Saturday, December 8, 2018

Updated CofC program expands automatic acceptance to more S.C. counties, giving perks to high achieving students

On the hunt for more Cougars

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 9:05 AM

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The College of Charleston's new Cougar Advantage program will automatically accept students in the top ten percent of their class from 15 S.C. counties who apply.

If that sounds familiar, it is because the College launched its Top 10 Percent program in 2015, which guaranteed admission for high achieving students from Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg counties.

The program's latest iteration expands the automatic acceptance to all of the Lowcountry and some counties in the Pee Dee. Specifically, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Georgetown, Hampton, and Jasper counties will now be eligible. 

"Cougar Advantage is a wonderful initiative to help us recruit more of South Carolina’s best and brightest students as well as further diversify the College’s student body," said interim CofC president Stephen Osborne in a press release.

According the school's announcement last month, aside from attracting more high achieving students, students who are part of the Cougar Advantage Program will be given additional support to "ensure their personal well-being, academic success and persistence toward graduation."

Some of the additional support includes the Cougar Advantage Pledge, which offers additional financial aid and a $2,000 study abroad award for participating students who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. Quite the perk.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Sorry, it won't snow in Charleston this weekend

(But it might in other parts of the state!)

Posted by Adam Manno on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 2:35 PM

Pictured: Not this weekend on Folly - STRATTON LAWRENCE FILE PHOTO
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  • Pictured: Not this weekend on Folly
If you're looking for a repeat of January's snowpocalypse, which crippled the Holy City for days as residents hunkered down and looked at the sky in amazement, you might want to look further out than this weekend.

According to @chwx, Weather Underground, and the National Weather Service, the only thing the Lowcountry can count on this weekend is heavy rain and low temperatures.

Though the weather remains fairly sunny and moderate as of Friday afternoon, the NWS warns that showers are "likely" Saturday after 5 p.m. After 8 p.m., the chance of precipitation is up to 100 percent, with one to two inches of rain possible.

It'll also be a fairly windy weekend, with winds ranging from 8 to 21 miles per hour on Saturday and Sunday. warns of "locally heavy rainfall possible" on Sunday.

WCBD-TV meteorologist Josh Marthers warned of heavy rain and coastal flooding in the Lowcountry on Facebook Friday afternoon.

"Widespread heavy rain will be likely Saturday night through Sunday afternoon," Marthers wrote. "Several inches of rain will be possible and could cause some nasty coastal flooding with Sunday morning's high tide."

The City of Charleston's stormwater crews are clearing storm drains throughout the city in preparation for the weekend.

"The predicted rainfall combined with an already projected elevated tide is expected to result in significant flooding throughout Charleston," the city said in a press release Friday. "According to the current National Weather Service Charleston forecast, rainfall is expected to peak Sunday morning, with a 9 a.m. high tide predicted to be 8.1 feet, which alone is considered major flood stage."

In other words, get ready to avoid driving downtown at all costs.

Regardless, the chance for South Carolinians to see a tiny bit of snow isn't too far fetched yet.

"Highs in the low/mid 50s will be possible Saturday and Sunday closer to the coast, then it's 40s for everyone on Monday as cold air wraps around the departing coastal low," according to the National Weather Service's most recent forecast discussion. "It is not completely out of the question that a few snow flurries could occur late Monday night, especially over interior S.C."

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Nikki Haley will probably be replaced by former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert at the United Nations

Nauert is currently the spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State

Posted by Adam Manno on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Heather Nauert has been nominated to be America's next U.N. Ambassador - PHOTO VIA U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE/FLICKR.
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  • Heather Nauert has been nominated to be America's next U.N. Ambassador
President Donald Trump has picked a former Fox News anchor to replace U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

"Heather Nauert will be nominated," Trump said Friday before leaving for an event in Kansas City, according to the Associated Press. "She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s going to be respected by all."

Nauert is currently the spokesperson at the U.S. State Department. She was tapped by the administration for that job on April 2017.

When Trump fired former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in March, Nauert was suddenly appointed as acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. According to AP, she oversees "public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas U.S. embassies, consulates, and other posts."

Before that, she had virtually no experience in foreign policy, a beat she didn't even cover during her stints as a correspondent for ABC News or on various Fox News programs, including Fox & Friends.

Her State Department biography says that she was previously a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that specializes un U.S. foreign policy.

The 48-year-old Illinois native has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

She will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of S.C. spoke in favor of Nauert's nomination in a statement Friday afternoon.

“I’ve known Heather for many years," he said. “I’m sure she will perform well at her hearing and look forward to supporting her nomination."

Ambassador Haley announced plans to leave the ambassadorship by the end of the year in October.

Haley, who served a full term as governor of S.C. from 2011 to 2015, was plucked by Trump to represent the country in the United Nations during her second term as governor in early 2017.

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Keeping track of the rain dates for Charleston-area 2018 holiday parades

Will it Float?

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:07 PM

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Well it seems that the multitude of the heavenly host that's appearing before Charleston this holiday has taken the form of cold, persistent weekend precipitation. And more frigid temps are on the way beginning Saturday afternoon.

Christmas parades scheduled for last weekend were mostly postponed until this weekend, and a few of those have been canceled or postponed once again.

So let's all just gather round the fire and take stock of where we stand on these festive holiday processionals.

NOTE: This list reflects status as of 11:56 a.m. on Fri. Dec. 7 and will be updated if changes are announced.

Charleston - Sun. Dec. 16, 3-5 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant - Sun. Dec. 9, 5:30-8 p.m. (final decision will be made Sunday after noon.)
North Charleston - Sat. Dec. 8 Canceled (humbug!)
Summerville - Sun. Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
Folly Beach - Sat. Dec. 8, 1 p.m.
Parade of Boats - Sat. Dec. 8, 5 p.m.

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The Agenda: Weekend weather will be frightful; Regulators expected to make call on SCE&G rates next week

Charleston County missing out on more than $25 million dollars due to corporate tax incentives

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:01 PM

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Baby, it's gross outside: Charleston is set to get three inches of rain over the weekend. While Charleston enjoys soggy temperatures in the 40s and 50s, our neighbors in the upstate and in N.C. may see some snow. Source: P&C

The latest installment of the SCANA drama: S.C. regulators are expected to rule on SCE&G power bills and the Dominion deal next week. Source: The State

Isle of Palms' Wild Dunes Resort has announced that after they have used 15,000 fewer straws since going plastic strawless in August. Source: WCIV

According to Good Jobs First, a national advocacy group, S.C. schools are missing out on millions of dollars due to tax breaks given to corporations. Charleston County is missing out on $25,347,694. Source: P&C

The remains of a sailor killed in Pearl Harbor have returned to S.C. to be put to rest today, 77 years to the day after he died. Source: The State

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