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The Business Narrative: Public Radio Awards

Nov 28, 2022 06:54PM ● By David Dykes

South Carolina ETV, Public Radio Win 14 Awards

South Carolina ETV and Public Radio received 14 awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) earlier this month. Winners of the 2022 RTDNAC Awards were announced at a luncheon on Nov. 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

RTDNAC is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to showcasing the best broadcast journalism in North Carolina and South Carolina. RTDNAC also supports college students who aspire to a journalism career.

The annual awards ceremony brings together media professionals and journalism students to recognize them for their efforts in various categories.

In total, SC Public Radio received seven first-place and eight second-place awards in 11 categories ranging from “Entertainment” to “Long-Form Interview.”

RTDNAC recognized the network for its dedication to providing radio news coverage to listeners across the state, naming SC Public Radio first in the “Outstanding News Operation” category.

SC Public Radio reporter Victoria Hansen received second place for RTDNAC “Radio Reporter of the Year,” a title the veteran reporter received earlier in 2022 from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association.

Other awards a first-place award for long-form podcast for the SC Lede feature “Lowcountry at High Tide.”

Healthy Greenville Grants Awarded to 11 Organizations 

The Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees recently presented Healthy Greenville Grants, totaling over $5.8 million, to 11 nonprofit organizations in Greenville County.

To be eligible to receive a grant, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a government agency, an academic institution, or a collaborative combination of these types of organizations.

The following organizations received 2022 Healthy Greenville Grants:

  • Center for Developmental Services: awarded $553,750, over three years, to expand Case Management Services for underserved individuals in Greenville County with a diagnosis of intellectual disability or related disability, or with a head and spinal cord injury.
  • FAVOR Upstate: awarded $1,374,291, over three years, to expand the substance abuse disorder recovery and support program to individuals and families in Greenville County.
  • Girls on the Run Upstate SC: awarded $45,000, over three years, to provide Girls on the Run program to Greenville County Title 1 schools.
  • Greenville County First Steps: awarded $600,000, over three years, for seed money to launch Family Connects in Greenville County. Family Connects is a nationally recognized home visiting model that pairs every new parent with a nurse who will offer a series of home visits.
  • NOTUS Sports: awarded $750,000, over two years, to increase physical activity, wellness and exercise opportunities in Greenville County. The Community Health and Wellness Center at Unity Park will provide individuals access to adaptive equipment, bikes, educational training on health and wellness, and access to licensed health professionals.
  • Pendleton Place: awarded $200,000, over three years, to maximize community health by minimizing ACEs. This project seeks to establish the first Family Resource Center model of community-driven family health in Greenville County to prevent ACEs, address the social determinants of health, and improve health, social, and economic outcomes for the community.
  • Safe Harbor, Inc.: awarded $500,000, over two years, to improve services for victims of domestic violence. This grant will support the construction of Safe Harbor’s new domestic violence center.
  • Soteria Community Development Corporation: awarded $7,220, one-year grant, for the Hoop House to combat social determinants of health associated with post-incarceration, including lack of access to mental health care, adequate nutrition, healthy living practices, and advocacy in the community.
  • Unity Health on Main: awarded $1,389,740, over three years, for a collaborative effort between Unity Health on Main, Upstate Circle of Friends, Just Say Something (JSS), and partners to provide a holistic approach to family-centered health and wellness expanding services to under-resourced communities.
  • University of South Carolina Educational Foundation: awarded $247,029, over three years, for Root Cause, an ongoing health and public services initiative led by University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, Prisma Health-Upstate, and 35+ community partners to address the root causes of disease by increasing access to healthcare, promoting healthy lifestyles, and reducing health disparities across Greenville County.
  • YMCA of Greenville: awarded $189,000, one-year grant, for Judson Mill YMCA Infant and Child Care. This grant will make transformational change happen for preschoolers, elementary- and middle-school-age children at the YMCA Judson Community Center. 

Oldcastle APG Acquires Sterling Sand’s Packaging Operations

Oldcastle APG, a CRH company, has acquired the packaging operations of Sterling Sand and the soil business of Soil Mender Products.

The acquisitions of its co-packing partners enable Oldcastle APG to extend its geographic position and production capabilities in high-demand, high-growth markets to best serve its customers.

With operations in South Carolina and North Carolina, Sterling Sand is a leading regional manufacturer and distributor of specialty sands for industrial, construction, recreation and other end-market uses.

An established co-packer for Oldcastle APG's Techniseal business, Sterling Sand is a key partner in the bagging and distribution of its polymeric sand products for customers in the Southeast U.S.

The acquisition of Sterling Sand's packaging operations will enable Techniseal to achieve increased production capacity and market share growth potential in southeastern markets.

Soil Mender Products is a leading regional manufacturer of lawn and garden solutions that promote soil health, biodiversity and outdoor aesthetics while supporting a thriving ecosystem 

Located in northwestern Texas, it operates as a co-packer for Oldcastle APG's large retail customers in the Texas market.

“As North America's leading provider of integrated and sustainable outdoor living solutions, we are excited to welcome Sterling Sand and Soil Mender Products to the APG Family as we enhance our Techniseal and Lawn & Garden manufacturing capabilities,” said Tim Ortman, President, Oldcastle APG.

“With increased production and growth in the Carolinas, Texas and surrounding markets, we can continue to provide end-to-end outdoor living solutions to customers across the country.”

South Carolina Hospital Receives St. Baldrick’s Grant

St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the nation's largest charitable funder of childhood cancer research grants, announced its newest round of infrastructure grants amounting to more than $1.2 million.

Twenty-seven grants were awarded across 20 states to expand patient access to pediatric cancer clinical trials and to accelerate scientific discoveries to conquer kids' cancer.

In South Carolina, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville was one of the grant recipients.

Clinical trials are the last stage of research, leading to new approved drugs and/or therapies that improve the quality of life for patients and survivors.

The Foundation's infrastructure grants support programs and the personnel necessary to open and coordinate clinical trials.

“Research is hope and the dedication and generosity of the St. Baldrick's community equips researchers to save children's lives,” said Kathleen Ruddy, St. Baldrick's CEO.

“Countless children are alive today because of volunteers, donors, and researchers.  Together, they make more childhood cancer survivors.” 

The latest grants bring the total of research funded by the St. Baldrick's Foundation to $324 million and 1,701 grants since 2005. 

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