Kaitlyn Park

Homegrown Cooking Sauces Dip into Local Markets

By Kaitlyn Park

savvy foods bottles with steak, shrimp and barbecue sandwich

“I taught myself from a lot of trial and error and watching a lot of Food Network. I like to say, you really can learn something from television.”

Savvy Foods cooking sauces President and Chef Will Lacey is by no means a traditional chef de cuisine, and he wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that.

Working as a bartender for Five Point’s Bar None, Lacey spent his nights off testing out ideas from local service industry veterans who frequent the saloon.

What is Human Trafficking? Understanding this Crime in South Carolina

By Kaitlyn Park

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“Human trafficking does present a threat in South Carolina,” says Marie Sazehn.

Sazehn serves as an Assistant Attorney General who understands the crime and its implications.

“A lot of times when people think of human trafficking, it is something they associate with big Hollywood movies, like “Taken,” or something that only happens overseas, to people that live abroad, or that are smuggled into the country.  However, I assure you that South Carolina citizens are trafficking South Carolina-born victims in our state.”

Understanding Orlando a Year After Emanuel

By Kaitlyn Park

Sign reading "Send some love to Orlando"

Almost a year ago to the day, South Carolina and the nation grieved what was possibly the greatest tragedy in the state’s history. In an act of senseless hatred, bigotry and racism, nine innocent lives were lost in a church in Charleston. Today, Florida and the nation grieve the deadliest attack in the nation’s history since 9/11- an act of hatred and bigotry. Early Sunday morning, forty-nine innocent lives were lost in an Orlando gay nightclub.

Hundreds of South Carolinians Gather at Reformation Lutheran for Candlelight Vigil

By Kaitlyn Park

Congregation sits at vigil, altar lit in rainbow colors

Monday evening at 6 p.m., hundreds gathered at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, S.C. for a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of the Orlando shooting victims.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, were killed. At least 53 others were wounded.

Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS. The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history, and the worst act of domestic terror since 9/11.

The church served as a safe space where members of the community could grieve this horrific loss.

Wells Fargo Visits W.F. Sandel Elementary to Teach Children to Save

By Kaitlyn Park

children learn about saving in classroom

On May 12, 2016, Wells Fargo Team Members visited W.F. Sandel Elementary in Columbia, S.C., as part of the bank’s Teach Children to Save Campaign.

Teach Children to Save is a national program sponsored by the American Bankers Association (ABA).

Bank volunteers speak with students and teach mini-lessons to help young people develop saving habits early in life. SCETV was with Wells Fargo as they visited second-graders and taught them about the difference between needs and wants, and the value of saving.

Malfunction Junction Improvements Added to Senate Roads Bill

By Kaitlyn Park

heavy traffic

Under the road-spending plan that the Senate’s budget panel approved on Wednesday, April 20, Malfunction Junction, considered the state Transportation Department’s No. 1 priority since 2008, would be fixed, reports The State.

The plan would provide around $4 billion for road projects over the next 10 years.

US Quidditch Cup 9 Brings Cash to Columbia

By Kaitlyn Park

young students playing the game Quidditch

U.S. Quidditch Cup 9 brought the world of Harry Potter to Columbia for the first time last weekend, Apr. 16 and 17, and brought with it an economic boost to the Columbia area.

Tax Day is Fast Approaching: The Opportunities and Changes You Need to Know

By Kaitlyn Park

tax forms

With Tax Day, Monday, Apr. 18, the filing deadline for IRS tax returns, growing closer with every moment--even with three extra days to get your taxes in, many may still have some questions regarding filing 2015 taxes.

Carolina Money spoke with Rosemary Wright; a Senior Wealth Planning Strategist with Wells Fargo that covers the Columbia, S.C. area, about some changes and opportunities the average citizen may not be aware of this tax season.

Sons of South Carolina: The Mobros’ Homecoming

By Kaitlyn Park

Image of Patrick and Kelly Morris on stage

With a catalog that wakes the spirits of the likes of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, vibrant harmonies, a lush wall of sound and often haunting lyrics, it is not surprising that the past few years have been good to the genre bending Mobros. Since 2013, the group was hand-selected by B.B. King to be the opener for his Southeastern Summer tour dates, released an album, “Walking With a Different Stride” in 2014, lived in Chicago for a stint, and went on several cross-country tours, traveling just about 12,000 miles.

Drivin' n' Cryin's Rock Finds Roots in the South

By Kaitlyn Park

Poster for concert with Drivin n Cryin

The words southern rock can evoke a myriad of emotions, reflections and sounds, depending on whom you speak to. Swells of wailing guitars at a concert, dulcet tones and harmonies from the radio on an afternoon drive, or even just a feeling you get; access to a memory when you hear a particular verse. It can be argued southern rock veteran Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ has a bit of all of that in a career that spans decades.

The band started with the meeting of Tim Nielsen and Kevin Kinney, two Northern implants who found themselves in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1980s

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