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2/27 COVID-19 update: 1,112 cases; 5.0% positive; 18 deaths

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,112 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, with 18 additional confirmed deaths. As of 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control: With 33,499 tests reported Saturday, 5% were positive. Confirmed cases in S.C.: 442,957 (+1,112)Total positive cases in Charleston County: 37,980 (+52)Total positive cases in Berkeley […]

Our View: ‘Open carry’ proposal will make SC less safe, more violent

Gunslinger Fantasyland   Armed vigilante justice: That’s just one of the selling points of a proposal to allow permitted South Carolina gun owners to strap pistols to their hips, according to the proposal’s author.  The South Carolina legislature has never actually considered a bill to allow for “open carry” of handguns, as its supporters call it. […]

Letters: Crack down on county council executive sessions

Conduct Business in Public The Rev. Kylon Middleton is pastor of Mount Zion AME Church. A new member of Charleston County Council representing parts of West Ashley, North Charleston and Lincolnville. Before his election in November 2020, Middleton focused his ministerial service on the community at large. Early in his council life, he asked why […]

Letters: Dems’ unity fantasy, SC’s misguided focus on abortion

The Dems Elusive Fantasy of “Unity” Dems in D.C. seem to suffer from short term amnesia and severe Stockholm Syndrome. Years of Republican control in which they reminded us that “Might is Right” have left the party paralyzed to move with power even when they have it. In just the last four years the GOP […]

Letters: Vaccine distribution spells trouble for McMaster

Editor’s note: Charleston City Paper publishes letters received each week. To submit your own reaction to City Paper coverage or local issues, we welcome letters to the editor. Game over, Henry When hospital volunteers are pushed upfront while the directors tuck in behind them so both can cut in line ahead of everyone else to get the vaccine to protect themselves, […]

ICYMI: McMaster proposes millions of new spending

This story was originally published on Statehouse Report. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster last week proposed millions of dollars of spending in his State of the State address to deal with lagging and critical S.C. issues.   The General Assembly came into session this week with a $1.2 billion surplus from the past two years, largely because it didn’t […]

Letters: A reframing for McMaster and a history lesson

Leading the Horse McMaster is in the disease crosshairs, and given Trump’s sedition (on Jan. 6), McMaster has an opportunity to loosen up the loyalty grip on state pandemic policy to drive it to more successful outcomes for everyone. McMaster demurred a reporter’s question yesterday concerning Trump’s support in 2022. A hopeful indication. Hopefully, McMaster will get to the fundamentals of […]

The 2020 images our photographer wanted us to print … but we didn’t

WHAT YOU DIDN’T SEE Photos and words by Ruta Smith Last year started with a bang for me. For the first time ever, my family from Lithuania was here during the holidays, and January marked my 10-year anniversary living in Charleston. I had fun goals, like attend a live show once a week, travel more […]

PHOTOS: Snapshots from a Charleston New Year

Snapshots from ‘City Paper’ contributors from 2020 and 2021.

Charleston community leaders sound off on lessons from 2020

Looking ahead, looking back How about one final look back at 2020 before we close the book on this wild year and throw it on the fire? We’ve enlisted a group of local figures, some of whom you may recognize, to jot down some of what they learned over the course of the year. With […]