Follow-up: Ohm Radio has new fund-raising campaign
As a footnote to last week's Focus piece by Virginia Friedman and Will Moredock on a new radio station coming to Charleston is news that Ohm Radio 96.3 FM is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money through Indiegogo.
The station, which could launch before the end of the year, plans to air music by local, independent and legendary artists as well as showcase community enhancement information about local entrepreneurs, nonprofits and social groups.
2014 -- People often ask how it is possible to write a new column every
weeks, like last week when state news has been excruciatingly slow, it's
the last few years, I've written about 700 columns, the equivalent of
8 books. (And yes, I know newspaper readers have thrown them away every
single week for 13 years!)
it's not tough to find a commentary subject. Because I focus a lot on
Statehouse policy and politics, I monitor more than 30 state and national
publications with an eye peeled for particular subjects: poverty, politics,
the state's economy and budget, education, environmental conflicts, health
care and statistics that compare the Palmetto State to the rest of the
I look for intriguing stories or trends that may have a nugget of information
that needs more inquiry. Often, a headline will be enough for me to think,
"Well, that's a good idea" or "That's really stupid"
and then poke around a little more.
for example, it seemed really dumb that members of the S.C. House returned
to Columbia -- at a cost of more than $30,000 -- to consider two relatively
minor vetoes by Gov. Nikki Haley. One bill called for libraries to be
able to throw out unruly patrons, which seemed like an issue that might
not actually require time and attention by the state legislature. Perhaps
if libraries with the problem had proper rules and procedures in place,
they could get rid of people for disturbances without having to get the
other bill sought to allow a tax hike to pay for firefighting in the Murrells
Inlet area. While it may be needed, this again seems like something that
could have been done locally -- or at least put off a few months to be
passed next year without having to spend the $30,000 for a special session.
was something else going on in Columbia -- a favor or paying back a political
debt -- that merited the special session. Who knows? More than anything,
the one-day, three-hour session seemed like an interesting story to comment
on as being dumb and a waste of time, but it didn't have enough power
for a full column. It only merited (count them) three paragraphs.
the story last week that House Speaker Bobby Harrell, pummeled for months
with negative stories about possible ethical improprieties, appointed
a special 10-member House panel to look into ways to toughen the state's
domestic violence laws. This action followed a powerful five-part series
by The Post and Courier about the state's too-high rate of women killed
by men and the legislature's convenient neglect of the issue for years.
domestic violence issue, which I've written about several times, has merit,
this week's developments smelled more like an embattled House speaker
desperately looking for good headlines than an issue driving the story.
So again, that issue (two paragraphs) was out.
for this week's column and why they were rejected:
line: There was nothing that really got up my dander. And in calling around
and emailing people about what new was happening in the state, there only
seemed to be the routine work of government, few meetings on substantive
issues and no big headlines that screamed out for a comment.
a guy to do? Write a column about how he writes columns?
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More than 140 Charleston-area restaurants from Acme Lowcountry Kitchen to Zero Cafe + Bar will participate in Restaurant Week when it opens Wednesday through Sept. 14. The 12-day event is a great time to try out the tastes of a dining spot you've been dying to visit -- and to get a little break on the price.
Unlike past years, participating restaurants will create their own specially-priced menus for patrons, according to the coordinator, the Charleston Greater Restaurant Association. The new system does away with the tiered menu system in which prix-fixe meals were priced at $20, $30 or $40.
You can see a list of participating restaurants and their menus by going online here or by downloading the free CRA app (search "CRA" in your app store) for your smartphone or tablet.
Restaurant Week diners suggest that you call or go online to make your
reservations as soon as possible because local eateries fill up quickly.
The Riley Institute's Diversity Leaders Initiative has picked 41 Lowcountry leaders to be part of its ninth class to take part in a five-month study program that seeks to deepen knowledge of how to manage and lead in a culture that is becoming increasingly diverse.
The statewide program, which is put on by the Riley Institute at Furman University, also has classes in Greenville and Columbia. The combined program has more than 1,300 graduates who are picked by nomination and application. Among the area leaders who will be in the program's new class are:
Painting Women juried show opens Friday
The show, which has 743 international submissions this year, got its start five years ago by the Women Painting Women blog that highlighted female artists actively portraying female subjects.
According to a press release, "Instead of asking: 'Why haven't there been more great women artists in history?' the existence of Women Painting Women asks: 'Why haven't more women been considered great artists throughout history?'
"WPW was created, not only to share work, but to create a dynamic forum which enables contemporary female painters to change the course of art history and educate viewers and artists alike on the validity of the feminine perspective."
The show lasts through the end of the month.
Early in this work, Marquardt states, "Telling creates resistance, whereas asking creates relationships." This, indeed, is the principle expounded upon throughout the entire book. Drawing on interviews with more than 30 leaders of successful businesses and organizations from across the globe, Marquardt demonstrates how asking the right questions can foster communication without casting blame, encourage teamwork instead of isolating underachievers, and build relationships while seeking solutions. Specific techniques for choosing the right questions and actively listening for responses are detailed.
In particular, Marquardt proposes that questions like "Where should we be placing our energy?" "What can we learn from this?" "How can I improve my communication with you?" and "Do you have all the information you need?" can incite healthy, goal-oriented conversations that empower others to think through their own solutions and set the tone for an organization.
While some of the examples become repetitive, this is a wonderful source for leaders and managers who are seeking a better leadership style, or for those who wish to foster more meaningful communication among their subordinates and supporters.
Find this and similar titles from Charleston County Public Library. This item is available as a book, audio book and downloadable eBook. To learn more or to place a hold, visit www.ccpl.org or call 843-805-6930.
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A phenomenon piques the curiosity of both visitors and lifelong residents: why do South Carolina liquor stores display red dots? The answer lies in a heated battle between drys and wets that developed when liquor sales became legal again in 1935 after Prohibition. During the ensuing decade those selling booze, diehard Prohibitionists, and the State Tax Commission (given the task of regulating this revived trade) wrangled constantly over on-site advertising.
ads so infuriated upcountry drys that in 1938 authorities decreed that
only a discreet "Retail Liquor Dealer" sign could be displayed.
Seven years later, with creation of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
(ABC), they decided to reduce any such sign to letters only a few inches
high placed in the lower right-hand corner of a display window or on the
front door. Liquor stores of that era had no back door.
Four in a row
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About Labor Day
For the anti-union crowd in South Carolina, we hope you enjoy your day off -- brought to you by the labor movement. The annual tribute, created by labor in 1894, is an annual national tribute to the contributions of workers to the strength and well-being of the nation.
Here are some facts
about Labor Day, courtesy of the U.S.
Department of Labor:
If you're mad about the fact that we even have a day celebrating the contributions of labor, drop your beer and hot dog. And get back to work.
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(NEW) Charleston Watersports Week: Sept. 5 to Sept. 14. From a fishing tournament and Dog Day Afternoon to paddleboarding and Shaggin' on the Cooper, there's a lot to do in this celebration of water-based activities. Read last week's story here | More info.
Be Fit Charleston:
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 6, Old Towne Creek County Park, Charleston.
There will be a fall fitness festival, farmers market, fun-run, water
slides, boot camp and more at this activity-filled day. Cost: $10.
2nd Monday concert: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 8, Recital Hill, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St., College of Charleston. The Second Monday Series at the College of Charleston will open with baritone David Templeton and pianist Robin Zemp offering music from Schumann, Ravel and Verdi. Tickets: $15 for adults; $10 for students.
Book signing: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 18, Blue Bicycle Books, King Street, Charleston. Author Andra Watkins will sign copies of her 2014 novel, "To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis." More: AndraWatkins.com
Autumn on the Ashley: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 19-21, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston. More than 50 vendors are expected to exhibit wood carvings, paintings, textiles, pottery, jewelry and more at this crafts fair, held in the past in October. More.
Carolina Green Fair: Noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 21, James Island County Park, James Island. The Carolina Green Fair features conservation education through fun and inventive demonstrations, interactive play and music, and education shared by experts in their field. Come celebrate "being green" while enjoying beer, food, music and artisans from the Lowcountry! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers, outside food, or beverages permitted. Admission is free, thought it costs $1 per person to get into the park.
(NEW) Play by Euripides: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 25 through Sept. 30, Emmett Robinson Theatre, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, Charleston. The College of Charleston's Department of Theatre and Dance will stage a modern interpretation of Euripedes' "The Bacchae" with a 24-person cast. Tickets are $10 to $15. More.
Yappy hour and more. Charleston County Parks will offer dog-friendly, after-work socials at James Island and Palmetto Islands county parks a dozen times over the summer. At James Island, Yappy Hour will be held starting at 4 p.m. with live music on Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. At Palmetto Islands, dogs, owners and musicians will appear with food trucks in Pups, Yups and Food Trucks on Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. More.
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.
Moredock: New station
an app for that