Victoria Hansen

Teenage Twins Befriend a World War II Veteran aboard the USS Yorktown

By Victoria Hansen

Teenage Twins Befriend a World War II Veteran aboard the USS Yorktown

It's been three years since Carter and Jack Hanson were featured on CBS news for their rare friendship with a World War II veteran who served aboard the USS Yorktown.  That's when the  network set up a surprise meeting on the  ship just outside of Charleston.   They had gotten to know Robert Harding through email.  It was quite a moment as the three came face to face, and their bond has grown stronger ever since.   Now 13 years-old, the twins recently attended the Yorktown's 75th anniversary with their family, celebrating Harding who could not  be there.

Lowcountry Bridge Will Remain Closed Four More Weeks

By Victoria Hansen

Trucks rerouted with ramp to I-526 west bound closed from Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant coming from the Wando Terminal

It’s about four inches wide, 1,000 feet long and it shut down a critical, bridge in the Lowcountry Monday after it snapped. Now state transportation officials say it will take four weeks to repair the steel cable, one of eight, that connects the concrete segments of the James B. Edwards Bridge, better known as the Wando.

Charleston Family Cautiously Optimistic; EPA Announces Action on Paint Stripper Chemical

By Victoria Hansen

Drew Wynne's older brothers Brian (left) and Clayton (right) at their mother's home just outside Charleston

His voice sounds excited, yet hesitant.  Brian Wynne has just learned the Environmental Protection Agency will take action on a proposed ban from the Obama administration that would keep a potentially deadly chemical from being used in paint strippers commonly found on store shelves.  He met with the EPA chief two days ago, sharing the story of his younger brother from Charleston who died after being exposed to that very chemical, methylene chloride.

 

Charleston's Tourist Season is in Full Swing in the Spring

By Victoria Hansen

Runners and walkers wait in line for bridge run bibs at Charleston Convention Center

You know it’s spring in Charleston when the cars are thick with yellow pollen, as well as  a colorful array of out of state license plates.  Porta- Potties line the streets, novice runners sport bright, new shoes and college kids seeking sun and warmth stretch out behind the beach dunes.  Typically, the signs appear in April, alongside two annual events; the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Volvo Car Open.

Charleston Book Club Gives Veterans a Voice

By Victoria Hansen

Kate Hudson leads group discussion for veteran book club

It’s a Saturday morning and a small group meets at the downtown Charleston County Library, their thick books cracked open to the same page of “The Illiad”, an epic poem recounting the final weeks of the Trojan War.  It’s intense reading for 10 a.m.  But the ancient story resonates with the young soldiers at the long table.  It’s part of their book club for veterans.

“He was going to leave town without going to hunt her down and say goodbye,” said the group’s facilitator Kate Hudson.  “Why would he do that?”  There’s silence.   Then, former Marine Lee Gonzalez weighs in.

Firefighter Tries to Save Lives in the Classroom

By Victoria Hansen

Christan Rainey working as a firefighter in North Charleston

When Christan Rainey isn't putting out flames and saving lives as a North Charleston firefighter, he's busy warning teens about the potential dangers of dating and domestic violence.  The 33 year-old knows such violence all too well.  His mother and four siblings were shot to death 11 years ago, by the man his mother had married.

Charleston's Chief Resilience Officer Fights Flooding and Sea Level Rise

By Victoria Hansen

Charleston's lower battery wall following Hurricane Irma

Mark Wilbert has been the man the city of Charleston has turned to in case of emergencies.  He helped people prepare for Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.   He was there after 9 parishioners at Mother Emanuel were killed.   Last August, he planned for a crowd of thousands in town for the solar eclipse.  Now the former city Emergency Management Director has a new job.  He's Charleston's first ever Chief Resilience officer.

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