Charleston: eclipse nirvana, or eclipse apocalypse?

Larry and Nancy Feinberg of Charleston, S.C., watch storm clouds from the deck of the USS Yorktown, where an eclipse-watching party of 2,500 will gather on Aug. 21. BO EMERSON / BEMERSON@AJC.COM

You’ve heard about some of the problems facing eclipse chasers as they flock to the path of totality across the United States.

Massive traffic jams, eye damage, etc.

Charleston, the Holy City by the sea and perhaps the coolest town in the path of the shadow, presents a few additional concerns.

We’ll get to those in a minute. But first, why would it be a great idea to visit Charleston, S.C., during the Great American Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21?

One: It’s Charleston. A paradise for foodies, beach lovers and history buffs, Charleston repeatedly ranks at the top in best places to visit...

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South Carolina Worried About a ‘Lizard Man’ During Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, people across the United States will bear witness to the Great American Eclipse, the first total solar eclipse that visible in the U.S. since February 26, 1979. However, when that day arrives, South Carolina residents may be more preoccupied with trying to get a glimpse of the rare "Lizard Man." That’s right, a Lizard Man.

The last time someone laid their eyes on the "Lizard Man" was two years ago when a woman spotted the creature after leaving church. She even took the above video as proof of her incredibly blurry findings. The "Lizard Man" has appeared sporadically since 1988 when The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp legend first started.

That year, a 17-year-old named Christopher Davis made the discovery in Lee County, South Carolina while changing a tire...

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Charleston construction firm will build 234,000-square-foot plant for auto supplier in Berkeley County

German auto supplier IFA tapped a local company to craft its manufacturing operation in Berkeley County.

Frampton Construction Company LLC, based in Charleston, will build a 234,000-square-foot industrial plant, to consist of a 17,500-square-foot office and 216,500 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space. Construction started in May; the project is scheduled for completion by March.

The company helped put together a construction team that includes Keith Corp., project developer; and McMillan Pazdan Smith, project architect.

“Frampton has consistently delivered results over and beyond what they committed to during the negotiation phase...

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South Carolina’s immigrant activists are worried after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ crackdown on sanctuary cities

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens to Howard Augusto Cotto Castaneda, Director General of the National Police during a visit to the National Police Headquarters in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, July 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

After an announcement this week by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that amounts to a crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, South Carolinians who work with the immigrant community are concerned.

Sessions’ order threatens to hold back federal grant money from local and state agencies that do not cooperate with immigration officials.

While no city in the Palmetto State is classified as a sanctuary city — no legal definition exists but they are usually regarded as municipalities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration ...

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10 Classic Charleston Restaurants

Charleston might be home to one of the most buzzed about about culinary scenes in the country, but let’s not forget the forerunners—the restaurants that paved the way for so many others. So, if you’re seeking a taste of how it all began in the Holy City, here are 10 restaurants you can’t miss.

Discreetly tucked away in the chic boutique hotel Zero George, this jewel box of a restaurant—whose food is prepared in an even tinier kitchen by chef Vinson Petrillo—offers a refreshingly unique type of fine dining experience. The ever-rotating prix fixe menu is full of whimsical surprises—think mozzarella balloons and baby radishes in edible soil—and the service is professional, yet warm. When the weather’s fine, nab a seat in the picturesque courtyard.

0 George Street, 843-817-79...

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Drivers Trapped on Charleston Bridge, Traffic at Standstill

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — Netting on top of the Don Holt Bridge has fallen down and landed on vehicles below.

Traffic on the bridge is at a standstill in both directions.

DOT has been notified and North Charleston Police Department assisting.

Charleston Police say the netting was up as part of maintenance being done to the bridge.

According to police, the netting and cables haven fallen on several vehicles, trapping the drivers and vehicles underneat. There have been no reported injuries.

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Two Years Later: South Carolina’s Confederate Flag in Storage Awaiting Display Exhibit

Two years ago, July 10, 2015, the Confederate flag was removed from South Carolina’s Statehouse grounds following the signing of a bill calling for its removal by former Gov. Nikki Haley.

Debate over removing the flag was sparked by a tragedy that happened less than a month before. On June 17, 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people in a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Roof had posted photos of himself with the Confederate flag.

The Confederate flag was first flown atop the dome of the Statehouse on April 11, 1961, to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Civil War.

In 2000, the South Carolina Heritage Act stated that the only flags that could fly atop the Statehouse dome were the United States flag and the South Carolina state flag...

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South Carolina’s Top Five Candidates for a Breakout Season in 2017

1. Ty’Son Williams, RB

The North Carolina transfer waited his turn, now he may well find himself in a starting role. After sitting out a walk-on season, he showed the ability to bounce outside and use his speed in the spring game, posting 83 yards and a score. The former four-star runner stands at 6-foot-1, 209 pounds. While Rico Dowdle played like a top option last season, Williams could sop up the carries around him.

2. D.J. Wonnum, DE

The underrated recruit who caught coach Will Muschamp’s eye barely a week into practice went from three stars to the No. 2 spot at the Buck position in less than two months last year. Now the 250-pound defender is a projected starter and the team’s best hope for a pure pass rusher.

3. T.J. Brunson, LB

A team needs more than two linebackers, and Bruns...

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South Carolina Parents Shocked by Their 14-Pound Newborn

When Cindy Richmond gave birth to her son, she had no idea he’d break records.

Her newborn, Colin Austin Keisler, weighed a whopping 14 pounds.

South Carolina parents Arthur Keisler and Cindy Richmond were shocked by their 14-pound newborn, Colin.

“I make ‘em big,” the proud father, Arthur Keisler, of Lexington, South Carolina, told ABC News. “The room completely changed as soon as they got him out. The doctor said, ‘Whoa, this is a big baby.’

“You could hear the other nurses in the room trying to guess how big he was. They said, ‘We need to weigh him right now.’ They pulled the scale into the operating room and the room erupted into like, ‘Oh, my God, this is the craziest thing ever.’”

South Carolina parents Arthur Keisler and Cindy Richmond were shocked by their...

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