By John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources at Historic Columbia South Carolina State Hospital, birds eye view, ca. 1915. Image courtesy of South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia The best way to grasp the size of a town or city is to see it from a bird’s eye perspective, whose distance allows the viewer to see the entirety of what they can only see small portions of while walking or driving. While today many folks may use Google Maps or Bing Maps, the idea of bird’s eye perspectives is not new. In fact, two historic views of this type allow contemporary researchers and history enthusiasts to appreciate how expansive the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s former Bull Street campus was at two points in its history. Cartographer Camille Drie rendered the first perspective in 1872 when he meticulously drew the capital city as known during the middle of the Reconstruction era. Drie’s account illustrates the campus, … [Read more...] about Historic Site Spotlight: South Carolina State Hospital
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A South Carolina Waffle House remained open despite a truck crashing into it Thursday morning. (iStock) Waffle House restaurants are notorious for staying open no matter what. And one in South Carolina lived up to its reputation when it declined to shut its doors after a truck crashed through it early Thursday morning. Police said 27-year-old Gregory Alexander Maxwell led officers on a high-speed chase around 2 a.m. Thursday, according to The State newspaper. Maxwell exited the highway and attempted to pull into a Waffle House parking lot but missed, crashing his truck into the side of the building instead, police said. The crash left a gaping hole in the side of the Waffle House. Photos show dust and debris covering the restaurant’s floor. But despite damage to the restaurant’s façade, the Waffle House, located near Columbia, South Carolina, remained open, according to local reports. ALABAMA FAMILY TAKES CHRISTMAS PHOTOS AT WAFFLE HOUSE There were … [Read more...] about South Carolina Waffle House stays open even after truck crashes into it
Lowcountry Students for Political Action have announced a demonstration in support of Senate Bill 154 at the South Carolina State House on January 31 st at 11AM. Students and activists from across the state will gather in Columbia to demand that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to move bill 154 to the Senate floor. Bill 154, if passed, would close the Charleston Loophole by extending the delay period to buy a gun from three days to five days which gives the FBI more time to conduct background checks on each individual attempting to purchase a weapon. This loophole allowed for Dylann Roof to buy the handgun that he used in the Mother Emanuel AME shooting in Charleston back in 2015 because the FBI did not complete his background check in time. This reform is necessary and common-sense which is why the members of LSPA have decided to hold this demonstration. Attendees are asked to wear orange. If there are people who wish to support the demonstration but cannot attend, … [Read more...] about Lowcountry Students for Political Action to Hold Gun Reform Rally at State House
Coach Buddy Pough with team / SCSU.edu By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent In South Carolina sports lore, no program is more revered by African Americans than the South Carolina State University Bulldogs. And, not many coaches are as beloved as Oliver “Buddy” Pough. When the Bulldogs face Delaware State on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, it’s quite possibly the last homecoming game for Pough, who’s not expected to return to the sidelines next year. “Well, we haven’t officially called it quits yet, but my contract is done,” Pough told NNPA Newswire this week. He said it’s been an up and down experience, first playing for and then coaching at his Alma Mater. Like he’s well-known for, Pough’s characterization of an “up and down” experience is modest. He’s spent nearly 30 years at South Carolina State as a student, athlete, assistant coach and head coach. “We won 16 Mid-Eastern … [Read more...] about Revered South Carolina State Coach ‘Buddy’ Pough Prepares to Exit Alma Mater
Nikki Haley, who has resigned as President Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, was a virtual unknown on the national and international stage when she joined the cabinet. After nearly two years as one of America's top voices on foreign policy, the 46-year-old South Carolina native will leave at year's end with a strong global profile -- and a reputation for standing up to the mercurial Trump. With speculation already building about her political future, she quickly denied any plans to challenge her boss in 2020, instead saying in the Oval Office on Tuesday it was "time to stand aside." "I don't have anything set on where I want to go," Haley said, with the president at her side. But wanting a break from the punishing Trump news cycle would surely be understandable. During her time at the United Nations, Haley -- a fellow Republican who previously served as South Carolina's governor -- was unafraid to speak her mind, often in fairly undiplomatic language. She was the face of … [Read more...] about Nikki Haley: from South Carolina state house to UN and now…?