Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Charleston-area schools will close on Thurs. Oct. 11 ahead of Hurricane Michael

Classes will resume on Fri. Oct. 12

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 12:26 PM

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Schools officials in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties announced Wednesday that it will cancel classes for one day in anticipation of potential impacts from Hurricane Michael.

In addition, after-school activities, sporting events, and extended day programs will also shut down.

"CCSD encourages our parents, students, and staff to stay safe and follow the instructions provided by local emergency management officials," the district announced in a statement Wednesday morning.

Assuming damage is minimal and the power doesn't go out, classes are expected to resume Fri. Oct. 12.

Hurricane Michael will track across Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday. Hurricane Michael is hovering above the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"The main hazards across Southeast South Carolina and Southeast Georgia are expected to include tropical storm force winds, isolated tornadoes, heavy rainfall, dangerous surf conditions, and coastal flooding," according to the NHC.

The most significant impacts will stretch from tonight through Thursday evening.

"Officials will continue to closely monitor this weather event and will communicate with parents, staff, and the community as frequently as possible about any changes or additional closures," said Berkeley County School District spokesperson Katie Orvin in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Dorchester School District Two's classes, after-school activities, and sporting events will also close tomorrow and resume on Friday "due to the prediction of high winds and strong gusts, including the threat of tornadic activity that would produce falling limbs, power outages, and conditions that would impact safe bus operations," the district announced Wednesday.

Dorchester School District Four will also close on Thursday.

Only essential personnel is asked to report to the College of Charleston campus tomorrow, with classes also expected to resume on Friday.

"This cancellation affects all classes, labs, meetings and other activities scheduled at the downtown campus (including Harbor Walk and Avery Research Center), North Campus, Grice Marine Lab and the Lowcountry Graduate Center, including those courses taught in the English Language Institute and the Charleston Bridge Program," said College spokesperson Mike Robertson in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

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Tropical storm warning in effect for Charleston as Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida

Effects will be most pronounced in Charleston tomorrow night into Friday

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 10:41 AM

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A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the tri-county area as Hurricane Michael gets ready to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle this afternoon.

Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties are under a tropical storm warning as of Wednesday at 8:41 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Michael, now a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, still remains about 460 miles away from Charleston.

"Michael is forecast to track northeastward across Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday gradually weakening to a tropical storm," according to the NHC. "The main hazards across Southeast South Carolina and Southeast Georgia are expected to include tropical storm force winds, isolated tornadoes, heavy rainfall, dangerous surf conditions, and coastal flooding."

Wednesday's West Ashley Farmer's Market has been cancelled and will resume on Wed. Oct. 17 through Wed. Oct. 24.

The City of Charleston is operating at OPCON 4, meaning that there is a "possibility" of an emergency or disaster situation.

"Based on the most recent forecast, potential impacts for the Charleston area include wind and threat of tornadoes, with rainfall expected through Friday morning," the city announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon. "Ponding on roadways is possible, which could result in some road closures."

The Town of James Island warned of "dangerous beach currents" and "beach erosion" in a press release Monday afternoon.

So far, Charleston remains outside of the cone of uncertainty for Hurricane Michael.

On Tuesday, Gov. Henry McMaster extended September's state of emergency issued last month ahead of Hurricane Florence.

"While we will not see the full force of Hurricane Michael the way Florida will, we could see gusty winds, rain, flash flooding and even tornadoes," said S.C. Emergency Management Director Kim Stenson in a statement Wednesday morning. "Over the next day, it will be vital for everyone to be prepared to act if told to do so by your local public safety officials."

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CofC hosting "Stand Out, Rise Up, Shine Together" event Oct. 10 in honor of LGBTQ History Month

Mother of Tyler Clementi to speak, Vanity Reid to perform

Posted by Tim Housand on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 9:45 AM

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College of Charleston hosts "Stand Out, Rise Up, Shine Together" event today, part of the school's observance of LGBTQ History Month.

Join event organizers from 3-4:30 p.m. in Physician's Promenade just off George Street for a information fair. The event is a continuation of the College's LGBTQ Quilt Project, which features a quilt created by students and off-campus participants which will be unveiled in November.

The main event will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the newly-rebuilt Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center. The event’s keynote speaker is Jane Clementi, mother of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student whose suicide in 2010 touched off a national discussion about cyberbullying and LGBT issues.

The even will also feature a bystander intervention training course, a spoken word performance by student Vanity Reid, and a candlelight vigil led by PRISM campus president Tessa Torgivitsky.


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CofC's Avery Center will host a discussion on a project to digitize ads for families separated by slavery

The effort is the work of university researchers and students

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 8:51 AM

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On Wed. Oct. 17, the Avery Research Center will host a discussion with a researcher leading a project to digitize newspaper ads used by former slaves to find long lost family members.

Dr. Judith Geisberg, a history professor at Villanova University in Philadelphia, will join Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane from Avery for a conversation about Last Seen, a project to collect, scan, and digitize the "Information Wanted" ads.

"The ads taken out in black newspapers mention family members, often by name, and also by physical description, last seen locations, and at times by the name of a former slave master," according to the Last Seen project website.

Geisberg and Lessane will touch on the challenges of researching African-American heritage, the opportunities provided by digital humanities, and the possibility for the ads to be used as a genealogy tool.

The 45-minute discussion will begin at 6 p.m. in room 227 of the College of Charleston's Addlestone Library at the corner of Coming and Calhoun streets. It will be followed by an audience Q&A.

You can check out a map distribution of the "Information Wanted" advertisements on the project website, informationwanted.org.

The Last Seen website also hosts a page where you can check out success stories of family members located with the help of the ads, including an posting dated Oct. 24, 1981 from Salt Lake City that read simply, "Many thanks for the notice in 'Seeking for the Lost' column. I have found my father."

You can register online for for the free talk.
Event Details Last Seen: Finding Family after Slavery
@ Addlestone Library
205 Calhoun St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
When: Wed., Oct. 17, 6 p.m.
(843) 953-7609
Price: Free
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Agenda: Watchdog says Haley private jet flights were underreported; S.C. Sen. Mia McLeod shares assault story

Charleston predicted to get four to six inches of rain

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 11:19 AM

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  • A D.C. watchdog group is asking for an official inquiry into private jet flights taken by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has asked the State Department to investigate whether U.N. Ambassador and former S.C. Governor Nikki Haley broke regulations by accepting three flights on private jets from three S.C. executives last year. According to her financial disclosure form, she claimed permissible exemptions on the flights because they are friends. Source: CREW, P&C, The State, Full report PDF

In two weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers will start their investigation into the peninsula's flood risks, which is an important step to get federal aid to protect historic downtown from more dramatic flooding. Source: P&C

United Airlines announced that starting Sat., Oct. 13, they will have direct flights year round from Denver to Charleston. Source: Charleston International Airport

'I'll never forget the pain': S.C. Senator Mia McLeod shares assault story after Kavanaugh vote. Source: The State

With Hurricane Michael approaching, experts are predicting that the Charleston-area will see four- to six-inches of rain, Tuesday night into Thursday. The National Weather Service is expecting the highest tides in Charleston to be Tuesday and Wednesday during the day. Source: P&C

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