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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.

Wednesday
Dec052012

Nominations for Arts Awards Deadline Set for Dec. 17

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Monday, December 17 is the nomination deadline for the South Carolina Arts Commission's annual awards to recognize the outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award, the highest honor the state gives in the arts, honors state arts organizations, patrons, artists, members of the business community and government entities who maximize their roles as innovators, supporters and advocates of the arts.

The Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award is a one-time award presented by the S.C. General Assembly to practitioners and advocates of traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state.

For more information to nominate, please contact the South Carolina Arts Commission at 803-734-8696.

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Wednesday
Dec052012

Softex Paper Inc. to Open Second SC Facility

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Softex Paper Inc., a maker of consumer and commercial paper products, announced on Tuesday that they would be adding a second South Carolina-based production facility in York County.

The company is investing $2 million on the new facility, and 36 new jobs are expected to be created.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our company’s production operations. York County provided us with an excellent location for the new plant. South Carolina has offered us a positive business environment and a skilled workforce. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Brian Smith, plant manager for Softex Paper.

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Wednesday
Dec052012

SC State Parks to Offer Free Ranger-Guided New Year Hikes

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Over 20 South Carolina state parks will offer free ranger-guided hikes and walks on Jan. 1, 2013.

The First Day Hikes are mostly easy to moderate walks along beaches, in forests or on historic trails and are suitable for all ages. One of the two Table Rock State Park hikes, however, is a strenuous 7-mile climb to the top of a mountain and is suitable for visitors 12 years or older. Devils Fork State Park is offering a 1st Day 5K run in addition to its regular 2-mile hike along a nature trail.

“New Year’s Day is the perfect day to start getting healthy, get outdoors close to home and share the experience with family and the community,” said Duane Parrish, Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “We are more than happy to provide beautiful settings and experienced guides to help people do those things.”

More information can be found on the South Carolina Parks website.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

Five People Killed on SC Highways Between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports that five people were killed on state highways between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, the agency said in a news release.

The five fatalities occurred between Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at midnight. As of Dec. 2, the agency said 2,757 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 777 highway deaths in this same time period in 2011. Of the 502 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2012, 293 were not wearing seat belts.

Through Dec. 2, 103 pedestrians, 102 motorcyclists and 13 bicyclists have died on state roads and highways, the agency said.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

First Family Invites South Carolinians to Christmas Open House

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Gov. Nikki Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley and the first family are inviting South Carolinians to join them for a Christmas Open House next week.

The free event will take place Monday, Dec. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion. The first family asks guests to consider bringing canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank as well as school supplies for the Original Six Foundation to donate to public school students.

The event is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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