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GOOD NEWS: Here’s how you can learn about joining a school board

GOOD NEWS: Here’s how you can learn about joining a school board

Staff reports  |  You can learn about what it takes to become a school board candidate or advocate at a special two-hour nonpartisan workshop that will be offered 10 a.m. Feb. 24 by the League of Women Voters.

“The League of Women Voters is deeply concerned about public education and all of our children who are served by public schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties,” According to a press release.  “Whatever other educational opportunities there may be, the vast majority of our children depend on public schools.  Their education is critical to our democracy and our country’s future. Our public schools need dedicated advocates and school board candidates.”

In the tri-county area, more than 113,000 students count on public schools, the league said.  “These students are our next generation of teachers, doctors and first responders.  They are our future and they require the best we can offer. School board members are critical decision makers in ensuring that all our children can access an excellent education. In 2018, approximately half of the seats on school boards for the four Tri-County districts will be on the ballot.”

FOCUS: How Martin Luther King can inspire your career

FOCUS: How Martin Luther King can inspire your career

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor  |  Did you know that Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was originally titled, “Normalcy, Never Again.”?  In fact, the first drafts of his speech never included the phrase “I have a dream”?

Turns out the entire “I have a dream” part of the speech was improvised.  That’s right…improvised in front of 200,000 people when a supporter yelled out:  “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”

He was inspired in that moment and just shared with them what he’d be dreaming about for his generation and generations yet to come.  It was a beautiful demonstration of how powerful a dream can be.

by · 01/16/2018 · 0 comments · Careers, Focus, Views
GOOD NEWS:  Chamber offers legislative priorities

GOOD NEWS:  Chamber offers legislative priorities

Staff reports  |  The 2018 legislative agenda for the Charleston Metro Chamber includes 15 priorities split between priority issues and competitiveness issues. 

Anticipating a session focused on our state’s energy and state pension issues, the Chamber restructured this year’s state agenda into priority issues and competitiveness issues.

The agenda features 11 priority issues that the Chamber’s advocacy team will actively work to pass this year. There are an additional four competitiveness issues which may take longer to accomplish, but are priorities that are vitally important to the business community.

Enjoying the view. Photo by Islandscape Landscaping via WestOf.

FOCUS: First the snow, now the thaw

Staff reports  |  With most people across the Lowcountry homebound because of the Great Charleston Snow of 2018, we solicited photos via Facebook from people around the area and were flabbergasted to receive more than 60 photos from 40 people. 

What’s amazing in looking through these photos is how you can see the storm and its impact through lots of different eyes.  You can find your favorite by going through the links above.  In addition to the photo above, here are five of our favorites…

OUR FAVORITES
PHOTOS: The Great Charleston Snow of 2018
MORE PIX of the Great Charleston Snow of 2018

GOOD NEWS:  Johns Island Farmers Market to launch fifth year Saturday

GOOD NEWS:  Johns Island Farmers Market to launch fifth year Saturday

Staff reports  |  The Johns Island Farmers Market will launch its fifth year 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, a delay of a week due to the snow and ice. 

The market, which will be open until 2 p.m., is held at Charleston Collegiate School, 2024 Academy Drive, which can be accessed from River or Bohicket roads. The market has more than 60 new and returning vendors and farmers. More info.

FOCUS: Lowcountry Local First makes big differences in 10th year

FOCUS: Lowcountry Local First makes big differences in 10th year

By Jamee Haley, special to Charleston Currents  |  2017 was a great year for Lowcountry Local First as we celebrated our first decade of loving our local business community. It was a year full of gratitude, and time spent listening to ensure that your input and priorities guide our work in the decade to come. We’re not slowing down!

1. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a community-wide art installation known as “Love a Local,” a proclamationby the Mayor of the City of Charleston, and by honoring 10 Local Luminaries who’ve supported the local business community in major ways.

2. We really listened. We put a lot of energy into gathering feedback from you to help guide the next decade of our work …

by · 01/01/2018 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
GOOD NEWS: Exhibit of Cuba photographs on display at main library

GOOD NEWS: Exhibit of Cuba photographs on display at main library

Staff reports  |  “Cuba, 2015” is a series of large digital photographs now on display at the Saul Alexander Gallery at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library.  The photos showcase glimpses of Cuba taken during an August 2015 trip by a group organized by Magnolia Plantations and Gardens.

The photographs by Charleston Currents editor and publisher Andy Brack first were published in this weekly journal. 

“While you get something of a feel of life in Cuba in the online presentations of the photos from 2015, the large-scale, framed format offered in the exhibition gives a different feel – a depth that doesn’t come out on the computer screen,” Brack said.  “I encourage you to stop by the library, see the photos and provide your reactions in a comment book in the gallery.”

The exhibition will run through the end of January.

FOCUS: The 12 Days of January:  Charleston Restaurant Week returns

FOCUS: The 12 Days of January:  Charleston Restaurant Week returns

Staff reports  |  For 12 days in January – from Jan. 10 to Jan 21 – Charleston diners will be able to enjoy special food and drinks from renowned chefs at dozens of local eateries. It will be the latest installment of Charleston Restaurant Week, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc. announced.

“What better way to kick off 2018 than with Charleston Restaurant Week?” said Greater Charleston Restaurant Association President Randall Goldman. “It’s the perfect time of year for both locals and visitors to explore Charleston’s ever-evolving culinary scene and we are so excited to be offering new restaurants and new menus for diners to experience in January.”

More than 100 restaurants participated in Charleston Restaurant Week in September . Newcomers joining the roster this January include Grace & Grit, Ink N Ivy and Pearlz Oyster Bar.

by · 12/18/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
GOOD NEWS: West Ashley commission endorses new master plan

GOOD NEWS: West Ashley commission endorses new master plan

Staff reports  |  The most comprehensive renewal and revitalization effort in Charleston’s history received unanimous approval last week when the West Ashley Revitalization Commission endorsed implementation of a master plan.

The draft 333-0age report by Dover Kohl, a planning consultant hired by Charleston City Council earlier this year, now will go to the city’s planning commission for its consideration.  City Council then will have a review.

 “Plan West Ashley will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the area’s economic growth and the revitalization of its streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces,” Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said in a news release last week.  “Last night’s endorsement is a significant step forward as we continue working to enhance the quality of life for all of West Ashley’s residents.”

by · 12/18/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg (center) unveils the memorial outside the Dart Library with two students.  (CCPLphotos)

FOCUS: Dart Library celebrates 90th anniversary with new plaque

Staff reports  |  More than 60 people gathered Saturday to unveil a new historical marker to commemorate the formation of the Dart Hall Library 90 years ago in the northern part of Charleston.  Today, the library is located on upper King Street in a building constructed in the late 1960s.

Onlookers clapped as Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and two students unveiled the marker, which was sponsored by the Charleston County Public Library.  The anniversary event also featured special presentations including unveiling of a portrait of the first librarian, a poetry reading by artist Fouche Sheppard and an excerpt of a documentary showcasing the evolution of Dart Hall Library and the Dart Library of today.

by · 12/11/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news