OCT. 28, 2013 — You don’t expect to find a world-class art gallery in Lake City, a rural South Carolina community between Kingstree and Florence.
But that’s just what you can experience thanks to millions of dollars being pumped into the community by native daughter and financier Darla Moore. There’s a lot of redevelopment — even a boutique hotel being built downtown — and an annual art festival, ArtFields, that has $100,000 in cash prizes to draw attention to the area and promote opportunities.
SEPT. 27, 2013 — This is the story of a South Carolina native whose impact is still felt in board meetings of government agencies, garden clubs, nonprofits and churches. To many, however, he’s not a familiar figure, but South Carolina had a significant influence on what became his legacy.
SEPT. 20, 2013 — With all of the petty bickering, games, negative campaigns and seeming inability to get anything real done, it’s pretty easy to get grouchy about the American political system.
Need a pick-me-up? All you have to do is attend a ceremony during which people from dozens of different countries take the oath of allegiance to the United States to become naturalized citizens.
JULY 12, 2013 — Government gets a bad rap.
Just about everywhere you turn, it seems people are ragging on government, as if they’ve given much thought to how much positive impact government actually has on their lives.
JULY 5, 2013 — Unless South Carolina leaders change how they do things, our state is going to stay on the bottom of lists compared to other states.
That again is clear in the new annual Kids Count report that showed the Palmetto State dropped from 43rd to 45th from the top overall in its rank for the well-being of children who grow up here.
MAY 17, 2013 — A few years back, Columbia public relations guru Bud Ferillo made a film about several economically distressed counties that he dubbed the “Corridor of Shame.” This area, which stretched along Interstate 95 from Dillon County to Jasper County, got a lot of attention when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama toured an old Dillon middle school in the run-up to the 2008 election.
But did you ever wonder whether South Carolina’s Corridor of Shame was an anomaly — or whether something similar was happening on the other sides of our state borders? Unfortunately, similar conditions continue, extending north to Tidewater Virginia and curving south and west across middle Georgia and Alabama before swinging north to the Mississippi Delta.