The Sweet Tea

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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Newberry Coming Together

Friday | August 26, 2022

This partnership between Newberry College and Newberry County Memorial Hospital is monumental! Not only will the community have greater access to life-changing medical care, but more people will have the opportunity for valuable training to become better-equipped medical professionals. This is what it looks like when different parts of a community work together for a greater good.

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Big News from a Small Town

Friday | August 26, 2022

Communities big and small across South Carolina continue to produce excellence! I believe that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have made significant contributions to this nation and should be empowered to continue doing so. I applaud Dillon native Jerry McCormick’s dedication to giving back to HBCUs and giving guidance to their graduates through the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Coast Guard Saves Boater

Friday | August 26, 2022

Not only do the members of our armed services put their lives on the line to protect us abroad, but they also do it to protect us at home too! I am so thankful for the Guardsmen from the Georgetown station for this rescue. God bless these servicemembers as well as others patrolling our shores.

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She's back! Estella Williams, 95, of Anderson unretires and returns as crossing guard at Westside High

Monday | August 22, 2022

Estella Williams is living proof that you are only as old as you feel. Estella has been an integral part of the Anderson community for years, ensuring that students make it to their classrooms safe and sound. After a month of retirement, she decided that she’d rather continue serving her community and helping the kids she loves. Happy un-retirement!

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Two MPPD officers receive award for assisting family in crisis

Monday | August 22, 2022

Officers Gary Reash and Claire Clinkscales are the embodiment of true community policing. When law enforcement and community members work together, those facing challenges have the best chance of getting the assistance they need. God bless our officers who are patrolling our neighborhoods and working to keep all of our communities safe.

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North Charleston Team Wins Back-to-Back World Series Title

Friday | August 19, 2022

Talk about knocking it out of the park! South Carolina continues to be well represented with this back-to-back World Series Title win. Congratulations to all of the players, coaches, and fans that contributed to another successful season. 

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Claflin University senior Lauren Tolbert named a White House HBCU Scholar - Tolbert also named John Robert Lewis Scholar

Friday | August 19, 2022

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have a proud tradition of producing outstanding scholars across the country, Congratulations to Senior Lauren Tolbert for being named one of 86 undergraduate students to be recognized for her accomplishments in academics, leadership, civic engagement and so much more!

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Air Patrol Cadets Reach Highest Rank

Friday | August 19, 2022

Congratulations to Andrew and Harris Rowe for joining only 0.5% of Civil Air Patrol members by reaching the rank of Cadet Colonel. Through their work over the last 4 years, both young men truly embody dedication to the service of others and community. I wish them both the best as they attend college this fall!

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North Greenville University Partners with Sheriff’s Office

Friday | August 19, 2022

It is so important communities invest in local law enforcement so that they can ensure that only the best are wearing the badge. It is phenomenal to see the partnership between North Greenville University and the Greenville Sheriff’s office. Providing law enforcement with access to further criminal justice coursework allows for more knowledgeable officers– leading to safer streets. 

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Leadership Greenville ready to unveil home for veteran

Thursday | August 18, 2022

Our veterans write a blank check to the nation to serve and protect, no matter the cost. We should never forget their sacrifice. Leadership Greenville is leading by example with their latest project to build a home for a veteran in need.  Thanks to their attitude of gratitude, a veteran has a new home.

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