Gavin Jackson

SCETV Public Affairs Reporter

Poll Finds Southerners Split on Racial Issues, Confederate Monuments

By Gavin Jackson

Southern states

A Winthrop Poll of 11 southern states found that both blacks and whites felt under attack and believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, but were heavily divided over the future of Confederate monuments, President Donald Trump and the economy.

The poll, released Wednesday, surveyed 830 residents from Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and points south—all except the latter went for Trump in the 2016 election.

Despite that fact, Trump was viewed as the third most important problem facing the country, behind government.

GOP Gubernatorial Challenger Demands Ethics Changes

By Gavin Jackson

S.C. GOP gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton outside of her childhood home near Irmo on Nov. 1, 2017.

South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton held a press conference to call for resignation of indicted Sen. John Courson and Rep. Rick Quinn over alleged corruption charges. The backdrop was her former childhood home near Irmo, located in Courson’s district that, due to his indictment and suspension, has no Senate representation, currently.

First Look Inside the In-Demand Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

By Gavin Jackson

Inside the 787-10 Dreamliner at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston on Oct. 5, 2017.

Boeing recently unveiled a newly painted Singapore Airlines 787-10 Dreamliner as one of the company’s recent advancements to full-scale production of its newest aircraft.

Photos from early October show the twin-aisle jet after a visit to the North Charleston plant’s new paint facility. The plane is one of three Dash 10s that have been built so far in South Carolina. The aircraft continue to undergo system checks, fueling and engine tests.

Rep. James Smith Announces His Bid for Governor

By Gavin Jackson

S.C. Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, formally announces his gubernatorial bid on Oct. 17, 2017.

Richland Democrat Rep. James Smith formally kicked off his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday in downtown Columbia.

Smith, 50, is a Columbia native who has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1997.

Smith is running against Charleston businessman Phil Noble in the June 12 Democratic primary.

South Carolina Sends 150 Guardsmen to Puerto Rico

By Gavin Jackson

An image of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017.

Gov. Henry McMaster signed an executive order Thursday to send 150 engineer soldiers with the S.C. National Guard to assist in recovery efforts following the widespread destruction wreaked by Hurricane Maria. 

The engineers are part of a multi-state Engineer Task Force comprised of a total of 750 soldiers from the North Carolina, Louisiana and New York Army National Guards, according to a press release from the governor's office. They will assist in clearing roads and reaching areas cut off from the storm, as well as clearing debris and getting infrastructure restored.

Vulnerable Adults, South Carolina's 'Hidden Crisis'

By Gavin Jackson

S.C. Statehouse

The growing number of maltreated, vulnerable adults is a “hidden crisis” in South Carolina, fueled by an aging population, high turnover within the state Department of Social Services and low funding, the agency’s director said Tuesday.

DSS Director Susan Alford told a Senate oversight panel that her agency is addressing issues raised in a report, which analyzed the agency’s underequipped adult protective services program.

SAT And AP Scores Edge Up in South Carolina

By Gavin Jackson

South Carolina Students Outpace Nation on SAT and AP Scores

South Carolina students outperformed the national average on both the SAT and Advanced Placement exams, according to the State Department of Education.

The overall mean SAT score was four points higher than the national mean at 1,058—out of a potential 1,600 on the recently redesigned test.

Forty-six percent of the class of 2017—or 19,605 students—took the redesigned SAT. Students scored eight points higher than their national peers on the reading and writing section, at 539, but the average math score was five points below the national rate at 518.

The Latest: Gov. Lifts Barrier Island Evacuation Order, Cleanup Begins

By Gavin Jackson

Palmetto Blvd. at Edisto Beach on Sept. 12, 2017.

The latest on now Tropical Storm Irma's effects in South Carolina (all times local):

4 p.m.

BEAUFORT -- Betsy Binette, who owns a crossfit gym with her husband Ted, was getting her workout in Tuesday. She squatted and pushed heavy chunks of pine tree into a pile after Ted sawed them up. The tree just missed their rental property on Bonaire Circle North and took down some power lines with it. 

VIDEO: Irma's Rain And Wind Arrive in South Carolina

By Gavin Jackson

Folly Beach around high tide on Sept. 11, 2017.

The latest on now Tropical Storm Irma's effects in South Carolina (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

BEAUFORT -- Authorities are in the process of performing a damage assessment of roadways and causeways in the area that is expected to be completed Tuesday morning. Once it's completed a decision regarding reentry to the evacuated barrier islands will be announced.

Forecasts indicate that conditions may deteriorate again overnight and add to the current flooding present on the roadways of the county's five barrier islands.