Palmetto Scene

Turning Recycled Metal Into Art

By L. Cornfoot

welding

Art can come in all forms – music, dance, visual…and trash? One Columbia man found his creative ability in making sculptures from metal scraps. Once complete, a new metamorphosis begins.

Segregated Marine Says, "You can't get enough education"

By K. Cannon

B.S Plair at Hermon Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC.

B.S. Plair of Rock Hill, South Carolina, served for the Montford Point Marines in 1945, until he was honorably discharged in 1946. The Montford Point Marines were based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and were the first African American Marines to serve in the military, following an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 that required the armed services to recruit and enlist African Americans.

South Carolina's Important Role in African American History

By P.A. Bennett

African-American History

February is African American History Month. Some may ask “Why celebrate African American history...isn’t that American history?” Absolutely, but unfortunately, for hundreds of years, much of the history related to those of African descent was either totally ignored or misrepresented. South Carolina plays a major role in this more inclusive look at American history; because for many people of African descent in the United States today, Sullivan’s Island, S.C. is where their “American” history began.

New Boeing Dreamliner Unveiled

By A. Crouch

Boeing Dreamliner

Today, at its North Charleston facility, the newest Boeing Dreamliner was unveiled. The 787-10 is the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family and is built exclusively at Boeing South Carolina

President Donald Trump and S.C. Governor Henry McMaster attended the event. Trump told the thousands of Boeing employees who attended the event, “That is one beautiful airplane.”

Postcard From the Past Mobilizes a Columbia Historic Church to Restoration

By K. Park and T. Safdi

Ebenezer Lutheran Church

“We’re excited to be a part of history today,” said Jane George Holmes.

Holmes is a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, which saw an exciting addition of two new cupolas to its storied chapel on Monday, February 6. Construction crews readied cranes to hoist the cupolas into the Columbia skyline, as members of the community and the congregation gathered to watch from the sidewalks below. The group broke into a joyous rendering of the hymn, “Lift High the Cross,” as the cupolas, topped with white crosses, were gently placed atop the chapel's columns.

South Carolinian Helps Preserve Southern History by Giving Walking Tours

By K. Cannon

Robert Ryals, owner of Walkin' Talkin' Tours

Fort Mill resident Robert Ryals has devoted his life to living history. He is a ‘story-teller of facts’ and tour guide for Walkin’ Talkin’ Tours, which he co-owns with his wife. Of his career path he says, “If you’re pursuing your passion, you never have to work a day in your life.” He further explains, “The reason why I developed this business wasn’t to make a lot of money. It was to pursue the story and get people interested in the story.”

Boeing Votes Against Unionization

By A. Crouch

Boeing airplane

Boeing SC, one of the biggest industries in the Lowcountry, voted yesterday not to unionize the Charleston company, as 2,828 employess voted, with 74% of them not in support of the International Association of Machinists' attempt to unionize.

Joan Robinson-Berry, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing SC said, “We will continue to move forward as one team. We have a bright future ahead of us, and we're eager to focus on the accomplishments of this great team and to develop new opportunities."

Sleep and a Healthy Brain

By P.A. Bennett

Sleep brain connection

How often do you jump out of bed in the morning refreshed, wide awake, and ready to go? If you’re like most of us, it’s probably not often enough.  It happened to me this morning. I was shocked and amazed. Got me to wondering, what did I do right last night, so that I feel so good this morning? I obviously got a good night’s sleep, so how do I keep that up?

And if you’re concerned about your brain health, The Global Council on Brain Health says regular, quality sleep is of the utmost importance to a healthy brain as we age.  The council makes the following recommendations:

Fuel Efficiency School Buses Debut in the Lowcountry

By A. Crouch

school bus

Starting today, students in Dorchester and Berkeley counties will be riding to school in a new alternative-fueled school bus. Twenty-six propane powered school buses are the first alternative fleet to replace the state's aging diesel buses.

Mike Bullman, director of maintenance for the South Carolina Department of Education said, “With aging diesel buses in our fleet, it was time to replace them, and propane was the option we thought worked best financially and environmentally-speaking over the long-term.”

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