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Corporal Freddie Stowers Monument Unveiled

By Aimee Crouch

StowersOn Veterans Day, a special monument dedication was held at Anderson University to celebrate Corporal Freddie Stowers, the first African American from South Carolina to receive the Medal of Honor for his service in World War I. Anderson University President Evans Whitaker described Corporal Stowers, a native of Sandy Springs in Anderson County, as a hero. Dr. Whitaker also mentioned that without the Rainey family, this monument would not be possible.

Volunteers Needed to Assist Victims

By Aimee Crouch

VolunteersVolunteers are needed across South Carolina to help victims clean and sort debris from their homes after the historic flooding this past week. The United Way is asking that anyone who can assist register at getconnected.uwasc.org/drm . Governor Nikki Haley said, "what we've seen over the last week is the very best in so many people across our state - neighbors helping neighbors is what South Carolina does best. Team South Carolina is motivated, and that's a blessing, but what we need as we start the long process of cleaning up is volunteers. Whatever time you can give makes a difference." One...

DHEC Expands Well Testing

By Aimee Crouch

FloodThe S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will expand its private well testing office hours in several counties. If you have a private well water system that was flooded, your well can be tested to ensure the water is safe to drink. DHEC advises all residents with wells affected by the flood to disinfect the well and have the water tested if it appears, tastes, or smells different. If your well was flooded, you should assume the water is contaminated. DHEC Environmental Quality Control offices will be open on weekends starting Oct. 10 to Nov. 1 between 8:30 a.m. to noon for...

S.C. Price Gouging Statute in Effect

By Aimee Crouch

FloodAttorney General Alan Wilson reminded South Carolinians that the price gouging statute is in effect. It went into effect when Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency due to the flooding across the state. The statute states no business can charge excessive prices during a time if disaster and is in effect for 15 days. Gougers can be fined up to $1000 and/or 30 days in jail. Wilson said in a release, “As we continue to recover from the catastrophic damage caused to our state, we will see many neighbors helping each other rebuild. However, we may also see some looking to unfairly take...

Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for S.C.

By Aimee Crouch

FloodPresident Obama signed a declaration declaring a disaster in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement the recovery in affected areas. The action makes funds available to individuals in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg counties. Grants for temporary housing, home repairs, and low cost loans for uninsured property loss are among the programs to help individuals and business owners that have been impacted by the flooding. Funding is also available to state and local governments for emergency work as it pertains to damage...

Obama Declares Federal Disaster in S.C.

By Aimee Crouch

Hope FerryEarlier today, President Obama declared a state of emergency for all 46 counties in S.C. due to storms and flooding. Federal aid will be available to support state and local efforts, with FEMA coordinating any relief efforts and providing assistance in emergency situations. In a release from The White House, the order states "FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding."

S.C. Sees Biggest Unemployment Drop in Three Decades

By Aimee Crouch

job classifiedsSouth Carolina’s August unemployment rate saw the biggest decrease in three decades, falling from 6.4 percent to 6 percent. This is also the third straight month the unemployment rate has seen a decline. Cheryl Stanton, executive director of S.C.’s Department of Employment and Workforce, released a statement confirming this was the most dramatic drop in the unemployment rate in 32 years, and "it is exciting to think that more South Carolinians than ever before are working and providing for their families. While we need to celebrate this, we also must continue to invest in developing a...

S.C. First in Attracting Foreign Investments

By Aimee Crouch

person welding, with great bright sparksSouth Carolina, once again, is ranked number one in attracting jobs through foreign investments. This is the third time in four years IBM-Plant Location International (IBM-PLI) has ranked the state first, per million inhabitants. Each year the group releases a report looking at foreign investments around the world. The report looks where companies are not only locating, but also expanding. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said, "With more than 1,200 international establishments currently operating within our borders, South Carolina is enjoying tremendous success in foreign investment, and...

S.C. State Parks Bring in Record Revenue

By Aimee Crouch

wooden boardwalk through wooded parkThe S.C. State Park Service ended the 2014-2015 fiscal year generating the most revenue in its 81-year history with $26.9 million dollars. This is a $3 million increase from the previous year. In a release from the park service, budget officials say the increase is due to many factors, such as an improving economy, declining gas prices, and good weather. With the increase in revenue, the park service operations became 94% self-sufficient with a goal for complete self-sufficiency in the near future. Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism,...

S.C. Ranked 42nd for Child Well-Being

By Aimee Crouch

SchoolSouth Carolina showed some improvement in the annual Kids Count Data book ranking, moving up three spots from 45 to 42. The data book is published to raise awareness on child well-being throughout the states and nation. South Carolina's improved ranking is because of the reduction in child and teen deaths, along with increased access to health insurance. Sue Williams, CEO of Children's Trust of SC, said "We hope this is the beginning of sustained improvement for children. Investments in maternal health, access to health care and substance abuse prevention are paying off." Despite the...

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