Two Tropical Depressions Form and Forecast to Strengthen

By Ray Hawthorne

Tropical Depression 13 and 14 Forecast ConesUpdate as of 11 AM There have been few changes to Tropical Depression 13 since it formed last night. As of the midday Thursday advisory from the National Hurricane Center, it has top sustained winds of 35 mph and it is moving west-northwest at 21 mph. The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today. The latest National Hurricane Center forecast shows gradual intensification over the weekend as it passes near or north of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and Cuba. The forecast path and intensity calls for the system to be a hurricane somewhere near Cuba, Florida, or the eastern Gulf...

SC's Voters with Disabilities May Face a Dire Choice (And Not Just Who To Vote For)

By Scott Morgan

handicap rampVoters with disabilities have always faced a lot of obstacles, but they’ve also always had a choice – voting absentee. Now, a combination of the coronavirus pandemic and the politicization of the U.S. Postal Service is forcing a different kind of choice onto disabled voters – do they risk going out among people to vote during a pandemic or risk having their votes not count? For voters like Brad Morris of Rock Hill, it’s a big risk. “Because of my disabilities, I have trouble breathing,” Morris says. “If I were to get COVID-19, I expect to die.” While a disability does not necessarily make a...

SC Fight for Clean Energy Continues

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoA clean energy organization in our state recently decided to end its operations and turn its efforts and its leaders, our next guests, over to a regional organization with a South Carolina task force. Mike Switzer interviews Bonnie Loomis, former executive director of the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA), and now the South Carolina managing director for E4 Carolinas , while Weston Adams is the former chair of SCCEBA’s board and is now an E4 Carolinas Board of Directors member and the co-chair of its SC task force.

An Unexpected Advantage of a Virtual Convention

By Thelisha Eaddy

Buttons are a big deal at national conventions. Despite not being able to attend the convention in person, Bruce said delegates still got their national and state swag bags, complete with 2020 convention buttons.In 1988, Catherine Bruce’s father attended the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia; she still has his program booklet. This Year, Bruce is following in her dad’s footsteps as she attends the DNC’s virtual convention that was supposed to take place in Milwaukie, Wisconsin. Bruce, a delegate for former Vice President Joe Biden, has attended the party’s national conventions before; first in 2012 in Charlotte North Carolina and again in 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But this year, as a delegate, things were supposed to be different. “Only the delegates get to do certain...

‘It’s Time to Change the Trajectory.’ SC Senator to Speak Tuesday During Virtual DNC

By Thelisha Eaddy

Sen. Kimpson pictured in Feb. 2020 shaking hands with Joe BidenThe second night of the National Democratic Convention will feature South Carolina Senator Marlon Kimpson as one of 17 “rising stars” within the party. They will deliver a joint speech on why leadership matters. Kimpson, who represents Charleston and Dorchester counties, was an early supporter of Joe Biden. His endorsement of the former vice president came almost two months before the state’s Democratic Presidential Primary, this past February. “I thought he was the best positioned Democrat to lead this country in a totally different direction.” Kimpson said now is the time for the leadership...

The Power of the Pollitzer Sisters; Education, Equality and Persuasion

By Victoria Hansen

Anita PollitzerA pale, pink home with contrasting, black shutters sits along 5 Pitt Street in Charleston. Its window boxes overflow with colorful flowers, vibrant like the women who once lived there. An historical marker tells their story. "Hello, we are the Pollitzer sisters," the recording says. "Carrie, Mabel and Anita." It goes on to describe how the sisters grew up in Charleston during the end of the 19th century when women had no voice, no vote and no equal rights. But that didn't stop them. "They went against the grain of society," says Katharine Purcell, an English professor and Director of...

M. Malissa Burnette | Women Vision SC Podcast

By Linda O'Bryon

M. Malissa BurnetteMalissa Burnette is an award-winning attorney and advocate for equal rights for all. She is co-founder of the Burnette Shutt & McDaniel law firm in Columbia. She waged a legal battle to change the rules and allow women to attend The Citadel. She successfully challenged a rule that barred young girls from playing football. More recently, she and Nekki Shutt, another of the firm’s founding partners, were lead counsel in the case that made same-sex marriage legal in South Carolina. Since 1993, she has been a South Carolina Supreme Court certified specialist in labor and employment law...

Discover some locally grown innovations in your own backyard!

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Made HereShowcasing different small businesses across South Carolina and surrounding areas, Made Here explores what makes each town great. Check out the series to get to know your neighbors and discover some locally grown innovations in your backyard. Charleston Hemp Company: Ridgeville, South Carolina Charleston Hemp Company both grows and processes hemp products. David Bulick, CEO of Charleston Hemp Company, explains that his first introduction to the hemp world was through a friend of his whose daughter has Epilepsy. She was having "four to six hundred seizures a day," but CBD "gave her phenomenal...

South Carolina Between World Wars: The Impact of the New Deal

By Walter Edgar

A mural entitled "Past and Present Agriculture and Industry of Colleton County" painted by Sheffield Kagy in 1938 When the stock market crashed in 1929, ushering in the Great Depression, South Carolina was already in dire financial straits. Cotton prices had plummeted, even before the boll weevil had decimated the crop. Years of non-sustainable practices in cotton farming had ruined thousands of acres of farmland. And, the textile industry had crashed. Then came Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, which altered the physical, social, and economic landscape of South Carolina. In the second of our programs on South Carolina Between the World Wars , Dr. Kerry Taylor, a specialist in twentieth-century...

Ladies – And Now Gentlemen – Take Their Seats at Converse College

By Scott Morgan

8a5e2507-f61d-474e-b510-5d1dd60e48f7The coronavirus sent everyone at Converse College in Spartanburg packing early in the spring. Graduating seniors barely had time to say their good-byes before the campus shut down and restructured. As the college reopens to residents this week, it brings a few changes, and not just in the COVID-19 protocols. For the first time, male freshmen are moving in as well. Converse, one of the last all-female colleges in South Carolina, decided that the fall of 2021 would be when it would go coed. But, as it has for a lot of things, the coronavirus pandemic has moved a few things around. Hear from...