COVID Took Abused Kids Off the Radar. Reopened Schools Are Letting SCDSS Caseworkers Catch Back Up

By Scott Morgan

e6b041cc-679f-4aca-a5c0-7e1dcbd620ffOne of the upsides to having children back in a physical classroom is that the state's child protective services workers can talk to kids again. A lot of them are dealing with abuse or neglect and it's easier to catch up with several of them when they're in one place, away from the people abusing and neglecting them. But while the pandemic might have changed the way social workers approach their cases, it hasn't stopped the kinds of cases the South Carolina Department of Social Services sees. In this report, hear from workers from SCDSS's child protective and adult advocacy arms. And if you...

When a COVID Vaccine is Developed, Will People Take It?

By Tut Underwood

Numerous pharmaceutical manufacturers are working hard to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.  Once that's done, the big question to be answered is, will people take it?Drug companies have been working furiously to produce a vaccine for COVID-19, with hopes for one late this year or early 2021. As development gets nearer, an important question has arisen among some medical professionals: once the vaccine has been produced, will people trust it enough to take it? "That's the million-dollar question," said University of South Carolina immunologist and vice president of research Prakash Nagarkotti. "And what is very perplexing for people who are experts in this field is that it causes very mild or virtually asymptomatic types of infections in most people,...

Will the 4th Quarter Show a Significant Economic Rebound?

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoNow that we’re six months into the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, are our national and state economies responding as expected? Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston .

A Counter Protest from History and the Rebirth of a Fabled Rock Hill Restaurant

By Scott Morgan

4fa74601-aada-41d3-ab14-275f1f06c920One could make much of the timing of Chef Rob Masone’s next big food venture, seeing that it just happens to intersect with a moment that’s brought us both a pandemic and a major conversation about the meaning and breadth of race and racism in the United States. The moment is not lost on Masone, even if he didn’t intend for the project to be quite this meaningful. When he set out in earnest last year to refurbish and reopen what used to be McCrory’s restaurant, he mostly just wanted to reopen the doors to a Rock Hill landmark that’s been gathering dust for a while now. Being a Rock Hill...

Beaufort Suffragist Shared Gullah Folklore and Educated Black Children

By Victoria Hansen

Christensen family Portrait, Abbie 3rd from rightAnne Christensen Pollitzer lives at the end of a dirt road on Saint Helena Island. The view from her back porch is as stunning as her story. White egrets wade along the marsh as Anne unfolds two large, cardboard displays beside her, spreading them out like wings. Each is filled with old photographs. The retired schoolteacher is prepared to talk about her great-great grandmother Abbie Holmes Christensen , a celebrated suffragist, folklorist and educator. "She was legendary in the family," says Pollitzer. "She was a little, tiny woman, less than five feet tall." Abbie was 12 years-old when her...

President's Corner Monthly Newsletter, September 2020

Agency photoFor many across South Carolina, 2020 has been anything but smooth. From the spread of COVID-19 to the ongoing fight for racial justice, we are living in challenging, uncertain times. Throughout all of this adversity, however, one thing has remained constant – SCETV’s dedication and service to the people of this state. Albert Einstein once said, “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” Through the first eight months of this year, Team SCETV has been dealt many adverse circumstances. Yet, time and time again, our remarkable team has overcome challenges through innovation and perseverance. When...

Betty Jo Rhea | Women Vision SC Podcast

By Linda O'Bryon

Betty Jo RheaBetty Jo Rhea served as Mayor of Rock Hill for 12 years and as a member of the City Council for 8 years. She was referred to as “the people’s mayor.” When she took over as mayor, unemployment stood at over 17% and textile mills had declined from 13 to only one. Under her leadership, the community started business parks and attracted several international companies to Rock Hill. She fostered a sports complex that has since paved the way for a city now known for being an amateur sports mecca. From baseball and softball, the city has added facilities including soccer, tennis, and cycling. After...

The Glories of Grits

By Alfred Turner

The Glories of GritsGrits. If you grew up in the South, you have likely eaten them. If you buy yours from the grocery store, though, you may never have really tasted the goodness of stone ground grits. This week, Walter Edgar talks grits with Greg Johnsman, of Geechee Boy Mills on Edisto Island, who grows heirloom corn varieties and grinds them, using historic mills, into corn meal and grits. They are joined by CJ Lotz, senior editor of Garden & Gun magazine, who spent a year researching the history of this Southern staple and talking to chefs around the South about how to best cook and enjoy grits . -...

SC Business News Update from Alan Cooper

By Alfred Turner

Alan CooperAlan Cooper Credit Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz , UpstateBizSC , and LowCountryBizSC . Disclaimer: Alan Cooper’s company has a business relationship with, a wholly-owned company of Magnolia Media, which is the producer of the South Carolina Business Review.

Sports Proving a Valuable Buoy For Rock Hill in the Pandemic

By Scott Morgan

Rock Hill Sports and Events CenterRock Hill’s shiny new Sports & Event Center was all set to be a big deal. It was just slated to open at a colossally unfortunate time – March, 2020. To be fair, it did open, briefly. There was a soft launch; a few events happened. But the city’s newest economic driver, a facility humming with revenue-raking sports and contests, ringed by businesses and restaurants poised to make a killing, never got its hoopla-launch. COVID-19 shut the center’s doors for two months, before it even had a chance to prop them open. Roll the clock forward to July and the city reopened the site for some...