SCE&G confirmed via Twitter that a contract crew was involved in a traffic incident in the area, with Charleston police saying the incident took place around 3:30pm this afternoon. Media accounts on social media report that two men have been removed from a large utility truck which crashed into a sign while driving across the overpass, it's unclear yet in which direction, careened over the wall and lande din a grassy area between the Morrison Dr. offramp and the elevated southbound overpass just off the bridge itself. The P&C's Glenn Smith reports that both men extracted from the truck are in serious condition and were transported to the hospital.
SCE&G can confirm a contract crew has been involved in a vehicular accident at Morrison & Huger in #chs. EMS on the scene #chstrfc #chsnews
— SCE&G (@scegnews) May 15, 2013
Check charlestoncitypaper.com for more information as it's available.
A Burke High School student told the Charleston Police Department Friday about a threat she received via Twitter.
According to a police report, on the morning of Fri. May 10, a woman contacted police about the threat made against her daughter, who is 16 years old. The daughter and her father went to the police station the same day and reported that on Thurs. May 9 around 8 p.m., she "received a Tweet message from an ex-friend" that read, "I dont like no big crowd, will wait until I catch you alone," according to the report. It is unclear from the report whether this was a direct message or a tweet.
The report states that the victim and the suspect attend classes together at Burke. A spokesman for the Charleston Police Department says no arrests have been made, but an investigator plans to meet with the parents of the girl who sent the tweet.
The incident occurred shortly after another Twitter incident in the Charleston County School District. Last week, a constituent school board got involved after a School of the Arts student tweeted the "I wish a nigga would" meme at an African-American student.
Beach litter - The Ocean Conservancy has released (McClatchy) the data behind its 2012 International Coastal Cleanup, where nearly 3,000 volunteers collected 38,784-pounds of trash from along the South Carolina coast. Click here for the full data set.
Preservation - Yesterday, crews from the Smithsonian (P&C) began dismantling an Edisto Island slave cabin so that it can be reconstructed inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Department of the Interior also approved (AP) the 272-page management plan for the Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor, which has been in the works for over a decade. Over the weekend, the Preservation Society of Charleston also released its 2013 "Seven to Save" list of preservation targets for the coming year.
Reckless, Film incentives - Just days after lawmakers passed a bill (SC Radio) that would boost film incentives (CP) within South Carolina, CBS announced that it would pick up Charleston-based legal drama "Reckless" (CP) for its fall line-up.
Graham on Benghazi - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham continues to pound the drum (G'ville) against the administration's handling of the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, calling for President Obama to "quit spinning the American people, and quit stonewalling the Congress," contending that if more had been known about the attacks in November 2012 that it could have changed the presidential election.
Police chase - A 60-mile police chase (P&C) wound from West Ashley, downtown, and back to West Ashley before heading west on I-26 toward Orangeburg County at speeds over 100mph, where deputies discontinued the chase, losing sight of the suspect near I-95. P&C reporter Andrew Knapp captured a portion of the chase on his dash-mounted GoPro camera, posting a still image on Twitter last night.
Second Chance - Part III of excerpts from P&C reporter Tony Bartleme's Sanford bio "Second Chance" is available today. No word yet on when the e-book will be available.
CofC IDs - Federal investigators were apparently helped (P&C) by a batch of underage College of Charleston students who ordered fake IDs from Virginia-based website. About 300 of 4,000 orders for the company came from CofC in 2012, but Justice Department officials admit they aren't sure the scale of the operation or its connection to Charleston.
Sanford bio - Post and Courier reporter Tony Bartelme has penned an e-book, "Second Chance: The Mark Sanford Story" in the aftermath of Sanford's comeback win last week's the 1st District special election. The P&C is publishing excerpts this week, with Part I and Part II available now.
Boeing IT -The Seattle Times reported last week that about 1,500 IT jobs will be shed at Boeing's Puget Sound facilities as the company relocates and eliminates positions (AP)—some of the jobs are reported to be moving to its North Charleston campus.
"Rocky governorship" - Politico looks at Gov. Nikki Haley's first term in office to date. Up for re-election next year, Haley will likely be watched closely over the next year as she preps for to run for a second term.
Somewhere over the Ashley - The P&C has an update on efforts to streamline bike travel over the Ashley River via the Connector and Ashley River Bridges.
Reckless - CBS has picked up the legal drama, "Reckless, filmed in Charleston in March. More info coming...
Heritage analyst resigns - Late Friday, the co-author of a Heritage Foundation immigration study discredited by mainstream congressional Republicans resigned amid mounting pressure around the conservative think tank. At least one group is calling for the resignation of former Sen. Jim DeMint, who took the helm at Heritage, earlier this year.
Rev. Wright - Rev. Wright, Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, will be in Aiken (Aiken Standard) this week for a revival.
But right now, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission crews are pumping thousands of cubic yards of sand from the Folly River onto the beach in the first step to stabilizing the park. The extra sand — all 415,000 cubic yards of it — will make the beach at the site longer. Once that large, dry area is established, construction for a terminal groin can begin.
In coastal engineering, a groin is a low wall built off the shore that can help limit erosion by interrupting water flow. This one will extend 745 feet out into the sea, but it's a controversial device. While the groin will help retain the land at Folly Beach County Park over time — and even help create an area for sea turtle nesting and shorebird habitats — it may also effect erosion downstream, specifically to Bird Key Stono and Skimmer Flats, according to The Post and Courier. If that's the case, the groin will have to be removed.
Earlier this year, the Coastal Conservation League opposed the groin for that very reason, and it threatened legal action before a compromise was reached between the organization and the commission over the monitoring plan for impacts.
"As many studies and projects have shown, hard erosion structures typically do more damage than good, so all of us need to start preparing now for the inevitability of continued erosion along our coasts as well as increases in the number and severity of storm events," says Katie Zimmerman, program director at CCL. "If the public is going to continue to have access to beaches, we are all going to need to sit down together and develop successful park and ride systems. It doesn't make fiscal or environmental sense to expect to be able to drive out and park our cars along the beach, and continue to renourish sand and build more damaging structures."
Permits for the renourishment were approved by the Army Corps of Engineers and the State of South Carolina earlier this year. Once the park is reopened to the public, which may happen this summer, it will offer public beach access, parking spaces for 200 vehicles, and seasonal lifeguards. Portable restrooms and concessions are planned for the future.
Zimmerman adds that there are simple and sensible solutions that can be implemented by CCL, CCPRC, and other decision makers that both recognize the impacts of sea level rise, but that also allow families to enjoy area beaches.
Stay tuned to progress at ccprc.com/BringBackTheBeach.