SC’s pandemic-related economic blows range from glancing to direct hit | Business

The coronavirus pandemic has had divergent impacts on South Carolina’s economic sectors, with the state’s hospitality industry taking the brunt of the financial fallout. Although every industry took a hit in the early months, some are well on the way to recovery, while others continue to lag.

Here’s a look at how COVID-19 has affected some of the Palmetto State’s key business sectors: 

Hospitality

Even within the hard-hit tourism industry,

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COVID-19’s economic impact largely depends on your job title | Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt South Carolina an economic crisis like no other, with a relatively small segment of workers and businesses suffering the greatest losses, while much of the state has weathered the stay-at-home orders and social distancing with little or no lasting financial impact.

Shaniqua McCants has seen the worst of that economic division.

After losing her job as a dispatcher for a North Charleston trucking firm and

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Community Christmas events go virtual | News

It may feel like the Grinch stole Christmas, with so many beloved traditions moving from in-person to online, but – like the cheerful residents of Whoville – organizers are finding the silver lining in these changed circumstances.

The Cullman Regional Hospital Foundation’s Lights of Love fundraiser has been held for 29 years, and this marks the first one done virtually.

“We wanted to put safety first and opted for a

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Office of Arts and Culture finding a way through COVID

Lee said the resources the office still has are being focused on helping artists and arts organizations navigate public and private funding sources.

“There’s a diversity of resources available to artists. It was definitely true at the beginning of COVID, unique funds were created,” she said. “We hope to be the one-stop-shop for all of those resources available to artists and arts organizations, regardless if they are resources offered by

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With virus limits at ski resorts, backcountry risks beckon

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Ben Werner glided up the craggy mountain bowl between Hardscrabble Peak and Frazier Basin in the Bridgers, his heels lifting off his skis with every step. He paused periodically to assess his route up the slope.

Before Werner ascended the bowl, he’d tested the snow’s stability on a small hill with a similar slant and aspect. He directed his skis toward the hillside and coasted along, … Read More

Santa practicing social distancing in West Springfield as Christmas traditions get COVID-19 update

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Santa Claus is coming to town, but like everyone else in 2020, he’s going to have to stay socially distanced.

Workers in the Park and Recreation Department are making sure that two of West Springfield’s cherished holiday traditions will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Operation Santa, the annual food and toy drive, is proceeding with as little personal contact as possible, and visits to Santa’s House will

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Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area Opens for the Season | Local News

Wax the skis and snowboards, dig out the ski boots and locate the goggles; it’s time to head to the slopes. Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area opened for the 2020-2021 season yesterday and is open daily into April, if all goes as planned.

Owners Aaron and Becky Maddox start their 11th season at the ski area with the unveiling of a significant upgrade. The Chute Lift, where once the

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Santa Claus to send letters to the children of Butte

BUTTE — With the help of Candy Kane Communications and the Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation, Santa Claus is sending letters to children across Butte.

“Santa Claus is pretty excited about it, I know that and Candy Kane communications, they really are. It’s the first year they’ve done this in Butte so they think it’s going to be pretty special,” Bob Lazzari, the Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Events Coordinator,

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Michigan firefighters share details of battling historic western wildfires

The help of Michigan firefighters was “essential” in the battles waged against historic wildfires in the western United States this year.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources dispatched teams and seven fire engines west this summer and fall to help fight raging fires that burned millions of acres in California, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, Utah and Wyoming. Michigan’s experts filled 90 out-of-state assignments working on direct fire lines, management teams and

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LCRA, wholesale electric customers award nearly $530K in grants

The Lower Colorado River Authority recently awarded nearly $530,000 in Community Development Partnership Program grants for community projects within LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas.

LCRA says the CDPP grants helped fund 27 projects that range from buying new equipment for first responders to improving museums and libraries to helping community centers build handicapped-accessible restrooms.

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