South Carolina

Program Opens South Carolina's Rural Housing Market to First (and Second) Time Buyers

September 24, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Isn’t it interesting how differently the following two phrases sound: A little house in the country. Affordable rural housing. They’re the same thing, really. But perceptions about life in the country depend almost entirely on whether someone with choices opts to buy a...

An Upstate Collaborative Chronicles Moral Distress in 'Non-Essential' Healthcare Workers

September 11, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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The mental health crisis among healthcare workers in the pandemic is, in large part, one of moral crisis. We’ve reported on the emotional toll COVID-19 can take on frontline healthcare workers . But what about the toll it’s taking on professionals at the further reaches of...

COVID Took Abused Kids Off the Radar. Reopened Schools Are Letting SCDSS Caseworkers Catch Back Up

September 4, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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One of the upsides to having children back in a physical classroom is that the state's child protective services workers can talk to kids again. A lot of them are dealing with abuse or neglect and it's easier to catch up with several of them when they're in one place, away...

A Counter Protest from History and the Rebirth of a Fabled Rock Hill Restaurant

September 1, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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One could make much of the timing of Chef Rob Masone’s next big food venture, seeing that it just happens to intersect with a moment that’s brought us both a pandemic and a major conversation about the meaning and breadth of race and racism in the United States. The moment...

Sports Proving a Valuable Buoy For Rock Hill in the Pandemic

August 28, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Rock Hill’s shiny new Sports & Event Center was all set to be a big deal. It was just slated to open at a colossally unfortunate time – March, 2020. To be fair, it did open, briefly. There was a soft launch; a few events happened. But the city’s newest economic driver,...

It's Not About Superheroes: The Very Human Toll COVID Takes on Frontline Healthcare Workers

August 27, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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A lot of people see frontline healthcare workers as heroes in the coronavirus pandemic. That might actually be kind of a problem. “You hear about them being superheroes, and that’s nice, but they are people,” says Pamela Wright, an ER nurse and researcher at the University...

What an Ebola Nurse's Experiences Can Teach Us About Healthcare Workers' Mental Health in a Pandemic

August 26, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Cheedy Jaja grew up in Sierra Leone. He came to the United States to study medicine and became a nurse practitioner. So it’s not much of a stretch to see what drew him back to Sierra Leone when the Ebola crisis broke out in 2014. He felt a call to go home and help. He wasn’...

SC's Voters with Disabilities May Face a Dire Choice (And Not Just Who To Vote For)

August 19, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Voters with disabilities have always faced a lot of obstacles, but they’ve also always had a choice – voting absentee. Now, a combination of the coronavirus pandemic and the politicization of the U.S. Postal Service is forcing a different kind of choice onto disabled voters...

Ladies – And Now Gentlemen – Take Their Seats at Converse College

August 14, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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The coronavirus sent everyone at Converse College in Spartanburg packing early in the spring. Graduating seniors barely had time to say their good-byes before the campus shut down and restructured. As the college reopens to residents this week, it brings a few changes, and...

Are Female Cops the Answer We're Looking For?

August 5, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Right now, around the country, communities are asking hard questions about the role of police – does policing need an overhaul? How can officers better serve communities? And how can departments ratchet down tensions that can lead to aggression by and against police...

Of Small Business, Big Bucks, and PPP in South Carolina

July 7, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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South Carolina small businesses received $1.87 billion through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, and were able to revive 280,000 jobs by accessing the loans, according to newly released data from the U.S. Small Business Association . The SBA’s public database...

Spartanburg County Mask Resolution is Symbolic but Hopeful

July 2, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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On Thursday morning, the Spartanburg County Council held a special meeting to vote on whether to ask residents and visitors to wear face coverings – not just masks – at grocery stores and pharmacies in the county. The resolution adopted 3-1 was largely symbolic, as most...

How 2020 Almost Killed Greenville Tech’s New Black Students Initiative. Almost.

June 22, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Back in January, South Carolina Public Radio spoke to Dr. Alecia Watt, the director of Greenville Technical College’s Educational Opportunity Program, about the school’s initiative to identify and retain African-American male students who were at risk of dropping out. The...

Juneteenth Brings Two Calls for Name Changes in Rock Hill

June 19, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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Two calls to change names tied to the Confederacy occurred in Rock Hill Friday. One was the call by the Winthrop University Board of Trustees to change the name of Tillman Hall back to Main Hall – a move echoing this exact call at Clemson University last week and similar to...

Chester PD Addresses McCree Shooting Incident

June 16, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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On Tuesday, Chester Police Chief Eric Williams held a press conference regarding the killing of 28-year-old Ariane McCree by a city police officer last fall. Williams said the press conference was an effort to be fully transparent in an incident that has dogged the...

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