"A" is for Asparagus

By Walter Edgar

South Carolina From A to Z

"A" is for Asparagus. Asparagus was an important cash crop in South Carolina from the 1910s until the mid-1930s.With cotton prices low and the boll weevil creeping closer, farmers in the "Ridge" counties of Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda began planting asparagus to supplement declining cotton income. By 1916 they had organized as Asparagus Growers Association and shipped 44 railroad carloads to northern markets. High prices during World War I led farmers in neighboring counties to plant the vegetable.

Rock Hill: City on the Move

By Russ McKinney

 Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols.  On Jan. 8, 2018, Echols will complete a 20 year tenure as the City's longest serving mayor.

Doug Echols concludes his 20 year tenure as Mayor of Rock Hill, SC on Jan. 8, 2018.  He is the longest serving Mayor in Rock Hill history.  Attorney and former City Council member John Gettys assumes the Mayor's Office.  Rock Hill is a City on the move.  It is now the fifth largest in the state, and is considered a model for successful planned growth.

Allen University

Allen University

Allen University, which was founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was named in honor of Richard Allen, founder of the denomination. Established four years after the University of South Carolina was closed to African Americans, Allen helped fill a pressing need for higher education.

The school has historically been controlled and managed by African Americans. Although it was founded primarily to educate clergy, Allen also offered law, college, and normal (teaching) degrees.

South Carolina State University

SC State University

South Carolina State University was founded in 1896 as the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural, & Mechanical College of S.C., with its origins in the Morrill Land Grant Acts of 1862 and 1890, providing for land-grant colleges.

Intended "for the best education of the hand, head and heart of South Carolina's young manhood and womanhood of the Negro race," it became South Carolina State College in 1954 and South Carolina State University in 1992.

Claflin University

Claflin University

Claflin College, founded in 1869 as Claflin University, is the oldest historically black college in S.C. and was established to "advance the cause of education, and maintain a first-class institution ... open to all without distinction of race or color."

It was named for two generations of the Claflin family of Massachusetts, Lee Claflin (1791-1871), a prominent Methodist layman, and his son Gov. William Claflin (1818-1903), who supported and helped fund the new institution.

Benedict College

Benedict College

Benedict Institute was founded in 1870 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society to provide education for freedmen and their children. The school was named for Stephen Benedict, an abolitionist from Rhode Island who left money to the Society at his death.

Established to train teachers and ministers, the school expanded its curriculum in 1894, was chartered as a liberal arts college, and changed its name to Benedict College.

President's Corner Monthly Newsletter, January 2018

By Anthony Padgett

South Carolina State House

Dear Viewers and Listeners:

Happy New Year! As we usher in 2018, SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio are gearing up for an exciting, productive year.

Our annual coverage of the S.C. Legislature, State House Today, returns to the ETV World schedule, bringing viewers live weekday coverage of state government activities. SC Public Radio also keeps listeners up to date with short reports on Fridays throughout the day, giving listeners a wrap-up of the week’s events.

Ant Lion Pits

By Alfred Turner

Ant lion larva (Myrmeleontidae).

The indentations around the nest of an Ant Lion larva are for trapping prey.

"C" is for Chalmers, Lionel [1715-1777]

By Walter Edgar

South Carolina From A to Z

"C" is for Chalmers, Lionel [1715-1777]. Physician. Scientist. A native of Scotland, Chalmers was in Charleston in 1737 where he established a modest practice. In 1740 he entered into partnership with Dr. John Lining. Lining had been recording weather data for years. Between 1750 and 1759 Chalmers compiled his own series of meteorological records. Later he combined Lining’s records with his in his best known work, An Account of the Weather and Diseases in South Carolina—published in London in 1776.