The Agenda, published each morning, features the top Charleston-area stories you’ll want to know each day.

John Mayer joins Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Festival
Guitarist and singer-songwriter John Mayer will be featured as a sit-in artist at the upcoming Southern Ground Music and Food Festival in the festival’s second year in residence at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Coming off of vocal chord surgery, Mayer promised a brief hiatus from singing, but after a weekend with ZBB at the festival’s Nashville sister-event, he’ll take the stage, funny solo faces and all, once again next month. Single-day tix for the fest go on sale tomorrow.
Source: Charleston City Paper

Pecha Kucha Night 15 lineup announced
The lineup for the upcoming Pecha Kucha Night, the secretive creative forum that’s part mini-conference, part show-and-tell, part happy hour, has been released, and it looks like a good one. CCP’s own Susan Cohen along with partner-in-crime Margaret Pilarski will dish on their upcoming Southeastern Zine Fest, industrial design shop and creators of the Kickstarter-funded Snooze iPhone alarm clock Distil Union will speak, as well as Circa 1886 Executive Chef Marc Collins, and a handful of others. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday and the ‘Top Secret Location’ for the October 9 evening will be announced shortly after.
Source: The Pecha Kucha Night 15 List

Neve/Hawk launches Fall-Winter line
Charleston creatives turned fashion designers (and Pecha Kucha 12 veterans) Bob and Kris Galmarini celebrate the birth of their newest kids clothing line under their label Neve/Hawk this week.
Source: Neve/Hawk

Charleston officials to break ground on new fire department HQ
A new $5 million LEED silver certified fire station at the corner of Heriot St. and King St. will become the department’s new headquarters and will serve the entire peninsula. The existing command post, the familiar station at Meeting St. and Wentworth St. will still function as a working station, but will also become a fire museum.

Vote early and… illegally?
Thousands of South Carolina voters looking to get a headstart on casting their ballots, or just avoiding the polls on election day, will likely cast an early (and illegal) absentee ballot. State law permits early absentee voting only in a few sanctioned cases that the state deems reasonable excuses why a voter can’t make it to the polls. Being on vacation, being in the military, or being over the age of 65? All a-OK under state law. Trying to circumvent election law to create your own early voting period? Nuh uh.
Sources: Post and Courier

Charleston schools awarded $23.7 million grant
Charleston County Schools is one of 35 grant recipients selected from a pool of over 120 applicants to receive $23.7 million over three years through a Teacher Incentive Fund grant issued by the US Department of Education.
Sources: WCBD-TV

L.I.F.E. Bar promises to breathe new vibe into Upper King scene
L.I.F.E. Bar, a trendy new Upper King cocktail spot opens this week. Inspired by Scandanavian bars carved from solid ice, L.I.F.E. proprietors, also the owners of Music Farm, say they hope the new space will become a diverse, dynamic gathering place and will be closely tied to companion events at the Ann St. music venue.
Sources: Charleston City Paper

Church of the Redeemer halfway to goal of $1.6M to buy church building
The congregation at the Wentworth St. church is halfway to raising the $1.6 million needed to ‘save’ its church building from being sold to a private owner who plans on turning it into a personal residence.
Sources: Post and Courier, WCSC-TV, WCBD-TV

Brian Hicks column: “Fed up with school board baloney”
“So Chris Fraser walked out of a Charleston County School Board meeting Monday night.
The question here is: What took him so long?
Fraser’s official title is board chairman, but his job is actually ringmaster of the most dysfunctional circus in this state. That’s saying something.”
Sources: Post and Courier