Behind the Scenes: Photos from the 2017 Solar Eclipse Production

By Tabitha Safdi


South Carolina is the prime location for a total solar eclipse crossing the U.S., coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. On Aug. 21, 2017, the eclipse begins near Lincoln City, OR, at 1:15 p.m. Totality ends at 2:48 p.m. near Charleston, S.C.

South Carolina ETV and South Carolina Public Radio will provide Solar Eclipse Coverage. Leading up to August 21, 2017, a series of multi-platform segments will prepare viewers and listeners for the total solar eclipse event.

This gallery of photos is from events leading up to, and after, the 2017 Solar Eclipse. 

Inmates Find Peace Through Writing

By Aimee Crouch


Inmates at the Perry Correctional Institute, located in Pelzer, have found a way to connect with one another and express themselves through a writing program called The Writers Block. Through classes, writing, and sharing, they have a new outlook on life, and are, for many, published authors.

SCEMD Prepares Businesses, Residents, and Visitors for the 2017 Total Eclipse

SCEMD Total Eclipse Recommendations and Safety Tips

South Carolina Emergency managers are planning for an influx of more than 1 million visitors into South Carolina. Eclipse viewers who gather in areas like Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston will experience the longest period of 100% total eclipse for a metropolitan area on the U.S. East Coast. Hotels and related businesses are expected to be filled above capacity for nearly a week in prime viewing areas. Cell phone service and smartphone Internet may be unavailable inside the path of totality due to large concentrations of people.

Officials: Prepare For Potential Eclipse Day Problems

By Gavin Jackson

Always wear eclipse glasses during and after the solar eclipse.

Several South Carolina officials want citizens to be prepared for traffic, delays and even dangerous accidents caused by the rare eclipse and an influx of visitors to the state.

A lot of things could happen around that event and we’re prepared for those,” Major General Robert Livingston said. “Have a plan. It’s going to get dark a little bit after 2 p.m. across the state.”

The eclipse will leave cities like Greenville, Anderson, Columbia, Sumter, Orangeburg, Charleston and towns along the I-26 corridor in darkness for up to two and a half minutes.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant Enters South Carolina Governor's Race

By Gavin Jackson

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant Enters South Carolina Governor's Race

ANDERSON -- Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant officially entered the 2018 South Carolina gubernatorial race alongside his family on Friday, touting his conservative record and a need to restore integrity in the state capital.

Bryant is running on the fiscal and moral conservative record he honed during 12 years as a state senator, reflecting the values of the heavily Republican Upstate region from which he hails.

“I’m not running to the right—I am the right,” Bryant said after being asked about his ideologies compared to those of the other three Republicans in the race.

EPA Administrator Meets With SC Farmers, Industry Over Water Rule

By Gavin Jackson

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt meets with South Carolina elected officials and farmers on July 24, 2017.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt held a roundtable meeting Monday with several elected officials, agriculture and utility representatives in Orangeburg County on a federal rule regulating waterways.

Pruitt was seeking input on redefining the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule that protects drinking water supplies. However, Pruitt and others said the rule too broadly regulates waterways, hurting farmers and industry.

Gas Tax Increase Already Funding 200 Miles of Pavements

By Gavin Jackson

Statewide improvement projects across the state according to the S.C. Department of Transportation

More than 200 miles of roadways are set to be repaved across the state due to the gas tax increase lawmakers approved in May.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced Thursday that $26.5 million worth of projects are moving forward. SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall said that without the passage of the bill—which annually increases the gas tax by two cents a gallon of gas for six years—these projects would not happen.

Voting Data Remains Secure, SC Election Commission

By Gavin Jackson

S.C. Election Commission meeting on July 19, 2017.

South Carolina Election Commission Director Marci Andino told commissioners at their monthly meeting Wednesday that reports of 150,000 attempts to access the state voter database last November was overblown.

“Those were not Russian hackers attempting to get access to the system,” Andino said. “The hits come from various different sources and a lot of that could be bots or just bad traffic, so we wanted to make it clear that that was not attempts to hack the system.”

New Law Consolidates SC Victim Services

By Gavin Jackson

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces the consolidation of victim services agencies into his office on Friday.

South Carolina continues to build upon its mission to reduce criminal domestic violence with a new law that consolidates several victim services agencies under the attorney general's office. 

"This is the most consequential victims’ advocacy reform since the victims’ bill of rights was passed over two decades ago,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said. “I think it’s going to set the stage for a new era in how we work with, how we protect, and how we serve those who find themselves unfortunately in the position of being a victim of a crime, in South Carolina.”