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Ranging from a trumpet player to a musician, a university dean to a philanthropist, recipients of the 2021 South Carolina Governor's Awards for the Arts have been announced. The awards are the state's highest award for achievement in practicing or supporting the arts.

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Charleston Jazz announced its plan for a dynamic Season 13. Availing of both outdoor and indoor venues, as well as online platforms, the organization will offer local jazz enthusiasts a host of ways to enjoy new concerts with Charleston Jazz Orchestra.

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Were you among the lucky to see Elvis Presley when he came to Charleston on two separate occasions in 1956 ? We'd love to hear from you. Share your encounter with the King of Rock 'n' Roll with Maura Hogan at mhogan@postandcourier.com.

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Recent federal and foundation funding has offered a life raft for some of South Carolina cultural organizations. It's far more than a much-needed bailout, though. It's a sound, intentional investment in this country's continued wellbeing.

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For 30 years, John Sigler proudly wore the uniform of the U.S. Army.

Now he proudly wears a Waffle House uniform. The shirt is pressed and tightly tucked in his pants. The yellow tie is carefully knotted and the apron neatly tied. Even the simple visor is purposely and properly placed atop his head. He's ready for duty.

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How can an empathetic president make a difference? Empathy allows someone to understand and share the feelings of another. In order to come together, we can benefit from that example.

It’s been a while since we looked at each other with decency and dignity. Isn’t our country worth giving it a shot?

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Anybody know what day of the week it is anymore? During the holidays, that’s not all that uncommon. But we’re now into the third week of a new year and while I am fairly certain of the month, it’s a 50-50 proposition that I’ll nail the exact day of the week.

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I like words. Sometimes, they come easy. On occasion, they can make people laugh, cry or remember. If the words are properly constructed, they might inspire or even motivate.

Every year, a Michigan university publishes a list of words and phrases that are overused, redundant and, in their view, should be banished.


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