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2015 Weekly Newspaper Awards Presentation

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2015 Weekly Newspaper Awards Presentation

  1. 1. WEEKLY & ASSOCIATE MEMBER AWARDS LUNCHEON & HALL OF FAME PRESENTATION Recognizing the best in S.C. newspaper journalism
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  3. 3. “As a superb craftsman, he asked of himself and others an unerring accuracy in the journalism of fact. As a Renaissance thinker, he pursued truth and wisdom with meticulous diligence in the journalism of opinion.” – Editorial, The Columbia Record, 1977
  4. 4. See page 8 for full NecrologySee page 8 for full Necrology Remembering Those We’ve Lost...Remembering Those We’ve Lost... William Magill “Bill” Owens Mel Derrick Ken Burger Henriette Dargan Hampton Morris Jerry Phifer McGuire
  5. 5. ENJOY LUNCH!
  7. 7. TABLOID PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO OpenDivision SECOND PLACE: Greenville Journal Whitney Fincannon GREENVILLEJOURNAL FOR HOME DELIVERY CALL 864.679.1200 READ ONLINE AT GREENVILLE JOURNAL.COM $1.00GREENVILLEJOURNAL.COM • Friday, January 23, 2015 • Vol.17, No.4 BEHIND THE BARSNearly half of the inmates in Greenville County need mental health care, while the state’s budget has been slashed – and communities are looking for solutions Page 8 Your savings federally insured to at least $250,000 and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government National Credit Union Administration, a U.S. Government Agency NCUA©2014, Greenville Federal Credit Union. All rights reserved. Member NCUA. Our mortgage rates and options save you money. As a not-for-profit financial alternative to banks, Greenville Federal Credit Union offers mortgages that can save you money by combining a competitive rate and a lower down payment. Contact us for details. greenvillefcu.com Ask us how you can make a smaller down payment and still avoid PMI. (Private Mortgage Insurance.) 2014 saw $100 million in new building permits in Greenville—how will downtown change in 2015? JANUARY 30, 2015 | VOL. 4 ISSUE 5 DECEMBER 19, 2014 | VOL. 3 ISSUE 51 LEADING THE PACKClemson head coach Dabo Swinney, Furman president Elizabeth Davis and other Upstate leaders share the lessons and philosophies that help them forge winning teams
  8. 8. TABLOID PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO OpenDivision FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal Kristy Adair contest.allentate.com WinanInsider’sTourof Bank of America Stadium! No purchase is required. Contest is open to NC and SC residents who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Guests must be age 5 or older. Limit one entry per person. Visit contest.allentate.com to see the complete rules. GREENVILLEJOURNAL.COM • Friday, October 16, 2015 • Vol.17, No.42 GREENVILLEJOURNAL SOUL MANFriar Patrick Tuttle seeks to strengthen the community that won his heart Page 8 FOR HOME DELIVERY CALL 864.679.1200 READ ONLINE AT GREENVILLE JOURNAL.COM $1.00 Legal Extra: Greenville County Tax Sale Notices included in this issue STATE OF SC COUNTY OF GREENVILLE INSERT INCLUDED INSIDE GHS, legislators decide to keep talking Page 5 INSIDE THE UBJ OCTOBER 16, 2015 | VOL. 4 ISSUE 42 For more than 50 years, Barbara League has led the way for Upstate women in manufacturing — and the next generation is on its way up pg 14 WOMEN’S WORK Focus on women in manufacturing WILL CROOKS / CONTRIBUTING GREENVILLEJOURNAL.COM • Friday, June 26, 2015 • Vol.17, No.26 GREENVILLEJOURNAL *Annual Percentage Rate is based on a 36-month term. Your loan rate and term amount may vary depending on individual credit history and underwriting factors. Minimum loan amount for this offer is $5,000. A 36-month loan with 1.99% APR would have monthly payments of $28.64 per thousand borrowed. **Receive a $50 gift card when you finance your vehicle loan with the credit union, loans below $5000 are not eligible for gift card. +Rate floor is 1.74%, offer excludes current loans held by Greenville Federal Credit Union. Offer good from April 1 through June 30, 2015. ©2015, Greenville Federal Credit Union. All rights reserved. Member NCUA. Apply online at www.greenvillefcu.com or visit any branch to get started. Your savings federally insured to at least $250,000 and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government National Credit Union Administration, a U.S. Government Agency NCUA Don’t wait to get our lowest rate.VEHICLE LOAN AS LOW AS 1.99%APR* PLUS $50 AT CLOSING Get an incredible rate plus $50** when you purchase or refinance a vehicle. Offer ends 6/30! Our community-based charter allows anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Greenville County to join. ‘Hate won’t win’ South Carolina, Upstate unite in aftermath of Charleston church shootings Page 8 FOR HOME DELIVERY CALL 864.679.1200 READ ONLINE AT GREENVILLE JOURNAL.COM $1.00 THE EASIEST WAY TO GET AWAY. Convenient parking, shorter lines and direct flights to 15 major cities takes all of the excuses out of planning your next vacation. Book your trip today and find out just how easy it is to get there from GSP International Airport. GSPAirport.com GREENVILLEJOURNAL.COM • Friday, October 9, 2015 • Vol.17, No.41 GREENVILLEJOURNAL SUNDAY SURVIVORS Stories and photos from Cancer Survivors Park show that the disease can be “the beginning of a new way of living” Page 21 PHOTOS BY MARK KIRBY FOR HOME DELIVERY CALL 864.679.1200 READ ONLINE AT GREENVILLE JOURNAL.COM $1.00
  9. 9. CARTOON OpenDivision THIRD PLACE: News-Chronicle Mike Beckom
  10. 10. ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/PUBLICATION Associate&IndividualMemberDivision SECOND PLACE: S.C. United Methodist Advocate Jessica Brodie and Matt Brodie
  11. 11. ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/PUBLICATION Associate&IndividualMemberDivision FIRST PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal Staff
  12. 12. EVENT MARKETING Associate&IndividualMemberDivision FIRST PLACE ONLY: Charleston Regional Business Journal Jane Mattingly Sponsored by Honor the Heroes Among Us! Heroes were honored in the following categories: Volunteer Community Outreach First Responder Nurse Physician Health Care Researcher Health Care Professional Service/Therapy Animal Trident Construction Health Care Engineer This event took place on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Francis Marion Hotel H ealth Care Heroes honors the everyday heroes who are liv- ing and working in the Lowcountry with recognition in this special section, online and during an annual event. Each year the Charleston Regional Business Journal and its partners holdsl Health Care Heroes to create a special moment for those who rarely get thanked for the difficult tasks of keeping our community, families, employees and businesses safe. This year’s event honored selfless work in the medical, public safety and health sectors. Picking winners each year continues to be a daunting task for the judges because everyone nominated is, in many ways, deserving of recognition. We present awards in nine categories, including two honorees and the Health Care Hero in each category. In the following pages, you will read about all of those honored and learn what they have done in our community and beyond. Three judges independently scored nominations in each category: Commu- nity Outreach, Physician, Nurse, Volunteer, Health Care Professional, Health Care Researcher, First Responder, Trident Construction Health Care Engineer, and Service/Therapy Animal. Nominations were judged on overall impact each individual or team had on the community and beyond, as well as on difficulty and challenges beyond the call of duty. Thank you to our judges: June Bradham of Corporate DevelopMint; Chappy McKay of Trident Construction; and Andy Owens of the Charleston Regional Business Journal. Health Care Heroes Profile Photography by Kim McManus Presented by THE CHARLESTON REGIONAL BUSINESS JOURNAL
  13. 13. PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAM Associate&IndividualMemberDivision FIRST PLACE ONLY: S.C. Farm Bureau Federation Bill Johns T R AV E L Save $25 off the front gate price at Six Flags Over Georgia! To purchase tickets, please visit: www.sixflags.com/partnerlogin User Name: SCFBOG Password: SixFlags10 (NOTE: Password is case sensitive). Members save on standard rates at participating CHOICE HOTELS® locations worldwide. The discounts are available only by making reservations in advance by booking online at ChoiceHotels.com or by calling (800) 258-2847. To start saving, follow these easy steps: 1) Visit ChoiceHotels.com and click on “Select Rate” on the top tool bar, then click on “Special Rate/Corp ID” 2) Enter the SCFB Special Rate ID (00209800) in the assigned field 3) Click “yes” to confirm you are a member and then click “Find Hotel” to make your reservation! Choice Privileges® members: make sure you sign in so you can earn points while you save. If you choose to make your reservation by phone, be sure to give the agent both the SCFB Special Rate ID (00209800) and your personal Choice Privileges number. Save up to 20% off the “best available rate”* at any participating property within the Wyndham Hotel Group brands. Call the member benefits hotline (877) 670-7088 and give the agent the SC special discount ID 1000000510 at the time of booking to receive your discount. You can also make your reservation online by going to www.wyndhamhotelgroup.com, In the booking widget, click “Special Rates and Codes”. Here enter the above code into the Corporate Code field and click enter. Fill in your destination information and then click Find It. Your discount will be pro- vided at time of booking. F O R   T H E   H O M E   &   FA M I LY * “Best Available Rate” is defined as the best, non-qualified, unrestricted, pub- licly available rate on the brand sites for the hotel, date and accommodations requested. The discount for some properties may be less than 20% off Best Available Rate. Certain restrictions may apply. To redeem this offer, click our URL link on Organization’s website or call the phone number above and give ID at the time of reservation. Offer not valid if hotel is called directly, caller must use toll free numbers listed above. Advanced reservations are required. Offer is subject to availability at participating locations and some blackout dates may apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers, group rates, or special promotions. Discounted rates vary by location and time of year. Offer is void where prohibited by law and has no cash value. Dolce Hotels is not a current participant in the member benefit program. ** See terms and conditions at farmbureaubank.com. Banking services provid- ed by Farm Bureau Bank, FSB. Farm Bureau, FB and the FB National logo are registered service marks owned by, and used by Farm Bureau Bank FSB under license from, the American Farm Bureau Federation. All member benefits subject to change without notice. Some restrictions may apply. For additional information go to www.SCFB.org Choice Hotel Special Rate ID #00209800 www.choicehotels.com • 800.258.2847 WYNDHAM HOTEL GROUP Farm Bureau Special Discount ID Number: 1000000510 www.wyndhamhotelgroup.com • 877.670.7088 Go to www.scfb.org for the latest SC Farm Bureau Member Benefits updates. fresh savings! SC Farm Bureau members qualify for a Free Security System valued at not less than $850 and receive a free smoke detector or keyfob when they become ADT subscribers through PowerLink, the most tenured ADT dealer in America. Add to that $2 – $5 monthly discounts on monitoring, 40% off additional equpiment and a $99 installation special. Not available to current ADT subscribers or anyone who is within 90 days of terminating an ADT contract. Call 1.877.289.4070 for more information. M E R C H A N D I S E D I S C O U N T S Save 15-40% off catalog list prices on office supplies and furnishings when you order online. And get FREE SHIPPING for orders over $30. You must register, order, and pay online. This program does not apply to store locations. Items must be shipped directly to members. Register online at www.scfb.org. Click on Member Benefits, then Merchandise. It may take a few days to activate your registration. You won’t be able to log in to StaplesLink.com until you get an email confirming your registration (a few days after submitting the form). • 10% off all Grainger catalog items • 35% off farm-duty motors • up to 55% off MSRP* on Proto hand tools • up to 48% off MSRP* on DeWalt tools • up to 45% off MSRP* on Blackhawk tools • up to 46% off MSRP* on Milwaukee tools • up to 52% off MSRP* on Stanley hand tools • up to 60% off MSRP* on Westward tools • FREE SHIPPING on all internet orders • SAME DAY SHIPPING on most catalog items Get your discount by calling Grainger at (800) 323-0620, www.grainger.com or stopping by your local Grainger store. You must provide your SC Farm Bureau Grainger account number (802160051). * Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price H E A LT H   C A R E / E N V I R O N M E N TA L • FREE prescription drug discount card accepted at over 57,000 pharmacies • Good for both name-brand & generic drugs Cut out the card on the right of this brochure and take it to a participating pharmacy. Ask them to enter the info into their electronic billing system. The card is NOT an insurance benefit and will not offer additional savings on pharmacy discounts offered through insurance plans. To find a local pharmacy or learn more go to www.scfb.org, click on Member Benefits, then Health Care. Save up to 50% off the national average cost of LASIK Eye Surgery! • CHOICE: Over 800 locations •  QUALITY: 4.5 million procedures performed •  SAVINGS: Farm Bureau members save 40%-50% off the national average cost of LASIK with flexible financing options available. We also accept Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts. Call (866) 979-9212 or visit www.qualsight.com/-SCFB An emergency medical alert system provides security, peace of mind and independence for the ones you love. • Only $23.95 per month ($6.00 per month discount) • 30 day money back trial • No long-term contracts • Cancel anytime with no penalty • Free shipping Ask about our new mobile system with GPS (works inside & outside the home). Call (877) 288-4958 any time or visit www.membersmedicalalert.com Take advantage of the Clear Value Comprehensive Hearing Benefits for Farm Bureau members and their families. • Free hearing aid assessment & consultation • Up to 60% Off MSRP on all Starkey Hearing Instruments (Starkey, Audibel, NuEar, AudioSync & MicroTech) • 60 day trial • Free batteries (1 case per instrument with purchase) Call (888) 497-7447 or visit www.clearvaluehearing.com F I N A N C I A L   S E RV I C E S An ACCIDENTAL DEATH BENEFIT is included with each Farm Bureau membership at no extra cost. The benefit is provided under a policy issued to the county Farm Bureau by South Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, and it provides coverage in the amount of $1000 on member and spouse and $500 on each dependent child under 21 residing in the household. Membership dues must be paid on or before the due date. Please contact your county Farm Bureau office to make a claim. FARM BUREAU INSURANCE® agents offer an extensive line of insurance products, including Auto, Home, Life, Health and Farm Property. Retirement planning and annu- ities are also available. Our Customer Service Call Center is available 24/7 to offer friendly, convenient service. And our six conveniently located Claims Service Centers help resolve your claims quickly and fairly. (800) 799-7500 or www.scfbins.com FARM BUREAU BANK** offers the personalized service you want with the secure banking products you need, including: • Checking & money market accounts • Consumer & business credit cards • Vehicle & recreational loans • Farm equipment loans • Health savings accounts (HSAs) • Traditional & Roth IRAs • Residential mortgage loans Let us help with your financial goals! See your Farm Bureau agent, or contact Farm Bureau Bank today. (800) 492-FARM or www.farmbureaubank.com SAVE 25%! With eLegacyConnect you control your succession plan, save lots of money, and get the results you want. eLegacyConnect provides an action plan, advice from planning experts, and a library of resources to help you pass the family farm to the next generation. The site offers succession planning resources that generate results and a full complement of professional advisors to answer your questions and share best practices. Get started today. · South Carolina Farm Bureau members may access eLegacyConnect via the Farm Bureau Member Advantage! page, or go directly to eLegacyConnect, and enter the Membership Code: farmbureau. · Have your Farm Bureau Membership ID number available. · Membership (less 25% Farm Bureau discount) is only $180/annually, or $18.71/monthly. Your mem- bership begins after the 14-day free trial, and you may cancel at any time. $500 Off Your Next Eligible GM Vehicle SC Farm Bureau members can get a $500 private offer toward the purchase or lease of most new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles. This offer can be stacked with one other private offer available to eligible Farm Bureau members. Only customers who have been active members of an eligible Farm Bureau for a minimum of 30 days will be eligible to receive a certificate and must take delivery by 4/1/17. Customers can obtain certificates at www.fbverify.com/gm. Go to www.SCFB.org, call your county Farm Bureau office or visit your local Chevrolet, Buick or GMC dealer for details. SCFB members now have a better way to buy a new or used vehicle through the Farm Bureau Auto Buying Program. It’s easy to use and members have saved an average of $3,078 off MSRP.* The best part? A $500 GM incentive for Farm Bureau members is already built into the system for qualifying vehicles. 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To find a screening site nearest you, call(888) 787-2873 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/scfb NATURAL RESOURCE SERVICES, LLC Save 20% on environmental and regulatory assistance with: •  State agricultural permits • Manure broker permits • Permit modifications • Transfer of ownership • On-farm assessments • Construction storm water permits • Computerized mapping • Hunting/fishing lease agreements •  Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) plans Call (803) 360-3954 or e-mail womcmeekin@gmail.com Use code FB103 SC Farm Bureau Federation Prescription Savings Card Bin# 009265 PCN# AG Group# SCFB ID# SCFB23202 Name: _________________________________________ Pharmacy Help Desk: 1-800-847-7147 (pharmacist only) THIS IS NOT INSURANCE - DISCOUNTS ONLY By using this card, the holder agrees to the terms under which it was issued. Void where prohibited. Process all prescriptions electronically. For your next rental, save up to 25% when you mention AVIS Worldwide Discount (AWD) #A298840. For reservations, call AVIS at (800) 331-1212, or visit www.avis.com/scfb. AMERIGAS, the nation’s leading marketer of propane, offers SC Farm Bureau members a 5 cent per gallon discount* on propane deliveries plus free installation of above ground cylinders/tanks (excluding pump stations). Members also receive a free complete system check and flexible billing and payment options. To receive your discount, provide your local AmeriGas supplier with your Farm Bureau membership number and set up your account today! To find your nearest AmeriGas location, call (866) 767-1100 or visit www.amerigas.com. * Prepaid or price guaranteed programs are not eligible for discount. T R A N S P O R TATION O N T H E   FA R M THE FARM BUREAU PRODUCTS PROGRAM saves you money on: • Passenger, pickup, medium truck & tractor tires • Batteries & lubricants • Baling twines, net wraps & tillage tools • Disc harrow blades, bearings & roller chains • Cutting parts for hay equipment or combines • Agricultural pumps For more information, or to place an order, call (800) 849-3778. Or browse all our products at www.scfbproducts.com. Open 8:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. CASE IH provides a manufacturer’s incentive discount of $300–$500 for Farm Bureau members on the tractor or implement acquired. Members should negotiate their best deal with their preferred dealer and then add the incentive discount to the bottom line. There is no limit to the number of incentive discounts that a Farm Bureau member may use so long as it’s not more than one per unit acquired and the acquisiton(s) is/are made for their personal and/or their business use. Membership in Farm Bureau must be current and must be verified using the American Farm Bureau Membership Verification System (MVS). Eligible members will print an authoriza- tion certificate that must be presented to the Case-IH dealer IN ADVANCE of the delivery of the acquired tractor or implement to receive the incentive discount. For more information visit, www.SCFB.org Auto Buying Program
  14. 14. FLOOD COVERAGE AllWeeklyDivision THIRD PLACE: Coastal Observer Staff The flood On a weekend planned for fall festivals, concerts and the Waccamaw High homecoming, residents instead found themselves surrounded by what state officials called a “1,000- year flood.” The Waccamaw Neck was spared the worst of the storm. “You guys were so close to being pummelled with another 10 inches of rain,” said the chief meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, N.C. Story, Page 3 Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer Town Administrator Ryan Fabbri watches the flood waters from the porch of Town Hall. Pawleys Island sees damage come from the waves, not the rain STORY, PAGE 5 Charles Swenson/Coastal Observer Along with cones, a warning in front of the Lit- chfield Beach Fish House on Highway 17. Midway Fire prepared boats to reach areas cut off by flooding STORY, PAGE 7 Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer Brad Bellevue heads home through the flood- water on the South Causeway. County prepares to deal with the next deluge: mosquitoes STORY, PAGE 4 Charles Swenson/Coastal Observer Girls at Hagley Landing chat with a man going pig hunting during a break in the storm. Waccamaw River flooding brings a flow of contaminants STORY, PAGE 2
  15. 15. FLOOD COVERAGE AllWeeklyDivision SECOND PLACE: Georgetown Times Staff Y TY AYLORTT GR RIFFITH tgriffith@southstrandnews.com The weekend’s flooding may have been detrimental to some people’s homes, but for others the storm took a stab at their livelihoods, too, floodinglocalbusinessesand causingdamagetoinventory. As the storm waned on Oct. 5, business owners and asso- ciations were busy trying to assess the damage. “We’re trying to get a full idea of who is flooded so we can go and help and get our small businesses back in business,” said Lisa Haas, secretary of the Georgetown Business Association. “For a lot of these small businesses, this is all they have. It takes every last dollar to operate on a normal basis, and then when something like this happens, it’s detrimental.” Haas said her store, Green- beanConsignmentBoutique, survived the storm, but oth- ers were not so lucky. Kevin Jayroe, who owns Bienvenue Home and Swamp Fox Tours on Front Street, experienced heavy flooding. “We came in Sunday morn- ing into our store … and we had about eight to 10 inches ofwaterthen.Sowespentthe pasteighthours…onSunday pumping out the store (and) getting merchandise up. … Then we came back (Mon- day)totheexactsamething,” he said. Jayroe said although there was some loss, “luckily we didn’t lose very much mer- chandise because we had prepared for that.” He said the cause of his flooding was rainwater that came through the back door. Ed Bell, owner of Bell Le- gal Group on Ridge Street in Georgetown, said his business has suffered large amounts of damage. “We had about two feet of water in the building with our computers, phone sys- tem, most of our files – it’s a major loss. We’re trying to reconstructourcases,butit’s prettydifficult.Ihopewecan capture all of our computer data,” Bell said. “It’s almost a million dollars-worth of damage.” Michele Overton, president of the GBA, said she was im- pressed with the positivity many business owners por- Businesses hit hard by storm BY TY AYLORTT GR RIFFITH tgriffith@southstrandnews.com For Candice Young and TreyGray’schildren,theonly comfort during the evacua- tion of their home on Oct. 4 was singing “Row, Row, Row YourBoat”astheyweretaken to safety. By boat was the only way to leavetheirRidgeStreethome Sunday morning; the water had risen nearly to the top of the porch steps when Young called 911 for help. “We didn’t want to call 911 because it wasn’t a life-or- death situation, but eventu- allywithsixkidsinthehouse, we thought we better get out before it gets too bad,” Young said. Five of the couple’s seven children (two of whom were with their mother in An- drews) and a friend’s child were in the house, ranging in age from 1 to 12 years old. Young said it was scary how fast the water rose. “Trey woke up at 3 a.m. and checked on the cars (on Sun- day morning) and the water wasn’t even over the ditch. We figured it would be fine. As waters rose, family needed rescue When the flood waters en- gulfed most of their vehicles and came up to the porch steps, the Gray family decided it was time to evacuate from their Ridge Street home in Georgetown. PHOTOS PROVIDED CandiceYoungsatwithher youngest children, Gray- son, left, and Jace Gray in the back of the firetruck. PROVIDED Reader Tiffany Pope took this photo of the washout on Old Pee Dee Road, down the street from her house. To see moreTT photos, go to southstrandnews. com/photos DRENCHED! BY MY AX HRENDA mhrenda@southstrandnews.com Although the possibility of additional flooding lingers, Georgetown County staffers havebeguntoassessthedam- age in the wake of the historic rain levels and flooding that began on Friday, Oct. 2. The National Weather Ser- vice estimates that, between midnight on Friday, Oct. 2, and 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, an average of 16.21 inches of rainfall fell across George- town County. In addition to Georgetown County, the state, as a whole, was affected by what Gov. Nikki Haley referred to as a “1,000-year level of rain” in an interview with CNN. As- sociated Press reports indi- cated 14 South Carolinians died during the event — eight from drowning and six from trafficaccidents—whilemore than 800 people were staying in emergency shelters. No deaths were reported in Georgetown County, though Public Information Officer Jackie Broach said the coun- ty’semergencyresponseagen- cies handled 1,204 distress calls between midnight on Oct. 2 and 9 a.m. Oct. 6. Ad- ditionally, Broach said that, at its peak, 738 homes were without power as a result of the flooding. The city of Georgetown was the hardest hit area of the county, Broach said, after ac- cumulatingabout21.75inches County begins assessing damage See COUNTY, Page 2A See FAMILY, Page 5A See BUSINESSES, Page 2A
  16. 16. FLOOD COVERAGE AllWeeklyDivision FIRST PLACE: Free Times Staff
  17. 17. EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES AllWeeklyDivision THIRD PLACE: CarolinaForestChronicle Michael Smith O ver the weekend, hundreds of journalists from across the state convened in Horry County for the annual S.C. Press Association awards and annual meeting at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. As always, the quality of work on display was second to none. South Carolina has some of the best journalists in the nation. It should be that way because S.C. also has some of the most secretive governments in the nation.Without journalists acting as watchdogs over government, taxpayers would constantly be left in the dark. Speaking of dark, police reports gener- ated lately by the Horry County Police De- partment have been replete with black bars as officers seem bent on redacting more and more content from documents. The incident report appearing below my column is an actual report from Friday, March 13. It’s hard to tell exactly what happened since police erased almost all of it from history. The report is beyond absurd and I’m struggling with how it complies with the S.C. Freedom of Information Act, which is supposed to ensure that police records are public. In many ways, the report is not much different from the political cartoon to the right, which uses satire to illustrate just how out of control police report redaction has gotten not only in Horry County, but also South Carolina. In fairness, Horry County as a whole is one of the more transparent government agencies around South Carolina. I love how the county posts video of council and com- mittee meetings online, as well as council documents. Horry County is also pretty quick to respond to FOIA re- quests. Most of the time, a formal request isn’t even neces- sary. An informal email to the appropriate department head usually results in same-day response and almost al- ways without a fee. Where the county and I are at odds, however, is with po- lice report policy. Specifically, county police has been liber- ally redacting reports, including the names of victims and suspects, making it extraordinarily difficult sometimes to discern who’s who in the narrative. The cartoon at right satirizes the practice, but not as much as you might think Police report redaction is a Policereport redactionablack marktoopenness inHorryCounty EDITOR’S PAD Michael Smith
  18. 18. EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES AllWeeklyDivision SECOND PLACE: Georgetown Times Mark A. Stevens EDITORIAL C haotic and undisci- plined are two words that immediately come to mind when discussing the town council in Andrews. In recent weeks, council members have held several meetings, including one in which some members de- manded Mayor Rodney Giles return the town’s financial books to the new financial adviser, Chris Anderson. Anderson has claimed he can’t do his job without the town’s financial documents. That certainly makes sense. It’shardtoaddnumberswhen you don’t have any figures. A town’s finances aren’t on an algebraic formula, after all. Anderson claims there is as much as $75,000 unaccount- ed for, but no one is saying who’s to blame or how it hap- pened. There has been some finger pointing, but nothing concrete has been offered as to how the town has gotten itself into this mess. Andersonhassuggestedthat council ask for law enforce- ment to review his still-pre- liminary findings, but what those findings are the public doesn’t yet know. It’snotevenclearifmembers of council know – or under- stand. withmemberscautioningoth- ers not to say anything out loud. At one point, members passed notes to one another, rather than talking – elimi- nating the possibility that the publiccouldgraspthediscus- sion. Council members should be remindedthattheyoperateas a public body, and, thus, their deliberationsmustbemadein public – spoken and deliber- ate. Butevenwhencouncilmem- bersandTownAdministrator Mauretta Dorsey were asked foracopyofthetown’sbudget byaTimesreporter,thenews- paper was denied a copy. And that’s a clear violation of state law. State law is clear. It’s no legalese. In fact, it’s easy to understand. Here’s what the law says: “A ‘public record’ in- cludesallbooks,papers,maps, photographs,cards,tapes,re- cordings or other documen- tary materials regardless of physical form or characteris- ticsprepared,owned,used,in the possession of or retained by a public body.” That includes the town’s budget. The law wasn’t made for reporters. It was made for everyone. The law goes on to When informed that state law dictates that the bud- get – and, for that matter, all documents for the town – are open to the public, members initially refused. Whenaskedwhytherefusal was made, some members wouldonlysaythatthebudget has mistakes and they were trying to correct items before it was made public. Council wants the newspaper – and, thus, the public – to see the budgetonlyonceit’scomplete. Well, that’s not how govern- ment works. And, we feel obliged to re- mind these elected officials, that is why we have public meetings in the first place. Doing the public’s business – even the unpleasant task of fixing past mistakes, raising taxes, cutting services, etc. – is about being open. It’s been saidthatmakingsausageisan ugly business, but, in the end, you can enjoy the results. Well, the Town of Andrews has been in the very ugly busi- ness of making sausage, and whatevertheendresultisgoing to be, the public has a right to knowhowthebudgetismade. In the end, the town provid- edthenewspaperacopyofthe working budget, and that’s a step in the right direction. Andrews council must do public’s work in plain sight
  19. 19. EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES AllWeeklyDivision FIRST PLACE: LaurensCountyAdvertiser Staff The very public and long-awaited murder trial of Michael Beaty began this week and while many local residents anxiously wait to hear the final verdict and bring some small amount of closure and sense to the tragic death of Emily Asbill, an unresolved issue related to this case remains. Approximately one year ago, The Laurens County Advertiser and Clinton Chronicle, with assistance from the South Carolina Press Association, took legal action when Laurens County coroner Nick Nichols – with consent from Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo and defense attorney Charles Grose – decided to depart from precedent by withholding Ms. Asbill’s postmortem toxicology report. To most folks, this may seem a small matter that we should have dropped months ago. They may believe that it is not the public’s business to know whether or not a victim was intoxicated at the time of his or her death. But they would be wrong – for we believe, and the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act stipu- lates – that it is far better for the public to witness the wheels of justice turn than it is for public officials to withhold relevant information, no matter how unseemly. We have continued to make this case editorially and in court because it is our duty to fight not only for justice in one particular case but also for the rights of all of you to see your government and judicial system operate in the cold, hard light of day where they both belong. We are most saddened by the lack of attention given to this particular matter by Circuit Court Judge Eugene Griffith. With months to do research and prepare a rul- Doing wrong by doing nothing
  20. 20. EDITORIAL/OP-ED COLUMN Associate&IndividualMemberDivision THIRD PLACE: Columbia Regional Business Report James T. Hammond I t is human nature to seek some good in tragic events, and we all did that in the wake of the murder of nine good people at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in June. Gov. Nikki Haley and most of the state’s lawmakers rose to the occa- sion, hitting the right notes of lead- ership, empathy and shared pain. In fact, it would be difficult to find any way Gov. Haley could have done more, as she directed the hunt for the killer, rejected his hate-filled creed, and comforted the survivors of the mass killing. Her strength, her resolute determi- nation to show the best in us in the face of almost unbearable grief, bucked up less resolute officials to banish the hateful sym- bol of the Confederate flag from our seat of government. I say this as one who has frequently disagreed with and criticized the governor for her policies. Her actions in the face of the crisis stand out in the state and nation in ways that made me very proud. She and the other state leaders who gathered around her to act resolutely deserve our thanks and our praise. Now, we face the future with the unfin- ished business of governing a small, poor state. Will the flashes of strong leadership we saw in our state’s most recent trauma be reflected in renewed efforts to address South Carolina’s nagging challenges in education, health care, transportation and public safety? A good education opens doors to high- er income, better health and a satisfying life. Yet, despite many attempts to improve access to education and performance in public schools and in college, too many of our citizens are left out of the growing prosperity in this small but fast-growing state. Students from low-income families are increasingly priced out of a public univer- sity education by the state’s ever-shrinking commitment to those colleges. A state- funded commitment to free tuition at the state’s two-year technical colleges would be a good start to reverse that trend. Gov. Haley has opposed participation in the expanded Medicaid option under theAffordableCareAct.Thatstancedenies health care to as many as 333,000 people, a number estimated to rise to 354,000 people by 2020. South Carolina would experience a net gain in federal funding of about $11 billion under the ACA expan- sion, studies have shown. Thousands of jobs would be created in the process and the overall economy would expand. Much of the opposition to the plan is a deeply embedded dislike for President Obama and a desire among many Repub- licans to see him fail at any cost to the general public. It is time to put aside such narrow political motives and negotiate with the federal authorities for a Medicaid expansion acceptable to Gov. Haley and Republican lawmakers. South Carolina’s citizens deserve better treatment than they have received on this issue. For several years now, Gov. Haley has jousted with the General Assembly over a long-term plan to fix the state’s rapidly failing transportation network. Roads and bridges are falling apart while the state’s leaders dither over the how to pay for the necessary repairs and improvements. Motorists are seeing their repair bills rise year after year due to the growing potholes in our roads. How much better would it be to ask them to increase what they pay in taxes to fix the roads, and slash those repair bills? This issue cannot be resolved by slight- of-hand tax swaps that reduce or eliminate some other tax in order to provide addi- tional highway funding. Our state’s needs are too great. If South Carolina’s dramatic success at attracting automotive and aero- space industrial giants is to be sustained, we must increase spending to make our transportation system keeps pace with current and future needs. When it comes to public safety, all of the above apply. Better health care and safer roads will reduce unnecessary deaths and injuries. But public safety comprises much, much more. The Department of Health and Envi- ronment Control must do a better job of policing air and water quality and regu- lation of industrial emissions of toxic substances. The governor’s office and the Department of Social Services must find ways to curb an unacceptably high rate of child abuse and deaths. And all aspects of state government must do a better job of protecting the personal information of citizens who apply for jobs, file income tax returns, and the myriad other ways in which the state comes into possession of our precious personal identities. South Carolina witnessed a sense of common purpose among our leaders in the aftermath of the horrible murders in Charleston. It would be a real and lasting tribute to the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney and his eight parishioners who died with him if this unanimity lasts into the coming legislative session and results in some res- olution to some of South Carolina’s seem- ingly intractable problems. James T. Hammond is the former editor of the Columbia Regional Business Report. Reach him by email at jthammond46@ gmail.com. Viewpoint: Views, perspectives and readers’ letters Haley, most lawmakers rose above partisanship amid tragedy James T. Hammond
  21. 21. EDITORIAL/OP-ED COLUMN Associate&IndividualMemberDivision SECOND PLACE: The Baptist Courier Rudy Gray www.baptistcourier.com DOMESTIC ABUSE IS SIN BY RUDY GRAY, EditorTHE LAST WORD DOMESTIC ABUSE IS A SIN, AND IT IS A
  22. 22. EDITORIAL/OP-ED COLUMN Associate&IndividualMemberDivision FIRST PLACE: The Catholic Miscellany Alison Blanchet MAY 21,2015 COMMENTARY THE CATHOLIC MISCELLANY 15 A fter months of searching, Jim and I were ecstatic to find a house to rent. Living in a one- bedroom apartment as newlyweds was romantic, but my shoe collection and his two drum sets were strug- gling to coexist peacefully in the single closet. I was excited about new appliances and the original oak floors that match our eclectic furniture. Jim was excited about the lawn. When we moved in February, we examined the squares of checkered sod that lay in front of the house. They were brown and looked more like debris dropped by a tornado than anything that had the potential to take root and grow. Our neighbor, Steve, came over to introduce himself. Somewhere between “where’d y’all move from?” and “which trash pickup do you use?”, Jim adopted Steve as his lawn care guru. The next several weeks went like this: Steve put out a sprinkler. Jim went to Lowes to get a sprinkler. Steve fertilized. Jim went to Lowes and spent his Saturday morning spread- ing fertilizer. Steve mowed and Jim fret- ted about whether our grass was tall enough to be mowed yet. It had already exceeded my expec- tations. The sod had taken root and turned a deep emer- ald green. The lawn looked like it had been growing for years and not just a few weeks. Our landlord (also a neighbor) was pleased and compli- mented Jim on the progress. “I’ve been watching Steve!” Jim replied. “Uh, Steve?” He asked. “Do you know he puts measuring cups under the sprinkler to be sure it’s distrib- uting evenly? No one on this street tries to keep up with him! It’ll just make you crazy! Don’t go down that road!” I had figured it would be cars or boats or cell phones, but our first temptation to keep up with the Jone- ses was grass. It had started out in- nocently — stalking Steve’s fertilizer schedule — but Jim realized that at this point in our lives, he needed to take a slightly less intense approach to lawn care so he could pursue things such as working and sleep. Six months into the vocation, I’m realizing that a dizzying reality of marriage is the daily encourage- ment we can offer each other in our pursuit of holiness. I’m also realiz- ing that I now share my distractions, idle pursuits and even bad moods with another. So when I get caught up in the stress of a bad day at work or when my spouse is consumed by the quest for the perfect fertilizer, we’re both affected. We do admire the hours Steve pours into his picturesque lawn, but we have found ourselves quoting our landlord’s advice frequently. “Don’t go down that road!” It’s advice that is also helpful when we are tempted to compare ourselves with Facebook, reality television, self-help books and even our friends. When it comes to our souls, the only normal we can be confident of is what we see when we look heaven- wards. There are lots of comparisons to distract us, but it’s pursuing the sacraments, prayer and works of mercy that will leave us fulfilled. ALISON BLANCHET writeshercolumn,TeamCatholic, forTheMiscellany.SheisayouthdirectorinPanamaCity Beach,Fla. The grass is always greener at the Joneses ALISON BLANCHET Six months into the vocation, I’m realizing that a dizzying reality of marriage is the daily encouragement we can offer each other in our pursuit of holiness.
  23. 23. EDITORIAL WRITING AllWeeklyDivision THIRD PLACE: Georgetown Times Mark A. Stevens W hethertheAndrews Town Council vio- lated the South Carolina open meetings act is a question of law. There is no question, however, that councilmembersviolatedthe public’s trust when they put pen to paper and silently en- dorsed a plan to seek Mayor Rodney Giles’ resignation. The town of Andrews gov- ernmenthasbeeninastateof flux and confusion for weeks now,butitallseemedtocome to a head when five of the six council members sent the mayor a letter asking him to resign.Theproblemisn’tthat council members have a dis- agreement with the mayor, but, rather, that the council deliberated on the issue out- side the public’s view. State law requires elected officials to conduct busi- ness in public for all to see and hear. But a Sept. 4 let- ter that Mayor Pro Tempore AngelaAndersonandcouncil members Eddie Lee, Mattie McGee, Sudha Patel and Da- vid Tisdale signed was never mentioned – let alone dis- cussed in a public meeting was, had been asked to step down – and, most impor- tantly, why. But the letter was quietly signed by council members. There was no public discus- sion, and there was certainly no public acknowledgement that signatures were being sought. State law would say the councilcannotvoteonamat- ter without a quorum, but it certainly never meant to im- ply that a public body can do its business behind closed doors as long as a quorum, or majority, wasn’t present. If it were that easy, boards across South Carolina would neverneedtomeetotherthan to cast their votes. But that’s not how it works. While such indifference to the spirit of the state’s open meetings law would be dis- turbing in any circumstance, the council’s action is partic- ularly troubling, because it seemsthatthemajorityofthe counciliseitherpurposelyig- noringstatelaworisignorant 30-4-70 reads, “No chance meeting, social meeting, or electronic communication may be used in circumven- tion of the spirit of require- ments of this chapter to act upon a matter over which the public body has supervision, control, jurisdiction, or advi- sory power.” That’s easy to understand. It’s not legalese. It’s straight- forward. It would behoove the Town of Andrews Council to be more open and to start con- ducting all its business in public. Where’s the harm? This isn’t personal business. It’sthepublic’sbusiness.Pub- lic tax dollars pay council’s salaries, for the upkeep of townhall,forthepapermeet- ing agendas are printed on, and the list goes on and on. There may be legitimate complaints against the may- or,but,ifthereare,thepublic must be allowed to see and hear the discussion. That’s the very reason for public meeting and open re- cords laws, and that’s why they are, collectively, often referred to as the “Sunshine Town council’s action doesn’t inspire trust EDITORIAL I t’s been two weeks since the devastating an- nouncement that nearly 250 workers will lose their jobs with the closing of the Georgetown steel mill, and, unfortunately, we are not hearing enough out of Co- lumbia. Gov. Nikki Haley has made jobandindustryrecruitment ahallmarkofheradministra- tion. She and other state offi- cials have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars selling the Palmetto State to busi- ness leaders, politicians and governments not only in the United States but also across the globe. Andthat’sallfineandgood. You’vegottospendmoney,as the old saying goes, to make money. It’s become routine for the governor’s office to issue a press release anytime a busi- ness seeks to invest, reinvest or expand in South Caroli- na, and that’s the governor’s right. It’s hard to say if Haley and her administration can truly be credited with positive business growth in South Carolina, but to the victor goesthespoils.Agovernoror a president may not directly alter the economic climate, but he or she does get the credit – and, yes, the blame – from the public. Andlotsofgoodthingshave been happening for South Carolina. Unemployment is falling, and businesses are investing in the state. And that’s what has made thegovernor’sabsencesono- ticeablesinceArcelorMittal’s surprise announcement May 14 that it would shutter its Georgetown steel mill – and with it all those good-paying jobs. Haley’s office made no public announcement about the loss of jobs and a major industry. Several days after ArcelorMittal’s announce- ment and still with no word from Haley, the Georgetown Timesreachedouttothegov- ernor’s office. The following day, Haley’s press secretary, Chaney Adams, issued a far- too-generic statement that read, in part, “Gov. Haley … won’t stop fighting until every family in Georgetown County has the opportunity to achieve their hopes and dreams.” Adams also noted that the governor’s “highest priority hasbeenrecruitingjobs”and even touted the recent an- nouncementthatVolvowould be bringing 4,000 jobs to the Lowcountry. Small comfort, though, to the Georgetown workers who, by the end of the third quarter, will find themselves without a job. Haley and her team have every right to tout good eco- nomic news, but they also have the obligation to be there when the news isn’t so good – and, in Georgetown’s case,potentiallydevastating. It would have behooved Gov. Haleytonotletherpresssec- retary speak for her. In fact, it would have made quitetheimpressionhadHal- ey made her way to George- town to assure workers and citizens that she’s more than words in a press release. The loss of nearly 250 jobs may not compare to the 4,000jobsVolvowillbringto Berkeley County, but, for our local steel mill workers, an encouraging word from the state’s top politician – and, yes, job recruiter – would go far. The perception Haley and her team hope to impart is that of the governor work- ing tirelessly to bring jobs to South Carolina. Erasing the sting of losing the steel mill and bringing new, high- paying jobs to Georgetown would help prove that Haley ismorethanwords.Shecould cement her legacy as a gov- ernor who not only talks the talk but also walks the walk, as well. Town needs Haley’s attention T he Confederate flag that flapped in the wind at the South Carolina Statehouse for more than half-a-century was born from racism and defiance. One can’t even compare it to other Confederate flags – those that fly behind pickup trucks, those in parades and, no, not even the one embla- zonedontopofaTVcarcalled the General Lee. Those flags aremanythingstomanypeo- ple:pop-cultureicon,good-ol’ boydeclaration,apieceofhis- tory.Theymaycontinuetobe all those things. But the Confederate flag that lawmakers properly voted to remove from public property – the Statehouse grounds – after a 13-hour debate had not been any of those things. It has been a dark, divisive symbol that had no place outside a mu- seum. It was first flown over the dome of South Carolina’s Capitol in 1961 to celebrate the100thanniversaryofthe Civil War, but it was kept thereasaprotesttotheCivil Rightsmovement,onlymov- ing in 2000 from the dome to the Confederate Soldier Monument directly in front of the Statehouse. But a flag that was a sym- bolofawarthatoncetorethe United States apart should never have been put back on government property in the first place. TheConfederacylostbadly and it cost dearly. It wasn’t pride that put the flag back up. It was ar- rogance. It wasn’t pride that kept it up as a protest to the civilrightsmovement.Itwas vindictiveness. And that has been the problem all along. Critics say “liberals” are therealcauseoftheflag’sre- moval, but it was Gov. Nikki Haley – who may be many things, but liberal is not one of them – who renewed the call for its removal. Conser- vatives and liberals, Repub- licans and Democrats, and all races said, “Enough is enough.” Haley recognized – in the aftermath of the shooting of the “Emanuel Nine” – that our government could no longer sanction the Confed- erateflagonpublicproperty. Be it noted that the gover- nor didn’t call for the flag’s eradication from all walks of life; corporate America did that, and it has muddied an already muddy debate. But that’s what happens when something becomes an anathema to public dis- course. The votes from the Sen- ate and the House were not unanimous, but they were overwhelmingly in favor of the flag’s removal. And that was proper. Indeed more than proper. It sent a message to the whole world that South Carolina is capable of mak- ing the right decision. Will itbepopularwitheveryone? No,butitwastherightthing todo,andthatalonewasrea- son for doing it. On Thursday morning, Haleyissuedthisstatement: “Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people with great dignity. I’m grateful for their service – and their compassion. It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we canallbeproudof,adaythat trulybringsusalltogetheras we continue to heal, as one people and one state.” It took something terrible forHaleytofindherplaceon the right side of history on such a divisive issue, but she has handled it bravely and with care. In the end, she did what was right, as did the Senate and the House. To be sure, there are citi- zens unhappy with the deci- sion, but no citizens should be defined by the Confeder- ate flag. It hasn’t truly de- fined people for 150 years. HereinGeorgetownCoun- ty, let’s first be South Caro- linians.Andthen,let’sbepa- trioticAmericans.Thoseare labels we can wear proudly. Let’s be defined by the future, not the past
  24. 24. EDITORIAL WRITING AllWeeklyDivision SECOND PLACE: Coastal Observer Charles Swenson A road plan with traction LET’S HEAR FROM RAY CLEARY on roads: “We have to be innovative, because we don’t want to be driving on these roads in 10 years.” That was Dr. Cleary, a dentist and can- didate for state Senate in 2004. Sen. Cleary has now proposed a plan that will fix the roads we’ve been driving on since his elec- tion. It’s a more realistic plan than the one proposed by Gov. Nikki Haley that would leave a $1.7 billion hole in the state budget while barely scratching the pot-holed surface of the state’s road needs. Like the governor, Sen. Cleary has linked a rise in the gas tax to tax reform. The gov- ernor wants to eliminate the income tax. The senator wants to abolish a series of exemp- tions recommended five years ago by state Taxation Realignment Commission and end the tax on small business. The commission found the state is a low-tax state “by almost any honest measure,” but not a fair or stable state. Like the governor, the senator wants to change how the Department of Transporta- tion does business. Sen. Cleary proposes giving roads and money to the county to trim the DOT system, one of the largest in the country. Georgetown County is already a step ahead, with its new sales tax paying to repave state roads. The biggest difference is that Sen. Cleary’s plan will provide more than twice as much money as Gov. Haley to actually fix the prob- lem. It’s a road plan, not a fig leaf to cover a tax cut. Waccamaw Neck residents know the road needs, both for our tourist industry and economic development in the western part of the county. Sen. Cleary’s plan is the one that puts us on the right track. Lesson learned at lemonade stand IT IS A TIME OF PROFOUND CHANGE, and that change comes into sharp focus as we ap- proach our annual celebration of the truths that from one generation to the next are held to be self-evident. We went from “hate won’t win” to “love wins” in a matter of days; too fast for serious reflection in a clickable age. So let’s consider lemonade. The combination of summer vacation and 90-degree weather makes it hard to avoid. With the sudden death over the weekend of former Pawleys Island Police Chief Guy Osborne it became impossible. Because lemonade tells us something about the limits of power, the re- sponsibility of government and of individuals. The story as he told it went like this: Soon after he took the job in the summer of 2002, Chief Osborne was asked what he was going to do about lemonade stands. Pawleys Island doesn’t allow commercial ventures except for the existing inns and the Fourth of July T-shirt sales at Town Hall. Couched in the question was an implication that the chief needed to do something about young scofflaws. “I have two rules,” he said. “I always stop when I see a lemonade stand, and I always leave a good tip.” End of discussion. He could have dodged the issue; kicked the lemon peel down the road with a promise to look into it. “I have two rules.” That wasn’t one of them. He didn’t pretend not to see the lemonade stand because it was inconvenient. “I always stop.” Not sometimes or when he’s thirsty. It was a commitment. If a kid takes the time to set up a stand, he can count on at least one cus- tomer. And for those who take initiative and make the effort, there’s a reward. “I always leave a good tip.” Never mind what the lemonade tastes like or if the service is good. He turned it into a Restore confidence in evacuations GOV. NIKKI HALEY SET OFF PANIC and con- fusion when she told area residents to “strongly consider evacuation” before High- ways 17 and 701 were closed by flooding last week. The roads would be impassible and the flood waters wouldn’t recede for more than a week, the governor said. Local officials were privately seething, but publicly agreed to move forward once the flood- ing, road closures and evacuations failed to materialize. There is still plenty of work to do recovering from the recent storm that flooded Georgetown and the rural areas of Georgetown County and eroded the beaches along Wacca- maw Neck. The governor will be an important aid to that process. What Gov. Haley said the next day was that coastal residents, who are used to evacuations needed to be prepared if emergency workers knocked on their doors. She’s right to worry about complacency. That’s why she should have done more to explain how she came to provide the public with the wrong information in the first place. Hurricane preparation has shifted its em- phasis in recent years from wind damage to flood damage. This year’s “1,000-year storm” should improve awareness even in areas such as the Waccamaw Neck where the rainfall didn’t reach apocalyptic levels. Much of the flooding that devastated communities along the Black River came under clear skies. But telling resi- dents that Georgetown would flood in 12 hours, the major highways would close and Pawleys Island should consider evacuation will only breed skepticism the next time there is a genu- ine threat. It’s telling that phones lit up at local govern-
  25. 25. EDITORIAL WRITING AllWeeklyDivision FIRST PLACE: LaurensCountyAdvertiser Staff The very public and long-awaited murder trial of Michael Beaty began this week and while many local residents anxiously wait to hear the final verdict and bring some small amount of closure and sense to the tragic death of Emily Asbill, an unresolved issue related to this case remains. Approximately one year ago, The Laurens County Advertiser and Clinton Chronicle, with assistance from the South Carolina Press Association, took legal action when Laurens County coroner Nick Nichols – with consent from Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo and defense attorney Charles Grose – decided to depart from precedent by withholding Ms. Asbill’s postmortem toxicology report. To most folks, this may seem a small matter that we should have dropped months ago. They may believe that it is not the public’s business to know whether or not a victim was intoxicated at the time of his or her death. But they would be wrong – for we believe, and the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act stipu- lates – that it is far better for the public to witness the wheels of justice turn than it is for public officials to withhold relevant information, no matter how unseemly. We have continued to make this case editorially and in court because it is our duty to fight not only for justice in one particular case but also for the rights of all of you to see your government and judicial system operate in the cold, hard light of day where they both belong. We are most saddened by the lack of attention given to this particular matter by Circuit Court Judge Eugene Griffith. With months to do research and prepare a rul- ing, it seems he chose instead to do nothing. Frankly, Judge Griffith, you have treated not only the press but also the public with contempt in failing to do your job – either rightly or wrongly. We doubt very much you were selected to the bench by the South Carolina General Assembly to figuratively sit on the bench. But sit on the bench you definitely did in this case – to the detriment of our entire state. Whether by design or neg- lect, you have now set a dangerous precedent in our state that could allow other public officials to withhold relevant information from the citizens they are sup- posed to serve. Shame on you, sir. By delaying a year and doing nothing, you have failed the people and your profession. We can only hope going forward that cases like this one are heard by judges who take all their duties seri- ously as protectors of the law and defenders of rights – for all our sakes. Doing wrong by doing nothing South Carolina citizens hopeful of being governed openly scored a small victory last week when the S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance two bills that will change some less-than-transparent practices being employed throughout the state and here in Laurens County. The first bill will require all public bodies to pro- vide an agenda for all regularly scheduled meetings and requires that any additional items cannot be added to those agendas less than 24 hours before the meeting except by a two-thirds vote of the body. This new bill – which was approved 21-0 by the judiciary committee – closes a legal loophole that allowed public bodies to keep agenda items hidden from the public until the last minute. The other bill that was passed out of the committee creates a report that coroners must release to the pub- lic on the cause and manner of death. Laurens County readers will, of course, note that this should finally put to rest our ongoing struggle to get Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols to release his report on the cause of death of the late Emily Asbill in advance of her murder trial just last week. The bill does allow law enforcement officials the option to request from a judge that the information remain closed if the release could jeopardize their investigation. Wisely, the onus on keeping the report closed from the public will fall on law enforcement – not an elected official – so to avoid the stench of polit- ical favoritism. We also believe it wise that law enforcement will have to prove in front of a judge that the report might hinder their investigation instead of the public having to go to a judge to keep it out in the open. In light of this development, however, we do hope that law enforcement officials will use restraint when seeking injunctions for these reports. We will always believe that justice is best served when the law is enforced transparently. Now that both bills have moved out of committee, we turn our attention to our legislative delegation and call on each of them to publicly support and vote for both pieces of legislation. The bills are sensible, appropriate and essential to a free society. We see no Sensible, appropriate and essential bills When people accuse the media of making mountains out of molehills, it is universally intended as an insult. We get it. The media, indeed, should not create controversy where there is none or make too much of a small incident. But here’s the thing about molehills, if we interpret that metaphor a tad literally. As anyone with a yard can attest, molehills, though small, are less than desirable, too. Let us be clear, we are not going to parse Laurens Police Chief Sonny Ledda’s words at a recent Laurens County Tea Party meeting and whether he was quoted verbatim in a release submitted to our newspaper. He is a grown man and a professional who is more than capable of doing that for himself. What’s more, we believe he already has done so in eloquent, appropriate and responsible fashion by address- ing complaints where they were lodged – on camera with Greenville news station, WYFF. Still, there remains this “molehill,” for our part, because of a choice WYFF made during its reporting on this issue. During the broadcast last Friday night, a segment of the story showed the television reporter pulling on the front door handle of our office building on Laurens Street and noting that the doors were locked and no one was available for comment. It is a common on-screen reporting tactic. While not stating so, outright, the image of a locked door insinuates that the party inside is hiding. In reality, howev- er, guess what happens when a television reporter pulls on our door after business hours on a Friday afternoon? The same thing you or anyone else gets – a locked door and no one there to answer. What was left unspoken was whether a representative from the news channel tried to contact us during office hours or at any other time for comment on the Chief Ledda story – and the answer to that is “no.” Again, not to make more of this than we should – just a few words to make clear to our readers what wasn’t made so clear to WYFF’s viewers that night. We do understand that television is a different, more dramatic, medium of communication than print. We get that the “tugging on the locked door” shot was an added element to the story that made for “exciting” television. We also understand that television, like the internet, is fer- tile ground for the types of stories like the one posted about Chief Ledda – the very trendy “taking offense” sto- ries we are bombarded with on a daily basis. We, on the other hand, did not receive a single phone call or email about the chief’s comments in the published release. And because our presses roll only twice a week, we have time to consider thoughtfully whether a complaint is legitimate- ly of interest to the greater public – or a personal slight best addressed between the aggrieved party and the person who spoke in the first place. N i A d h f ll l hill h Of molehills and locked doors
  26. 26. FOOD WRITING AllWeeklyDivision THIRD PLACE: Greenville Journal April Morris With a $100,000 USDA grant and plans to expand, the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery is at the front of a local food revolution SEE STORY ON PAGE 4 GREENVILLE feeds itself OCTOBER 23, 2015 | VOL. 4 ISSUE 43 An expanding Swamp Rabbit Café is part of a system to help Greenville “feed ourselves” APRIL A. MORRIS | STAFF amorris@communityjournals.com When the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery opened in 2011, there weren’t many options for fresh produce along Pete Hollis Highway – not to mention local pro- duce. Now the pioneer purveyor of local fresh produce, milk, meat and baked goods on the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is poised for expansion. With a $100,000 US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local Food Promotion Program grant, the 2,600-square-foot café will expand to 6,100 square feet. Co-owner Jac Oliver said the on-site expansion will al- low the two kitchens, now one upstairs and one down, to combine. More space will also double the size of the produce room, create a larger pastry display and provide more cold storage, she said. Oliver and partner Mary Walsh are matching the grant with $63,000. “We have close to 150 vendors and we’re constant- ly finding new products,” said Oliver. “We’ve always wanted to do more with local farmers.” The grocery will be able to add about 20 new suppli- ers, and the cold storage will allow the partners to ac- cept larger quantities of local milk and meat, she said. An expanded kitchen area also will offer producers and farmers a place to create “val- ue-added” products like pesto, salsa, jam and ready-to-eat meals using local ingredients. ECONOMIC IMPACT In addition to adding five employees to their 33 part- and full-time staff, the location will offer a farmer-friendly deliv- ery area, said Oliver. With a produce coordinator, the gro- cery can offer items like local raspberries, produce the staff didn’t have the bandwidth to track down this year, she said. “We will be able to extend our growing season and reach out to farmers earlier and later in the season.” According to Oliver, the café and grocery has served as the first wholesale customer for many new farms and local food distributors. As Ryan Oates of Tyger River Smart Farm dropped off a shipment of fresh hydroponic greens, he told the Journal the Swamp Rabbit Café was his third customer and has helped market test pack- aging for his hydroponic lettuce, which is grown in a greenhouse without soil. Scott Park, Greenville County’s development services manager and a local food researcher, said the market’s expansion offers great access for purchase of local products in a central space and “translates to a larger marketplace and more space for our local farmers.” Park has been working to develop a regional food hub, Feed and Seed, that will help coordinate between farmers and markets like the Swamp Rabbit Café. All contributions help to build an infrastructure for Growing the local food movement PHOTOS BY APRIL A. MORRIS “We have close to 150 vendors and we’re constantly finding new products. We’ve always wanted to do more with local farmers.” Co-owner Jac Oliver « Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery co-owner Jac Oliver holding son Andrew with grocery manager Julie McGuire (on right).
  27. 27. FOOD WRITING AllWeeklyDivision SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper Stephanie Burt
  28. 28. FOOD WRITING AllWeeklyDivision FIRST PLACE: Free Times Eva Moore
  29. 29. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITING AllWeeklyDivision THIRD PLACE: Free Times Jordan Lawrence
  30. 30. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITING AllWeeklyDivision SECOND PLACE: Free Times Jordan Lawrence
  31. 31. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITING AllWeeklyDivision FIRST PLACE: Free Times Dan Cook
  32. 32. REVIEW PORTFOLIO AllWeeklyDivision HONORABLE MENTION: The News-Era Joseph Garris, Jr.
  33. 33. REVIEW PORTFOLIO AllWeeklyDivision THIRD PLACE: Free Times Jordan Lawrence
  34. 34. REVIEW PORTFOLIO AllWeeklyDivision SECOND PLACE: Free Times Tom Mack
  35. 35. REVIEW PORTFOLIO AllWeeklyDivision FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal Vincent Harris Repercussions With just drums and vocals, Jon Mueller moved beyond the musical into the spiritual Concert Review: Jon Mueller at Cabin Floor Records, May 1 One of the few drawbacks of being both a music fan and a music writer is that it’s often difficult to achieve complete release while listening to a great song or watch- ing a great performance. Even as I enjoy a genuinely excellent musical moment, it’s hard to get lost in it because I’m typically breaking it down, analyzing why I’m en- joying it and figuring out how to explain that to others. But Jon Mueller’s show last Friday at Cabin Floor Records is something I can only analyze in retrospect, because it was a performance so powerful, so spiritual, so far beyond what can be broken down and parsed out that it’s daunting to even try. And yet I feel compelled to do so because of the experience, which I will attempt to re-create below. At around 9:15 p.m., Mueller, wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, sits down behind an Arabic bass drum, which resembled a wooden snare drum turned on its side. At his feet are pedals that Mueller will use to manipulate, delay and loop the vocals he will alternately whisper, moan and shout in to the two microphones in front of him. He begins playing a rhythm on the drum with his left hand; it’s rapid but unhurried, like an accelerated heartbeat, steady and powerful. He begins chanting into the micro- phones, so softly at first that I strain to make out the words before it dawns on me that this is a language I do not understand. Whether it’s simply a series of rhythmic syllables or a foreign tongue, I’m not sure. The vocals are louder now, echoing phrases bouncing off one another, off the walls, off the people standing around me. My eyes are closed, and I’m not thinking about the style or the exertion or the performer; I am entirely immersed in sound. The vocals rise higher and higher upon the still-steady rhythm, layer upon layer upon layer of sound creating a wall of music so intense that I feel I could reach out and touch it. And then, as suddenly and abruptly as the end of a dream, the vocals stop, and only the rhythmic drumming remains. It is as if I have walked off of a cliff, but there is no gravity. My only tether is the ever-pulsing rhythm. Now Mueller begins playing both sides of the drum, building another cathedral of vocals over top of his primal foundation. I will later realize that he played somewhere around 40 minutes without stopping, but in the moment, time loses all definition. The buildup is faster this time, the chanting more feverish. I feel sweat on my fore- head, chills down my spine, and a growing dovetailing of exhilaration and tension. In these seemingly endless minutes, as the drumbeat becomes a polyrhythmic barrage that combines the purely physical with the purely spiritual, I feel that if anyone touches me, talks to me, even moves near me, the spell will be broken and the feeling will be so excruciatingly intense I will have to leave the show. I am at once outside my body and entirely present in each moment. The music feels like it is part inside my head and, in some strange, ancient way, always has been. As the voices and the drum reach upward towards their climax, I find myself on the verge of tears. And then, with a final, massive strike to the drum, comes silence. The performance is over. I open my eyes and see that Mueller’s are closed, his hands clasped as if in prayer above the drum. The crowd sits silent for 20, 30 seconds, stunned and, perhaps, as moved as I am. It’s almost as if applauding, or even speaking, will break the spell. SOUND CHECK WITH VINCENT HARRIS The road most traveled Duo’s new album interprets the view out the van window Think about the last time you took a long road trip – about how, as the hours and the miles clicked by, the outside world became simply a series of rapid- fire images, both familiar and unfamiliar. Through the windshield, you see blurred snapshots of places you’ve never been, passing them by almost before you have time to register their existence. Now imagine doing that for 11 months. That’s essentially what Daniel & Lauren Goans, the Greensboro, N.C., duo called Lowland Hum, did in 2014, traveling thousands of miles from show to show to promote their debut album, Native Air. By the time they were done, they had the ba- sis for a series of songs based on their col- lective feelings of disassociation and dis- covery. They were, in essence, channeling the stimuli of an entire country into their writing. What they’ve created is one of the most striking, hypnotic, emotionally affecting albums I’ve heard this or any other year. The songs on the self-titled Lowland Hum have an eerie, impressionistic rootlessness to them, layering impassioned, almost des- perate vocal harmonies over ambience-heavy tracks that build gradually, becoming more complex and intricate waves of percussion, guitar and keyboards as they evolve, almost like aural spider webs. It’s music that quietly combines a haunting, dreamlike stillness with remarkably intuitive playing, all in service of expansive melodies that stretch slowly outward into an invisible horizon. “We were taking it all in from the inside of a van,” says singer, guitarist and keyboard player Daniel Goans of the duo’s journey across America. “It was one of us driving while the other one sat in the passenger seat looking out the window. We saw so many things, met so many people… it was an amazing quantity of information. And it was quite a challenge to try to synthesize all that.” “I think we’re still processing things about that year of our lives,” says Lauren Goans, who sings and plays keyboards and percussion on the album. “A lot of it still remains mysterious to us. I think that gives an impressionistic quality to the songs.” The songs were the first that the duo worked extensively on together, and they quickly expanded beyond the range of a two-piece group. “Our first record was basically one guitar and two voices,” Daniel says, “and these songs kind of stretched and broke out of that.” But in his time as a producer, Daniel had met musicians who he thought would be sympathetic to the material, and he brought in a tight circle of collaborators. “These were close friends who have really good instincts,” Daniel says. “They wanted what was best for the songs. It’s kind of rare, but we really all checked our personal investments at the door.” Lowland Hum, who will play an in-store show at Horizon Records on Tuesday, spent most of the summer trying to re-arrange the songs for live performance, taking them from the band setup back to a duo format. “I think the instinct when you want to get people’s attention is to play louder, and what we’ve learned is that dynamics better communicate a story,” Daniel says. “So that means loud, but it also means quiet. So we’ll pull back at certain point and let the vocals drift out, then build up the percussion. We worked really hard to create something we’d be proud to share.” SOUND CHECK WITH VINCENT HARRIS WHAT: Lowland Hum WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 25th 5 p.m. WHERE: Horizon Records, 2 W. Stone Ave. TICKETS: Show is free INFO: 864-235-7922; blog.horizonrecords.net GRIFFINHARTDAVIS The king is gone – long live the king It was as inevitable as it was unthinkable – but Riley B. King, the King of the Blues, is gone. Lucille, King’s beloved black Gib- son electric, will be heard no more. The owner of that guitar, whose voice was the roar of a wounded lion and the wail of a wounded lover, died at 89 after a long battle with Type 2 diabetes and various other ailments. It’s easy enough to discuss the events of King’s life, and his historical importance. He was born in 1925 in Berclair, Miss., got his first guitar at the age of 12, and worked as a DJ in his early 20s under the name “Beale Street Blues Boy,” which became “Blues Boy,” and finally just “B.B.” He began recording for King Records in 1945 and never looked back, scoring hits like “3 O’Clock Blues,” “Woke Up This Morning,” “You Upset Me Baby.” He reached one of many commercial peaks with 1970’s immortal, Grammy-winning “The Thrill Is Gone,” and worked with artists like U2, Eric Clapton and Tracy Chapman. Along the way, he was inducted into the Blues and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame, won the Presi- dential Medal of Freedom and was honored by the Kennedy Center. But there is more, much more to B.B. King and his music than cold, hard biography. There is that voice that sounded like a hurricane made of tears, and that guitar that cried out in an almost human tone, sending slivers of stinging, shivering single-note anguish and near-ecstatic joy into the air. There is “Live at the Regal,” a 1965 concert album recorded at the Regal Theater in Chicago. The album is so alive, so vital, and so essential that one’s life can be divided into before and after hearing it. There is that fascinating dichotomy between the man who owned the stage like an emperor and spoke softly offstage like a modest country boy. There is this writer, barely 22 years old, putting on a copy of “Live at the Regal” for the first time, and, for the next 34 minutes and 46 seconds, being transported into an- other world. A sweaty, transcendent, blissfully painful world where King, his guitar, and his stellar band quite simply tore their audience to pieces with a rapid-fire series of classics like “Everyday I Have the Blues,” “Sweet Little Angel,” “How Blue Can You Get,” and more, each song seeming to flow effortlessly into the next. Women in the audience scream and moan; men hoarsely shout for more, demand even greater heights of performance, and the band onstage disappoints neither gen- der. In his view, and in the view of his band, King would insist for decades, it was merely an average night. As a lover of music still reeling from the death of a man who somehow went too soon at almost 90 years of age, I will simply say this: Find, on whatever format you choose, a copy of B.B. King performing “There Is Always One More Time.” This astounding song from 1991, one of the last written by legendary songwriter Doc Pomus, preaches resilience in the face of heartbreak and defeat. The tempo is just short of a dead stop, and King spends an excruciatingly exquisite 8 ½ minutes ripping his vocal chords and fingertips to shreds, pulling every conceivable drop of emotion out of the song and out of his soul, before the song’s slow fade out to the strains of King’s overpoweringly passionate solo. The joy and commitment and agony that King summons from within himself is astonishing. The idea that someone this alive, this indispensable, this influential is gone is al- most impossible to accept. There was always supposed to be one more time. But the King of the Blues is gone. Long live the King. SOUND CHECK WITH VINCENT HARRIS
  36. 36. ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE AllWeeklyDivision HONORABLE MENTION: The Moultrie News Sully Witte So that there’s no confusion onelectionday,MountPleas- ant citizens living in Mount Pleasant precincts 18 and 19 shouldtakenoteoftheirpoll- ing location. Originally relocated due to the pending sale of the Trident Academy property, these precincts polling lo- cations are moving back to their original location. The State Election Commission will send out new voter reg- istrationcardsinthenextfew weeks.TridentAcademyislo- cated at 1455 Wakendaw Rd. Precincts MountPleasant01-Alham- bra Hall - 131 Middle St Mount Pleasant 02 - Mount Pleasant Municipal Complex - 100 Ann Edwards Lane Mount Pleasant 03 - Mount Pleasant National Guard Armory - 245 Mathis Ferry Road Mount Pleasant 04 - Mount Pleasant Municipal Complex - 100 Ann Edwards Lane Mount Pleasant 05 - Mount Pleasant Municipal Complex - 100 Ann Edwards Lane Mount Pleasant 06 - Moult- rie Middle School - 645 Cole- man Blvd. Mount Pleasant 07 - Moult- rie Middle School - 645 Cole- man Blvd. Mount Pleasant 08 - Moult- rie Middle School - 645 Cole- man Blvd. Mount Pleasant 09 - Moult- rie Middle School - 645 Cole- man Blvd. Mount Pleasant 10 - Old WhitesidesElementary-1120 Rifle Range Rd. Mount Pleasant 11 - Old WhitesidesElementary-1120 Rifle Range Rd. Mount Pleasant 12 - Old WhitesidesElementary-1120 Rifle Range Rd. Mount Pleasant 13 - The Palms Of Mount Pleasant - 937 Bowman Rd. Mount Pleasant 14 - Sweet- grass Village - 601 Mathis Ferry Rd. Mount Pleasant 15 - Mount Pleasant National Guard Ar- mory - 245 Mathis Ferry Rd. Mount Pleasant 16 - Mount Pleasant National Guard Ar- mory - 245 Mathis Ferry Rd. Mount Pleasant 17 - Sea- coastChurch-750LongPoint Rd. MountPleasant18-Trident Academy - 1455 Wakendaw Rd. Mount Pleasant 19 - Trident Academy - 1455 Wakendaw Rd. Mount Pleasant 20 - Mount Pleasant Waterworks - 1619 Rifle Range Rd. Mount Pleasant 21 - Mount Pleasant Waterworks - 1619 Rifle Range Rd. Mount Pleasant 22 - Christ Church - 2304 N Highway 17 Mount Pleasant 23 - Christ Church - 2304 N Highway 17 Mount Pleasant 24 - Christ Church - 2304 N Highway 17 Mount Pleasant 25 - Sea- coastChurch-750LongPoint Rd. Mount Pleasant 26 - Jones RecreationCenter-391Egypt Rd. Mount Pleasant 27 - Belle Hall Elementary - 385 Egypt Rd. Mount Pleasant 28 - Jones RecreationCenter-391Egypt Rd. Mount Pleasant 29 - Jones RecreationCenter-391Egypt Rd. Mount Pleasant 30 - Brick- yard Community Center - 1100 Brickyard Pkwy. MountPleasant31-Greater GoodwillAMEChurch-2818 N Highway 17 MountPleasant32-Greater GoodwillAMEChurch-2818 N Highway 17 MountPleasant33-Thomas C.CarioMiddleSchool-3500 Thomas Cario Blvd. MountPleasant34-Greater GoodwillAMEChurch-2818 N Highway 17 Mount Pleasant 35 - Mount PleasantParkWestRecCom- plex - 1251 Park West Blvd. Mount Pleasant 36 - Brick- yard Community Center - 1100 Brickyard Pkwy. Mount Pleasant 37 - East- bridge Presbyterian Church - 3058 N Highway 17 MountPleasant38-Wando High - Center for Advance Studies - 900 Warrior Way MountPleasant39-Wando High - Center for Advance Studies - 900 Warrior Way Register to vote Voter registration is closed for30dayspriortoeveryelec- tion.TheMountPleasantgen- eral election will be held Nov. 3. The last day to register to vote for a Tuesday election is always on a Saturday. Online applications must be submitted on or before the deadline to be valid for any specific election. Online voter registration does not “turn off” at the deadline. Applications sub- mitted after the deadline will be processed but will not be valid for that particular elec- tion. Fax and email applications must be received by the voter registration office by the deadline to be valid for a par- ticular election. Applications received af- ter the deadline will be pro- cessedbutwillnotbevalidfor that particular election. Mail-in applications must be postmarked by the dead- line. Mostregistrationdeadlines fallonaSaturday.Checkwith yourlocalpostofficeaboutre- ceivingaSaturdaypostmark. Visit http://bit.ly/1NobRT7. Photo ID When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs: Vehicles ID Card with Photo Know your polling place for November 3 election MOULTRIE NEWS.9CWednesday, October 28, 2015 www.moultrienews.com “Vote in Honor of a Vet- eran” is a county-wide pro- gram that offers recognition of our brave veterans and provides encouragement to our citizens to vote in greater numbers. Charleston County officials developed the pro- gram because they believe it will cause individuals to feel empoweredthroughthepride theyfeelforveteransandalso willencouragethemandoth- ers to vote. This program is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of voting and highlighting the bond be- tween our veterans and de- mocracy. The county has partnered- with the Palmetto Warrior Connection,theS.C.National Guard, the Charleston Ex- change Club and other orga- nizations to inspire students, parents, churches, civic groups and others to partici- pate in the voting process. The stories of our military members are inspirational and reinforce our message that their service to our na- tionhelpsprovideustheright to vote. “VoteinHonorofaVeteran” includes a partnership with highschools,inordertoreach our youngest voters. As part of this pilot pro- gram, county officials have partnered with the Charles- ton Charter School for Math andScience,wherea16-week program will be embedded into the curriculum. The school program in- cludes: a visit from a veteran whowillsharehis/herexperi- ences serving in the military andconveytheimportanceof democracyandvoting;anas- signment for students based onthatvisit,andavisitbyour office that will teach a lesson onvotingproceduresandgive students the opportunity to register to vote and sign up to be poll workers. If your school is interest- ed in having this program, pleasecontactcountyoffices. Civic and community groups interested in request- ing a veteran speak at one of their meetings or events can do so through this website. Below, you can submit a tes- timonialdetailingwhyyou’ve decided to Vote in Honor of a Veteran. Once you have made your submission, you will be mailed a lapel pin to wear at the polls. Testimonials ELWOOD JOSEPH READING MARINE CORPS - 5TH In Honor of my Great Grandfather, Elwood Joseph Reading, USMC. Meuse- Argonne Offensive Nov 1 to Nov 14, 1918, March of Allies ArmiestoRhineRiver,Army of Occupation Germany Dec 13, 1918 to July 18, 1919. Submitted by: Amanda Ramage, Charleston County Government JERMAINE HUSSER ARMY I want to honor Jermaine Husser this November with myvote.Hisstoryofsacrifice and service are to be com- mended.Heisatrueheroand inspiration to all in this great community. Submitted by: Isaac Cra- mer RICHARD RUSSELL AIR FORCE For my Grandfather and his service with the Army Air Corps. Also for the many other members of my family who have served. Submitted by: Kevin Lime- house, Charleston County ROBERT DONEL BARBAREE NAVY - 12TH I am honoring my grandfa- ther because of his commit- ment to serving this country andbecausehiscommitment inspiredhisson,hisson’sson, and my brother to serve as well. Submitted by: Brandy McAllister, DAODAS ROBERT FREDERICK UNKEL NAVY Served on USS Yorktown CVS-10 in Tonkin Gulf, Re- covery Ship for Apollo 8, Round the Horn & North Atlantic cruises. USS Inde- pendence CVA-62 Mediter- ranean during rescue of Jor- danian hostages. RD-2 Anti- Submarine Air Controller & ElectronicCounter-Measures Submitted by: Joan Dehne, League Of Women Voters To contribute your own tes- timonial or learn more, visit http://vote.charlestoncounty. org/vet-form.php. Vote in Honor of a Veteran U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the outgoing commandant of the Marine Corps, salutes the colors during the passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and retired after 44 years of military service. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)
  37. 37. ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE AllWeeklyDivision THIRD PLACE: Daniel Island News Elizabeth Bush thedanielislandnews.com POLTICAL 31Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 The Daniel Island News Below is a brief description of each can- didate for Mayor of Charleston. Through- out the last two months, The Daniel Island candidates as well as answers that each of the candidates provided during the May- oral Forum. You can review that informa- tion, at www.thedanielislandnews.com. Additionally, the last two questions and the candidate’s answers from the Mayoral Forum appear on the website only. Below is a brief summary of the candidates. GINNY DEERIN Current posi- tion: Focusing on campaign full-time Work experi- ence: Founder of WINGS for Kids, an after school under-served kids; Cam- paign Manager for Mayor Joe Riley, 2011; leadership and management consultant. - tation, economic development, education, responsible growth, and transparency. Website: www.ginnydeerin.com WILLIAM DUDLEY GREGORIE Current position: City Councilman, District 6 (2009-present) Work experience: Former South Caro- lina Director of U.S. Housing and Urban Development. Campaign targets: Responsible growth and development, transporta- tion, drainage downtown, education, and enhancing quality of life. Website: www.gregorieformayor.com TOBY SMITH Current po- sition: Execu- tive Director of Midland Park Commu- nity Minis- tries in North Charleston Work ex- perience: Has worked for the Central Intelli- gence Agency, Charleston County School District, and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (director of Public Affairs Group). Also served as a - caster, and is an ordained minister at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in North Charleston. Campaign targets: Revitalization of West Ashley, focusing on the “edges” (areas of a high concentration of poverty with little to no community resources), - serving the African American culture in the City of Charleston. Website: www.tobysmithformayor.com LEON STAVRINAKIS Current position: Leg- islator, S.C. House of Rep- resentatives (2007-present); Attorney. Work experience: Former Chair, Charleston County Coun- cil; former prosecutor; small business owner. Campaign targets: Fiscal responsibility, and transportation, and advocating for education. Website: www.leonformayor.com JOHN TECKLENBURG Current position: Focusing on campaign full- time, but also is a commer- cial real estate agent. Work expe- rience: Former small business owner, former director of economic devel- opment for the City of Charleston. Campaign targets: Livability and quality of life, transportation and public transit, economy and jobs, better city services and stronger neighborhoods. Website: www.tecklenburgformayor. com MAURICE WASHINGTON Current position: Presi- dent/CEO of Trust Manage- ment, LLC, and consult- ing services company. Work expe- rience: Former Charleston City Council- man (1991- 1999); former member of the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees (2001-2008); appointed to former Governor Mark San- ford’s transition team in 2002. Campaign targets: Responsible growth, affordability, inclusion, education, trans- Website: www.washington4mayor.com Who is your choice for Mayor of Charleston? Ginny Deerin William Dudley Gregorie Toby Smith Leon Stavrinakis John Tecklenburg Maurice Washington photos by Suzanne Detar VOTE November 3
  38. 38. ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE AllWeeklyDivision SECOND PLACE: TheBerkeleyIndependent Lindsay Street BY LINDSAY STREET The Independent Filing opens for sheriff special election Duane Lewis files for sheriff. Photos by Lindsay Street/Independent Jerry Merrithew files for sheriff. Brian Adams files for sheriff.Chad Caldwell files for sheriff. Adam Hammons called the election ... once-in-a- generation
  39. 39. ELECTION/POLITICAL COVERAGE AllWeeklyDivision FIRST PLACE: The Lancaster News Staff Beverly Lorenz For The Lancaster News INDIAN LAND – Before noon Mon- day, Aug. 24, cars lined Del Webb Boulevard as a crowd of several hun- dred people eagerly awaited Wiscon- sin Gov. Scott Walker, who was on his way to the Sun City Carolina Lakes pavilion, where he would soon speak. Security was tight as people came to hear the Republican candidate dis- cuss the issues of the day and explain why he was running for U.S. presi- dent. Brandon Newton, 5th District Re- publican Party chairman, welcomed everyone including S.C. Reps. Debo- rah Long (R-45), Raye Felder (R-46), S.C. Republican Party Executive Committee member Sandy McGarry, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Pam Mulvaney, the wife of U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney. “It is a great privilege and pleasure to introduce Gov. Scott Walker,” said S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-York), as the governor arrived amid applause. Walker wasted little time in warm- ing up the already eager crowd. “I’d love to have your vote,” the 47-year-old father of two said, while offering countless reasons why and what he would do to earn that vote. “Politicians make promises and don’t keep them,” he said. Walker mentioned his “Put up or Walker visits Indian Land Hundreds meet GOP hopeful in Sun City JIM LORENZ/FOR THE LANCASTER NEWS Above, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is seeking the Republican nomina- tion for president, mingles with a huge crowd of local residents Monday, Aug. 24, after speaking at the Lake House pavilion at Sun City Carolina Lakes. At right is S.C. Republican Party Executive Committee member Sandy McGarry. Below, Walker shares his reasons why he is the best GOP presidential candi- date. See WALKER I Page 3
  40. 40. GOVERNMENT BEAT REPORTING AllWeeklyDivision THIRD PLACE: LexingtonCountyChronicle&TheDispatchNews Hal Millard BY HAL MILLARD halmillard@gmail.com The days appear num- bered for South Carolina's Confederate Battle Flag. Calls for the flag's re- moval from the Statehouse grounds have reached fever pitch following the shoot- ing deaths of nine people at a black church in Charles- ton by former Lexington resident Dylann Roof. Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the flag's removal as she was sur- rounded by a multi-racial, bipartisan coalition of state and federal lawmakers. “Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it is time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds,” Haley said. “One-hundred fifty years after the end of the Civil War — the time has come.” Spartanburg GOP Rep. Doug Brannon said in re- cent days he planned a bill this winter to remove the flag to a muse- um, but with Haley's an- nouncement, he said mo- mentum might help get the job done now. "The momentum has changed overnight," he told National Public Radio. The House and Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on the issue some- time this summer. Brannon said his constit- uents are mostly supportive, but he has heard criticism. He says he believed remov- ing the flag is the right thing to do, especially after the murder of his friend Sen. Clementa Pinckney. "Here's what I'm gonna do: I'm gonna do my job until I lose by job," he said "And if I lose it over this, I will lose with a smile." Members of the Lexing- ton County delegation have said they plan to vote to re- move the flag. They include, so far, Sen. John Courson, Rep. Nathan Ballentine, Rep. Kenny Bingham, Sen. Katrina Shealy and Rep. Russell Ott. Any vote to re- move the flag would require a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly. The Confederate Battle Flag was first placed on the capitol on April 11, 1961, and then moved to a me- morial on the south side of the Statehouse in 2000. “Take it down and put it in a museum,” said Lexing- ton businesswoman Alysia Kehoe. Fellow Lexington resi- dent, Talbert Black Jr., however, said “the outpour- ing of love and compassion after the murders in Charleston demonstrates that the overwhelming ma- jority of people in our state are not racists. We love and care for each other regard- less of race, religion, and political party. “Taking the flag down won’t make a racist stop be- ing racist,” he added. “Keep- ing it flying won’t make someone become racist who isn’t racist. And having it on the grounds certainly hasn’t stopped the outpouring of love and compassion and unity that we have seen over the last several days. Those negative feelings are symptoms of a bigger prob- lem than a symbol, regard- less of how you view it. “That problem will only be solved by each of us continuing to reach out of our small circle of associ- ates who are ‘like us,’ which by human nature we are comfortable with, and showing friendship, love, and compassion to those who we initially per- ceive as different. “When we do that, we soon find they are much more like us than we first imagined.” INSIDE _||__ Page A3. GGovernor pushes to remove Confederate Battle Flag from Statehouse grounds Haley
  41. 41. GOVERNMENT BEAT REPORTING AllWeeklyDivision SECOND PLACE: The Summerville Journal Scene Monica Kreber MONICA KREBER mkreber@journalscene.com ‘We think it’s illegal’Summerville faces legal action from opponents of boutique hotel LAWSUIT, 6A