Aimee Crouch

Inmates Find Peace Through Writing

By Aimee Crouch

writing

Inmates at the Perry Correctional Institute, located in Pelzer, have found a way to connect with one another and express themselves through a writing program called The Writers Block. Through classes, writing, and sharing, they have a new outlook on life, and are, for many, published authors.

BMW South Carolina Celebrates 25 Years

By Aimee Crouch

BMW

The BMW Group celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Spartanburg manufacturing plant with the unveiling of the all-new BMW X3. The BMW X model is produced in the South Carolina plant for both the U.S. and global markets and in 2016 produced more than 40,000 units. The BMW Group has invested $8 billion in the Spartanburg production location and has produced 3.9 million vehicles. It has become the largest BMW manufacturing plant within the span of 25 years.

Charleston Harbor Receives Fund for Deepening

By Aimee Crouch

Charleston Port

The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project has received $17.5 million in construction funding as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2017 Fiscal Year Work Plan. An additional $16.1 million is dedicated to the project for operations and maintenance, which includes dredging of the harbor.

This project will make the Charleston Harbor the deepest on the East Coast by the end of the decade and will be able to accommodate fully-loaded new Panamax container ships without tidal restriction.

Lee Correctional Facility Making Music

By Aimee Crouch

Drums

For the last four years, a chamber music ensemble from Carnegie Hall in New York City comes to Bishopville to spend a week as part of a program through the S.C. Department of Corrections. The group, Decodas, works with inmates at the Lee Correctional Facility to compose original music and then perform it in concert. It’s bringing much more than just music to the facility.

S.C. Forestry Commission Celebrates Nine Decades

By Aimee Crouch

Forestry Commission Celebration

The SC Forestry Commission celebrated its 90th anniversary with a tree planting ceremony at the State House and announced the economic impact of the state's forestry industry. A Clemson University study found that the industry has a $21 billion impact on the state's economy and is number one in the manufacturing sector, in terms of jobs and labor income. The industry employs over 84,000 people. Other highlights of the study include:

- Forestry represents the number 1 harvested crop in the state.

USC Rhodes Scholar Recognized by Senate

By Aimee Crouch

SC State House

University of South Carolina senior Jory Fleming, a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, was recognized on the floor of the S.C. Senate this week. Jory is a double major in geography and marine science, with a minor in geophysics.

Stories From Her Kitchen, Charleston Wine and Food Festival

By Aimee Crouch

Stories From Her Kitchen

For the 12th year, the Charleston Wine and Food festival has brought in chefs from all over the world to cook and entertain the thousands of visitors that ascend on the Holy City. We kept it local though, and caught up with some of our favorite Southern chefs, who just happen to be women.

SC Farmers See Devastating Loss

By Aimee Crouch

peaches

In the past several days, South Carolina has seen record high and record low temperatures. Due to the record low temperatures, peach farmers are facing extreme damage to this year’s harvest. Because of the unseasonably warm winter the state has seen this winter, the peach crop was in early bloom.

New Inland Port Breaks Ground

By Aimee Crouch

SC Ports

Last week, The S.C. Ports Authority broke ground on the state's newest inland port. The port, located in Dillon off of I-95, is expected to open in early 2018. When opened, the facility is expected to handle 45,000 containers annually.

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