The Agenda: A look at 'Raven Saunders Day'; County defers bike lane talk; Lowcountry in Inc. 5000

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P&C lede on grading scales for the new semester: "The Charleston County School District has known since April it would need to pick a grading scale for elementary and middle school students. School started Monday, and the district still hasn’t decided."

P&C sports writer Jeff Hartsell has a great account of yesterday's 'Raven Saunders Day' celebration, which featured the Burke High grad-turned Olympian Saunders hearing the named in her honor from the mayor and a parade from her alma mater to Marion Square. Source: P&C

The parade was unbelievable. #tracknation #throwernation #shotput #myday #charleston #charlestonsc

A photo posted by Raven "Hulk" Saunders (@giveme1shot) on

After a Greenville News investigation into problems involving SC Mentor, a company with a nearly $20 million state contract to care for disabled and vulnerable adults, the state says "changes are in play." Source: G'ville News

After appearing ready to scratch the Ashley River bike lane project before Thursday's meeting, Charleston County Council voted to defer discussion on the previously-approved project to seek legal counsel on the county's agreement with the city and the state DOT. Source: P&C

North Charleston City Council is getting their first look at a proposed 25-member citizen's advisory council, a long-sought after community-led group to foster a more open relationship between police, the city, and its residents. Source: P&C

DNR biologists say that a large, otherwise healthy male manatee found dead on Sullivans Island yesterday was killed by a boat strike. Source: P&C

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Trump: "He’s in a death spiral here and nobody knows where the bottom is at." Soruce: NYT

On the latest Inc. 5000 list ranking the fastest-growing businesses in the U.S., some 23 Lowcountry companies and 57 total from South Carolina made the list. Source: CRBJ

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