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Charleston

  • Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra members can’t play because of the pandemic so they share sounds and experiences from the past year with an online audience.
  • The House committee that writes South Carolina's budget is setting aside $23 million to the state spending plan to buy a convent that includes waterfront land on Charleston Harbor. The House Ways and Means Committee approved putting the money into the spending plan as they sent the $10.7 billion budget to the House floor for debate starting Tuesday. The 23 acres is owned by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy. It includes 750 feet of land on Charleston Harbor. The House plan would have the Department of Natural Resources buy the land and rent the buildings. The site could be used for weddings, educational field trips, conferences and for walking and bicycling on trails.
  • The opening of Spoleto Festival USA this year was unlike any other. Instead of a seated crowd fanning themselves in the blistering sun before city hall, a small group gathered in the shade of Washington Park.The mayor proclaimed the festival’s start as he typically does. But the confetti and church bells that followed were a surprise for many, even though they are an opening tradition.“To me there’s something emotional about that because it really does signal the start of the festival,” Jessie Bagley said. She is the Spoleto Festival USA Marketing and Public Relations Director.Bagley credits the festival’s Director of Production, Mike East, with making the unexpected happen. He just smiles when asked, humbly hanging his head and shaking it no.
  • Charleston police are trying to determine who vandalized a South Carolina monument honoring Denmark Vesey, a Black man who was hanged for a failed rebellion plan aimed at freeing enslaved people in the city.
  • Four years since it was set to sea, Harbor View Elementary School students are awaiting the return of a small wooden boat called the HVES Cruiser from Cork, Ireland.
  • His attorneys argue the "delusional belief" of the man on federal death row for the racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation should have meant he couldn't represent himself at trial. Attorneys for Dylann Roof told an appeals court Tuesday that Roof's theory that he'd be saved by white nationalists — but only if he kept mental health evidence out of his defense — should have shown his trial judge he wasn't competent. Roof is on federal death row for the 2015 slayings at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston. The federal government says he was properly found competent and should stay on death row.
  • As the new International African American Museum begins to take shape along the banks of the Cooper River in Charleston, so does its leadership.
  • A rusty cannon ball and three tins found inside time capsule buried beneath the John C. Calhoun monument that once stood in Charleston's Marion Square.  The stone capsule is thought to have been buried during the 1850s.  It was opened February 25, 2021.
    A Cannon Ball and Three Tins Found Inside Calhoun Monument Time Capsule
    A moment long awaited has many, well, still waiting.What's inside a 1,000-pound, stone, time capsule unearthed from beneath a former monument of John C.…
  • A class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston and others alleges "egregious acts" at Bishop England High School,…
  • Launched in Charleston in 2013, the Colour of Music Festival continues to highlight Black classical artistry and musicianship even as it has expanded well…