Focus on The Palmetto State

July 2015 at 9:30 am  - Focus on the Palmetto State


In segment one we spoke with Sabra Bateman, a mom and advocate of a childhood cancer initiative called Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  Her two-week old son was diagnosed with eye cancer and has had many surgeries and is currently in remission.  She and her family have worked tirelessly to raise funds for research to help find a cure.  Her family has been awarded the honor of representing South Carolina in a national effort to fight all childhood cancers.


In our next segment, we head to the Greenville Literacy Association where we speak with Carol Browning, the Executive Director.  According to a study conducted by the National Institute for Literacy, 12% of the adults in Greenville County function on the two lowest literacy levels. In addition, many individuals among the large immigrant population in Greenville need to improve their English proficiency to function successfully not only in the job market, but with needs of daily life, including medical care and grocery shopping. The Greenville Literacy Association provides programs to address these problems. The learning centers offer Adult Basic Education, Pre-GED, and English as a Second Language instruction. They are holding their annual fundraiser in August called The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale which is always a fun community event.


In segment three we meet a local author, Bob Fiacco.  He has another new book out called “Discover your Treasure " 20 Easy Steps.”  Bob has had several best-selling books that teach his readers how to find their inner success stories.


In our last segment, we go on the newest bike and running trail in our state called The Doodle Trail, which runs between Easley and Pickens.  Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell gives us all the information we need to hit this 7.5 mile trail this summer.