Headline Tuesday: Abbeville white elected officials want Calhoun statue

As the city of Charleston explores what to do with a 12-foot statue of a man promoting slave labor in its basement, five white men representing Abbeville County volunteered Monday to host the depiction of John C. Calhoun’s “home” to the place where the man was born. The two black council members voted against the measure. Councilman Charles Goodwin called the vote a “slap in the face”. Although the resolution authorizes the acceptance of the statue, it does not mean that an agreement is imminent with Charleston. Following: Greenwood Index-Journal

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Shepard Fairey is still influencing Charleston years after he left. Shepard Fairey is best known for his Barack Obama “Hope” campaign poster. He left Charleston after high school, but three of his murals are still on display in downtown Charleston. In this story, Fairey recounts how the town changed over the years and where he enjoyed skateboarding in the 1990s. The Washington Post

McMaster wants SC to use federal government money to widen highways. Governor Henry McMaster is urging President Joe Biden to expand the flexibility of states’ discretionary spending in federal dollars for infrastructure. He said the state could use the money for road widening projects for highways, not just rural roads. Following: Post and courier

SC leads the nation in exports of tires, passenger vehicles. The SC Department of Commerce’s 2021 International Trade Report, released on Monday, found that Palmetto State holds 36.6% of the country’s market share in exported tires and 19.4% of its market share in market on exported passenger vehicles. This makes the state the leading exporter of these two consumer goods. The news comes as the state’s total exports fell 2% in 2021 from the 2020 total. The state set an export record in 2019. More: Colombia Activity Report

Thank goodness for Mississippi… and Tennessee, and Alabama, and… A WalletHub survey compared all 50 states on educational attainment, school quality, and achievement gaps between gender and race. The survey ranked South Carolina as the 11th least educated country. The states in the top 10 least educated countries are: West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Mexico and Tennessee. States considered to be the most educated included Massachusetts, Connecticut, Colorado, and Washington. Following: WISTV

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