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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Staff reports | Charleston County K-12 students can win a grand prize of $100 for original artwork that promotes a theme of “Recycle Right” in the 18th annual Earth Day contest by the Charleston County Environmental Management Department. Also inside:
* One80 Place celebrates center renovation
* Speth, George to talk conservation
* Big win for law school moot court team.
Staff reports | The University of South Carolina Press has published a new scholarly work about the early career of Isle of Palms resident Fritz Hollings, a former governor (1959-63) and longtime U.S. senator (1966-2005).
The book, “New Politics in the Old South: Ernest F. Hollings in the Civil Rights Era,” focuses on Hollings’ early life and his public service from his return from World War II as an infantry officer to serving in the Senate during the Watergate era in 1974.
Staff reports | The Coastal Community Foundation, a grantmaking organization serving coastal South Carolina, today announced it awarded $4.9 million in grants in year-end giving season, November and December 2016, according to a press release. For the calendar year, the organization made $17 million in grants in 2016. More in Good News: Farmers markets to return; Immigration symposium; New parks chair.
Staff reports | Charleston Young Professionals, a division of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, is partnering with Be A Mentor, a nonprofit organization headquartered in North Charleston, to encourage young professionals’ involvement in the development of our region’s future leaders.
Also in Good News: Mount Pleasant’s new library; Remembering the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney; RiverDogs and reading; Romantic garden walk at Magnolia Plantation; Crafts deadline; Charleston Animal Society grant; Lowcountry AIDS grant.