Fuel Efficiency School Buses Debut in the Lowcountry

By Aimee Crouch

school busStarting today, students in Dorchester and Berkeley counties will be riding to school in a new alternative-fueled school bus. Twenty-six propane powered school buses are the first alternative fleet to replace the state's aging diesel buses. Mike Bullman, director of maintenance for the South Carolina Department of Education said, “With aging diesel buses in our fleet, it was time to replace them, and propane was the option we thought worked best financially and environmentally-speaking over the long-term.” These Blue Bird Vision Propane buses emit 80% fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons and...

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina State HouseThe House and Senate met in Joint Session on Wednesday to elect a new Supreme Court Justice, as well as Court of Appeals, circuit court, family court and administrative law court judges. The Senate spent much of the week passing S. 27, which makes the Superintendent of Education a cabinet position, in addition to several other bills. Bills approved by the Senate this week include: S. 27 - Makes the Superintendent of Education a cabinet position appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. It also provides for the terms, qualifications and filling of a vacancy in the...

S.C. House Legislative Update Jan. 31, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina House of RepresentativesLegislative Update January 31, 2017 Vol. 34, No. 4 The House of Representatives amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3488, a bill that makes provisions for ELECTRONIC INSURANCE DOCUMENTS, including authorization for insurers to deliver, store, or present evidence of insurance coverage by electronic means and provisions that afford consumers the option of receiving and signing notices and documents electronically. The House amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3441, a bill authorizing ELECTRONIC PAYMENT OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION as an alternative to traditional payment by means of a...

SC Roads Featured on This Week in SC

By Aimee Crouch

Bierbauer and Christy HallOf South Carolina's roadways, 2,000 have been deemed the worst of the worst. Charles Bierbauer sits down with S.C. DOT Secretary Christy Hall to discuss the state of S.C. Roads. Hall tells This Week in SC that the S.C. roadways are decaying rapidly, and the decay has almost doubled over the past five years. It will take ten years to fix the issues from the past five. The S.C. DOT will need $500 million a year for the next 25 years to fix these problems. For more with Christy Hall, watch This Week in SC Friday at 7:30 on SCETV.

Sonographers Expand Training Using Telehealth

By Marina Ziehe

Sonograher uses Echo to read heartIn the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, a group of heart sonographers meet once a quarter for continuing education classes. Originally provided in-house, the training later expanded to encompass videoconferencing technology. Through telehealth, area sonographers in remote locations can connect to the host site, McLeod Regional Medical Cente r in Florence, to gain valuable knowledge and experience.

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Jan. 24, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

South Carolina. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant in the Senate on Jan. 25, 2017.This week in the Senate Jan. 23 - Jan. 27, 2017 The Senate returned to regular statewide session this week after spending the previous week working at the committee level to move bills to the floor for debate. Former Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster became South Carolina’s governor this week following the resignation of former Governor Nikki Haley, who received confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Former Senator Kevin Bryant subsequently became Lieutenant Governor after being elected President Pro Tempore by the Senate and ascending to his...

S.C. House Legislative Update Jan. 24, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina State HouseLegislative Update January 24, 2017 Vol. 34, No. 3 During the initial days of the session, committees of the House of Representatives began their work on legislation to report out for consideration by the full House. The House amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3462, a bill revising the election of the BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF FLORENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER THREE to extend the terms of board members to four years, stagger the terms of the members, require that the members be elected at a general election held in an even-numbered year, and provide the process by which a vacancy is...

Gov. Henry McMaster's Swearing-In Ceremony

By Gavin Jackson

Gov. Henry McMaster taking the oath of office.Henry McMaster was sworn-in as the 117th Governor of South Carolina in a ceremony held at the State House on Tuesday. McMaster replaced Gov. Nikki Haley after the U.S. Senate confirmed her, 96-4, to be President Donald Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations moments earlier. McMaster has served as Haley's Lieutenant Governor in her second and final term since 2014. "The place we call our home is unique and so are we. God has let his light shine upon us brightly and we are thankful," McMaster said. "So as I assume these new responsibilities, I am humbled, honored and deeply appreciative of...

State House Power Moves

By Gavin Jackson

The 2017 S.C. SenateA day after Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster replaced outgoing Gov. Nikki Haley, Senators elected Sen. Kevin Bryant as McMaster's successor. Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, successfully retained his position shortly after Bryant was elected by the Senate on Wednesday. Senate Democrats and 10 Republicans, including Leatherman, helped keep him in the powerful position by a vote of 28-16 over the only other candidate, Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney. The Republicans who voted against Leatherman said he failed to fulfill the key duty of the position--filling the Lieutenant Governor...

S.C. House Legislative Update Jan. 17, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The S.C. House of Representatives Legislative Update January 17, 2017 Vol. 34, No. 2 HOUSE WEEK IN REVIEW On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, lawmakers gathered in Columbia to commence the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives and the Senate sat in joint assembly to receive the Governor’s annual State of the State Address. During the week, committees began their work on legislation to report out for consideration by the full House. The House adopted and sent the Senate H.3456, a concurrent resolution to declare January 2017 as "HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH" in South Carolina and to...