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As NASA Prepares for Historic SpaceX Launch, A Look at How an SC Native, Clemson Grad Plays a Role

By Thelisha Eaddy

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug HurleyFor the first time in nine years, astronauts will launch into space from American soil. Wednesday’s planned test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon will send two astronauts, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station. In 2018, South Carolina Public Radio talked with Conway native, Clemson Graduate and newly-appointed Deputy Director of NASA Johnson Space Center Vanessa Wyche. She shared how the agency was working towards this pivotal moment and how it relates to the future of space exploration. The scheduled flight is being called a new era in human spaceflight. NASA’s...

Facing Dwindling Funds, Nonprofits Look to Annual Giving Event for Needed Support

By Thelisha Eaddy

Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services during 2019 Midlands Gives Event. The nonprofit has furloughed more than half its staff due to Covid-19. According to a recent survey by the South Carolina Community Loan fund, many nonprofits say they will run out of funding by June; 80 percent indicated they will be out money by September. Elizabeth Houck works with Midlands Gives, an 18-hour online giving event powered by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. For the past six years, the event has raised almost 10 million dollars for local nonprofits. Houck said this year’s event, in the midst of a pandemic, the need to give organizations is even greater. “They kind of go on the back burner, in terms of where we give our support,” she...

Second Shipment of Medical Equipment Includes Thousands of N95 Respirators, Face Masks and Gloves

By Thelisha Eaddy

South Carolina receives second shipment of Personal protective EquipmentSouth Carolina received a second shipment of Personal protective Equipment, or PPEs, from the federal government, Saturday. The allotment included surgical gowns, face masks and gloves. The supplies are for healthcare providers responding to COVID-19 and were distributed to all 46 counties. SCDHEC said the distribution of materials was data driven, to ensure needs are fairly met, and was based on county populations. RELATED: First Shipment of Personal Protective Equipment Arrives in SC, More Expected Over Next Three Weeks SNS 2nd Allocation County Quantities by Thelisha Eaddy on Scribd

DHEC Announces First COVID-19 Related Death

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South Carolina's first COVID-19 related death was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing FacilityThe South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has reported the state’s first death related to COVID-19 novel coronavirus. “We regret to report that South Carolina has suffered its first death in an elderly person recently reported to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing Facility,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC Physician Consultant. “Our state health officials continue to work with national and local partners to respond to this ongoing public health matter.” The patient was from Lexington...

Coronavirus, Campaign Policies & Securing the Black Vote; Takeaways from Tuesday’s Debate

By Thelisha Eaddy

acd65b83-419b-4344-89d5-f0ea316dfe7dAmid typical debate topics: the economy, education, housing, rural healthcare and national security, Tuesday’s breaking news of health officials warning Americans to plan for the spread of the Coronavirus in the U.S. gave seven of the eight remaining Democratic candidates the opportunity to show how they would lead during the growing international crisis and also the chance to attack what many of them called the President’s lack of leadership on the issue. “What we have to do is make sure we have treatment for those Americans and that they are in a quarantine situation,” Klobuchar said...

Leaning on His Backbone, Biden’s Soul of the Nation Bus Tour Swings Through Palmetto State

By Thelisha Eaddy

Bishopville resident Willie McDonald listens as Valerie Biden Owens talks about her brother Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. McDonald said he's voting for Biden because he best represents him.About two weeks ago, when Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden realized his showing in the New Hampshire Primary was going to be low, the former Vice President made a trip to South Carolina for a launch party. Surrounded by a diverse crowd of energetic supporters, Biden said despite poor numbers in Iowa, and similar expectations in New Hampshire, their fight was just beginning. “We haven’t heard from the most committed constituents of the Democratic party; the African-American community.” South Carolina’s first in the South Primary will show how popular Biden, and the other...

75 Years Later, the Public Gets Access to Rare Images from Iwo Jima

By Thelisha Eaddy

Images of soldiers during the five-week long battle of Iwo Jima are now publically accessibleCarrying the wounded to a make-shift hospital, taking communion, and traveling by sea are just some of the images revealed in never-before-seen films taken during the battle of Iwo Jima. The start of this World War II battle began 75 years ago this week and lasted just over a month. After 36 days of fighting, more than 6,000 Americans were killed as well as almost all of the 21,000 Japanese who defended the island. These images are made available through a partnership between the history division of the United States Marine Corps and the University of South Carolina. The school's Moving Image...

In Orangeburg, a Museum Spotlights People, Events Crucial to the Civil Rights Movement

By Thelisha Eaddy

Cecil Williams in front of the Briggs-Delaine exhibit at his museumA new museum in Orangeburg county celebrates South Carolina residents who fought racial injustice. The Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum features over 500 photographs, most of which were taken by Williams. After years of trying to get local support for a civil rights museum in the area, Williams said he used thousands of dollars of his own money to create a place where the images and stories of those who helped shape American history can displayed. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, not far from where the Orangeburg massacre took place, is the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum ...

South Carolina Veterans Project Wins National Award

By Thelisha Eaddy

Trado Mayson and Bernie ShankmanOn this Veterans Days, students at the University of South Carolina are celebrating a national award they received for recorded conversations they conducted with veterans. The project is called The South Carolina Veterans Oral History Project . It is a 2019 Oral History Association Elizabeth B. Mason Award winner. The project was created by Andrea L’Hommedieu, director of the University Libraries’ Oral History Department; she shares how the project is preserving American history and leaving an impact on those who will shape the country in the future. Hear more stories on the project's website.

Six Receive Prestigious Humanities Awards

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2019 SC Humanities Award WinnersSix people across South Carolina recently joined the ranks of recipients of two prestigious state awards; the SC Governor’s Awards in the Humanities and the Fresh Voices in the Humanities Award. In 1991, SC Humanities started honoring people who have made a career working in the humanities with the Governor’s award. In 2018, the organization started honoring those, just starting to make an impact in the field, with its Fresh Voices award. Executive Director Randy Akers shares what the organization looks for in each year’s winners. 2019 SC Humanities Award Winners Greenville Chautauqua Ron...

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