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Son of Holocaust Survivor Observes Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

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The gate at Auschwitz concentration camp, with the slogan "work will set you free" above the entrance.  Recently in South Carolina and around the world, events were held to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27 marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. The Holocaust killed an estimated six million European Jews as well as many other victims of the Nazis, including Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, gypsies, homosexuals, the infirm and more. One of the survivors of Auschwitz was the late teacher, author and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. His son Elisha was in Columbia Jan. 28 as keynote speaker at a...

Re-pack Causes Temporary Inconvenience for Long-term Benefits

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Transmitters for SCETV and SC Public Radio.The short interruptions that some listeners of both commercial and public radio stations have experienced to broadcasts in the past couple of months are actually the sound of progress, according to ETV Vice President of Technology and Facilities Mark Jahnke. It's a process called repacking, and it was brought about by the increasing demand for broadband services for digital devices like cell phones. In order to get faster connections through the wireless carriers, more space on the frequency spectrum was needed, and these digital device signals operate on the exact same frequencies as...

Some SC Public Libraries Begin to Drop Fines for Late Books

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Richland Library has experienced positive feedback from both patrons and staff after going fine-free for overdue books and materials. Patrons of the Richland Library have a reason to smile these days. A few months ago, the library stopped charging late fees for overdue books. The move is one more way the library tries to be accessible to people and remove barriers to using the facility, said Director Melanie Huggins, who cited a recent study that found more than 24,000 people could no longer check materials out of the library because they owed more than $10 in fines. "The staff were really champions for going fine-free because the people that were being stopped from using the library were people that $10 is a lot of money...

Flu Shots Help South Carolinians Have a Healthier Winter

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injectionFlu season runs approximately from October to May, so it's in full swing, with more cases being reported as the weather gets colder. Health agencies statewide are urging people to get their flu shots. One reason some people don't, according to DHEC's Dr. Theresa Foo, is an old belief that flu shots actually give people a mild case of the flu. Not true, she says. "The flu shot does not cause the flu. There's no active virus in the flu shot. The most common reaction to getting a flu shot is a sore arm." A little swelling or redness at the site of the shot is the usual result, and that generally...

Rock Steady Boxing Helps Parkinson's Patients Delay Symptoms

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Jim "Jet" Whittle improves his wind with his Rock Steady Boxing trainer."You get fit, but you don't get hit." That's the way David Rispress of 9 Rounds Gym in Forest Acres describes the workout plan for Rock Steady Boxing. It's a non-contact program of boxing exercises for people with Parkinson's Disease that has seen steady growth since its introduction around 2006. Rock Steady Boxing was created by an Indiana lawyer who was diagnosed with Parkinson's and who found, after much research, that forced, intense exercise delayed the effects of the disease. It worked for him, said Elise Matthews of Kore Wellness gym in Columbia, so he started to spread the program...

Crash of '29 Recalled on 90th Anniversary of Historic Economic Calamity

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Row of men at the New York City docks out of work during the depression, 193490 years ago, panic gripped the New York Stock Exchange as the stock market crashed on "Black Tuesday," Oct. 29, 1929. In four days, the market plummeted 25 percent, and investors lost $30 billion - 10 times the federal budget, and more than the United States spent on World War I. The "Roaring Twenties," a decade of growth, prosperity and optimism unprecedented in American history, stopped dead in its tracks, and was replaced with its polar opposite - the Great Depression. Unemployment soared to 25 percent, and 2/3 of Americans were affected by the hard times brought by the Depression and its...

October/November Walks Call Attention to Suicide Prevention

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logoCredit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logo / National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Each October and early Novemeber a series of walks called "Out of the Darkness" call attention to the problem of suicide in South Carolina. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the state and the nation, but among South Carolina residents aged 15-34, it's the second. Helen Pridgen, statewide director of A.F.S.P., the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said 838 South Carolinians were lost to suicide in 2017, the most recent year from which statistics are available. She said the most common...

South Carolina State Fair Celebrates 150 Years of Fun, Fellowship and Tradition

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The South Carolina State Fair celebrates its 150th birthday this year.  "The question this year was 'when you hear the words, the South Carolina State Fair, what comes to mind?' And they said 'When we think of the fair we think of family, we think of tradition and we think of fun.' And that's really what we’re about." -- State Fair Executive Director Nancy Smith. There may be no greater stimulator of all five senses simultaneously than the South Carolina State Fair. Sight, hearing, feel, smell and taste are all bombarded by the delights that have drawn millions to the fairgrounds in Columbia for 150 years. Fair Executive Director Nancy Smith quoted high school...

Committee Works to Standardize the Iconic South Carolina State Flag

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The Flag of the State of South Carolina as approved by A.S. Salley.The South Carolina flag is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the 50 flags representing the country's states. But if one observes closely, he can sometimes detect differences between flags at various state offices and locations. That's because the state does not have a standard for the production of its flags. The situation is finally being remedied, however, by the formation of a committee which will make recommendations to the legislature for official standards for the flag. "There was an official state flag in 1861...so the 1861 flag was really the official state flag until 1910...

South Carolina is Home to Several Charming Southern Accents

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Sign at Table Rock State Park near Pickens, SC.In South Carolina, one would naturally expect to hear what could be called a classic Southern accent spoken by its residents. But not every South Carolinian sounds the same, according to linguist Paul Reed, who earned his PhD in the study at the University of South Carolina. Reed identifies roughly four main areas in the state where the Southern dialect differs: Charleston and its surroundings; the Pee Dee, the Midlands and a good portion of the Upstate, "which you might want to call 'Classically Southern'...and then you've got the upper part of the Upstate...so it's almost like Appalachia...

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