Wiley Johnson not seeking re-election, donating campaign funds to nonprofits: Summerville Mayor Wiley Johnson has announced he will not seek re-election. He confirmed the news to the Journal Scene on Monday. Johnson held back from revealing his decision until Friday afternoon, when he told supporters gathered for a barbecue at his home that he will not seek another term. Full story here.
Summerville hospital is now done with $53 million update as chain shifts its strategy: The construction signs are still up, but Summerville Medical Center has completed a key piece of $100 million in updates to its Midland Parkway hospital. A women’s and children’s unit is complete, and, as of Monday, teams from two sister sites in the area will consolidate into one. Full story here.
Berkeley woman to have Trident Medical's final scheduled birth: After welcoming more than 69,000 babies into the world over the last 44 years, hospital hands at Trident Medical Center are preparing Monday to deliver one of the facility's last newborns. Berkeley County resident Christen Gandolfo is scheduled to deliver her third child and first boy via C-section at 12:30 p.m. today, according to Trident spokesperson Rod Whiting. Named after his dad, Dean Gandolfo III will join his two older siblings. Full story here.
Summerville students use summer break to start popular Fruity Treats business: For some students, summer break means just that, a break, but two young girls from Summerville have a thirst for business, and are using their free time to become entrepreneurs. The saying goes, when life gives you lemons make lemonade, well two young business owners are mixing things up and are using the whole fruit bowl. Meet sisters,12-year-old Armani and 11-year-old Amaya Jefferson, the owners of Mani and Maya's Fruity Treats. Armani says, "We wanted to work. We couldn't travel a lot because my mom she works during the week. On the weekends we said why not do a business. It's a fun way to spend your summer, and I'm doing it with my sister, so that's making it even more fun. New experiences are great. I love it. It's great. I love it, it's really fun." Full story here.
Attorney General Barr tells SC reporters he’s found a legal recourse on Census question: In a visit to South Carolina on Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the Trump administration will present a legal work-around that will allow a question on citizenship to be added to the 2020 Census. Speaking to reporters after a scheduled stop at a federal prison, Barr said, “I think, over the next day or two, you’ll see what approach we’re taking and I think it does provide a pathway for getting the question on the census.” Full story here.