Victoria Hansen

Citadel Employee Accused of Sexually Abusing Former Cadet

By Victoria Hansen

Kenneth Gregory BoesAn employee with Charleston’s military college, the Citadel, is accused of giving a former cadet alcohol and pills, and sexually assaulting him. Kenneth Gregory Boes is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct following an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. An arrest affidavit says the alleged assaults reportedly began last summer after the 56 year-old became work out partners with the student. It says Boes tried to forcibly kiss the cadet in September 2017 at his campus office. It goes on to describe another alleged encounter at the defendant’s on campus...

Photographing Veterans after Capturing Combat

By Victoria Hansen

Shelee Murray poses with her late husband's dog tags.Stacy Pearsall's office is tucked away in an upstairs bedroom of her Charleston area home. Her service dog Charlie checks in occasionally, tail wagging, making sure she's alright. Above her desk, hangs a collection of spoons; small, some silver, simple and ornate. Stacy says she handpicked them for a loved one during her travels overseas, someone who has since passed away. They reflect her love of service and a discerning eye. The 38 year-old is a photographer, a master of the moment and light. Her story is as complex as the portraits of veterans she takes. “I see people differently,” she...

Money Raised for Charleston's New International African American Museum

By Victoria Hansen

A picture of what the International African American Museum is expected to look likeThe Charleston Maritime Museum was packed Thursday with a who’s who of community leaders, as well as local and state dignitaries. Former, long time Charleston City Mayor Joe Riley could barely contain his excitement as he stepped up to the podium. “Today we’ve asked all of you to join us to tell you that the dream of the International African American Museum shared by so many will be a reality,” he said. “We have met our $75 million fundraising goal.” The entire room erupted in applause. A once distant goal had finally been met, and the future of a museum honoring the lives and contributions...

The Future of Crab Bank; A Coastal Bird Sanctuary

By Victoria Hansen

Guests aboard a Coastal Expedition cruise look out at the Charleston Harbor and a passing cargo shipChris Crolley of Coastal Expeditions gives a tour of Shem Creek and what's left of bird sanctuary Crab Bank Credit David Quick Chris Crolley wears a long, grey, shirt only those who work in the sun instinctively know to wear. His blue eyes reflect some of the button-up’s hue, as he looks out beneath his worn, woven hat with a small, winged pin. He knows what makes tourists and locals alike go “ahhh”. He’s been giving tours of Mount Pleasant’s Shem Creek for 30 years. “That’s the Atlantic, bottle nosed dolphin,” he says. The president of Coastal Expeditions knows the wildlife; dolphins,...

Lowcountry Bridge Reopens Early

By Victoria Hansen

Traffic backed up on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant due to closed west bound lanes of Wando BridgeA major artery connecting coastal communities to Charleston and beyond is back open, one week earlier than expected. South Carolina Department of Transportation officials made the announcement late Thursday and reopened the west bound lanes of I-526 to traffic Saturday. Fortunately, the weather permitted. "Well it's very welcome news, " said Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie. "We have 33,000 cars a day going out of Mount Pleasant over that bridge and there are only nine lanes of traffice leading out of our town and two of them were lost in a moment's notice." That moment came when a cable...

Spoleto 2018 is Officially Underway

By Victoria Hansen

Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg (left) kicks off Spoleto 2018. On a day that is notoriously hot, a refreshing breeze swept down Broad Street in downtown Charleston and a forecast calling for rain seemed to have been delayed. A velvet voice welcomed the crowd with the song, "Carolina" and the bells of St. Michael's Church rang, signally the beginning of the opening ceremony for Spoleto USA 2018. The mayor walked out the doors of city hall, all smiles. It was the perfect day to kick off one of the world's most renowned arts festivals. Spoleto board chair William Medich expressed relief that the weather held out and that festival’s international performers...

Teenage Twins Befriend a World War II Veteran aboard the USS Yorktown

By Victoria Hansen

Teenage Twins Befriend a World War II Veteran aboard the USS YorktownIt's been three years since Carter and Jack Hanson were featured on CBS news for their rare friendship with a World War II veteran who served aboard the USS Yorktown. That's when the network set up a surprise meeting on the ship just outside of Charleston. They had gotten to know Robert Harding through email. It was quite a moment as the three came face to face, and their bond has grown stronger ever since. Now 13 years-old, the twins recently attended the Yorktown's 75th anniversary with their family, celebrating Harding who could not be there. "We have friend whose name is Robert Harding. I...

Charleston Family Cautiously Optimistic; EPA Announces Action on Paint Stripper Chemical

By Victoria Hansen

Drew Wynne's older brothers Brian (left) and Clayton (right) at their mother's home just outside CharlestonHis voice sounds excited, yet hesitant. Brian Wynne has just learned the Environmental Protection Agency will take action on a proposed ban from the Obama administration that would keep a potentially deadly chemical from being used in paint strippers commonly found on store shelves. He met with the EPA chief two days ago, sharing the story of his younger brother from Charleston who died after being exposed to that very chemical, methylene chloride. “This is exactly what we were asking for,” said Brian Wynne. “We’re very encouraged by this development. But at this point we remain cautiously...

Charleston's Tourist Season is in Full Swing in the Spring

By Victoria Hansen

Runners and walkers wait in line for bridge run bibs at Charleston Convention CenterYou know it’s spring in Charleston when the cars are thick with yellow pollen, as well as a colorful array of out of state license plates. Porta- Potties line the streets, novice runners sport bright, new shoes and college kids seeking sun and warmth stretch out behind the beach dunes. Typically, the signs appear in April, alongside two annual events; the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Volvo Car Open. This year, women’s tennis kicked off the unofficial start of tourist season. Beginning March 31, the week- long event formerly known as Family Circle Cup was expected to bring in 90,000...

Charleston Book Club Gives Veterans a Voice

By Victoria Hansen

Kate Hudson leads group discussion for veteran book clubIt’s a Saturday morning and a small group meets at the downtown Charleston County Library, their thick books cracked open to the same page of “The Illiad”, an epic poem recounting the final weeks of the Trojan War. It’s intense reading for 10 a.m. But the ancient story resonates with the young soldiers at the long table. It’s part of their book club for veterans. “He was going to leave town without going to hunt her down and say goodbye,” said the group’s facilitator Kate Hudson. “Why would he do that?” There’s silence. Then, former Marine Lee Gonzalez weighs in. “It possessed him. He wanted...

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