Conversations on S.C. History: Women and World War I

By Alfred Turner

Detail from a poster showing a Red Cross nurse with an American flag and the Red Cross symbol. Prior to that World War I, South Carolina was a predominantly rural state, with a Black majority populaltion. The typical S.C. woman in 1916 was Black, and, if she was employed, she was likely an agricultural worker or a domestic worker. If she was White, a working woman was likely on the farm or in a textile mill. There was a quite small middle class where working women might be employed as teachers or a nurses; a few were clerical workers. The United States' entry into World War I offered women, White and Black, new opportunities. Dr. Amy McCandless, professor emerita of history at the...

SC Officials Fear COVID-19 Spike Over July 4th Holiday

By Russ McKinney

Gov. Henry McMaster Tweeted this photo Thursday afternoon with the caption "Lives depend on it. Wear it."As South Carolina enters the July 4th weekend, public health officials are bracing for what they term as a possible unimaginable number of new cases of the coronavirus. Gov. McMaster said this week the state is facing a test. "It's time for us to make up our minds. July the 4th is coming. Everybody wants to get out. But it is a dangerous opportunity for us to spread this virus," McMaster said. Anticipating large gatherings of people at beaches and other events over the fourth, state officials are pleading with residents to avoid crowds, wear masks and practice social distancing.

Devil's Walking Stick

By Alfred Turner

Stalk of a devil's walking stick at the Asheville Botanical Gardens, Asheville, North CarolinaDevil's walking stick (Aralia spinosa) is a woody species of plant in the genus Aralia, family Araliaceae, native to eastern North America. The common name refers to the viciously sharp, spiny stems, petioles, and even leaf midribs. It has also been known as Angelica-tree.

Charleston Authors Hold onto Hope for Racial Reconcilation

By Victoria Hansen

Crews work to remove the statue of John C. Calhoun from Charleston's Marion Square.  June 24, 2020.In the months following the unimaginable church massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, a poet, a journalist and an historian came together to write a book. They wanted to explain to a nation not only what happened, but why. Why were nine Black parishioners gunned down by a white stranger? Five years later, the authors of "We Are Charleston" find themselves trying to explain again why more African Americans continue to be killed across the country, repeatedly and publicly, this time by white police officers. "You think of all that we went through in this town and all that these...

Making It Grow Extra: Tomato Diseases

By Alfred Turner

Making It Grow Minute Extra logoClemson Extension and Host of Making It Grow Amanda McNulty talks with fellow agent Zack Snipes about tomato diseases and best practices on how to avoid them.

Spartanburg County Mask Resolution is Symbolic but Hopeful

By Scott Morgan

d790dde2-8502-40fc-a7bb-d663d0745520On Thursday morning, the Spartanburg County Council held a special meeting to vote on whether to ask residents and visitors to wear face coverings – not just masks – at grocery stores and pharmacies in the county. The resolution adopted 3-1 was largely symbolic, as most measures by county and local governments have been amid a stunning spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases and escalating death totals. There will be no enforcement, in other words, if someone walks into a supermarket without a mask on. “We are not invoking the heavy hand of government,” said Council Chairman Manning Lynch. “We’re...

Latta | Our Town

By Charles Dymock

Latta Our TownEstablished in 1888, the town of Latta emerged from a need to connect train tracks across the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Robert J. Latta, a surveyor from York County, orchestrated the construction of the railroad as well as created blueprints for the town itself. Thus, the town was named after him. Settlers were drawn to the area after the completion of the railroad because farmers and merchants could easily transport their goods across the southeast. Decades later, Latta became another hotspot for traffic after the completion of Highways 501 and 301. LaFon LeGette, Jr., a longtime...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — I'll Take 'Masks' For One Trillion, Alex

By Gavin Jackson

Gov. Henry McMasterOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 2, 2020, host Gavin Jackson brings you the latest data on the Palmetto State's growing number of COVID-19 cases, what the second half of the year may look like economically, thoughts from Gov. Henry McMaster concerning masks, and more. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No fear...

Reel South Season 6 Call for Entries

Calling Southern FilmakersWe announce our Season 6 call for films (Spring 2021) amidst tremendous national turmoil. The deaths of our fellow Southerners Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and David McAtee are unacceptable. The other Black lives threatened and in-peril in the South and elsewhere around the world, reside in our eyes and weigh equal with anger and sadness. Déjà vu is supposed to be an anomaly. Reel South has always believed in giving space and voice to Black storytellers and culture that has long defined, explicitly and undeniably, what the South's identity is and should stand...

The Scoop | Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville County

By Leslie Leonard

The SCoop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville CountyDuring the month of June we asked our audience what beautiful natural resources they are enjoying in our state during these warmer months. You guys voted, and selected SCETV viewer Linda French’s question. Linda wrote us saying, “I'd like to know more about [the Swamp] Rabbit Trail in Greenville. How long is the trail, how did it get its name and what are the amenities?” SCETV’s The SCoop headed up to the South Carolina Upstate to talk to Ty Houck, Greenville County’s Director of Greenways, Natural and Historic Resources, to get the SCoop on the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail ! The Swamp...