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GOOD NEWS:   Campaign underway for nesting birds

GOOD NEWS: Campaign underway for nesting birds

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.

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FOCUS: Magnolia cultivates heirloom plant symposium and sale

FOCUS: Magnolia cultivates heirloom plant symposium and sale

By Herb Frazier | An heirloom plant symposium at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on March 11 will feature a line-up of horticulturalists, a Gullah chef and a beekeeper who will explain the importance of preserving plants, stories and recipes that have been passed through the generations.

During “What’s Old is New Again,” experts will explain the historical significance of heirloom plant varieties, the correlation between them and the cultures they preserve. Speakers will also discuss why pollinators play a key role in this preservation and how these efforts are fueling the heirloom renaissance.

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GOOD NEWS:   Three meetings set this month to discuss new preliminary flood maps

GOOD NEWS: Three meetings set this month to discuss new preliminary flood maps

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.

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Young and older enjoy stories at Charleston Tells.  Photo by Michael Kaynard.

FOCUS: Charleston Tells evolves into a quarterly storytelling series

By Cynthia Bledsoe, special to Charleston Currents | I’ve been a storytelling lover now for more than 40 years. What is it about stories, anyway?

As a child I loved listening to family stories: stories about how my parents met, what my father was like when he was a child, and what my brothers and sisters did before I was born. That love of stories quickly moved into a love of reading, though my love of listening never died. When I found out that there are actual storytelling festivals where professional tellers spin yarns and stories that make you tear up and laugh until your sides hurt, I was hooked and discovered I’m not alone.

GOOD NEWS:  SEWE has great 35th year

GOOD NEWS: SEWE has great 35th year

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.

by · 02/27/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
An 1863 painting of the H.L. Hunley by Conrad Wise Chapman.  Source.

FOCUS: Navy releases archaeological report on recovery of Hunley

Staff reports | The U.S. Navy last week released a 321-page archaeological report on the recovery of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley two days before the 153rd anniversary of the loss of the boat.

“H. L. Hunley Recovery Operations, A Collaborative Project of: Naval History and Heritage Command, South Carolina Hunley Commission and Friends of the Hunley,” by Robert S. Neyland, Ph.D., principal investigator and Heather Brown is a comprehensive report that covers the recovery of Hunley, from the planning stages through execution. The book can be downloaded for free through the link above on the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) website.

by · 02/20/2017 · 2 comments · Focus, Good news
GOOD NEWS:  Ettus to keynote Center for Women’s conference

GOOD NEWS: Ettus to keynote Center for Women’s conference

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.

by · 02/20/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
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FOCUS: County to open Charleston skate park

Staff reports | SK8 Charleston, a concrete skate park to be operated by Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, will have grand opening events March 4 and 11 at its peninsular Charleston location, 1549 Oceanic Street, which overlooks the Ashley River.

“The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission has always looked to provide world-class facilities for the public we serve,” said CCPRC Executive Director Tom O’Rourke. “SK8 Charleston is the next in a long line of great facilities.”

“The Charleston County area has been waiting a long time for the opportunity to enjoy a facility like this. We are all as excited about the opening of this park as any facility we have opened.”

by · 02/13/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
GOOD NEWS:  County seeks student art for “Recycle Right” Earth Day contest

GOOD NEWS: County seeks student art for “Recycle Right” Earth Day contest

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.

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FOCUS:  Palmetto Scholars Academy students to talk to space station

FOCUS: Palmetto Scholars Academy students to talk to space station

Staff reports | Students from Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston are among those from eight schools in the country who will have a chance to talk this week via amateur radio with an astronaut orbiting the earth.

The International Space Station will pass over the school about 1 p.m. Feb. 10 and provide students with the opportunity to speak with astronauts for nine minutes. The school’s student body will assemble that afternoon in its gym to listen as astronauts answer student-generated questions via the school’s ham, or amateur, radio network K4PSA.

by · 02/06/2017 · 1 comment · Focus, Good news