Aimee Crouch

Haley Issues Budget Vetoes

By Aimee Crouch

State HouseGovernor Nikki Haley held a press conference late this morning to unveil her vetoes of this year's appropriations bill. She issued 87 line item vetoes, but said she was happy that the "legislature is putting more thought into our executive budget, and we are grateful for that." Some of the funding Haley applauded was: - Fully maintained state's reserves - Paid off $1 Billion in federal debt early - Additional money found at end of session went to roads and debts Haley's main concern was the new funding earmarked for individual projects in communities, such as museums and parks. She said these...

College Options for the Intellectually Disabled

By Aimee Crouch

CTC MentorCollege Transition Connection is a program that gives young adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to expand their education by attending college. The organization works with various universities around the state to create and help fund these programs. Donald Bailey, Executive Director, explains the relationship between CTC and the programs at these various schools; and not only the funding of these programs, but how families can get financial assistance.

Academic Freedom Challenged at S.C. Universities

By Aimee Crouch

Studio EducationThe State Newspaper’s Andy Shain points out in a recent article that several S.C. colleges and universities may lose funding in the House of Representatives budget over certain gay-themed books being assigned to freshman. In Shain’s article for The State he reports, “Now, as the debate over academic freedom versus political reality moves to the state Senate, worries are spreading that S.C. schools could face more penalties in the future.” There is also debate over the teachings of the Declaration of Independence. The Washington Post states these “cuts are certain to spark debate over whether...

BMW Invests $1 Billion Dollars in South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

BMWDr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, introduces the new X4. BMW recently announced a one billion dollar investment to the manufacturing plant in the upstate, making it the largest plant in their network. Beginning now, they are making the all new X4 model, and will begin production on the X7 model shortly. This will increase production to 450 thousand cars and an anticipated 800 new jobs for South Carolina.

Unemployment Numbers Continue to Fall

By Aimee Crouch

Haley South Carolina’s newly released unemployment numbers hit a six year low last month, falling from 6.4% in January to 5.7% in February. According to the Columbia Business Report , "South Carolina led the nation in recording the largest one-month drop in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, knocking off nearly a percentage point in February." Governor Nikki Haley talked about the decrease at BMW and how there are more South Carolinians working than ever before.

Bulls Bay Saltworks Talks About Reducing Carbon Footprint

By Aimee Crouch

SaltTeresa and Rustin Gooden started cultivating salt from Bulls Bay several years ago, and now their product is being used in some of the better known Charleston restaurants and can be bought in specialty stores throughout our state. They decided to reduce their carbon footprint by using solar power.

Biscuit House Owner Giving Back to Entrepreneurs

By Aimee Crouch

Biscuit HouseCarrie Morey, owner and founder of Callie’s Charleston Biscuit , is to say the least, extremely busy. She’s a wife and mother of three girls, owns her own company, has a new cookbook, and is now in the process of opening a store. Morey wanted to find a way to give back to the community and decided the best way she could do that was to help other entrepreneurs. She tells us how she opened up her Biscuit House to up-and-coming businesses.

Making Salt From the Ocean

By Aimee Crouch

SaltTeresa and Rustin Gooden started cultivating salt from Bulls Bay several years ago. Now their product is being used in some of the better known Charleston restaurants and can be bought in specialty stores throughout our state. What makes salt from the ocean different from your average table salt? Teresa explains the difference in micronutrients and how some salts go better with different foods. For more information, visit BullsBaySaltWorks.com .

Local Happiness Fundraiser is All South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

Local HappinessKen Carey, founder of Local Happiness , was tired of selling the same old products for his children’s fundraiser, and decided to do something about it. Local Happiness works with schools, sports team, and various different organizations to raise funds selling only local products. Ken talks about how some of his favorite products and how one product, Iron Brew Coffee is making it big.

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