SC Features

Christmas Tree Farmers Work Throughout the Year to Make December Green

December 5, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Christmas tree farmer Mike McCartha  shakes the debris from a tree before wrapping it up for the trip to his customer's home.

Mike McCartha and Bryan Price are tow two men who essentially make their entire year's livings in one month. They're Christmas tree farmers. It takes year-round to grow Christmas trees and successfully market them. Growers like McCartha and Price say they like seeing...

Narrative: Growing Up as Preacher's Kids in Georgetown

November 21, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Henry "Harry" Bull Jr., Sarah Clarkson, and Margaret Clarkson, Columbia 2016

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project that collects the voices of our times. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Margaret Clarkson interviewed her uncle and mother about growing up in Georgetown, South...

Narrative: His Mother Dreamed of Having Her Own Family

November 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Scotty Barnes with his father, Scott Barnes, and his son, Richard Barnes, Columbia, 2016.

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Scott Barnes sat down with his son Scotty and his grandson Richard, to tell them...

"I've Never Been Beaten Like That Before, In My Life": Former POW Leads Columbia Veterans Day Parade

November 8, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
Fort Jackson trainees during 2016 Columbia Veterans Day Parade.

50 years ago, Columbia resident Jack Van Loan was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Recently, Van Loan spoke with South Carolina Public Radio about the six years he spent in captivity. Today, the retired Col. of the U.S. Air Force is preparing to serve once again, this...

Chocolatiers Make South Carolina Life Sweeter

November 8, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Christina Miles cools chocolate in a mold from her vat of liquid chocolate.

Chocolate is one of life's great treats for most folks. Traditional, mass-produced chocolate candies have been enjoyed for generations, but lately, specialists have been making chocolates in South Carolina. Columbia chocolatiers Christina Miles and Joseph Vernon have...

SCETV's In-Depth Look at the Folklore Surrounding "Alice" of the Hermitage

October 31, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Brandie Perron
Alice's Grave Marker In All Saints Cemetery

More than 150 years ago, the legend of Alice Flagg of the Hermitage began. This young lady from the banks of the inlet in Georgetown County has touched the lives of many, including the Chandler boys – who grew up sleeping in Alice’s room. Variations to the history are...

Edgar Allan Poe's Time in Charleston

October 30, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
A view from Gold Bug Island.

Whether you're walking down Raven Avenue or biting into a Gold Bug Burger at Poe's Tavern, you are certain to find plenty of Edgar Allan Poe treasure on Sullivan's Island. The elusive 19th Century writer has direct ties to the island. But they weren't discovered until...

"I Made It Here: I'm Back": The Midlands Flood Recovery Group Celebrates 200 Home Repairs

October 25, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Teenagers in blue shirts laugh together while standing against a wall

Early this month, South Carolina reached the 2-year anniversary of the devastating October 2015 rain event, offering a natural opportunity to pause and observe the many tragedies that the widespread flooding wrought, and the many triumphs of recovery that have followed. The...

Narrative: A Father's Commitment to Value Each Day with His Sons

October 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Jonathan Dean and his father, Scottie Dean, Columbia 2016

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project where friends and loved ones interview each other. At the StoryCorps mobile booth in Columbia in 2016, Scottie Dean talked with his son Jonathan about their family, and why he values...

Jazz Festival Honors the Legendary Dizzy Gillespie in His Hometown

October 18, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Russ McKinney
A statue of John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie outside his family home in Cheraw, SC.

Events are underway this week in the Chesterfield County town of Cheraw for the S.C. Jazz Festival . This year's festival, the 12th annual Jazz Festival, has special significance because on October 21, 1917 jazz great Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw. Although Gillespie...

Glen Ward Has Made Impressions a Lifetime of Fun

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
graphic of microphone

Humorist and inspirational speaker Glen Ward left a comfortable job at a bank 25 years ago and took a leap of faith into a venture he’d long been doing as a sideline – public speaking, including both inspirational messages and impressions of well-known personalities. It...

State Fair a S.C. Tradition for Nearly 150 Years

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
The South Carolina State Fair's midway rides at night.

The South Carolina State Fair has rolled around every fall since 1869. Begun on Columbia’s Elmwood Avenue as an agricultural exposition, historian Rodger Stroup and fair manager Gary Goodman say it has kept its agricultural and mechanical roots while expanding through the...

Border Collies Exhibit Herding Prowess on the Farm and at the Fair

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Bill Coburn presenting his Border Collie Demonstration at the South Carolina State Fair in 2016.

At Windy Knolls Farm in Laurens County, Bill Coburn raises ducks and sheep. He’s retired from farming, but he still spends time on one of his favorite occupations: training border collies. The shaggy mid-sized dogs have a natural instinct to herd animals, and Coburn says he...

The History of the South Carolina State Fair

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
An advertisement for the fair appears in the Keowee Courier (Pickens Court House, S.C.), October 18, 1905.

With October come two certainties: Trick-or-Treaters will be abroad on the 31st, and the South Carolina State Fair will attract thousands to Columbia. In this edition of Walter Edgar's Journal , from May 5, 2016, Dr. Rodger Stroup, retired Director of the South Carolina...

Inmates Find Peace Through Writing

August 14, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
writing

Inmates at the Perry Correctional Institute, located in Pelzer, have found a way to connect with one another and express themselves through a writing program called The Writers Block. Through classes, writing, and sharing, they have a new outlook on life, and are, for many...

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