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USC Economists Say SC Economy to Remain Strong in 2018

By Gavin Jackson

USC Economic Outlook

University of South Carolina economists said the state’s economy will remain strong in 2018, despite a tight labor market and large layoffs in the Midlands area.

Job creation, the single best indicator of economic performance, is expected to grow at 2.1 percent in 2018, according to research economist Joseph Von Nessen who spoke at the annual economic outlook conference in Columbia on Friday.

Walter Scott's Family Hopes Officer Sentencing Sends a Message

By Victoria Hansen

Judy Scott holds a picture of her son Walter

It was a rare sentencing following a string of officer involved, racially charged killings across the nation.  Thursday, a federal judge gave former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager 20 years behind bars for killing an unarmed man as he fled a 2015 traffic stop.  The crime was caught on witness' cell phone video.  Few officers in recent years have been convicted in such killings, much less received a lengthy punishment.  Walter Scott's family hopes the sentence sends a strong message to police across the nation.

Rep. Todd Atwater Announces Attorney General Bid

By Gavin Jackson

Rep. Todd Atwater

Rep. Todd Atwater, R-Lexington, announced on the State House steps Wednesday his run for attorney general.

Atwater is taking aim at current Attorney General Alan Wilson, a fellow Republican from Lexington County, who is running for his third term in office.

The crux of Atwater's campaign is to stymie corruption in Columbia, something he says the current attorney general can't do since he removed himself from the ongoing State House corruption probe citing a conflict of interest.

Interstate 73 Moves Closer to Reality

By Russ McKinney

Abstract map of possible routes for proposed I-73

The five major interstate highways that crisscross South Carolina are part of its social and economic lifeblood.  Since 1982, when Ronald Reagan was President, there have been plans for a sixth interstate, I-73 which would run from the North Carolina-South Carolina state line near Bennettsville through the Pee Dee to the tourist Mecca of Myrtle Beach. Over the years there have been a number of proposed routes for the new federal highway, questions about how best to pay for it, and concerns raised by environmental groups.

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Running Mate Pamela Evette

By Gavin Jackson

Pamela Evette named Gov. Henry McMasters 2018 running mate on Nov. 28, 2017.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster named Upstate businesswoman Pamela Evette as his running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial race  on Tuesday afternoon.
 
Evette, 50, is president and CEO of Quality Business Solutions, a Travelers Rest-based company, which generates nearly $1 billion in revenue. She is a self-proclaimed “Trump girl” who is in good company with McMaster, who was the first statewide elected official to endorse President Donald Trump in 2016.

South Carolina Prepares for Winter Weather Season

By Gavin Jackson

Severe winter weather in South Carolina

With freezing low temperatures already chilling South Carolinians this week, several state officials told citizens on Tuesday to be prepared for the winter weather season and the potential hazards it may bring over the coming months. 

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, the S.C. Adjutant General, said one way to do that is to be prepared before the weather becomes an issue.

Chapin High School Principal Named 2018 National Principal of the Year

By Tabitha Safdi

Dr. Akil Ross during an assembly

Chapin High School’s principal, Dr. Akil Ross, has a mantra for the school, “We are a thousand passions with one heartbeat." He aims to foster an environment where students can be challenged, while pursuing their own interests.

In a surprise assembly in October, Dr. Ross was named the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2018 National Principal of the Year. 

What To Watch For in The 2018 SC Governor's Race

By Gavin Jackson

2018 South Carolina Gubernatorial Candidates

The full interview with Professor Gibbs Knotts, College of Charleston political science department chair, on the state of the 2018 South Carolina governor’s race.

Catch up on who the candidates are and where the race stands a year away from Election Day here.

What does the 2018 election look like now that we’re a year away?

Sea Change Debuts

By Kaitlyn Park

fallen trees at botany bay

Individuals across the world have had to consider what effects climate change could have on the planet. It’s a topic of political and cultural discussion, but as weather events and rising sea levels continue to rock the coastline, lands that claim homes and businesses deteriorate, and local ecosystems hang in the balance, what can the southeastern United States expect in impacts?

Narrative: His Mother Dreamed of Having Her Own Family

By Laura Hunsberger

Scotty Barnes with his father, Scott Barnes, and his son, Richard Barnes, Columbia, 2016.

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Scott Barnes sat down with his son Scotty and his grandson Richard, to tell them about his life and family history. Scott Barnes was celebrating his 92nd birthday at the time of the interview. Here’s Scotty Barnes, speaking to his father.

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