Emanuel AME Church Shooter Identified

By Kaitlyn Park

Dylann Roof

As Palmetto Scene previously reported, nine were fatally shot at historic Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street during a midweek prayer meeting late Wednesday evening. As of Thursday morning the shooter remained unidentified, but now authorities have named the suspect as Dylann Stormm Roof, a 21-year-old resident of Lexington county, reports The State.

Roof’s Facebook page reveals that he is a graduate of White Knoll High School.

Fatal Shooting at Charleston Church

By Kaitlyn Park


“There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture."

                                                -NAACP President Cornell Williams Brown to ABC

Charleston Reacts to Emanuel A.M.E. Church Shooting

By Kaitlyn Park


Charleston, the state of South Carolina and the country continue to try and make some sense out of the incomprehensible tragedy that occurred on Wednesday evening, as nine victims were gunned down in a Bible study at Emanuel A.M.E. Church on Calhoun Street.

Members of the Palmetto Scene team were able to partake in the outpouring of love and support that filled the streets of Charleston, the vigil at Morris Brown A.M.E. Church and beyond.

2015 TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC Inspires Local Teens

By Marina Ziehe

Presenter at TEDxYouth event

South Carolina’s conference by youth, for youth  is organized by a group of 20 teens that brings the TED Talks experience to a local level. Over the course of one day, South Carolina high schoolers and speakers from around the world give talks around the power of ideas.

Carolina Money collected some quotes and pictures of the event.

David Hodge, speaker - Computer Science student at USC:

What seems normal today was impossible yesterday and will be forgotten tomorrow.

Smith-Lever Act Recognized in Its 100th Year Anniversary

By K. Dennis


Last week, both Senate and House Representatives held ceremonies in their respective chambers, honoring Congressman Frank Lever and his legacy with the Smith-Lever Act. Lever was a proud sponsor and supporter of many acts of legislation which aided agriculture.

Academic Freedom Challenged at S.C. Universities

By Aimee Crouch

Studio Education

The State Newspaper’s Andy Shain points out in a recent article that several S.C. colleges and universities may lose funding in the House of Representatives budget over certain gay-themed books being assigned to freshman.

In Shain’s article for The State he reports, “Now, as the debate over academic freedom versus political reality moves to the state Senate, worries are spreading that S.C. schools could face more penalties in the future.”

BMW Invests $1 Billion Dollars in South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch


Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, introduces the new X4.

BMW recently announced a one billion dollar investment to the manufacturing plant in the upstate, making it the largest plant in their network. Beginning now, they are making the all new X4 model, and will begin production on the X7 model shortly. This will increase production to 450 thousand cars and an anticipated 800 new jobs for South Carolina.

Unemployment Numbers Continue to Fall

By Aimee Crouch


South Carolina’s newly released unemployment numbers hit a six year low last month, falling from 6.4% in January to 5.7% in February. 

According to the Columbia Business Report, "South Carolina led the nation in recording the largest one-month drop in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, knocking off nearly a percentage point in February."