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South Carolina ETV CINE Golden Eagle Finalist for Museum Film

By Glenn Rawls

South Carolina ETV CINE Golden Eagle Finalist for Museum FilmThe CINE Golden Eagle Awards have named South Carolina ETV as a finalist for “The Carrier Will Lead.” “The Carrier Will Lead” is a documentary film produced by ETV for the USS Yorktown in Charleston. The film previously won a Silver Telly award for Non-Broadcast Motivational, and a Bronze Telly award for History/Biography. It is used at the Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum as a part of the USS Yorktown’s visitor experience. Don Godish is the executive producer and writer, Tabitha Safdi is producer, director, and editor, and Mark Adams is editor and co-producer. CINE honors and...

Senator Clementa Pinckney's Portrait To Be Unveiled

By Aimee Crouch

Sen. Clementa PinckneyOn the floor of the S.C. Senate today, Senator Gerald Malloy announced that a portrait of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney would be unveiled on May 25. Senator Pinckney was one of the nine murdered at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last June. Malloy said, "This portrait will be a lasting tribute to the life of Senator Pinckney, appropriately reflecting his service to our citizens and his church. But more importantly, it will be a constant lesson of the power of grace in the face of tragedy.” Larry Lebby created the portrait of Pinckney. Lebby, a world-renowned artist, has done...

Latest Winthrop Poll Looks at Race Relations in SC

By Aimee Crouch

SC State HouseThis past year in S.C. has been a tragic, yet historic time. After the shooting of Walter Scott, the murders at Mother Emanuel, and the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, the discussion of race has increased throughout the state. The latest Winthrop Poll asked residents how they felt about race relations in South Carolina, and many of the state’s African-Americans believe race is the most important issue facing our country today. Poll Director Scott Huffmon said, “In the past year or so, we have had multiple events that raised conversations about race in South...

Columbia Canal Six Months After the Flood

By Marina Ziehe

End of Columbia Canal emptiedAccording to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History , the Columbia Canal at Riverfront Park dates back to 1824. The canal was an efficient and inexpensive navigation route where the Broad River and the Saluda River form the Congaree River. After the implementation of the railroad in Columbia, its importance as a means of transportation decreased. In 1891, the canal was redesigned and became a major power source for the city of Columbia. In October 2015, sections of the Columbia Canal collapsed as a result of what is known as the 1,000 year flood. After the incident, the water...

Malfunction Junction Improvements Added to Senate Roads Bill

By Kaitlyn Park

heavy trafficUnder the road-spending plan that the Senate’s budget panel approved on Wednesday, April 20, Malfunction Junction, considered the state Transportation Department’s No. 1 priority since 2008, would be fixed, reports The State . The plan would provide around $4 billion for road projects over the next 10 years. Malfunction Junction, which refers to the area around the intersection of Interstates 20 and 26, is infamous in Richland and Lexington counties for its poor design and tendency to become heavily backed up with traffic. The new funds could not be used to build any new roads, including an...

Spirit Communications Park Welcomes Fans to Its Inaugural Game

By Andrea Esselman

Entrance to Spirit Communications ParkAnticipation filled the air, as people milled around outside the stadium. The gates opened, and the pressure of all the months leading up to this moment was released. Spirit Communications Park was officially open for its first baseball game. Fans from all over came to Thursday’s inaugural game at the brand new Spirit Communications Park, located off of Bull Street. They were greeted with a wide variety of festivities, including a live band, balloon artists, stilt walkers, a play area for children, and a host of all-American food. The stadium itself gleamed with newness, although the...

Roads Get Additional $400 Million in Funding

By Aimee Crouch

pothole in roadThe S.C. House approved the state’s $7.5 billion dollar budget this week, and much of the debate surrounded the state’s failing infrastructure system. The approved budget allotted an extra $400 million dollars in road repairs. A gas increase, supported by Democrats, failed to pass. The State reported that of the $400 million, “$50 million would go to counties for less-trafficked road repairs. Another $316 million in added money would go to the Transportation Department for road repairs. The House also approved spending $49 million to pay for flood repairs that the state’s roads agency made...

Native Americans Make Land Gains

By K. Blackwell

Native Americans make land gains. Native Americans have been making land gains since 2009, totaling to about 400,000 acres, according to the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. President Obama pledged to place a total of 500,000 acres into trust for Native American tribes before his term as President ends. An article from the Associated Press points out, “that’s more than double the roughly 233,000 acres placed into trust, during the prior tenure of President George W. Bush.” But future growth of tribal lands weighs a lot on the next administration, who would have to decide about nearly 525,000 acres that are...

Columbia's Riverfront Park Reopens

By Andrea Esselman

Welcome Back Sign at ParkColumbia’s Riverfront Park is more than just a path by the river. It is a place that brings people together. After the canal was breached during the historic flood, the Columbia Riverfront Park was closed. However, portions of the park finally reopened this past Tuesday. Already, the stories of how it is drawing people from all over are flooding in. George and Pat Flammer are from New York. They own a home here in Columbia that they visit a few times during the year, especially during the winter when it is cold further north. “We’re very happy that it’s open again,” says Pat. Sarah Parks and...

House Passes Tucker Hipps Transparency Bill and Senate Works to Help Farmers

Senate looks to help farmers. This week at the South Carolina State House, senators hoped to provide funding for state farmers who were crippled by last year’s historic flooding. The Senate Finance Committee met this week to discuss the current bill that would allow $40 million to be appropriated to help farms that suffered damage from the flood waters. Sen. President Pro Temper Hugh Leatherman said in a statement that the matter is urgent. “There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to this issue. We need to make sure we are not only designating the right amount, but also doing it quickly. If not, we’ll clearly...

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