'While I Breathe, I Hope': South Carolina endures challenging 2016 with faith and grace

Several major events happened in South Carolina in 2015.

The police shooting of an unarmed black man in North Charleston. The killing of nine people during Bible study at a historic African-American church in Charleston. Historic flooding that dropped nearly half their yearly rain fall in less than two days. The Confederate flag flown on the Statehouse grounds coming down after multiple other efforts had failed.

Each of those events had key people working behind the scenes, whether it be South Carolina National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston leading flood response, state Rep. Russell Ott making sure the bill to remove the Confederate flag stayed on track or Charleston Mayor Joe Riley keeping his city together after nine died in a racially-motivated church shooting.