Articles by: Statehouse Report


HISTORY: Edwin Augustus Harleston

S.C. Encyclopedia | Edwin Augustus “Teddy” Harleston was born in Charleston on March 14, 1882, to the shipper-turned-mortician Edwin Gailliard Harleston and Louisa Moultrie. Harleston won a scholarship to the Avery Normal Institute and graduated valedictorian of his class in 1900. He graduated from Atlanta University in 1904 and, though accepted to Harvard, enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Boston the next year. He studied in Boston from 1906 to 1912. He graduated from the Renourd Training School for Embalmers in 1917.

BRIEFS:  Pension reform on the way; Winthrop Poll and Trump

BRIEFS: Pension reform on the way; Winthrop Poll and Trump

Staff reports | It looks like the General Assembly is serious about enacting state pension reform this legislative session, perhaps as early as next week in the House. Currently, the state pension systems are grossly underfunded, with tens of billions of dollars in unfunded obligations. The shortfall amount swells from $20 billion to $40 billion, depending to whom in Columbia you are talking. The pension system covers everyone from state employees to city cops and county teachers, and more.

Also in today’s briefs is a look at how South Carolinians feel about President Donald Trump compared to others and groups, according to a new Winthrop Poll.

TALLY SHEET:   Lawmakers file bills to thwart opioid abuse

TALLY SHEET: Lawmakers file bills to thwart opioid abuse

Staff reports | Four Republican House members this week filed a package of 10 bills designed to thwart the rising epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse.

It’s a comprehensive approach to build a foundation to address the problem of rising additions to legal painkillers and heroin, according to state Reps. Eric Bedingfield of Greenville, Russell Fry of Surfside Beach, Phyllis Henderson of Greenville and Chip Huggins of Columbia.

by · 02/24/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
MYSTERY:  Place has significance in S.C., but where is it?

MYSTERY: Place has significance in S.C., but where is it?

The site of this photo has a particular significance in South Carolina, but what is it? Send your best guess — as well as your name and hometown — to Pls put “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.

PHOTO: Heart of Hartsville

PHOTO: Heart of Hartsville

For anyone still with the flush of Valentine’s Day on their cheeks, we offer a photo of this big heart painted on an old soybean barn in Hartsville, S.C. The photo was submitted by Steve Coe, a Charleston architect. Thanks, Steve!

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by · 02/24/2017 · Features, Photo
SPOTLIGHT:  Charter Communications

SPOTLIGHT: Charter Communications

Today, we’re happy to shine the spotlight on Charter Communications, the nation’s fastest-growing TV, internet and voice company. Committed to integrating the highest quality service with superior entertainment and communications products, Charter is at the intersection of technology and entertainment, facilitating essential communications that connect 24 million residential and business customers in 41 states, including South Carolina.

by · 02/24/2017 · Underwriters
HISTORY:  Dixie Hummingbirds

HISTORY: Dixie Hummingbirds

S.C. Encyclopedia | Started in 1928 by twelve-year-old James Davis and neighborhood friends Bonnie Gipson, Jr., Fred Owens, and Barney Parks, the gospel quartet—and later quintet—influenced scores of gospel, soul, and rock and roll artists. First called the Sterling High School Quartet, named for the high school the young men attended in their hometown of Greenville, the group made the transition from a cappella harmony singing at the Bethel Church of God to electrified music.

by · 02/17/2017 · S.C. Encyclopedia
BRIEFS:  It’s budget time; Remembering Joe Neal

BRIEFS: It’s budget time; Remembering Joe Neal

Staff reports | Lace up your budget boots because it’s already time to get serious. Next week, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold its full committee deliberations.

Because the legislature this year meets a full month less than in the past, the whole budgeting process is moving along at a quicker pace than many are used to. In the past, lawmakers generally voted on the budget by the first week of June. This year, though, they’re hoping to finish by May 1.