Royal Paulownia

By Alfred Turner

Royal Paulownia blossoms.

These trees come from China, but, have been used as ornamentals in the South U. S. for many years.

"M' is for Mill Schools

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina From A to Z

“M” is for Mill Schools. Textile mill executives surrounded their mills with villages and most provided schools to educate the children of mill workers. The mill school was a reflection of the individual community and run with little interference or oversight by the state. Prior to South Carolina’s compulsory attendance law, children as young as nine went top work in the mills, depending on the family’s preference or financial circumstances. One of the most audacious examples of South Carolina’s Progressive movement was the creation of a high school in Greenville.

Singers Vie to Perform National Anthem at Ball Games

By Tut Underwood

American Flag

"The Star Spangled Banner" is one of the most familiar songs in the United States, and rightly so, since our national anthem is sung or played at so many events, particularly sporting events.  And with so many ball games and other events, there are many opportunities for people to sing or play the anthem.  Each spring, the Columbia Fireflies minor league baseball team holds auditions for people to have a chance to share their musical talents with the public at a Fireflies game during the season.  This week we talk with  - and listen to – a few of the musicians who tried out for the 60-somet

Historic Hangar Gets New Life

By Lynn Cornfoot

Curtiss Wright hangar

When it comes to preserving a building on the National Register of Historic Places, time, money and effort are always part of the challenge.  If restoration is possible, then history can teach, inspire and help to revitalize a local community.

Gip (Full Episode)

By Melanie Jeffcoat

Gip on stage.

In 1952, gravedigger by day and bluesman by night Henry ‘Gip’ Gipson opened a ramshackle backyard juke joint in Alabama. Once scattered across the rural South, juke joints have become relics of the past. In the Spring of 2013, Gip’s Place, the last juke joint in Alabama, was raided and ordered to shut down. Gip follows the battle to keep the blues alive.

For more information or the press kit, visit

President's Corner Monthly Newsletter, April 2018

By Anthony Padgett

Charlie's Place staff

Dear Viewers and Listeners:

April brings fresh new programming to SCETV.  A new Carolina Stories special looks at the history of the Myrtle Beach landmark Charlie’s Place, an African-American nightclub in the 1940s and ‘50s. Owner Charlie Fiitzgerald hosted such names as Etta James, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday, and today efforts are begin made to revitalize the neighborhood.