When he’s not singing, Darius Rucker is often tweeting. Post and Courier/file.
Following celebrities on Twitter is usually a one-way street. Not only do they rarely follow you back, you’re lucky to ever get a response.
Take Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, for instance: 90 million followers between them and most of their tweets range from self-promotion to mundane.
That’s why it’s refreshing to see celebrities like Charleston’s own Darius Rucker take the time to respond to both fans and critics on Twitter, as he did Saturday.
Rucker let loose some fun facts you might not have already known, such as: he never signs autographs with ‘Hootie’, his golf handicap is a 6.9 and his favorite winter sport is curling. You can also find out what happens if a woman throws her panties at him while he’s on stage.
Since it opened in 2005, the Ravenel Bridge has been closed for extended periods of time only a handful of times.We’ve seen it most recently with the ice and #Ravalanche falling ice situations last week.
With the rise of social media over that same span, each of the incidents has been pretty well documented as people use it to seek and pass along information. For old time’s sake, here’s a look back at the previous high-profile bridge closings:
This is too much. I’m saying a prayer for the rescue workers on the Ravenel. This car has “stay away bomb” “game over” written on windows — Ryan Nelson (@Ryan_NelsonSC) February 2, 2012
On Friday, police say Phillip DeClemente fled from a traffic stop and later called police to tell them he was waiting to surrender on the Ravenel Bridge – the same spot in which he led a with police nearly two years earlier. The original Storify story about it was viewed more than 140,000 times.
The bridge was blocked again for several hours seven months ago when police say another man threatened suicide. The incident pretty much shut down the town of Mount Pleasant for the duration, as you can see here. The incident also led to this now famous picture from Post and Courier photographer Grace Beahm Continue reading →
But anyone familiar with Charleston, if you look a little closer, will notice that those are Charleston police officers giving that little boy a pretend ticket. (Hat tip to Jared Smith – coiner of #warontouror – who noticed it before I did).
Where did the photo originally come from? I emailed Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis who said the photo was taken by the child’s father but his name was not immediately available.
Should this video showing 12-year-old Jackson Stebbins kicking a football into a basketball net appear on SportsCenter? Proud mom Ellen Stebbins from here in the Charleston area believes so.
Stebbins said her son, a soccer player who attends Moultrie Middle School, had been practicing the shot for about an hour Saturday when she went out to check on him. He said, “I’m going to get it in the net, I’m going to get it in the net.”
He gave his mom a hug, flipped the football and made the shot. “The power of a mom’s hug,” she said.
Stebbins is asking for your support to help Jackson’s video get some air time. You can retweet it below:
Lots of great stuff this week: a duck on a leash, obscure Charleston architecture and Lowcountry skies.
Speaking of skies, this week’s weekly photo assignment (in which we pick a pic to run in the newspaper every Saturday) is Lowcountry clouds. Send your best #skyporn pic to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Tuesday (Jan. 7).