Thelisha Eaddy

10,000 More Kids in SC Now Without Health Insurance

By Thelisha Eaddy


Data from a new report indicates the number of uninsured children in the United States has increased for the first time in nearly a decade. According to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Family, between 2016 and 2017, the number of uninsured children increased by about 276,000. In South Carolina, that number is 10,000. Joan Alker is Executive Director of the Georgetown center, she spoke with South Carolina Public Radio about why these numbers are important.

Virtual Reality, Simulation Tools Help Midlands Exercise Empathy Muscle

By Thelisha Eaddy

Richland Library staff preparing to use the new empathy lab.

Virtual reality and simulation tools are helping people in the Midlands "exercise their empathy muscle." Richland Library has a mobile empthy lab that travels to its various branches, giving customers the chance to "try on" someone else's life and see things from a new perspective.  In November, the My Life Experience Empathy Lab immersed customers into the life of someone who lost their job, was evicted and eventually bec

Lt. Gov. Candidates Debate Healthcare, Education, Poverty and Their Priorities on Women's Issues

By Thelisha Eaddy

2018 Silent Witness Ceremony

In one week, South Carolina will elect a governor. Through that mid-term election decision, a new lieutenant governor will also be selected.

Monday, lieutenant candidates, Republican Pamela Evette and Democrat Mandy Powers-Norrell, met for their only televised debate. They shared what they both would bring to the state's 'executive office table' and reinforced their running mate's positions on topics like healthcare, taxes, education and gun control.

McMaster, Smith Make Last Televised Appeal to Voters

By Thelisha Eaddy


With less than two weeks to go before voters head to the polls during midterm elections, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster and Democratic state Rep. James Smith met for their second and final debate Thursday at Greenville Technical College.

Not Sure How to Vote in November? Gubernatorial Debates Shed Light on Candidate’s Policies

By Thelisha Eaddy

Gubernatorial candidates meet for first debate.

Incumbent Republican Governor Henry McMaster said he is in favor of low taxes, believes the Superintendent of Education should be appointed by the governor, has created a commission to study flooding, and warns against messing with 2nd amendment rights. His Gubernatorial challenger Rep. James Smith is a supporter of pro-growth tax initiatives, wants the people of South Carolina to pick the person who heads the state’s education department, criticizes the governor for not investing in infrastructure and believes more can be done to curb gun violence.

Nichols Prepares for Hurricane Florence, SCDNR Explains How Rain in NC impacts SC

By Thelisha Eaddy

Cars flooded in the parking lot of a Dollar General stoe

Flooding will be a major concern for parts of South Carolina, possibly during and after Hurricane Florence makes landfall. The town of Nichols, in Marion county, experienced severe flooding in 2016 during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Disaster Recovery Coordinator Michaela Hufford shares what the town is doing to prepare for Hurricane Florence. "Everyone, rightfully so, is nervous about it. It is a really big storm and a lot of newscasters are comparing it to Hugo," Hufford said. Nichols is a very small town located just eight miles south of the North Carolina border.

From Warehouse to Convention Center; A Look at Soda City Comic Con's Growth in the Midlands

By Thelisha Eaddy

Cosplay  and comics fan James Williams

In 2011, Donald Brock, Jr. found an old comic book on a shelf,  inside one of his father's properties. "I looked at it. It look reasonably old." Brock said, the conditons in the warehouse were not that great, so "I swiped it and said I would go online and see if its worth anything." The comic book was an issue of the Brave and the Bold 28, "which is the very first appearance of the Justice League." Brock said he sold the comic, a decision he still regrets, but the sale produced a few hundreds dollars and inspired the Gaffeny native to venture into the comic book business.

Beyond Four Walls: Library Uses New Dispensers to Promote Reading, Community Engagement

By Thelisha Eaddy

Richland Library's Tony Tallent displays a newly-dispensed short story from one of three new short story dispensers at the library's main branch in downtown Columbia.

During its recent Learn Freely Fest, Richland Library launched newly-acquired short story dispensers for the public to try. The sleek, black and organge device allows people to select a one, three or five minute story to print. Richland Library is one of only four libraries across the country to receive the dispensers. Its a part of a program called Fostering Creative Community Connections, a project to promote reading; community engagement; library programs and services; and creative expression from diverse writers.