Infrastructure Repairs Still Up for Debate

By K. Blackwell

pot hole in the roadThe issue of crumbling roads and bridges throughout the state of S.C. has been a glaring issue for many years. The historic flooding that the state faced last October pushed the issue of how lawmakers plan to solve the problem to the forefront. The bill was passed by the House but has now seen opposition in the Senate. Everyone agrees the roads need repair, but no one can come up with a way to pay for the repairs. Some Senators support the current bill that would raise the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon over the next several years. It also includes some income tax breaks and S.C. D.O.T. reform...

FEMA’s Role in Repairing SC Roads Due to Historic Flood

By K. Blackwell

FloodingThe historic flooding that S.C. experienced last year has brought the issue of the crumbling infrastructure to the forefront of the Legislative Session. While a roads and bridges bill is underway in the Senate , many people are wondering what role FEMA will play in aiding the road repair. Palmetto Scene spoke with Senator Tom Davis about this issue.

Remaining Disaster Recovery Centers to Close

By Aimee Crouch

flooding, roadsFEMA will close its three remaining disaster recovery centers this Friday, January 29. Victims of the October floods still needing asistance can call the FEMA hotline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. The hotline can be used to: Ask questions about FEMA decision letters. Learn how to appeal FEMA decision letters. All applicants may appeal. Inquire about the status of a registration. Provide change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays. Receive information about FEMA home inspections. Get other questions...

Winter Weather Operations Scaling Back

By Aimee Crouch

IceMost of the winter weather has left the Palmetto State and as of midday today, the State Emergency Operations Center returned to normal operations. The National Weather Service predicts some light snow for the remainder of the day in parts of the state, but temperatures will stay above freezing. SCEMD continues to urge "everyone to continue to be cautious of frozen precipitation still on the ground in many places, particularly on secondary roads and low-lying or shade covered areas. Melting snow can refreeze once temperatures fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit resulting in black ice conditions...

Winter Weather Continues to Hit Parts of South Carolina Saturday Morning

By Tabitha Safdi

SnowParts of South Carolina are continuing to be hit with snow and sleet making travel unpredictable. The Upstate areas are being hit the most. Snow and ice fell Friday with more expected in northwest South Carolina. The system is expected to end Saturday afternoon. State officials are still warning residents that roadways will be dangerous. In an update from the SC Emergency Management Division, power was out for about 30,000 utility customers, mostly in counties north and west of Columbia. According to The State Newspaper , “A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2 p.m. Saturday for...

Parts of South Carolina Experiencing Wintry Mess

By P.A. Bennett

Ice and Snow"Stay home if you can." That’s the warning for residents of Upstate South Carolina. A Winter Storm Warning is in place for the Upstate that means a quarter to a half-inch of ice and one to four inches of snow could accumulate. The weather prognosticators say that the Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Cherokee, and Clemson areas will be hit with a mixture of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. But road crews are ready, according to ; crews started pre-treating Interstates and bridges on Thursday, anticipating this ice event. “SCDOT has over 550 snowplows across the state, along with...

Freezing Rain, Snow Hits Parts of S.C. as Winter Storm Sweeps In

By Tabitha Safdi

Freezing RainThe National Weather Service is calling for hazardous winter weather in the parts of the Upstate beginning Friday morning with freezing rain and sleet, gradually changing to snow on Friday night and Saturday morning. In the Upstate, officials say travel conditions might become treacherous Friday morning and continue throughout the weekend. Highway Patrol in the affected areas are urging drivers to stay off the roads, unless it is absolutely necessary. SCEMD has a list of all state agency or local closings. Offices in Cherokee, Chester, Greenville, Fairfield, Lancaster, Pickens and Spartanburg...

Dangerous Winter Storm Forecast for South Carolina

By Tabitha Safdi

IceThe South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for winter weather. The National Weather Service predicts freezing rain and ice accumulations in the Upstate and northern Midlands lasting into Saturday. State and local agencies are putting emergency plans in place for winter weather and urge everyone in South Carolina to consider preparations to keep your home, community, family, vehicles and pets safe. Residents should prepare for the possibility of power outages, problems with pipes that are not fully insulated or at risk to burst, and...

King Day at the Dome in Columbia, South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

ClintonOn the morning of January 18, at the S.C. State House, the annual King Day at the Dome was held for the first time without the presence of the Confederate flag. The event initially began on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2000, in protest to the flag flying on the State House dome. With the recent ruling by the S.C. Supreme Court regarding equity in education, and the task in front of the legislature to deal with education funding, this year’s focus was on providing all students with equal opportunities. The event drew the Democratic presidential contenders, who were in Charleston the previous...

Gov. Nikki Haley and Mayor Joe Riley Recount Charleston Tragedy on ETV

By Glenn Rawls

Gov Haley and Mayor Rile with Mark QuinnGovernor Nikki Haley left a message for Senator Clementa Pinckney when she heard there had been an incident at his church offering assistance. It was a normal legislative day, and she believed he was still in Columbia. She said it never crossed her mind that he would never hear her message. Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston also believed Sen. Pinckney was in Columbia with legislative duties, learning only when he arrived at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church that the senator was one of the victims inside. Their stories about one horrific event in South Carolina history and the days that followed...