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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...

Follow SCEMD on Twitter

From: ETV

All hands on deck for shift change at the SC Emergency Operations Center. Hurricane

Keep up-to-date on Hurricane Irma by following official information from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Tweets by SCEMD

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

From: ETV

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 .

EOC: Resources Available for Back-to-School

From: Education

Bette Jamison

SC Education Oversight Committee logo

As students and families prepare for the new school year, please be aware that there are many resources available to help.

New on for September 2017

From: Education

Mimi Brown

Knowitall and LearningWhy - These Two Together - Better Than Ever!

This month, we share a new installment in our Let’s Go! series of 3D tours, The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon ! We feature Walter Edgar’s Journal and South Carolina from A to Z , and celebrate International Literacy Day , Hispanic Heritage , and Constitution Day . We remember those lost on 9/11/2001 and the many heroes who came forth, some sacrificing their own lives in the process.

ETV Program Highlights for September 2017

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Photo from Earth's Natural Wonders - Extreme Wonders

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In September, ETV will continue the Earth’s Natural Wonders series, feature new specials about 9/11 and showcase selected arts programs. Also, don’t miss new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood , ETV’s Palmetto Scene every Thursday and This Week in South Carolina every Friday. ETV is your destination for learning!

A Hero's Welcome Home: The Vietnam Experience

From: Palmetto Scene

Tabitha Safdi

Dog Tags from lost South Carolinians at the Vietnam Exhibit

Patriots Point brings the history of the Vietnam War to life in this fully immersive 2 ½ acre exhibit called the Vietnam Experience . From viewing dog tags at the beginning of the exhibit, 895 South Carolinian's died in the Vietnam War.

For a 360, immersive view of the exhibit, click here .

Set in a "Brown Water Navy" support base and a U.S. Marine Corps artillery fire base during the Tet Offensive...

SC Sends Emergency Assistance to Texas

From: This Week in South Carolina

Gavin Jackson

 South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams (SC-HART) have been deployed to Texas.

Helicopters and specialized teams are heading to Texas this week to assist with ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Tuesday that in response to Texas' request, the state is sending two helicopter aquatic rescue teams and 18 members of the state Forestry Commission’s incident management team.

The helicopter teams consist of two Black Hawk Army helicopters with a total of eight S.C. National...

UCI BMX World Championships Bring Economic Impact to Rock Hill

From: Palmetto Scene

Kaitlyn Cannon

BMX World Championships

Rock hill, South Carolina , has a growing sports tourism industry designed to bring significant economic impact to the area. About seven years ago, the city of Rock Hill started developing the Riverwalk community, with one of its major attractions being the BMX Supercross track . And, this past July, the City of Rock Hill hosted the UCI BMX World Challenge and World Championships .

Mayor Echols explains, “One of the things...

The Calhoun Times

From: ETV Shorts

Tabitha Safdi

The Calhoun Times

Founded in 1892, The Calhoun Times is a three-generation family newspaper business serving the residents of Calhoun County. The weekly paper has subscribers not only all over the state but across the nation.