As a longtime professional artist, chef Bob Carter's mother, Jeri, is adept at seeing what others can’t. But even she couldn’t imagine the destruction that Hurricane Michael would unleash on her Panama City neighborhood, including the home that she and Carter share.“I’ve been through six hurricanes, and this wasn’t a hurricane,” says Carter, who famously led the kitchen at Peninsula Grill and most recently served as Barony Tavern's executive chef. “This was devastation. TV does not begin to show it.”According to Carter, his family was able to secure all of his mother’s paintings as soon as it became apparent that the storm was intent on taking down everything in its path. But a tree fell on their roof at the height of the hurricane, piercing it in three places and letting in so much water that it took only 15 minutes for a trash bin that Carter had dragged indoors to overflow with rain.The Carters waited out the storm in a … [Read more...] about Legendary Charleston chef Bob Carter ‘in the weeds’ after run-in with Hurricane Michael
A projected labor crunch within South Carolina's health care industry could be approaching critical status. An online trade publication is projecting that the Palmetto State could lack enough registered nurses by 2030 that it would have one the most severe shortages in the entire country.The website RegisteredNursing.org put South Carolina at No. 4 of all states in its expected shortfall, based on how many RNs it will need compared to the number it will have.Analysts who wrote the report used data from the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, which shows South Carolina will need about 10,000 additional nurses over the next 12 years.The caveat is that the government's forecast assumes that states will adopt Medicaid, which South Carolina has not done. That means the 10,000 figure could be inflated.By comparison, the state agency that tracks nurses in South Carolina estimated that there will be 6,400 too few registered nurses statewide by 2028.The estimates may vary, but … [Read more...] about SC will have the 4th-worst nursing shortage in the country by 2030, new report says
South Carolina's automakers are warning again that tariffs will lead to production shifts and financial losses if a trade dispute between the United States and China isn't resolved soon.Volvo Cars — which has started building a redesigned S60 sedan at its new Berkeley County campus — might reconfigure one of its Chinese plants to make the same car for sale in that country, according to a report by TheDetroitBureau.com website.Volvo had planned to export locally made S60s through the Port of Charleston to China, but said that won't be feasible due to 40 percent tariffs China has imposed on U.S.-made vehicles."China will have to build up its own plant" to handle S60 production, Anders Gustafsson, Volvo's head of U.S. operations, told the website. "I need to find a substitute for the volumes" that would have gone to China, he said.Meanwhile, a BMW executive said China's tariffs will cost its plant in Greer about $347 million in lost earnings this year. Nicolas … [Read more...] about Potential tariffs tally: Half a billion for BMW; production move for Volvo
The hour is drawing near for Charleston-area residents who want to vent to the powers-that-be about the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.Or about their South Carolina Electric & Gas power bills.Or about whether Dominion Energy should get the go-ahead to buy SCE&G.The S.C. Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities in the state, is coming to the Lowcountry this week for the last of three public hearings.The agency held previous meetings in Columbia and Aiken. The final roadshow is set for Monday at Charleston County Government’s Lonnie Hamilton Public Services Building at 4045 Bridgeview Drive in North Charleston. It starts at 6 p.m.To keep things moving along, the floor will open for 3 minutes per speaker. All comments will be folded into several ongoing cases surrounding SCE&G, which was financially responsible for more than half of the failed expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station before abandoning the site in mid-2017. The disastrous project has … [Read more...] about Charleston-area public hearing focuses on SCE&G, failed nuclear project, etc.
COLUMBIA — A man who drove his car into a group of mourners at a South Carolina cemetery, hurting 11 of them, has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman called James Kester a terrorist for attacking the people at the July 2017 graveside service because he had held a grudge against the Department of Mental Health for years over the treatment of his late daughter.A jury on Wednesday found Kester, 66, guilty of eight counts of assault and battery, but acquitted him of attempted murder charges, The State newspaper reported.Kester was sentenced Friday to the maximum of 10 years for each of the assault counts, and Newman took the rare step of ordering him to serve each sentence one after the other."You engaged in a reign of terror on that day," the judge said, comparing Kester's actions to terrorist vehicle attacks on pedestrians in England and France. News After 30 years of fury over daughter's mental health care, SC man 'came to a funeral looking … [Read more...] about Man who drove into mourners at SC cemetery gets 80 years, judge calls act ‘reign of terror’