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Richland and Lexington Counties Get Federal Aid for Flood Recovery

From: Carolina Money

Krishna Thakker

Houses under water, result of the 2015 flood

South Carolina has received $157 million in federal aid to help fund flood repairs. Government agencies will receive 62 percent of the funds and the rest will be split between Lexington County, Richland County, and the city of Columbia.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Julian Castro, pointed out in a report that the state will receive about $97 million, Richland County will receive $23.5 million, Lexington will get $16...

Facial Hair Club Raises Money for a Good Cause

From: Palmetto Scene

Tabitha Safdi

Midlands Whisker Society

It’s not just a monthly fad of “no-shave November” anymore. According to Jerimi Miller, President of the Midlands Whisker Society, the acceptability of facial hair in society today is here, and it’s here to stay for a while.

The Midlands Whisker Society is a social club located in Columbia that celebrates the growth and development of facial hair. They recently hosted a facial hair competition for a good cause. Proceeds collected at the event...

President's Corner Monthly Newsletter, March 2016


The Chuck Wagon Gang

Dear Viewers and Listeners:

This spring, SCETV’s Festival offers exceptional, thought-provoking programming from March 5–20. New specials such as The Chuck Wagon Gang, Celtic Woman: Destiny, and The Patient’s Playbook with Dr. Leslie Michelson join favorites including Remembering the Carpenters, Burt Bacharach’s Best and Lawrence Welk’s God Bless America for two weeks of enlightening entertainment.

We are very excited to introduce our new SCETV App, available from the iTunes App Store or the...

Flood Recovery Efforts Continue in the Midlands

From: Carolina Money

Marina Ziehe

House destroyed by the 2015 flood

Since 1996, Home Works of America , a Columbia, S.C.-based nonprofit, has been providing free home repairs to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged home owners across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Their goal is to repair homes, while assisting youth in their development and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members. Volunteers include youth and adults, skilled and unskilled, from a variety of faith backgrounds and organizations.

After the Great Flood...

Jennifer Pinckney Remembers Night of Tragedy

From: Palmetto Scene

Aimee Crouch

Jennifer Pinckney

Recently, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University hosted a conversation with Jennifer Pinckney, the late Clementa Pinckney’s wife, and two of his dear friends, Rev. Kylon Middleton and Rev. Chris Vaugh. The conversation, Reflections on Charleston , moderated by Duke Divinity School's Office of Black Church Studies' Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, ranged from the events of that fateful night to forgiveness and moving forward. Here, Jennifer Pinckney recalls that night last June...

ETV Education Services Survey 2015-16: Results and Winners!

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Teacher with students using tablet

Thank you! Over 1400 educators across the state participated in the recent Education Services Survey 2015-16 and we appreciate the valuable input! ETV asked K-12 teachers, staff and administrators to provide feedback on services to better meet the needs of our professionals who touch the lives of our students every day.

Here are some samples of what we learned from the ETV Education Survey 2015-16:

78.7% use the Internet in daily...

Clinton Wins Big in SC

From: Palmetto Scene

AB Madden

Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by a huge margin on Saturday in the S.C. Democratic Primary.

The 73.5 percent win for Clinton does not come as a surprise, due to her expected support from minority voters in the state. MSNBC reports that African Americans made up 61 percent of the voter turnout on Saturday, proving that Clinton’s campaign has a strong advantage over Sanders’ among minority groups. Clinton was endorsed...

ETV Summer Hands-On, Week-Long Technology Classes

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Photo of adults in a computer class

Want hands-on technology training that will provide 60 renewal credits and allow your teachers to walk away with abundant and valuable knowledge to help them have a fresh start for the new school year? It is never too early to make plans to earn your renewal credits. Help us spread the word!

ETV is providing week-long classes this summer in districts across the state! These trainings focus on using and creating video, quick...

EOC Reports - Grants Awarded to Districts Focused on 4K Quality

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Teacher with kindergarten students reading a book

Last week, grants for the South Carolina Community Block Grant for Education Pilot Program were awarded to eight school districts throughout the state. Awardees include the school districts of Cherokee, Chesterfield, Clarendon 2, Florence 1, Florence 2, Jasper, Lexington 3, and Spartanburg 7.

Proviso 1.78 of the 2015-16 General Appropriations Act created the program with a focus on "improving children's readiness for kindergarten by enhancing the quality of state-funded full day 4K programs and...

Free Summer Camp for Young Filmmakers - Information Session March 19

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Graphic for Free Summer Camp for Filmmakers Charleston

Come learn about the FREE Summer Camp for Young Filmmakers in the INFORMATION SESSION for interested students in grades 4-8, and their families and teachers.

The required INFORMATION SESSION will be held March 19, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

The Free Summer Camp for Filmmakers will be held August 1-5 at the Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston. It is an exciting opportunity for students in...

Georgia O’Keeffe: A Woman on Paper


Glenn Rawls

American artist Georgia O’Keeffe

American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) has been called the “Mother of American Modernism,” well-known for her flowing, colorful works of flowers and plants as well as Southwestern landscapes. In November 2014, her painting Jimson Weed, White Flower No. 1 was auctioned for $44.4 million dollars, making it the highest-selling work of art by a female artist. Her journey turns out have distinctly South Carolina roots, explored in CAROLINA STORIES : Georgia O'Keeffe, A Woman on...

Bee City, USA

From: ETV Shorts

Bee City

Located between Summerville and Walterboro, Bee City is a honeybee farm and petting zoo. Bee City's focus is to educate the public on the imprtance of honeybees. The petting zoo is a main attraction with animals from monkeys and lemurs to wallabies and llamas.

PBS LearningMedia Resources Explore Frontiers of Engineering!

From: Education

Mimi Brown

children in science museum learning about air

Explore the frontiers of engineering with PBS! Featured PBS LearningMedia resources highlight careers in engineering and offer students a look at what it takes to design rockets, jets, and 3D printers.

How to Build a Rocket and Think Like an Engineer

Do young children have a natural ability, fueled by their own curiosity, to pose problems and invent solutions? If children are to develop the ability to investigate, ask and test questions,...

Jennifer Pinckney Honors Late Husband Through Foundation

From: Palmetto Scene

Aimee Crouch

Sen. Clementa Pinckney

Jennifer Pinckney, wife of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney, recently spoke at Duke University, along with Reverend Kylon Middleton and Reverend Chris Vaughn, friends of the family. Their message was of hope and forgiveness after the tragedy at Mother Emanuel in Charleston last June. Jennifer explains that through the Senator Clementa Pinckney Foundation, she is able to carry on her husband's work of being the “voice for the voiceless.”

For more information on the...

The Growing Trend of Facial Recognition Technology: It’s Not Just for Law Enforcement

From: Palmetto Scene

Tabitha Safdi

Customer Service

Many of us have watched those TV dramas where the investigators use facial recognition to catch the bad guys. It’s something that actually happens and it’s not just used in law enforcement. Many private businesses are using this technology to garner more business and to create a more personalized shopping experience.

In a recent article in Consumer Reports , many businesses across Europe are currently using facial recognition technology as a means for improving...

Q&A | Economics and Education: A Conversation with Courtney Epting

From: Carolina Money

Andrea Esselman

Courtney Epting

Courtney Epting works with SC Economics , a support system for South Carolina teachers that is partnered with the South Carolina Department of Education. SC Economics provides free professional development opportunities to teachers that help them to build confidence in what they teach, and a deeper understanding of how economics can be used in the classroom. SC Economics also focuses on students in grades K-12, providing games and competitions, which promote interest in economics...

New USC Student Housing Complex Coming to Columbia

From: Carolina Money

Krishna Thakker

Construction Site

According to , a new student housing complex is being built near Williams Brice Stadium for students of the University of South Carolina. Dovetail Development, which is based in Athens, Georgia, will begin construction of Wildwood Columbia by July 2016.

Wildwood Columbia will consist of 17 buildings with 327,000 square feet of residences and a 7,500 square foot clubhouse. spoke with Dovetail Consultant Mike Swope, who said the dorms will...

SC Center for Teaching about Asia – Free for Teachers!

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Screen shot of SC Center for Teaching About Asia website

The South Carolina Center for Teaching about Asia (SCCTA), headquartered at Furman University, is associated with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) funded by the Freeman Foundation.

The purpose of SCCTA is to work with South Carolina school districts to enhance instruction on Asia throughout the curriculum, especially in world history, social studies, geography, and language arts courses. The faculty teams working with SCCTA seminars are drawn from among Asian specialists on...

SC Grandmother Fights HIV/AIDS in PBS Film


Glenn Rawls

Wilhemina Dixon, worries about her granddaughter Dayshal, born HIV positive

Meet Wilhemina Dixon from Williston, South Carolina, a one-woman army fighting for her family’s survival, in a new film from Independent Lens . Wilhemina’s War shows the devastating toll of the scourge of HIV/AIDS, one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south. Shot over the course of five years, the film bears witness to the resilience and determination of the human spirit in the face of tremendous adversity. Wilhemina’s...

It's a New Adventure! Sesame Street for Military Families - Transitions

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Sesame Street Transitions for Military Families characters

The Adventure Campaign

Big changes can make for a real adventure story! Whether your family has transitioned or is currently transitioning out of the military, resources from Sesame Street can help along the way.

That's why we've created The Adventure Campaign , an e-newsletter just for transitioning military and veteran families filled with fun activities and useful tips to help you and your kids navigate changes as a team. Get your adventure...

ETV Highlights for March 2016

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Photo of 7 men in space suits

PBS Space Week: The first week of March, PBS explores space!

March 1 at 9:00 p.m. on ETV: American Experience: Space Men

This new program is about the first high-altitude explorers (Repeats March 2 at 10:00 p.m. on ETVW)

March 2 at 8:00 p.m. and March 3 at 10:30 p.m. on ETV: A Year In Space

This program is kid-friendly, pairs nicely with Ready Jet Go ! It follows NASA astronaut Scott...

Donald Trump Wins SC Primary

From: Palmetto Scene

AB Madden

vote button

The South Carolina primary contest for the Republican Party gave Donald Trump his second victory over the other candidates. NBC News reports that by winning the First in the South Primary, Trump added “legitimacy to a campaign that many wrote off, since even before he officially announced in June.”

Trump’s victory gives him an added boost, heading into Nevada caucuses this week and Super Tuesday next week.

When addressing his supporters in Spartanburg...

First Food Truck Court to Open in Columbia

From: Carolina Money

Marina Ziehe

Owners of The Belgian Waffle Truck standing in front of their food truck.

The food truck trend, a phenomenon in big cities all across the United States, starts to catch on in Columbia, South Carolina. Meeting Street in West Columbia is about to receive a new food truck court, the Hemi Food Truck Court , on March 14.

Several local food trucks, including The Belgian Waffle Truck , Brain Freeze Italian Ice and CupSide Down Cafe & Deli , have commited to joining Hemi Food Truck Court....

South Carolina Entities Taking Bold Steps to Affect Climate Change


Kaitlyn Park

South Carolina pier at the ocean with swelling tides

In 2015, the United Nations Climate Conference passed the historic Paris Agreement, signed by representatives of 196 nations. This agreement, combined with the scientific findings on climate change, is a testament to the international consensus that climate change and its effects are to be addressed with urgency, in order to assure a habitable planet for future generations.

Six months previous to the U.N. Conference, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the U.S. Department...

Two SC Museums Receive Awards

From: Palmetto Scene

K. Blackwell

The S.C. Museum wins prestigious award.

Two S.C. museums have earned prestigious awards this year. The winners are the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia and Colleton Museum and Farmers Market in Walterboro.

The South Carolina State Museum was awarded the Governor’s Cup, which is the highest tourism award. It received this award for the planetarium and observatory, along with other expansions, according to an article in the Post and Courier . As a result of the expansion in 2015,...