Culture

Columbia Classical Ballet Gives Back

By Aimee Crouch

PavlovichRadenko Pavlovich of the Columbia Classical Ballet talks about his roots and why it’s important to him and the organization to give back to the community.

50 Years of Cameras

By Aimee Crouch

FergusonErnest Ferguson, who at 89 years old, has been taking photographs and making post cards of South Carolina for over 50 years. We visited his home in Winsboro, S.C., and he showed off some of the cameras he has worked with over the years.

South Carolina Artist: Bob Doster

By Tabitha Safdi

DosterLancaster artist Bob Doster is best known in South Carolina for his stainless steel palmetto sculptures. These sculptures and his other works adorn businesses, corporate headquarters, cities and private homes all over the country. What is less known about this South Carolina artist is that for more than thirty years, Doster has given his time to public schools, where he teaches and mentors students in the arts. Over the years, he’s worked with more than a 150,000 students. As a result of Doster's service to schools, there are student-designed metal sculptures that decorate campuses from one...

S.C. Cities: Faces of Columbia 1966

By Tabitha Safdi

ColumbiaThis is a clip from a 1966 SCETV production, S.C. Cities: Faces of Columbia . In this episode, you can check out the people who made Columbia a booming downtown area in 1966. S.C. Cities is an archival series on several South Carolina cities.

More South Carolina Female Farmers Cropping Up

By Tabitha Safdi

FarmerKerry Frazier grew up on her family’s farm in Bishopville, SC. Like any child she enjoyed the open spaces, but after high school she swore to never return to her hometown or to live on the farm. Tragedy stuck last year when Frazier lost her brother in a farming accident. She decided to move back home to help on the farm and to be closer to the family. Today, Frazier plays a key role in helping cultivate the family farm. And according to USA Today , Frazier is one of a number of women making farming their main career. “The compulsion to cultivate dovetails with several trends, experts say...

2013 Governor’s Carolighting At The State House

By Tabitha Safdi

CarolightingThis year marked the 47th Annual Carolighting at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. There were ensembles and choirs, both young and old, Columbia Mayor Benjamin, Governor Haley and even Santa attended. But who sets all this up? There is a lot that goes into making sure an event like this is a success. The Event Planner, Ray Gray, says, “It’s my role to pull all the pieces together and to really make them work. I’m not doing it all by myself I am grateful to say. I have some help from the governor’s staff and it's really a team effort”. To view more events, visit the Official Columbia...

Children’s Shelter Changing Lives…One at a Time

By Tabitha Safdi

Palmetto PlaceSince 1977, the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter has provided over 5,800 Midland's abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens with a safe, home-like place to go. They provide a home until an appropriate foster family is located. “The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year and provides medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring and recreational and social activities in addition to food, clothing and shelter.” June Falk once lived at the shelter. She recalls her childhood and how being at the shelter changed her life and...

Dabo Swinney is All In

By Aimee Crouch

DaboClemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney, along with his wife Kathleen, have seen first-hand the tragedy breast cancer can bring into a family’s life. To play their part in the fight against breast cancer, they founded the All In Team Foundation , which donates thousands of dollars to cancer research, along with many other causes important to them. Coach Swinney tells Palmetto Scene why this issue is important to his entire family.

Bayler Teal: USC Baseball’s Inspiration

By Aimee Crouch

TealBayler Teal, a young boy who was fighting cancer in 2010, was considered the Gamecock baseball team’s number one fan during their national championship season. But in the end, Bayler was the real hero and will always be remembered as part of the team. To watch the full Chad Holbrook Interview, click here .

South Carolinians Determined to Stop Domestic Violence

By Tabitha Safdi

Domestic Violence WalkAccording to the Violence Policy Center’s annual report, South Carolina leads the nation in the rate of women killed by men, up from number two the previous year. The state’s rate of 2.54 women killed per 100,000 people in 2011 was more than twice the national average. People from all parts of the Palmetto State are coming together to do something about it. Churches, civic groups and local organizations are standing up and stepping out against this tragic epidemic. You can find help through the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA).

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