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New Temporary Hospital To Be Built In Williamsburg

Jul 7, 2016
A model of what the temporary hospital in Kingstree, South Carolina will look like.
Courtesy of Williamsburg Regional Hospital

Williamsburg County is getting a temporary hospital. The modular building is scheduled to be completed and ready to serve patients by the end of September. The Williamsburg Regional Hospital closed its doors six months ago, after flooding damaged more than half the building.

Ever since the closure, hospital CEO Sharon Poston has been working to get a temporary hospital up and running.

“To be able to provide direly needed medical services to our community is everything for us.  The absence of full service medical attention has been extremely detrimental,” she said.

SC Film Institute Stronger after 8 Month Hiatus

Jul 7, 2016
Terry Davis and the summer interns at the SC Film Institute.
Cooper McKim

In residential Columbia, a small business is finally back on its feet after eight months in hiatus. The South Carolina Film Institute is now located in a brown home filled with lighting equipment, cameras, and painted chairs in their interview space.  October's historic flood devastated their previous office with four feet of water, destroying the property and most everything inside. Cooper McKim speaks with the co-founder, Terry Davis, about how they recovered.

Smart, Post-Flood Rebuilding Pt. 2

Jul 7, 2016
Construction is underway at Elementary School 20 in Richland County. This retention pond is one of several designed to control stormwater runoff before, during, and after construction is complete.
Vince Kolb-Lugo/SC Public Radio

Last October, a school was under construction in northeast Columbia. They weren’t expecting a massive flood, but it didn’t end up destroying their hard work. And that’s thanks to new construction techniques. While in the past, a flood like this would’ve destroyed their work, nowadays, they have methods to make use of the water.

  Ten people drown every day in the United States. Many of them thought they could swim, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 37 percent of American adults can’t swim the length of a pool. The U.S. Masters swimming organization has begun a national campaign to teach adults to swim. The program has come to Charleston, where aquatics manager Jennifer Ayers-Millar says that while adults are more fearful of water if they don’t learn to swim as children, the program is teaching adults to manage their fear.

  In a vault at the University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library reside numerous collections of rare books and papers from some of the world’s great writers – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Robert Burns, to name a few. Elizabeth Suddeth, director of Rare Books and Special Collections, takes us to the vault and talks about how the library attracted these collections, and its growing reputation as a destination for researchers and a magnet for prestigious literary collections.

A white-tailed stag; the white-tailed deer is the only type of deer present in South Carolina.
Henry Mulligan

In 2015, hunters killed 7,922 deer less than the year before.  The deer season fell short for several reasons -- from August to December, South Carolina saw flooding, unseasonably warm temperatures, season closings, and inaccessible roads. Cooper McKim speaks with experts to learn what made 2015's deer season so unique.

Melissa Stern

  Hailing from New York City, Melissa Stern has brought her traveling exhibition, The Talking Cure to Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston SC. The show is a multi-media project featuring clay sculpture and a drawing blend with creative writing, the spoken word and mobile technology. Viewers are encouraged to look, listen and read while considering their own interpretations of the work.

The Talking Cure is on exhibit at Redux Contemporary Art Center ,136 St Philip St, Charleston, through August 6, 20016.

The South Carolina Cornbread Festival features a cornbread eating contest among other fun events that help celebrate a favorite staple of the Southern diet.
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

South Carolinians celebrate elements of the state’s culture in festivals all over the state, and especially its foodstuffs, from peaches to peanuts.  So it’s natural that they would establish a festival to proclaim their love for another traditional culinary favorite – cornbread.  In today’s report, a visit to the South Carolina Cornbread Festival  reveals that there’s more to it than the traditional buttered variety found in many homes.  Festival organizer Sabrina Odom tells us that people make cornbread in a large variety of styles and flavors, from pineapple cornbread to sweet potato cor

Classes have resumed at the Pavlovich School of Ballet after October’s flood nearly destroyed the building.
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

On October 3, 2015, the Pavlovich Ballet School in Columbia was enjoying its newly-renovated facility, including state-of-the-art sound equipment and a new dance floor completed just two months earlier.  The next day owner Radenko Pavlovich watched eight feet of water send the piano floating through the studio, destroying it and everything else. On the first of April, the dance studio finally re-opened. Tut Underwood reports on its process of recovery.

  A familiar sight on Southern country roads, and sometimes in towns, is kudzu.  The ubiquitous and fast-growing vine was imported from Asia as a decorative plant in the late 19th century, and promoted during the 1930s and 40s as forage for livestock and control for erosion.  According to Clemson Extension agent Dr. Tim Davis, it didn’t quite work out that way.  The plant, which can grow up to a foot a day, spread rapidly throughout the South.  But Davis and Dr.

Great Horned Owl
Greg Hume

  On select weekend nights throughout the year, Congaree National Park in Richland County offers the public a glimpse – or, more accurately, usually an earful – of nature when it conducts its popular Owl Prowls.

A coyote

    Wildlife does not recognize borders, and so in 1978, a non-native species, welcomed or not, moved into the Palmetto State – the coyote. It has not only caused problems for hunters (where it has affected the deer population) and livestock farmers (where it preys on cattle, goats and more), but also has moved into cities, causing concerns among people not used to seeing these wild predators. 

This year’s session of the S.C. General Assembly has come to an end.  In the final days state lawmakers finally passed a major roads funding bill.  Russ McKinney has this round up of the week of this year's session.

With one week remaining in the 2016 legislative session, many priority matters for this year remain un-settled.  Russ McKinney gives us the rundown on this week in South Carolina politics and what to expect in the final week of the legislative session.  

With only a few weeks left in this legislative session, this week has seen a flurry of action on various gun bills in the South Carolina General Assembly.  Host Russ McKinney has this look back on the week in the South Carolina Legislature.

A white former North Charleston police officer has been charged with federal civil rights violations for shooting and killing an unarmed black man last year. 

Michael Slager has been indicted with violating Walter Scott’s civil rights. He’s also charged with obstruction of justice for knowingly misleading authorities investigating the incident.

Slager was charged with unlawful use of weapon during the commission of a crime. He also faces a state murder trial scheduled for October. Last fall, North Charleston approved a $6.5 million civil settlement with Scott's family.

Next years' $7.5 Billion state budget has now passed the House and the Senate, and final passage of a farm aid bill could set-up a veto fight between the legislature and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Russ McKinney reports on the week in the South Carolina Legislature.

After four years, the South Carolina Senate passes a legislative ethics reform package, and there's new hope for a roads funding bill for this year’s session.  Host Russ McKinney gives us an update on happenings in the South Carolina Legislature.

The SC House is working to improve funding for poor, rural public school districts, and the Senate advances a new road funding bill.  Russ McKinney has this update from the South Carolina Legislature.


This week in the General Assembly, a roads bill is on life-support, and the Senate continues to debate ethics reforms.

SC Senate GOP

On this week's episode of State House Week, the South Carolina Senate is again debating a legislative ethics bill, but its’ fate is up in the air.  Host Russ McKinney, outlines the week in South Carolina politics. 

Since the fall of 2015, Columbia College has celebrated the centennial of the nearly-one-year teaching residence at the Midlands women’s college of one of the giants in American art – Georgia O’Keefe.  Jackie Adams, the college’s art gallery coordinator, notes the importance of that year.  That was the year that her style changed, from one influenced by her New York teachers to the direction that would win her worldwide acclaim.  Columbia artist Judy Hubbard, who mounted an O’Keefe-themed exhibit at the college’s gallery, believes that O’Keefe’s “isolation” in Columbia gave her the space to

Bobby Richardson of Sumter has lived a life studded with diamonds – baseball diamonds, that is.  After a distinctive 12-year career with the New York Yankees in their 1950's – 60's prime – a time in which he set some records that still stand – he returned to South Carolina and coached at both the University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University, as well as a stint at Virginia’s Liberty University.  In this segment of South Carolina Focus, Richardson recalls how he chose to sign with the Yankees, his biggest thrill in baseball, and an exhibition game that built up the Gamecocks’

  Paleontologist Dave Cicimurri digs up fossils 34.5 million years old, not in some wilderness spot, but almost in downtown Aiken. The ancient sharks, rays, barracudas and more tell him not only that the area was once the bottom of the ocean, but the very sediment they’re buried in contains information about the environment of past eras. This information, in turn, may point to where the environment is headed in the far-flung future.

Marjory Wentworth
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  Not every state has a poet laureate, but Charleston’s Marjory Wentworth is South Carolina’s. She’s written numerous books and hundreds of poems, at various times humorous, romantic and serious. She serves not only as an advocate for the arts in the Palmetto State, but can occasionally speak for the state’s soul, as when she was called upon for a poem to mark the occasion of the slayings of the Emmanuel Nine. Her poem “Holy City” was not only featured on the front page of the Charleston Post and Courier, but the BBC recorded her reciting it, for inclusion in its covering of the story. That was a solemn occasion, but Wentworth also discusses the joy of writing, and why she can’t live without it.

  As the search for a suspected terrorist spread to Brussels, Belgium following the recent attack on Paris, a group of scholars from South Carolina got an experience it never expected – a close-up look at an international manhunt. Dr. Brent Nelson, a political scientist, and his students talk about being in the city where the dragnet took place. The tension in the air, precautions they took, and not caving in to fear were part of their daily routines.

A coyote

  Wildlife does not recognize borders, and so in 1978, a non-native species, welcomed or not, moved into the Palmetto State – the coyote. It has not only caused problems for hunters (where it has affected the deer population) and livestock farmers (where it preys on cattle, goats and more), but also has moved into cities, causing concerns among people not used to seeing these wild predators. Jay Butfiloski of the S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources gives advice about how to deal with these furry beasts, whether it’s trapping or hunting in rural areas, or making urban settings less hospitable for them.

  More than $2 million is lost to fraud in South Carolina every year, says Juliana Harris of the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. The department tracks scams in the state, and receives 3,000 to 4,000 reports of these crimes each year. Harris lists some of the more common scams, tells how consumers can spot them, and how people can avoid being taken in by scammers.

  The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering Disaster Unemployment Assistance to eligible survivors who lost their jobs or businesses as a result of the recent floods in South Carolina. 

The deadline to file a claim is Wednesday, November 4, for Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg Counties. The deadline is November 5 for Berkeley, Clarendon, and Sumer Counties; and Friday, November 6 for Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw, and Lee Counties.

Saturday, November 7 is the deadline for Bamberg, Colleton, and Greenwood Counties; Thursday, November 12 is the deadline for Newberry County, and Thursday, November 19, for Fairfield and Marion Counties.

To apply for assistance, call Disaster Unemployment Assistance at 866-831-1724, or apply at For more information, call 888-834-5890.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division also has a list of agencies and organizations offering help for flood recovery here.


   The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will continue to offer free tetanus vaccinations on Monday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Oct. 13, to South Carolina residents affected by heavy flooding.