Kaitlyn Cannon

Discover some locally grown innovations in your own backyard!

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Made HereShowcasing different small businesses across South Carolina and surrounding areas, Made Here explores what makes each town great. Check out the series to get to know your neighbors and discover some locally grown innovations in your backyard. Charleston Hemp Company: Ridgeville, South Carolina Charleston Hemp Company both grows and processes hemp products. David Bulick, CEO of Charleston Hemp Company, explains that his first introduction to the hemp world was through a friend of his whose daughter has Epilepsy. She was having "four to six hundred seizures a day," but CBD "gave her phenomenal...

Made Here | What the Fries?!

By Kaitlyn Cannon

What the Fries Food TruckWhat the Fries is a food truck that serves the Charlotte area. Co-owners Jamie Barnes and Gregory Williams started the food truck 5 years ago, after entering a food truck show on Food Network . Both Barnes and Williams have chef backgrounds and decided it was the perfect opportunity to create something different: gourmet fries. Barnes explains, "Most people see loaded-fries and think chili-cheese fries, or something like that. But we've done all types - we've done fried shark fries before. We've done all types of different things. Just being able to play around with the food, people know that...

Juneteenth Rock Hill goes digital

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Prior Juneteenth Rock Hill celebrationJuneteenth celebrates the day that Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed the inhabitants there about the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves. This was two and a half years after the proclamation was officially signed by President Lincoln. “ Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery,” explains Juneteenth Rock Hill President Tamika Poag. Juneteenth has been celebrated in Rock Hill for several years and, even with a pandemic sweeping the nation, the Juneteenth Rock Hill committee decided that this year would...

Made Here | Natural soap for manly men

By Kaitlyn Cannon

K Bar Soap K Bar Soap Co. is a veteran-owned soap company based in Clover , South Carolina. Owner Chris McKinney makes "natural soap for manly men" and explains that one day, the idea for creating his brand just "clicked." He says, "Every time I'd go into a store, I'd see these handmade soaps that always catered to the female side, but why is there nothing catered to men?" It was then that he decided he was going to make hand soap in the shape of grenades, and name each scent after his time in the military. He acknowledges that his product is a "tough sell" because men "usually just use whatever their...

How COVID-19 is affecting student food access

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Program in Greenville, SCDisclaimer: Proper PPE regulations have evolved over time. All footage reflects proper adherence to PPE guidelines as they existed at the time of filming. "We are operating the National School Lunch and Breakfast program in the State of South Carolina, which is a program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture down through state agencies," explains Ron Jones, the Office of Health and Nutrition Director for the S.C State of Department of Education . Every school district operates their program differently, but each one ensures that their students' nutritional needs are...

Community comes together to create and donate over 50K face shields

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Charlotte locals creating face shieldsIt all started with Katie, a Charlotte Latin high school student. On March 17, Katie's father, a doctor, complained about a shortage of face masks at his hospital. Katie then reached out to Tom Dubick, the Engineering Educator at Charlotte Latin, to see if it was possible for them to create something to assist. Tom Dubick decided to take on the challenge and thus, Charlotte MEDI was born. "What we did is we started first working on a mask that goes up close to your face and a shield. Talking to the doctors, we pivoted pretty quickly to 'Hey, we can make shields. We can make them and we can...

Domestic violence predicted to spike during COVID-19 pandemic

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Domestic Violence stock imageWhile many people are fortunate enough to think of home as a safe place, that is often not the case for victims of abuse. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. residents are being instructed to stay home in order to stop the virus from spreading. Abuse victims, now being forced to stay at home with their abusers, are at a great risk. Joan Harris, the Associate Director of Advocacy & Community Services at Safe Passage, Inc ., explains the threat domestic violence victims are experiencing during this time. She says, "Domestic violence is probably worse at this time because there's so much...

Made Here | Small businesses struggle due to COVID-19

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Baker Farm in Rock Hill, SCCOVID-19 concerns are causing small businesses to undergo a significant financial burden. It is therefore more important now, than ever, to shop local and support the community. Made Here is a digital series that explores small business in South Carolina and surrounding areas. Below is a list of small businesses featured on Made Here that have adapted to restrictions caused by COVID-19 and are still selling their products. Critter Creek Farm , located in Rock Hill, is usually busiest in the Spring. However, they have had to cancel Goat Yoga events until the end of April, and due to several...

Miracle Park will give those with all abilities access to play

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Miracle Park plans in Rock Hill, SCMiracle Park in Rock Hill, South Carolina, is being created so that people with all abilities can have access to recreation equipment and participate in sports. It will also create employment opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs. Josh Myers, a Special Olympics Weightlifter and World Gold Medalist from Rock Hill, knows how important it is, saying "The reason for the Miracle Park is to help the kids with all abilities, to get interested in any type of sports. Whenever I play sports or events, it makes me feel good, and I think the kids with all abilities will experience...

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Red Cross sees a significant drop in donations

By Kaitlyn Cannon

American Red Cross in Rock Hill, SCDue to COVID-19 concerns, blood drive hosts (workplaces, schools, and churches) are being forced to close their doors. American Red Cross Communications Manager, Maya Franklin, explains that as a result of that, "We've seen a lot of blood drives cancel. Actually, thousands of blood drives across the country have canceled, resulting in nearly 170,000 blood donations going uncollected." This poses a concern for those who depend on blood donations for critical care. Franklin explains that those affected by this can be patients with "a chronic illness such as sickle cell, a mother who experiences...

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