Connor Boulet

Staying Safe in the South Carolina Sun

By Connor Boulet

33e25cd9-941f-4edf-894a-6e937d11d9b7South Carolina ranked first in the United States for child vehicular heatstrokes in 2018, and with Palmetto State temperatures reaching highs of 100 degrees during the summertime, heat exhaustion is a serious, life-threatening danger, and residents should know the signs of danger. Those who are especially vulnerable to the summer heat include young children, the elderly, and individuals who take anxiety and depression medication. Steve Shelton, the Medical Director for Emergency Management for Prisma Health Midlands and physician said that the first sign is heat cramps. The next sign is...

Finding Young Farmers to Bear the Heat and Carry the Pitchfork

By Connor Boulet

Hugh Weathers, the South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, in front of an emblem certifying locally sourced South Carolina produceSouth Carolina's farming industry remains a stalwart economic engine. With approximately 25,000 farms over 4.9 million acres of land, the Palmetto State's agricultural community maintains its relevance in South Carolinians' day-to-day lives. In a changing world, though, South Carolina's farming industry still continues to face the same old problems that it has for years. A common denominator for a successful crop is the weather, and this equaled a negative for this year's summer produce crop in the Palmetto State. That's because a devastating late May heatwave brought temperatures up to a...

How the South Carolina Film Industry Stays Relevant Against Stiff Competition

By Connor Boulet

S.C. Film Commission logoThe film industry provides much needed economic impact for South Carolina, netting $61 million in revenue for the state in 2018. The revenue is generated through the South Carolina Film Commission, which provides a $15 million dollar annual subsidy to filmmakers. The subsidy is funneled to the state's film commission through the state's government. The goal of the subsidy, called film incentives, is to financially reward filmmakers for shooting in the Palmetto State, whether they are residents or from out of state. By investing in filmmakers, the state can then net a return profit. Tom Clark...