The Palmetto Report is a multimedia news and public affairs platform that features content produced by students in the Mass Communication Department at Winthrop University.
Rock Hill's 'community fridge' helps to feed the hungry
(Rock Hill, S.C.) – During the height of the pandemic in August 2020, the Mercantile, located on in Rock Hill, came up with a way to help those in need by starting the "Rock Hill Community Fridge." The fridge is available 24 hours a day for individuals to pick up, but also drop off food items, as needed. The Palmetto Report's Kevin Seabrook speaks with Brittany Kelly, owner of The Mercantile, about the project.
Winthrop grad was a codebreaker during WWII
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Jeuel Bannister Esmacher was a junior at Winthrop University -- known then as Winthrop College -- in 1943 when the military took over Bancroft Hall to set up classes and living space for the Army Air Corps Cadet Training Program. It was at that time, during the height of World War II, when Esmacher, now 97, was first introduced to cryptology.
Esmacher -- who currently lives in Anderson, but grew up in Starr, S.C. -- was one of 10,000 women who worked for the Army and Navy as codebreakers during World War II. Her story was unknown, until it was featured in the 2017 award-winning and New York Times best-selling book, "Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II," which interviewed several women about their secret work during the war.
The Palmetto Report's Audrey Burriss speaks with Esmacher about her experience as a codebreaker.
Winthrop to host graduation ceremonies in-person
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Winthrop University's first in-person commencement ceremony since December 2019 is set to take place with five separate ceremonies that will span three days from May 6-8. Each ceremony will have a capacity of about 1,400 people in the Winthrop Coliseum, with an allotment of four guests per graduate. The Palmetto Report's Kristal Herrin speaks with Tim Drueke -- assistant provost for curriculum and program support at Winthrop and chair of the commencement committee -- about the plans for the ceremonies and his role in leading their execution.
Winthrop hosts annual LIFT conference to promote student leadership
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- The Winthrop University Office of Student Activities held its annual leadership conference, which is intended to educate students on leadership skills, provide networking opportunities and create self-awareness. The LIFT Conference -- short for Leadership Institute for First-Timers -- is a student led, one-day professional development seminar held every spring semester for undergraduate and graduate students. The Palmetto Report's Da’Vette Peoples speaks with Calvin Joyner, assistant director for student organizations and leadership at Winthrop, about the conference.
Kings Mountain controlled burns highlight need for prescribed fire
(Blacksburg, S.C.) -- The Kings Mountain National Military Park is conducting a series of controlled burns this spring, which are intended to reduce the risk of wildfires and improve the habit of wildlife. The Palmetto Report's Kevin Seabrook speaks with Jennifer Schafer, an assistant professor of biology at Winthrop University, about the importance of prescribed fires to maintain a healthy environment.
York County groups work to help the homeless
(York County, S.C.) -- Many groups throughout York County are working together to combat homelessness, by implementing programs, such as rent assistance and providing temporary housing, to help the homeless in the county. The Palmetto Report’s Savannah Scott speaks with Leslie Starnes, executive director of Family Promise of York County, about the group's efforts to help families and end generational homelessness.