Santee Cooper Country

Santee Cooper Country is made up of the five counties of Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter. Visit lakes and rivers, museums, parks, flower gardens, plantation homes, nature trails, and historic battle grounds.

The Middling Cotton Gin

February 7, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
Middling Cotton Gin

Clemson Extension Agent and Host of Making It Grow Amanda McNulty visits St. Matthews, SC and the Middling Cotton Company. Amanda talks with manager Bobby Padgett about this state-of-the-art cotton gin and walks us through the entire process from being picked to being...

Sumter Opera House

October 24, 2018 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Libby Dallis
Sumter opera House

Anyone who has lived in Sumter or visited can probably remember seeing the iconic watchtower of the Sumter Opera House, which stands over the rest of the downtown area. As a Sumter native, Mayor McElveen witnessed many changes to the Sumter Opera House over the years. Today...

Caffeine and Gasoline

October 12, 2018 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Mark Adams
Old Car

It’s a car lover’s dream at the Sumter Cut Rate Drugstore and Soda Fountain, the second oldest restaurant in the state since 1935. Each year the restaurant hosts the Annual Caffeine and Gasoline Car & Motorcycle Show. The event benefits the Sumter County Military...

An Interview with Sumter's Mayor

September 26, 2018 - Posted in SCETV Regionals by Libby Dallis
Mayor McElveen

Anyone who has lived in Sumter or visited can probably remember seeing the iconic watchtower of the Sumter Opera House , which stands over the rest of the downtown area. ETV Sumter interviewed Mayor McElveen last week on this prominent point. As a Sumter native, Mayor...

Orangeburg Massacre: A Conversation with Henry Smith's Sister

February 8, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising by Beryl Dakers
Ora Sue Smith Hughes

Ora Sue Smith Hughes shares memories about her brother, Henry Smith (1948-1968), one of the three slain victims in the Orangeburg Massacre. South Carolina State College student Henry Smith had an interest in the growing civil rights movement, admiring leaders like Martin...

Orangeburg Massacre: South Carolina and National Response to Tragedy

February 8, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising by Beryl Dakers
Police officers with guns

Representative James E. Clyburn sits down with South Carolina ETV to talk about the country and South Carolina's response to the Orangeburg Massacre. Clyburn also compares how the Kent State shooting of 1970, which occurred two years after the Orangeburg Massacre, received...

The Orangeburg Massacre 50 Years Later: Remembrances

February 7, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising by Ty Moody
SC State University Alumni gather for a conversation about the tragic event that occurred on February 8, 1968.

South Carolina State University (SCSU) Alumni gather for a conversation about the tragic event that occurred on February 8, 1968. Fifty years ago, SCSU students started a bonfire on the front of campus which is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As police and...

The Jamestown Foundation

December 10, 2017 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
The Jamestown Foundation

Clemson Extension Agent and Host of "Making It Grow Amanda McNulty travels to Jamestown in the Mars Bluff Community of Florence, SC and talks with Terry James about The Jamestown Foundation. The Jamestown settlement was founded in 1870 by Ervin James a former slave. Ervin...

Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

October 17, 2017 - Posted in ETV Shorts by T. Safdi
Elloree Heritage Museum

The Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is a 10,000 square foot building in downtown Elloree that features many artifacts and showcases the history of the town over many decades.

The Calhoun Times

August 29, 2017 - Posted in ETV Shorts by Tabitha Safdi
The Calhoun Times

Founded in 1892, The Calhoun Times is a three-generation family newspaper business serving the residents of Calhoun County. The weekly paper has subscribers not only all over the state but across the nation.

South Carolina's Cooper River

March 7, 2017 - Posted in ETV Shorts by Tabitha Safdi
Cooper River

The Cooper River has made a huge impact on the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The river, known as the "cradle of history," still makes a huge economic impact as an important commercial waterway for Berkeley County.

Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center

March 21, 2016 - Posted in ETV Shorts by Tabitha Safdi
Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center

The Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center is a 20,000 square foot facility full of archives, memoribillia and the personal histories of the people of Calhoun County. Admission to the museum is free.

Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum

March 4, 2016 - Posted in ETV Shorts by Tabitha Safdi
Branchville

The Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum is the site of the world's first railroad junction. The museum features lots of antiques that were once used by the railway, such as a velocipede, old lanterns, maps and telegraph machinery.

Mepkin Abbey

January 21, 2016 - Posted in ETV Shorts by Tabitha Safdi
Mepkin Abbey

Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist Monastery located on the Cooper River in Berkeley County. It's a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949. The monks at Mepkin Abbey devote their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality.

Alligator Hunting

January 8, 2016 - Posted in ETV Shorts by Tabitha Safdi
Alligator Hunting

The Santee Cooper Lakes in Berkeley County have not been hunted for the American Alligator for many years. As a result the lakes in Berkeley County have some of the largest alligators in the United States.