Alfred Turner

Mountain Laurel on the Coast?

By Alfred Turner

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Greenville County, South CarolinaYes, you can find "disjunct" populations of Mountain laurel in pockets on the coast of South Carolina where the micro-climate is just right.

SC Cotton Farm Wins Award

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoWhile the textile industry in our state is not quite what it once was, there are still success stories out there. For example, our next guest decided to take cotton from their fields in Darlington County and create a blanket that was named the Overall Winner in Garden & Gun Magazine's 2019 “Made in the South Awards ”. Mike Switzer interviews Tracy Woodard, co-founder of Covered in Cotton in Florence, SC.

Horse Racing and Horse Culture in South Carolina and Beyond

By Alfred Turner

Currier & Ives & Cameron, J. (ca. 1884) An exciting finishAccording to the South Carolina Encyclopedia, “’The Sport of Kings’ emerged in South Carolina as soon as colonists gained firm footing and began amassing property and wealth enough to emulate the lifestyles of England and the Caribbean.” Horse racing and horse culture became an important part of South Carolina’s economic life in the 20th century and continue to thrive. Dr. E. Gabrielle Kuenzli of the University of South Carolina joins Dr. Edgar to talk about horses in the Palmetto State, as well as the rest of the South, and about the important roles of Latinos to equestrian sports in the...

The Charleston Church Massacre and the Journey to Forgiveness

By Alfred Turner

The scene outside Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Charleston, SC, on Sunday morning, July 21, 2015.On June 17, 2015, twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina welcomed a young white man to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine innocents during their closing prayer horrified the nation. Two days later, some relatives of the dead stood at Roof’s hearing and said, “I forgive you.” That grace offered the country a hopeful ending to an awful story. But for the survivors and victims’ families, the journey had just begun. In Grace Will Lead Us Home (2019, St...

NPR Special Live Coverage: 2020 SC Democratic Primary

By Alfred Turner

064b8c0c-4e33-4b4f-a026-e05ca6d25122The Democratic presidential primary candidates are competing in South Carolina on Saturday, hoping to win over voters in the fourth contest of 2020. Follow NPR's live coverage of the primary, including results and analysis here... Loading...

Franchising Building Maintenance

By Alfred Turner

Ben MackeyAs the economy heated up and the labor market tightened, our next guest noticed an underserved sector in the building maintenance industry and decided to buy a franchise to serve it. Mike Switzer interviews Ben Mackey, owner of the Columbia, SC location of City Wide Building Maintenance Solutions .

Turkey Tail Mushrooms

By Alfred Turner

Turkey Tail MushroomsThe Turkey Tail mushroom, Trametes versicolor – also known as Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor – is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world.

Fowler's Toads

By Alfred Turner

Fowler's toadFowler's toad (Anaxyrus fowleri, formerly Bufo fowleri) is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. The species is native to North America, where it occurs in much of the eastern United States and parts of adjacent Canada.

Making SC More Bicycle Friendly

By Alfred Turner

Amy Johnson ElyAs our state continues to look for ways to attract the best and brightest workforce, quality of life is certainly important. One aspect of that that is showing up on a lot of millenials’ checklists is a bicycle-friendly environment. And our next guest’s organization is right in the middle of that effort. Mike Switzer interviews Amy Johnson Ely, executive director of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition in Columbia, SC. Disclaimer: Mike Switzer is a member of the PCC.

Answering Your Own Business Phone?

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoMany businesses find it necessary and profitable to outsource some of their operations. One of the most common of these examples, especially for entrepreneurs, is an answering service. With today’s technology, it can make a very small company look anything but. Mike Switzer interviews Mel Carlen, vice president of operations for the North American headquarters of the British firm, MoneyPenny , in Charleston, SC.

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