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FOCUS:  Government contracting is big part of area’s booming economy

FOCUS: Government contracting is big part of area’s booming economy

By Joshua Hatter, special to Charleston Currents | When most people think of Charleston, they think of it as one of the best “new” places to go visit (or move to!) with historical architecture, friendly people, delicious cuisine and beautiful beaches. And while tourism has become a booming industry for the city and the surrounding region, most people don’t realize that the statewide economic impact of defense spending of $19.3 billion now exceeds tourism spending in South Carolina of $19.1 billion.

That statistic may come as a surprise, but I can guarantee everyone has heard about some part of Charleston’s long and rich military history – whether it was the siege of Charleston during the American Revolutionary War, the first shot of the Civil War being fired at Fort Sumter or, more recently, the U.S. Navy’s presence at the Charleston Naval Base from 1901 until its closure in 1996. That base closure in 1996 was a very visible change in the region’s operational military footprint.

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GOOD NEWS: Coates to speak Tuesday in race, social justice series

Staff reports | Author Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena as part of the college’s Race and Social Justice Initiative lecture series. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Coates’s lecture, “A Deeper Black: Race in America.” Also in Good News: Wi-Fi on some buses; Wine Down Wednesdays; and colleges want money.

This close-up of a hand-colored etching by Catesby is part of his two-volume treatise that was on display Friday at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

FOCUS: Gibbes to host works by Catesby from royal collection

Staff reports | The Gibbes Museum of Art will offer a special exhibition of works by 18th century artist and naturalist Mark Catesby titled Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas. The show, which runs from May 12 to Sept. 27, will feature 44 watercolor paintings by the English artist, scientist and explorer from the British Royal Collection thanks to the generosity of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, according to a news release.

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GOOD NEWS:   Campaign underway for nesting birds

GOOD NEWS: Campaign underway for nesting birds

Staff reports | Audubon South Carolina and the Charleston Animal Society have launched the “Let ‘em Rest, Let ‘em Nest” campaign to educate state residents and visitors about the fragility and wonder of coastal birds. The campaign is designed to teach the importance of reducing human disturbance to coastal nesting spots.

FOCUS: Magnolia cultivates heirloom plant symposium and sale

FOCUS: Magnolia cultivates heirloom plant symposium and sale

By Herb Frazier | An heirloom plant symposium at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on March 11 will feature a line-up of horticulturalists, a Gullah chef and a beekeeper who will explain the importance of preserving plants, stories and recipes that have been passed through the generations.

During “What’s Old is New Again,” experts will explain the historical significance of heirloom plant varieties, the correlation between them and the cultures they preserve. Speakers will also discuss why pollinators play a key role in this preservation and how these efforts are fueling the heirloom renaissance.

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GOOD NEWS:   Three meetings set this month to discuss new preliminary flood maps

GOOD NEWS: Three meetings set this month to discuss new preliminary flood maps

Staff reports | Charleston County residents will have the opportunity to view new preliminary flood maps and ask questions about potential impacts to their property in meetings this month in North Charleston, Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

If new flood maps show your property to be higher than current maps, your flood insurance rates could go down.

Young and older enjoy stories at Charleston Tells.  Photo by Michael Kaynard.

FOCUS: Charleston Tells evolves into a quarterly storytelling series

By Cynthia Bledsoe, special to Charleston Currents | I’ve been a storytelling lover now for more than 40 years. What is it about stories, anyway?

As a child I loved listening to family stories: stories about how my parents met, what my father was like when he was a child, and what my brothers and sisters did before I was born. That love of stories quickly moved into a love of reading, though my love of listening never died. When I found out that there are actual storytelling festivals where professional tellers spin yarns and stories that make you tear up and laugh until your sides hurt, I was hooked and discovered I’m not alone.

GOOD NEWS:  SEWE has great 35th year

GOOD NEWS: SEWE has great 35th year

Staff reports | Sales at the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition held from Feb. 17 to 18 were up 30 percent over 2016, which festival staffers say shows how the event that attracted 43,000 people was a resounding success.

“It was an incredible weekend,” said John Powell, SEWE executive director. “The crowds at outdoor venues were historic, artists and buyers from all over the US were here and enjoyed themselves thoroughly, locals and out of towners came in droves to enjoy our exhibitors, artists and live performances. There was a great energy in the city last weekend and I feel like we successfully fulfilled our mission.”

Also inside: Free admission to county parks on March 5; State online business filings system launches; Panel on food insecurity: Green and Staffords to be honored; summer camp registration.

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An 1863 painting of the H.L. Hunley by Conrad Wise Chapman.  Source.

FOCUS: Navy releases archaeological report on recovery of Hunley

Staff reports | The U.S. Navy last week released a 321-page archaeological report on the recovery of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley two days before the 153rd anniversary of the loss of the boat.

“H. L. Hunley Recovery Operations, A Collaborative Project of: Naval History and Heritage Command, South Carolina Hunley Commission and Friends of the Hunley,” by Robert S. Neyland, Ph.D., principal investigator and Heather Brown is a comprehensive report that covers the recovery of Hunley, from the planning stages through execution. The book can be downloaded for free through the link above on the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) website.

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GOOD NEWS:  Ettus to keynote Center for Women’s conference

GOOD NEWS: Ettus to keynote Center for Women’s conference

Staff reports | More than 200 people are expected to attend the Center for Women’s annual conference, titled “Act. Aspire. Achieve.”, to participate in various topics to encourage and inspire them personally and professionally.

The conference, which will be held at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, will feature a keynote address by Samantha Ettus, a bestselling author, speaker, TV contributor and syndicated radio host who is widely known as a work/life balance expert and successful business woman.

Also in Good News: $1 million gift for the Halsey Institute; Boeint’s new jet; Archery range open; 50 years for Charleston Southern employee.

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