Tabitha Safdi

South Carolina’s Economic Forecast Looking Up

By Tabitha Safdi

EconomyThe University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business presented their economic forecast this week at their annual Economic Outlook Conference . “According to Doug Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen, economists in the Moore School’s Division of Research, the single best indicator of economic performance is the rate of job growth, which they expect to increase by 1.7 percent during 2014.” Von Nesson explains why the economy is growing, but why we can’t necessarily feel the effects and the problems our state continues to face. To see all the conference’s presentation, visit The Moore School of...

2013 Governor’s Carolighting At The State House

By Tabitha Safdi

CarolightingThis year marked the 47th Annual Carolighting at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. There were ensembles and choirs, both young and old, Columbia Mayor Benjamin, Governor Haley and even Santa attended. But who sets all this up? There is a lot that goes into making sure an event like this is a success. The Event Planner, Ray Gray, says, “It’s my role to pull all the pieces together and to really make them work. I’m not doing it all by myself I am grateful to say. I have some help from the governor’s staff and it's really a team effort”. To view more events, visit the Official Columbia...

Children’s Shelter Changing Lives…One at a Time

By Tabitha Safdi

Palmetto PlaceSince 1977, the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter has provided over 5,800 Midland's abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens with a safe, home-like place to go. They provide a home until an appropriate foster family is located. “The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year and provides medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring and recreational and social activities in addition to food, clothing and shelter.” June Falk once lived at the shelter. She recalls her childhood and how being at the shelter changed her life and...

South Carolinians Determined to Stop Domestic Violence

By Tabitha Safdi

Domestic Violence WalkAccording to the Violence Policy Center’s annual report, South Carolina leads the nation in the rate of women killed by men, up from number two the previous year. The state’s rate of 2.54 women killed per 100,000 people in 2011 was more than twice the national average. People from all parts of the Palmetto State are coming together to do something about it. Churches, civic groups and local organizations are standing up and stepping out against this tragic epidemic. You can find help through the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA).

Northeastern University Experiences Civil Rights in South Carolina

By Tabitha Safdi

Civil RightsThomas Mullikan is not only a Camden attorney, but he travels back and forth to Boston to teach a class on Southern Politics at Northeastern University . Several weeks ago, he brought his class down South to get a first-hand look at our past and future regarding civil rights in our state. The tour through South Carolina began in Camden, where several leaders recalled their moments in our civil rights history.

Darlington Raceway: More than a Racetrack

By Tabitha Safdi

Darlington RacewayDarlington Raceway is known for its most popular races, Nascar Nationwide Series 200 and the Bojangles’ South 500 . The new Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile has some other plans that involve getting the community more engaged. Wile says, “Outside of our race weekend, we really want to focus our efforts locally, making sure that we are engaging the community on a year-round basis. Not only do we have exciting events going on during the Nascar weekend, but we really want to focus our efforts on bringing people to the racetrack monthly to utilize this facility. We have this great 300-acre...

South Carolina Slave Home to Become Centerpiece for Smithsonian’s New Museum

By Tabitha Safdi

Slave HomeDown a dirt road on Edisto Island, in the middle of Point of Pines Plantation, stood a dilapidated home chock-full of history. The home was one of two of the nation’s oldest slave cabins, dating to the 1850s. According to the NY Times , “Black families lived in the wood-sided, two-room houses, without electricity or heating, until the 1980s." The NY Times : “For years, local historians had struggled to save the pinewood building. After the last residents moved out, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, in 1986. Three years ago, the plantation’s owners donated the cabin but...

Coach John McKissick: The Winningest Coach in the Nation

By Tabitha Safdi

McKissickCoach John McKissick has done something football coaches across the country can only dream about achieving. In 2012, he became the first American football coach in history to win 600 career games. Coach McKissick currently holds the record for the most wins by a football coach on any level. ESPN calls the Summerville High School football coach the “Coach of the Century.” When ESPN The Magazine asked Coach McKissick about retiring, his response was epic. “My wife, Joan, says it and I say it too: I would retire, but it would look bad after 61 years of marriage to get a divorce." For more on...

Teacher Cadet Program Making an Impact Across the Nation

By Tabitha Safdi

Teacher CadetThe Teacher Cadet Program uses an innovative approach to attract talented young people to the teaching profession. The Teacher Cadet Program was piloted in four high schools from 1985 to 1986. The program quickly grew to 28 schools in its second year, all of which still offer the Teacher Cadet Program. According to Marcella Wine-Snyder, Program Director for Teacher Cadets, “Right now we have 170 sites in the state…but not only is it making an impact here in South Carolina; it is making an impact nationally. The Teacher Cadet program is the only national program across the U.S. that focuses on...

An Interview with Lunch Money, the S.C. Indie Rock Band

By Tabitha Safdi

Lunch MoneyThe band Lunch Money is making waves with audiences everywhere with songs about dollhouses, balloons and pushing buttons. These audiences aren’t just pint-sized people either. Parents are finding this indie music fun, too. “I love it when adults tell us, 'I find myself listening to your album even when my kids aren't around.' That’s the point,” says bass player, J.D. Stephens. The Columbia, South Carolina-based band has songs in regular rotation on SiriusXM Radio, and the band has played venues and festivals around the United States. NPR had this to say about Lunch Money: “One characteristic...

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