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Protecting Gullah Culture

By Victoria Hansen

Nakia Wigfall coils a sweetgrass basket at her Mount Pleasant home.Nearly two hours south of Charleston, over Beaufort's Woods Memorial Bridge, South Carolina's Sea Islands stretch out adorned with palms trees and pines, and grassy marshes that glitter at twilight. The area has long been home to the direct descendants of slaves known as Gullah Geechee. Once freed, they remained isolated on the islands, living off the land and holding on to their African traditions and language. They kept quiet, closely guarding their way of life, until developers began moving in; threatening ancestral land deeply connected to their culture. Now Gullah communities across the...

SC Lede: Campaign Visits and Remembering Emily Clyburn

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Jamie Lovegrove (r)On this edition of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss recent South Carolina campaign stops by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). They also remember the late Emily Clyburn, wife of Congressman Jim Clyburn, who passed away last week. Then, South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney stops by to quiz the three of them about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment. Plus, the week's top news, campaign...

Abortion Debate Will Return to the Senate in 2020

By Russ McKinney

The South Carolina Senate ChamberThe next session of the S.C. General Assembly doesn’t convene until January, but Republicans in the State Senate are already working to try and pass a bill that essentially would prohibit abortions in the state. It’s known as the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. It won easy passage in the House of Representatives earlier this year, and Republican Governor Henry McMaster has said if the bill passes he’ll sign it into law. Because the bill is expected to have a harder time passing in the Senate its' backers are already at work trying to give it a head start in next year’s session. The fetal heartbeat bill...

SC Lede: Galivants Ferry Stump MiniPod

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson speaks with Jamie Lovegrove (l) and Meg Kinnard (r) following the Galivants Ferry Stump MeetingOn this mini episode of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson takes us to Horry County as a number of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls visited the Galivants Ferry Stump Meeting this week. The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove join Gavin at the long-running Pee Dee event to discuss speeches given by New York City Mayor Bill de Balsio, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). You can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts , Google Play , and Stitcher . You can also...

How Hurricane Hugo Shaped the Life of an Emergency Managment Director

By Victoria Hansen

449fab3e-d2b3-4e77-b9dc-61f26729e5bdThere's a brief lull in the heavy rain that's hit Charleston as Hurricane Dorian lingers off the coast. The city's Emergency Managment Director Shannon Scaff takes a deep breath. He's about to interview live, nationally with The Weather Channel. He's also relieved. The storm isn't over yet and already he knows it could have been much worse. "We got lucky with the tides," he tells the reporter. "The storm surge wasn’t as bad as what was forecasted originally." Orginally, a more than 10 foot tide was expected to swamp the city's battery wall, higher than both Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. That...

Chester Residents Call Out Gun Violence, Culture of Silence

By Scott Morgan

Chester Residents Call Out Gun Violence, Culture of SilenceThe City of Chester is in crisis. Shootings are on the rise and so are shooting-related deaths. So far this year, police have taken more than 130 calls about shots being fired. That’s 20 more than all of last year. Chester residents marched for 'Freedom From Gun Violence' on Sept. 14, a first public effort to stop escalating street and gang shootings in the city. Credit Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio Since April there have been almost a dozen confirmed shootings, including the recent deaths of 36-year-old Andrew Johnson and the drive-by killing of 14-year-old Jada Jones. Thirty...

When Hurricane Hugo Rocked the Piedmont

By Scott Morgan

fe5a130d-af83-40cd-8dd1-1efdc5a41354On Sept. 21, 1989, a lot of people in the Piedmont went to bed before the storm arrived. They knew it was on its way; some even knew about it hitting the coast. But hurricane or no hurricane, hurricanes don’t barrel across states and then make their way north, so most people didn’t think much of what was to come. Most of those same people woke to a rude surprise. Hurricane Hugo did, in fact, shove its way across the state – along I-26 and then up I-77, like it was on a road trip to Rock Hill. By the time Hugo made its way out of South Carolina, the state had suffered $6 billion in damages...

South Carolina state agencies partner to recognize 30 years since Hurricane Hugo

Hurricane HugoCOLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) today announced a partnership to recognize 30 years since Hurricane Hugo impacted the state. On-air, SCETV plans to commemorate the landfall of Hurricane Hugo on both its television and radio platforms. On Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m., the network will broadcast a special Hurricane Hugo edition of “Palmetto Scene,” focusing on the storm’s effect on industry, as well as challenges the coastal areas of the state still face as a result of Hugo’s impact. On radio, S.C...

Tropical Storm Humberto is No Longer a Threat to South Carolina

By Jeff Huffman

map of earth with tropical storms in the atlantic oceanThe season’s eighth named tropical storm was classified by the National Hurricane Center late Friday night, but it is no longer a direct threat to South Carolina. Hurricane hunters then found that the tropical storm had strengthened Saturday morning, and it now has winds up to 50 mph. Strong upper-level winds from the southwest were limiting the tropical storm’s ability to become better organized. However, those winds are expected to weaken Sunday when forecasters say Tropical Storm Humberto will be poised for intensification. Tropical Storm Humberto did not have a well-defined center of...

Tropical Depression Nine Forms; Likely to Stay Offshore

By Jeff Huffman

forecast map of tropical stormUpdate Friday 5 pm: The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Nine has formed, located 240 miles east-southeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. A center of circulation was noted on the eastern side of a broad area of low pressure, based on satellite and hurricane hunter data. The more eastward placement of that center prompted forecasters to make a significant adjustment to the forecast track for the soon-to-be tropical storm, which is now more than 100 miles from the coast of South Carolina early next week. The developing tropical storm near the Bahamas is likely to stay...

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