As the city of Charleston explores what to do with a 12-foot statue of a slave-promoting man in its basement, five white men representing Abbeville County unsolicitedly volunteered Monday to welcome the depiction of John C. Calhoun “home” to where the man was born. The council’s two Black members voted against the measure. Councilman Charles Goodwin called the vote “a slap in the face.” While the resolution authorizes accepting the statue, it doesn’t mean a deal is imminent with Charleston. More: Greenwood Index-Journal
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Shepard Fairey still influences Charleston years after he left. Shepard Fairey is best known for his campaign-defining poster “Hope” of Barack Obama. He left Charleston after high school, but three murals of his murals are still displayed in downtown Charleston. In this story, Fairey talks about how the city has changed over the years and where he liked to go skateboarding in the 1990s. More: The Washington Post
McMaster wants S.C. to use fed money to widen highways. Gov. Henry McMaster is urging President Joe Biden to expand flexibility in state discretionary spending on federal infrastructure dollars. He said the state could use that money for road-widening projects for interstates, not just rural roads. More: The Post and Courier
S.C. leads the nation in exports of tires, passenger vehicles. The S.C. Department of Commerce’s 2021 International Trade Report, released Monday, found that the Palmetto State has 36.6% of the country’s market share of exported tires and 19.4% of its market share of exported passenger vehicles. That makes the state the top exporter of those two consumer goods. The news comes amid the state’s total exports dropping by 2% in 2021 from 2020’s total. The state set an export record in 2019. More: Columbia Business Report
Thank goodness for Mississippi … and Tennessee, and Alabama, and … A WalletHub survey compared all 50 states on educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between gender and race. The survey ranked South Carolina as No. 11 for least educated in the nation. The states in the top 10 least educated included: West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Mexico and Tennessee. States considered the most educated included Massachusetts, Connecticut, Colorado and Washington. More: WISTV
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