Kaitlyn Park

Hundreds of South Carolinians Gather at Reformation Lutheran for Candlelight Vigil

June 15, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
Congregation sits at vigil, altar lit in rainbow colors

Monday evening at 6 p.m., hundreds gathered at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, S.C. for a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of the Orlando shooting victims. In the early hours of Sunday morning, 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, were...

Wells Fargo Visits W.F. Sandel Elementary to Teach Children to Save

June 1, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
children learn about saving in classroom

On May 12, 2016, Wells Fargo Team Members visited W.F. Sandel Elementary in Columbia, S.C., as part of the bank’s Teach Children to Save Campaign. Teach Children to Save is a national program sponsored by the American Bankers Association (ABA). Bank volunteers speak with...

Malfunction Junction Improvements Added to Senate Roads Bill

April 21, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
heavy traffic

Under the road-spending plan that the Senate’s budget panel approved on Wednesday, April 20, Malfunction Junction, considered the state Transportation Department’s No. 1 priority since 2008, would be fixed, reports The State . The plan would provide around $4 billion for...

US Quidditch Cup 9 Brings Cash to Columbia

April 21, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
young students playing the game Quidditch

U.S. Quidditch Cup 9 brought the world of Harry Potter to Columbia for the first time last weekend, Apr. 16 and 17, and brought with it an economic boost to the Columbia area. The game is a mix of rugby, dodgeball and tag, according to the U.S. Quidditch website. The...

Tax Day is Fast Approaching: The Opportunities and Changes You Need to Know

April 15, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
tax forms

With Tax Day, Monday, Apr. 18, the filing deadline for IRS tax returns, growing closer with every moment--even with three extra days to get your taxes in, many may still have some questions regarding filing 2015 taxes. Carolina Money spoke with Rosemary Wright; a Senior...

Sons of South Carolina: The Mobros’ Homecoming

April 14, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
Image of Patrick and Kelly Morris on stage

With a catalog that wakes the spirits of the likes of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, vibrant harmonies, a lush wall of sound and often haunting lyrics, it is not surprising that the past few years have been good to the genre bending Mobros. Since 2013, the group was hand-...

Drivin' n' Cryin's Rock Finds Roots in the South

March 9, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
Poster for concert with Drivin n Cryin

The words southern rock can evoke a myriad of emotions, reflections and sounds, depending on whom you speak to. Swells of wailing guitars at a concert, dulcet tones and harmonies from the radio on an afternoon drive, or even just a feeling you get; access to a memory when...

South Carolina Entities Taking Bold Steps to Affect Climate Change

February 22, 2016 - Posted in SCETV by 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...

“Pork and Politics”: Hudson’s Smokehouse and the Campaign Trail

February 19, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park

As the Republican and Democratic primaries, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 respectively, draw near; the visibility of Presidential candidates has increased more and more, from posters to canvassing, and even candidate visits to local forums and restaurants. One restaurant, in...

Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission Relocating to Richland County

February 18, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park

Dominion Resources, Inc., a national producer and transporter of energy, is currently making an effort to expand its operations in the Southeast. The company recently committed to a $10.9 million investment to relocate Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission headquarters to...

Millennials More Likely to Cohabitate Before Marriage: Crunching the Numbers

February 15, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
Couple buying their new home

Several studies in recent years have found that millennials are more likely than previous generations to live together and even buy a home before marriage. The Pew Research Center finds that while only 22 percent of millennials are married, compared to 29 percent of...

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...

Fresh Market and Ulta Coming to an Expanding Town of Lexington

February 8, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
Two construction workers looking at a construction paper

The Lexington Planning Commission has approved a site plan for a new commercial center in the Town of Lexington on Sunset Boulevard, reports ColaDaily . Expected to join the development are Hobby Lobby, Ulta, a cosmetics store, and The Fresh Market, which previously...

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...

South Carolina Among States to Delay State Tax Returns to Fight Fraud

January 25, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
W2 tax forms

South Carolina will be among the states, including North Dakota and Illinois, choosing to delay issuing tax refunds until after March 1, 2016, reports Forbes . The delay is part of an effort by the South Carolina Department of Revenue to ensure that taxpayers receive proper...