Fantasy Doll Maker Laura Buff | Original SC

By Tabitha Safdi

Fantasy Doll Maker Laura BuffThe arts are something that Buff has always treasured, even at a young age. Her grandmother was a china doll maker and made a huge impression on Buff. She learned how to take old Barbie dolls and remake them into dolls that she wanted to see. This led her to start creating fantasy dolls, something she continues to do toda

Covid-19 Global Summit

By Bobbie Conner

Dr. Michael SchmidtThis week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Schmidt about his participation in the March 23rd (virtual) global Covid-19 summit for researchers in microbiology, virology, immunology and epidemiology. Dr. Schmidt is a professor of microbiology and immunology at MUSC and he is the Chair of the Council of Microbial Sciences at the American Society for Microbiology.

Military In South Carolina Responds To COVID-19

By Tut Underwood

The South Carolina National GuardThe coronavirus outbreak has brought together many organizations to fight the spread of this highly contagious disease, and that includes the military. Gov. Henry McMaster has called on the South Carolina National Guard to be on the alert in case it's needed. Capt. Jessica Donnelly said the Guard is prepared to lend both people and trucks in case tents or other services or equipment need to be set up or transported. "We can provide personnel and resources to help the hospitals and local health care facilities set up the mobile tents that they have outside to help facilitate, and then we can...

Blood Donations Are Critically Low In The Carolinas. Here's How You Can Help

By Scott Morgan

58af3b23-b9d8-4d08-bc3d-42bfb0a6f013Blood is in short supply, in large part because of the coronavirus outbreak, says Maya Franklin, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Charlotte, NC. “That’s resulted in dozens, if not hundreds, of blood drove cancellations by our sponsors,” she says. That statement only refers to the Carolinas region between Rock Hill, SC, and Greensboro, NC. Nationally, says Franklin’s Rock Hill colleague, Ashley Collier, about 5,000 blood drives had been cancelled, through March 20. “That is a lot of units going uncollected,” Franklin says. “A lot of patients who may be at risk. We want to be able to...

Heavy Rain and Strong Storms Likely to Return to the Palmetto State

By Ray Hawthorne

Marginal Risk of Severe StormsThe latest batch in the seemingly endless waves of heavy rainfall that have moved across the state this winter is on track to move through Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. A stationary front extends east to west from near Georgetown to about Aiken at midday Tuesday. Scattered showers are occurring near the front, along with a few thunderstorms from the Columbia metro area westward to the Greenwood and Anderson areas. More concentrated thunderstorms in the Atlanta metro area through the mountains of North Georgia and Alabama are expected to move into the Upstate and Midlands during the...

York County's Real Estate Industry Is Doing Well Despite (Because of?) the Coronavirus

By Scott Morgan

5354cd07-e758-4a0c-9853-85c4c5092854Business is suffering some of the worst effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Some, like restaurants, may not be able to make it back , even if our collective quarantine were to end today. But a few industries are doing very well. In York County, at least, residential real estate is cruising along, thanks in part to historically low interest rates and an already healthy market in the ever-growing Charlotte metro region. At Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group's Rock Hill office, Margaret Robinson is doing twice the refinancing applications she normally would. “Most of the time you do a few refis and a...

Professional Boxer Logan Holler | Original SC

By Tabitha Safdi

Professional Boxer Logan HollerAs a South Carolina native, Logan Holler knows what makes her happy. She’s an athlete. Being competitive is in her blood as her father is a former football player for the Green Bay Packers. She’s a devout Christian. Her favorite Bible verse is John 16:33. And she’s a professional boxer!

By Alfred Turner

Dr. Edward O'BrianThis week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Edward O’Bryan about - a virtual urgent care website (with free online access) for people in S.C. to access respiratory illness screenings and testing orders related to possible coronavirus symptoms. Dr. O’Bryan is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Telehealth Director at MUSC.

Coronavirus Could Have Major Impacts on Next Year's State Budget

By Alfred Turner

Members of the SC House of Representatives practicing social distancingLike the state as a whole, the Sc General Assembly is being impacted by the coronavirus. The House and Senate held separate, one day sessions this week to approve an emergency appropriation for DHEC to help the public health agency deal with the growing pandemic. A larger concern on the horizon for state lawmakers however is next year’s state operating budget, and how it might be impacted.