Amid Wando River Bridge Crisis, Charleston Port Terminal Workers Devote Longer Days to Keep Cargo Moving
The S.C. Department of Transportation estimates its repairs to the Interstate 526 Wando River bridge will continue through June 11. While residents and commuters face massive traffic delays until then, the Port of Charleston’s Wando Welch Terminal is making sure cargo doesn’t back up by extending its working hours and didn’t take off on Memorial Day. The State Ports Authority is keeping the Mount Pleasant-based terminal open from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays (the volume on Wednesday from 3 a.m.-4 a.m. was 300 cargo boxes) and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. “The truckers have really stepped up and kept the horsepower there,” SPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said.
New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show York and Lancaster counties each grew since 2010 at about twice the state of South Carolina’s rate of 9%. Lake Wylie, as a census designated place, has a 2016 estimated population of 11,472 (reflecting a 30% growth rate since 2010), which would make Lake Wylie the area’s fifth-largest municipality. Lancaster County’s 92,550 estimated residents in 2017 are a 3% increase over a year and 21% since 2010, largely due to growth in unincorporated areas such as Indian Land.
Valagro, a producer and marketer of specialty fertilizers for agricultural production that’s headquartered in Italy, will open its first U.S. manufacturing site in Orangeburg County in 2019. The $14 million, 65,000-square foot facility is expected to create 47 jobs. The S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Orangeburg County and job development credits.
This Hurricane Season, Insurance Safety Institute Ranks S.C. as 3rd-Best Prepared State for Building Codes
A report by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety rates South Carolina’s residential building codes as third-best behind Florida and Virginia among 18 hurricane-prone states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Among areas where South Carolina can improve, the report recommends licensed contractors should be required to take continuing education, and it warned that proposed legislation to lengthen the cycle of code adaptation from three years to six years “could negatively affect the state’s rating.” The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through the end of November.
On the grounds that paying for lottery tickets printed in error violates state law, South Carolina Education Lottery commissioners voted unanimously to not pay an estimated $34 million in claims from Christmas Day when for more than two hours machines printed 71,000 game tickets that were all winners. The people who collected a combined $1.7 million that day before the error was detected and the game shut down will get to keep that cash, and the S.C. Lottery will now seek to be reimbursed by the Greek company that at the time held the contract to operate the computerized games. Those who still hold the (un)lucky Christmas Day tickets can now only get a refund for the $1-$5 that they had bet at the time.