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FOCUS:  Educators urge governor to sign pension reform bill

FOCUS: Educators urge governor to sign pension reform bill

By Bernadette Hampton, special to Charleston Currents | The South Carolina Education Association encourages residents of Charleston County, especially all educators in the Charleston area, to urge Gov. Henry McMaster to sign the responsible, bipartisan pension funding bill. This bill allows South Carolina to keep its obligations to public employees and remain competitive with other states. And, pensions remain the best bang for the buck for our taxpayers.

Public pensions cover over 549,000 teachers, firefighters and other South Carolina workers. In fact, 1 out 9 South Carolina residents are covered by our pensions systems. With an average benefit of just $21,000 a year, pensions provide a modest but dignified retirement for our public employees. Under this bill, teachers will contribute a greater percentage of their pay, now 9 percent of pay, toward their pension, sharing the sacrifice of increase with the state.

Charleston Slum, 1929, by Edward Hopper. Watercolor on paper.  Image provided by The Gibbes Museum.

GOOD NEWS: Gibbes announces new series of coming exhibitions

Staff reports | The Gibbes Museum of Art has announced seven special exhibitions that will appear in its third floor galleries between May 2017 and September 2018. The shows include a broad look at perspectives of Charleston by various artists, the work of 18th century artist and explorer Mark Catesby, Pan-American modernism and American folk art.

SCPP:  Shem Creek, by Pamela Talbird

FOCUS: S.C. Picture Project seeks sponsor to document culture, state

By Robin Welch, special to Charleston Currents | In just a few short weeks, SCIWAY will turn 21, which means we are now old enough to buy a good stiff drink!

As it turns out, we may need one. Over the past two decades, we’ve grown from a simple online portal with links to 23 other South Carolina websites – all that existed at the time – into a wide-ranging collection of original maps, detailed essays, and useful guides to state and local resources, including such things as S.C. events, S.C. elections, S.C. pronunciations, and – especially important this time of year – S.C. taxes.

GOOD NEWS:  SEWE to host federal junior duck stamp judging on April 21

GOOD NEWS: SEWE to host federal junior duck stamp judging on April 21

Staff reports | Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is hosting the 2017-2018 Federal Junior Duck Stamp judging in Charleston. The public is invited to attend the judging at Charleston Music Hall on Friday, April 21. This is the 25th year for the Junior Duck Stamp program and the first time the federal judging has been held in Charleston.

Photo provided by Lou Cattano.

FOCUS: No Kill S.C. is changing the face of animal welfare

By Joe Elmore, special to Statehouse Report | Despite Charleston County becoming the Southeast’s first No Kill Community in 2013, tens of thousands of animals in other areas of South Carolina are dying needlessly due to a lack of best practices and resources.

To combat these alarming statistics, Charleston Animal Society, South Carolina’s first animal protection organization and one of the oldest (143 years) in the nation, launched No Kill South Carolina (NKSC) in 2015. Funded by a generous grant from Petco Foundation, No Kill South Carolina hit the ground a year later and is arguably the boldest grassroots animal care initiative ever undertaken in the U.S.

Photo provided.

GOOD NEWS: Veterans get hunger relief help, more

Staff reports | Soldiers’ Angels Hunger Relief Program on Friday hosted a Veteran Mobile Food Distribution in the Hagood Stadium parking lot of The Citadel to help provide food assistance to more than 200 low-income, at-risk and homeless veterans from the Charleston-Area. The distribution was conducted in partnership with The Citadel and the Lowcountry Food Bank. Also in this section is Good News about an Easter Egg Hunt at Magnolia Plantation; Times for giving input into a new West Ashley plan; a big gift from Jersey Mike’s; a national award for a local lawyer; Charleston Stage’s new season; and National Library Week.

FOCUS:  Don’t be distracted when driving with pets

FOCUS: Don’t be distracted when driving with pets

Via | With the busy summer travel season right around the corner, many families are planning to hit the road with their families — and that of course, means their four-legged family members too. To ensure safe travels for everyone, it’s important to take heed of a very real pet travel safety issue — pets and distracted driving.

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Tena Lean Gilliard

GOOD NEWS: Greeter’s cabin to become garden center at Magnolia

By Herb Frazier, special to Charleston Currents | For many, many years a cabin has stood unused near the ticket booth at Magnolia.

It has always been referred to as Tena Gilliard’s cabin. Tena Gilliard was a greeter at Magnolia in the early 1900s and she lived in the cabin.

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FOCUS:  Look at health care, not just police, in opioid crisis

FOCUS: Look at health care, not just police, in opioid crisis

By Elaine Pawlowski, special to Charleston Currents | I am thankful that it has been announced that more than 10 bills are filed to address the S.C. opioid epidemic. Although legislative steps are needed, I would say that the devil is in the details on whether the legislation will reduce the overdose rate.

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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.