Horne-Sanford Debate Monday, June 6 at 7pm on SCETV

By Glenn Rawls

Jenny Horne and Mark Sanford to Debate on ETVSouth Carolina ETV is broadcasting a debate between the Republican candidates for S.C.’s First Congressional District. Incumbent Mark Sanford and challenger Jenny Horne will debate live from ETV’s Beaufort studios Monday, June 6, 2016. The program will be carried statewide on all ETV stations and ETV's YouTube Channel . Sanford has served previously as the state’s Governor. Horne has served previously in the South Carolina House. Media inquiries relating to broadcast rights and video access for other newscasts should contact ETV’s Manager of Public Affairs Tom Posey at (803) 737-3282 or posey...

SC Voter ID Laws: What You Need to Know for the Upcoming Primaries

By Kristina Rackley

vote buttonThe implementation of voter ID laws, which typically require voters to provide some form of photo ID to be able to vote in primaries and presidential elections, has been an issue fraught with controversy in several states. Voter ID laws are meant to prevent fraud from occurring during elections. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the ID laws have helped Wisconsin election clerks by simplifying their jobs and making the election process easier to manage, when they defended the ID laws in federal court. However, some voters argue that the laws prevent certain groups of people without certain...

The Wall That Heals: Remembering Those Who Gave All for Our Freedom

By Sydney Hankinson

FlagMany folks here in South Carolina will have Memorial Day off from work. That means time to sleep in, relax and maybe even host a barbecue. However, it is important to take some time to remember those who will not get to spend Memorial Day with their families, but were willing to die for our right to do so. One good way to remember our fallen heroes may be to visit the Wall That Heals. It is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., and it is in Blythewood through Memorial Day. The Wall That Heals was unveiled by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in 1996. The...

Africanized Bees Found in SC for First Time in 15 Years

By Sydney Hankinson

Africanized BeeA hive of Africanized honey bees, also called “killer bees,” was recently discovered in Charleston County. It is the first time since 2001 that Africanized bees have been found in South Carolina. In 2001, a colony of Africanized honey bees was found on the wing of an airplane and was quickly destroyed. These two cases differ, in that the 2001 case involved wild bees, whereas the Charleston County case involved a managed hive. The hive was destroyed and is considered to have been a localized issue, but State Apiary Inspector Brad Cavin said in a press release that he still intends to conduct “...

Sen. Pinckney's Portrait Unveiled at the State House

By Aimee Crouch

Senator Clementa PinckneyOn Thursday, the late Senator Clementa Pinckney's portrait was unveiled in the State Senate. SCETV streamed the ceremony live. Stay tuned to SCETV and Palmetto Scene for more coverage, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charleston.

Walmart Expands Free Curbside Grocery Pickup Service to Columbia Locations

By Krishna Thakker

Walmart Expands Free Curbside Grocery Pickup Service to Columbia LocationsAccording to ColaDaily , Walmart launched an online grocery pickup service on Thursday at four stores located in Columbia. The free service is said to be popular with busy parents who will fill their virtual cart as they run out of items and then schedule a weekend pickup. It enables customers to pick up their items at their local Walmart store without leaving their cars. According to the news release, the pickup service features 30,000 items. Top items include snacks, diapers, and large bags of dog food. Columbia-area Walmarts will also offer regional brands. All items are priced the same as...

SC Legislature Overrides Gov. Haley’s Veto on $40 Million Farm Aid Bill

By Kristina Rackley

farmLast October, nearly two feet of rain fell from the sky in 12 hours, flooding entire neighborhoods, destroying homes, and altering some people’s lives forever. After Governor Haley vetoed a widely supported $40 million bill meant to help compensate South Carolina farmers who suffered catastrophic crop losses in the torrential rainfall and flooding, the S.C. House of Representatives and Senate met to vote on overriding the governor’s decision. South Carolina has about 25,000 farms across nearly 5 million acres. These farms suffered an estimated $376 million in losses after last year’s flood...

Student’s Request to Wear Hijab with Uniform at Citadel Sparks Controversy

By Kristina Rackley

The CitadelThe Citadel, a 175 year-old military public college located in Charleston, has recently received a lot of attention over issuing a denial to a student who wished to incorporate a hijab into her uniform, in keeping with her religious beliefs. The Citadel has a very strict dress code based on the idea that cadets should leave behind most of their possessions and marks of individuality in order to establish opinions, beliefs, and reputations based solely on personal character. This extends to some forms of religious expression. Although the school makes exceptions for prayer times and religious-...

Wings Across SC: Bioblitz at Congaree National Park

By Kristina Rackley

students in parkSoon the densely wooded forests and sprawling, shaded walkways of Congaree National Park will be filled with scientists, students, and nature enthusiasts from all over the state. The Wings Across South Carolina Bioblitz will be taking place within the park May 20-21. The statewide event focuses on birds and will be a regional showcase for the Bioblitz project. Bioblitz is a collaborative effort between the National Park Service and National Geographic. During a Bioblitz, scientists, families, students, and community members all work together to identify as many species as possible, in a...

TD Bank to Distribute 20,000 Books to Local Teachers and Educators

By Marina Ziehe

BooksIn partnership with national nonprofit First Book , TD Bank is distributing 20,000 new books to teachers and educators to add to their classroom and school libraries. Aimed at Pre-K – Young Adults, these books are part of TD's "Banking On Books" program, which is designed to help provide Title 1 schools with new books for the school year. This Columbia event kicks off the first of five events across the TD footprint to give away 140,000 new books in low-income school districts. The Books On Wheels program will bring out more than 100 volunteers from TD Bank. Over 300 teachers are expected to...