The Sweet Tea

Run Rudolph Run

Friday | December 2, 2022

Over the years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has featured performers from Broadway to the big screen. Now the Dance Department from Irmo, SC can add their names to the list! Congratulations to the 70 dancers who took the trip to represent the Palmetto State in the most popular parade in the nation!

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Palmetto State Angels

Wednesday | November 30, 2022

When we do what we can for those around us, so much can be accomplished. The ten organizations recognized represent the gentleness of the southern heart. I pray their examples of kindness and charity are replicated across the country. 

 

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A Good Heart and a New Sole

Tuesday | November 22, 2022

To whom much is given, much is required. I am thankful for members of our communities who give back to those around them like Chris Singleton.

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Paying Honor to a Trailblazer

Friday | November 18, 2022

Often times we forget those who have gone before us to shape the world we enjoy. Thankfully, for James Henry Conyers, that’s no longer the case. His quiet patriotism and bravery are memorialized in South Carolina, but his legacy is expressed across the country.

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Home for All Who Serve

Friday | November 11, 2022

South Carolina is more than just military-friendly, it’s home to thousands of active duty and retired military personnel. No wonder Charleston is the best place for veterans transitioning out of the military. They say there is no place like home, which makes sense because there is no place like the Palmetto state– home to more than 390,000 veterans and counting.

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Tip of the Hat

Thursday | November 3, 2022

Charleston legend Lonnie Hamilton has earned more than just the Tip of the Hat for his life’s work. I’m thankful for his impact as the first black Charleston County Council member, his contributions to the jazz scene, and his entrepreneurial impact on the city he loves so much.

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The Voice of the Community

Friday | October 28, 2022

I know what it’s like to perform on the field, and I’ve seen how announcers can affect the energy in the stands. After 30 years of service, I’m sure Willie has had a huge impact on Bruin athletics. Congratulations on this fantastic milestone!

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A Heart for Redemption

Friday | October 28, 2022

The story of America is a story of redemption. The students at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School put that lesson to practice as they baked cookies for inmates in the local prison. Redemption requires mercy and grace. It’s great to see kids learn those lessons at such a young age.

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Warm Hearts and Warm Heads

Friday | October 21, 2022

It’s easy to think of yourself in challenging times, but to dedicate yourself to helping others in the face of adversity is the mark of a hero. With more than 170 hats knitted for the students at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, Judy Pitts is a shining example of a hometown hero.

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The Right Words

Friday | October 7, 2022

Winslow proved himself to be one of the top wordsmiths in the nation, and I’m proud to say he’s from my hometown. I know he will represent South Carolina well as a literary ambassador across the nation!

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Making the Grade

Friday | October 7, 2022

Congratulations to the budding scholars in Barnwell! Academic excellence is the gateway to opportunity, and it doesn’t get better than a perfect score.

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Helping Students Make the Grade

Thursday | September 22, 2022

It’s no secret that students are facing an uphill battle to recover from the learning loss brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 8,000 tutoring sessions, Reading Partners is doing amazing work to help at-risk kids catch up. Because of their dedication, children across the state have a more solid foundation and a brighter future.

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Compassion in the Classroom

Friday | September 16, 2022

This is proof-positive that it takes a village to raise a child. Baby Aria is no exception and Dr. Reed was up to the task! Math class can definitely be challenging but with support from professors like this, a 4.0 GPA is right around the corner.

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Honoring Black Civil War Soldiers

Friday | September 16, 2022

The 1st South Carolina regiment is a testament to the extraordinary courage of African American soldiers during the most tumultuous time in our country’s history. The rediscovery of this vital piece of our nation’s story by General Hodges and Colonel Allen is phenomenal and should be shared by all.

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Upstate STEM Grant

Friday | September 16, 2022

I’ve often said that a quality education is the closest thing to magic. Creating opportunities for low-income families to experience that magic is integral to the future of South Carolina.

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Family Business Drives on for 50 Years

Friday | September 16, 2022

Congratulations to Evelyn Mays and family for 50 years of success in Orangeburg. Building a business is already cause for celebration, but creating a legacy is even better! 

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Athletes Receive Academic Honors

Friday | September 16, 2022

The Claflin Panthers are knocking it out of the park in the classroom and on the field! Congratulations to the men’s and women’s track teams as well as the Lady Panthers softball team for their academic and athletic prowess. Keep up the great work!

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Leadership That is Out of This World

Friday | September 16, 2022

Strong and talented women have been instrumental in crucial NASA missions since the agency’s inception. Charlie Blackwell-Thompson is no exception! It’s fantastic to see a South Carolina native leading the latest endeavor into the final frontier.

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High School Credit Union

Friday | August 26, 2022

Financial literacy is foundational to future success. By educating students and equipping them to take ownership of their financial-wellbeing, Greenwood Municipal Federal Credit Union and Emerald High School are changing the lives of these students.

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Teacher Grows in Agriculture

Friday | August 26, 2022

South Carolina has millions of acres of farmland spread across the state, and thousands of jobs related to agriculture.  Anna Brown’s dedication to bringing agriculture into the classroom is crucial to the future of this critical part of our economy. Great job!

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