The Post and Courier is the main daily newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina. It traces its ancestry to three newspapers, the Charleston Courier, founded in 1803, the Charleston Daily News, founded 1865, and The Evening Post, founded 1894. Through the Courier, it is the oldest daily newspaper in the South, and one of the oldest continuously operating newspapers in the United States. It is the flagship newspaper of the Evening Post Industries.
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Charleston Daily News-1865
News & Courier 1873
The Evening Post 1894
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Charleston, SC 29403
The Charleston Courier, founded in 1803, and Charleston Daily News, founded in 1865, merged to form the News and Courier in 1873. In 1926, The News and Courier was bought by the owners of Charleston's main evening paper, The Evening Post. By 1991, it was apparent Charleston could no longer support two newspapers, so the News and Courier and Evening Post were merged into a single morning newspaper, The Post and Courier. However, the two papers had shared the same editorial staff since the 1980s.
The founder of the Courier, Aaron Smith Willington, came from Massachusetts with newspaper experience. In the early 19th century, he was known to row out to meet ships from London, Liverpool, Havre, and New York City to get the news earlier than other Charleston papers. He also had a translator working for him, so he could copy items from the Havana newspapers. Rudolph Septimus Siegling also served as editor during the 1800s.
The paper acquired several sisters in the 1990s when its parent bought other newspapers and television stations.
In 2008, the newspaper won national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and American Society of Newspaper Editors for coverage of the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire. In 2008, Reporter Tony Bartelme also won the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for a story about the effect of China's growth on local economies. In 2015 it won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of domestic violence.
The reported numbers for The Post and Courier's circulation as of the six months ended September 30, 2009, were 86,084 daily and 94,940 on Sundays. This is down some 13% from the period ended March 31, 2008, which were 99,459 daily and 110,289 on Sunday.
At the start of 2009, The Post and Courier's circulation figures were down to 94,647 for dailies and 97,549 for Sundays—4.8% down from the previous year's figures.
By the end of 2012, the circulation figures (including paid and non-paid) had declined to 82,266 for dailies and 92,062 for Sundays.
For the 4th quarter of 2015, paid circulation had dropped to 68,400 for Sundays and 56,000-57,000 for dailies as reported by the Alliance for Accredited Media.
Due to a decline in revenue, the paper offered a buyout to employees in 2008 in an attempt to streamline the company and save money. Sixty-four full-time employees left, bringing the headcount down to 381 by the start of 2009.
On February 6, 2009, 25 more layoffs were announced.
On March 23, 2009, Evening Post Publishing Co.—the parent company of the paper—announced that a company-wide furlough plan would take place in the second quarter of 2009—employees having to take five days of unpaid leave, in another attempt to save the company money. The newspaper said the move was necessary "because of the continued weakness of the economy and the impact on advertising."
One addition to the paper is the weekly Charleston Scene guide—published on a Thursday, containing entertainment, music and food reviews for the local area.
On February 1, 2010, it was announced that Preview was renamed and re-launched as Charleston Scene, as of 11 March 2010.
A special election for South Carolina's 1st congressional district was held on May 7, 2013, to fill the seat following the resignation of U.S. Representative Tim Scott, who was appointed to the United States Senate by Governor Nikki Haley to fill the seat previously held by Jim DeMint. DeMint resigned from the Senate on January 1, 2013, to accept a position as president of The Heritage Foundation.
The filing period for candidates lasted between January 18 and January 28, 2013. The special primary elections took place on March 19, 2013. Businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert Busch won the Democratic Party primary and Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who held the seat from 1995 to 2001, advanced to a runoff with former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic for the Republican Party nomination. Prior to the runoff, 14 Republicans and one Democrat signed the "Reject the Debt" pledge put out by the nonpartisan Coalition to Reduce Spending. Curtis Bostic's refusal to sign the pledge became a campaign issue appearing in a Daily Caller editorial as well as a National Review piece authored by Deroy Murdock, which called Sanford the "taxpayer's choice" in the race. In the runoff election on April 2, Sanford defeated Bostic. Eugene Platt, a James Island Public Service Commissioner, was nominated by the South Carolina Green Party. In the general election on May 7, Sanford received 54% of the vote, beating Colbert Busch (45%) and Platt (1%).2018 South Carolina gubernatorial election
The 2018 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of South Carolina. Incumbent Republican Governor Henry McMaster ran for election to a full term. The primary was held on June 12, with the Democrats nominating James E. Smith Jr.. Governor McMaster, having failed to win a majority of the vote, defeated John Warren in the Republican runoff on June 26. McMaster defeated Smith in the general election, thereby winning election to a full term.Blistering
Blistering, founded in 1998, was an international online magazine dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock music. Its editor-in-chief was David E. Gehlke, an American music journalist who has written for About.com, Metal Maniacs, and Throat Culture. Blistering was cited as a source on heavy metal by the Chicago Sun-Times, Charleston's The Post and Courier, The Washington Times, Blabbermouth.net, The Current, and Pegasus News. The magazine went defunct in January 2013.Bobby Harrell
Robert William Harrell, Jr. (born March 7, 1956) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 114th District, from 1992 to 2014, serving as the Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2014 when he pleaded guilty to misuse of office and was forced to resign.Charleston School of Law
The Charleston School of Law (CSOL) is a for-profit law school in Charleston, South Carolina. The school was established in 2003 and fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) in August 2011. The school was founded upon a principle of promoting public service by its students and graduates; each student must perform at least 30 hours of public service before graduation. According to the school's 2018 ABA-required disclosures, 44.5% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.Charleston Sofa Super Store fire
The Charleston Sofa Super Store fire occurred on the evening of June 18, 2007, in Charleston, South Carolina and killed nine firefighters. This was the deadliest firefighter disaster in the US since the September 11 attacks. The fire was believed to have started in some discarded furniture in the loading dock area, and though the source of ignition has been left undetermined, there is reason to believe it may have been a discarded cigarette.Clementa C. Pinckney
Clementa Carlos "Clem" Pinckney (July 30, 1973 – June 17, 2015) was a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 45th District from 2000 until his death in 2015. He was previously a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1997 through 2000.Pinckney was a senior pastor at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. in Charleston. On June 17, 2015, Pinckney was murdered by Dylann Roof in a racially motivated mass shooting at an evening Bible study at Pinckney's church. U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy at Pinckney's funeral nine days later.Evening Post Industries
Evening Post Industries is a privately held American media company, based in Charleston, South Carolina, United States.
On August 6, 2013, the company changed its name from the Evening Post Publishing Company to Evening Post Industries. In a press release, CEO John Barnwell stated, “The name change better reflects our existing diversified holdings and ongoing acquisition strategy in beyond media, while keeping the legacy value of Evening Post." In addition to The Post and Courier of Charleston, the South's oldest daily newspaper, the company owns six other newspapers in South Carolina, including the Aiken Standard. Other holdings include Cordillera Communications' 13 television stations, White Oak Forestry Company, and a marketing agency, Clear Night Group.Henry McMaster
Henry Dargan McMaster (born May 27, 1947) is an American politician, attorney and member of the Republican Party, who is the 117th Governor of South Carolina, in office since January 24, 2017.
Born in Columbia, South Carolina, McMaster graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's in history in 1969 and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1973. He then worked for U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, in private practice and as a federal prosecutor. Appointed United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, he came to attention for investigating South Carolina marijuana smugglers in Operation Jackpot. McMaster was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1986, losing to incumbent Democrat Fritz Hollings. He was then defeated for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina by Democrat Nick Theodore in 1990.
In 1991, McMaster was appointed to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and joined the Board of Directors of the non-profit South Carolina Policy Council. He chaired the South Carolina Republican Party from 1993 to 2002. McMaster resigned as Chairman in 2002 to successfully run for Attorney General of South Carolina. He was re-elected in 2006 and ran for governor in 2010, but was defeated by Nikki Haley in the Republican primary. In 2011, McMaster was appointed to the South Carolina Ports Authority by Governor Haley. He left that office in 2015 after being elected the 91st lieutenant governor of South Carolina. McMaster succeeded to the office of governor when Haley resigned to become the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
McMaster won a full four-year term in the 2018 gubernatorial election after winning a runoff for the Republican nomination and defeating Democratic nominee James Smith in the general election.James E. Smith Jr.
James Emerson Smith Jr. (born September 9, 1967) is an American politician who served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1996 to 2019. Smith is also a combat veteran and a serving officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard, a small business owner, and a practicing attorney in Columbia, South Carolina.
Smith endorsed Joe Biden in the 2008 United States presidential election. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of South Carolina in 2018, but was defeated by incumbent Republican Governor Henry McMaster.Khris Middleton
James Khristian Middleton (born August 12, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Porter-Gaud School, where he was coached by John Pearson. As a junior and senior, he was named South Carolina Player of the Year, and was a McDonald's All-American nominee. He went on to play college basketball for Texas A&M University, where he started the majority of the games in his freshman year. In his sophomore season, he earned second-team All-Big 12 honors after leading the Aggies in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Middleton was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 39th overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft. He received his first All-Star selection in 2019.North Charleston Coliseum
The North Charleston Coliseum is a 14,000-seat multi-purpose arena in North Charleston, South Carolina. It is part of the North Charleston Convention Center Complex, which also includes a Performing Arts Center, and is owned by the City of North Charleston and managed by SMG. The Coliseum was built in 1993 (the Performing Arts Center and Convention Center opened in 1999), and is located on the access road to the Charleston International Airport.
The Coliseum is home to the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays professional ice hockey team and serves as an alternate home for the Charleston Southern University basketball team. It is the area's primary venue for concerts and other major indoor events expected to draw large crowds. The Coliseum is currently undergoing an expansion project intended to increase concourse space, provide additional points of sale, and create venues for banquets, receptions, and other smaller-scale events. The arena contains 9,875 permanent seats, including 7,175 in the upper deck, and 1,646 riser seats.Ralph Norman
Ralph Warren Norman Jr. (born June 20, 1953) is an American real estate developer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district since 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was a South Carolina House Representative from 2005 to 2007 and from 2009 until 2017.Robert Ford (politician)
Robert Ford (born December 26, 1948) is an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate since 1993, representing District 42, which is located in Charleston. From 1974 to 1992, he served as a member of the Charleston City Council.
Originally involved in the civil rights movement, several of Ford's public statements and legislative proposals as senator attracted media attention and controversy. He finished in third place in the June 2010 Democratic primary election for Governor of South Carolina. He resigned on May 31, 2013, in the midst of a political scandal on public funds spent in adult establishments.Shooting of Walter Scott
The Shooting of Walter Scott occurred on April 4, 2015, in North Charleston, South Carolina, following a daytime traffic stop for a non-functioning brake light. Scott, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by Michael Slager, a white North Charleston police officer. Slager was charged with murder after a video surfaced which showed him shooting Scott from behind while Scott was fleeing, and which contradicted his police report. The race difference led many to believe that the shooting was racially motivated, generating a widespread controversy.The case was independently investigated by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division conducted their own investigations. In June 2015, a South Carolina grand jury indicted Slager on a charge of murder. He was released on bond in January 2016. In late 2016, a five-week trial ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury. In May 2016, Slager was indicted on federal charges including violation of Scott's civil rights and obstruction of justice. In a May 2017 plea agreement, Slager pleaded guilty to federal charges of civil rights violations, and he was returned to jail pending sentencing. In return for his guilty plea, the state's murder charges were dropped.In December 2017, Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with the judge determining the underlying offense was second-degree murder.The Greenville News
The Greenville News is a daily morning newspaper published in Greenville, South Carolina. After The State in Columbia and Charleston's The Post and Courier, it is the third largest paper in South Carolina.The State (newspaper)
The State is an American daily newspaper published in Columbia, South Carolina. The newspaper is owned and distributed by The McClatchy Company in the Midlands region of the state. It is, by circulation, the second-largest newspaper in South Carolina. after The Post and Courier.
Its news staff was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in general news reporting for its Hurricane Hugo coverage in 1989. Its cartoonist, Robert Ariail, was a Pulitzer finalist in 1995 and 2000. Reporter Gina Smith and current projects editor broke the Mark Sanford scandal story on June 24, 2009 when she interviewed Sanford at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport as he returned from ArgentinaAccording to the newspaper's Web site, it has 440 full-time employees and another 31 who work part-time, not including an on-premises "McClatchy Customer Care Center for subscriber assistance." The State has a 260,000-square-foot (24,000 m2) building completed in 1988, three miles (4.8 km) south of downtown.In 2017, the McClatchy Company listed the State's Columbia, SC headquarters building for sale for $17,000,000.Troy Wheless
Troy Wheless (born December 19, 1980) is an American former basketball player known for his collegiate career at the College of Charleston (CofC) between 1999–2000 and 2002–03. During his four-year career with the Cougars, the school won four Southern Conference (SoCon) South Division championships and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament in 2003. Wheless scored 1,108 points in 116 career games. During Wheless' career, CofC recorded an overall record of 92 wins to just 30 losses. As a senior, Wheless began the season by leading the Cougars to win the Great Alaska Shootout and was named its most valuable player. For the year, he averaged 15.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game en route to being named the SoCon Player of the Year as well as an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American.After earning a degree in Corporate Communications in 2003, Wheless "struggled to find a career path," according to a June 2005 article in The Post and Courier. Professional basketball overseas did not work out and he began to work in marketing until CofC coach Tom Herrion called to offer him a position as the Director of Basketball Operations. He spent one season in this position until he was promoted to be a full-time assistant coach at the start of the 2005–06 season. He lasted one season. Today he lives in North Carolina and has two children(Landon and Madison.)Wendell Gilliard
Wendell Gilliard (born August 1, 1954) is an American politician, steelworker, and union official. A Democrat, Gilliard serves as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 111th district.
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