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BRACK: New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

BRACK: New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Sculptor Rick Weaver captured the body language of Fritz Hollings just right in a new statue unveiled Monday as former colleagues heaped praises on the retired senator, now 95.

Three things stand out in the bronze figure – the warm, but determined, look on Hollings’ face; how his left hand is grasping a rolled-up document; and, most notably, an outstretched right hand, a familiar gesture to many of the senator’s former staffers and friends.

“I asked him what he felt was the quality he possessed that allowed him to succeed in his work,” Charlottesville, Va., sculptor Weaver said in the ceremony program. “He said very quickly, ‘My ability to make friends.’ So in subtle ways, I tried to show that – his hand gesture, him turning to face someone. I wanted to convey how actively engaged he was all his life.”

by · 04/18/2017 · 4 comments · Andy Brack, Views
(Photo by Michael Kaynard.)

GOOD NEWS: World-renowned artist paints vibrant mural at Dart Library

Artist and author Nick Kuszyk, also known as “R. Robots,” painted a colorful mural on an exterior wall of the John L. Dart Branch Library last week to honor Cynthia Graham Hurd, a 31-year employee of Charleston County Public Library and one of nine victims shot last year at Emanuel AME Church.

by · 02/29/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
Tecklenburg

FOCUS: What Mayor John Tecklenburg said today

“First, I want to personally thank the citizens of Charleston for this incredible opportunity to serve. It’s a great honor to become Mayor of my hometown — and at the same time humbling and exciting.

“Never before in our city’s history has a mayor taken office at a moment so rich with the promise of a better, brighter future for all our citizens – we must only have the will, and the wisdom, to work together to claim that promise.

Everywhere we look — from West Ashley to James and Johns Islands, from Daniel Island to the Peninsula — we see that promise …

by · 01/11/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS: Tecklenburg to be inaugurated today

FOCUS: Tecklenburg to be inaugurated today

Staff reports | For the first time in 40 years, Charleston will get a new mayor today when businessman John Tecklenburg takes the oath of office at noon. He’ll be replacing 10-term Mayor Joe Riley, who retires today.

The swearing-in ceremony is set for noon today at City Hall, 80 Broad Street, in Charleston. Nearby roads will be blocked to traffic as hundreds are expected to fill streets to watch the transfer of power. After a reception in Washington Square, Tecklenburg is expected to sign an ethics pledge he made during his campaign, meet with senior city department heads and get to work to build efforts to push completion of Interstate 526.

by · 01/11/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus
GOOD NEWS: What do you think of the new state license plate?

GOOD NEWS: What do you think of the new state license plate?

You’ll start seeing a new license plate for cars in South Carolina early next year as a new design is phased in. The plate features a white background with an iconic palmetto tree and crescent design in the center that is a reverse of the state flag. (Some say it’s a crescent moon; others say it’s a gorget.)

by · 12/21/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
The Rev. Clementa Pinckney

GOOD NEWS: Pinckney, Haley, Riley to be honored by Institute

Staff reports | The Riley Institute at Furman University in January will honor the late state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor slain in June with eight worshippers in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, with the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership, the Institute has announced.

Also to be recognized with the Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership are S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and outgoing Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, both of whom will speak at the event and discuss their collaboration during the crisis involving the deaths the Emanuel Nine.

by · 12/07/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
Riley

GOOD NEWS: Park named after Riley

Hats off to Charleston City Council, which voted Nov. 24, to rename Waterfront Park in honor of retiring Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.

by · 11/30/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
CALENDAR, Oct. 19+:  From plant sale to thanking Joe

CALENDAR, Oct. 19+: From plant sale to thanking Joe

Oct. 19+ — North Charleston block party, native plant sale, Joe Riley

by · 10/19/2015 · Comments are Disabled · calendar, Uncategorized
Hollings speaks to media in this 2008 photo.

BRACK: In renaming courthouse, Hollings still teaching us

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | At age 93, Fritz Hollings is still teaching us.

On Friday as a weekend deluge of rain started, dignitaries from all over gathered at St. Michael’s Church at the Four Corners of Law to rename the federal courthouse annex across the street that was named in 1988 for Hollings.

The senator, who got money put in the federal budget to construct the judicial center, never really wanted it named for him. U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, who had all sorts of things named for him by that time, apparently thought Hollings needed something named for him too.

by · 10/05/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Calling all poets

Calling all poets

You’ve got two weeks left to submit a Romantic-style poem to win prizes totaling more than $2,000 in a contest by Magnolia Plantation and Gardens to capture the attraction as an idyllic “garden of romance.”

by · 03/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs