South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 31, 2020) – 31.2% Test Positive

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — As first announced Nov. 21, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will not report daily COVID-19 numbers on New Year’s Day. Data that would be reported January 1 will be available online the following day.

Additionally, while DHEC will continue to provide daily COVID-19 updates on the agency’s webpage, beginning Jan. 2, 2021, the same information that’s provided at scdhec.gov/COVID19 will no longer be reported out in a duplicative news release. DHEC will publicly announce on its social media platforms when the webpage was been updated with new COVID-19 data for the day. The exact same information that has been presented in daily news release is available on the main COVID-19 webpage that will continue to be updated each day.

DHEC will continue to issue news releases announcing new and important information about the state’s COVID-19 response and will continue to keep South Carolinians updated on the most current and factual information. For the latest information regarding COVID-19 vaccine, scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.


South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 31, 2020)

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced the following COVID-19 updates. 

Today’s cases and deaths (scdhec.gov/COVID19)


Cumulative totals (scdhec.gov/COVID19)

  • Confirmed and probable cases: 283,424/24,083
  • Confirmed and probable deaths: 4,885/411
  • Tests performed for South Carolinians: 3,663,351

Testing opportunities (scdhec.gov/COVID19testing)

  • Testing opportunities available statewide: 280


Percent positive (scdhec.gov/COVID19dashboard)

  • 10,369 individual test results reported statewide yesterday (not including antibody tests)
  • 31.2% percent positive


Facility reports


The information above as well as extensive reporting on county-level information, demographics and more is available at scdhec.gov/COVID19. The website is updated between 1 p.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekends. Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccine for the latest vaccine information.

Applications for the Charleston Night Market available January 3 – February 5, 2021

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We are the largest art market in the Southeast. The Night Market began as an Artisan/Hand Crafted only market in 2013, and now has over 200 various artists represented. This dynamic and diverse group has become an integral part of the Charleston City Market. The Night Market is located between Church Street and East Bay Street, each Friday & Saturday night, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, from March – December (Dates may change due to Covid).

Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Night Market provides the opportunity to discover quality, unique, local and handcrafted items, and is one of the largest and most diverse Artisan markets stretching 3 blocks!

We are excited that you have chosen to apply for the Night Market! Prior to filling out an application, ALL information must be read in its entirety.

Click Here for Online Application

NO WALK-IN APPLICATIONS. Applications for the 2021 Season will ONLY be accepted January 3, 2021 – Feb. 5th, 2021 We are open some Thursday and Sunday evenings. You will need a google account to access the form.

Click the link below and start filling out the form. The application will take close to 30 minutes to read and fill out in its entirety.

Night Market Applications

Charleston / North Charleston, SC Among 10 Housing Markets to Lead Post-Pandemic Rally

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Housing markets are showing resilience against the pandemic, but some are thriving more than others and are expected to continue to perform strongly in the years ahead.

Coinciding with the National Association of REALTORS?’ virtual Real Estate Forecast Summit on Thursday, NAR released a list of the top metros expected to have the strongest housing markets over the next three to five years. Researchers factored in domestic migration, housing affordability for new residents, consistent job growth relative to the national average, population age structure, attractiveness for retirees, and home price appreciation.

The following 10 markets were identified by NAR (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Boise City, Idaho
  • Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
  • Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.
  • Madison, Wis.
  • Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, Ariz.
  • Provo-Orem, Utah
  • Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash.
Top Ten Markets During & Post COVID-19

These housing markets likely will carry momentum from 2020 into “2021 and beyond because of strong in-migration of new residents, faster local job market recoveries, and environments conducive to work-from-home arrangements and other factors,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. For example, movers from pricey coastal regions may be drawn to cheaper destinations as companies increase work-from-home policies and make commuting less of an issue.

The trend is already becoming apparent in markets like Phoenix and Dallas, which have attracted the largest number of movers from the West Coast, the report shows.

“Expect these 10 markets to perform strongly, with potential buyers finding conditions particularly favorable to purchase a home,” says NAR President Charlie Oppler. “Overall, residential real estate will continue to be an important driver of our nation’s economic recovery, and the activity in these markets will help lead the way.”

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New Date Announced: The 44th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run will be September 25, 2021 – Registration Open Soon

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As a world-class road race for the last 43 years, the Cooper River Bridge Run (CRBR) has decided to postpone its race amid continued COVID-19 concerns. To uphold its mission of promoting health and wellness, the 2021 race which was scheduled on March 27, 2021, will now take place on September 25, 2021. 

“We are hopeful that this change will allow for fewer limitations imposed by COVID-19 guidelines now that vaccines have begun to be distributed,” said David Bennett, Chairman of the Cooper River Bridge Run Board of Directors.  “It is with adeep sense of responsibility, we are choosing to proceed with caution to ensure a safer environment for all of the participants, volunteers, sponsors, frontline medical workers, law enforcement and others involved in making the Bridge Run successful year after year.” 

Opening day for 2021 race registration has yet to be determined, but \officials said the September date will allow a much larger number of people to participate.  The date change will also allow for a more extensive 2-day Health and Wellness Expositionon September 23rd and 24th at the Charleston Area Convention Center.   

Come September, the Lowcountry community will once again benefit from the tremendous economic impact generated by the Cooper River Bridge Run for so many years. By next fall, experts predict less travel restrictions; and businesses such as restaurants, retail shops, and hotels will be reopening to greater capacity and standard operating procedures. These hospitality updates will allow for more tourists to visit the Charleston area for the 10k race and beyond.  

“In collaboration with local community, municipal and medical leaders, we will continue to keep the safety and welfare of everyone involved, as our number one priority, “said Irv Batten, Cooper River Bridge Run Race Director. “We are excited to be able to offer this new date so that the Bridge Run can return with all of its traditions, when people can feel safer gathering together again.” 

British Airways is canceling 2 US routes in 2021 including Charleston, SC

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British Airways is reducing its long-haul route network as a result of the pandemic. While the carrier has reduced operations in some areas throughout the year, it’s canceling 13 long-haul routes entirely from its network as of summer 2021 — including two routes to the U.S.

In total, the airline has elected to suspend more than 15 routes — including to some popular destinations. Split between North America, South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Indian Ocean, the cancellations take effect from summer 2021 onwards.

The airline will cancel the following routes permanently as of summer 2021:

  • Africa: Durban (DUR)
  • Asia: Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Osaka (KIX) and Seoul (ICN)
  • Indian Ocean: Seychelles (SEZ; from April 24, 2021)
  • Middle East: Abu Dhabi (AUH),? Dammam (DMM), Jeddah (JED; some operations will take place during July 2021), and Muscat (MCT)
  • North America: Calgary (YYC), Charleston (CHS), and Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • South America: Lima (LIM; from Gatwick)

In addition, British Airways will temporarily suspend its routes to Sydney (SYD), Bangkok (BKK), and San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) during summer 2021 until 30 October 2021. For SJO, the last service will take place on April 17, 2021.

Care-A-Van N.Charleston hosted by Pawmetto Lifeline finding homes for homeless pets in the Lowcountry – Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Locations – Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • 10:00-11:00@Preppy Pet Suites(111 Acres Dr, Ladson, SC)
  • 11:30-12:30@Food Lion(1316 Red Bank Rd, Goose Creek, SC)
  • 2:00-3:30@Food Lion – Windsor Hill Crossing (3740 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC)
  • 4:30-5:30@Town Hall(72 Salley Ackerman Dr, Cottageville, SC)

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Black Ink Festival announces program line-up for free virtual festival Jan. 14-16, 2020; extends author registration deadline

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CHARLESTON, SC – Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival has released the program line up for the free virtual festival, which will take place Jan. 14-16, 2021 and will be focused on amplifying the voices of black authors. The programs for authors and readers include panels and workshops featuring authors, publishing professionals, librarians and more. Topics include marketing your writing project, a self-publishing workshop, a discussion on advocating for black voices, a panel on influencer marketing featuring Instagram Influencer Jeanell Marvin and a discussion on how calls for diversity are changing the publishing landscape, featuring New York Times bestselling author Kiley Reid and Executive Director of We Need Diverse Books Nicole Johnson. 

The festival will also host New York Times bestselling author Kwame Mbalia as its keynote speaker. Mbalia is a middle-grade writer who authored novel Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. His sequel Tristan Strong Destroys the World was published in October by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. He is a graduate of Howard University and currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and children. Previous keynote speakers of the festival include Nikki Giovanni, Terry McMillan, Kwame Alexander and Marcus Amaker.?
For the full program list, visit https://www.blackinkcharleston.org/agenda.?

In its fifth year, the annual event will feature dozens of African American authors, most from the Lowcountry and surrounding areas. It will also host workshops for authors and programs for readers throughout the three-day virtual event, which is free for the public. 

Registration for featured authors of the festival is still open and has the deadline for registration has been extended to Jan. 4. While the event will be virtual, there are still ample opportunities for readers to connect with authors. Registered authors will be hosted on the event’s virtual platform so that attendees can speak to authors, receive exposure on Black Ink’s social media and digital platforms, have the opportunity to network with other authors in online groups and more. Registration is $75 per author.?

For more information about Black Ink, which is hosted by the Charleston Friends of the Library in partnership with the Charleston County Public Library, visit www.blackinkcharleston.org.?

25 Famous Figures Born on Christmas Day (Including one notable from Charleston, SC)

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Christmas is a special time of the year. For some fortunate or unfortunate, it has a double whammy punch of specialness; it also serves as an anniversary of a birth.

Throughout history, some very well known figures have called Christmas Day, December 25th, their birthday.

Here is a list of some very special figures who have blown candles out on this special day.

Born Christmas Day, December 25th

Humphery Bogart – Actor – 1899
Clara Barton – Founder of the American Red Cross – 1821
Sir Isaac Newton – Physicist & Mathematician – 1642
Mohammed Ali Jinnah – Founder of Pakistan – 1876
Cab Calloway – American Bandleader – 1907
Anwar Sadat – President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate – 1918
Rod Serling – Writer and Host of “Twilight Zone” – 1924
Nellie Fox – Hall of Fame Baseball Player – 1927
Gary Sandy – Actor “WKRP in Cincinnati” – 1945
Jimmy Buffet – Singer – 1946
Larry Csonka – NFL Football Player and Super Bowl Champion – 1946
Barbara Mandrell – Country Singer – 1948
Sissy Spacek – Actress – 1949
Annie Lennox – Singer “Eurythmics” – 1954
Rickey Henderson – Hall of Fame Baseball Player – 1958
Alannah Myles – Singer “Black Velvet” – 1958
Michael P. Anderson – Astronaut – 1959
Dido – Singer – 1971
Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada – 1971
Shystie – British Rapper – 1982
Bill Horton – Doo-Wop Singer “The Silhouettes” – 1929
Benjamin Pierce – Former Governor of New Hampshire – 1757
Mabel King – Actress from Charleston, SC – 1932
Conrad Hilton – Businessman – 1887
Karl Rove – Political Advisor – 1950

Amalie Oil Company Acquires Charleston, SC Based Delfin USA

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With the December acquisition of this 42-acre facility on the Cooper River deep-water channel at the Port of North Charleston, Amalie now has two world-class facilities in major U.S. ports with deep-water access.

?Amalie Oil Co. has announced its acquisition of Delfin Group USA LLC, a lubricant blending and packaging facility in Charleston, South Carolina. With the December acquisition of this 42-acre facility on the Cooper River deep-water channel at the Port of North Charleston, Amalie now has two world-class facilities in major U.S. ports with deep-water access.

“This new facility is an opportunity for us to enhance our ability to service both the domestic and international markets,” said Harry Barkett, president of Amalie Motor Oil. “A facility with such a rich history, immense capabilities and unparalleled access can only yield positive results for our clientele.”
The property includes a deep-water pier, rail access and close proximity to major federal interstates. The pier is capable of handling dock offloading for ships up to 660 feet long with a 110-foot beam, and the navigable mean low water depth is 45 to 50 feet.

The facility also features 14 million gallons of tank storage, increasing Amalie’s total tank storage to 32 million gallons. Additionally, Amalie now owns a total of more than 650,000 square feet in warehouse and manufacturing space and 20 high-speed filling and packaging lines, increasing the company’s blow molding plastic bottle capacity to more than 250 million containers per year.

The facility’s previous owner, Delfin, purchased it in 2007 from Chevron. Originally developed as a fuel terminal by Texaco in 1910, the plant remained a Texaco facility transitioning to blending, compounding, packaging and bulk terminal operations into the mid-1990s, when ownership was transferred to Equilon, Shell and subsequently Chevron.

Founded in 1903 in Franklin, Pennsylvania, Amalie is one of the largest family-owned, independent blenders of motor oils and industrial lubricants in North America.

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