Linda Nunez

It's Not Your Imagination, SC Has Been Getting More Rain than Usual

By Linda Nunez

rainfallCredit South Carolina State Climatology Office Lately, South Carolinians have been talking about the weather. Not as a mere pleasantry, but because we seem to be experiencing several days in a row of rain. Even your Facebook friends have probably either posted or commented on some sort of meme involving epic deluges and flooding. But, all kidding aside, the flooding has been real. Several rivers throughout the state have reached flooding stages, causing road closures and even some parks that border rivers to restrict certain areas of access due to local flooding. But all these rains have had...

Countdown to October 1, 2020: Obtaining Your SC Real ID

By Linda Nunez

The Real I.D. is dentified by the gold star in the upper right corner. Credit Photo courtesy S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles Beginning October 1st of this year, anyone who wishes to fly on a commercial aircraft, access a federal facility, or enter a military installation will be required to present their passport, military ID, or their Real ID. Back in 2005, Congress passed the “Real ID Act” in response to the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government set the standard for the issuance of IDs, like driver’s licenses. To date, all 50 states and territories are fully compliant with the Real ID requirements. According to the U.S. Travel Association,...

Origins of the Carolina-Clemson Rivalry: Why are These Two Great Schools at Odds?

By Linda Nunez

University of South Carolina football team of 1896.Every fall, fans of the University of South Carolina and Clemson University square up and begin preparing for one of the oldest rivalry games in southeast college football. For some, it means a bit of good old-fashioned ribbing and jokes that cast the other team in a not-so-flattering light; but for others, the football rivalry goes deeper, sometimes even going as far as dividing family members at the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. But have you ever wondered when, and why this legendary rivalry took root? I took the scenic drive from Columbia up to Clemson to draw on the knowledge of Dr...

The South Carolina State Library: “Your Library’s Library”

By Linda Nunez

A very old and rare book which requires special lighting in storageThe South Carolina State Library has come a long way from its roots in the early 20th Century as a single office tucked inside the South Carolina Statehouse. As of 1969, it’s now a 5-story building two blocks down from the Statehouse at 1500 Senate St., celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. But despite its growth, the goal of the South Carolina State Library has remained steadfast: to develop, support, and sustain a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger. South Carolina State Library Director Leesa Aiken, and Communications Director Dr...

LED Light Bulbs: A Bright Idea

By Linda Nunez

File photo of an L.E.D. lightbulb.When the “light emitting diode,” or “LED” light was first developed, it was primarily used as an indicator light in lab equipment. But as the low energy consumption of LEDs was observed, and costs for manufacturing LEDs went down, the new lighting technology found its way into the hands of consumers. Users of the more modern light bulbs not only began to see lower power bills, but also noticed how rarely they needed to replace their LED bulbs. Alan Hancock, Energy and Climate Advocacy Director for the Coastal Conservation League, is on a mission to encourage both consumers and businesses to...