see in the Midlands of South Carolina. I’d travelled to downtown Columbia to get as close as possible to the State House. In this political season, so much is going on, and the State House is often ground zero. It was...

Gas Prices Hit 40 Cents Lower than 2015

February 8, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Gas Pump

South Carolina drivers are saving a little bit of money this year at the pump. According to an article in the Post and Courier , prices “dropped another 2.8 cents” to the average of $1.56 per gallon. Compared to last year’s prices, drivers are paying 40 cents less per...

Infrastructure Repairs Still Up for Debate

February 8, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
pot hole in the road

The issue of crumbling roads and bridges throughout the state of S.C. has been a glaring issue for many years. The historic flooding that the state faced last October pushed the issue of how lawmakers plan to solve the problem to the forefront. The bill was passed by the...

FEMA’s Role in Repairing SC Roads Due to Historic Flood

February 5, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Flooding

The historic flooding that S.C. experienced last year has brought the issue of the crumbling infrastructure to the forefront of the Legislative Session. While a roads and bridges bill is underway in the Senate , many people are wondering what role FEMA will play in aiding...

TD Bank Brings 300 New Jobs to Greenville

February 4, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
TD Bank sign

TD Bank, which arrived in Greenville just over five years ago, plans to add 300 jobs to the town over the next year, reports The Greenville News . The bank, which previously committed to 1,400 jobs at its regional service center located on Interstate 85, currently employs...

Inside the Meaning of Dreams: An Interview with a Dream Teacher

February 1, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Dream Teacher

Justina Lasley is trying to wake up the world. She is an author and founder of the Institute for Dream Studies. Her mission: to tell everyone in the world of the transformative power of his or her nightly dreams. So far, she's making good on her mission by writing multiple...

Tax Season Tips

February 1, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Katie Geer
Tax Season

It’s tax season, and while you’re probably pretty excited about getting a tax refund, the IRS is now warning of scams that could take your identity this tax season. The main thing the IRS is warning people to be on the lookout for is fake emails and phone calls that are...

Remaining Disaster Recovery Centers to Close

January 27, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
flooding, roads

FEMA will close its three remaining disaster recovery centers this Friday, January 29. Victims of the October floods still needing asistance can call the FEMA hotline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. The hotline can be used to: Ask questions about FEMA decision letters...

Fort Mill High School Student Featured on a National TV Series

January 27, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Football

Since seventh grade, Lexi Dressing has been tackling gender stereotypes as the only girl on her school football team. Now a junior, Lexi is the kicker for Nation Ford High School’s varsity team. Lexi’s story was featured on the PBS series, Outside the Box . PBS Student...

Winter Weather Operations Scaling Back

January 23, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Ice

Most of the winter weather has left the Palmetto State and as of midday today, the State Emergency Operations Center returned to normal operations. The National Weather Service predicts some light snow for the remainder of the day in parts of the state, but temperatures...

Winter Weather Continues to Hit Parts of South Carolina Saturday Morning

January 23, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Snow

Parts of South Carolina are continuing to be hit with snow and sleet making travel unpredictable. The Upstate areas are being hit the most. Snow and ice fell Friday with more expected in northwest South Carolina. The system is expected to end Saturday afternoon. State...

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