Happy Friday! It’s Chase Karacostas.
Hurricane Ian has reached South Carolina after wreaking havoc across Florida. At this point, it’s best to hunker down and wait until it passes. For those needing the latest information on the storm, please follow The Island Packet for Hilton Head, The Herald for Rock Hill, The State for the Midlands and The Sun News for Myrtle Beach. Stay safe out there.
In the meantime, I’ve gathered up some news to help distract from the anxieties of the storm, like this one about a Myrtle Beach man who helps people find their lost rings in the sand by The Sun News’ Caroline Williamson.
Here’s what else I found interesting this week.
1. Food across South Carolina
What better way to look past the storm than to make future plans? Here are 10 stories about food and dining from around the Palmetto State from The State’s Chris Trainor, The Herald’s Tracy Kimball, The Island Packet’s Karl Puckett and Evan McKenna, The Sun News’ Caroline Williamson and me.
Three Charleston restaurants, Circa 1886, Halls Chophouse and Queology were named among the top 10 best places to eat in the nation by Tripadvisor.
A brewery replaced shrimp processing in a refurbished building on Port Royal’s waterfront.
Also in Myrtle Beach, the International Culinary Institute is home to what one former student called “the best restaurant in Myrtle Beach” and a unique farmer’s market that you should definitely check out.
Speaking of markets, the Carolina Seafood produce stand, seen as a “Lowcountry landmark,” has returned to Hilton Head.
Finally, this Fort Mill chef will prepare a week’s worth of meals at your home for under $150. Sound unreal? I promise it’s true.
South Carolina will soon be able to better share its rich civil rights history, thanks to a $3.4 million grant from the National Park Service, The State’s Alexa Jurado reports.
“We must invest in opportunities that offer the chance for the true and honest stories straight from survivors and their descendants,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said at an event celebrating the partnership with the University of South Carolina.
The money will expand existing education and research, digitize library collections and support programming and tours across the African American Civil Rights Network in South Carolina.
After over a decade of neglect by the University of South Carolina, Beaufort County’s Pritchards Island could enjoy a renaissance under a plan proposed by the school, The Island Packet’s Sarah Haselhorst reports.
The island has gone largely unused by the school since 2009 because of erosion, lack of staffing and dried-up private, state and federal funding.
Plans range from establishing a summer undergraduate research program, including educational opportunities spanning multiple majors, to monitoring and characterizing the rich ecology of the island.
The initial cost? $1.25 million for the first year. The school hopes to secure funding from the state legislature, existing state and federal grants, nonprofits and private donors.
On My Mind, Autumn Edition
Conway has decided to rename itself “Halloween” for the month of October to attract more visitors., The Sun News’ Adam Benson reports. I love it, as a longtime fan of Disney’s “Halloweentown” movies.
The Island Packet’s Sarah Claire McDonald wrote about 16 fall festivals coming up in Beaufort County.
And The State’s Lyn Riddle found what might be the spookiest place in South Carolina.
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