Aimee Crouch

Sustainability at The Biltmore Estate

By Aimee Crouch

The BiltmoreWhen George Vanderbilt envisioned his grand estate in Asheville, N.C. in the late 1800s, his goal was for it to be a self-sustaining property. Today, still family owned, the Biltmore continues to honor his vision throughout the 8,000-acre estate in many ways.

Behind the Scenes of The Biltmore's Biodiesel Facility

By Aimee Crouch

canola oil seedsThe Biltmore has been a sustainable estate since George Vanderbilt's original vision in the late 1800s. Today, the family owned property has put a focus on energy efficiency with biodiesel and solar energy production. Ted Katsigianis, V.P. of Agriculture and Environmental Science, explains the process of the biodiesel facility and the many uses that come from the production. For more on The Biltmore's energy efficiency, watch Palmetto Scene Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Behind the Scenes of The Biltmore's Production Garden

By Aimee Crouch

Biltmore Production GardenWhen George Vanderbilt built The Biltmore in the late 1800s, his goal was to make the estate sustainable in many areas, one being agriculture. Eli Herman, the manager of the production garden, gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the greenhouse and tells us how they are continuing Vanderbilt's mission today. For more on The Biltmore, watch Palmetto Scene , Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Senator Clementa Pinckney's Portrait To Be Unveiled

By Aimee Crouch

Sen. Clementa PinckneyOn the floor of the S.C. Senate today, Senator Gerald Malloy announced that a portrait of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney would be unveiled on May 25. Senator Pinckney was one of the nine murdered at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last June. Malloy said, "This portrait will be a lasting tribute to the life of Senator Pinckney, appropriately reflecting his service to our citizens and his church. But more importantly, it will be a constant lesson of the power of grace in the face of tragedy.” Larry Lebby created the portrait of Pinckney. Lebby, a world-renowned artist, has done...

Latest Winthrop Poll Looks at Race Relations in SC

By Aimee Crouch

SC State HouseThis past year in S.C. has been a tragic, yet historic time. After the shooting of Walter Scott, the murders at Mother Emanuel, and the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, the discussion of race has increased throughout the state. The latest Winthrop Poll asked residents how they felt about race relations in South Carolina, and many of the state’s African-Americans believe race is the most important issue facing our country today. Poll Director Scott Huffmon said, “In the past year or so, we have had multiple events that raised conversations about race in South...

Catawba Art Photo Exhibit

By Aimee Crouch

camera lensIn the late 1990s, the Catawba Nation received federal recognition. Photojournalist and Filmmaker Catherine Bauknight set out to document the revival of the tribe. Her photo essay exhibit, at the Native American Center in Lancaster, gives us a glimpse of life as a Catawba Indian.

Second Inland Port Being Discussed

By Aimee Crouch

port of charlestonDue to the success of the inland port in Greer, the S.C. Ports Authority is looking into opening a second facility. The SCPA is seeing an increased demand for a second inland port, due to the fact that since 2011, intermodal volume has increased 166 percent. Approximately 23 percent of the containers that came through the Port of Charleston were moved by rail last year. SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said, "Inland Port Greer is one of SCPA's most successful investments, as the growth of intermodal container volume movement in our state and region requires appropriate facilities in the...

Fahamu Pecou Featured at Columbia Museum of Art

By Aimee Crouch

Fahamu PecouColumbia Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, Remix, is a wide variety of works that look at what many African American artists practice – a retelling of ideas from their own perspective. One of the featured artists, Fahamu Pecou, looks at pop art through African American masculinity. Here, he talks about the art form of remixing in all forms. For more on Pecou, watch Palmetto Scene Thursday at 7:30.

Indie Grits Celebrates 10 Years

By Aimee Crouch

clapboardColumbia’s Indie Grits Film Festival opens in the Capitol City on April 14th and is celebrating their 10th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, all festival events will be free to attendees. There are approximately 60 films being screened. The theme this year, “Waterlines,” is an opportunity for artists to give their interpretation of the devastating floods that hit S.C. in October. Seth Gadsden, co-director of the festival said, “After the floods we experienced in South Carolina last fall, we knew that everything in Columbia had changed, and we wanted this year’s festival theme to...

Additional Funds to Retain SC Teachers

By Aimee Crouch

SC State HouseThe S.C. House unanimously passed an amendment to the state budget that would allocate over $9 million to teachers in high-poverty areas. The school districts included in the plan have at least 80 percent of students living in poverty. The one-year funding is to help retain good teachers in poorer districts that can’t pay the same salaries as some of the richer districts in the state. Some of the areas include Allendale, Clarendon, Hampton, Lee, and Bamberg. The AP reports the state budget would also give all teachers a 2 percent increase and “$8.2 million toward a loan-forgiveness program...

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