Palmetto Scene

High Levels of Mercury Found in Several Fish

By A. Crouch

bass fish

South Carolina has many bodies of water used for recreation activities and one of the most popular is fishing. But, for those who like to eat what they catch, be warned, a large quantity of some fish aren’t good for you. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control released their annual state fish consumption advisory and several new locations and species were added to the list.

Student Mentor Urges Youth to 'Be All That They Can Be'

By K. Young

Gordon sitting in front of a church window.

Robert Gordon understands the importance of having a solid support system while getting an education.  While he was still a student himself, Gordon led his fellow North Middle/High School classmates to ensure they had just that.

Chimera, Part II by P.A. Bennett

By P.A. Bennett

3 scientists in a lab, one looking through a microscope

Last week I wrote about chimeras, part animal, part human organisms created by scientists. A news story on National Public Radio (NPR) brought it to my attention.  Seems the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) is ready to lift a ban on funding chimeric research.

South Carolina's The Nickelodeon More Than a Theater

By K. Young

The Sign at Nickelodeon Theater

Andy Smith understands the importance of having a safe space to get creative.  He's the executive director of the Nickelodeon, South Carolina’s only non-profit art house cinema. The theater is located on Main Street in Columbia and has become an anchor of activity for the city.

"The Nick" was founded in 1979 by two University of South Carolina students who wanted to create a place for film lovers to come together. 

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.

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