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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Monday
Oct082012

Officials Warn People Attending State Fair after Midwest Swine Flu Outbreak

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Health officials in South Carolina are reminding people to take precautions while visiting livestock exhibitions at the state fair following a swine flu outbreak in the Midwest, The State reports.

A new strain of swine flu that caused hundreds to fall ill in Ohio and Indiana this summer has prompted officials to post warning signs in livestock areas about the dangers of disease transmission. Officials say visitors shouldn't drink or eat in livestock areas. During the last swine flu outbreak several years ago, hand-washing stations were installed in the fair's barns.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 305 cases have been confirmed in 10 states, none of which were in the Southeast.

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Monday
Oct082012

SC Counties to Receive Funds from Governor’s Foundation

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Gov. Nikki Haley started the Original Six Foundation last year, and now the foundation with help 10 of the state’s most rural, economically distressed counties, according to Greenville Online.

The foundation raised $200,000 in funding thanks to leftover inauguration monies and after-tax revenues from the sales of Healey’s book, Can’t Is Not an Option.

Bamberg County is one of the counties selected for aid, which is also where Haley grew up.

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Friday
Oct052012

"Esquire" Names Two SC Restaurants in Top 20 List 

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- According to Esquire magazine, two of the best new restaurants nationally come from South Carolina in their 2012 list released on Friday.

Carter’s Kitchen in Mount Pleasant was selected for its refined Southern cooking with crispy okra chips and duck-and-pork boudin on the menu. The restaurant is located at 148 Civitas Street.

The Macintosh, based in Charleston, was selected for its urban dining room and unique menu, including ricotta gnudi with stone-crab meat. The restaurant is located at 479B King Street.

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Friday
Oct052012

Democratic State Senators Ask for a New SC Party Chairman

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- On Thursday, two Democratic state senators said they would like to part ways with their chairman, Columbia attorney Dick Harpootlian, The State reports.

State Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, and State Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland, are not asking Harpootlian to resign and say they are not forcing fellow Democrats to end his term early. Harpootlian’s term as chairman is set to end in May.

Harpootlain says he is now debating whether he will run again.

Jackson and Lourie are angry with Harpootlain because he criticized Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, a fellow Democrat.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct052012

SC Violinist Makes Musical Waves

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Seth Gilliard, 22, of Charleston, S.C., definitely knows how to pull some strings, or rather, play them.

The southern violinist, who just graduated from Furman University in May, is taking the music scene by storm with his classical renditions of mainstream pop songs.

“I did the whole classical thing growing up, taking private lessons, all the stuff that’s entailed with that. Then around late high school, junior or senior year, I started experimenting with more pop music, just because it was what I was listening to, what my friends were listening to,” Gilliard told ABC News.

Veering away from classical music into pop culture has proven quite successful for Gilliard. His YouTube page currently has 18 covers he’s performed and professionally recorded by artists such as Justin Bieber, Usher and Alicia Keys.

“Now that I’ve graduated, I wanted to see how far I could get in the world of pop music. So I’m doing the covers, and I’m currently working on an original EP. It’ll be the same genres, same type of music but my own composition,” Gilliard said.

When asked how Gilliard chooses which songs he covers, his answer was simple: “Strategically.”

“It’s kind of a shock factor for a lot of people, just because it’s different and something a lot of people haven’t heard before. It’s definitely funny to see people walking by and they kind of hear it, and then keep walking, and then come back,” Gilliard said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio