People and Community

S.C. State University Great, Willie Jeffries

December 11, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Coach Willie Jeffries

Willie Jeffries, a legendary football player and coach, broke barriers and records throughout his career, which began at S.C. State University in Orangeburg. This story is part of Tell Them We Are Rising #HBCURising campaign supported by the American Graduate: Let's Make It...

Hanukkah: Lighting the Darkness

December 11, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Menorah lights for Hanukkah

Rabbi Hesh Epstein of the Chabad of South Carolina explains Hanukkah and why this festival of lights is so important to the Jewish faith. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight nights and days. It starts on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar...

Christmas Tree Farmers Work Throughout the Year to Make December Green

December 5, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Christmas tree farmer Mike McCartha  shakes the debris from a tree before wrapping it up for the trip to his customer's home.

Mike McCartha and Bryan Price are tow two men who essentially make their entire year's livings in one month. They're Christmas tree farmers. It takes year-round to grow Christmas trees and successfully market them. Growers like McCartha and Price say they like seeing...

Chapin High School Principal Named 2018 National Principal of the Year

November 28, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Dr. Akil Ross during an assembly

Chapin High School’s principal, Dr. Akil Ross, has a mantra for the school, “We are a thousand passions with one heartbeat." He aims to foster an environment where students can be challenged, while pursuing their own interests. In a surprise assembly in October, Dr. Ross...

Tattoos Are a Growing Trend in South Carolina

November 27, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Tattoos are a growing trend among people from many walks of life in South Carolina.

Since tattoo parlors became legal in South Carolina in 2006, they have ridden a growing wave of popularity. No longer the province of sailors or convicts, tattoos are being worn by doctors, ministers, even grandmothers. Tattoo artist Scot “Spyder” Kudo says the range of...

Narrative: Growing Up as Preacher's Kids in Georgetown

November 21, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Henry "Harry" Bull Jr., Sarah Clarkson, and Margaret Clarkson, Columbia 2016

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project that collects the voices of our times. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Margaret Clarkson interviewed her uncle and mother about growing up in Georgetown, South...

Narrative: His Mother Dreamed of Having Her Own Family

November 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Scotty Barnes with his father, Scott Barnes, and his son, Richard Barnes, Columbia, 2016.

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Scott Barnes sat down with his son Scotty and his grandson Richard, to tell them...

S.C. Summer Camp Helping Students Combat Summer Learning Loss

November 9, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Camp iRock

Camp iRock is an innovative summer camp that helps children improve their reading abilities while having tons of summer camp fun. In the spring, the School District of Pickens County identifies rising 2nd, 3rd and 4th-graders who could use a boost in their reading abilities...

"I've Never Been Beaten Like That Before, In My Life": Former POW Leads Columbia Veterans Day Parade

November 8, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
Fort Jackson trainees during 2016 Columbia Veterans Day Parade.

50 years ago, Columbia resident Jack Van Loan was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Recently, Van Loan spoke with South Carolina Public Radio about the six years he spent in captivity. Today, the retired Col. of the U.S. Air Force is preparing to serve once again, this...

Chocolatiers Make South Carolina Life Sweeter

November 8, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Christina Miles cools chocolate in a mold from her vat of liquid chocolate.

Chocolate is one of life's great treats for most folks. Traditional, mass-produced chocolate candies have been enjoyed for generations, but lately, specialists have been making chocolates in South Carolina. Columbia chocolatiers Christina Miles and Joseph Vernon have...

Greenville Program Offers Students a Chance to Innovate!

November 6, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Students studying together after school

Innovate! is a program that celebrates and empowers students from third grade through high school with afterschool, summer and weekend programs. The program’s focus is to break the cycle of poverty of students in the west Greenville neighborhood one child at a time...

Reading Program Aims to Make Summer Count

November 3, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Make Summer Count

Reading well at a young age is the most important building block for later success in school and life. Make Summer Count is a summer program that helps close the achievement gap by giving children and families the resources they need to be able to read all summer long. The...

Narrative: A Father's Commitment to Value Each Day with His Sons

October 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Jonathan Dean and his father, Scottie Dean, Columbia 2016

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Scottie Dean talked with his son Jonathan about their family, and why he values...

SC Vietnam Veteran Discusses Time Served as OH-6A Pilot

October 23, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Cannon
Frank Walker

Lietuenant Colonel Frank Walker was born in Rock Hill, S.C. He reported to his assignment in the Republic of South Vietnam as an OH-6A Scout Pilot in November 1971. Walker talks about the first time he flew in Vietnam, and shares a humbling story about the courage of his...

Glen Ward Has Made Impressions a Lifetime of Fun

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
graphic of microphone

Humorist and inspirational speaker Glen Ward left a comfortable job at a bank 25 years ago and took a leap of faith into a venture he’d long been doing as a sideline – public speaking, including both inspirational messages and impressions of well-known personalities. It...

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