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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...

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...

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