SC Inmates handcraft items for nursing home residents during COVID-19

By Holly Bounds Jackson

Handcrafted cardInmates across South Carolina are using their talents to lift the spirits of nursing home residents whose visits and activities have come to a halt because of COVID-19. Hard time is even harder these days at the state’s correctional institutions. For weeks, families haven’t been allowed to visit their loved ones behind bars. Volunteers can’t go inside to facilitate programs. Hundreds of inmates have been locked in their rooms all day, every day, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But a newly created project is helping to occupy their minds. Inmates handcrafted more than 2,000 items ranging...

SC General Assembly Approves Budget Resolution, Adds New Funding to Combat COVID-19

By Russ McKinney

File photo of the S.C. House chamberThe SC House and Senate were finally able to agree on a resolution this week that will keep state government operating beyond the end of this fiscal year on June 30th. Lawmakers interrupted this year’s legislative session back in March because of the coronavirus outbreak before they approved a new budget for the next fiscal year. Now, the state will continue its’ current spending plan at least until September when it’s anticipated a new budget will be enacted. Lawmakers added millions of dollars to the current budget to help the state combat the COVID-19 pandemic. $115 Million to a COVID...

(3-)DIY Projects to Thwart the Spread of Coronavirus

By Scott Morgan

3D Systems has made plans for diagnostic and PPE gear available in the public domain for healthcare professionals3D Systems, an international 3-D printing equipment company with a plastics manufacturing plant in Rock Hill, is a major reason why 3-D printing is a thing in the first place. That put the company in a pretty good spot to be an early responder to the call for personal protective equipment (PPE) and small specialty parts for hospital machines like ventilators. But with those “early brushfires” mostly under control, the company’s vice president and general manager of plastics, Menno Ellis, says 3D Systems is now focusing on the next most-needed thing in the fight to rein in COVID-19: diagnostic...

Pastoring in a pandemic

By Holly Bounds Jackson

Musicians playing outside church doorsEvery aspect of life as we knew it is changing - including how we worship. First Baptist Church of Hartsville is one of hundreds across the state stepping out of the norm to continue their ministry through worship and fellowship. “We’ve definitely been learning as we go,” FBC Hartsville’s Worship and Outreach Leader, Thad Burkhalter, said. “I’ve been forced to learn how to do social media. I’ve kind of dabbled in Facebook and stuff for years, but I’ve never really taken it seriously, but this pandemic and quarantine has definitely pushed me in that direction,” he added. Social media is the...

Reconnecting Roots S2 - Native Americans: An Uncommon History #206) America has a difficult history when it comes to the narrative of Native Americans. To better understand how a sovereign nation functions as a part of "We The People," Gabe visits thee Navajo Nation and gains first-hand insight into their story. To watch more "Reconnecting Roots", visit PBS for full episodes or visit .

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney | SC Hall of Fame

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney5-minute historical visualization of the biography of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney who is an example of the enormous contribution South Carolinians made to the formation of the government of the United States and our way of life, told through the accounts of researchers and historians.

Dealing with COVID-Related "Cabin Fever"

By Tut Underwood

Cabin fever caused by sheltering at home during the coronavirus outbreak can cause some serious mental health problems, say two Columbia psychiatrists. Even though many stores and restaurants are gradually opening, many people are still working from home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Others are confined to their homes by self-quarantining, or by unemployment. Weeks or months of self-sequestering can lead to what's popularly called "cabin fever," a feeling of being trapped with no escape, and a desperate longing for that escape. Columbia psychiatrist Peter Loper said one effect is being alone too much with one's thoughts, and with anxiety, a problem which can be exacerbated by a pandemic like COVID-19. In addition, being at home and...

Chances Increasing that a Subtropical Storm Will Develop Near Bahamas This Weekend

By Dr. Athena Masson

7872a5af-e5e8-425f-a158-0fdd009c9cf3WEDNESDAY MIDDAY UPDATE: There is now a “high” chance of subtropical development near or north of the Bahamas this weekend, according to the 8 am outlook from the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters place the probability that a depression or storm will form at 70 percent, which is an increase from 50 percent on Tuesday. Regardless of development, the system is not expected to be a significant threat to the United States. However, rain showers and gusty winds are becoming more likely across portions of South Florida Friday and Saturday as moisture from the developing system grazes by. There...

Stretching the Supply of N95 Masks

By Vince Kolb-Lugo

South Carolina Public RadioWith personal protective equipment in short supply, researchers are figuring out how to fill in the gaps and stretch supplies. One researcher at Clemson University is developing new methods to clean and sanitize medical masks that healthcare providers use. Dr. Mark Johson, professor of material science and engineering, and director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Clemson, joins Vince Kolb-Lugo to discuss ways to cleanse N95 masks as well as how the coronavirus has impacted manufacturers in South Carolina.

Mask Makers Help Keep Health Care Workers Safe

By Tut Underwood

Individual seamstresses and small businesses are making face masks to help workers in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilitiesBoth small businesses and individuals have enlisted in an effort to help hospitals, doctors' offices and employees of other institutions to protect themselves from the coronavirus by making reusable cloth masks, gowns or other protective equipment. Columbia's Soda City Sewing is one such small business. Normally a maker of custom children's clothing, it diverted most of its staff to making masks, and has produced thousands since late March. Owner Bayne Dangerfield was inspired by the situation of a Massachusetts hospital, which asked local seamstresses for help. She posted on Facebook a...