SC Features

Chimney Sweeping an Old Profession Still Relevant in the 21st Century

February 13, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Modern chimney sweeps use high-tech equipment to keep chimneys and homes safe and clean.

Where the old image of the chimney sweep is a skinny guy with a big brush covered with grime and soot, the modern chimney sweep is much cleaner and uses high tech equipment in the 21st century, according to two Columbia sweeps. There are about 30 chimney sweeps in the state...

Blue Cheese and Indian Legend Mark Two S.C. Mountain Attractions

February 7, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Issaqueena Falls.

The Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina are full of stories, both historic and legendary. The history of Clemson Blue Cheese began in Stumphouse Tunnel. The tunnel is near another popular tourist destination in Oconee County, Issaqueena Falls, named after a legendary...

USC Aiken Concert Showcases SC Composer's Works, Family Music-Making

February 5, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bradley Fuller
SC composer Richard Maltz and his son, the Vienna-based pianist Daniel Adam Maltz

Like father, like son. SC composer Richard Maltz thrives on linking family relationships to his passion for creating music. His son, the Vienna-based pianist Daniel Adam Maltz, isn’t so different. Daniel will give the premiere performance of his father’s piano concerto on...

Columbia Native Recalls His Time as NASA Astronaut and Agency Head

January 31, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Bolden as astronaut.

Columbia native Charles Bolden has had a remarkable career: Marine fighter pilot, commanding general in Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait, deputy commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Those distinctions are impressive enough, but he is best known for his work...

Narrative: A Songwriter's Musical Upbringing

January 11, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Musician and songwriter Jack "Jackie" Jeffords and his son Jason Jeffords, 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, Jason Jeffords talked with his father Jackie Jeffords about his life as a musician...

West Columbia Man Brings the Spirit of Christmas Alive as Santa Claus

December 18, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Arthur Erskine of West Columbia and friend.

Most men don’t frequent beauty parlors, but Arthur “Cotton” Erskine of West Columbia visits his every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas to prepare his hair and long beard for a role he’s portrayed for years: Santa Claus. “Santa Cotton,” as he is known, becomes the Jolly...

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...

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...

"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...

SCETV's In-Depth Look at the Folklore Surrounding "Alice" of the Hermitage

October 31, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Brandie Perron
Alice's Grave Marker In All Saints Cemetery

More than 150 years ago, the legend of Alice Flagg of the Hermitage began. This young lady from the banks of the inlet in Georgetown County has touched the lives of many, including the Chandler boys – who grew up sleeping in Alice’s room. Variations to the history are...

Edgar Allan Poe's Time in Charleston

October 30, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
A view from Gold Bug Island.

Whether you're walking down Raven Avenue or biting into a Gold Bug Burger at Poe's Tavern, you are certain to find plenty of Edgar Allan Poe treasure on Sullivan's Island. The elusive 19th Century writer has direct ties to the island. But they weren't discovered until...

"I Made It Here: I'm Back": The Midlands Flood Recovery Group Celebrates 200 Home Repairs

October 25, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Teenagers in blue shirts laugh together while standing against a wall

Early this month, South Carolina reached the 2-year anniversary of the devastating October 2015 rain event, offering a natural opportunity to pause and observe the many tragedies that the widespread flooding wrought, and the many triumphs of recovery that have followed. 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...

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