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FOCUS:  Let’s clean up our state and become litter-free

FOCUS:  Let’s clean up our state and become litter-free

By Sarah Lyles and Mallory Biering, special to Statehouse Report  |  Litter is a passionate subject. Either one is vehemently against it or one is decidedly apathetic.

Whichever side you lean on, it can’t be denied.  Litter affects all of us. While our Main Streets and interstates get cleaned regularly, our side streets and rural roads are continually treated as a travelers’ trash can. Whether litter is intentionally dumped or accidentally flies out of an unsecured or improperly covered load, it needs to be addressed in a number of ways. Ideally that timeline would involve enforcement of state or local litter laws, a citation to the guilty party, fine levied by the judge and finally pick up.

What seems to happen more often is nothing. Law enforcement is stretched thin or an agency does not consider litter a real crime.

by · 08/14/2017 · 0 comments · Focus, Good news
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GOOD NEWS: Great Carolina Fried Chicken Map

Staff reports  |   About three dozen tri-county locations are on the new Great Carolina Fried Chicken Map, which highlights 319 places in the Carolinas that specialize in everything from traditional fried chicken take-out joints to great chicken found in gas stations and church dining rooms.

“There’s a lot of mystery over fried chicken and how favorite restaurants get that perfect crispy bird,” said Amanda Fisher, a co-creator of the map, which is being shipped to customers and retail outlets across North and South Carolina. 

FOCUS:  Lots of places to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse

FOCUS:  Lots of places to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse

By Avery and Ellen Brack, special to Charleston Current  |  With a total eclipse just two weeks away, there are a lot of cool places to watch it.

College of Charleston.  NASA will be basing its national broadcast of the eclipse at the College of Charleston’s Rivers Green behind the Addlestone Library.  In the Charleston area, the eclipse will begin just after 1 p.m.  and end three hours later.  The moon will cover the sun completely for about two minutes starting at 2:46 p.m.  

Riley Park.  The city’s minor league baseball park will open at 1 p.m. so you can see the eclipse before a game against the Augusta GreenJackets that starts at 4:05 p.m.  

by · 08/07/2017 · 2 comments · Focus, Good news
GOOD NEWS:  Marine gets Bronze Star 48 years after battle, more

GOOD NEWS:  Marine gets Bronze Star 48 years after battle, more

Staff reports  |  Retired Marine Brig. Gen. William Weise pinned a Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” device  for heroic actions on former Lance Corporal Michael G. Castle in an Aug. 3 ceremony on the USS Yorktown some 48 years after a 1969 battle in Vietnam. 

Also inside: Another Brack in Charleston; Local author has new children’s book; Airport traffic on the increase.

PHOTO:  The Good, The Bad and The Chan

PHOTO:  The Good, The Bad and The Chan

Superheroes, sidekicks and villains participated in “The Good, The Bad and The Chan,” a play written, performed, directed, designed and choreographed by 23 children who attended last week’s drama camp by Storytree Children’s Theatre at the Charleston Gaillard Center.

by · 08/07/2017 · 1 comment · Good news, Photos
GREEN:  Don’t be clueless about your insurance policy

GREEN:  Don’t be clueless about your insurance policy

By Bill Green, special to Charleston Currents  |  If you’re anything like me, then you have a box or a drawer somewhere that you store your important papers. You shove them in there; stuff you need but never actually read. The deed to your house, for example, or the lease on your car. Stuff that’s important to keep, but not what you think about on a daily basis… until something bad happens.

When the rubber meets the road? It’s usually fast. And dramatic. And it often results in your scrambling  through that same box, frantically trying to read something you never paid attention to in the first place.

Do you have any idea what’s in your homeowner’s insurance policy? Do you know what your car insurance REALLY covers?

by · 07/31/2017 · 0 comments · Focus, Good news
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GOOD NEWS:  McLeod to host one-day Gullah Geechee photo exhibit

Staff reports  |  A one-day pop-up photography exhibit on Aug. 20 at McLeod Plantation Historic Site will feature photos from award-winning photographer Pete Marovich from his exhibit entitled Shadows of the Gullah Geechee. 

Marovich’s photographs explore the lives and culture of the Gullah Geechee people in communities from Hog Hammock on Sapelo Island, Ga., to Mosquito Beach on Sol Legare Island in Charleston County.

A covered bridge along the New Hampshire and Vermont border at Lunenburg, Vermon.  It is 266 feet long.  Built in 1911.

PHOTO FOCUS:  New Hampshire’s covered bridges

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  One of the joys of traveling across rural New Hampshire is finding loads of covered bridges.  In the northern part of the state just an hour or two from Canada are no less than 28 covered bridges, some dating more than 188 years old to another built just 13 years ago.

Following photos of bridges are some scenic delights from around the Granite State for you to enjoy including a picturesque farm, a 218-year-old meeting house, views from a tall mountain, a typical village green, a ramshackled barn, a nod to politics and lobsters.

by · 07/24/2017 · 2 comments · Focus, Photo Essay, Photos
GOOD NEWS:  Food Bank gets $82,500 grant to help seniors

GOOD NEWS:  Food Bank gets $82,500 grant to help seniors

Staff reports  |  The Lowcountry Food Bank will get an $82,500 grant to support the food bank’s senior meals.  It’s one of 12 grants awarded nationally by .  The grant is one of twelve awarded by Feeding America, a national network of food banks, and is made possible by funding from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation.

by · 07/24/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
FOCUS:  Tri-county must make free college aid application a priority

FOCUS:  Tri-county must make free college aid application a priority

By John C. Read, special to Charleston Currents  |  We, as a culture, don’t expect high school seniors to write a check or hand over a wad of cash to cover their college tuition.

The lucky ones have parents who do so, but most everyone else can only afford to continue their education with the help of federal grants, student loans and work-study funds. For juniors and seniors considering their future, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the first steps they should take, even if they believe college is out of reach. It’s how the government allocates financial aid, and there is far more of it available through grants and scholarships than most families realize.

by · 07/17/2017 · 1 comment · Focus, Good news