Thelisha Eaddy

Nichols Prepares for Hurricane Florence, SCDNR Explains How Rain in NC impacts SC

By Thelisha Eaddy

Cars flooded in the parking lot of a Dollar General stoe

Flooding will be a major concern for parts of South Carolina, possibly during and after Hurricane Florence makes landfall. The town of Nichols, in Marion county, experienced severe flooding in 2016 during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Disaster Recovery Coordinator Michaela Hufford shares what the town is doing to prepare for Hurricane Florence. "Everyone, rightfully so, is nervous about it. It is a really big storm and a lot of newscasters are comparing it to Hugo," Hufford said. Nichols is a very small town located just eight miles south of the North Carolina border.

From Warehouse to Convention Center; A Look at Soda City Comic Con's Growth in the Midlands

By Thelisha Eaddy

Cosplay  and comics fan James Williams

In 2011, Donald Brock, Jr. found an old comic book on a shelf,  inside one of his father's properties. "I looked at it. It look reasonably old." Brock said, the conditons in the warehouse were not that great, so "I swiped it and said I would go online and see if its worth anything." The comic book was an issue of the Brave and the Bold 28, "which is the very first appearance of the Justice League." Brock said he sold the comic, a decision he still regrets, but the sale produced a few hundreds dollars and inspired the Gaffeny native to venture into the comic book business.

Beyond Four Walls: Library Uses New Dispensers to Promote Reading, Community Engagement

By Thelisha Eaddy

Richland Library's Tony Tallent displays a newly-dispensed short story from one of three new short story dispensers at the library's main branch in downtown Columbia.

During its recent Learn Freely Fest, Richland Library launched newly-acquired short story dispensers for the public to try. The sleek, black and organge device allows people to select a one, three or five minute story to print. Richland Library is one of only four libraries across the country to receive the dispensers. Its a part of a program called Fostering Creative Community Connections, a project to promote reading; community engagement; library programs and services; and creative expression from diverse writers.

65 Years After Korean War Armistice, Remains of 55 Soldiers Are Repatriated

By Thelisha Eaddy

A snapshot of South Carolina's missing and unaccounted for soldiers from Korean War.

Over 100 soldiers from South Carolina are still missing and unaccounted for, from the Korean War. July 27 marks the 65th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war. The war started in June of 1950 and over the span of three years, more than 36,000 American soldiers were killed. Friday, remains believed to be of 55 US troops killed during the War, were returned to the United States by North Korea. Conrad Nowak is president of the Foothills Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association in Greenville.

"It Will Stabilize Them in Their Communities:" Law Clinic Helps Most Vulnerable Veterans

By Thelisha Eaddy

Clyde Gore, Jr. is director of the new legal clinic. He said the work done at the clinic can make a big change in the life of a veteran.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has identified legal services as one of the most significant unmet needs of homeless and poor veterans. The University of South Carolina's School of Law recently opened a free, veterans legal clinic to address this demand.     The clinic is located on the third floor of the law school, open from 9am to 5pm weekdays and follows the university's holiday schedule. Walk-ins are welcome, but director Clyde Gore, Jr. recommends making an appointment. “We always tell people, although we do take walk-ins, it’s always better to call first.

Remembering Friendship Nine Member James Wells

By Thelisha Eaddy

Friendship Nine member James Wells

57 years ago, nine young African-American students of Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill were arrested for attempting to desegregate the all-white lunch counter at the McCrory's variety store. One of those students was James Wells. He died Sunday, July 8th in his hometown of Rock Hill. The decision Wells and the other young protesters made, following their arrests, would help shape the civil rights movement throughout the South. 

Mission Group From Chapin Safely Arrives at Airport in Haiti, Expected in Atlanta, GA 7:01PM

By Thelisha Eaddy

Alert message posted to U.S. Embassy in Haiti website.

Members of a mission team from Chapin United Methodist Church (Chapin UMC) expected to fly back to the United States Monday after being delayed in Haiti for two days because of protests, have safely made it to the airport in Port Au Prince. Jody Flowers is lead pastor of the Lexington County church. Monday morning he said they were cautiously optimistic about the news of the group leaving the country.

President Trump Rallies Votes for McMaster Ahead of Runoff

By Thelisha Eaddy

Hours before Trump arrived, supporters packed Airport High School Gym.

President Trump rallied with Gov. Henry McMaster at Airport High School in West Columbia. The 71-year old McMaster is competing with 39-year old Greenville businessman John Warren for the Republican nomination. Recent polls show the two candidates in a tight race.

Monday night storms delayed Airforce One from landing briefly. The President made his appearance just before 8PM; he referred to McMaster as a friend and joked that storms got so bad, pilots suggested turning around.

Looking Through a Different Lens: Veterans Use Photography to Help Cope with PTSD

By Thelisha Eaddy

Retired Air Force veteran Eugene DuVall shares the story behind one of her photographs

June is PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month.  The mental health problem can develop after a person has been exposed to one or more traumatic events. For members of the military, PTSD can develop because of combat and missions where soldiers were exposed to horrible and life-threatening experiences. According to the health clinic at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, 22,000 veterans are seen for mental services in general, many of them are referred for PTSD therapy.