Scott Morgan

South Carolinians in Quarantine are Fostering and Adopting More Pets

By Scott Morgan

9b60c725-30f6-4e4f-ab3e-3475d3908893As South Carolinians are shut in for who-knows-how-long, they’re looking for ways to occupy their time and still do something positive. Alexa Sparkman, manager of volunteer programs at Pawmetto Lifeline in Columbia, says her organization has seen a big uptick in adoptions and in requests to foster. "Our foster team has seen application after application for all sorts of pets," Sparkman says. "Young, old, puppies, moms with puppies, so you name it." She says Pawmetto used to see about 30 adoptions per week. Recently, it saw 54. Likewise, Fostering Foster, an animal rescue organization in...

Indicted Sheriff Files for Re-Election in Chester County

By Scott Morgan

36365c88-eb31-4a06-a895-a461329a590fOf the 39 county sheriff's races on tap satewide this November, the liveliest could be the one in Chester County, where two incumbents will vie to win the office. On theone side is Republican Max Dorsey, who has served as Chester’s interim sheriff since last year. Dorsey took over the office after the county’s last-elected sheriff, Democrat Alex Underwood, was relieved of his duties by Gov. Henry McMaster. The governor’s actions came after federal authorities raided Underwood’s office and indicted him on charges including brutality, stemming from a live-streamed 2018 raffic incident) and...

Blood Donations Are Critically Low In The Carolinas. Here's How You Can Help

By Scott Morgan

58af3b23-b9d8-4d08-bc3d-42bfb0a6f013Blood is in short supply, in large part because of the coronavirus outbreak, says Maya Franklin, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Charlotte, NC. “That’s resulted in dozens, if not hundreds, of blood drove cancellations by our sponsors,” she says. That statement only refers to the Carolinas region between Rock Hill, SC, and Greensboro, NC. Nationally, says Franklin’s Rock Hill colleague, Ashley Collier, about 5,000 blood drives had been cancelled, through March 20. “That is a lot of units going uncollected,” Franklin says. “A lot of patients who may be at risk. We want to be able to...

York County's Real Estate Industry Is Doing Well Despite (Because of?) the Coronavirus

By Scott Morgan

5354cd07-e758-4a0c-9853-85c4c5092854Business is suffering some of the worst effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Some, like restaurants, may not be able to make it back , even if our collective quarantine were to end today. But a few industries are doing very well. In York County, at least, residential real estate is cruising along, thanks in part to historically low interest rates and an already healthy market in the ever-growing Charlotte metro region. At Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group's Rock Hill office, Margaret Robinson is doing twice the refinancing applications she normally would. “Most of the time you do a few refis and a...

South Carolina’s Mental Health Centers Remain Open

By Scott Morgan

abstract mental health symbolUpdate, March 23, 2020: The Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center is now condusting routine consultations onlythrough phone and video. Director Roger Williams says serious cases, new patients, and patients exhibiting suicidal tendencies are still being seen in-person, after screening outside the building. Betsy O’Brien, executive director of the National Alliance On Mental Illness Piedmont Tri-County (NAMI) has an autistic son she and her husband almost couldn’t get in to see. He lives in a four-bedroom group home that, due to precautions surrounding coronavirus, is being treated like a...

It's Census Time, South Carolina. But Can We Get Past the Hangups?

By Scott Morgan

Census graphicsA look at South Carolina's anticipated response rates to the 2020 Census. The redder the area, the less likely it is expected to respond. Such apathy can have huge consequences on school funding, government services, and representation on Election Day. Credit U.S. Census Bureau The Census. We've been doing it every 10 years since 1790 – in part because it's in the Constitution and in part because it's really, really important to know how many of us there are and where we live. That doesn't mean it's exactly easy to convince people to answer a bunch of personal questions. Jan Smiley, South...

Rock Hill's homeless services (including the free bus) adjust for COVID-19

By Scott Morgan

8706b9cc-52b5-46c8-a0b6-a3e7e6f7551dRock Hill has two services the city's homeless population uses on a daily basis to get something to eat. One is the MyRide bus system, a free, citywide service for all; the other is the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, MyRide drops off across the street from the soup kitchen Monday through Saturday at around 11:30 a.m. There, a usually packed No. 2 route bus mostly empties and riders make their way to a hot lunch at one of the soup kitchen's tables, amid plenty of chatty company. On Monday, lunch was not hot, not chatty, and not served on a plate taken to a table. It was a ham and cheese sandwich, a...

Winthrop Economist Is Not Panicking Over Covid-Inspired Market Woes

By Scott Morgan

bb4399a8-bfc6-4122-8f30-5a6bb612c0fcIf you’re getting nervous about the economy based on the coronavirus’ effect on the stock market and on global oil prices, your worries might be premature. “I don’t really foresee this being a panic time,” says Dr. Lou Pantuosco, a professor of economics Winthrop University. “I think most people are looking at this as a good opportunity to buy. At least the people I’ve talked to.” Pantuosco is also a financial planner, who says his customers are seeing the chance to get stock in companies that even just two weeks ago were trading much higher. He says they’ve been eager to buy, not to sell, as...

Is South Carolina Braced for COVID-19? A USC Dr. Says Yes

By Scott Morgan

b75b81c7-1f80-4c88-aa6d-4b55531e8954As of Tuesday, the World Health Organization(WHO) identified 59 cases of COVID-19 in the United States . None are in South Carolina; but the case that has U.S. health officials wary is one from California. It was reported earlier this week and is the first to show up on American soil without being directly traceable to the person affected having any contact with a country or person known to already have it. As of Thursday, health officials had no idea how the person contracted the illness The spread of this particular strain of coronavirus has taken whole nations off-guard, and some health...

A Clemson Architect Weighs in on 'Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again'

By Scott Morgan

The U.S. Capitol is a grand achievement of classical architecture. A potential presidential order could make all federal building projects above a certain price be crafted in this same style. That doesn't sit well with several architects.A potential Trump administration plan dubbed “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” would demand that all federal building projects costing above $50 million be designed in the neoclassical style. The aim is to unify the architectural style of major federal buildings. But the initiative has drawn the ire of architects around the country. “The idea of mandating a style is against the idea of making buildings beautiful,” says Kate Schwennsen, an architecture professor at Clemson University. She’s also a former president of the American Institute of Architects who, along with 33 of her...

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