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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...

Parts of South Carolina Experiencing Wintry Mess

January 22, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Ice and Snow

"Stay home if you can." That’s the warning for residents of Upstate South Carolina. A Winter Storm Warning is in place for the Upstate that means a quarter to a half-inch of ice and one to four inches of snow could accumulate. The weather prognosticators say that the...

Freezing Rain, Snow Hits Parts of S.C. as Winter Storm Sweeps In

January 22, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Freezing Rain

The National Weather Service is calling for hazardous winter weather in the parts of the Upstate beginning Friday morning with freezing rain and sleet, gradually changing to snow on Friday night and Saturday morning. In the Upstate, officials say travel conditions might...

Dangerous Winter Storm Forecast for South Carolina

January 21, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Ice

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for winter weather. The National Weather Service predicts freezing rain and ice accumulations in the Upstate and northern Midlands lasting into Saturday. State and local...

King Day at the Dome in Columbia, South Carolina

January 19, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Clinton

On the morning of January 18, at the S.C. State House, the annual King Day at the Dome was held for the first time without the presence of the Confederate flag. The event initially began on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2000, in protest to the flag flying on the State...

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