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FOCUS:  Win a boat and have fun at a great party on Saturday

FOCUS: Win a boat and have fun at a great party on Saturday

Staff reports | It’s only a few days until one of the most unique and fun parties of the year – the Rotary Club of Charleston’s annual Light Up the Night Parade Party. It will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Charleston Maritime Center where festive attendees have a front row view for the 2016 Charleston Parade of Boats.

In fact, the party is a two-fer. Not only can you enjoy great food and drinks with hundreds of holiday-goers for an affordable price, but you can buy a chance to win a brand new 18-foot Commander Sea Fox boat being raffled by the club. Cost? $100 per ticket (and tickets are limited!)

by · 12/05/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
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GOOD NEWS: Packers wrap a lot of gifts at CSU party

Staff reports | Charleston Southern University students packed 1,823 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child at CSU’s 6th annual packing party last week. Also this week: New DASH buses downtown; Joe Engel Street; Ann Thrash’s new online holiday store.

by · 12/05/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
FOCUS:  A Hamilton walking tour of Charleston

FOCUS: A Hamilton walking tour of Charleston

By Andra Watkins, special to Charleston Currents | Most people associate Alexander Hamilton with New York, but his influence reached far beyond his adopted home state. Couple his reach with other characters from Hamilton: An American Musical on a future visit to historic Charleston, South Carolina.

A powerhouse of early America, Charleston rivaled Manhattan in size, money and influence. Its busy port was the first point of entry for many travelers to America, from foreigners seeking a fortune in the new world to Africans wrongly enslaved. Given the flood of people and commerce, Charleston was a hub for anyone after prosperity and power.

by · 11/28/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
GOOD NEWS:  4 meetings on tap for input on regional walk/bike plan

GOOD NEWS: 4 meetings on tap for input on regional walk/bike plan

Staff reports | The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments is hosting four public meetings to gather input for Walk + Bike BCD, the regional pedestrian and bicycle master plan. Three meetings are this week with a new one just added for North Charleston on Dec. 13.

by · 11/28/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
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
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GOOD NEWS: Seats going fast for Charleston Stage’s “White Christmas”

Charleston Stage’s heartwarming musical adaptation of “White Christmas,” based on the classic film featuring 17 Irving Berlin hit songs, follows the romantic and hilarious adventures of Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. Also in Good News: Nuncrackers, Underneath the Lintel, 2016 Angels, Charleston Southern grant, Charleston Museum’s blizzard exhibit.

by · 11/21/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
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.

GOOD NEWS:  YALLFest comes to Charleston this weekend

GOOD NEWS: YALLFest comes to Charleston this weekend

Staff reports | YALLFest, the world’s largest Young Adult Book Festival, hits Charleston this weekend with more than 30 authors in town to tell stories, sign books and have fun with readers. Also in Good News: Kendra Hamilton to give a poetry reading; Harold Koon award nominations being accepted.

by · 11/07/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
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