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Governor McMaster Irma Update: 09/11/2017 2 p.m.


Kaitlyn Park

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Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference at 2 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, from South Carolina's Emergency Management Division.

"We are very proud of the way citizens have responded to our urgings and warnings, and information. This has been a plan that has gone according to the way it was devised." Governor McMaster said.

Though Irma moved to the west out of direct damage to South Carolina, the governor advised, "It's...

VIDEO: Irma's Rain And Wind Arrive in South Carolina

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

Folly Beach around high tide on Sept. 11, 2017.

The latest on now Tropical Storm Irma's effects in South Carolina (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

BEAUFORT -- Authorities are in the process of performing a damage assessment of roadways and causeways in the area that is expected to be completed Tuesday morning. Once it's completed a decision regarding reentry to the evacuated barrier islands will be announced.

Forecasts indicate that conditions may deteriorate again overnight and add to the current...

Road Into Rivers: Hurricane Irma at Isle of Palms

From: Palmetto Scene

Tabitha Safdi

Storm surge at Isle of Palms

ISLE OF PALMS - With heavy rain and winds peaking at 43 mph, residents of the Isle of Palms are weathering Hurricane Irma with bated breath. Some streets on the barrier island are turning into rivers. Isle of Palms Weather has reported 1.78 inches of rain since 12:00 AM.

Webcams are live on the deck at the The Windjammer .

Video courtesy of Brett Husley.

Coastal Devastation: Photos from Hurricane Irma

From: Palmetto Scene

Tabitha Safdi

Isle of Palms

Images from around the state of the devastation from Hurricane Irma.

Though storm has shifted, S.C. will still see impacts: Hurricane Irma Update 09/10/17 2 p.m.


Kaitlyn Park


Governor Henry McMaster addressed the public from South Carolina's Emergency Management Division on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2 p.m.

While the storm has moved more westward than originally anticipated, South Carolina is expected to still see impacts, particularly to the south and west of Interstate 26 (I-26).

Hurricane Irma made landfall along the lower Flordia Keys as a Category 4 hurricane. Irma has been approaching the southwest Florida coast, with...

The Latest: South Carolina Braces For Hurricane Irma Winds, Flooding

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

The scene from Folly Beach as wind from Hurricane Irma whips sand and waves on Sept. 10, 2017.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

BEAUFORT -- County officials are warning evacuees not to post information, including addresses, to social media about their vacant homes to prevent would-be thieves from targeting them.

The sunset to sunrise curfew remains in effect tonight and tomorrow night for the barrier islands of Beaufort County: Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, Harbour Island, Hunting Island and Fripp Island....

"Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst": Governor McMaster on Irma 09/09/17 2 P.M.


Kaitlyn Park

McMaster Press conference

Governor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Governor McMaster expressed his pride in the way that Team South Carolina had worked diligently to devise a “grand plan” to ensure the safety of South Carolinians in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

“You plan your work, and you work your plan.” the Governor said.

The National Hurricane Center...

The Latest: Curfew, Evacuation Order in Effect For Beaufort County Barrier Islands

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

Troopers and National Guard troops.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

BEAUFORT -- Sheriff P.J. Tanner announced that a dawn to dusk curfew is now in effect for Beaufort County barrier islands under the governor's evacuation order due to hazardous effects from Hurricane Irma headed this way.

The curfew takes effect this evening at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Daufuskie, Fripp, Harbor, Hilton Head and Hunting islands. It...

Riverbanks Zoo on Preparing for Hurricane Irma

From: Palmetto Scene

K. Park and T. Safdi

Riverbanks Zoo

Monkeys in offices and flamingos in public bathrooms? Those are just a few places where Riverbanks Zoo has housed animals during storms in the past.

With Hurricane Irma looming in the Caribbean, the staff at the zoo are continuing to work hard to make sure animals and their keepers are safe and sound through the possible heavy winds. It's something they've been preparing for since May.

John Davis, Curator of Mammals at Riverbanks...

Updated: Governor Orders Evacuation of Several Barrier Islands as Hurricane Irma Looms

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

Some Hurricane Irma preparations seen on Rainbow Row in Charleston on Sept. 8, 2017.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local):

8 p.m.

BEAUFORT -- County Sheriff P. J. Tanner said the barrier island order to evacuate took into account the four King Tides that will be occurring, from Sunday through Monday, when Hurricane Irma brings an expected four to six feet of storm surge and upwards of 10 inches of rain to the area.

"We expect tree damage probably a...

Hurricane Irma Closings

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

Hurricane Irma.

Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday that schools and government offices could be closed on Monday and Tuesday in some or all of the state's 46 counties. A decision on that is forthcoming. The following are current closings and other announcements related to Hurricane Irma:

County closings:

Berkeley County. Beaufort County. Charleston County. Colleton County. Dorchester County. Jasper County.

Offices will remain closed until further notice. All County public meetings and other scheduled...

State Public Hotline Activated

From: This Week in South Carolina


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Columbia, S.C. (Friday, Sept. 8, 2017) – Residents in South Carolina who have questions about Hurricane Irma can now call the state’s toll-free hotline. Operators with the Public Information Phone System (PIPS) are available 24 hours a day for as long as is needed.

If you have questions about Hurricane Irma, such as about the state’s response or safety precautions you should take, call this hotline:


Governor Tells South Carolinians to Prepare For Evacuation Ahead of Irma

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

Gov. Henry McMasters press conference on Sept. 7, 2017.

Residents in South Carolina’s coastal counties could be under a mandatory evacuation order by Saturday morning, days before Hurricane Irma is expected to reach the state.

Gov. Henry McMaster did order the evacuation of 143 health care facilities in Beaufort, Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Colleton, Jasper, Georgetown and Horry counties. The order includes hospitals and nursing homes.

Should the governor declare a mandatory evacuation, it would likely be at 10 a.m. on Saturday and...

President Declares State of Emergency for South Carolina

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

Hurricane Irma, center.

President Donald Trump issued a state of emergency declaration for South Carolina on Thursday afternoon, ahead of the expected effects of Hurricane Irma.

The move provides the state with federal funding assistance and resources in preparation for the Category 5 storm that is forecasted to hit the state on Monday.

“Thank you @POTUS for approving request for emergency declaration ahead of Irma,” McMaster tweeted. “State, local, & federal emergency personnel are ready to...

"You Just Concentrate on Staying Alive." SC Veteran Remembers the Vietnam War

From: Palmetto Scene

Tabitha Safdi

Army photo of Karl Naugle

From June 1969 through June 1970, Army Specialist 5th Class Karl Naugle served in the Vietnam War. As an artillery surveyor, his job was to drop into an area and mark the location for support cannons, defending the 125th Infantry.

In this video, he talks about what life was like halfway around the world, being in the middle of a bloody war, and what it was like coming home.

Naugle also talks about...

Telehealth Expands to Increase Access to Care in South Carolina

From: Telehealth

John Lewis

Telehealth patient having a live consult

The Brant family was searching for answers.

Baby Kynzie had wide-set eyes, and a small bridge to her nose. Her mother Lindsey recalled, “she was having pretty much all the same problems I was having.”

Lindsey Brant saw doctors for the same issues when she was a child, but she said she never got a proper diagnosis. Twenty-four years later, she learned her daughter’s diagnosis from more than 100 miles away....

SC Price Gouging Law In Effect Ahead of Hurricane Irma

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson implemented the state’s law against price gouging Wednesday.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson implemented the state’s law against price gouging Wednesday, following the governor’s state of emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Irma.

“With the possibility that Hurricane Irma could make landfall in South Carolina, our people have already started making preparations,” Wilson said in a statement. “We can expect normal price increases, but we may see businesses and individuals looking to unfairly take advantage of the situation through price gouging of...

State of Emergency Declared For SC Ahead of Irma

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

Gov. Henry McMaster holds a press conference on Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Wednesday ahead of possible effects from Hurricane Irma.

The precautionary move allows state agencies to begin coordinating resources ahead of the Category 5 hurricane that could affect South Carolina in the coming days.

No evacuation order was announced for coastal counties; however McMaster said if one does come, it could be as early as Friday.

McMaster said he will be asking President...

Administrators, Media Specialists & Teachers…Powerful, Engaging and Free PD!

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Teachers in computer class

ETV will come to your school to provide professional development workshops to meet your needs. These workshops are FREE for South Carolina public, charter, private, home schools, and higher education pre-service teachers. We encourage you to look at the current ETV PD Workshop offerings and contact ETV to set up a workshop for your teachers.

SC Veterans Recall Bob Hope and His Vietnam USO Shows

From: Palmetto Scene

Tabitha Safdi

Bob Hope during on of his USO shows

Starting in World War II, Bob Hope began a tradition of visiting troops during the holiday season. The United Service Organization (USO) started sending Hollywood and radio entertainers to perform. From 1964 to 1972, Hope included South Vietnam in is holiday season tours. According to , “Hope’s Vietnam engagements were among the most dangerous ever for the funnyman and his entertainers.”

Not all of the 2.5 million troops who served in the area...

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Former Rep. Jim Merrill Pleads Guilty, Cooperates with Corruption Probe

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

Former Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, in Judge Robert Hoods Columbia courtroom on Sept. 1, 2017.

Former Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, plead guilty Friday to one misconduct in office charge stemming from a public corruption probe into the South Carolina State House.

Merrill admitted his guilt to the one charge in Judge Robert Hood’s Columbia courtroom and was sentenced to one year of probation. The other 29 indictments against him will be dismissed pending his cooperation with state and federal investigators in the ongoing investigation.

Merrill is the first...

Understanding the Eclipse Through the Collection of Robert B. Ariail

From: Palmetto Scene

Kaitlyn Park

ancient text with sun and moon

While many eyes were focused to the skies on Monday August 21, 2017, those at the University of South Carolina Rare Books and Special Collections were focused on the past. The Irvin Department will be featuring an exhibition with highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy. Ariail was an amateur astronomer, and University of South Carolina alumni who donated more than 5,200 pieces now housed in the Irvin Department.

The exhibit...

President's Corner Monthly Newsletter, September 2017


Linda O'Bryon

Vietnam War photo

SCETV debuts our SCETV PBS Kids Channel, a brand new 24/7 channel dedicated to our youngest viewers. The SCETV PBS Kids Channel is available via antenna at our .4 channel position, and on select cable outlets. It will feature award-winning favorites such as Arthur, Wild Kratts , and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and will also be available online . Viewers will be able to watch the new channel as a live stream through

SCETV Kids Goes 24/7

From: Education

Glenn Rawls


South Carolina ETV has launched a new channel. SCETV PBS KIDS is a 24/7 channel for children that will be available via antenna in the .4 position. After the broadcast premiere, it will also launch online at .