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FOCUS: Demand specifics, accountability on new road, greenbelt projects

FOCUS: Demand specifics, accountability on new road, greenbelt projects

By Natalie Olson, special to Charleston Currents | On Election Day, Charleston County residents voted to approve the proposed half-cent sales tax increase.

Leading up to the election, the Coastal Conservation League opposed this referendum because it lacks adequate safeguards to ensure that accountability and transparency are at the forefront of spending our tax dollars. There is no guarantee that the $2.1 billion generated by this tax increase over the next 25 years will indeed go towards high priority transportation projects aimed at relieving congestion and improving the quality of life for all residents throughout the county.

by · 11/21/2016 · 3 comments · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:  Save the Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District

FOCUS: Save the Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District

By Don Campagna, special to Charleston Currents | Following the Spanish-American War, the United States found itself in need of a global navy that could serve its new, far-flung empire.

In 1901, the decision was made to locate an East Coast base in Charleston and several Cooper River plantations, The Retreat and Marshlands, were purchased for that purpose. Work began almost immediately on the construction of a drydock and supporting trade shops. Additionally, a large coal-fired power steam plant in the Beaux Art style was built to provide electricity.

by · 11/14/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:  Love letter to Charleston

FOCUS: Love letter to Charleston

By Derek Berry, special to Charleston Currents

Charleston’s got a spine worthy of worship.
Her teeth are corner-stores, crooked
and jammed. A fluorescent light is buried in her throat
beckoning us down from second-story porches.
She wants us to hold her hand,
to slip into something less comfortable,
a cotton shawl in the sultry shudder of summer night.
There is beauty in how she undresses
us with her humid tongue, how we return
to childlike abandon in her mouth.

FOCUS: Yes, Tom, kids think about sex

FOCUS: Yes, Tom, kids think about sex

By Meg Wallace, special to Charleston Currents | When referring to how students are taught reproductive health education in schools, Tom Ducker, a Charleston County School Board member, recently said to The Post and Courier, “This is not ‘games’. I believe when we do that [teach sex education], in order to gain or keep their interest, you’re also increasing their interest in sex. And I don’t think most middle schoolers are even thinking about sex.”

He was disparaging a piece of an evidence-based sex education curriculum that would teach middle school students about healthy relationships and birth control options, including the use of condoms. To be clear, I do not agree with his intended message, but I do have to agree on one point: the need for medically accurate, evidence-based comprehensive health education in South Carolina schools is not a game.

by · 10/31/2016 · 2 comments · Focus, Good news
FOCUS: Daffodils to be planted Nov. 13 to remember holocaust

FOCUS: Daffodils to be planted Nov. 13 to remember holocaust

Staff reports | College of Charleston sophomore honors student Samantha Krantz is hoping to beautify the Charleston Holocaust Memorial in Marion Square by working Nov. 13 with volunteers to plant 1,800 daffodil bulbs as a living memorial.

You can join the effort at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 to remember the 1.5 million children who perished in the holocaust. The garden will be planted at the memorial, which was erected in 1999, “to remember those who were murdered in the Holocaust and to honor the survivors who came to South Carolina to rebuild their lives,” according to the college.

Krantz felt empowered to launch a living garden after discovering her family’s history with the holocaust, and traveling to Eastern Europe over the summer with College of Charleston Zucker/Goldberg Professor of Holocaust Studies Theodore Rosengarten, a press release said. Krantz is the recipient of the Klaper Fellowship in Jewish Studies, which charges recipients with bettering the Lowcountry.

by · 10/24/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS: How to join the region’s annual Day of Caring on Nov. 18

FOCUS: How to join the region’s annual Day of Caring on Nov. 18

By Amanda Netsch, Trident United Way | Every fall, Trident United Way hosts its annual Day of Caring. It’s a community service day where thousands of volunteers from local businesses, civic groups and associations, in tandem with their colleagues and bosses, roll up their sleeves and get to work serving hundreds of nonprofit agencies and public schools.

Volunteers can be seen building, planting, cleaning, painting, reading and so much more. The impact volunteers make on the community through this one day is well over $400,000 in value of service hours alone (using the Corporation for National & Community Service 2014 volunteer rate) – but the impact does not stop there.

by · 10/17/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:  Beware of electronic scams after Hurricane Matthew

FOCUS: Beware of electronic scams after Hurricane Matthew

State of S.C. news release | People affected by Hurricane Matthew should be aware of potential scams that could come in the form of emails, phone calls, text messages, and others. Scams of this kind are often times used against individuals in areas that have recently been affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew.

by · 10/09/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:  Colour of Music Festival returns Oct. 19-23 with opera’s debut

FOCUS: Colour of Music Festival returns Oct. 19-23 with opera’s debut

By Lee Pringle, special to Charleston Currents | The 2016 Colour of Music Festival embarks upon an ambitious and stunning array of international classical musical motifs solidifying its place as the largest black classical music organization ever organized as it continues to draw inspiration from the grandfather of black classical music, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Few classical music enthusiasts are aware of the tremendous contributions of this African-French composer whose opera and classical masterpieces equaled or far exceeded those of his 18th century contemporaries. Although his compositions are highly recognized overseas, they gather little notice in the United States.

Today despite thousands of celebrated and prodigiously talented classical composers and performers of African descent throughout the world, their opportunities to grace concert stages of major American orchestras are rare to non-existent. The Colour of Music Festival is reversing this trend.

by · 10/03/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:  Register to vote by Oct. 8

FOCUS: Register to vote by Oct. 8

Staff reports | As the mother of all debates is set for tonight between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, you won’t be able to have your say at the polls Nov. 8 unless your registered to vote. The deadline to register in South Carolina is Oct. 8.

* Read the story to find out if you’re registered and, if not, how to get registered.

You might want to click the first link, especially if you haven’t voted in the last few elections, to make sure you haven’t been purged from voter rolls due to inactivity. [We suggest you check anyway, especially if you’ve moved in the last few years.]

According to the most recent information from the S.C. Election Commission, some 3,081,428 South Carolinians are registered to vote. In Charleston County, 274,547 people are registered to vote, the second largest number by county in the state.

by · 09/26/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
Copyrighted photo by Andy Brack.

FOCUS: Take a walk on the wild side with SCELP

By Amy Armstrong, special to Charleston Currents | Almost 30 years ago, Jimmy Chandler set off for what he imagined to be a temporary phase of his legal career: the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP). A proposed oil refinery in Georgetown and impoundment of tidal marshes spurred him to focus his legal effort on protecting our natural environment.

He was joined and supported by the leadership at the Energy Research Foundation in Columbia, which “hosted” the organization for about nine years and until the Project became a public charity on its own. By then, the idea of moving back to private practice had already faded into the background as new challenges and emergencies kept cropping up after each new victory inside and outside the courts.

by · 09/19/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news