Sunday, July 31, 2011

SC non-profit awarded $1 million to help veterans

The grant, awarded by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, will go to Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties as part of the VA’s new Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The program is there to help prevent homelessness among veterans–aiming to get each veteran into a good home. Crisis Ministries is one of 85 non-profits from 40 states and the District of Columbia to get a part of $60 million being awarded nationwide.

SC non-profit awarded $1 million to help veterans

GLASS ON WEB - Glass News - Tubelite expands into South Carolina and Texas

As part of its planned market expansion, Tubelite Inc. has opened two offices in South Carolina and Texas and added five, experienced personnel to its team. Both locations are fully operational to support clients’ needs for storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems. These offices also extend support for the markets Tubelite already serves through increased sales representation in Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia, as well as South Texas.

GLASS ON WEB - Glass News - Tubelite expands into South Carolina and Texas

South Carolina may go rogue in GOP presidential primary - Nation - TheState.com

Since 1980, the Republican presidential nominee has won every contested South Carolina GOP primary — a record that has given the Palmetto State’s vote a kingmaker aura. Why? In part, because S.C. Republican primary voters always have backed the GOP’s establishment candidate. But that could change this year.

South Carolina may go rogue in GOP presidential primary - Nation - TheState.com

Arrest made, stolen statues located | savannahnow.com

Just after 8 p.m. on Thursday night, Savannah Chatham Metro Police received a call from the home of O.C.Welch. The caller reported that seven statues worth forty thousand dollars had been stolen from his property. The thefts had taken place over a week or ten days.
Arrest made, stolen statues located | savannahnow.com

Work begins to combat erosion at SC's Harbour Town - Times Union

The owner of South Carolina's only golf course on the PGA tour is working to combat erosion that's threatening to send Harbour Town's most famous green into the ocean.
Work begins to combat erosion at SC's Harbour Town - Times Union

Lee County teacher who grew up in produce fields and dropped out in 10th grade honored | The Asheville Citizen-Times | citizen-times.com

Instead of learning to ride a bike or skate as a child, Maria Cardenas spent her afternoons doing migrant farm work to help her family. Too exhausted to keep up in school during the day, Cardenas could barely read when she dropped out in 10th grade.

Thirty years later, she’s risen above poverty and devoted her life to helping the 3rd-graders she teaches do the same. A teacher at Orange River Elementary school in Fort Myers, Cardenas won the LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Florida Colleges. She was presented an award in the Against All Odds category Tuesday in a ceremony at Orange River. Florida colleges can nominate one alumnus who has achieved success despite adversity for the statewide award. Winners will be honored at the AFC convention in October.



Lee County teacher who grew up in produce fields and dropped out in 10th grade honored | The Asheville Citizen-Times | citizen-times.com

Milk and eggs down, chicken and lettuce way up - Business - TheState.com

Food and fuel prices are on the rise as the economy continues to struggle. The State is monitoring the prices of grocery staples and a gallon of gas to give readers a monthly gauge of price swings in the Columbia area. We will look at the same products in the same store each month to offer a consistent picture. Prices have jumped on most items since January – including peanut butter for the first time this year -- rising 16 percent overall:


Milk and eggs down, chicken and lettuce way up - Business - TheState.com

Latest counterfeit IDs are so good they’re dangerous - The Washington Post

When the fleeing motorcycle hit the curb, scraped past a utility pole and hurled 20-year-old Craig Eney to his death, a bogus South Carolina driver’s license was in the hip pocket of his jeans.

“He’s like some sort of genius in China,” said a 19-year-old for whom Eney bought shots that night. “Every kid in Annapolis has one of his licenses.”

The “Chinese guy” — whose e-mail address is passed around on college campuses and among high school kids — is actually a Chinese company that mails untold thousands of fake driver’s licenses to the United States. They have been turning up in states from coast to coast.



Latest counterfeit IDs are so good they’re dangerous - The Washington Post

Let History Huzzah for South Carolina | NCRenegade

South Carolina has six Representatives and two Senators representing its interest in Congress. Only James Clyburn is a Democrat: the remaining seven are Republicans. These seven Congressmen deserve a resounding “Huzzah” for standing strong and voting against the GOP leadership in this matter. It appears that South Carolina is once again showing the rest of the country that states’ right and our future independence are their most paramount concern.

How did North Carolina Republican Congressmen vote? They also voted unanimously to support the Republican Party instead of standing up for principles and solutions.



Let History Huzzah for South Carolina | NCRenegade

COLUMN: Showy Mystery Plant makes splash in swamps | SCNOW

Our Mystery Plant is a bit odd within its group of relatives, in lacking this parachute. You can find our shady, swamp-lover along the Atlantic coastal plain from South Carolina to northern Florida, and west to the Mississippi River, as far north as southern Indiana.

COLUMN: Showy Mystery Plant makes splash in swamps | SCNOW

Indigenous, non-English languages struggle to survive in US - KansasCity.com

Indigenous and non-English languages such as Gullah - which originated with slaves from West Africa and includes some English - face a host of obstacles to survival in today's United States, including a lack of resources, the fact that most of the speakers are dying off and a stigma that the languages are for uneducated people. But some schools and programs are fighting that stigma and trying to preserve these languages for a new generation.

According to Ethnologue, an encyclopedia of the world's languages, 60 languages have become extinct in the U.S. since 1950 and 94 languages are in danger of becoming extinct.

Gullah, which is spoken by an unknown number of descendants of West African slaves along the Atlantic coastal plains of South Carolina and Georgia, carries "a certain stigma ... as there often is with language varieties spoken by African-Americans in this country," said Tracey Weldon, an associate professor of linguistics at the University of South Carolina.


Indigenous, non-English languages struggle to survive in US - KansasCity.com

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Stuffed Suits - The Cowards of Kershaw County

There is some concern that Sheriff Jim Matthews might be linked to Nazi groups. Nazis are socialists who believe in a very powerful centralized government, a state directed economy (fascism) and a strong police state to enforce a very strict and complex system of laws. Nazis also blame certain ethnic or political groups for their problems and selectively persecute them while drumming up hysteria about the perceived "threat" coming from those individuals or groups.

Stuffed Suits - The Cowards of Kershaw County

Aircraft wreckage found along Grand Canyon's rim; Unknown if it's from SC plane bound for Nev.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say it's unclear whether the wreckage is that of a small plane reported missing Friday night on a flight from South Carolina to Nevada.

Rescue crews were trying to reach the wreckage near the canyon's Kaibab area Saturday afternoon.

The FAA says a single-engine Cirrus SR20 was flying from Bryant Field Airport in Rock Hill, S.C., to Henderson, Nev., when it disappeared from radar around 9 p.m. Friday.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says only the pilot was aboard. His name wasn't immediately released.

Gregor says the pilot wasn't communicating with air traffic controllers. His family reported him missing when he failed to arrive in Henderson.


Aircraft wreckage found along Grand Canyon's rim; Unknown if it's from SC plane bound for Nev.

SC Subway Slaying Suspect Caught In Jax - Jacksonville News Story - WJXT Jacksonville

The U.S. Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a suspect Thursday who was wanted in connection with a killing at a Beaufort, S.C., Subway restaurant two days before.Rajerick Lovell Knight, of Beaufort, was wanted on a murder warrant in the death of Travis Sentell Holmes, 28.According to Beaufort police, Holmes was inside the sandwich shop at about 7 p.m. when Knight and a woman entered. Police said Knight left the restaurant with the woman, but quickly returned and opened fire on Holmes. Holmes was pronounced dead at the scene.

SC Subway Slaying Suspect Caught In Jax - Jacksonville News Story - WJXT Jacksonville

Shooting near Edisto injures five | WCBD-TV 2


An early morning shooting on Highway 174 near Edisto Island left five victims in the hospital.

At 4:40 a.m., Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a "disturbance" at 1467 Highway 174 where five victims had been shot.

When police arrived, there were four people who had sustained gunshot wounds. They were transported to Roper St. Francis and to MUSC by EMS. A fifth victim left the scene and was privately taken to Roper St. Francis.

None of the victims sustained life threatening injuries.

Detectives do not know a motive and do not have any suspects at this time.
Shooting near Edisto injures five | WCBD-TV 2

Mom charged with giving minors alcohol - Local News - Charlotte, NC - msnbc.com

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A Rock Hill mother was arrested and charged after giving minors alcohol at her son’s birthday party.

The York County Sheriff’s Department tells NewsChannel 36 the incident happened Friday at 3911 Ridgewood Drive.

Michelle Hunter is being charged for each minor that consumed alcohol at the birthday bash.

She’s facing 14 counts of giving alcohol to a minor; Hunter is also facing a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The 45-year-old was arrested early Saturday morning. She is being held at the York County Jail without bond.



Mom charged with giving minors alcohol - Local News - Charlotte, NC - msnbc.com

York County, SC | Two arrested in Lancaster burglaries | The Herald - Rock Hill, SC

Lancaster Police have arrested two on charges related to two burglaries in the Lancaster area, a Lancaster Police Department release said.

John Benjamin Bernard Davis, 25, of 2143 Pressly Road in Chester has been charged with two counts of burglary 1st degree. Lakia Laquanda Watts, 23, of 603 Cunningham Road in Lancaster, has been charged with accessory to burglary after the fact, the release said.

During an investigation, police found at the Cunningham address items stolen from properties on South Hughes Street, South French Street, and elsewhere.

Additional charges are likely, the release said.



York County, SC | Two arrested in Lancaster burglaries | The Herald - Rock Hill, SC

Rural SC hospital lays off 1/3 of its employees | CanadianBusiness.com

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A hospital in rural South Carolina has laid off one-third of its employees after an effort to consolidate three small hospitals in the region collapsed.

The State newspaper of Columbia reports Saturday that Bamberg County Hospital laid off 35 of its 98 employees this week.

The Bamberg hospital filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in June, after reporting net losses of $2.4 million over nine months.

Officials had been working to merge struggling county hospitals in Bamberg, Barnwell and Allendale counties. New York-based Health Care Management Partners was hired to manage the process. But Allendale County Council voted July 13 to pull its hospital out.

Bamberg officials met behind closed doors Thursday before declaring the regional effort dead. The management company is working to keep Bamberg's hospital operating.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com


Rural SC hospital lays off 1/3 of its employees | CanadianBusiness.com

Instapundit » Blog Archive » SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATS TO NIKKI HALEY: How Dare You Consider Yourself White! Well, policing the …

SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATS TO NIKKI HALEY: How Dare You Consider Yourself White! Well, policing the color line is something South Carolina Democrats have been doing for 200 years.

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Stupid: SC Dem chair makes issue of Haley selecting “white” on 2001 form « Sister Toldjah

“Haley has been appearing on television interviews where she calls herself a minority — when it suits her,” Harpootlian said. “When she registers to vote, she says she is white. She has developed a pattern of saying whatever is beneficial to her at the moment.”

Er, and Haley checking “white” on her voter registration form would be benefit her in exactly what way, Mr. Harpootlian?


Stupid: SC Dem chair makes issue of Haley selecting “white” on 2001 form « Sister Toldjah

The Associated Press: Members pressured on debt seek sanctuary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stare-down over the debt limit debate had become so fierce that a trio of South Carolina Republicans, pressured by their leaders to agree to a bill they didn't like, sought answers from a higher power.

"I'm going to pray on it," Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said late Thursday.

He ducked into a locked, little-known room tucked between the Rotunda walls and House Speaker John Boehner's office. Soon, fellow South Carolina Republicans Mick Mulvaney and Tim Scott punched the door combination and joined him.

Scott seemed the least burdened of the three. For him, "divine inspiration already happened."

The Associated Press: Members pressured on debt seek sanctuary

Rep. Scott: I Probably Will Vote No on Boehner Plan - Interviews - Your World with Cavuto - FoxNews.com

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF “YOUR WORLD”: Well, we got some new evidence today that the White House may be backing the National Labor Relations Board in its fight against that non-union Boeing plant in South Carolina after all.

Rep. Scott: I Probably Will Vote No on Boehner Plan - Interviews - Your World with Cavuto - FoxNews.com

This is why I love South Carolina. | Hillbuzz | Conservative Political Analysis, Action & Humor | Kevin DuJan Editor

This is why I love South Carolina.

Protests by the NAACP

South Carolina continues to prove itself to be one tough little state with one tough governor. It refuses to be pushed around by special interest groups or union thugs. The latest group to try and tell South Carolina what to do is the NAACP. A Confederate flag has been flown at the north end of the Statehouse since 2000. The flag had been flying on top of the Statehouse since 1962 but had to be moved to the north end as a response to protests by the NAACP. Now they don’t want the flag anywhere near the Statehouse. The president of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous thinks that since Nikki Haley comes from Indian descent, she should understand what it is like to be oppressed by “colonials” and she should be sensitive to how blacks feel about the Confederate flag.

While addressing a crowd at the NAACP conference in LA, Jealous had this to say

“Perhaps one of the most perplexing examples of the contradictions of this moment in history is that Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s first governor of color, continues to fly the Confederate flag in front of her state’s capitol. Given the similarities between our struggles to end slavery and segregation, and her ancestors’ struggle to end British colonialism and oppression in India, my question to Governor Haley is one that Dr. King often asked himself: ‘What would Gandhi do?’” Jealous said.

South Carolina’s first governor of color? Do you consider Nikki Haley a person of color? I sure don’t. She’s a South Carolina native who’s parents happen to be from India. Her skin is paler than mine.

Haley’s office says that the issue was already settled over 10 years ago and it shouldn’t be brought up again…
“More than a decade ago, under the leadership of a Democratic governor, South Carolinian Republican and Democrat, black and white, came to a compromise position on the Confederate flag,” said Haley press secretary, Rob Godfrey.

“Many people were uncomfortable with that compromise, but it addressed a sensitive subject in a way that South Carolina as a whole could accept. We don’t expect people from outside of the state to understand that dynamic, but revisiting that issue is not part of the governor’s agenda,” Godfrey said

So…of course….the NAACP is boycotting the state (except for the money the blacks are getting from the Pigford scam…they aren’t boycotting that). I didn’t know this but since 2001, the NCAA won’t hold any tournaments in the state because the Confederate flag is flying on the grounds of the Statehouse.

Instead of being proud of their heritage and how far they have come, the NAACP continues to incite turmoil and hatred wherever they go. They don’t want their people to succeed because…well…then Benjamin Jealous would be out of a job. (and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Jeremiah Wright and probably Barack Obama too)

Good for South Carolina for standing up to the NAACP, the NCAA and the union thugs who don’t want the Boeing plant moved there.

You are a shining example of why I am proud to be a Southerner.

Go Nikki Go!



This is why I love South Carolina. | Hillbuzz | Conservative Political Analysis, Action & Humor | Kevin DuJan Editor

Black farmers meet in SC on filing claims in lawsuit against US Agriculture Department | The Republic

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — Black farmers are meeting in rural South Carolina to hear how to file claims in a $1.2 billion settlement of a discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The farmers meeting in Bennettsville on Saturday are among about 80,000 eligible nationwide to file claims after missing a deadline to get a similar settlement as farmers who met an earlier deadline.

In the initial 1999 settlement, more than 14,000 farmers received $50,000 and tax credits for discrimination they experienced when they were rejected for loans and subsidies from the department.

The settlement has drawn criticism from Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who says there seems to be proof of fraud in giving out the money and that it could better be used elsewhere.


Black farmers meet in SC on filing claims in lawsuit against US Agriculture Department | The Republic

South Carolina Governor Rejects NAACP Push to Remove Confederate Flag - FoxNews.com

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley isn't retreating from her decision to keep the Confederate flag atop the north end of the Statehouse in Columbia despite complaints from the NAACP, whose president this week said the ethnic minority governor is a "contradiction" for allowing the flag to fly.

Speaking to a crowd at an NAACP national conference in Los Angeles on Monday, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous attempted to shame Haley into removing the flag by comparing African American slavery to oppression Haley's ancestors in India faced under British rule.





South Carolina Governor Rejects NAACP Push to Remove Confederate Flag - FoxNews.com

SC sheriff getting jumpstart on National Night Out - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Richland County authorities are inviting the public to celebrate the upcoming National Night Out with several weekend activities

Sheriff Leon Lott on Saturday is hosting a Pre-National Night Out event. The day kicks off with a 5K run/walk, with proceeds benefiting the sheriff's department K9 unit.

There is also a light bulb exchange. People can turn in regular household bulbs and get four energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

National Night Out is coming up on Tuesday. Lott says his officers will help communities plan events for that day as well.



SC sheriff getting jumpstart on National Night Out - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Friday, July 29, 2011

BankMeridian, Columbia, SC, Closed By Regulators | Problem Bank List

BankMeridian, NA, Columbia, South Carolina, was closed today by state regulators who appointed the FDIC as receiver. The FDIC sold the failed bank to SCBT, Orangeburg, South Carolina, which will assume all deposits of the failed bank.

BankMeridian, Columbia, SC, Closed By Regulators | Problem Bank List

Doctor abandons patient, locks her inside office - Local News - Charlotte, NC - msnbc.com

Maybe you can relate to this—waiting in the doctor's examining room for so long that it seems like the staff has forgotten you. In the case of Candida Miller of Rock Hill, S.C., the doctor did forget her. The staff locked up the office and went home, leaving her patiently waiting inside an examining room. Miller went to the Surgical Specialists of the Carolinas at 1721 Ebenezer Road in Rock Hill on Wednesday to consult with the doctors about gallstone surgery.

Doctor abandons patient, locks her inside office - Local News - Charlotte, NC - msnbc.com

Tow truck operator charged with voluntary manslaughter in shooting over parking spot gets bond | The Republic

BEAUFORT, S.C. — A judge has set bond at $200,000 for a tow truck driver charged with voluntary manslaughter in a Christmas Eve shooting over a parking space.

But Judge Thomas Cooper also ruled Thursday that a psychiatric evaluation must determine 27-year-old Preston Oates is not a danger to himself or others before he can be released. Oates was ordered into home detention, and his lawyers say he has picked an undisclosed place in South Carolina outside of Beaufort County to stay.

Prosecutors asked the judge to deny bond again for Oates, saying he was a risk to skip out on court because of an escape attempt in March.

But the judge says defendants in non-murder cases usually have a right to bond.



Tow truck operator charged with voluntary manslaughter in shooting over parking spot gets bond | The Republic

The PJ Tatler » South Carolina Democrats: Racist Idiots

The South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman, Dick Harpootlian, is — not to point too fine a point on things — a racist idiot for launching his latest inane attack on Nikki Hailey. And because his party faithful elected him to that post, they are also racist idiots if they go along with it. But South Carolina Democrats have a very very long history of being racist idiots, don’t they. (Just like Texas Democrats, by the way with their “white primary” and current two-step primary/caucus system.)

What box should Gov. Nikki Haley check when it comes to her race? The South Carolina Democratic Party tried Thursday to make Haley out as a liar for checking “white” as her race on her 2001 Lexington County voter registration application. But the application had no specific option for “Indian.” Her options were “white, black/African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American or other.” Dick Harpootlian, the Democratic Party chairman, said whether Haley listed her race as white or not doesn’t matter to him. The point is, he said, that the governor has a pattern of twisting the truth. “Haley has been appearing on television interviews where she calls herself a minority — when it suits her,” Harpootlian said. “When she registers to vote, she says she is white. She has developed a pattern of saying whatever is beneficial to her at the moment.” I don’t think those boxes and racial classifications belong in our modern republic at all, and I say this as half of a mixed marriage myself. But in the case of the one Hailey checked, she’s of Indian ethnicity, but that wasn’t an option on the piece of paper. What was she supposed to do, Dick?


The PJ Tatler » South Carolina Democrats: Racist Idiots

Local pastor arrested after kidnapping & sexual assault | WCBD-TV 2

A local pastor, Dale Richardson, was arrested after a kidnapping and sexual assault in North Charleston.

Wednesday, a 20 year old woman told police a approached her in a white pick up truck on midland park road, when a man in a white pick-up truck asked her if she wanted a ride. According to the woman, the man said that he knew her. When she got into the car, the woman says the man told her that she wasn't getting out of the car. She says he then tied her hands and put a pillow case over her head. The man drove her around for about 30 minutes and then sexually assaulted her. She was driven back to the end of palmetto commerce parkway, when she says he pointed a gun at her and told her to walk into the woods and not look back. Thursday evening, Investigators obtained arrest warrants for 46 year old Dale Richardson of Summerville in connection to the case. According to the website for Freedom Freewill Baptist Church, he has been a pastor there since 2008. He was given a $525,000 bail. Additional charges are expected.



Local pastor arrested after kidnapping & sexual assault | WCBD-TV 2

SC GOP Congressmen unite against Boehner bill

The debate staredown in Washington took a strange twist Thursday night as the fight turned GOP vs. SCGOP. Republican House Speaker John Boehner pulled his revised bill that would have raised the debt ceiling because he could not garner enough votes from fellow Republicans to pass the measure.

The five GOP Congressman from South Carolina said “no” despite relentless pressure from the House Speaker. Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn also opposed the plan because it required cuts to entitlement programs.



SC GOP Congressmen unite against Boehner bill

Charleston Regional Business Journal | Charleston, SC

The SC Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the seventh annual Excellence in Workplace Diversity Awards, which recognize businesses' contributions in moving South Carolina forward in diversity initiatives.

Charleston Regional Business Journal | Charleston, SC

Southern U.S. distillery to legally sell moonshine | Reuters

Two entrepreneurs are taking advantage of new micro-distillery laws in South Carolina to make and sell traditional moonshine whiskey legally for the first time in the southern state.

Southern U.S. distillery to legally sell moonshine | Reuters

Sheriff's office advises of phone scam - The Item: News

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of a possible phone scam involving unpaid traffic tickets. The force was first made aware of the issue Wednesday after a citizen called in saying their daughter received a late-night call from an automated voice stating she had unpaid traffic tickets. The automated voice reportedly told the girl she could pay her tickets over the phone using a credit card number. The sheriff's office has checked with the Sumter County Magistrate Court, which handles traffic cases in the county. The court said no automated lines are being made for unpaid traffic tickets, and payments via credit card must be made in person. If you receive a similar call from an automated line, the sheriff's office asks that you hang up immediately and contact the Sumter County Law Enforcement Center at (803) 436-2700. If you live in Clarendon or Lee counties, contact your local law enforcement agency.



Sheriff's office advises of phone scam - The Item: News

York father behind bars for threatening to kill daughter - Local News - Charlotte, NC - msnbc.com

YORK, S.C. -- A York County father is behind bars after he threatened to kill his handicapped daughter Wednesday.

Robert Bruszenski called police and told them he was going to hurt his disable daughter, unless someone came to get her.

When authorities arrived they found the 40-year-old woman, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, with one eye swollen shut and her face bleeding.

Bruszenski, who has cared for his daugther the last two year's by himself, told police he could not take it anymore.

Bruszenski was arrested and charged with second degree assault and battery.



York father behind bars for threatening to kill daughter - Local News - Charlotte, NC - msnbc.com

$1 million grant a lifeline for vets | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

George Krowska traveled to Myrtle Beach this spring after a relationship went sour. He had been staying in a Colorado shelter for a couple of months, the first time in his life the 62-year-old Army veteran was homeless. But in Myrtle Beach, he was abandoned, he said. Krowska has a heart blockage that qualifies him for disability benefits and requires a certain proximity to a VA hospital, so he hitchhiked to Charleston. At the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, he received treatment, learned about Crisis Ministries, the area's homeless shelter and got a bus pass.


$1 million grant a lifeline for vets | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Criminal Record Expungement in South Carolina - U.S. Politics Today - News Media Monitoring

South Carolina law requires expungement of all arrest and booking records, files, mug shots and fingerprints by law enforcement officials if the charge was discharged, the case was dismissed or the person was found not guilty.

Criminal Record Expungement in South Carolina - U.S. Politics Today - News Media Monitoring

SC loses ground in meeting federal education goals - San Antonio Express-News

Only 27 percent of 908 elementary and middle schools made "adequate yearly progress" this year, compared to 61 percent in 2010. The tumble seems to contradict results released by the agency last week, showing that third- through eighth-graders posted better scores across most grades and subjects on standardized tests taken in the spring.

However, the benchmark for showing progress increased considerably this year, from fewer than 60 percent of students passing math and English, to nearly 80 percent. If any subgroup of students — broken down by race, economic means, disability, and English-speaking ability — didn't meet the 80 percent goal, the school did not show progress under the law. Other required goals involve attendance and testing rates.


SC loses ground in meeting federal education goals - San Antonio Express-News

SC educators say feds grade too hard as AYP results come out | GoUpstate.com

As proficiency targets continue to climb, South Carolina education leaders are growing increasingly frustrated with the all-or-nothing federal ratings system, AYP, which this year shows less than a quarter of the state’s schools met 2011 goals.

SC educators say feds grade too hard as AYP results come out | GoUpstate.com

Gun control advocates seek to block SC gun laws : News : MidlandsConnect.com

Acts, 9Th Circuit Court of Appeals, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, International Brotherhood of Police Officers

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BILLINGS, Mont. (WACH, AP) -- Gun control advocates and law enforcement groups are asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court ruling that said South Carolina and seven other states cannot shrug off federal gun laws and replace them with their own.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, International Brotherhood of Police Officers and other groups this week urged the appellate panel to reject a gun rights lawsuit launched in Montana as unconstitutional.

The lawsuit argues states should decide rules to control the sale and purchase of guns and paraphernalia made inside their borders. In addition to South Carolina the case involves Montana, Utah, Alabama, Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming and West Virginia.


Opponents say state "firearm freedom acts" would allow felons to obtain guns without background checks and make it harder to trace guns used in crimes.

Should gun laws controlling the sale and purchase of guns be decided at the state or federal level? Vote in our poll, and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.



Gun control advocates seek to block SC gun laws : News : MidlandsConnect.com

Thursday, July 28, 2011

South Carolina's Nelson Mullins Signs Google as Lobbying Client - The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times

A South Carolina-based law firm disclosed Wednesday that it is lobbying on behalf of Google Inc. in Washington, joining a list of more than a dozen firms that advocate for the Internet giant. Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is one.

South Carolina's Nelson Mullins Signs Google as Lobbying Client - The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times

7,300 State Employees Could Get Furloughs | WSPA

More than 7,300 state employees’ jobs could be on the chopping block if lawmakers don’t come to an agreement on the debt ceiling by August 2, because they are federally funded.

If some federally funds don’t come in and those positions have to take furloughs, it could be harder for South Carolinians to get government services, like disability and unemployment benefits.



7,300 State Employees Could Get Furloughs | WSPA

Iconography to adorn sanctuary - Faith and Values - TheState.com

During the first service when Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church moves back to the new sanctuary next month, Father Michael Platanis might look out upon a sanctuary full of chins. It will be hard for worshippers to take their eyes off the work of iconographer George Kordis 65 feet above on the dome, and on the edge of the dome, and on the windows, and on the walls. The stunning Byzantine-style images cover nearly every available space in the $6 million church’s sanctuary, using idealized images to tell the most important stories of the Bible.


Iconography to adorn sanctuary - Faith and Values - TheState.com

SC Gov. Haley listed self as white on '01 form - Nation - TheState.com

South Carolina Democrats are accusing the state's first minority governor of using her heritage for political convenience after unearthing a 2001 voter registration application on which she lists herself as white.


SC Gov. Haley listed self as white on '01 form - Nation - TheState.com

Powerball ticket prices going up next year - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

The cost of a Powerball lottery ticket will increase next year. Lottery officials said that beginning Jan. 15, the cost will go up to $2. The current cost for a Powerball ticket is $1. Officials said the Powerball jackpot will also double from a $20 million start to $40 million. The odds of winning will also be increased, officials said. They said the first five numbers still will be picked from a pool of 59, but the Powerball will be chosen from a pool of 35 instead of 39. Once that change happens, the odds of winning a prize will be 1 in 31.8. The current odds of winning are 1 in 35.

Powerball ticket prices going up next year - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Two sentenced for stealing identities; must pay back over $248,000 | Crime | Fairfield County News

22-year-old Anthony Tavar Robertson and 24-year-old Dexter Allen Coleman both of Winnsboro, South Carolina, were sentenced to 30 months and 24 months in jail for participating in a Conspiracy to Commit Fraud Using Unauthorized Access Devices, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section1029(b)(2), officials say.

Two sentenced for stealing identities; must pay back over $248,000 | Crime | Fairfield County News

Washington Park race track hosted horse racing in heart of Myrtle Beach | SCNOW

Roberts can only imagine what might have been had horse racing been allowed to continue and thrive at Washington Park race track. "Myrtle Beach would have been the center of things--just like Camden is now," he said.

Washington Park race track hosted horse racing in heart of Myrtle Beach | SCNOW

The PJ Tatler » Machinists Union Hints that NLRB will Drop Boeing Case if South Carolina Workers Unionize

Machinists Union Hints that NLRB will Drop Boeing Case if South Carolina Workers Unionize

The National Labor Relations Board’s flimsy case against Boeing in South Carolina rests on the notion of “retribution.” The International Association of Machinists union charges that Boeing is punishing that union for past strikes by opening a new plant in South Carolina, and the Obama NLRB agrees with the IAM. The case is unprecedented and threatens right to work laws nationwide.

But what if the IAM is trying to unionize those South Carolina workers, hinting that it can get the NLRB to scuttle the case if they’ll just join the union and send a slice of their paychecks the union’s way?

That seems to be exactly what’s going on.

[Anthony] Riedel (of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation) said workers have been told — or they have been led to believe — that if they unionize, IAM leadership will get the NLRB to drop the controversial complaint against Boeing.

Should the NLRB drop that case, Boeing jobs at the new South Carolina plant would no longer be in jeopardy.

“They [unions] want to stay relevant, they want forced dues already, and what better way to do that than to promise job security?” Riedel told TheDC. “They’re saying, ‘Hey, we know the guys out in Seattle. They’re our brothers.’ They’d broker a deal with them and save their jobs if they let them back in and let them have some of their paycheck.”

How is this not blackmail?

And if the union is colluding with the NLRB on the case, how is this not the definition of corruption?

A former IAM local president says she has heard about the conversations.

Current Boeing employee and former IAM local president Cynthia Ramaker confirmed similar details during a phone interview with TheDC. Ramaker said union bosses have been promising workers, albeit indirectly and by implication, that IAM can persuade the NLRB to drop its case against Boeing if workers agree to be unioinized.

“Those exact words haven’t been said,” she cautions. “But what I’m hearing from the workers — there have been a lot of insinuations [like]: ‘It makes us one big happy family.’ It’s a lot of double-talk and leading you to believe one thing. But the actual words, they’re not saying. But they’re all but saying that.”

Ramaker adds that a few employees have begun wearing pro-union t-shirts to work, something that South Carolinians working for Boeing had never seen before.

The South Carolina Boeing Dreamliner plant would employ 11,000 workers, which is a lot of paychecks for the IAM — an affiliate of the AFL-CIO — to skim and funnel back to Democrat campaign coffers.



The PJ Tatler » Machinists Union Hints that NLRB will Drop Boeing Case if South Carolina Workers Unionize

SC company donates fire truck to Texas department | AP Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — A South Carolina company is donating a used fire truck to a Texas volunteer fire department whose station was destroyed by fire earlier this month.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports Palmetto Fire Apparatus is donating the truck to the 356 Volunteer Fire Department in Trinity, Texas.

The Trinity station and equipment worth about $400,000 burned July 17. There was no insurance and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire department volunteer Regina Baker says the department serves an area with retirees on fixed incomes. The department's 20 volunteers have been working for days to fight wildfires.



SC company donates fire truck to Texas department | AP Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

SC man sentenced to 15 years for setting fire in 1 store, robbing a second | The Republic

A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for setting a fire in one store to cover for a robbery at a nearby jewelry store.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports 31-year-old Andre Leon DeCosta of Bluffton was sentenced to 10 years for grand larceny and 15 years for burglary and arson.

Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper imposed the sentence Wednesday after a trial.

Prosecutors say DeCosta set a fire at a store that sold fans last November. They say he broke into a nearby jewelry store minutes later.

A second defendant faces charges but no trial date has been set.



SC man sentenced to 15 years for setting fire in 1 store, robbing a second | The Republic

Former WIS anchor moving to MSNBC - Local / Metro - TheState.com

Melvin, a former WIS-10 anchor, left the local station in 2008 for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Like the cable network MSNBC, WRC is owned by NBC.

In a June interview, Melvin, who has anchored the weekend edition of the “Today Show” and filled in on MSNBC, deflected questions about his future at WRC.

At MSNBC, Melvin will contribute to various hours of the network’s live daytime news coverage, a press release stated. He will also be an NBC News correspondent where he will report on all network platforms.

In October, he’ll marry Lindsay Czarniak, a former WRC sports reporter who recently announced her move to ESPN.





Former WIS anchor moving to MSNBC - Local / Metro - TheState.com

Foul play suspected in disappearance of father of four - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

BLACKVILLE, SC (WIS) - It has been a week since anyone has seen or heard from 40-year-old Tyrone Donaldson. The single father of four disappeared last week, with his car being the only clue left behind. SLED says they suspect someone may have hurt him.

He's played a lot of roles in his 40 years -- brother, husband, father and family chef. "He loves soul food, barbecue, hogs, anything on the grill," said sister Latonya Bracey. "Just anything soul food."

Bracey said Donaldson is also a widower. "He had to be the mother and father with them, get 'em ready for school, take 'em to church, take 'em to the hairdresser, everything." said Bracey.

He had to do that after his wife and her mother died in a car crash in 2009. He took custody of their children and his wife's teenage sister. "I'm thankful for him because my father died too, and I don't know where I'd be living at," said sister-in-law Kelsea Hallingquest.

Now, the man who took her in is not there. Donaldson left the house last Wednesday, and said he'd be right back. Orangeburg police found his car about 25 miles away on 301, and no one has seen him.

"When I try to sleep, all I can see is him," said Bracey. "I could just see his vision inside my head saying, 'come find me, just come find me.'"

SLED says they're trying to do just that because they suspect someone may have harmed him, so it seems the man who takes care of many is in need of some help. "We're not gonna stop searching, stop praying till we find him," said Bracey. "We're not gonna rest until we find him."

What really tipped the family off is that when they started calling Donaldson last week after he'd been gone a while, he didn't answer. They say he was always quick to return a call or text.

If you know anything about where Donaldson is or think you may have spotted him, call Blackville police at 803-284-2333.

Foul play suspected in disappearance of father of four - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Peach Rivalry Becomes War Between the Tastes - NYTimes.com

But by the 1950s, South Carolina had taken over as the biggest peach-producing state. Now, although quantities have dropped, it ships 90,000 tons a year compared with Georgia’s 40,000 tons, according to United States Department of Agriculture statistics. (New Jersey follows with 32,000 tons.)

Peach Rivalry Becomes War Between the Tastes - NYTimes.com

The Cheraw Chronicle - Local school budgets set to rise

SC for Responsible Government

Bureaucrats and politicians continue to mislead parents and taxpayers about public spending on public schools.

Statewide, public schools in South Carolina will be funded at an average of $11,754 per child for operations in 2011-12. This money comes from taxes assessed by local, state and federal governments. The figure excludes revenues from bonds, investments, and transfers between funds and government agencies.

This $11,754 figure is a projection published in the state budget. Traditionally, these estimates have been very accurate. Over the last six school years, the difference between legislative projections and final revenues collected per-student has varied by an average of just nine dollars across the state. For 2010, the legislature’s projection of $11,242 in per-pupil funding for operations was off by just $102, or less than one percent, when compared to the final district receipts published by the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Schools collect another $1,500 per child from bonds, investments, property management and other so-called “non-operational” or “capital” sources. Those collections are regularly excluded from public reporting on school budgets. All told, the 85 public school districts in South Carolina will enjoy an average of $12,670 in total public funding per student in 2011-12, excluding transfers and other inter-governmental revenues

While parents have been told about “massive cuts” the fact remains that public schools have enjoyed major long-term budget growth. From 1995 to 2010 total revenue for South Carolina’s traditional public schools rose by $5.3 billion in real dollars while student enrollment increased just six percent.

During the FY 1994-95 school year the 85 public school districts received $3.4 billion in public revenues for their operations. If this level of funding had grown in proportion to the rise in student enrollment and growth in the Consumer Price Index (”CPI,” the change over time in prices actually paid for consumer goods and services), total revenue would have risen to $5.1 billion in 2010. Instead, the school districts received just over $8.7 billion in public funding during the 2009-2010 budget year, more than $3.7 billion above the natural growth driven by changes to the student population and the cost of delivering services to them.

Many state officials, school board members, and district administrators characterize “cuts” as the difference between actual and projected (or requested) funding levels within a single year, rather than a year-to-year difference in total funding. Even in the deepest depths of the statewide budget crisis (from FY 2007 to FY 2008), the actual per-pupil operational revenues collected by school districts remained over $11,000 – a drop of just $85 per student from FY 2007-08 levels when fund transfers and capital sources are excluded.

Adding to the confusion are month-to-month adjustments that occur in the levels of transfers made from the State Department of Education to the individual districts. Certain state programs for public school funding are closely tied to student enrollment and, or state revenue collections. If, for an example, student counts reported at the 45th and 135th day of school indicate membership below anticipated levels in a certain districts, local officials tend to characterize the ensuing adjustments as “cuts” despite the fact that both total and per-student funding levels may have grown since the last school year.

Making sense of the growth in public spending on public schools can be a challenge; one useful gauge of these funding levels is a comparison with private school tuition. A 2010-11 statewide survey of 308 independent schools found the median tuition charged by private schools in South Carolina is just $4,400 for grade seven and $4,500 for grade ten. In other words, the average private school’s tuition fees are less than half of the operational funding received by public schools for each student, or just one third of the total per-student revenue.

Another point of reference is public school spending levels in other states. A report issued by the United States Department of Education in 2010, and citing FY 2008 data, found South Carolina spent $11,045 per student. South Carolina’s per-pupil expenditures were ranked 23rd highest among the 50 states, well above the $10,889 reported national average. The figure was $9,682 in North Carolina. While South Carolina was ranked among the top half of states for public school spending, it remains in the bottom half (37th) for per-capita income levels of residents.

Still, taxpayers continue to fund special interests at the Education Lobby who fight for ever-higher funding levels. They also finance self-serving school board members who take personal vacations on the public purse. But don’t worry – it’s all in the name of “your the kids.”



The Cheraw Chronicle - Local school budgets set to rise

250 in S.C. could lose phone service - Business - TheState.com

The potential shutdown of the discounted phone service comes amid new reports that show some of the widest wealth disparities between American ethnic groups since the 1980s, and at a time the South Carolina and U.S. economies remain roiled by recession.

250 in S.C. could lose phone service - Business - TheState.com

The Cheraw Chronicle - New drug is a killer

CHERAW — Dynamite comes in small packages … so do “bath salts” — and one is just as deadly and explosive as the other.

Bath salts are indiscriminately placing lives in danger for both the young and old, say health care providers and law enforcement. No one is safe from the unpredictability of this synthetic drug that is flying under the radar of legal restrictions.

Crazy stories have cropped up all over the country where people are having psychotic episodes after either snorting, smoking or ingesting these bath salts. In Virginia, one young man was reported to have torn the radar unit off a police car with his teeth, other reports say a person under the influence climbed a flagpole so he could jump into traffic.

A local report says a Chesterfield County man taken into custody was desperate enough from dehydration and fever that he used the jail’s toilet water to cool the fire raging inside of him. Standing in the toilet he continuously flushed so the water would spill onto the floor. He then got down on the flooded floor to cool himself off.

The bath salts drug, also known as methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV, has become a rising concern across the nation with various states scrambling to ban sales of the potent killer. Currently the drug is banned in eleven states and more are attempting to ban the drug.

Police have asked stores to remove the product from shelves in Cheraw.

There are several reasons officials are working overtime to do something about the drug. It has only been on the market for a little more than a year. In 2010 the American Association of Poison Control received 303 calls concerning side effects from snorting or smoking or ingesting bath salts. Already this year, from January to June, poison control centers across the nation have gotten 3,740 desperate calls for help — some ended in death.

The staff at Chesterfield General Hospital understand the need for a ban after seeing a dramatic rise in patients presenting to the ER who have overdosed on the drug or experienced a negative reaction following use of the drug, some of the reactions are psychotic in nature.

According to emergency room physician Dr. Gabe Simpson the drug is a major concern and a “killer.” He said the ER staff has seen quite a few cases of overdose locally. There have been a few questionable deaths in the area, which were most likely a result of the drug combined with other substances, he said.

“People are dying,” said Simpson.

Simpson explained that because the drug is synthetic, the results are unpredictable. The list of potential dangers is long. Cases seen locally and nationally include deaths related to brain hemorrhage, irregular heart rhythm and increased body temperatures. The body temperature can sometimes be high enough to essentially cook the brain and cause severe organ damage. If the drug doesn’t kill the user, the reaction to the drug can have life long after effects, leaving users in renal failure or on dialysis. Other reactions include agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, and suicidality, either from overdose or self inflicted harm.

“The scariest part is the unpredictability of the drug and the effect it will have on the individual,” said Simpson. “We are seeing repeat users who initially had ‘no problems’ but on the seventh or eighth time they have a reaction. We are also seeing folks who have had a reaction on the first use.”

No one is safe, he advised. No one can know what the result of the use will be.

According to Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks bath salts — which have nothing to do with bathing — are “incredibly deadly.” Yet because the package is clearly marked not for human consumption, it doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Drug Administration.

White Rush. Blue Magic. Eight Ballz. These are a few of the brand-name “bath salts” that are being sold at gas stations, convenience and grocery stores across the nation. And while they’re marketed as something to add to your hygiene routine, their intended use really has nothing to do with a bath.

These bath salts are being used by teens, young adults, drug users and others to get a “high,” said Simpson. When they are snorted or injected, they cause effects that are similar to those of methamphetamine or cocaine.

Calling this drug a bath salt is simply a marketing tool, says Brooks. But what’s actually happening is they “are sold to people who ingest them to get high.”

“These drugs are more potent than LSD, more potent than cocaine or heroin,” said Simpson. “And while we know what the predictable reaction will be to those drugs, we cannot predict how people will react to this drug. We do know that there are much more potent effects. The psychosis it produces is profound.”

“What we’re seeing is the teenagers are chasing a high similar to ecstasy,” said Simpson. “But the older group, in their fifties and older, are also using the drug and seeking the type of high they used to get in the 1970’s with drugs like PCP or LSD.”

The problem is growing rapidly said Paul Theriot, CEO for Chesterfield General Hospital.

“In the last nine months we’ve really seen an increase. When you see something over and over and over again you know that there is a serious problem and are driven to go outside these four walls to educate the public,” said Theriot. “This has become a broad based health concern for the entire community and we are working now to educate the public about the dangers of the drug.”

Currently Simpson is planning a training session with local law enforcement in order to help them prepare themselves and handle individuals who are under the influence of the drug. When people are so out of control that tasers and seven officers are not enough to subdue them, officers need to know what to do.

Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser said ” we have not had any deaths yet.” However, he is planning to attend a conference on the abuse of bath salts organized by the Kershaw County Coroner’s office later this summer. Kiser said he is very concerned about the growing problem because people have “peculiar and severe reactions” to this drug.

The Cheraw Police Department is doing what it can to prevent further abuse. At the request of Chief Brooks, several convenience stores in town have voluntarily removed these products from behind their shelves.

“South Carolina state legislature is moving very slowly on this issue,” Brooks said. There has been no change in South Carolina law whatsoever. “Evidently there are pockets within the state where the problem is bigger than others.”

“But what we have done,” Brooks said, “is we’ve asked merchants to remove the product from their stores. And we are very appreciative that they have been willing to step up to the plate, realizing that though it is still legal to sell, it is quite unethical.”



The Cheraw Chronicle - New drug is a killer

South Carolina forges partnership with Israel : News : MidlandsConnect.com

It may be a small country but Israel packs a punch on the world economic stage. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce announcing an economic partnership with the Jewish state. Clemson, USC, and MUSC will also be a part of collaboration.



South Carolina forges partnership with Israel : News : MidlandsConnect.com

South Carolina's #1 Travel Destination, Broadway At The Beach, Announces New Nightly Summer Entertainment For August

The Myrtle Beach-based star of the show, whose birth name is Bryan Fulton, began his entertainment career at Patapsco High School and Center for the Performing Arts in Baltimore, Md., where he studied theater and improvisation. Fulton was accepted to the prestigious Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Clown College and was one of 30 chosen from 3,000 applicants. He was a world-famous clown with Ringling Bros. Circus for six years and has performed on the NFL’s Monday Night Football half-time shows; several TV commercials and documentaries; the Las Vegas play, Tony and Tina's Wedding, as a supporting character; and he has emceed and entertained at various corporate and association functions.

South Carolina's #1 Travel Destination, Broadway At The Beach, Announces New Nightly Summer Entertainment For August

Atlantic Beach Town Council fires Police Department - WMBFNews.com | Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC | News, Weather, Sports

With the swift decision from the South Carolina Supreme Court, the town of Atlantic Beach finds itself once again in turmoil. Within 48 hours of two former city officials -Carolyn Cole and Windy Price being sworn in Monday - the city's personnel has been gutted. "It wasn't abrupt, a change in government means a change in people," says Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn Cole.

Atlantic Beach Town Council fires Police Department - WMBFNews.com | Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC | News, Weather, Sports

South Carolina DMV worker on the lam after CDL fraud charges

One state DMV worker helped at least 19 people obtain CDLs without taking either the driving or written portion of the test, investigators say. The South Carolina worker is now on the lam.

South Carolina DMV worker on the lam after CDL fraud charges

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Four arrested in West Ashley armed robbery | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Bryan Michael Chubb, 29, of Jenwood Street, Ladson, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Kent Wayne Johnson, 31, of Dunlap Street, North Charleston, is charged with armed robbery. Brandenn Holmes Henrickson, 19, of Somerset Circle, Charleston and Crysania Lynn Skidmore, 18, of Hyacinth Street, Summerville, are each charged with accessory after the fact.


Four arrested in West Ashley armed robbery | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

North Charleston police investigate reported kidnapping, sexual assault | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

The 20-year-old woman told police she was walking down Midland Park Road this morning when a man driving a white pickup truck pulled up beside her and asked her if she wanted a ride. The woman reported that the man said he knew her, Pryor said. The woman said she got into the truck and the man told her she was not getting out.


North Charleston police investigate reported kidnapping, sexual assault | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Columbia Regional Business Report | Columbia, SC

Mungo has been a member of the HBASC and the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia since 1986. He has been inducted into the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame, awarded the builder executive of the year from the HBAGC Sales & Marketing Council three times and received the Gordon A. Harrison Award in 2007.

Columbia Regional Business Report | Columbia, SC

S.C. Focus on the Family affiliate says Perry’s views on N.Y. gay marriage are ‘slippery’ | The Washington Independent

The leader of South Carolina’s Focus on the Family affiliate, the Palmetto Family Council, was among several conservative leaders recently asked to weigh in on the same-sex-marriage views of speculated presidential contender Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Like many of the other leaders, Palmetto Family President Oran Smith was less than impressed with the Republican governor’s view on gay marriage.

S.C. Focus on the Family affiliate says Perry’s views on N.Y. gay marriage are ‘slippery’ | The Washington Independent

Deputies arrest 7 in home invasion murder - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Wright's sister found his body inside his home on Sunday morning. Chief Deputy Keith Lewis said Wright was killed sometime late Saturday night after closing up his nearby business for the night. Deputies said the group's intention was to rob a drug dealer in the parking lot of Wright's store, but the intended victim did not show up Saturday night. The suspects then saw Wright leave the store and followed him home, investigators said.


Deputies arrest 7 in home invasion murder - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Missing Alamance Co. Teen Found Safe in SC - WGHP

Deputies in Spartanburg, South Carolina found a 13-year-old Alamance County girl that had been missing since Monday after she was last seen getting into a car with a West Virginia man she met online.

Missing Alamance Co. Teen Found Safe in SC - WGHP

Boeing’s S.C. site ‘not at top of list’ for 737 work, CEO says | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Boeing’s North Charleston campus is “not at the top of the list” of sites that could make a new version of the company’s 737 jet, the aerospace giant’s top executive said today. Boeing CEO Jim McNerney announced that the company will not to replace the legendary plane with an entirely new narrow-body model. Instead, it will incorporate a new engine on the airframe of the existing plane, saying that was the less risky of the two options. Exactly where that work will be done remains an open question, he said.


Boeing’s S.C. site ‘not at top of list’ for 737 work, CEO says | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Spartanburg man arrested after Pawley's Island bank robbery

A Spartanburg man has been arrested following an attempted robbery at Citizens Bank on Ocean Highway.

Spartanburg man arrested after Pawley's Island bank robbery

Latest SC Tea Party crime – pirated software - Charleston Charleston Democrat | Examiner.com

The president of the Grand Strand Tea Party was arrested yesterday for allegedly selling pirated computer programs Anthony Trinca and his son Michael were charged with counterfeit trafficking. Both were released on $5,000 bonds. The complainant states he purchased six copies of Rosetta Stone language instruction programs on two occasions from Trinca’s Computer Repair Dirt Cheap in Myrtle Beach. Trinca’s low price of $125 for the software was the impetus, says the victim. The programs ordinarily sell for $179 in individual units and $379 for complete instructional series.


Latest SC Tea Party crime – pirated software - Charleston Charleston Democrat | Examiner.com

BuildingOnline eUpdate News: Masonite to Add Automated Interior Door Production Line in Denmark, SC | construction industry news

Masonite International Corporation announced that it is planning to invest $14 million in a next-generation automated interior door production line and infrastructure at its Denmark, South Carolina plant in Bamberg County.

BuildingOnline eUpdate News: Masonite to Add Automated Interior Door Production Line in Denmark, SC | construction industry news

Thousands of Native American artifacts found along Saluda River now going on display | The Republic

Officials from South Carolina Electric & Gas and the Saluda Shoals Park are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday to open a new display at the Saluda Shoals Environmental Education Center in Columbia. The center will show off archaeological artifacts found on the river's bank in recent years.

Thousands of Native American artifacts found along Saluda River now going on display | The Republic

Shooting victim's daughter: My dad was treated like a dog - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

The Fairfield County man was robbed and fatally shot in his home. Deputies are still questioning two people but said it was not a planned murder. Leon Wright was a dad, a grandfather and an uncle. "My daddy didn't bother anyone," said daughter Sylinia Lyles. "My daddy was a good man." "Grandaddy, sometimes I called him Daddy," said granddaughter Taleusha Jackson.

Shooting victim's daughter: My dad was treated like a dog - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Police find 4 children living in filth; parents charged - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Michaela Weaver and Jason Mitchem were arrested in the case and are charged with child neglect. Police said they were not taking care of their four children who ranged in age from 9-months to nearly 5-years-old.

Police find 4 children living in filth; parents charged - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Sheriff: Dead motel robber was going to rape clerk - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Investigators said when her attacker slipped the knife into his pants pocket to begin tying her up with plastic ties, the woman pulled a handgun from under her shirt, turned and fired into the man's chest at point blank range.

Sheriff: Dead motel robber was going to rape clerk - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Do you know this man? Deputies say he's the Walmart mugger - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Deputies think the man who mugged a Walmart employee in a store restroom with a screwdriver a week ago is the same person who robbed the Kroger store right down the street the very next night.

Do you know this man? Deputies say he's the Walmart mugger - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

New college graduate wins SC House primary runoff - South Carolina & Regional - Wire - TheSunNews.com

A new college graduate has won the Republican nomination for a South Carolina House seat. Twenty-two-year-old Joshua Putnam of Powdersville defeated Hamp Johnson of Piedmont on Tuesday. Putnam got 52 percent of the vote.

New college graduate wins SC House primary runoff - South Carolina & Regional - Wire - TheSunNews.com

Take it to the iron: South Carolina Warriors of the ABA set to tip off in Myrtle Beach | The Republic

The Grand Strand is getting a professional basketball team as the South Carolina Warriors of the American Basketball Association begin play in November in Myrtle Beach.

Take it to the iron: South Carolina Warriors of the ABA set to tip off in Myrtle Beach | The Republic

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rabid fox bites man as he sits on porch in Gaffney - South Carolina & Regional - Wire - TheSunNews.com

South Carolina health officials say a Cherokee County man was bitten by a rabid fox that attacked him as he sat on his porch and kept charging at him even after he kicked the animal into the yard.

Rabid fox bites man as he sits on porch in Gaffney - South Carolina & Regional - Wire - TheSunNews.com

Kershaw County GOP co-chair says he won't step down after voicing support for anti-cop article | The Republic

A Kershaw County Republican Party official said Tuesday he will not step down despite a furor over his apparent online support of an article saying killing law officers can sometimes be justified.

Kershaw County GOP co-chair says he won't step down after voicing support for anti-cop article | The Republic

Former US Rep. Spratt to teach at Winthrop University in the fall as visiting professor | The Republic

Spratt says he is looking forward to talking to students about his work and hearing about their plans for the future. Spratt will be part of Winthrop's John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy, which is named for a former South Carolina governor.

Former US Rep. Spratt to teach at Winthrop University in the fall as visiting professor | The Republic

Daily Journal - Businessman says money woes may keep casino boats from sailing from North Charleston this fall

Charleston businessman Hank Hofford tells The Post and Courier of Charleston that his private group is having trouble arranging the millions in financing needed to launch the boats.

Daily Journal - Businessman says money woes may keep casino boats from sailing from North Charleston this fall

Gospel Concert Series starts second season Aug. 11 at Weldon - The Item: Clarendon Sun

MANNING - While Weldon Auditorium's second season since opening in December 2010 won't start officially until September, the facility's popular Gospel Concert Series will begin Aug. 11 as Tennessee-based Greater Vision takes the stage at 7 p.m. "They're the No. 1 male trio in the whole United States for the last nine years in a row," said promoter Paul Shannon, who brought the group to Sumter for seven years previously.


Gospel Concert Series starts second season Aug. 11 at Weldon - The Item: Clarendon Sun

Third Mount Pleasant grocery store robbed in a month | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

The suspects were not found. They are described as three black males between 20 and 25 years old, ranging from 5-foot-10, to 6-foot. All were skinny. The suspects wore a red shirt, a white shirt and a black shirt. All wore bandannas over their faces and dark, baggy pants.

Third Mount Pleasant grocery store robbed in a month | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Chattanooga pharmacy robber suspect nabbed in South Carolina | timesfreepress.com

A woman has been arrested in North Charleston, SC, in connection to a pharmacy robbery in the Chattanooga area. Jacqueline Christine Kelly was arrested July 20 while attempting to rob a pharmacy in South Carolina.

Chattanooga pharmacy robber suspect nabbed in South Carolina | timesfreepress.com

Gamecock football coach suspended after arrest - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

University of South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus has been suspended from the team after being arrested early Tuesday morning for urinating on the sidewalk outside of a Greenville restaurant.
Gamecock football coach suspended after arrest - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

NTSB concludes that plane that hit Ga. jogger on South Carolina beach had damaged crankshaft | The Republic

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that a plane that struck and killed a Georgia man jogging on a South Carolina beach last year lost power because of a damaged crankshaft.

NTSB concludes that plane that hit Ga. jogger on South Carolina beach had damaged crankshaft | The Republic

Ballot Access News » Blog Archive » South Carolina Republicans Win Opportunity to Present Evidence Against Open Primary

On July 18, a U.S. District Court Judge in South Carolina issued an 8-page Opinion in Greenville County Republican Party v State, 6:10-cv-1407, the case in which the South Carolina Republican Party argues that the Constitution protects its ability to limit its primaries to party members.

Ballot Access News » Blog Archive » South Carolina Republicans Win Opportunity to Present Evidence Against Open Primary

NAACP's CEO says SC Gov. Haley as 1st gov 'of color' is contradictory on Confederate flag | The Republic

The NAACP's top officer is calling on South Carolina's first governor of color to bring down the Confederate flag that flies a stone's throw from her Statehouse office.

NAACP's CEO says SC Gov. Haley as 1st gov 'of color' is contradictory on Confederate flag | The Republic

Gamecock football coach arrested for urinating on sidewalk - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

University of South Carolina quarterbacks coach, G.A. Mangus, was arrested early Tuesday morning for urinating on the sidewalk outside of a Greenville restaurant.

Gamecock football coach arrested for urinating on sidewalk - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

On its 150th, time to reflect on the Civil War - Nation - TheState.com

Surely, the whiskey was somewhere close. Everyone knows that story. But, no. Grant denounced the accounts of his drinking as libelous drivel, the work of scribbling hacks. People should know the truth, he said.


On its 150th, time to reflect on the Civil War - Nation - TheState.com

Dog fighting investigation under way after dead dogs found - Local News - Charlotte, NC - msnbc.com

The York County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible dog fighting ring after a box with two dead pit bulls was found dumped on the side of the road. Someone posted an ad on Craigslist about the dogs after they were found on Devinny Road, a dirt road off Highway 161 in York.

Dog fighting investigation under way after dead dogs found - Local News - Charlotte, NC - msnbc.com

Two WWII-era practice bombs found near Columbia - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Sheriff's deputies say the practice bombs with small explosive charges were found Monday by a construction crew at the site for a new church.


Two WWII-era practice bombs found near Columbia - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

S.C. native to head SPAWAR: Captain-select hails from Walterboro and has had multiple roles since 1982 enlistment | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

The new commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, known as SPAWAR, is both a South Carolina native and the operation's first black commander.

S.C. native to head SPAWAR: Captain-select hails from Walterboro and has had multiple roles since 1982 enlistment | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Monday, July 25, 2011

Catch Graniteville film on television Saturday | The Augusta Chronicle

If you missed your chance to see Graniteville: Past, Present, Future on the big screen at the Imperial Theatre earlier this month, you have another shot. WJBF News Channel 6 will air the documentary from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 23.

Catch Graniteville film on television Saturday | The Augusta Chronicle

Confederate Soldiers of the Palmetto State | WSPA

A young museum goer learns how Civil War soldiers loaded and fired rifled muskets at the South Carolina State Museum's new exhibit about soldiers' daily lives, “Soldiers of the Palmetto State, 1861-1865: 'We Left in a Storm of Cheers.

| WSPA

BMW Manufacturing Announces Study to Convert Landfill Gas to Hydrogen

The first phase of this million dollar, multi-phase project will be funded by SCRA (South Carolina Research Authority). A unique collaboration of partners from various government energy agencies and other public and private sponsors will work together

BMW Manufacturing Announces Study to Convert Landfill Gas to Hydrogen

First Citizens completes merger with The Exchange Bank of South Carolina - The Item: Local News

First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc., and The Exchange Bank of South Carolina, Inc., both wholly-owned subsidiaries of First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc., today announced they have consummated their proposed merger.

First Citizens completes merger with The Exchange Bank of South Carolina - The Item: Local News

Fundraiser set for N. Charleston baseball teams | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

A luncheon fundraiser to support North Charleston's World Series bound Pre-Majors and Dixie Majors baseball teams will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Felix C. Davis Community Center. All lunch proceeds will assist the teams in travel expenses to their respective tournaments.

Fundraiser set for N. Charleston baseball teams | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Does South Carolina need a Lt. Gov.? - S.C. Politics - TheState.com

The office usually is ignored by the governor, the Legislature and, to a large extent, the public — leading many to wonder whether the office is needed at all.

Does South Carolina need a Lt. Gov.? - S.C. Politics - TheState.com

Sex offender accused of inappropriately touching children - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

The mothers of the two girls told detectives that Wells began providing child care at his home for the two girls on weekends about two months ago, Metts said. The girls' mothers were acquainted with Wells and provided groceries to him in order to compensate for the child care services that he provided.

Sex offender accused of inappropriately touching children - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Ga., SC agree to spend $1 million on next steps toward developing joint port on Savannah River | The Republic

Georgia and South Carolina port officials have agreed to move forward with studying a proposal to build a shared shipping terminal on the Savannah River. The two-state board voted Monday to spend $1 million in the next year on the project.

Ga., SC agree to spend $1 million on next steps toward developing joint port on Savannah River | The Republic

Wage Garnishment in South Carolina (or not?) « Charleston Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog | South Carolina Bankruptcy Law

Wage garnishment is extremely limited in South Carolina, though debt collectors will attempt to convince you otherwise. Still, there are are exception you need to understand.

Wage Garnishment in South Carolina (or not?) « Charleston Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog | South Carolina Bankruptcy Law

FishingWorld.com - News Center

"Winning's nice, but that I won today doesn't really matter," said the 27-year-old from Donalds, SC, who had never before competed on Lake Jordan. He bested 11 other competitors with a two-day total of 25 pounds, 8 ounces.

FishingWorld.com - News Center

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The Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs is a Public Service Activity (PSA) of Clemson University. Established in 1981, the Institute conducts applied research and service in public policy areas at the local, regional, state and national levels. The Institute draws upon the expertise of Clemson University faculty, staff and students and has an established record of collaborative partnerships with academic, governmental and private sector scholars throughout the world.

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in SC to take cuttings of popular SC azaleas to be shared | The Republic

Horticulturalists from Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in South Carolina are traveling to Washington to take cuttings from rare azaleas at the National Arboretum to share with gardens around the country.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in SC to take cuttings of popular SC azaleas to be shared | The Republic

Daily Journal - As summer heat persists, City of Columbia parks officials offering free water safety courses

People throughout South Carolina are looking for any way to beat the heat, and Columbia officials want to make sure they do it safely. Registration opens Monday for free water safety courses being offered by the city's parks and recreation department.

Daily Journal - As summer heat persists, City of Columbia parks officials offering free water safety courses

Gunfire Erupts In South Carolina From Youth Gang Related Activity

Gunfire erupted in a Summerville, SC rural community over the weekend as a gang of teenagers, including some pre-teens according to witnesses, literally sprayed hundreds of bullets over a three hour period. According to some estimates, over 1,400 shots were fired before the shooting spree ended just before 1pm eastern time.

Gunfire Erupts In South Carolina From Youth Gang Related Activity

Study: Enough SC wind to power thousands of homes » Anderson Independent Mail

Researchers say there's enough wind energy off the South Carolina coast to provide energy for tens of thousands of homes.

Study: Enough SC wind to power thousands of homes » Anderson Independent Mail