South Carolina

A Peek at South Carolina's New Voting Machines

Jan 14, 2020
Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

The Feb. 29 Democratic presidential primary will be South Carolina's first major test for its new voting machines. Last year, the state invested $51 million on new machines that election officials say are easier to use and more secure than what South Carolinians had been using for years.

A Few Tips for Safer Holidays

Dec 17, 2019
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Everybody wants to believe in the kindness of the season this time of year, but it's still smart to keep a somewhat level head about the world. 

On the upside, taking a few precautions to keep your home from being too tempting to would-be crooks can actually make your holidays more enjoyable. 

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

Gov. Henry McMaster and U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-5th) were on hand Wednesday to dedicate Miracle Park in Rock Hill. The Miracle Park project is the first of its kind in the United States – an outdoor recreation center built specifically to accommodate visitors of all abilities.

Dubbed the most inclusive public project in the city’s history, Miracle Park will feature two softball/baseball fields, a fishing pond, and other recreational sites between Cherry Road and Eden Terrace.

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

You did something when you were younger. Something kind of stupid that got you busted, way way back when you were a different person. And now you can't seem to find a decent place to live or a decent job because of an arrest –  not even a conviction! –  that's still stuck on your record.

The first thing a lot of people in this position think of is a pardon, says Jamie Bell, managing attorney for South Carolina Legal Services' office in Rock Hill. But pardons are hard to come by. A much safer bet is an expungement.

Provided by the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra

In 2017, a collection of residents, musicians, and at least one globetrotting conductor realized that Rock Hill was the largest city in the Carolinas that did not have its own symphony orchestra – a “cultural asset” that Bob Thompson says is key to a city on the grow.

Thompson, the development associate for the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra, says that as the city carves a more distinct identity – i.e., as something other than a suburb of Charlotte – the push to expand Rock Hill’s musical culture scene is a major component.

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

Doug O'Neal spent 24 years in prison for the murder of a woman police still can't identify. But the evidence against him was so questionable that even the man who helped put him away says he's innocent.

Pinky Funderburk's Legion of Honor medal, as presented by U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-5th) in Rock Hill on Aug. 2.
Scott Morgan/SC Public Radio

Tom Funderburk is 94 years old. He's one of the last surviving B-17 pilots who flew in World War II.

He goes by the nickname 'Pinky,' because of his once-red hair.

He lives in Rock Hill with his 8-year-old cockatiel, Pretty Boy.

He has more military medals than people have toes; and one of them is the Légion d'honneur -- the Legion of Honor, the highest order of merit bestowed by the government of France. 

Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio

The 2016 presidential election was, by any account, notable. It was also largely a surprise how it turned out. Regardless of ideology, most people assumed a Hilary Clinton victory, and that perspective was informed by poll after poll that showed her cruising to a comfortable win.

Post-election, a lot of people questioned the validity of polls that said one thing while actual results seemingly showed something entirely different. And, a lot of people still question polls, wondering how valid they are heading into a 2020 presidential election that promises to be, by any account, lively.

Under all this is the key question: Did election polls in 2016 actually get it all wrong?

The country life in South Carolina can be peaceful and quiet. Unless you're facing eviction.
Scott Morgan/SC Public Radio

Of the 100 most eviction-prone rural and small cities in the United States, 47 are in South Carolina. Thirty South Carolina rural/small cities are in the top 50.

Those numbers come from the Eviction Lab project at Princeton University, which compiled eviction filings and formal eviction records from 2000 to 2016.

Carolina Live Program Listings

Jun 19, 2019

Dec 1 & 3
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: European Delights
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Debussy: Iberia
Ravel: Alborado del grazioso

The French Connection
Matthew Hanna, clarinet; Christopher Tavernier, piano

Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse
                   Premiere Rhapsodie
Chopin: Etudes
Messager: Solo de concours
Liszt: Grand gallop chromatique

Great music from Europe fills this edition of Carolina Live.  Maestro Dmitry Sitkovetsky leads the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's joyful Capriccio Espagnol, the haunting Iberia by Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel's Alborado del grazioso.  Then two talented soloists work together to bring you The French Connection—clarinetist Matthew Hanna and pianist Christopher Tavernier play music by Francis Poulenc, Claude Debussy, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt and more.  Make sure to join us for this European musical "travelogue" on Carolina Live.

Dec 8 & 10
South Carolina Philharmonic: Symphonie Fantastique!
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Brad Edwards, trombone

Tomasi: Trombone Concerto
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Choirs of Anderson University: Choral Masterworks
Richard Williamson, Director of Choral Activities

Haydn: selections from The Creation
Mendelssohn: Three Sacred Songs
Handel: Worthy Is the Lamb from Messiah

The music on this edition of Carolina Live comes to you from the Palmetto State—from an excellent orchestra, then from the Choral program at a fine university.  The South Carolina Philharmonic presents two works: Henri Tomasi's Trombone Concerto, with Brad Edwards the soloist, plus Hector Berlioz' groundbreaking  Symphonie Fantastique.  Then you'll hear performances from a number of Choral Masterworks concerts held at Anderson University, with music by Haydn, Bach, Mendelssohn and Handel.  Orchestral flair and vocal brilliance--yours to enjoy on this Carolina Live.

Dec 15 & 17
Winston-Salem Symphony & Chorus Chamber Singers:
Robert Moody, conductor; Christopher Gilliam, Symphony Chorus Director

Handel: Messiah

George Frideric Handel's Messiah is a long-established holiday favorite, though it wasn't originally written as a Christmas work.  It actually debuted in the month of April, but for multitudes of classical listeners it is now considered something to be enjoyed at holiday time.  It's performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Symphony Chorus Chamber Singers, and it will be a stirring addition to your December delights.

Dec 22 & 24
Bel Canto Company: Holiday Reflections
Welborn Young, conductor

This is a Christmas concert featuring a large variety of noted classical composers such as Mendelssohn, Handel and Praetorius and also a wealth of music from gifted non-classical musicians.    

This Carolina Live program is a Christmas delight, a concert by the Greensboro vocal group Bel Canto containing an abundance of familiar traditional music of the season, as well as pieces that are not quite as well known.  From classical works by Handel, Mendelssohn and Praetorius to spirituals such as Go Tell It On The Mountain, this holiday offering such certainly has enough "gifts" to make your holiday merry indeed!

Dec 29 & 31
USC Symphony Orchestra: Segev Plays Elgar
Donald Portnoy, conductor; Inbal Segev, cello

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite
Elgar: Cello Concerto in e-minor
Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite in C

Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c-minor

Music from two excellent South Carolina locations is featured in this program.  From Columbia the USC Symphony Orchestra performs cello works by Elgar and Bach, with guest artist Inbal Segev.  Then from Charleston that city's symphony orchestra plays the Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms.  Two cities, one marvelously full program on this Carolina Live.

Jan 5 & 7
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Three Meditations
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor; Andres Diaz, cello

Saint-Saens: The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
Bernstein: Three Meditations from Mass
Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D

The Palmetto Mastersingers
Lillian Quackenbush, Artistic Director

Souls of Love – a varied concert of sacred, popular and
classical selections

Music for the mind and the heart is presented on this edition of the program.  We begin with a concert titled Three Meditations by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.  The title refers to music by Leonard Bernstein – Three Meditations from Mass – and the evening's music includes the lovely The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 6 in D.  We then feature highlights from the concert Souls of Love from The Palmetto Mastersingers, a wonderful ensemble known as "South Carolina's Musical Ambassadors."  They offer music from a variety of composers including Rachmaninoff, John Dowland, Alex North and Billy Joel.

Jan 12 & 14
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Extravaganza and Oktoberfest
Edvard Tchivhel, conductor; Amy Yang Hazlett, bassoon; Stephen K. Wilson, trombone

Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing
Rota: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
Weill: Threepenny Opera Suite
Weber: Symphony No. 1 in C
Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Enjoy music from two concerts by the Greenville Symphony on this Carolina Live.  The Chamber Orchestra offers a fascinating group of selections from the concert Chamber Extravaganza—music by Korngold, Nino Rota and Kurt Weill.  Then the Symphony plays two highlights from an Oktoberfest concert—Carl Maria von Weber's Symphony No. 1 in C and Richard Strauss' Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.  There's wonderful variety to be found in this Carolina Live, so make sure to join us.

Jan 19 & 21
Winston-Salem Symphony:  Myers Conducts Tchaikovsky Timothy Myers, conductor; Dmitri Vorobiev, piano

Higdon: Machine
Mazzoli: These Worlds in Us
Ravel: Concerto for Piano in G
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b-minor

A guest conductor holds the reins of the Winston-Salem Symphony in a concert titled Myers Conducts Tchaikovsky.  That Russian great is represented by his Symphony No. 6 in b-minor, but you'll also hear the fascinating Concerto for Piano in G by Maurice Ravel, with guest pianist Dmitri Vorobiev in the solo spot.  There's also Machine by contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon and These Worlds in Us by Missy Mazzoli.  Tchaikovsky, yes, but a whole lot more!

Jan 26 & 28
Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra: Humans and Animals
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Lisa Kiser and David Gross, pianos; Hugh Floyd, narrator

Shchedrin: Carmen Suite
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1
Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals

Music Director and conductor Edvard Tchivzhel has chosen some wonderful pieces for the concert that fills this edition of Carolina Live.  The concert's title is Humans and Animals, and the Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra brings you Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen Suite, Italian composer Ottorino Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1, and the always-delightful Carnival of the Animals by French great Camille Saint-Saens. Both the human and animal aspects of your musical makeup will be satisfied by this Carolina Live.

Feb 2 & 4
Winston-Salem Symphony & Chorus: Mozart's Requiem
Jessica Morel, conductor; Christopher Gilliam, Chorus conductor

Mozart: Requiem in D-minor

Greenville Symphony: Arabian Nights
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Laura Colgate, violin

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Two strong orchestras and two spectacular musical works are found on this edition of Carolina Live.  The Winston-Salem Symphony and Chorus present the Requiem in D-minor by Mozartfrom a March 2019 concert at Wait Chapel of Wake Forest University.  Then the Greenville Symphony plays Nikolai Rimsky-Korsavov's oh-so-romantic Scheherazade in a January 2019 concert.  It's an intriguing pairing of musical masterworks, so make sure to join us.

Feb 9 & 11
South Carolina Philharmonic: Masterworks 5
Morihiko Nakahara, director/conductor; David Hou,
Mozart: Overture to La clemenza di Tito
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in e-minor
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c-minor

The site of the concert featured in this Carolina Live program is Columbia, where music director and conductor Morihiko Nakahara leads the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra in a rich group of compositions.  There's Mozart's Overture to La clemenza di Tito, then a masterwork of Frederic Chopin, his Piano Concerto No. 1 in e-minor with guest pianist David Hou.  To wrap things up in grand fashion the orchestra plays Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 1 in c-minor, so be sure to join us for this exciting evening of music.

Feb 16 & 18
Rutherford Chamber Consort: Vessels of Song
Sharon Lawrence,  Artistic Director

Paganini: Cantabile
H.H.A. Beach: Romance
Galay: Klezmer Tunes with a Classical Touch
Kogan: Klezmer Dance Suite
Schubert: String Quintet in C

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Keys of Beethoven
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Music Director; Lukas Geniusas, piano

Barber: Adagio for Strings
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C-minor

This edition of the program begins with a concert by the Rutherford Chamber Consort titled Vessels of Song.  Some of those vessels are captained by familiar composers such as Paganini and Schubert, but a main part of the concert blends the distinctive sound of klezmer music with classical in a set titled "Klezmer in the Mountains."  The second part of Carolina Live has highlights from a concert by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra—Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C-minor.

Feb 23 & 25
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Love Stories
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Francesca da Rimini
Strauss: Don Juan
Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Two brilliant composers provide the music for a concert by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra titled Love Stories.  From Tchaikovsky come his oh-so-romantic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini.  Then Richard Strauss' symphonic poem Don Juan is followed by a suite from his opera Der Rosenkavalier.  There's a great chance you'll love the musical "stories" told on this Carolina Live.

The state’s primary election is June 12. All executive office positions are up for election as well as all seven seats of the US House of Representatives. The eight candidates vying for the state’s top job recently fielded questions on various topics during two, hour-long debates. Republicans debated May 23 and Democrats on May 24. Democratic candidates Phil Nobel, Marguerite Willis and James Smith answered questions on the failed V.C. Summer Nuclear power station, education, legalizing marijuana, protecting students from school shootings and more.

South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"E" is for Edwards, William Augustus [1866-1939]. Architect. Edwards began his career in Virginia, but, moved back to South Carolina as a partner in the firm of Wilson and Edwards. Edwards was the lead partner in several other architectural firms in South Carolina and, after 1908, in Atlanta.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"D" is for DeKalb, Johann [1712-1780]. Soldier. Born in Bavaria, DeKalb rose to the rank of brigadier-general in the French Army and decided to seek his military fortune in America. He was contracted as a major-general in the Continental Army and, along with Lafayette, arrived off the coast South Carolina, near Georgetown, in 1777.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"C" is for Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1932 as a wintering ground for migratory waterfowl. Located in Charleston County Cape Romain stretches 22 miles along the coast between Charleston and the Santee River delta. In its shallow bays, tides combine the life-giving nourishment of the oceans with the nutrient-laden freshwaters of rivers to create a rich, productive environment.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"B" is for Brewton, Miles [ca. 1765-1769]. A native Charlestonian, Brewton’s powerful family was allied to banking, enabling him to establish a career in finance and trade. Twice during the 1750s, he traveled to England to finish his education and establish commercial ties. Between 1756 and his death, Brewton conducted business in several partnerships and was part-owner in eight commercial vessels. His partnerships dealt largely with the exportation of domestic produce, but he also made substantial profits in the slave trade.