Charles Dymock

The Hauntings of Oakwood Cemetery

By Charles Dymock

Haunted GraveyardWhat’s the most haunted place in South Carolina ? Charleston is what usually comes to mind, but there may be a place overlooked by most located in the upstate. Spartanburg, South Carolina happens to be home to a graveyard with a reputation for its paranormal phenomenon. There have been reports ranging from people hearing the faint sound of children's laughter to seeing glowing orbs that float amidst the old tombstones. Not to mention, there's the famous legend of the "Woman in White" who haunts the cemetery enshrouded in pale mist. Siblings Anna Riley and Steven McBee, who are a part of a...

LGBTQ+ Center making progress in the Palmetto State

By Charles Dymock

Pride ParadeThe Harriet Hancock Center is the only LGBTQ+ facility in South Carolina. Providing a myriad of resources, programs, and events for the community, the center wants those who struggle with their sexual orientation and their families to have a safe place to call home in the palmetto state. Jessica Jarman, a program administrator at the Harriet Hancock Center, says, “Having the center and having these programs is really helpful because as a layperson it can be very difficult to try and find these very limited resources”. The Vice President and Founder, Harriet Hancock, built the center’s...

Remote-control car racing skids into Soda City

By Charles Dymock

Remote-Control car racing skids into Soda CitySoda City RC is a nonprofit remote-control racing facility in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina that gives the sport of RC racing a place to call home. These remote-control cars may look like a child’s toy at first glance, but in actuality, these highly customizable cars pack a serious punch on the race track. The only thing that could be more serious than the horsepower is the racers themselves as president Jimbo Massalou admits, “the competition is tough.” Although these racers are highly competitive with each other, that doesn’t affect their camaraderie. RC racer Ryan Evans says, “Soda...

Edgefield | Our Town

By Charles Dymock

Our Town Edgefield“We’re a little small in numbers, but have the largest welcome mat,” says Edgefield’s Town Clerk and Treasurer Charlotte Cheatham. Edgefield can easily be seen as one of South Carolina’s most unique and historic towns. From its rich political history of being home to ten South Carolina governors, to its mom-and-pop specialty shops in town square, Edgefield has a unique story to tell. Edgefield was settled in the 1750s by settlers coming up from the Lowcountry and northern colonists coming down the “Great Wagon Road.” The vast number of diverse settlers in Edgefield caused some friction in the...

Lake City | Our Town

By Charles Dymock

Downtown Lake City“I think what makes Lake City so unique is when you come to Lake City, what you expect is not what you get - you get more,” says Lake City Artfields Consultant, Carla Angus. Over recent years, this once-desolate town has transformed itself into a thriving economic and cultural scene. Located just twenty-four miles south of Florence, this remote town is home to some of the most special events in South Carolina, earning it 2018’s ‘Best Small-Town Cultural Scene’ by USA Today . Local business owner of Mosaic Clothing, Leah Norwood,says, “I would describe it [Lake City] as a place that has a lot...

Sport of Pinball Ramping Up in South Carolina

By Charles Dymock

Pinball Game“When we play pinball it’s not just standing there and hitting buttons. You are physically manipulating the cabinet and moving the game around so strength is involved, finesse is involved,” says Fredrick Richardson who has been professionally competing in pinball tournaments for over 20 years. Richardson was one of many to compete in the South Carolina Pinball Championship earlier this year and ultimately placed first in the tournament. The statewide competition is a part of the International Flipper Pinball Association’s North American Championship Series . Pinball is a game where points are...

Wrestling League Smashes into the Carolinas

By Charles Dymock

WrestlingPalmetto Championship Wrestling , or PCW, has been South Carolina’s top-tier independent wrestling league since November 2015. “Palmetto Championship Wrestling started with a passion,” says Founder and CEO Shane Dorr. “We were out in the backyard, training ourselves.” Now the backyard brawlers have a monthly bout at North Springs Park in Columbia. Some of Dorr’s wrestlers are formally trained at the Palmetto Wrestling Academy in Irmo by professional wrestlers Ethan Case and Billy Brash. The pair push their trainees to the limit during exercises. “We don’t want them to be okay with mediocrity...

Bluffton | Our Town

By Charles Dymock

Bluffton“Bluffton is a community of families,” says local historian Constance Martin-Witter. Located in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, this once square mile town is growing now more than ever. Bluffton’s “Old Town” full of shops, boutiques, and restaurants with fresh seafood. The scenic May River is where you can enjoy boating, fishing, or just relax on the shore. Neighboring major cities like Charleston, Hilton Head, and Savannah ensures you’ll never run out of things to do and places to see.

Columbia School Working to Improve Learning through Art

By Charles Dymock

Students playing violin“It’s a place where kids have an opportunity to be themselves. I feel MAC gives kids an opportunity to show what they love,” says Lauren, a current 6th grader at Midlands Arts Conservatory. Midlands Arts Conservatory is a tuition free public charter school with concentrations in the fine arts. In addition to a strong core of academics, students spend half their day exploring their passion and strengthening their global perspective through academic and artistic integration. “We integrate the fine arts into the core academics because if you can reach a child through their passion, they will do...

South Carolina Legend: The Ghost Hound of Goshen

By Charles Dymock

 The Ghost Hound of GoshenAccording to Ernest Shealy, The Ghost Hound of Goshen or “Happy Dog” is not a nice spirit. But does this killer canine really exist or is it just a made-up mutt? Shealy, curator of the Newberry Museum, recounts the story of Union and Newberry counties’ famous ghost dog. In this story, man’s best friend holds a grudge against the townsfolk who killed his innocent master. Now he haunts a stretch of road deep in the Sumter National Forest. Some of the story seems to stray from the truth. “There are bits and pieces of the legend that don’t make sense, if you stop and analyze them,” says Shealy...