Victoria Hansen

Charleston School Helps Women Sail the Seas of Life

By Victoria Hansen

Families welcome home Ashley Hall students in Charleston who have been at sea a week.

Just leaving their cell phones behind for a week might seem tough enough, but 17 teenagers from Ashley Hall in Charleston, a private school for girls, spent a week at sea hoisting sails and navigating by stars aboard the tall ship, “Liberty Clipper”. Most had never sailed before. The trip is part of the school’s annual Offshore Leadership Program. This is the 11th year students have sailed.

The Citadel Encourages Diversity through Listening

By Victoria Hansen

Citadel faculty and members of the media take part in the school's first CitListen session.

It’s been a little more a than year since the Citadel started  its Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center.  One of the goals is to help the once all-male military college in Charleston acknowledge its history in perpetrating racism and continue to evolve into a more inclusive community.  The school is now holding what it calls CitListen sessions to encourage change through conversation. “They’re designed to get people to interact with each other through personal story telling, deep intentional listening and connections across differences through our common humanity,” says Dr. J.

Georgetown Braces for Florence's Final Stop

By Victoria Hansen

Bob Ballew and his wife Penny evacuated their Conway home and are staying at a local shelter

The city of Georgetown may get a bit of a reprieve as Hurricane’s Florence’s flood waters make a final push before heading out to sea.  Georgetown County officials now say an updated flood anticipation map from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shows a much improved forecast and is encouraging people who have evacuated to take a look and decide if it’s safe to return.

Conway Neighborhood Visited by President Advised to Evacuate by Weekend

By Victoria Hansen

Former Horry County councilwoman Liz Gilland stops to talk to Doug and Sissy Owen about flooding on their property

The day before President Trump visited Conway, Doug and Sissy Owen got a knock on their door.  It was the National Guard advising them to seek higher ground in 48 hours, well before the weekend when the Waccamaw River is  expected to crest.

“Thank God that we had notice and time to move everything out,” said Doug Owen.  “I can’t imagine

how these other people are who didn’t have any time.”

Conway Homeowners Evacuate with More Flooding Still to Come

By Victoria Hansen

Doug and Sissy Owen's home quickly flooding.  They just moved here six months ago.

The Waccamaw River has yet to crest and people who fled Conway before Hurricane Florence and returned are now evacuating, either on their own or being forced to go.

Debbie Long helped her mother-in-law move out of a neighborhood east of town near Crabtree Swamp just days before the National Guard moved in, pulling people from their homes.  So how high was the water?

“I don’t know,” she said.  “The fire ants are doing their thing where they float and if you get close to them they will swim to you.  I’ve already been bitten.”

Many in the Charleston Area Shelter in Place for Florence

By Victoria Hansen

Dunleavys Pub on Sullivan's Island is boarded up but open for business

Just hours before hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina, Dallas Cone and his nearly 1 year-old daughter Hannah sat in the sand on Sullivan’s Island just outside of Charleston enjoying the cool breeze and growing waves.  He admitted his family was poised to leave, but changed their mind at the very last minute.

“We did board up yesterday expecting the worst,” he said.  “But I think it’s going to be north of us right now.”

Military Leaders Warn Climate Change is a National Security Threat

By Victoria Hansen

People listen as military and local  leaders talk about climate change and its impact on national security at the Citadel in Charleston.

People listen as military and local leaders talk about climate change and its impact on national security at the Citadel in Charleston Credit Victoria Hansen Three years of back to back hurricanes and record floods have left many across the Lowcountry flood weary.  Now the height of hurricane season is here.  Scientists say climate change is to blame for increased flooding, creating more intense storms and rising sea

Citadel Employee Accused of Sexually Abusing Former Cadet

By Victoria Hansen

Kenneth Gregory Boes

An employee with Charleston’s military college, the Citadel, is accused of giving a former cadet alcohol and pills, and sexually assaulting him.  Kenneth Gregory Boes is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct following an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Photographing Veterans after Capturing Combat

By Victoria Hansen

Shelee Murray poses with her late husband's dog tags.

Stacy Pearsall's office is tucked away in an upstairs bedroom of her Charleston area home.  Her service dog Charlie checks in occasionally, tail wagging, making sure she's alright.  Above her desk, hangs a collection of spoons; small, some silver, simple and ornate.  Stacy says she handpicked them for a loved one during her travels overseas, someone who has since passed away.  They reflect her love of service and a discerning eye.

Money Raised for Charleston's New International African American Museum

By Victoria Hansen

A picture of what the International African American Museum is expected to look like

The Charleston Maritime Museum was packed Thursday with a who’s who of community leaders, as well as local and state dignitaries.  Former, long time Charleston City Mayor Joe Riley could barely contain his excitement as he stepped up to the podium.  “Today we’ve asked all of you to join us to tell you that the dream of the International African American Museum shared by so many will be a reality,” he said.  “We have

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