Gavin Jackson

SCETV Public Affairs Reporter

The Latest: Charleston International Airport Closed Thursday

By Gavin Jackson

Charleston International Airport Closed Thursday

The latest on the winter storm in South Carolina as of:

1:30 p.m.

The runways at Charleston International Airport remain closed Thursday, due to the lingering winter weather conditions.

The National Weather Service in Charleston recorded 5.3 inches of snowfall on Wednesday. The significant snow and ice has rendered the airport’s runways and taxiways inoperable, according to Paul Campbell, executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Association.

The Latest Winter Weather Outages, Conditions And Closings

By Gavin Jackson

Press Conference on Winter Weather

7:15 p.m.

The following are the only current weather alerts from the National Weather Service for South Carolina:

A winter weather advisory was issued at 7:09 p.m. and is in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, for the following counties: Allendale; Beaufort; Charleston; Coastal Colleton; Coastal Jasper; Dorchester; Hampton; Inland Berkeley; Inland Colleton; Inland Jasper; Tidal Berkeley.

McMaster Declares Public Health Emergency Over Opioid Epidemic

By Gavin Jackson

McMaster Declares Public Health Emergency Over Opioid Epidemic

Gov. Henry McMaster declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency Monday in his latest push to help combat the growing problem in South Carolina.

McMaster called the epidemic a “silent hurricane” from the state Emergency Operations Center surrounded by Cabinet secretaries and others who are now part of an emergency response team to address the problem.

Heroin deaths jumped 67 percent from 2014 to 2016 and have not peaked yet, officials said.  A major factor in the death increases is the prevalence of the powerful, synthetic opioid called fentanyl.

Former Rep. Rick Quinn Pleads Guilty In Ongoing Corruption Case

By Gavin Jackson

Former Rep. Rick Quinn, R-Lexington, in Richland County Court on Dec. 13, 2017.

Former state Rep. Rick Quinn could face jail time after pleading guilty to a statutory misconduct in office charge, stemming from an ongoing State House corruption probe that’s ensnared several current and former state lawmakers, as well as his politically-connected father.

USC Economists Say SC Economy to Remain Strong in 2018

By Gavin Jackson

USC Economic Outlook

University of South Carolina economists said the state’s economy will remain strong in 2018, despite a tight labor market and large layoffs in the Midlands area.

Job creation, the single best indicator of economic performance, is expected to grow at 2.1 percent in 2018, according to research economist Joseph Von Nessen who spoke at the annual economic outlook conference in Columbia on Friday.

Rep. Todd Atwater Announces Attorney General Bid

By Gavin Jackson

Rep. Todd Atwater

Rep. Todd Atwater, R-Lexington, announced on the State House steps Wednesday his run for attorney general.

Atwater is taking aim at current Attorney General Alan Wilson, a fellow Republican from Lexington County, who is running for his third term in office.

The crux of Atwater's campaign is to stymie corruption in Columbia, something he says the current attorney general can't do since he removed himself from the ongoing State House corruption probe citing a conflict of interest.

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Running Mate Pamela Evette

By Gavin Jackson

Pamela Evette named Gov. Henry McMasters 2018 running mate on Nov. 28, 2017.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster named Upstate businesswoman Pamela Evette as his running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial race  on Tuesday afternoon.
Evette, 50, is president and CEO of Quality Business Solutions, a Travelers Rest-based company, which generates nearly $1 billion in revenue. She is a self-proclaimed “Trump girl” who is in good company with McMaster, who was the first statewide elected official to endorse President Donald Trump in 2016.

South Carolina Prepares for Winter Weather Season

By Gavin Jackson

Severe winter weather in South Carolina

With freezing low temperatures already chilling South Carolinians this week, several state officials told citizens on Tuesday to be prepared for the winter weather season and the potential hazards it may bring over the coming months. 

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, the S.C. Adjutant General, said one way to do that is to be prepared before the weather becomes an issue.

What To Watch For in The 2018 SC Governor's Race

By Gavin Jackson


The full interview with Professor Gibbs Knotts, College of Charleston political science department chair, on the state of the 2018 South Carolina governor’s race.

Catch up on who the candidates are and where the race stands a year away from Election Day here.

What does the 2018 election look like now that we’re a year away?

Where the SC Governor's Race Stands A Year Away from Election Day

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina state flag

To understand the 2018 governor’s race, rewind a year to the election of President Donald Trump.

Trump’s win moved up South Carolina’s gubernatorial race calendar, when shortly after he won, he named then Gov. Nikki Haley to become his United Nations ambassador.

Moments after a near unanimous Senate vote in January, Haley resigned her office to second-in-command Henry McMaster. The move instantly gave McMaster greater name recognition and a modern track record to run on.