Kaitlyn Park

Images from the Road: #HurricaneMatthew

By Kaitlyn Park

heavy traffic congestion on I26

This slideshow will be updated frequently with images from reporters in the field and S.C. residents featuring evacuations, weather and events related to Hurricane Matthew. SCETV and Palmetto Scene viewers are welcome to submit their photos by tweeting them to @PalmettoScene

Take Pets When Evacuating, Advises Humane Society

By Kaitlyn Park

pet owner carries cat in carrier

South Carolina residents evacuating, as well as those evacuating from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, should take their pets with them when evacuating for Hurricane Matthew. Although the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is ready to care for animals caught in natural disasters, pet owners are encouraged to evacuate pets, as well, and have a "Pet-Disaster Preparedness" kit ready.

#HurricaneMatthew Prep Information from Governor Haley: Wednesday Morning

By Kaitlyn Park

Track of Hurricane Matthew

Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference Wednesday morning to update the state on the status of Hurricane Matthew.

Nikki Haley informed reporters at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (EMD) that the National Weather Service advised her this morning how the storm had changed overnight. The storm has slowed down and “moved somewhat”, but could move back before arriving to South Carolina. Haley said her team will “move as the storm moves”.

Homegrown Cooking Sauces Dip into Local Markets

By Kaitlyn Park

savvy foods bottles with steak, shrimp and barbecue sandwich

“I taught myself from a lot of trial and error and watching a lot of Food Network. I like to say, you really can learn something from television.”

Savvy Foods cooking sauces President and Chef Will Lacey is by no means a traditional chef de cuisine, and he wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that.

Working as a bartender for Five Point’s Bar None, Lacey spent his nights off testing out ideas from local service industry veterans who frequent the saloon.

What is Human Trafficking? Understanding this Crime in South Carolina

By Kaitlyn Park

blurred image of child behind a fence

“Human trafficking does present a threat in South Carolina,” says Marie Sazehn.

Sazehn serves as an Assistant Attorney General who understands the crime and its implications.

“A lot of times when people think of human trafficking, it is something they associate with big Hollywood movies, like “Taken,” or something that only happens overseas, to people that live abroad, or that are smuggled into the country.  However, I assure you that South Carolina citizens are trafficking South Carolina-born victims in our state.”

Understanding Orlando a Year After Emanuel

By Kaitlyn Park

Sign reading "Send some love to Orlando"

Almost a year ago to the day, South Carolina and the nation grieved what was possibly the greatest tragedy in the state’s history. In an act of senseless hatred, bigotry and racism, nine innocent lives were lost in a church in Charleston. Today, Florida and the nation grieve the deadliest attack in the nation’s history since 9/11- another act of hatred and bigotry. Early Sunday morning, forty-nine innocent lives were lost in an Orlando gay nightclub.

Hundreds of South Carolinians Gather at Reformation Lutheran for Candlelight Vigil

By Kaitlyn Park

Congregation sits at vigil, altar lit in rainbow colors

Monday evening at 6 p.m., hundreds gathered at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, S.C. for a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of the Orlando shooting victims.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, were killed. At least 53 others were wounded.

Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS. The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history, and the worst act of domestic terror since 9/11.

The church served as a safe space where members of the community could grieve this horrific loss.

Wells Fargo Visits W.F. Sandel Elementary to Teach Children to Save

By Kaitlyn Park

children learn about saving in classroom

On May 12, 2016, Wells Fargo Team Members visited W.F. Sandel Elementary in Columbia, S.C., as part of the bank’s Teach Children to Save Campaign.

Teach Children to Save is a national program sponsored by the American Bankers Association (ABA).

Bank volunteers speak with students and teach mini-lessons to help young people develop saving habits early in life. SCETV was with Wells Fargo as they visited second-graders and taught them about the difference between needs and wants, and the value of saving.

Malfunction Junction Improvements Added to Senate Roads Bill

By Kaitlyn Park

heavy traffic

Under the road-spending plan that the Senate’s budget panel approved on Wednesday, April 20, Malfunction Junction, considered the state Transportation Department’s No. 1 priority since 2008, would be fixed, reports The State.

The plan would provide around $4 billion for road projects over the next 10 years.

US Quidditch Cup 9 Brings Cash to Columbia

By Kaitlyn Park

young students playing the game Quidditch

U.S. Quidditch Cup 9 brought the world of Harry Potter to Columbia for the first time last weekend, Apr. 16 and 17, and brought with it an economic boost to the Columbia area.

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