Black teachers have lasting impact on South Carolina students, economy

South Carolina schools need more teachers of color to influence students of color to go on to graduate high school and even go to college. The lack of diversity currently contributes to lesser achievement from students. As the problem grows, our job force shrinks and the gap in economic mobility increases.

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S.C. legislator to propose bill banning bump stocks

Shortly after Stephen Paddock fired a volley of shots into a Las Vegas crowd and killed 58 people, a debate emerged over the “bump stocks” that the 64-year-old man had used to transform his assault rifles into automatic weapons. 

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When even seasoned officers are rattled, this SC minister listens

Twenty years ago, the state police asked the Rev. Eric Skidmore, then a parish minister, to lead the new S.C. Law Enforcement Assistance Program. Since then, he’s helped provide support for officers after numerous police shootings and some of the region’s most gruesome events.

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Dreams of restoring Historic Waverly still struggle to become reality

Aspirations have always been part Columbia’s Historic Waverly, a center of South Carolina’s civil rights movement. Two men, James Baker and Frank Houston, now say it’s time to again turn dreams to reality and restore Waverly, but it remains a struggle.

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Divided political parties raise questions of polarization

The first presidential debate was the most watched in history, with the following two drawing in equally large audiences. But following the election, many wonder if these debates actually changed any minds. James Piereson, an expert on the topic, weighs in with commentary from voters from both parties.

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One school board candidate employs shoe leather strategy to overcome fundraising deficit

Local candidates employ all sorts of strategies to get the attention of voters. One Richland One candidate puts on her walking shoes.

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Owens Field Park renovations require balancing many interests

Renovations at Owens Field Park are underway, but what comes first and who will or will not be happy with the results? Finding a balance for all the users of one of Columbia’s largest and busiest parks is a crucial part of the project.

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Volunteers, city differ on whether law could block feeding homeless

Does a Columbia ordinance pose a roadblock to feeding homeless people in Finlay Park? Volunteers with Food Not Bombs say it could have, until they worked around it to continue providing free home-cooked meals every Sunday. But city officials say park permit rules don’t even apply to that.

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Some Columbia residents long for a railroad quiet zone

Ten years later, and residents of Five Points and University Hill are still troubled by Norfolk Southern train horns. They continue to press Columbia to create a quiet zone, but they aren’t finding much comfort from City Hall.

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U.S. 378 intersections highlight battle over county’s sales tax increase

Lexington County’s top-priority transportation project is under fire from a grocery store owner who says it will kill a chunk of his business. While supporters of raising the county’s sales tax say realigning Mineral Springs and Hope Ferry roads at U.S. 378 will eliminate a dangerous bottleneck, Ed Elbrecht, owner of 14 Carrot Whole Foods,… Read More U.S. 378 intersections highlight battle over county’s sales tax increase

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