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The channel leading to the Port of Charleston was deepened to 52 feet, allowing for massive ships to travel through the state port, according to Associated Press.

“Any time, any tide, any day. I’m not sure anyone else can say that,” S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said at a Monday ceremony

The new channel runs 40 miles through the harbor and is wide enough for two boats to pass one another while entering and leaving the state. 

“This step makes us more competitive,” said S.C. Ports Authority CEO Barbara Melvin. “This step attracts more investment and business to our state. Most important, our deepening project will bring economic success and opportunities to South Carolinians for decades to come.”

Many of the state’s biggest companies, including BMW, Boeing and Michelin, rely on the port to quickly export their goods to the rest of the world. The project is currently the deepest waterway on the East Coast. However, the Port of Virginia is working to make its waterway deeper. 

In other headlines:

Local Charleston chef becomes ‘Chopped’ Champion. Charleston-based chef Nikko Cagalanan competed on the popular Food Network TV show and won the high-intensity competition on Nov. 22.

S.C. man who participated in Jan. 6 riots sentenced to 3 years in prison. A South Carolina man who opened a key entrance to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 received one of the harshest sentences for the state’s 19 Capitol Riot defendants.

McMaster wants TikTok removed from state-owned phones. Gov. Henry McMaster urged in a Dec. 5 letter for all state-owned computers and phones to ban access to the Beijing-based app. The letter comes days after FBI Director Chris Wray raised national security concerns about the Chinese government’s control over the app.

Charleston boxing gym finds success after reopening. Charleston Boxing Club was recently reopened by the son of former owner Al “Hollywood” Meggett and Meggett’s longtime friend Darren “Broadway” Whitaker to much success. The gym has all new equipment and adopts an open door policy.

Library to open in Charleston Co. Juvenile Detention Center. The Charleston County Public Library system and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office have partnered together to open a library in the county juvenile detention center. Library officials said books are important for teens and can help prevent future incidents.

State gas prices fall below $3. The average price per gallon in the state has reached $2.98, according to GasBuddy.

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