GOOD NEWS:  How you can help people hurting in Texas

Flooded streets in Pearland, Texas. Photo by Brant Kelly via Wikimedia Commons.

Staff reports  |  The American Red Cross has mobilized thousands of trained disaster relief workers, truckloads of supplies and thousands of meals to support the response effort following the hurricane that hit Texas over the weekend.  Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO of the Palmetto South Carolina Region of the American Red Cross, said her office has deployed 48 volunteers and three emergency response vehicles.  “The best way to help those affected by this storm is a financial gift to the Red Cross or become a trained Red Cross volunteer,” she said.

You can help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on with your check.

In other Good News:

RiverDogs’ food on TV.  The Travel Channel is expected to begin filming today at The Joe to highlight two RiverDogs’ food options for a coming episode of “Food Paradise” that’s focusing on minor league baseball.  ““I am really excited that the Travel Channel has chosen us to be featured on an upcoming episode,” said RiverDogs President and General Manager Dave Echols. “{Food and Beverage Director” Josh (Shea) has put in a lot of hard work that deserves the national attention this will receive.”  The TV channel also will be at Tuesday night’s game to interview fans about the stadium’s eats.

New Bridge Run poster.  The 2018 Cooper River Bridge Run will feature a design by New York artist William Waitzman that was inspired by the view of the bridge from Shem Creek.  The design, one of 43 that was eligible, will be on T-shirts, posters and promotional material for the 41st annual 10K run, which will be held April 7, 2018.  More.

Trident Tech recognized.  Hats off to Trident Technical College for winning the 2017 Southern Region Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees.  The award, the third that the college has received in recent years, recognizes the commitment made by a community college and its leaders to setting policies that promote and enhance opportunities for institutional diversity, inclusion and equity for women, persons of color, LGBTQs or members of any other underrepresented or underserved population.

Alexander to headline Black Ink.  Award-winning author Kwame Alexander will be the featured speaker on Sept. 23 at Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival.  It will be held at the Charleston County Public Library’s main branch on Calhoun Street in Charleston.    More than 50 black authors and hundreds of readers are expected for the second annual free event, which starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.   “We are thrilled that Kwame, one of the most inspiring authors in America today, will join us for our second festival,” announced Brittany Mathis, director of the Charleston Friends of the Library, one of the sponsors of the festival. Other sponsors include the South Carolina Humanities, the Rotary Club of Charleston, the YWCA of Greater Charleston, the YMCA of Greater Charleston, the Avery Research Center, CharlestonGood, and the Lagunitas Brewing Company.


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