Photo of high gas prices in mid-2022, by Evergreens and Dandelions on Unsplash. The average price per gallon on Aug. 1, 2022, was about $3.75 per gallon, according to AAA.

Gas prices still aren’t what they were a year ago, but prices have dropped more than 19 cents in the last two weeks and more than 44 cents in the last month, according to media reports.

“GasBuddy’s survey of more than 3,000 gas stations in the Palmetto State showed a decrease of 12.1 cents per gallon [in the last week], bringing the state’s average down to $4.14. That’s 44.7 cents less than a month ago and $1.29 higher than one year ago,” according to one news report.

In other recent news:

PANDEMIC: New BA.5 variant brings new risks of reinfection. The newest variant of Covid-19 is driving reinfection rates up around the U.S.; and this variant seems unhindered by antibodies and even vaccines.

Homegrown Festival set for July 16. Charleston’s 105.5 The Bridge and Kentucky-based Boone’s Bourbon are teaming up with Holy City Brewing to host Homegrown Beer & Bourbon Festival July 16. Festival headliner Tyler Boone, who cut his teeth in the Charleston music scene before he branched off into bourbon, is joined by four-piece reggae rock group Sun Dried Vibes, local duo Finnegan Bell, Charleston singer-songwriter Emily Curtis and nine other acts for a stacked music lineup. 

Abortion hearings at Statehouse raise questions.  As hundreds of demonstrators descended Thursday on the S.C. Statehouse grounds to protest, rally and testify about a proposed complete ban on abortions, concern arose over how harsh such a ban could be to South Carolina’s women.

Recycled shell oyster reefs provide new home for oysters on S.C. coast. The state Department of Natural Resources has teamed up with volunteers to construct new oyster reefs on the S.C. coastline that will provide homes for up to 130,000 new oysters while reducing erosion.

S.C. court dismisses case between the States Ports Authority, groups. A case over a new Charleston cruise terminal between the States Port Authority and Charleston environmental and historic preservation groups reappeared on the docket of the S.C. Administrative Law Court before quickly being dismissed.

Politically-connected developer builds new headquarters for 2 S.C. agencies. The S.C. Department of Education and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources will relocate to a new building constructed by a Columbia developer for an annual price tag that reportedly is nearly 20% higher than competitors. Bill Stern, the developer, chairs the S.C. State Ports Authority.

Mass. real estate firm relocates to Lowcountry. A Massachusetts real estate business man has relocated his headquarters to the Charleston area, and has purchased a Mount Pleasant hotel for just over 12$ million.

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