Kaitlyn Cannon

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...

How COVID-19 is affecting realty in Rock Hill

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Realty in Rock HillDue to stock market uncertainty caused by COVID-19, the Federal Reserve reduced interest rates, causing mortgage rates to dip slightly. Speaking to both Margaret Robinson, a mortgage banker with Atlantic Bay Mortgage, and John "Jay" Rinehart, the owner of Rinehart Realty, we discover how this has been affecting their businesses.

Made Here | Cosmosis Stones

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Crystals at Cosmosis StonesCosmosis Stones is a Charlotte-based jewelry company. Owner Brianna Daniels uses both copper and crystals when making her jewelry. Of choosing her materials, she says, "Through the practice of meditatively wrapping crystals, I got a better understanding of the function of copper and some of its properties. I was learning more about the crystals' functions, and how they would be helpful in healing me." Furthermore, she belives that wearing crystals as jewelry is important because "they're a constant reminder of what you're working on." Made Here is a digital series that explores small...

Made Here | Mrs. Fakley's Fun Felt Food

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Mrs. Fakley's Fun Felt FoodMrs. Fakley's Fun Felt Food sells realistic play food for children. It is based in Gastonia, North Carolina, but is available all throughout the Carolinas. Growing up on the North Carolina/South Carolina border and completing her undergraduate degree at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, owner Lisa Ratchford has roots in both North and South Carolina and sells at vendor shows in both states. When Ratchford, a full-time teacher, first started creating felt food, she says it was because she has "to have something to do at all times." What began as a hobby that she picked up to keep her hands...

The Wall That Heals in Rock Hill

By Kaitlyn Cannon

The Wall that HealsOn a beautiful Fall day, several visitors make their way to the Riverwalk community in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This day is special because instead of heading to the BMX track to watch a race, visitors are headed to the soccer field to honor and celebrate Vietnam Veterans at The Wall That Heals . The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Rock Hill is one of only three Southeast stops. It honors the more than three million Americans who served in the United States Armed forces in the Vietnam War, and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men...

Main Water Break results in Boil Water Advisory Throughout York County

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Rock Hill Water Filter PlantOn Wednesday, October 9, there was a 20” water main break at the Water Plant on Cherry Road in York County. It was repaired around 1:00 AM this morning, with the water plant coming online around 3:00 AM. Although 125,000 customers have been affected with around 30 million gallons of water spilled, customers are now seeing service restored. There is a boil water advisory now in affect all throughout York County. Monitoring and testing is being conducted per The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) standards. Results from water sample tests require 24 hours notice from DHEC...

Made Here | Some Glassie Ladies!

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Glassie LadiesGlassie Ladies is a stained glass store in Columbia, South Carolina. They sell stained glass sheets as well as offer stained glass, mosaic, and fused glass classes. The owner, Pat Stone, explains her passion for stain glass. She says, "Art comes from your imagination and I think it's important to keep your brain working and have your imagination engaged." She continues, "Being able to offer art as a local business is a passion of mine." The Glassie Ladie's manager, Jan Key, expresses why she thinks local businesses are important. She says, "I just think you learn the completeness of a...

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