Palmetto Scene

The Pros and Cons of Social Media

By K. Young

Social Media

Across the state, families are preparing to send their kids off to college. For many students, school is only a few miles away, but for University of South Carolina sophomore Savannah Willis, it’s much farther.

Despite this, Willis manages to find a way to minimize the distance. “I moved 11 hours away from home for college and without social media, I would’ve completely lost contact with everyone back home,” says Willis. “I still feel connected”.

Columbia Ranked Number 3 in New List

By A. Crouch

SC State House

For the second year in a row, Columbia was named one of the 10 Best College Towns by livability.com. The number 3 ranking was because of the numerous government jobs, healthcare industry, and Fort Jackson. It notes that not only does the University of South Carolina bring a youthful feel to the city, but the other private colleges and universties do so, as well. They also point to all the activities the city has to offer.

Chimera: What, Why? by P.A. Bennett

By P.A. Bennett

Chimera

I’ve always thought I was pretty open-minded, but a story I heard recently on NPR had me yelling in the car, “Oh, no. That can’t happen.” It was a story about scientists wanting to commit something called chimera. What is chimera? The reporter on NPR described it as a gene editing technique in which human stem cells are put into animals.

Glass Art Studio Making Waves in Midlands River District

By K. Young

Glass Art in the window of Glassie Ladies

Glassie Ladies is a glass art studio located in the River District of the Midlands. Its founders, Pat Stone and Julie Blinder, have been creating glass art for years.

“My dad was an artist and my mother was an interior decorator, so I grew up having art all around me all the time,” says Stone.

The pair met while taking water aerobics classes. One day, Pat overheard Julie talking about stained glass and the two struck up a friendship.

Made in SC: Mercedes Benz Vans

By A. Crouch

ground breaking

This week, in North Charleston, Mercedes Benz Vans broke ground on its first U.S. manufacturing plant. The plant will produce the Sprinter vans and is an expansion to an existing assembly site. The company is expected to invest $500 million and create 1,300 jobs in South Carolina, in addition to 400 new jobs at local suppliers.

South Carolina's Guide to Eating Seasonally

By S. Stone

Fruit at the market

One of the most recent trends in nutrition is eating seasonal foods.

Eating seasonally, and therefore locally, yields several benefits. First of all, this produce tends to possess more nutrients. This is because fruits and vegetables tend to lose their nutrients over time and seasonal, local produce spends less time travelling to the consumer.

Conserving Art for the Future

By L. Cornfoot

artist

Not all artwork can withstand the test of time; luckily, a local art conservator has the skill and knowledge to help preserve these historical items for generations to come.

Charleston to Initiate New Police Project

By K. Rackley

police car

After a deadly week of shootings of young black men and Dallas police officers, local leaders have decided to institute policy changes and trust-building initiatives in the Charleston police department later this year.

New Palmetto Scene on Law Enforcement

By A. Crouch

police cars

Last week was a deadly week in our nation, which started with the killings of two black men by police in Minnesota and Louisiana. Amid protests throughout the country, a lone gunman opened fire at a protest in Dallas, killing five police officers and wounding seven. This Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Palmetto Scene sits down with law enforcement officials to discuss how we stop the carnage.

How To Be Alligator-Safe in South Carolina

By K. Rackley

alligator in water

If you ever come across a pond or lake along the coast of South Carolina, it is wise to assume that somewhere in the murky water, or hidden along a sunny bank, an alligator lies watching. 

Alligators are extremely common along the coast of the Southeast, and they don’t always confine themselves to standing water; they can venture out into creeks, rivers, even out onto the beach.  In fact, you can find alligators in almost any body of water along the state’s Coastal Plane.

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