Charleston 2012: A Year in Review

Charleston 2012: A Year in Review

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The year of 2012 was full big stories nationally and especially here the Lowcountry. The biggest stories of the year made us proud, made us feel vulnerable, lifted us to new heights and brought us to new lows.

It all kicked off with politics, when the Republican party came to town to debate on multiple stages across the state.

Even though Newt Gingrich was chosen as the winner of our primary, it was comedian Stephen Colbert who rocked the vote the most on the College of Charleston campus with Herman Cain.

In his speech to students, Colbert called Charleston "a beautiful town... what a beautiful Lowcountry."

The Comedy Central comedian's words couldn't have been more true.

Months later, Charleston was named the 2012 best travel city on the planet by Conde Nast. But soon enough we learned that even the best are vulnerable.

Governor Nikki Haley went under the microscope when 3.8 million state taxpayers were hacked.

"This is a daily process," said the Governor in November. "I understand the frustration."

It was frustration that led Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon to slap a man involved in a high speed chase. Later, the Sheriff said he 'accepted full responsibility' and was briefly arrested for assault and battery after an investigation by SLED.

We got the air knocked out of us when a missing woman was found after a week of searching in Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Pleasant police 'confirmed the body found in the Francis Marion Forest is in fact Dara Lee Watson.'

And we still ache for those missing like Gayle McCaffrey.

"The police keep telling us there's no such thing as a perfect murder which means somebody out there knows something," said her sister Helen Banach after the CUE Center for Missing Persons joined the search for McCaffrey in August.

We made history right alongside of Summerville football coach John McKissick as he became the first football coach ever to reach 600 wins on any level.

The eyes of the entire world were on Kiawah Island when Rory McIlroy raised the PGA Championship trophy near the ocean. Live 5 News also exclusively watched the engraving of the Wanamaker Trophy 15 minutes before it was presented to the Champion.

But after McIlroy's dream came true on the Ocean Course other sporting dreams were shattered in the Lowcountry.

"In two years nobody in the state of South Carolina has beat this football team on the field," said Gators head football coach Chuck Reedy, in one of many press conferences held by the school.

Reedy was right and the Gators still haven't lost on the football field - but they fell for the first time in a SCHSL boardroom.

Folly Beach was the center of the news world in the Lowcountry over the summer. After a 4th of July brawl that sent officers to the hospital, Folly Beach City Council permanently banned booze on the beach.

After decades of debate, Interstate 526 was given the green light in December by Charleston County Council. Council members voted 5 to 4 to finish the controversial I-526 project across Johns and James Island.

Boeing rolled out its future with the first South Carolina made 787 Dreamliner back in April.

In 2013, Boeing expects to assemble 10 of the 787 jetliners per month, with about 3 of those coming from North Charleston.

Boeing, which was called "a real boon to the Lowcountry" by Charleston Chamber of Commerce CEO Bryan Derreberry is also on the verge of expanding in 2013 with the purchase of more land.

In December, Senator Jim DeMint resigned from the Senate and his replacement made history.

"I'm appointing our next U.S. Senator to be Tim Scott," said Governor Nikki Haley from a press conference in Columbia on December 17.

Tim Scott is South Carolina's first African-American senator and the first U.S. black senator from the South in more than a century.

Scott will serve for two years and then face an election in November 2014 should he want to seek another term.

The Crosstown looks spectacular after months of construction and Johnnie Dodds Boulevard does too but we're still trying to cure downtown flooding. Until then we'll always have wakeboards and canoes.

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