Hey Cola, Lauren here. 👋 One of the things I love most about living in South Carolina – and Columbia specifically – is the rich history + legacy that have been left by so many distinct people.
Did you know that South Carolina has its own hall of fame that recognizes and honors 100+ men and women of the past + present who have made exceptional contributions to South Carolina’s heritage and progress?
TheSouth Carolina Hall of Fame(located in Myrtle Beach) is a nonprofit corporation funded in part by the state that was dedicated in 1973 by Gov. John C. West – who was inducted into the hall in 2002. It was signed into law as the state’s official hall of fame by Gov. Jim Hodges on Sep. 21, 2001.
Those eligible for induction include both SC natives who obtained recognition in or outside of the state and non-residents who made an impact within the state. Each year, a minimum of one living and one deceased citizen is inducted. Nominations are made by the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies (CSCLHS) and are judged and selected by the Board of Trustees.
This year, UofSC alum and country star Darius Rucker was inducted along with artist, educator and museum director Dr. Leo Twiggs of St. Stephen, SC. The late Elizabeth Evelyn Wright(1872-1906) was also inducted to recognize her creation of the Denmark Industrial Institute (presently Voorhees College) – a school for African American youth.
Here are seven notable inductees that are recognized for their legacy in Columbia: Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. (1946-present); inducted in 1999 Columbia native Major General Bolden attended the United States Naval Academy + served as a naval aviator before obtaining a Master of Science degree and being selected for astronaut training by NASA. He flew four missions for NASA, including launching the Hubble Telescope in space. After his promotion to major general, Bolden became the Deputy Commander for the United States Forces in Japan. He holds many military and NASA honors.
Lucile Godbold (1900-1981); inducted in 2005 After graduating with a physical education degree from Winthrop University in 1922, Lucile Godbold competed on the United States Track and Field team. She competed in the first international women’s track and field meet where she set world records. Lucile was also named Columbia College’s Athletic Director in 1922 + she taught physical education there for 58 years. She was the first woman inducted into the SC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1961.
Matthew Perry(1921-2011); inducted in 2007 Columbia born Matthew Perry served in the Army before obtaining law degrees from South Carolina State College. He moved to Spartanburg where he opened a law office + began his work with civil rights. Later, he was appointed chief council of the SC NAACP. Judge Perry played an influential role in many SC civil rights cases. In 1979, President Carter nominated Perry to be the US District Judge for the District of South Carolina, which he served for over 25 years.
Click the button below to read about four additional inductees with ties to Soda City.
○ Yesterday afternoon, the SEC announced that the 2020 football season will consist of 10 conference-only games for each team – meaning, UofSC won’t play Clemson for the first time in over 100 years. The season has also been postponed until Sept. 26. (The State)
○ The 2020 SC Pride Festival and Parade, originally scheduled for Oct. 16,has been cancelled. The festival has only been cancelled one other time since it began in 1990.
○ Yesterday, SC Superintendent of Education Molly Spearmanapproved 25 additional school districts’ reopening plans for the upcoming school year, five of which are around Columbia. Check out the districtshere. (WLTX)
○ According to the South Carolina DEW, initial unemployment claims in the state were down by 2,000+ claims last week from the week prior. Nearly 700,000 South Carolinians have filed for unemployment since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. (ABC Columbia)
○ Black Friday will look different this year with some major retailers choosing to not open on Thanksgiving Day, including Walmart, Sam’s Club stores, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and more. You can read more here. (The State)
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Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Columbia’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Are you still tuning into Z-Learning with Riverbanks Zoo? This afternoon, team members are hosting a lunchtime special featuring Lottie, the zoo’s 17-year-old koala, during one of her acupuncture treatments. (Yeah, we didn’t know koalas could get acupuncture either.) Tune into the zoo’s Facebook at 12:15 p.m. to see this koala momma.
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Weather ○ 95º | Partly cloudy | 20%chance of rain ○ Tropical Storm Isaias, which formed Wednesday night, could bringsevere weather to the Midlands over the weekend. Although the storm’s course could still change, heavy rains and wind are possible through Monday morning. (The State)
Cause ○ In an effort to support the Dorn VA Medical Center, Carolina Honda and Carolina Chrome Biker Magazine have teamed up to host a “Stuff a Truck” food drive on Aug. 8. Non-perishable canned foods and cash donations will be accepted during the drive, which will take place at Carolina Honda (901 Buckner Rd.). (Cola Daily)
Development ○ Two 100-year-old buildings(1209 +1211 Gadsden St.) in the Vista will soon be renovated into apartments – however, the buildings will also include separate office space on the main floor available to rent for residents or community members. Garvin Design Group is heading the project + plans to make the units “COVID-minded” with working from home in mind. (The State)
Arts ○ Beginning Aug. 1, Richland Librarywill beaccepting applications for its next artist-in-residence, which will run Sept. 20 – Dec. 18. The focus for this residency is for the artist to serve as a liaison to the local arts community and help the library assess the needs of other artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find more info + apply here.
ComingSoon ○ It’s a Wrap Caféis coming to Lexington (5341 Sunset Blvd., Suite C., Lexington) in October. The restaurant will feature salads, smoothies, wraps, home-made jerk sauces + more. Owner Felicia Bennett originally opened the restaurant in Atlanta in 2016 but closed it down and relocated to Lexington due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Cola Daily)
Number ○ $4.1 million. The amount the SC Arts Commissionis awarding in grants to arts programs across the state in the upcoming fiscal year. Check out a list of recipients here. (Metro Columbia CEO)
Drink ○ Looking to sip something refreshing this summer? Check out this guide to watermelon-themed drinksaround Cola from Experience Columbia. Which drink are you trying first? (Experience Columbia)
Inbox ○ Earlier this week, Gov. Henry McMaster’s daughter, Mary Rogers McMaster, reached out to us with a piece she wrote on showing grace and kindness. Check out what she wrote here.
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