Aimee Crouch

Palmetto Scene Election Programming Continues

By Aimee Crouch

vote buttonPalmetto Scene continues to air back-to-back episodes (Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., ETV) that will focus on candidates running for federal office in South Carolina. Although the biggest interest has been focused on the presidential race, here in South Carolina, all 7 congressional seats and one U.S. Senate seat are up for grabs. We have offered each qualified candidate running for federal office in S.C. a chance to address their constituents. ETV uses a set of Candidate Interview Participation Criteria to determine those who can participate in these programs. Not all qualified...

Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund Gets $100,000 Donation

By Aimee Crouch

tree on houseNucor Corporation, the largest steel producer in the country, announced a $100,000 donation to help families impacted by Hurricane Matthew through the One SC Relief Fund. The fund was established after the 2015 flood to help families recovering from natural disasters. After Hurricane Matthew hit S.C., Governor Haley, who started One SC, along with the Central Carolina Community Foundation, expanded fundraising efforts to help those dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane. Vice President & General Manager of Nucor Steel Berkeley, Giff Daughtridge, said “At Nucor, we take great pride in...

Obama Signs SC Emergency Declaration

By Aimee Crouch

White HousePresident Barack Obama declared an emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to help with any conditions because of Hurricane Matthew. Obama spoke with Governor Nikki Haley yesterday and offered her any assistance the state needed. This action gives the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA "to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to...

Additional Evacuations Ordered

By Aimee Crouch

rest stopGovernor Nikki Haley ordered additional evacuations a short time ago, as Hurricane Matthew approaches South Carolina. The additional counties are in Zone B of Jasper and Colleton. To verify if you are in the evacuation area, go to Know Your Zone . Evacuations may be expanded, if necessary. Many shelters are open across the state. To see the list, visit SCEMD .

Price Gouging Statute in Effect

By Aimee Crouch

gas pumpSouth Carolina's price gouging statute is now in effect, which prohibits "unconscionable prices" when in a state of emergency. The statute will be in effect for the next 15 days and gougers can be charged a $1000 fine and/or 30 days in jail. S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson said, “As we prepare for Hurricane Matthew to make landfall in South Carolina, it’s imperative that South Carolinians make necessary preparations and follow safety instructions. Our state is still recovering from the catastrophic damage caused by the floods in 2015, and as we have witnessed before, we will see many...

Trump with Lead in Latest Winthrop Poll

By Aimee Crouch

Winthrop PollIn the latest Winthrop Poll, Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton 42% to 38% in South Carolina. The poll was conducted before Monday’s presidential debate and 53% of the respondents feel Clinton is a capable candidate, while 46% feel Trump is. But, when asked if they felt each candidate was honest, 21% feel Clinton is and 32% feel Trump is. Scott Huffmon, director of The Winthrop Poll, said, “While Clinton is seen as the more capable candidate, she is also viewed as more dishonest. However, both candidates are setting records for being viewed unfavorably. While Trump has the lead, these...

A Mother's Voice

By Aimee Crouch

readingThere are almost 1,400 women incarcerated in South Carolina prisons, and 80 percent of those women are mothers—mothers who are missing integral parts of their children’s developmental years. Through a program developed at The Riley Institute at Furman University's Diversity Leadership Initiative, along with S.C.'s Department of Correction, A Mother's Voice, has become a reality and is now helping to connect those mothers to their children. For more on the program, visit The Riley Institute .

Salkehatchie Summer Service Helping Those In Need

By Aimee Crouch

teen working on roofSalkehatchie Summer Service , a mission of the United Methodist Church-South Carolina Conference, has been helping those in need since 1978. This summer, Palmetto Scene visited with a group in Columbia, where students came together for a week to make new friends, and most importantly, to help those in need.

SC Campaigns Gear Up After Labor Day

By Aimee Crouch

vote buttonThis week, the country celebrated Labor Day, which for many is the official end to summer, but it’s also when campaigns across the country kick into high gear. Candidates running for office have two months to sway voters to their side. While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are on the minds of many, there are several state seats up for grabs, including U.S. Senate and all Congressional seats. Here are the candidates running for those seats. U.S. Senate 2 Bill Bledsoe (Constitution/Libertarian) Thomas Dixon (Democrat) Rebel Michael Scarborough (American) Tim Scott (Republican) U.S. House of...

SC's Aerospace Industry Continues to Rise

By Aimee Crouch

airplaneA new study was released this week at S.C.’s Aerospace Conference and Expo that showed the industry continues to grow and has a $19 billion impact on the state. The South Carolina Council on Competiveness released an economic impact study that shows a $2 billion increase in the aerospace industry since 2014. Dr. Joey Von Nessen, author of the report and research economist at USC’s Moore School of Business, said, “This year’s research shows a clear indication that the industry is diversifying and trending towards sustainable growth. We see that the majority of firms continue to be small...

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