In 1974, Manigault Wilcox became the editor of The News And Courier while Thomas Waring became editor of The Evening Post. Arthur Wilcox believed in effective on-the-job training, and several former employees at The News And Courier, discuss Wilcox’ methods. In 1975, Joseph P. Riley was elected mayor, promised to revitalize Charleston, and introduced a new arts festival in Charleston in 1977. The newspaper became the leading proponent of Spoleto.
September 21-22, 1989, Charleston would witness another catastrophic natural disaster: Hurricane Hugo, which caused $3.7 billion in damages throughout the county. Distributing the news became a challenge; one not seen since the 19th century.