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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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
Student Abigail Henry, third from left, smiles after winning the CDCA student app contest.  Pictured with her, from left, are her dad Brian Henry, grandmother Sandy Bruorton and mother Amy Henry.  Photo provided.

GOOD NEWS: Lowcountry students win mobile app competition

Staff reports  |  The Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA), a non-profit advocacy group for the defense industry in the Southeast, on Friday announced student winners of the 7th Annual Student Mobile App Competition’

The organization annually holds a mobile app contest for students from middle school through graduate school to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.  The contest allows students to develop creative unique applications that ae able to run on either iOS phone or Android platforms to solve a challenge.  They are judged by sponsors and attendees at the event.  Winners share STEM-related contest awards of $10,000 in prizes, scholarships and future jobs.

Also in Good News: Bridge Run’s sponsor; New online job board; Resurfacing rescheduled; and New language for Calhoun monument.

by · 12/11/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
Charleston City council member Mike Seekings speaks at the shelter unveiling.  Photo provided.

GOOD NEWS:  New bus shelter unveiled at airport

Staff reports  |  Charleston International Airport has installed a state-of-the-art bus shelter to accommodate an increasing number of passengers and airport workers riding Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) vehicles to and from the airport.

“With passenger numbers booming at Charleston International Airport, we couldn’t be happier that the Aviation Authority has stepped up to partner in such a big way,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings, who also is a Charleston city council member. “As more visitors than ever come to the Charleston area, we have to mitigate traffic impacts throughout the region, and a $3.50 direct connection from the airport to downtown is one way to do just that.”

by · 12/04/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
GOOD NEWS:  Where you can buy local

GOOD NEWS:  Where you can buy local

The good folks at Lowcountry Local First have a lot of suggestions for where you can buy local holiday gifts during the organizations Buy Local month, Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. 

You can explore its Holiday Shopping Market Calendar to find many pop-up markets and events that highlight unique gifts made by local makers and craftsmen throughout the season. 

by · 11/27/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
GOOD NEWS: Park for two hours for free in Charleston Nov. 24-Jan. 1

GOOD NEWS: Park for two hours for free in Charleston Nov. 24-Jan. 1

Staff reports  |  The city and county of Charleston are offering two free hours of parking at participating garages during the holiday season, starting on Thanksgiving and ending on New Year’s Day.

Click the link above to find out how to print the voucher. (Hard copies of the voucher will be a part of local water bills.)

Garages participating in the “holiday magic” present to area shoppers include the those at the visitor’s center, 34 St. Philip St., Concord-Cumberland, East Bay-Prioleau.  According to the flyer, “additional automated garages are participating,” but you won’t be able to see a list of them until later this week at this link. 

by · 11/20/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
Charleston sunset, by Missy Hanahan.

GOOD NEWS:  Great sunset plus accolades for restaurants, groundskeeper, more

Staff reports  |  Here’s one of the best Lowcountry sunset photos we’ve seen in a while.  Taken last week by Missy Hanahan of Charleston, it’s hard to tell whether the sky or reflection is at the top of the picture of a still pond near Ashley River Road.  (Answer: Sky is at the top.)  Thanks, Missy, for the photo.

Also in Good News: Bertha’s, The Grocery:  Hats off to these two Charleston area eateries for making Eater’s annual list of America’s Essential Restaurants.  They’re two of 38 restaurants across the U.S. that made the list.  On Bertha’s in North Charleston, the site noted, “Albertha Grant founded the restaurant in the early 1980s, and many of her specialties — meaty okra stew, tomato-stained red rice, creamy lima beans, and turkey prioleau (a sustaining rice dish available only on Tuesdays) — originate from the culinary traditions of the Gullah, former slaves who established themselves in Lowcountry hamlets and the nearby islands.”  On The Grocery, Eater says, “he Grocery has steadily bloomed into one of the city’s most remarkable and welcoming restaurants. This is the circa-right-now modern American menu, Lowcountry edition: delicata squash with pomegranate and herbed tahini-yogurt sauce; smoked mackerel flanked by crackers with everything-bagel seasoning; triggerfish over cornbread puree, bacon, and pickled mushrooms.”

by · 11/13/2017 · 1 comment · Good news, News briefs