Palmetto Scene

South Carolina’s Economic Forecast Looking Up

By T. Safdi

Economy

The University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business presented their economic forecast this week at their annual Economic Outlook Conference.

“According to Doug Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen, economists in the Moore School’s Division of Research, the single best indicator of economic performance is the rate of job growth, which they expect to increase by 1.7 percent during 2014.”

2013 Governor’s Carolighting At The State House

By T. Safdi

Carolighting

This year marked the 47th Annual Carolighting at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. There were ensembles and choirs, both young and old, Columbia Mayor Benjamin, Governor Haley and even Santa attended. 

But who sets all this up? There is a lot that goes into making sure an event like this is a success. The Event Planner, Ray Gray, says, “It’s my role to pull all the pieces together and to really make them work. I’m not doing it all by myself I am grateful to say. I have some help from the governor’s staff and it's really a team effort”. 

Computer Science Education Week: Hour of Code

By A. Randall

Code

Did you know December 9-15 is Computer Science Education Week all across the nation? Anyone from children to adults can learn how to write code. The hands-on learning tool, “Hour of Code”, offers students the opportunity to try computer science for one hour. Over 10 million have learned an "Hour of Code" and the numbers continue to grow. 

#ThrowbackThursday: Governor James Edwards 1976 State of the State Address

By T. Safdi

Edwards

James Burrows Edwards was Governor of South Carolina from 1975-1979. He was the first Republican to be elected Governor of South Carolina since Reconstruction.

This State of the State Address is from January 27, 1976.

“This past year there’s been one of many problems. Together we meet those problems head on and tomorrow South Carolina will be a better state for it. We did it in the spirit of camaraderie and cooperation that was unsurpassed and I will always be grateful for your help.” - Gov. Edwards

Children’s Shelter Changing Lives…One at a Time

By T. Safdi

Palmetto Place

Since 1977, the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter has provided over 5,800 Midland's abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens with a safe, home-like place to go. They provide a home until an appropriate foster family is located.

“The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year and provides medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring and recreational and social activities in addition to food, clothing and shelter.”

Dabo Swinney is All In

By A. Crouch

Dabo

Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney, along with his wife Kathleen, have seen first-hand the tragedy breast cancer can bring into a family’s life. To play their part in the fight against breast cancer, they founded the All In Team Foundation, which donates thousands of dollars to cancer research, along with many other causes important to them.

Coach Swinney tells Palmetto Scene why this issue is important to his entire family.

Bayler Teal: USC Baseball’s Inspiration

By A. Crouch

Teal

Bayler Teal, a young boy who was fighting cancer in 2010, was considered the Gamecock baseball team’s number one fan during their national championship season. But in the end, Bayler was the real hero and will always be remembered as part of the team.

To watch the full Chad Holbrook Interview, click here.

#ThrowbackThursday: Gov. McNair's 1968 State of the State

By T. Safdi

McNair

Robert Evander McNair, Sr. was the 108th governor of South Carolina, having served from 1965 to 1971. McNair was a Democrat and a pro-education governor.

This State of the State Address is from McNair’s second term in office in 1968.

“South Carolina is today in the midst of the great mid-twentieth century transformation, shifting from a rural to an urban state. From agriculture to industry, the economy is in serious transition.” - Robert Evander McNair, Sr.

Northeastern University Experiences Civil Rights in South Carolina

By T. Safdi

Civil Rights

Thomas Mullikan is not only a Camden attorney, but he travels back and forth to Boston to teach a class on Southern Politics at Northeastern University. Several weeks ago, he brought his class down South to get a first-hand look at our past and future regarding civil rights in our state. The tour through South Carolina began in Camden, where several leaders recalled their moments in our civil rights history.

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