School Board hears details of new Truancy Intervention Program

Source: Aiken Standard, Larry Wood

July 18, 2017

Members of the Aiken County School Board heard a presentation on a new program Tuesday to help fight and reduce truancy and keep Aiken County Public Schools’ students in classrooms and out of the legal system. At the board’s regular meeting, Serena McDaniel, an assistant solicitor and juvenile

Restaurateur Carl Sobocinski outlines legacy for Table 301 group

Source: Nation's Restaurant News, Bret Thorn

July 17, 2017

Carl Sobocinski has spent the past 20 years building the Table 301 restaurant group while also working to transform downtown Greenville, S.C., into a thriving commercial district. A native of southeastern New Hampshire, Sobocinski studied architecture at Clemson University, in South Carolina’s

Proven Leaders Chosen to Mentor Liberty Fellowship’s 13th Class

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (July 17, 2017) – Twenty-one creative thinkers with deep connections to their communities are mentoring the Fellows in Liberty Fellowship’s class of 2018. Like the Fellows with whom they are paired, these mentors are diverse in thought and experience and are ready to work

Spartanburg summer camp aims to develop empathy in teens

Source:, Vanessa de la Viña

June 27, 2017

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A new summer camp in Spartanburg is teaching teens about empathy. It’s the first ever Writing For Empathy camp being held at the Chapman Cultural Center. The week-long camp gives teens in grades 8 through 10 a safe space to express themselves through creative writing. The

Rep. Trey Gowdy will take over House Oversight Committee

Source: USA Today, Eliza Collins

June 8, 2017

WASHINGTON — South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy — a former prosecutor who led the Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation into what happened during the 2012 terrorist attack — will take the helm of the powerful House Oversight and Government Committee after Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, leaves

Now Accepting Nominations for Next Class of Liberty Fellows

Source: Liberty Fellowship

June 7, 2017

Nominations are being accepted through July 1 for the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2019. Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria: South Carolina resident Age 30 — 45 Leader with history of significant community engagement Potential to have an impact at the state level Successful in their

Clemson University engineers to research laser weaponry

Source: GSA Business

May 30, 2017

A pair of Clemson University engineers have received a combined $3.2 million in grants from the Department of Defense to study the creation of high-energy lasers that could be used as a weapon. John Ballato and Lin Zhu are taking different approaches to the study but are looking at similar

Richland Library wins nation’s highest honor

Source: The State, Erin Shaw

May 15, 2017

The sound of cheers and plastic hand clappers and the glint of confetti filled Richland Library Main’s second floor Monday after executive director Melanie Huggins announced the library had received the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries. “We can proudly say that Richland County

Susie Shannon named president and CEO of the SC Council on Competitiveness

Source: SC Council on Competitiveness

May 9, 2017

The Council has named Sue-Ann (“Susie”) Shannon its next president and CEO. Shannon will be joining the Council from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, where she served as senior public policy counsel. “Susie’s background, skills and experience are a terrific match for the Council,” said Ed