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Coverage of local and state politics with a balanced point of view from Charleston, SC

Published: Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:00:01 -0500

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The Agenda: Graham says White House aide is an extremist; SCANA considered cutting rates

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:57:00 -0500

As Dominion Energy presses S.C. lawmakers on the urgent need to take over SCANA, a new suitor for state-owned Santee Cooper for $15.9 billion. Both went up for sale after the nuclear project they ran together failed last year. Source: The State


Stegelin: Basic instincts

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:49:00 -0500

Dogged Pursuit

The Agenda: N. Chs. stadium costs balloon to over $30M; West Ashley rep. proposes abortion restrictions

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:11:00 -0500

$34 million: The new price tag for a consolidated North Charleston football stadium after originally being budgeted for $14 million. $11.5 million was recently spent in secret to buy property for the project. more…

Missing Johns Island child Heidi Todd found safe in Alabama

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:34:00 -0500

Four year old Heidi Renae Todd, who went missing on Tues. Feb. 13 from her home in the Whitney Lake neighborhood of Johns Island, was found safe yesterday afternoon outside of Birmingham, Ala.

According to, Todd was found by two Norfolk Southern employees who happened to be working on the railroad tracks and spotted a vehicle parked too close to the train tracks around 4 p.m. in a wooded area off Highway 78. more…

"Offensive comments" prompt Charleston senators to replace longtime transportation committee member

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:19:00 -0500

Robert Miller, a longtime member of the Charleston Transportation Committee, was replaced by lawmakers on Wednesday after "offensive comments on Facebook" were brought to the attention of local members of the state Senate.

State Sen. Larry Grooms tells the City Paper that Miller, of Mt. Pleasant, denied making the posts and told him and state Sen. Marlon Kimpson on Wednesday that his Facebook page was "hacked." Miller subsequently removed some of the posts, Grooms said, "but nonetheless, he was replaced today as a member of the Charleston Transportation Committee."

State senators from Charleston County have approved former Mt. Pleasant town councilman Paul Gawrych to assume the position, Grooms says. more…

FBI offering $10,000 reward for information on missing 4-year-old Johns Island girl

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:06:00 -0500

The Charleston Police Department says that the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for "information leading to the recovery" of Heidi Todd, a four-year-old girl who was reported missing on Johns Island Tuesday afternoon.

Those with information can all a 24-hour tip line at 843-619-6123.

Investigators described the "possible person of interest" she may be with as a skinny Hispanic male with short hair, dressed in all gray, between the ages of 25 and 30.

Todd's father, a member of the Coast Guard who was out of town in training, is now with the mother, according to Mayor John Tecklenburg, who briefed the public with interim police chief Jerome Taylor on Wednesday afternoon.

Todd's mother was attacked at her home by "an unwanted guest" and taken to the hospital.

Taylor said that police are continuing their search throughout a nearby lake. more…

Behold this week's flawless 'City & Paper' parody cover for SEWE 2018

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:56:00 -0500

If at first you thought your eyes were deceiving you when you grabbed your morning coffee today, you weren't seeing things. As we gear up to be overrun by puppies of all shapes and costs, this week's City Paper is a loving parody of our friends at Garden & Gun, as Editor Kinsey Gidick put it, "tinged with a little jealousy."

In our pages this week, we've got riffs on G&G's tear-jerking pet essays, dead simple two ingredient cocktails, conversations with horses, and did we mention dogs?

But before you dig in to read about Charleston's 'Hyggenauts,' gaze upon this week's cover. more…

Fighting Words

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:03:00 -0500

I'm a 24-year-old nonbinary person living in Florida. I have two wonderful girlfriends. One I have been with for four years (we live together). The other I have been with for a year and a half. They're both brilliant, interesting, and kind. Both relationships have their issues, but they are minor. They know each other but aren't close. Neither is interested in people besides me right now, although my longer-term girlfriend identifies as poly.

City approves West Ashley Area Plan in an effort to shape the suburb's growth

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:47:00 -0500

City Council voted for a master plan Tuesday night that will set goals for development, transportation, and economic growth in West Ashley.

The West Ashley Area Plan, which will be added to the Century V Plan adopted by City Council in Feb. 2011, sets five benchmarks for the city to consider when reviewing ordinances or plans for the area: community design and land use, transportation, infrastructure and sustainability, housing, and economic development.

The document was approved following more than a year of public meetings and drafts by the 19-member West Ashley Revitalization Commission and city staff.

City planner Jacob Lindsey stressed that the plan was drafted to protect historic neighborhoods in West Ashley, as well as to mitigate the heavy rush-hour traffic in the area by connecting neighborhoods and adding more options for pedestrians and cyclists.

The plan also highlights the lack of native workplaces for residents in the area. A survey cited by the city shows that 84 percent of West Ashley residents commute elsewhere for work.

Part of the plan's vision supports adding more housing to "meet market demand and need."

"This push for high density development is incompatible with our suburban way of life," said one resident during the public comments section. more…

One Final Hunt

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:02:00 -0500

The empty space at the foot of our bed, the dry rawhide bone long left abandoned, the numerous claw marks that decorated the barricaded door to the laundry room — these were the first things I noticed after returning home from my last hunt with Trigger. But it was the emotional hole he left behind that resonated with me the most. That, and the lack of ferocious howling now replaced with a stark silence.

Where Can a Girl Find a Restroom?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:01:00 -0500

Walking down King Street in the quaint cosmopolitan town of Charleston, I became lost in thought and senses and direction and all meaning, blinded as I was by the town's unabashed finery and finesse and fine living and even finer looking people.

Getting Cozy

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:01:00 -0500

Charlotte Highbury likes brown warmth. Sitting in her apartment next to a full bookshelf and a lovely cardamom candle (which she thoughtfully blew out after watching me cough twice), she turned her heat up on a Sunday afternoon.

The Orianne Society Saves Reptiles and Plays with Fire

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0500

If you ask the Orianne Society, reptiles get a bad rep for no real reason. Maybe it's the societal stigma brought on by the Bible or Snakes on a Plane, but reptiles and amphibians are often dreaded by the general public or forgotten by mainstream conservation efforts.

That'll Do

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0500

It started with Joy. It was the early 1980s and Bill Coburn, a Virginian born, Maryland native-cum-South Carolina farmer had never trained a collie before. At least, not like the way he'd seen on TV.

Blotter: It's a dog owner-eat-dog owner world out there

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0500

A Wednesday afternoon stroll in the park turned ugly when two men got into a physical altercation, mirroring the one between their dogs a few minutes earlier.

Ex-rep. at center of a corruption probe avoids jail after years of investigations and people aren't happy about it

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:52:00 -0500

The way we've seen it over the past 24 hours, it seems that many people thought that former state Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington) should have spent at least some time in jail after he became the focus of a years-long corruption dragnet in Columbia, charged with using his Statehouse position to pocket some $4 million.

But during a 10 minute hearing in a Beaufort courtroom yesterday, Judge Carmen Mullen quickly dispensed with the case that at one time looked like it might be the 'big fish' state investigators craved. more…

A public wake for Muhiyidin d'Baha is set for Wednesday, funeral on Thursday

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:02:00 -0500

Members of the public wishing to pay their respects to late activist Muhiyidin d'Baha can do so at a number of open events this week.

A public wake will be held on Wednesday at the Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston. The viewing will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the wake and a public comments section from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A public funeral is scheduled the day after, on Thursday, at the Royal Missionary Baptist Church also in North Charleston at 12 p.m.

D'Baha, born Muhiyidin Moye, was a prominent and energetic Black Lives Matter activist known for his focus on issues of education, transportation and structural racism. more…

The Agenda: Council considers future of Johns Island & W. Ashley; Pols tap brakes on Dominion; McMaster leaves little impression

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:58:00 -0500

As Charleston City Council weighs whether to jumpstart a change in the direction of West Ashley development tonight, it will also consider a building moratorium on Johns Island. Source: P&C


Lowcountry AIDS Services tested a record number of HIV positive people in January

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:49:00 -0500

A local nonprofit that provides free HIV testing is warning that it tested more people positive for the virus in January than in any other month in its 20-year history.

North Charleston-based Lowcountry AIDS Services says seven people tested positive in the month of January, the largest number in a single month. In contrast, no one tested positive in January 2017.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control recorded 56 "newly-diagnosed cases" in January 2017, and 666 new HIV positive cases from January to October 2017. more…

Darius Rucker among guests for Homeless to Hope benefit concert in March

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:01:00 -0500

Mayor John Tecklenburg urged community leaders and officials to work towards a solution to homeless and unveiled a list of performers for the Homeless to Hope benefit concert in March at City Hall Monday afternoon.

Tecklenburg stood flanked by members of the Mayors' Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, a partnership between the municipalities of North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, and Summerville.

The commission suggested the concert as a way to help raise money for a fund established through the Palmetto Project, a local non-profit.

"It's time to replenish the funds a little bit and the commission came up with the idea of having a concert, an annual event," Tecklenburg said.

Performers at the show will include Charlton P. Singleton, Quiana Parler, Heather Rice, Lee Barbour and the Lowcountry Voices choir. more…

Mick Mulvaney on taking over as top Trump wrangler: "I don't want that job"

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:09:00 -0500

Former S.C. Congressman Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday that he doesn't want to become White House chief of staff, and we can't blame him.

Late last week, as details emerged about who among the West Wing top brass, including Chief of Staff Mike Kelly, knew that one of President Donald Trump's top aides was accused of serial spousal abuse, the New York Times reported that Trump had begun asking friends what they think about Mulvaney. First-hand confirmation of the president's thirst for validation had not apparently reached the former Upstate congressman by Sunday, when he told "Face the Nation" he hasn't talked to anyone about taking the job. more…

The Agenda: School district secretly buys N. Chs. land; Quinn avoids jail time; Utilities push back on solar expansion

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:31:00 -0500

$11.5 million: The amount Charleston County Schools will pay for a plot of land off West Montague after making the decision behind closed doors without notifying the public on January 31. Previously, CARTA paid $8.5 million to improve the same land years ago as part of a failed attempt to build a transportation hub in the area and sold it to a private company for $6.5 million in 2014. more…

The Agenda: Orangeburg Massacre 50 years later; Pause Johns Island building?; Amtrak sued

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:55:00 -0500


Yesterday, 50 years later, survivors of the Orangeburg Massacre remembered the 1968 incident in which S.C. state troopers shot 27 people protesting a segregated bowling alley in Orangeburg, S.C., killing three teenagers. "Apology and regret is not sufficient to heal the wounds," said Cleveland Sellers, who was among those shot. more…

SC native Chadwick Boseman, star of 'Black Panther,' graces cover of Time magazine

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:33:00 -0500

You can soon catch Chadwick Boseman, star of Marvel's "Black Panther," in both theaters and newsstands near you.

The Anderson native is gracing the Feb. 19 cover of Time magazine.

The cover story celebrates his role as T'Challa, king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and what it means for African-American portrayal in mainstream films, especially in big-budget superhero movies often led by white men.

The two-hour-and-14-minute romp follows the Marvel cinematic universe timeline and tracks the aftermath of the death of T'Challa's father, T'Chaka, in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War."

“You might say that this African nation is fantasy,” Boseman, 40, says in the article. more…

Proposed 100-unit timeshare on Calhoun and East Bay failed to clear BAR

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:12:00 -0500

The developer of a proposed 100-unit timeshare development on Calhoun and East Bay street will need to draft up new design plans to take before the Board of Architectural Review.

At a meeting Wednesday night, board members pointed out multiple issues with the design of the Liberty by Hilton Club. Members were worried about an exposed parking lot along Alexander Street, as well as the angle of the sidewalk on the asymmetrical corner on Calhoun and East Bay streets. more…