Just when the effort to preserve large tracts of the rich natural and historic rivers around Charleston seemed to have hit a wall, a new burst of conservation successes has saved nearly 2,000 acres.The latest is 104 acres of marsh and high ground across the Ashley River from Drayton Hall in the midst of the booming suburbs along Dorchester Road in North Charleston.The conservation easement covering the site is scheduled to be announced Wednesday.The effort augments recent easements or purchases of the Oaks Plantation, a planned park upstream, as well as land sites tied to Boone Hall Plantation and Lewisfield Plantation along or near the Cooper River.Meanwhile, a planned subdivision has been halted, at least for now, on Gippy Plantation in Berkeley County on the Cooper River headwaters.Why now? A handful of ongoing conservation and trust group projects seemed to come together at the same time."Right now we're in a period of opportunity and urgency" as development closes … [Read more...] about Drayton Hall marsh latest in sudden surge of conservation on Charleston rivers
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Graduates of the private for-profit Charleston School of Law continue to lag behind their peers at the public University of South Carolina School of Law on the latest round of bar exams.For the second year in a row, about one-third of Charleston School of Law graduates — 34 percent — passed the state's Uniform Bar Examination when it was administered in February, according to results released last week.USC Law alumni fared better, with 71 percent of graduates passing the bar this time. Overall, 141 of 219 applicants passed the bar in South Carolina.Administrators at the School of Law have given a variety of reasons for students' poor performance on the test in recent years.The school's founders made an ill-fated attempt to sell the school to the Florida-based law school chain InfiLaw System in 2013, leading to an exodus of dissatisfied students that included some of the school's top talent. News Charleston School of Law still recovering from turbulence By Paul … [Read more...] about Only a third of Charleston School of Law grads passed the bar in February
MOUNT PLEASANT — While thousands of students arrived on high school campuses across the Lowcountry ahead of the first period bell, Joey Boylston was soaked in sweat as he and his lacrosse teammates wrapped up an intense morning practice at Park West Fields.Practice was cut short on this muggy morning because Oceanside Collegiate Academy was hosting a lacrosse playoff match against Hilton Head later in the evening.“Those guys play physical, and that’s how I like to play. So it should be fun,” Boylston, a junior at Oceanside, said with a smirk.Boylston still had time to shower and grab a late breakfast before his first class, which began at 11:30 a.m.He says the unique academic/athletic approach at Oceanside is a good fit for him. He likes how his class schedule works around his lacrosse and football practices. Team workouts and practices start his day, then there are two or three hours of class divided by a block of free time.By 2 p.m., he’s usually on his … [Read more...] about Teachers teach. Coaches coach. In this SC high school, sports and grades hold equal value.
Decades after the Charleston Naval Base closed, efforts to redevelop the area have included a new diving school, apartments for low-income families and planned renovation for dozens of historic cottages.But in the middle are stacks of cargo containers resting on a piece of property that officials say doesn't quite fit the neighborhood.The city is working with Carver Maritime to relocate containers at 2457 Noisette Blvd., an industrial tract of land on the base where several dozen government agencies, nonprofits, academic institutions and private companies have taken residence since the federal government shuttered military activity in 1996.The property was rezoned heavy industrial years ago for a manufacturing company to use the site for warehousing, but the plan fell through, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said. Currently, the shipping company leases the property from Palmetto Railways, a subsidiary of S.C. Department of Commerce. Stacks of containers sit adjacent to West … [Read more...] about North Charleston says industrial activity, stacked containers don’t fit neighborhood
Nestled among the historic upper Ashley River plantations, a woodland park is planned.Meanwhile, a huge marshland vista of Cape Romain that's considered a birder's paradise also will be opened to the public.They are two of the more sizable scenic tracts being put under conservation easement as trusts and other protection groups put more emphasis on giving people access in the rapidly developing Charleston metro region. About 200 acres of the former Oaks Plantation on the Ashley River will be turned over to the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust to be managed as a passive park, according to the Open Space Institute, which is coordinating the purchase and conservation easement.The trust is working out details of how the park would be managed but wants to ensure broad public access."A nominal fee if any" might be charged to maintain the property, said Carter Hudgins, the trust's president.It would be the first property opened to general public use at a modest fee or no cost along … [Read more...] about Historic SC tract to become first upper Ashley River plantation park