May 14, 2020
REAL SCIENCE: COVID-19 TESTING IN RURAL SOUTH CAROLINA
In today's TCN AROUND TOWN podcast, a production of The Twin-City News, we visit a COVID-19 mobile testing site to talk with emergency management personnel who are administering nasal swab screenings to folks in rural Saluda County, which has the fourth-highest coronavirus infection rate in the Palmetto State.
May 13, 2020
RURAL SOUTH CAROLINA: THE NEW COVID-19 BATTLEGROUND
In this edition of TCN AROUND TOWN, the podcast from The Twin-City News, we talk with JOSHUA MORTON, the Emergency Management Director in rural Saluda County, home to only 20,000 residents but a place with the fourth highest per capita coronavirus infection rate in South Carolina. And over the next three days, up to 1,100 people will be tested for the virus to help health officials see just how deep and wide the outbreak is here.
May 12, 2020
CHIEF: HONORING 40 YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
In this edition of TCN AROUND TOWN, the podcast from The Twin-City News, we talk with Batesburg-Leesville Police Chief WALLACE OSWALD on the occasion of his 40th anniversary as Chief here in his hometown. Family and colleagues honored the Chief with an "almost-surprise" party Tuesday, and Chief Oswald reflected on his career in law enforcement.
May 9, 2020
A COMMUNITY FLOCKS TOGETHER AS VIRUS SIDELINES FESTIVAL
In this edition of TCN AROUND TOWN, the podcast by The Twin-City News, goes on location at a small parade pulled together by the South Carolina Poultry Festival committee, which had to cancel this year's event because of COVID-19. The spirit of an entire community is reflected in how people rallied around this ad hoc event and showed what Batesburg-Leesville is made of in times of adversity.
May 4, 2020
RESTAURANTS EASE BACK TOWARD 'NORMAL' WITH OUTSIDE DINING
In this edition of TCN AROUND TOWN, the podcast from The Twin-City News, we talk with DOUGLAS O' FLAHERTY, Vice-President of the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, to discuss the easing of COVID-19 restrictions that now allow restaurant patrons to sit and dine - OUTSIDE.
April 30, 2020
PETA RUFFLES FEATHERS WITH VEGAN FESTIVAL ALTERNATIVE
In this edition of TCN AROUND TOWN, the podcast from The Twin-City News, we talk with ASHLEY BYRNE of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). A month ago, as COVID-19 began to spread, the South Carolina Poultry Festival canceled this year's event, which reportedly attracts 100,000 people to Batesburg-Leesville every May. Shortly after, PETA, a global animal rights organization, asked the festival to drop its poultry theme and instead go vegan. Here, we find out what PETA was thinking.
April 28, 2020
'WHO'S DRIVING YOUR BUS' IN THIS UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY?
On this edition of TCN AROUND TOWN, the podcast from The Twin-City News, we reach out to Charleston and talk with author, "mindset coach," master gardener and entrepreneur KIM JOHNSON. Her book is Who's Driving Your Bus? and it's about managing our emotions - which is a particularly helpful talent in this age of fear and uncertainty. Check out her book here at Amazon.
April 27, 2020
BY THE NUMBERS: UNEMPLOYMENT, MAIN STREET AND THE VIRUS
In this edition of TCN AROUND TOWN, the podcast from The Twin-City News, the coronavirus impact continues to be felt in jobless claims, the impact on Main Street small businesses and in the number of patients continuing to mount - even as Gov. HENRY McMASTER extends the state of emergency.
April 24, 2020
IN THE AIR: McENTIRE JET FIGHTERS HONOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS
In this edition of TCN AROUND TOWN, the podcast from The Twin-City News, we talk with CAPT. STEPHEN HUDSON from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Hopkins about next week's aerial tribute to South Carolina's healthcare workers by the pilots of the 169th Fighter Wing as they complete a training exercise. It's part of nationwide effort by airborne service personnel to honor those on the ground on the front lines of COVID-19.
April 22, 2020
CLASSROOMS WILL NOT RE-OPEN FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
In this edition of TCN AROUND TOWN, the podcast produced by The Twin-City News, we hear from GOV. HENRY McMASTER and EDUCATION SUPERINTENDENT MOLLY SPEARMAN about the decision to officially close schools for the remainder of the current academic year.