Pet fosters and adoptions are up since COVID-19

By Lynn Cornfoot

Pet Adoptions are up since COVID-19Since people have more time on their hands due to COVID-19, why not foster or adopt a pet? If there is a silver lining in this pandemic, it's that more animals are finding loving homes to weather the storm. For more information, contact City of Columbia Animal Services .

Tropical Storm Bertha Forms, Heading for Landfall in South Carolina

By Ray Hawthorne

4268d276-f75f-4338-868b-67b65c0fc446Tuesday 2pm EDT Update: Bertha has weakened to a Tropical Depression with maximum sustained wind speeds of 35 mph. As of 2PM EDT Wednesday afternoon Bertha was located about 70 miles north-northwest of Charleston and continues to move inland at about 15 mph, delivering heavy showers to the Midlands, Pee Dee and Lowcountry regions. This depression still has the potential to produce life-threatening flash flooding across portions of eastern and central South Carolina through Thursday morning. Rain estimated between 2 to 4 inches of rain will be possible in some areas with isolated areas...

How Will Greenville Spend Its CARES Money? Good Question

By Scott Morgan

8e202cf6-5608-4280-9a27-a6291bf8364cWhen the U.S. Treasury released its list of jurisdictions that would be getting money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act, someone had to tell the Greenville County Council that the county was on it. “Somebody said, ‘Hey, I think I saw you guys on a website,’” said Council Chairman Butch Kirven. “We looked and printed out the list, and sure enough, there we were.” Along with the listing was the amount of money the county would be receiving to help recharge its COVID-choked small business economy – $91.4 million. “We had to scramble around a little bit to...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Making Up For Lost Time

By Gavin Jackson

Straight Outta Quarantine Lockdown 2020 t-shirtOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 26, 2020, we travel to Folly Beach, SC, for Memorial Day, recap recent legislative action with The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and The State's Maayan Schechter, and learn how hospitals are staffing back up in the Palmetto State. Plus, we listen to your voicemails, and more! The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Isle Of Facepalms

By Gavin Jackson

Beachgoers returned to Isle of Palms the weekend of May 16, 2020, after restrictions were lifted.On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 23, 2020, we take you to the Isle of Palms as residents return to the beaches, look at how some communities are planning economic relief packages, and learn about the use of the promising COVID-19 treatment remdesivir in the Palmetto State. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No...

Local initiative created to record history of COVID-19 pandemic

By Leslie Leonard

Local initiative created to record history of COVID-19 pandemic“This pandemic has made known cracks and faults in the state of South Carolina, relating to education and health disparities,” says Michael Allen, a board member on the S.C. African American Heritage Commission. “Things that were once hidden are in plain view.” Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic is an effort to record the experiences of African Americans in South Carolina as related to the Coronavirus pandemic. It's the brainchild of Michael Allen. “The voices and the experiences of African Americans have shaped in the development and in the growth of South Carolina, so it’s...

River Flooding Likely to Follow This Week's Heavy Rains

By Ray Hawthorne

Severe Storm Risk over South CarolinaPersistent heavy rainfall this week, which has led to 3 to 7 inches of rain as of Wednesday morning based on radar data and cooperative observers over the Upstate and Midlands, is likely to lead to river flooding in the coming days statewide. The prevailing wind flow around a nearly stationary upper-level low over eastern Tennessee is transporting rich moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Oceans and depositing it over the state. The upper low is forecast to move slowly northward away from the state on Friday. Before it does, another 2 to 5 inches of rain is likely to fall over the...

Reopening Too Soon? Lowcountry Mayor and Charleston Historian Reflect on the Spanish Flu

By Victoria Hansen

Mount Pleasant Mayor Will HaynieIt was the fall of 1918. Charleston had quickly gone from a bustling city to a vacant, ghost town. People were quarantined for five weeks because of a deadly pandemic. They were restless, eager to get back to business as usual. Sound familiar? Under Quarantine 1918 "Something we all in Charleston are experiencing right now happened in a very similar way,” says College of Charleston historian Jacob Steere-Williams. He's been studying pandemics for 20 years. The current coronavirus is much different than the Spanish Flu that claimed more than 50 million lives worldwide in 2018 and 2019. But...

SC Public Radio to offer Spoleto Festival USA programming as part of ‘Spoleto at Home’ initiative

Spoleto Festival USACOLUMBIA, S.C. – SC Public Radio (SCPR) today announced plans to offer Spoleto Festival programming as part of a new “Spoleto at Home” initiative. The network will utilize its “Sonatas & Soundscapes” program, as well as its “Spoleto Backstage” podcast to bring past festival performances and behind-the-scenes insights to listeners across the state and beyond. On March 24, Spoleto Festival USA made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival – a first in the event’s 44-year history. Throughout that storied history, the twice-daily chamber music concerts at Dock Street Theatre have...

Heavy Rain, Possible Flooding This Week in Upstate and Midlands Regions

By Dr. Athena Masson

3f9f723e-a363-4a8c-affe-c4754291cbd0Update Tuesday May 19, 2020: Round after round of showers and thunderstorms will increase the flooding threat across the Upstate and northern Midlands through Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms have already produced 2 to 4 inches of rain since Monday morning for parts of the Upstate. Rain accumulations are setting the stage for flooding to develop through at least midweek. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Thursday morning for upstate South Carolina where several waves of showers and thunderstorms will result in additional rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches by Thursday morning...