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E.A. RAMSAUR AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING All Daily Division THE GREENVILLE NEWS EDITORIAL Yes, you owe that Amazon sales tax I gnorance of the law is Sometimes state states and why it has with a nexus, or physicalTHIRD PLACE: no longer an excuse when it comes to South Carolina residents paying sales tax on their online purchases, espe- cially when those pur- residents truly don’t understand that they should be paying these taxes, although any trip through the state income tax form will make it continued to resist such a law. Allowing online retail- ers to forgo collecting the states’ sales tax gives them a built-in compet- presence, in a state had to collect the sales tax. Therefore Walmart had to collect the tax on be- half of the states, but Amazon.com didn’t. And The Greenville News chases were made at clear that the payment is itive advantage in a those stores lining Main Amazon.com. Over the due. Also, popular tax country where shaving 6 Street and in the shop- past week or so, South software makes taxpay- percent or more off the ping malls, of course, Carolinians who bought ers aware of this obliga- bottom line makes a had to collect the tax that goods from the national tion as do tax accoun- difference when a cus- many states rely on online retailer have tants. tomer goes through the heavily. received notices in- And now, after heavy electronic checkout line. In South Carolina last Beth Padgett forming them of how debate revolved around Those online retailers year, Amazon almost much they spent in 2011 Amazon last year in are competing with walked away from build- and reminding them that South Carolina, any bricks-and-mortar stores ing a distribution center “A sale is not exempt excuse has gone out the in South Carolina and in Lexington County under state law because window. other states that are when the state House of it is made through the Amazon.com is, well, required to collect the Representatives initially Internet.” a giant when it comes to sales tax when someone refused to honor part of In short, if you had online retail sales. It is buys a book, a sweater, a deal cut by outgoing Gov. total sales ranging from the only top 10 web re- television or any other Mark Sanford that gave a few dollars to much, tailer that doesn’t collect goods. the online retailer an much more than that sales tax in most states Online retailers in exemption from having from Amazon last year, where it does business, many cases get away to collect the sales tax. you owe the state of according to Janet No- with not having to collect State legislators did South Carolina its 6 per- vack in a February 2011 those taxes although the the right thing and cre- cent sales tax on those article in Forbes titled customer still owes ated the exemption to purchases. The same “Are Amazon.com’s those taxes when they save jobs that this state standard also applies to Days of Tax Free Selling fill out their state income needs, but they also other online purchases, Numbered?” Except for tax. Some bricks-and- insisted that Amazon although many of them a few states, Amazon has mortar retailers even send South Carolina were taxed at the point refused to locate dis- have reported seeing shoppers an annual tally of purchase because tribution centers in customers come in to of all their purchases those online retailers — states that plan to re- check out certain big- and a reminder that they such as Walmart.com or quire it to collect sales ticket products and then may owe sales tax on Target.com — have a tax on purchases made leave so they can make them. That deal is why physical presence in our by residents of those the purchase from an those notices from Ama- state and many others. states. online retailer not re- zon.com have arrived in What’s on the line for It’s clear that sales quired to collect the email boxes in our state states throughout the tax laws haven’t caught sales tax. over the past few days. country isn’t chump up with the shopping The legal standard for Congress now is tak- change. South Carolina habits of many people. having to collect the ing seriously the need estimates that more than And it’s equally clear sales tax came out of a for federal legislation to $110 million is owed in that the Internet is no 1992 Supreme Court require all but the small- taxes on online pur- longer a novelty and thus ruling. This was at the est business to collect chases, but a meager $1 it no longer needs legal time most of us were just sales taxes on online million was collected last protection to allow it to getting acquainted with purchases. This law year. That is money that flourish. That argument, computers and few should be passed to cre- could be going for after all, is why Con- could imagine how in- ate a level playing field schools and other vital gress initially refused to tegrated they would and shore up the budgets services that is simply consider a federal law to become in our daily of state and local govern- not being paid into the require online retailers lives. The legal standard ments throughout the state treasury. to collect sales taxes for was that only companies country.
E.A. RAMSAUR AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING All Daily Division EDITORIALS Don’t choke off beach accessSECOND PLACE: S ome residents of the Isle of p.m., March through September. The Palms are trying to yank up the city would issue no more than 1,000. The Post and Courier welcome mat for non-residents who want to enjoy the beach. The beach that belongs to the public, that is. They don’t like so many people driving The law would take effect in 2013. And while it is reasonable for the Isle of Palms to regulate parking within its limits, a $65 season-long pass is out of to the island and parking along streets reach for many, and more than needed Elsa McDowell Stop dumping on us EDITORIALS near their houses. Public streets, that is. Some have planted shrubs or put up signs that limit parking on the shoulder of the road. The shoulder which is the by others who go to the beach once or twice a summer. There is one-day parking for $7 in the commercial area of the island, but that is public right of way, of course. a crowded area unsatisfactory to surfers I t’s almost too stupefying to believe: New zens’ health and quality of life than the dollars Some residents have legitimate beefs. and parents who must keep a clear view Jersey doesn’t want to expose its citizens that would come in as a result of allowing ra- Apparently some visitors help them- of their children. to 300 rail cars of nuclear-contaminated dioactive material to be dumped here. dirt. So it wants to dump it in South Caro- The Conservation Voters of South Carolina selves to residents’ water hoses and Folly Beach has issued high fines for lit- lina, where such things actually can happen have collected 528 signatures on a petition ask- leave litter on their lawns. Their private tering, drinking alcohol and disorderly — and they can happen at a low cost. ing Mrs. Templeton, legislators and Gov. Nikki property. conduct on the beach. It charges $1 an It isn’t enough that South Carolina allows two Haley to reject this “attempt to clean up New But at the time they purchased or rent- hour for parking in small off-street areas. other states to ship mountains of their waste to Jersey by soiling South Carolina.” us, increasing the size and number of landfills The petition says, “For too long, South Caro- ed property on the Isle of Palms, resi- Fines help cover the cost of cleanup and at the expense of our natural resources. Now lina has been used as the nation’s ‘pay toilet’ for dents knew, or should have known, that repair of beach paths. Those actions rec- there is a real possibility that 15,000 tons of that trash, nuclear waste and hazardous and infec- the beach is public and the public must ognize the necessity of keeping order in waste will be contaminated with radioactive, tious materials.” infectious materials. The nation’s nuclear reactor waste is stored have access to it. the beach community — while keeping Sen. Phil Leventis, D-Sumter, is justifiably in the South Carolina’s Savannah River Site. That doesn’t mean, of course, that in- the public beach available to the public. outraged. “Everyone — our governor and Landfills throughout the state are the deposi- appropriate or illegal behavior should Before imposing a fee that would ef- citizens alike — should shout, WIMBY: ‘Why tory for so much waste from out of state that be tolerated. Drunkenness, littering fectively limit public access, the Isle of in My Back Yard?’ ” he writes on today’s Com- they are commonly referred to as mega-dumps mentary page. now. Because they are often located in poor, and unsafe parking are problems for Palms should concentrate its efforts to It seems state law can be interpreted as allow- rural areas without a powerful political voice, residents and visitors alike. That’s what addressing inappropriate and illegal ing New Jersey to send the contaminated dirt like Marlboro, Williamsburg and Lee counties, the Isle of Palms Police Department can behavior by visitors. People who litter, to the Lee County dump near Bishopville, even concerned citizens at the grass-roots level are address. trespass and park in front of residents’ though it does not allow household chemicals continually fighting the powerful waste indus- like pesticides and solvents. Indeed, the S.C. try to protect the health of their environment What it means is that the city has to driveways should be stopped, just as peo- Department of Health and Environmental and community. accommodate safely people who want ple who bend or break laws to prevent Control initially approved the shipment of Make South Carolina business-friendly. to go to the beach for the day. They need the public from using the beach should nuke dirt. DHEC’s new director, Catherine Bring new jobs and new industry. Facilitate a place to park and an approach to the be stopped. Templeton, wisely withdrew that permission growth by seeing that government runs effi- and said the permit would have to be subject ciently. beach. There should be room on the Isle of to public comment. But don’t sacrifice the very things that make In February, the Isle of Palms Plan- Palms both for residents and visitors, Even better, DHEC’s regulations should very South Carolina appealing to citizens, prospec- ning Commission recommended a $65 and there is a salty sea breeze to take clearly ban radioactive material from solid mu- tive citizens and business owners. nicipal waste landfills. The Legislature and the If the waste is too hazardous for New Jersey, seasonal pass to park on streets outside the edge off when tensions over park- governor need to be more concerned about citi- it’s too hazardous for us. the commercial area from 10 a.m. to 5 ing build.
E.A. RAMSAUR AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING All Daily DivisionFIRST PLACE: The State Suspend judgment on dead-voters claims Cindi Ross F OR TWO weeks, support- on voter lists that made it look like est back and forth between the “the state offered no additional sup- ers of our state’s new voter people voted when they didn’t, peo- rookie DMV chief and the veteran porting documentation.” identification law crowed ple who cast absentee ballots early election director. In December, Mr. Should Ms. Andino have warned Scoppe that they had been vindi- cated by the announcement by Gov. Nikki Haley’s Department of Mo- tor Vehicles director that nearly and then died before Election Day, a Sr. listed as voting when in fact it was a Jr. Does this mean there was no Shwedo had said that Ms. Andino ignored his warnings that the num- ber of voters who don’t have a driv- er’s license was inflated; she fired the Justice Department of Mr. Shwedo’s concerns? Probably. Should Mr. Shwedo have discussed his apparent dead-people finding 1,000 dead people had cast ballots. fraud? Unfortunately not, and Ms. back that he had taken liberties in with Ms. Andino before he threw It was an extraordinary, and deeply Andino and SLED need to continue matching nearly identical names around claims about illegal voting? disturbing, claim that finally their reviews, because with so ma- on the voting and driver’s license Certainly. seemed to provide the evidence ny DMV records suggesting people lists. We hope Ms. Andino’s testimony supporters had never bothered to died before ballots were cast in His dead-voters claim was a re- will cause politicians and voters to present that we need such a law. their names, it seems quite possible buttal to her rebuttal, and it was as suspend judgment until the investi- Or not. that there’s at least a little fire be- short on details as it was long on gations are completed. We hope It turns out that at least some of hind all that smoke. drama. Were the votes cast in per- likewise that Mr. Shwedo and Ms. those people weren’t really dead, What it means is that we son, which would support the need Andino will find a way to work co- and some of them didn’t vote. We shouldn’t be so quick to accept for tougher voter ID requirements, operatively to sort out the numbers. don’t know how many, because those claims that confirm our pre- or by mail, which would call for a If people have been casting bal- Kevin Shwedo hadn’t provided conceived notions — particularly different remedy? How many elec- lots in the names of dead people, we Election Commission Director when there are so many red flags. tions were covered? Had Mr. Shwe- need to find out who they were, and Marci Andino with his list by the Cynics (and Democrats) say Mr. do been more careful in matching prosecute them if we can, and how time she took her turn before a Shwedo’s headline-grabbing claim the names this time? they did it, and correct any short- House subcommittee last week. was just a bit too convenient, com- Mr Shwedo said it wasn’t his job comings in our law that allowed But she said that she had found no ing just a day after his boss an- to answer those questions, and this to happen. And if it turns out indications of fraud among the 20 nounced plans to fight the U.S. Jus- there’s some truth to that, but it that this was all a big … misunder- names she received from the attor- tice Department over its refusal to should have reminded us that the standing, the politicians who ney general’s office, which appro- let the law take effect requiring vot- Justice Department dismissed his rushed to trumpet their alarmist priately ordered an investigation ers to present a S.C. driver’s license claim about inflated numbers of ID- rhetoric need to work every bit as based on Mr. Shwedo’s claim. What or federal identification in order to less voters because despite the fed- hard and as loudly to reassure the she found instead were stray marks cast a ballot. It also was just the lat- eral agency’s attempts to verify it, voters that they were wrong.
PICTORIAL Daily Under 20,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE: The Times and Democrat Larry HardyCelebrating Freedom
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NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionSECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat Dark night Carol Barker in Colorado VALUES MEALBrothers busted after pot goes postal By RICHARD WALKER a strong odor, Johnson said. “I asked ” T&D Staff Writer (one of the subjects) if he minded (opening the package). ” ROWESVILLE — A package ad- Claiming the package containeddressed to a Rowesville resident and shoes, the subject opened the box.intercepted by police resulted in two Inside the box, the officer discoveredmen being arrested on drug-related a plastic-wrapped block of what ap-charges Wednesday. peared to be marijuana which had Rowesville Police Chief Michael been covered in a scent-alteringThomas said police seized a wrapped agent.and scent-camouflaged package Thomas said while the investiga-containing more than two pounds tion was under way at the post office, Simpson Bowmanof marijuana at the Rowesville Post the other subject called the post of-Office. Thomas said the package was ﬁce multiple times to ﬁnd out if themailed from Texas. hearing. package had arrived. “It’s not common but it has taken Thomas said Sgt. Ronald Johnson “He took a ride as well, Thomas ”place, the police chief said. ” was conducting a community policing said. Michael Simpson, 40, and Wood- effort of making contact with busi- The two pounds of marijuana isrow Bowman, 35, brothers who live at ness owners rather than the cursory not enough to get federal authori- LARRY HARDY/T&D101 Spring Street in Rowesville, were ride-by when he stopped at the Row- ties involved. But authorities on the Rowesville Police Chief Michael Thomas, left, and Sgt. Ronaldarrested on charges of possession esville Post Office at around 9 a.m. other end of the shipment in McAl- Johnson intercepted more than two pounds of marijuana discoveredwith intent to distribute marijuana. and talked with the postmaster. len, Texas have been notiﬁed and in a package addressed to a Rowesville resident. The pot was found The two men are expected to ap- “She said she had a package for a after the Rowesville postmaster alerted Johnson to “a strong odor”pear in court Thursday for a bond subject, and she said it smelled ... like See POT, A3 emanating from the package. LARRY HARDY/T&D Three rows of vehicles queued up at the Orangeburg Chick-fil-A drive-thru on Wednesday afternoon. The day was declared “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” by former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee. Chick-ﬁl-A customers ﬂock to support CEO’s traditional marriage stand
NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE: NO PANE, The Times and Democrat NO GAIN City still hoping GENE CRIDER/T&D Broken windows line the Middleton Street side of the old E-Mart Building, which is situated on Orangeburg’s Memorial Plaza. It was purchased for $5 in December. Wendy Jeffcoat Crider y g y g /g y for change after old E-Mart building sold By GENE ZALESKI T&D Staff Writer Smoke and ﬁre Yellow caution tape cordons off the Mid- dleton Street sidewalk along the former E- Mart store, marking the location where glass and other debris from the building once lit- tered the sidewalk. City crews have cleaned up the mess, but the yellow caution tape remains at the site. Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Cordova residence destroyed by blaze Association Executive Director Bernice Tribble called it a shame. “I am disappointed that we have not been able to have it restored at the time when it was still possible. I am not sure it is possible to save the building now, she said. ” By RICHARD WALKER ﬁve minutes of being called but the Southwest Circle was on ﬁre. the structure, although another The Rev. Victoria Golding of New York- based Bethel Word of Faith Church Inter- T&D Staff Writer home was already fully involved in Fireﬁghters arrived within ﬁve home and a nearby wooded area national Ministries purchased the building ﬂames. minutes and found the struc- were threatened. about six years ago for $150,000. She had plans to transform it into a worship, coun- A Cordova residence was con- “Initial attack was made by way ture already had ﬂames venting No one was home at the time of seling and outreach center.sidered a complete loss after ﬁre of a rear door, Adams said. “Fire- ” through the roof. the ﬁre, authorities said. Lucky strike About two years ago, the Orangeburgleveled the single-story home fighters observed heavy smoke Crews brought the ﬂames under A cause for the ﬁre has not yet Department of Public Safety deemed the building unsafe for its ﬁre safety officers. ItWednesday morning. and ﬁre to the left, front and to the control within another 15 minutes. been determined, Adams said. placed a notice on the building identifying it Orangeburg Department of right.” However, the structure was deter- as unsafe for an interior ﬁre attack.Public Safety Capt. Mike Adams Emergency crews received the mined to be damaged beyond re- Contact the writer: rwalker@ In December 2011, the property was sold to Earl Brooks for $5, according to Orange-said firefighters arrived at the initial call around 10:45 a.m. that covery, authorities say. timesanddemocrat.com or burg County Register of Deeds records.Southwest Circle residence within a residence on the 200 block of The ﬂames were contained to 803-533-5516. Golding declined comment on the mat- ter Friday, referring all questions to Brooks. Brooks could not be reached for comment. Orangeburg City Administrator John Yow said, “We have placed phone calls and sent letters to the new owner, discussing what their plans are for securing the building. “It is currently unsafe to enter and has been posted as such. ” Man survives lightning hit on Friday the 13th The building was built in 1909 by W.C. Wolfe as a 100-room hotel. At ﬁve stories, the hotel was the second- tallest building in the state. In the early 1900s, the building was considered mod- ern. It had electric lights, an electric eleva- By RICHARD WALKER mower in the back yard of the residence for a been struck. Several years ago, a power pole tor and fans. T&D Staff Writer job they’d planned to ﬁnish Friday. was hit. A 1941 ﬁre destroyed the two upper ﬂoors of the hotel. At the time, the ﬁrst ﬂoor was As the men were huddled around the The residential area off Neeses Highway occupied by the law office of Julian S. Wolfe, On Friday the 13th, an Orangeburg man mower, clamping off a gas leak, Friday the is called “tornado alley” by those who live the Hutto and Haddock Barber Shop, and became one of an estimated 360 U.S. resi- 13th arrived. there, he said. Walker & Bowman. By 1956, the building was occupied by dents per year who are struck by lightning. “That thing rolled up pretty quick,” the An estimated 40 people per year are killed WTND Radio, a station owned by The Times Emergency crews were sent to the 200 witness said of the storm. by lightning strikes in the United States. Men and Democrat, and Dixie Home Building. block of Tecza Drive about a mile west of The witness was knocked about 10 feet are four times as likely as women to be struck Prior to E-Mart’s arrival in 1980, the building housed a Sears and a Belk Hud- Drag Strip Road around 12:30 p.m. as a storm away and the victim was sent several feet in by lightning, according to NASA. son thrift store. E-Mart closed in January front rolled in from the southwest. the opposite direction. Then came the ex- With his dad having been struck earlier, 2005. The victim was said to be conscious and plosion of thunder. his friend struck Friday and several close CHRISTOPHER HUFF/T&D ■ Contact the writer: gzaleski@timesand- Yellow caution tape blocks the sidewalk along the Middleton Street side of the old E-Mart building. talking with emergency crews before being The witness said he believes the lightning calls in between, the witness still says he democrat.com or 803-533-5551. The sidewalk was littered with debris as late as last week, although that has been cleaned up. transported to the hospital. bolt may have struck the house initially, then doesn’t expect his turn is any closer. And that was only after his Jack Russell traveled along a power line that provided a “I respect it, I’ll put it that way,” he said. terrier, perched on the prostrate man, work shed with electricity. “Lightning ain’t nothing to play with.” reluctantly allowed Emergency Medical “I think it hit him in the leg. His eyes were Services workers to approach him. rolling in his head,” the man said. “I was A witness who didn’t provide his name afraid he was paralyzed.” ■ Contact the writer: rwalker@ said he and the victim were preparing a lawn It’s not the ﬁrst time the residence has timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.
NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division ELECTING A PRESIDENTTHIRD PLACE: THE The State IT’S DISTRICT 3 SECOND AT THE DOOR ROUND Bobby Bryant GRIDLOCK? WHERE?Despite new rules and updated lots, USC game traffic ‘great’ By JOHN MONK firstname.lastname@example.org traffic crunch, law enforcement officials said. IOWA NEW HAMPSHIRE But, apart from a bit of extra gridlock CAU PRIMARY Upward of 80,000 fans in more than largely due to acres of modernized park-20,000 cars, vans and SUVs converged on ing on the site of the old Farmers Market,Williams-Brice Stadium for the USCopening home football game over the nothing gummed up the normal ebullient CUSESweekend, causing the usual pre-game SEE GAME PAGE A12 GERRY MELENDEZ/GMELENDEZ@THESTATE.COM Yard signs for two District 3 candidates are up in the Rosewood TIM DOMINICK/TDOMINICK@THESTATE.COM neighborhood. WHAT THE POLLS SAY INSIDE The latest polls show that former Massachusetts Mitt Romney’s Gov. Mitt Romney is leading heading into today’s vote. Council race goes house to house A tracking poll conducted for 7 News/Suffolk Univer- sity found Romney was first with 33 percent saying he company, Bain Capital, as candidates hunt for votes was their choice. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was sec- ond at 20 percent. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was becomes an third at 13 percent, and former U.S. House Speaker issue in the the April 3 election: Dis- GET REGISTERED Newt Gingrich was fourth at 11 percent. By MINDY LUCAS email@example.com trict 2, District 3 and a city- Another poll, conducted for WMUR/University of New race: Did it wide seat. The District 3 Live in the city of Co- Hampshire, also shows Romney out front, with Paul create jobs or Columbia’s District 3 seat has the most crowded lumbia and want to second and Huntsman and former U.S. Sen. Rick San- City Council race is start- field, with candidates vote? March 3 is the torum of Pennsylvania tied for third. kill them? A5 ing to heat up in the com- jockeying for name recog- last day to register. pressed campaign season nition and early voter Forms must be post- ABOUT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY Election briefs, before April’s city commitments. marked before or on elections. Isgett, who has been March 3 or dropped off The New Hampshire primary is a different animal A5 “People have just now knocking on doors and at- by March 2 at the Rich- than the Iowa caucuses. started to get engaged in tending neighborhood land County Office of In New Hampshire, voters don’t gather, listen to a this race,” said Jenny Is- meetings since October, Elections and Voter speech and determine which candidate will get their ON THE WEB gett, an attorney and one said she was only now support. Instead, they go to a polling place and cast a Registration, 2020 More political of four candidates run- starting to get yard signs ballot. Republican and Independents can vote; Demo- ning for the seat being va- out in greater numbers. Hampton St. Applica- tions are available at crats cannot. coverage, Andy cated by Belinda Gergel. “It’s been a busy week,” One thing to watch: Who do independents support? “People are starting to she said. “We’re staying that office, at local Shain’s S.C. Do they buoy Paul, as they did in Iowa, and Huntsman, take an interest and are busy 24-7.” libraries or online at Primary Blog at as polls suggest they will in New Hampshire? That’s asking some good She’s not alone. In fact, scvotes.org or important because the S.C. primary is open, meaning questions.” rcgov.us/departments/ thestate.com independents and even Democrats can vote here. Three seats are open in SEE COUNCIL PAGE A6 elections. Polls open as early as 7 a.m., with the last polling places closing at 8 p.m.
NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division Bill would ban chirpySECOND PLACE: greeting Sometimes, it’s not The Post and Courier a great day in S.C. Bob Kinney BY YVONNE WENGER firstname.lastname@example.org COLUMBIA — A couple of state Democrats want to can Gov. Nikki Haley’s “It’s a great day in South Caro- lina” greeting for making bureaucrats out to be pollyannas. The Republican governor’s widely parodied idea to market South Caro- lina with a cheery greeting would be outlawed under a bill by Reps. Wen- Rodricus never had a chance dell Gilliard of Charleston and John King of Rock Hill. “My feelings on that are, why would you want to say, ‘It’s a great day in2-year old treated with disdain, then worse, by his father South Carolina,’ when we’re still in EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is based on ing there to say ‘Bless you,’ ” said Huger, a showered him with affection. double-digit unemployment, people sworn testimony from last week’s homi- cide by child abuse trial of Roger Williams. close friend of the family. He loved to eat grits, or “gits,” as he would If only his father, Roger Anthony Williams, had felt the same way. Instead, his indiffer- are still losing their homes, the home- say. If he was hungry, he would get what he ence would snuff out his son’s loving spirit less population in the state of South BY NATALIE CAULA wanted. Rodricus started walking and talk- before it ever had a chance to blossom. email@example.com ing by the time was 8 months old. He loved Williams seemed hesitant to fill the role of Carolina is still on the increase?” Gil- to do things for himself and be a little helper being Rodricus’ father, according to Wash- liard said. Rodricus Williams loved to sing “Jesus to others. ington, who struck up a relationship with Loves Me.” It became a ritual in the morn- “In the morning when we’d head to school, Williams after meeting him at a mall in 2006. Haley, saying that some might find ings at the Mount Pleasant home of Connie Huger, who started watching the toddler he always tried to take his stroller down the steps. He’d climb in and strap himself in,” his They lasted less than a year as a couple, break- ing up when Williams got angry at Washing- the idea “hokey,” asked government when he was about 5 months old to help his mother, Shaneka Washington, said. ton for wanting to go out with her friends on PROVIDED mother out. He constantly told people he loved them, “He could not sneeze without someone be- from strangers at the mall to his family, who Please see RODRICUS, Page A8 Rodricus Williams told everyone he loved them. Please see GREETING, Page 2B
NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier ELECTION 2012 Beth Harrison OBAMA ENCORE PRESIDENT DEFEATS ROMNEY WITH SHARP FOCUS ON BATTLEGROUND STATES PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Teed off about rain?Politics as stormy as weather I Find out how weather might affect the PGA Championship f rain continues at the Ocean Course, here’sObama, Christie tour Sandy’s wreckage Part of a home rests what might be ahead for the PGA Championship: upside-down Monday finishInside BY DAVID ESPO and JULIE PACE helicoptered with Gov. Chris Chris- tie over washed-out roads, flooded in Seaside Heights, N.J., The PGA Champion- ship has been forced to aHow to help. A4 Associated Press homes, boardwalks bobbing in the on Wednesday, Monday finish three times ocean and, in Seaside Heights, a fire after Super- in the past 36 years (2005,Local volunteers BRIGANTINE, N.J. — President still burning after ruining about storm Sandy 1986 and 1976).pitching in. A4 Barack Obama soberly toured the eight structures. made landfall 54 holesGuard delivers destruction wrought by Superstorm Back on the ground, the president there Monday The PGA has never beenaid in Hoboken. Sandy on Wednesday in the compa- introduced one local woman to “my evening. cut to 54 holes since goingA5 ny of New Jersey’s Republican gover- guy Craig Fugate.” In a plainspo- The rest of to stroke play in 1958. nor and assured victims “we will not ken demonstration of the power of the home satSandy roundup, quit” until cleanup and recovery are the presidency, Obama instructed away from Suspended playby the numbers. Play is suspended often complete. Six days before their hard- the man at the head of the Federal its original due to weather, with play-A5 fought election, rival Mitt Romney Emergency Management Agency, spot and in ers forced to play more muted criticism of Obama as he a 7,500-employee federal agency, the middle than 18 holes in one day.Locals ready for barnstormed battleground Florida. to “make sure she gets the help she of a street.NYC marathon. Forsaking partisan politics for Read more about howC1 WADE SPEES/STAFF the third day in a row, the president Please see SANDY, Page A3 JULIO CORTEZ/AP the rain will affect the Spectators slog their way around the Ocean Course during the rains that dampened Wednesday’s prac- tournament on C1. tice at the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island.
SPOT NEWS REPORTING Aiken Standard Daily Under 20,000 Division Master Cpl. Sandra ‘Sandy’ Rogers CAREER Rogers was born in Aiken on Feb. 11, 1963. She began her career with the Aiken Department Public Safety on Jan. 30, 1984, a 27-year veteranTHIRD PLACE: of law enforcement. ACHIEVEMENTS • Earned an associate degree in business management from Aiken Technical College in 1983. • Was a field training officer and speed measuring device instructor Aiken Standard • Received the Distinguished Service Award in 2003 • Received the Lifesaving award in 2003 • Received the Certificate of Commendation in 2011 Karen Daily SUBMITTED PHOTO KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY: Master Corporal Sandra “Sandy” Rogers was killed in the line of duty on Saturday. Officer killed, suspect jailed About Joshua Jones NAME: Joshua Tremaine Jones AGE: 26 ADDRESS: 327 Youman St., Batesburg CURRENT STATUS: He is being held at the Aiken County detention center. JONES He has not yet been charged. PRIOR RECORD: March 2009 – Convicted of assault/ simple assault and battery April 2009 – Convicted of unlawful possession of a pistol and was sentenced to 108 days of time served. He was released from Aiken County Detention Center in April 2009 STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT July 2011 – Convicted of giving false MOURNING A FALLEN OFFICER: Family members of slain Public Safety MCpl. Sandy Rogers information ($470 fine), carrying a listen as Police Chief Charles Barranco formally announces Rogers’ death Saturday night. From concealed weapon ($470 fine) and seatbelt the left are Rogers’ lifelong friend, Frances Williams, and Rogers’ sister and brother-in-law, Jenny violation ($25 fine) and Wade Johnson. BY KAREN DAILY firstname.lastname@example.org Funeral services More coverage Less than a week after Aiken Pub- • A service will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 1 at USC 2A: See reactions from the community lic Safety officers removed the black Aiken Convocation Center. 4A: A look at the locations from the chase mourning badges from their uniforms in • The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. 8-9A: Photos from the shooting memory of an officer killed, the depart- on Tuesday at Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home. 11A: Looking back: Officers that have died ment is suffering another in-the-line of in Aiken County in the last century duty death. About 7:35 a.m. Saturday, Aiken Pub- A peace rally and prayer vigil will be held at 5 p.m. today in Eustis Park. lic Safety Officer Master Public Safety Cpl. Sandy Rogers was responding to a resident’s concerns about a suspicious On aikenstandard.com vehicle in Eustis Park when she was See full coverage at aikenstandard.com/sandy-rogers, including: gunned down. Rogers found the accused gunman, • AUDIO CLIPS of the scanner traffic from • A VIDEO INTERVIEW of the father of Joshua Joshua Jones, 26, in a 2002 blue BMW the initial suspicious vehicle call Saturday Tremaine Jones. that he had reportedly stolen from his morning • PHOTO GALLERIES from the scene and the
SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 Division 11,000 DAYS LATERSECOND PLACE: Edward Lee Elmore, 53, sits in the front seat Shirley Elmore, right, hugs her brother, of his attorney’s Audi after being released Edward Lee Elmore, after he was released Edward Lee Elmore greets family members Index-Journal from jail Friday. from jail Friday. before being released from jail Friday. Chris Trainor ELMORE FREED PHOTOS BY MATT WALSH | INDEX-JOURNAL Edward Lee Elmore exits the Greenwood County Courthouse with his attorney after being released from jail Friday after being incarcerated for 30 years for the 1982 killing of Greenwood’s Dorothy Edwards. Elmore entered an Alford plea Friday, essentially meaning he acknowledged, if the case were to be tried again, there is a likelihood he could be found guilty. Defendant enters Alford plea in connection with 1982 case By CHRIS TRAINOR him credit for the 30 years he has email@example.com served. As a result of the decision, Edwards walked out of jail Friday E xactly 11,000 days afternoon, a free man for the first — that’s how long time in three decades. Edward Lee Elmore, Friday’s plea brings some clo- 53, was jailed for the sure to what is perhaps the most 1982 killing of Green- famous criminal case in Green- wood’s Dorothy Edwards. wood County’s history. On Friday afternoon, after those Moments after Addy ended the 11,000 days — a period of more hearing, applause erupted in the than 30 years — Elmore was a free courtroom, and many members man. of Elmore’s family rose and began A plea hearing for Elmore took hugging and greeting him. Several place Friday afternoon at Green- family members openly sobbed as wood County Courthouse. During Among those present when Edward Lee Elmore was released Friday they held Elmore in their arms. the hearing, Elmore — represented was Pulitzer Prize winner Raymond Bonner. Bonner, right, wrote a book As he walked out of the court- by attorneys including Diana about the Elmore case titled “Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case room on his way to complete the Holt and J. Christopher Jensen — Gone Wrong.” Find reactions to Elmore’s release from Bonner and sev- paperwork related to his release, entered an Alford plea to murder. eral of Elmore’s family members on page 3A of today’s edition. Elmore smiled widely, his eyes The Alford plea essentially displaying emotion. He was asked means the defendant acknowledg- there is a likelihood he would be plea deal, Eighth Circuit Judge how it felt to finally be released es, if a jury were to believe the facts found guilty. Frank Addy sentenced Edwards of a case as the state presents them, In response to a negotiated to 30 years in prison, then gave See ELMORE, page 3A
SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat Richard Walker 4-year-old ‘perfect angel’ dies in ﬁre By RICHARD WALKER Family members Firefighters from T&D Staff Writer say she was found ONLINE Denmark, Olar, Bamberg just feet from a @TheTandD.com and Govan were called DENMARK — An ash-covered hobby door that would out to the residential horse sits in the yard, waiting for its have led her out of Visit this article neighborhood southeast rider. her burning home online to see more of central Denmark at to safety. photos from the re. around 12:46 a.m. Family and neighbors gathered Friday Bamberg County TheTandD.com/news Fire officials said outside a burned manufactured home on Cotton Street in Denmark, quietly Coroner Billy Dun- when they arrived min- remembering a 4-year-old whose can said the rider of utes later, the esti- laughter and smiles ended tragically. that smiling hobby horse was taken to mated 14-by-70-foot home was “well Latrice Glover said her 4-year-old son the Medical University of South Carolina involved. ” told her, “I’m ready to go see Janae.” for an autopsy. Glover said Dabrika Sanders, an 18- “I said, ‘Baby, you can’t go see Janae Janae’s mother, Monique, a family year-old family friend, was asleep on the anymore. ’ friend, and three more children were couch in the living room when the heat “He said, ‘I know, Mama, I’m a big hospitalized. from the ﬁre woke her up. She screamed boy. I know she’s gone to Heaven. ”’ The adults had been released by late for everyone to get out. RICHARD WALKER/T&D Janae Greggs, 4, went to Heaven early Friday, Glover said. The children were Janae Greggs, 4, died Friday morning when her family’s Denmark Friday. being kept for observation. See FIRE, A3 home caught fire and burned.
SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE: The Herald Jonathan McFadden Local man dies cutting grass 84-year-old Rock Hill farmer thrown from tractor By Jonathan McFadden the youngest at 49. firstname.lastname@example.org On Saturday morning, Branch was doing what he al- ROCK HILL — Take a walk on the 220 acres John ways did – mowing his farmland on John Branch Road, Branch Jr. called home and it’ll become obvious what named for his father – when he fell off his tractor and some drove his passions. machinery ran over him. Chicken houses in the back. Cows behind fences. Farm- He was pronounced dead at the scene, said York County ing tools on the porch. Coroner Sabrina Gast. He was 84. As his children said on Sunday, Branch – born in 1927 Born and raised in Rock Hill, Branch worked at the Rock and a witness to the Great Depression – was a product of Hill Printing & Finishing Co. before moving to a security his generation. job at the former Bowater plant. “He always gave 100 percent,” said Branch’s daughter, He then fought in the Korean War. After the war, he 58-year-old Regina Clawson. “Whatever he was going to worked as a forest ranger for 25 years, often visiting differ- do, he would carry it to the end.” ent schools to teach students about fire and forest safety, “He was old enough to know the need for frugality,” his daughter said. said John “David” Branch III, 55, Branch’s older son. “He “Conservation was really important to him,” Clawson SPECIAL TO THE HERALD had a strong work ethic.” said. “Whenever a tree died, they’d saw it for lumber.” John Branch Jr. works in his sawmill. Branch, 84, And “he believed everybody had a job, everybody did died Saturday after he fell from his tractor while their job and everybody worked hard,” said Bob Branch, See FARMER ● 8A mowing grass on his farm.
SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division FIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal Jenny Arnold Violence disrupts worship service
SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE: The State MISSING FROM PAGE A1 church-goer, he said. Donna Hudson, a neigh- bor who is related to Grant by marriage, said he could disappeared. be a polite gentleman. Carolyn Click and Investigators traced Ga- brielle’s cellphone signal to Grant’s house and found her DNA there, Lott said. While the sheriff was reluc- tant to release many details about what investigators Gabrielle Laster officers combed Elgin and its outskirts as FBI experts But, “That man has a dark side,” she said. Lott described Grant as a “career criminal.” Grant’s criminal history includes aggravated assault, bat- tery, criminal domestic vio- have found, he did say the pinpointed possible hot- lence, multiple charges for Noelle Phillips missing teen’s blood was spots based on evidence cocaine and weapons vio- found on duct tape in the and tips, Lott said. lations in Florida and vicinity of Grant’s house. Officers were seen look- South Carolina. Grant has an extensive ing underneath houses, Grant’s wife, Ollie Ro- TEEN’S DISAPPEARANCE criminal record dating crawling in drainage ditch- tan, died in 2004, Hudson back at least 25 years. Be- es and walking through said. ‘Monster’ charged with cause of that record and his woods as they poked Neighbors said that Elvia connection to the family, he through scrub brush with Swainson had dated Grant was an early sticks. Deputies also con- off and on over several suspect in tinued to collect evidence years. They said Grant ran Gabrielle’s at Grant’s home along Kel- a lawn care service and disappear- ly Lane. would do yard work at the kidnapping missing girl ance from Grant’s brick house sits Swainson home. He also her home in amid a dozen other houses worked as a truck driver, the North and mobile homes on a dirt they said. Crossing lane. The house burned Lott would not confirm a neighbor- several years ago, but romantic relationship be- Grant hood in Grant continued to live tween Swainson and Grant Police still searching Elgin, where her DNA was found in suspect’s home Northeast Richland, the sheriff said. there off and on, several neighbors said. He had but described them as acquaintances. Grant also is being inves- electricity and running wa- Grant had mowed the At Ridge View Suspect had a tigated in connection to an- ter, although the house had Swainson’s yard Aug. 17, other missing person case, broken windows and charr the day before Gabrielle High, anxiety, relationship with connected to the Elgin Po- marks on the roof and disappeared, Lott said. heartbreak Gabrielle lice Department. wooden trim. Swainson left home and hope Swainson’s mom Police Chief Harold Grant moved to the Mid- around about 3:45 a.m. on Brown said his agency is lands more than 20 years Aug. 18 to go to her office to By CAROLYN CLICK By NOELLE PHILLIPS looking into the disappear- ago after serving a stint in catch up on work. Before email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org ance of Adrianna Diana the Army, said his sister, leaving, she briefly woke Ridge View principal Marty A man described as a monster Laster, who was last seen Cynthia Grant, who was her daughter and handed Martin has suffered the loss of and a career criminal forced his share of high school stu- 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson around Labor Day 2011, standing with other neigh- the girl her iPhone. Swain- dents through the years to acci- from her home in the wee hours when she was 28. Laster bors outside his Elgin son typically confiscated dents and illness, including one of the night on Aug. 18 and took terrible year at A.C. Flora when her to his burned-out house on a had lived for some time home. His older brother al- the phone around 8:30 four students died, two to ill- dirt lane in Elgin. with Grant, and he is be- so had been stationed at each night so her daughter ness, one in a car wreck and an- What happened in that house other who collapsed on the bas- is unknown, but there is clear lieved to be the last person Fort Jackson, and most of could not send late text ketball court. evidence of foul play, Sheriff Le- to see her, Brown said. the family eventually messages to friends. But Martin said Tuesday on Lott said Tuesday. nothing quite compares to the Now, 52-year-old Freddie On Tuesday, investiga- moved to the area from When Swainson re- heartbreak and anxiety of wait- Grant, is in jail on kidnapping tors focused on Carn’s Sal- Florida, she said. turned to the house about ing to learn the fate of missing TIM DOMINICK/TDOMINICK@THESTATE.COM and federal gun charges, refus- vage, an old auto junkyard Several people, includ- 7:30 a.m., her daughter 15-year-old sophomore Gabri- Law enforcement officers from around the state search areas around Elgin on Tuesday ing to cooperate with the FBI elle Swainson. for missing Northeast Richland teen Gabrielle Swainson. Richland County Sheriff and sheriff’s investigators, who in Elgin, which is across a ing the Elgin police chief, was gone. Nothing was “The not knowing just builds Leon Lott on Tuesday announced the arrest of Freddie Grant of Elgin, who has been were searching for Gabrielle. set of railroad tracks from said Grant presented him- missing but Gabrielle and and builds and builds,” he said. charged with kidnapping Gabrielle. “A monster came in that “I’ve had runaways. I’ve never morning and did something that Grant’s house. At one self as a respectable her phone. had a situation up front like this only happens in our night- point, Kershaw County person. On Tuesday, Lott said where there is evidence of foul mares,” Lott said. play.” Grant had a relationship with Coroner Johnny Fellers Grant occasionally had Grant forcibly took the girl, Tuesday, Richland County ONLINE INSIDE Gabrielle’s mother, Elvia went to the junkyard with shown up at Elgin Town who was barefoot and Sheriff Leon Lott announced Check out the photo gallery with Suspect has an arrest record Swainson, and investigators the arrest of a suspect in Gabri- this story and a video from the reaching back almost 25 years. quickly named him as the top shovels but nothing came Council meetings to ask wearing pajamas, from the elle’s disappearance, a press conference at thestate.com. Page A8 suspect when the teen of his search. questions about the budget house. He said investiga- SEE RIDGE VIEW PAGE A6 SEE MISSING PAGE A8 More than 120 Richland and to request a sign for his tors have established a ti- County sheriff’s deputies, street, Brown said. He also meline through cellphone FBI agents and other police was known to be a regular tracking. He would not re-
SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division HOME AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS IN PRISONSECOND PLACE: The Greenville News Eric Connor Edward Lee Elmore is embraced by family after being released from prison Friday at the Greenwood court house. PATRICK COLLARD/STAFF PLEA DEAL FREES DEATH ROW INMATE By Eric Connor gent theories — either he Staff writer indeed stabbed 75-year- email@example.com old Dorothy Edwards more than 50 times while GREENWOOD — For nearly three decades, raping her inside her home or police framed Edward Lee Elmore sat on death row, pro- him by hiding and planting claiming all along that he didn’t brutally rape evidence. MORE ONLINE The truth divided even and kill the elderly Greenwood widow who the federal judges whose See video and photos from Edward Lee once employed him as a handyman. multi-year deliberations Elmore’s appearance led to Elmore’s release. For each year Elmore spent behind prison “All told, Elmore’s is at the courthouse at GreenvilleOnline.com. bars since 1982, he watched just as many like- one of those exceptional cases of extreme malfunc- wise condemned men led to the execution tions in the state criminal kinson, offered a scathing chamber, his lawyer said. justice systems,” 4th Cir- indictment of his col- cuit Appeals Judge Robert leagues’ decision and de- On Friday — on exactly sentence of time served. King wrote in a three- fended the integrity of law the 11,000th day of his im- “There’s nothing in the judge opinion in Novem- enforcement and prosecu- prisonment after three world like it,” Elmore said ber that reversed El- tors. separate convictions, end- after his belt chains were more’s conviction and in- “Elmore’s conviction less pleas for freedom and loosed and his prison slip- stead cast suspicion on Ed- has withstood nearly three a last-ditch ruling by the pers swapped for brand wards’ neighbor, a now-de- decades of intense scruti- U.S. 4th Circuit Court of new dress shoes. ceased former ny from multiple juries Appeals — the 53-year-old The story of Elmore’s Greenwood County coun- and judges for the best of walked unbound from the deliverance, told through cilman, as a possible killer. reasons: There is so much Greenwood County court- testimony and mounds of However, the lone dis- evidence that supports it,” house after accepting a court documents, boiled senter in the opinion, ap- plea deal in exchange for a down to two vastly diver- peals judge Harvie Wil- See ELMORE, Page 3A
SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division “I don’t want him to do to another kid what he did to me.” Camper who accused Skip ReVille of masturbating and watching porn with him Citadel’s Rosa: FIRST PLACE ‘We are sorry’ ANDBEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier Gene Sapakoff, BRAD NETTLES/STAFF Citadel President Gen. John Rosa answers questions Monday afternoon regarding Skip ReVille, who is accused of molesting children. Rosa said the institution should have done more in response to a 2007 complaint against ReVille, a Citadel graduate and former camp counselor at the college. Glenn Smith, Attorney says school could have acted to halt further abuse cases BY EDWARD C. FENNELL and GENE SAPAKOFF and engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with ReVille, who Documents show strategy BY GLENN SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com was a cadet and camp counselor. Edward Fennell and firstname.lastname@example.org The Citadel failed to tell police in 2007 about allegations that a camp counselor had engaged in inappropriate sexual The incident sent the 14-year-old camper’s life spiraling into a “dark” side of drug use, tumbling grades and long therapy sessions, the teen told the school’s at- torney. Hundreds of documents re- leased Monday show The Cita- del was more concerned about protecting itself than stopping a possible predator accused of lewd activities with a child. Instead of calling police in 2007, conduct with a 14-year- “For the longest time, the school considered floating a Jeff Hartsell old boy, enabling Louis “Skip” ReVille to prey on teenagers across the Lowcountry until he was arrested last month. “I’d say we are pro- ReVille foundly sorry,” Citadel President I just thought it was my fault, maybe that I was a bad person,” the teen said of the 2002 incident in a 2007 interview with Citadel General Counsel Mark Brandenburg. $20,000 settlement offer to the teen who accused Louis “Skip” ReVille, a cadet and counselor, of watching porn and mastur- bating with boys. The school’s attorney found the teen believ- able, documents show. Gen. John Rosa said Monday. In not taking the teen’s com- The Citadel turned over these “We are sorry we didn’t pursue it plaints to police, The Citadel let documents to the media Mon- more.” ReVille off the hook, an attor- day in response to a Freedom of Rosa said police are now involved ney representing the now young Information request from The in the investigation. man said Monday, resulting Post and Courier. Detailed documents released by in a widening child sex abuse The Citadel’s in-house attorney, the school Monday describe a night of watching pornographic videos Please see CITADEL, Page 9A Please see DOCUMENTS, Page 9A
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Beaufort GazetteErin Moody and Anne ChristnovichHiring of building code director questioned
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 Division BIG STARS,SECOND PLACE: BIG CASH The Times and Democrat Gene Crider LARRY HARDY/T&D PHOTO/ KRISTIN COKER ILLUSTRATION Young Jeezy was paid $70,000 to perform at S.C. State University in October. Documents released Thursday indicate the university lost a significant amount of money on the concert. S.C. State homecoming concert is big loser By GENE CRIDER ceived $5,500 on Sept. 6 and Jerry Caldwell T&D Managing Editor SCSU releases documents received a $5,000 book agent fee on Sept. 7. On Oct. 4, W.E. Entertainment of Georgia Documents released by South Carolina State sought by T&D in Dec. was paid $57,125 for expenses such as sound and University reveal it spent hundreds of thou- lighting, ﬂooring and chairs. sands of dollars to bring big names to home- By DALE LINDER-ALTMAN And on Oct. 5, the university began paying coming last year, and only made tens of thou- T&D Staff Writer the artists the rest they were owed, including: sands in return. ■ Chrisette Michelle — $10,000 The university released 254 pages of docu- The Times and Democrat received 254 pages ■ Ace Hood — $5,000 ments Thursday requested under the S.C. Free- of information from South Carolina State Uni- ■ Future — $4,500 dom of Information Act. versity on Thursday in answer to a Freedom of ■ Charlie Wilson — $40,000 University officials did not respond to ques- Information Act request sent to the university on ■ Young Jeezy — $35,000 tions Thursday asking for insight into the docu- Dec. 28. W.E. Entertainment of Georgia was also paid ments, but they appear to show S.C. State spent The FOIA requires entities to respond to re- $12,500 as the other half of its promoter fee to more than $250,000 to bring Young Jeezy, quests for information within 15 days. The uni- “oversee and manage all aspects of the home- Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michele, Ace Hood versity responded to The T&D after 15 business coming concert from the date of signing the and Future to campus for an Oct. 7 concert. days, on Jan. 17, stating, “We are currently work- contract to ﬁnish. ” That doesn’t include about $30,000 uni- ing to gather the documents you have requested The company also got a payment of $3,450 versity departments say they’re owed for their and will be in touch with you in the near future.” on Oct. 7 for additional expenses such as tickets work on the event. On about Feb. 8, The T&D received a copy of and an e-blast in Charlotte. But the documents only show S.C. State a three-page contract but no information about On Oct. 20, the company got $2,874 in ad- receiving about $70,000 in revenue from expenditures or revenue related to October’s ditional expenses. the event, according to information released Homecoming concert. UGL Services Unicco Operations was paid Thursday. The university has not said where The university charged 25 cents a page, or a $4,365 for cleaning up after the concert. the money came from to pay for the extra total of $63, for the documents. The State Law Enforcement Division was expenses. According to Bill Rogers, executive director of reimbursed $600 for security, the Orangeburg The documents do provide details about ex- the S.C. Press Association, the price was “fairly Department of Public Safety got $750 and Or- penses for the concert, in which university of- reasonable. Any time you get it for 25 cents a angeburg County Emergency Services received ﬁcials expected to seat up to 15,000 people at page, it’s pretty good.” $300. The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office around $20 to $45 per seat. However, entities are not allowed to charge also supplied officers for $750, with the de- The documents released Thursday date back more for the documents than it costs to dupli- partment apparently receiving the going rate to August 2011 when the university paid W.E. cate them, he said. of $150 apiece for officers that night, including Entertainment $12,500 to oversee the event. for the presence of Sheriff Leroy Ravenell and On Aug. 24, it wrote a check for $50,000 Contact the writer: dlinder-altman@time- Major Rene Williams. to International Creative Management. That sanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5529. University departments also sought re- covered half the expense of Charlie Wilson, the imbursement after the event. The S.C. State former lead singer of the Gap band, and half of Marketing Department sent a bill for $28,578 Chrisette Michelle’s fee. ally get a total $70,000. for marketing the event and security sought International Creative Management then got The university also paid $5,000 for Ace $1,650. paid $35,000 on Sept. 1 as a down payment for Hood, as half his payment. Contact the writer: gcrider@timesanddem- Young Jeezy’s performance. He would eventu- Propane Media, representing Future, re- ocrat.com or 803-533-5570.
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE: Index-Journal AN INDEX-JOURNAL SPECIAL REPORT Chris Trainor Some County Council members $147,718.37 accepted thousands of indistrict expense dollars from 2008-11 By CHRIS TRAINOR email@example.com F or those who follow Greenwood County politics, it has long been common knowledge Greenwood County Council members earn a regular salary of just more than $8,000 per year, with the chairman earning a bit more. MARK ALLISON GONZA BRYANT EDITH CHILDS However, from mid-2008 until early 2011, a group of Council members — Edith Childs, $0 $30,110.64 $28,873.85 Bob Jennings, Rhett Dominick, Patrick Indistrict expense funding in 2011 Indistrict expense funding in 2008-11 Indistrict expense funding in 2008-11 Moody and Gonza Bryant — collectively earned an additional $147,718.37 through Inside what was known as Our Viewpoint: “indistrict expense” Greenwood County funding. Council’s expense In fact, in the cal- fund gives wrong endar years 2009 and impression. 10A 2010, the council mem- DEE COMPTON RHETT DOMINICK BOB JENNINGS bers who participated actually received more indistrict expense money than regular salary. $0 $27,722.40 $29,634.96 On April 5, the Index-Journal sent a request Indistrict expense funding in 2008 Indistrict expense funding in 2008-11 Indistrict expense funding in 2008-11 to county manager Jim Kier and County Council chairman Robbie Templeton for County Council payroll data for the calen- dar years 2006-11. Templeton immediately responded and indicated the county would provide the requested records. On April 20, county treasurer Lisa White provided the paper with all records requested. The payroll lists contained categories CHUCK MOATES PATRICK MOODY ROBBIE TEMPLETON including “regular salary” and “indistrict $0 $31,376.52 $0 expense.” Indistrict expense funding in 2009-11 Indistrict expense funding in 2008-11 Indistrict expense funding in 2008-11 See DOLLARS, page 5A
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division HONORABLE MENTION: The Sun News David Wren Plant’s pollution stirs suit
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE: The Herald Anna Douglas PHOTOS BY ANDY BURRISS - firstname.lastname@example.org Work is underway on Millstone Pizza and the Old Town Market Hall on Caldwell Street in downtown Rock Hill. The City Council has granted the pizza restaurant’s owner $39,000 in rent rebates to be paid over the next five years. Downtown incentives spark questions Rock Hill officials say money used for rents, improvements needed to reach for growth Adam LaRoche By Anna Douglas town businesses. But Rock Hill leaders say the makes a email@example.com incentive is needed to help the city reach its goal pizza at A pizza restaurant will open in downtown of developing downtown. Ledo Rock Hill with a pledge from city government to Because of downtown’s history and the age of Pizza on pay $39,000 of its rent over five years. its buildings, the city faces different challenges S. Millstone Pizza – owned by Brendan Kuhlkin in developing that area, according to city leaders. Herlong – is set to occupy the back portion of real estate Andrew Rose, owner of Ledo Pizza on Her- Ave. in agent John Rinehart’s building on Caldwell long Avenue—located about 3 miles from Kuhl- Rock Street. The front part of the building at 121-123 kin’s new restaurant-said it’s unfair to other Hill. Caldwell St. will be the Old Town Market Hall, a businesses for the city to give direct rent assis- place for the Old Town Farmer’s Market and oth- tance to downtown businesses. er public events. “Every city needs a downtown area,” Rose The city has agreed to pay the $39,000 from an said. “But this is like putting our backs against account intended to support economic develop- the wall. We spend a lot out of pocket to stim- ment in Rock Hill through rent assistance and ulate the economy too.” other incentives. The account includes proceeds Ledo Pizza, a Maryland-based pizza and pas- from the sale and lease of city property. ta restaurant chain, opened in Rock Hill in Febru- Some other Rock Hill businesses question us- ing city money to help pay the rent for new down- See BUSINESS ● 6A
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Miles of F or the past seven years, Spartan- burg County taxpayers have paid about $12,000 a year to Reidville for road maintenance. Since then, the town has accumulated savings $81,842 in its road fee account. That is the equivalent of the county’s $25 road fee lev- ied on 3,274 vehicles. Reidville, like the other 13 county munic- ipalities, has a reserve of taxpayer dollarsSECOND PLACE: designed to keep motorists moving smoothly over roads and bridges. But Reidville town County municipalities officials say they don’t really need the money, at least not right now. “Right now, our roads within our little have banked $2.17M town are OK,” said Sandra Gowan, Reidville clerk. “We’re Inside going to use the money when in road fee funds there’s a need for it.” See a chart In 2005, Spartanburg Coun- of how Herald-Journal ty Council passed a $25 county- much each wide fee on all vehicles. The fee municipality has been controversial since its has spent on inception. It faced an unsuc- road work A7 cessful lawsuit, and three of four council members lost re-election bids because of their support of the fee. Candidates running for council have said Andrew Doughman they would repeal, reform or reduce the fee. But council has never changed the fee, which replaced reduced vehicle property taxes that used to pay for road maintenance. Seven years later, county ofﬁcials say the ordinance has been widely successful, col- lecting more than $40 million and improving the more than 1,700 miles of county-owned roads. However, in municipalities, the fee has produced mixed results. County documents indicate the 14 munici- palities have banked a total of $2.17 million or 40 percent of the road fee dollars they’ve received. Administrators from some of the smaller towns say they simply don’t have enough road projects to spend their share of road fee money, so they’re saving it for a project or saving it for an emergency. “Most of our streets, with the exception of maybe two or three are in the state system, and they ◆ SEE ROAD PAGE A7 S TORY BY ANDREW DOUGHMAN I LLUSTR ATION BY GARY KYLE
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Shuttered mills hold years of history ■ Retired workers, residents in Newry, Utica, La France talk about life in the textile factories By Jennifer Clemson University. Crossley Howard The former DeforeFIRST PLACE: firstname.lastname@example.org Milliken plant on U.S. 123 864-260-1248 piqued his interest in Up state mills. NEWRY — J.L. Gaillard “You can actually see uses three words to ex- the old fountain in front o plain why he lived 90 years the mill and a whole mil on a mill hill. He leans back village behind it,” he said in his armchair, widens his pointing out his office win eyes and smiles. dow in Sirrine Hall. “I was captured,” he One of his students ex Independent Mail says. plored child labor in her He worked 39 of those term paper, and she found years for Courtenay Man- startling facts. ufacturing Co. in Newry, Some employees at the near Seneca, ﬁrst picking Pelzer Manufacturing up quills that fell from Company began working looms in 1936. He was 16 when they were as young years old. as 12 years old in the early Gaillard made $12 a 1900s, Bodenhorn said Jennifer Crossley week then. When the But they were the excep plant closed in 1975 he had tion; starting work at 14 or worked his way into man- 15 was more common. agement, but by then life at Others, like Gaillard textile mills had changed waited longer before they forever in the South. Car started rotating shifts. manufacturing plants When Newry work culled mill workers with ers ventured into Seneca promises of higher wages townspeople liked to cal Howard and better working condi- them lintheads because tions. Cotton fabric pro- the cotton that ﬂew from duction moved to Asia and looms stuck to their Mexico, where it remains. PHOTOS BY NATHAN GRAY/INDEPENDENT MAIL clothes and hair. Many mills like Courte- The Newry mill is still standing and in poor condition. Vines cover the exterior, windows are broken out, and grafﬁti lines the Gaillard wore his cotton nay shuttered. Thousands walls in the interior of the empty building. with pride. of jobs went away, leaving “The president of the shattered windows and ing stories echo through village, hard to see be- United States could cal abandoned brick behe- the Upstate. hind overgrown trees and me a linthead,” he said. “ moths that had once knit The four-story Newry weeds. Faded graffiti is tat- wouldn’t care.” communities together. Mill, where Gaillard and tooed inside its brick walls The Newry mill owned Simple cotton mills have hundreds of others toiled, and trash is scattered on 700 or 800 acres where long been extinct in Amer- sits sunken and dilapidat- the ﬂoor where 635 looms employees and their fami ica, but their heartbreak- ed at the edge of its mill once stood. If the building lies worked and played. A were a person, its head bell in the mill tower rang would hang low. at 9 p.m., when kids and In their heyday, mill vil- adults were supposed to lages like the one in Newry be indoors. contained post offices, gro- “It didn’t always work cery stores, churches and but if you kept your mouth schools. shut, nobody knew you “It was a wonderful were out,” Gaillard said. place,” said Gaillard, who Roaming the hilly is 92. “The neighbors in 110 J.L. Gaillard recalls the 39 years he worked for Courtenay woods around the plant houses had commonality. Manufacturing and Abney Mills in Newry. “We kids thought we You didn’t have a rich man owned the whole world,” here and a poor man there. he said. “We’d camp on it You had all common atti- They’re closing down the The Boy Scouts would use tude and philosophy.” it for stuff. It was a com If a man was born into textile mill across the rail- monality that there wil a mill family, there was an road tracks. Foreman says these never be again.” obligation to uphold. “You’re sort of captured jobs are going boys, and they ain’t STILL GOING into an experience,” Gail- Down the road from lard said. “Daddy worked coming back to your hometown.” Clemson, after a left turn at the mill, granddaddy — Bruce Springsteen, “My Hometown” at a barbecue restaurant, is worked at the mill. That’s the La France community what you’re expected to An elementary school sits do, go to work and help pay You” hit No. 1 that year, tile community, and there across from a one-story expenses. I did it because I and it was almost a century were roughly 170 mills. In brick building that started didn’t know anything else after the Civil War ended. 1950 there were 1.3 million as the oldest mill in An to compare it with.” But cotton was still king. mill workers in the United derson County. La France When Gaillard started States, according to the Industries, once known as working at the Newry FARMING TO FACTORY Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pendleton Manufactur mill, it produced 36-inch After the Civil War, By 1996 slightly more than ing Company, persevered cloth squares for diapers, northern textile owners half a million remained. As when other mills closed dresses and men’s under- quickly embraced the of September, the project- abandoning cotton fabric shirts. The cloth left the South for its mill land- ed number of textile mill production to manufacture mill and went to a bleach- scape, moving production employees in South Caro- synthetic fabrics, includ ery, which applied patterns of transparent, coarse lina had fallen to 15,273. ing car upholstery. to it. Montgomery Ward or cloth to plants powered In the eastern part of the Donald “Jose” Hubbard Ola Mae Carver, 75, points to houses of people she knew Sears, Roebuck bought the by the region’s rivers and state were mostly black witnessed the mill’s fruit worked at the Newry mill while sitting on her front porch in material. Gaillard moved streams. sharecroppers. Mill own- ful years when workers Newry. She moved into the house in 1951, when she was 15 from emptying quills to Railroads, cotton and ers reasoned that white and their families popu years old. Her husband, Roy Earle Carver, worked at the mill working in the cloth de- a thriving population at- farmers would need a lated the mill hill where he almost 20 years, but later went on to retire from Clemson partment. By 1957 he had tracted mill companies to new industry as farming has lived since 1966. Back University. Carver said she raised three children, six grand- married Mae Honicutt and the Upstate. By 1905, one became less productive, then, workers didn’t need children and now has six great-grandchildren, most of whom had two children. Elvis in every six white South said Howard Bodenhorn, cars to get to work; they were born in Newry. Her husband died a couple of years ago. Presley’s album “Loving Carolinians lived in a tex- an economic historian at walked across a swinging
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division Taxes paid for luxuryHONORABLE MENTION: hotelThe Post and Courier Lawmakers’ event cost state over $10K BY STEPHEN LARGENStephen Largen email@example.com COLUMBIA — Taxpayers spent more than $10,000 for a dozen state representatives to stay at a $500-a- night luxury Charleston hotel during a national conference last year that included “scrumptious food, lively music and unforgettable historic tours.” Three of those law- makers who attended the conference at the READ posh Charleston Place MORE hotel have homes a few See the miles away. Their lodg- list of state ing, along with the gifts spending t hey received, have on rooms caught the attention at the of state government Charleston watchdog groups who Place hotel question the gifts and at postand whether the state spend- courier. ing was prudent. com. The disbursement was uncovered by The Post and Courier during an analysis of state spending on legislators. The information, which encom- passed the recently concluded 2012 fiscal year, was provided by the S.C. Comptroller General’s Office in re- sponse to an S.C. Freedom of Infor- mation Act request. The group that attended the National Speakers Conference at Charleston Place in September 2011 included three lawmakers from the Charles- ton area: House Speaker Bobby Har- rell, R-Charleston; Rep. David Mack, D-North Charleston; and Rep. Chip Please see HOTEL, Page A6
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division Arson records thin, full of holesTHIRD PLACE: Many witnesses not followed up BY TONY BARTELME The Post and Courier firstname.lastname@example.org Marsh Bennett, 78, died in an early morning fire in 2002 that began on the first-floor porch and spread up- stairs, trapping him inside. Investigators never determined the Tony Bartelme cause, leaving family members and residents in the apartment below to wonder what might have happened: Was it a smoldering cigarette that set it off? Was it related to all the arsons in the neighborhood? Despite pleas from family members to reopen an investigation into the fire at 563 Rutledge Ave. on the Charleston peninsula, the city’s arson task force declined, saying it had no new clues to go on. But a look at the task force’s case file shows how little they had to work with in the first place. The Charleston Fire Department’s re- port on the fire contained a few pages of fill-in-the-blank forms that mostly de- scribed how the fire was extinguished and virtually nothing about what was done to determine who started the fire. A Charleston police detective’s report also was in the case file, but his inves- tigation was based in part on the Fire Department’s findings. The thin files on this fire and others raise questions about the department’s investigations of suspicious fires, par- ticularly during the early stages of what would become one of the worst arson sprees in the city’s history: Did investigators do thorough inves- tigations then? And if not, is this lapse affecting their ability to track down the culprit today? Studies missed arsons Since 2002, as many as 85 suspicious fires have erupted in the neighbor- hoods straddling the Septima P. Clark Parkway in downtown Charleston, according to a new Post and Courier tally. More than half happened before the evening of June 18, 2007, a defining moment for the department and city. Before then, city leaders touted the Fire Department as one of the best in the nation, often citing its Class 1 insurance rating, the highest a depart- ment can attain. That changed when nine firefighters Please see ARSON, Page 13A
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division FATAL GOOSE CREEK APARTMENT METH FIRESECOND PLACE: ‘Like a nightmare’ The Post and Courier Disaster leaves a trail of devastated families Glenn Smith and Andrew Knapp WADE SPEES/STAFF Nancy Edwards is 4-year-old Sammy Garbe’s grandmother. His mother, Sharon Garbe, is in the background at right. Sammy died in the Pine Harbour Apartments fire on May 31. In the backgound at left are Sammy’s sister Kelsie Garcia (center), her friend Ashley Priest and family friend Paul Swicord. BY GLENN SMITH and ANDREW KNAPP used to brew methamphetamine, a powerful and email@example.com highly addictive stimulant. firstname.lastname@example.org Some neighbors had seen smoke waft from the apartment on occasion. Others noticed odd Pat McIntosh walked to the front window of her smells. But many, like McIntosh, were more fa- Goose Creek apartment to pull back the blinds miliar with a friendly young woman who lived and let in some light before watching the noon there and the little boy she often watched during news. the day. May 31 was a sunny day outside Pine Harbour Raeth Abernathy Sammy So McIntosh was stunned when she opened Apartments, full of blue sky and swaddling heat her blinds and saw black smoke billowing from that signaled the approach of another Low- from school. the building across the street where the young country summer. Most folks not at work on this Few had any idea that a pair of ex-cons were woman lived. Thursday busied themselves indoors with chores holed up on the second floor of Building D with or caught a nap before their kids returned home a young child and a mess of volatile chemicals Please see NIGHTMARE, Page A6
ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division UP IN ARMS Many N. Charleston residents criticize police’s aggressive crime-reducing tacticsFIRST PLACE: The Post and Courier Andrew Knapp and Robert Behre ANDREW KNAPP/STAFF North Charleston police officers search a man during a traffic stop on Rivers Avenue near the scene of a shooting in the Russeldale area. Some black leaders claim residents of high-crime neighborhoods, which are subject to increased police patrols after outbreaks of violence, are too frequently stopped and harassed by officers. BY ANDREW KNAPP and ROBERT BEHRE email@example.com Complaints by race firstname.lastname@example.org One hundred twenty complaints were lodged against the North Charleston Police Department Six years ago, North Charleston was first la- from 2008 through the first three months of 2012; of beled as one of the most dangerous cities in those, 89 listed a race for the complainant and the the nation. Homicides were reported at a clip primary officer involved. of nearly 30 per year. Desperate to shake the distinction, city of- Black people complain- White people complain- ficials enacted a policy of ag- ing about white officers: ing about white officers: Inside gressive patrolling — inces- sant stops of motorists for A closer look minor violations, seemingly 55 (62 percent) 23 (26 percent) at statistics random interviews with resi- and stories dents, a virtual police occupa- Black people complain- White people complain- from North tion of neighborhoods in the ing about black officers: ing about black officers: Charleston. days just after violence occurs. Pages A6-7 It would create constant contact with residents of the 8 (9 percent) 1 (1 percent) most troubled communities. It would establish sources of on-the-street intelligence. Such eyes Total complaints Total complaints and ears friendly to the police force would help from black people: from white people: solve crime and prevent further violence. To those officials, the strategy worked; in 2010 the number of people killed fell to five. But to the critics that the city has amassed in 63 (71 percent) 24 (27 percent) recent years, the approach has come at a price — those consistently subjected to stops and field Others (involving Hispanic questioning are mostly black people from the complainants or officers): poorest neighborhoods. What they call harassment and racial profil- ing has only further alienated them from the 2 (2 percent) authorities. Please see COMPLAINTS, Page A6 — Source: North Charleston Police Department
BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionTHE JOURNALTHIRD PLACE: The Journal Mike EadsCovidien conﬁrms Seneca closure BY MIKE EADS Employees were notiﬁed at a you. I’ll lose my job.” turing facility in Costa Rica,” recently attracted a Georgia THE JOURNAL 5 p.m. meeting of the decision. Covidien is shipping the work according to statement released company to the Oconee Com- Executives placed a strict gag or- overseas; however, it intends to by Nicole Barranco, the com- merce Center, formalized a tax SENECA — The rumors are der to prevent comments to me- keep its Greenwood and Camden pany’s director of state govern- abatement deal with BorgWar-true. dia and a Journal reporter was facilities open. ment affairs. ner to bring several new jobs to Covidien announced plans escorted off the plant’s premises ”After lengthy and careful She added that the company Seneca for the automaker and islate Wednesday to shut down after attempting to speak with consideration, we determined would provide severance pay moving forward with sewer forits Seneca plant and move its managers and employees. the best way to remain competi- and help employees ﬁnd other Golden Corner Commerce Parkproduction to Costa Rica. Nearly Most employees responded by tive and ensure the company’s jobs. and site development in Echo600 full-time and temporary saying, “No comment;” however, future success was to transfer The bad news comes on the Hills Industrial Park.staff will lose their jobs over the one unidentiﬁed worker opened the products manufactured in heels of a bit of a hot streak fornext three years. up enough to say, “I can’t tell Seneca to a Covidien manufac- Oconee County ofﬁcials, who SEE COVIDIEN, PAGE A5
BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 Division Local lawmakers: Savannah decision was strategic mistakeSECOND PLACE: By GENE ZALESKI T&D Staff Writer Savannah’s port-deep- ening project won’t help Orangeburg County the way improving South Carolina’s for shipping, said Rep. Jerry Hutto ” Govan, D-Orangeburg. Jafza South Carolina LLC has plans to develop a logis- tics, manufacturing and dis- tribution park in Santee. A deepened Port of Sa- Matthews The Times and Democrat ports would, local lawmak- vannah won’t have the same ers say. impact, he said. Democrat “We have a lot of money The S.C. Department of invested in the Jafza proj- Health and Environmental ect, which is predicated on Control board recently gave the Port of Charleston be- ing used as an entry point See PORT, A7 Govan Cobb-Hunter Gene Zaleski Bill could cut Do biofuelsduring a tour of the market Friday. jobless money make sense? Land sale Local farmers watch prices grow for Husqvarna Robinson remains a believer as local projects move ahead By GENE ZALESKI questioned but employees T&D Staff Writer While Orangeburg County By GENE ZALESKI T&D Staff Writer $10.00 AVERAGE PRICE PER BUSHEL awaits its own alternative en- ergy projects, a recent study $9.50 by a federal research body is market will grow questioning whether biofuel W By GENE ZALESKI fair for employers to have to projects make sense. hile farmers in the Midwest are praying for rain, $9.00 T&D Staff Writer pay “suffocating” taxes for Orangeburg County Devel- Orangeburg County farmers are reaping the ben- the insurance when employ- opment Commission Execu- eﬁts of higher corn and soybean prices. $8.50 A bill introduced in the state ees are told upfront that their tive Director Gregg Robinson said while there are challenges Senate targets unemploy- work is seasonal. By GENE ZALESKI “I am going to sell what I can, said Orange- ” $8.00 ment beneﬁts for workers at He says his bill will lower the in alternative fuel production, they can be overcome. He re- T&D Staff Writer burg County farmer Thad Wimberly, who planted about 650 seasonal employers such as cost of unemployment insur- acres of corn and 500 acres of soybeans at his farm just outside $7.50 Husqvarna. ance for seasonal employers mains bullish on alternative fuels’ future in Orangeburg Senate Bill 1069 would elim- like Husqvarna. That would al- County. Some local lawmakers say they need to know Rowesville. $7.00 inate unemployment beneﬁts low them to pay higher wages “It comes down to price, ” The farm tries to keep an average of about 25,000 to 30,000 for seasonal employees during or hire more people, boosting Robinson saidmore about a proposal to set aside $12 million for bushels in reserves. It will come in handy this year. $6.50 the off-season. the economy, he said. Energy costs are about 12the purchase of private land at the State Farm- “We’re ﬁnding that when an Husqvarna employs an av- percent to 14 percent cheaperers Market from the chairman of the State Ports “I think it (corn prices) will move on up there, he said. “Come ” $6.00 employee knows upfront what erage of 1,500 in Orangeburg here than nationally, which does make it more difficult late fall, I think we will see a spike in prices. ” kind of job they’re taking, it is making riding lawn tractors,Authority. Wimberly is not the only local farmer who is trying to proﬁt $5.50 unfair for tillers and to market green energy, he said. “It is hard for us to in- The state Senate approved spending the money from record prices, says Clemson University Extension Agent $5.00 the beneﬁt to continue ONLINE snow throw- ers. At its vest the capital and to do the things needed when it is above CHRISTOPHER HUFF/T&Dlast month for the property owned by Bill Stern. Charles Davis. when the @TheTandD.com height, the market. ” While the federal government But House Minority Leader Harry Ott, D-St. “It is a boom time for our farm operations, Davis said. ” $4.50 job ends,” Visit us online to company The congressionally re- has been pushing for the development of biofuels, a study read the text of the quested study from the Na-Matthews, says the purchase is a long way from said bill typically em-reality and Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orange- Earlier this week, corn for September delivery ended at an $4.00 sponsor proposed Senate bill. ploys upward tional Research Council, an arm of the National Academy questions how much sense they make. all-time high of $8.20 per bushel. December corn rose 20.75 Sen. Kevin of 2,300.burg, is questioning if the deal is in the best interest cents, or 2.6 percent, to end at $8.14 per bushel. $3.50 Bryant, R- TheTandD.com/news “The of Sciences, warns next-gen- eration biofuels are so expen- through the federally man-of state taxpayers. Anderson. Husqvarna sive to make that the nation is dated Renewable Portfolio Davis said most farmers pretty much cleared out their storage $3.00 Under Bryant’s bill, employ- Group observes strict neu- unlikely to meet its goals. Standard regulations. “Initially, I supported the purchase, but since in anticipation of this year’s harvest and sold the crop at lower ees who are laid off during the trality with regard to politi- Production has fallen short The RPS requires the in-then I have received information that suggests we prices. But those with reserves are doing well. $2.50 season when they would nor- cal issues and legislation and of the requirements of a 2007 creased production of en- mally be working still would be therefore cannot respond,” law. And while the nation is ergy from renewable energymight need to revisit that, Cobb-Hunter said. ” “Some guys are now getting into the harvest and trying to $2.00 able to apply for unemploy- Husqvarna Marketing Com- supposed to be using 500 mil- lion gallons of cellulose-based sources, such as wind, so- lar, biomass, and geothermal.“There are just a lot of questions about the type of get it out of the ﬁeld, dried and shipped as fast as possible, he ” ment beneﬁts. munications Manager Evinproperty, its value and whether or not that is the said. $1.50 But unemployment beneﬁts Ellis said when asked about fuel by 2012, only 3.5 millions are expected. Currently, there is no federal policy in place, though 30 would no longer be paid to em- the bill. states including North Caro- $1.00 Soybeans, too, have seen prices rise to about $16 a bushel, but Federal targets can’t be metbest deal for the state.” ployees once the season ends. Orangeburg County Devel- “unless innovative technolo- lina have adopted the standard Ott wouldn’t say much on the matter due to his the jury is still out on whether enough soybeans will be produced Currently, seasonal employ- opment Commission Execu- gies that unexpectedly improve and been more successful in to even take advantage of the higher prices. Prices have risen by ees can receive unemployment tive Director Gregg Robinson the cellulosic biofuel produc- pursuing alternative fuels,position on the Budget Conference Committee. 2003 2006 2009 2012 * beneﬁts once they’ve been laid said he does not believe the tion process and technologies Robinson said.But the St. Matthews Democrat did say the pro- about 2.6 percent over the past few weeks. off, even if their season of work bill will pass, but “for discus- are scaled up and undergo sev- “What makes the most eral commercial-scale demon- sense is cellulosic biomass,”posal does not have any chance of passing. $2.70 $2.98 $3.86 $8.20 is complete. sion purposes I think the bill is Unemployment insurance very timely. It allows discus- strations in the next few years, ” Robinson said, noting Orange- the study said. burg County is full of pines. See CORN, A2 costs are higher for seasonal sion and discussion needs to Robinson said South Caro- See MARKET, A6 * Represents prices for August employers because of their lina needs to jump on board See BIOFUELS, A3 history. Bryant says it is un- See HUSQVARNA, A7
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BUSINESS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Liberty Denim property brings $1.85M in bankruptcy auction Skinner. Two other poten- By Jennifer property. The mill was sold free mill to parties who wanted tial bidders backed the two Crossley Howard “It’s imperative that this and clear of liens. Once to reopen it. qualiﬁed bidders. email@example.com sale more forward,” Mat- Judge Burris signs the “If somebody wants to Under the ownership of 864-260-1248 thews said. order approving the sale, come along and buy it theyTHIRD PLACE: Real Estate Diversiﬁed and Burris denied Havlin’s which she could receive can,” he said. SPARTANBURG — Liberty Coker & Associates, a liq- request, saying a May 15 as early as Wednesday, the Barry Tollison worked Denim, a mill that ac- uidator could buy the mill hearing was her opportu- deal must be closed within at Liberty Denim for 15 Shuttered mills hold years of history M cumulated $9.2 million to sell valuable machin- in debt, sold at a federal ery or an investor could bankruptcy auction for purchase it to restart the $1.85 million Tuesday to a denim business or start a nity to ask for more time. “That ship’s already sailed, and we’re past that day,” Burris said. 10 days, said Todd Darwin, attorney for WearUSA. Havlin’s business plan included ultimately plac- years, most recently as a supervisor in the weaving department. He was the only former worker to at- ■ Retired workers, residents in Newry, Utica, La France talk about life realthe textile factories brid Greenville in estate busi- new operations. whe The bid started at $1.58 ing the ownership of the tend the auction Tuesday. ness. Liz Havlin, who heads in t million, and bidders had mill into the hands of “There’s still room to By Jennifer Real Estate Diversiﬁed advocacy organization Clemson University. men to bid in increments of workers. She is still opti- negotiate with the group Crossley Howard The former Defore-he w bought the mill to resell the WearUSA failed to bid be- Milliken plant on U.S. 123Sept $50,000 or $100,000, Bur- mistic that the mill will that bought it,” he said. Independent Mail firstname.lastname@example.org 864-260-1248 property, which includes 33 his interest ininvestors backed piqued cause her Up- “I ris said. RB Capital made escape liquidation and “There’s still hope.” acres, machinery and a mill mills. at 6 p.m. year state out Monday, she the ﬁrst bid at $1.68 which reopen. About 50 work- Skinner, Liberty Denim’s NEWRY — J.L. Gaillard “You can actually seetra m uses three words to ex- that dates back to the earlyold fountainShe also did not ac- the said. in front ofwan Real Estate Diversiﬁed’s ers supported her efforts lawyer, said he and his cli- plain why he lived 90 years 1900s. The business sharesmillquirewhole$150,000 deposit the and a the mill H lawyer Frank Knowlton to revive the mill that em- ent, Rickman, had hoped on a mill hill. He leans back & required said,of hi Coco ownership with Cokervillage behind it,” hefor qualiﬁed bid- countered with $1.73 mil- ployed 150 people when it to have an investor who in his armchair, widens his pointing out his office win- eyes and smiles. Associates, a used textile in Sirrine Hall. asked Burris to dow ders. She one lion. Mark Esrig, represen- closed last December. would reopen the mill. “I was captured,” he machinery seller also in of his students ex-hit g for 30 One delay the auction tative for RB Capital, re- “We came here. We tried,” “That fell through,” he says. plored child labor in herous He worked 39 of those Greenville. days to give her time to term paper, and she foundwear quested a break to call his Havlin said. “And both sides said. “It costs a lot of mon- years for Courtenay Man- Judge Helen Burris pre- gain investors. startling facts. says employer before bidding came to us and said, ‘Hey, ey to reopen.” ufacturing Co. in Newry, Some Jimmy thework sided over the hourlong employees atCassidy, lawyer higher. When he returned, let’s get it back open.’ ” Bidders who wanted to near Seneca, ﬁrst picking Pelzer Manufacturingneig auction that involved one for Atkins Machinery of he bid $1.8 million. Knowl- Mike Diamond, presi- reopen the mill would have Jennifer Crossley up quills that fell from Company began workingrecit looms in 1936. He was 16 other qualiﬁed bidder, RB they were as youngHeand David when Spartanburg, t ton bid $1.85 million, end- dent of Republic Textile needed enough money not years old. Capital. There were origi- years old in the earlyyear as 12 A. Matthews, lawyer for ing the auction. Equipment in York which only to win the bidding Gaillard made $12 a 1900s, Bodenhorn said.mill week then. When the nally six potential bidders, they were the excep-glory But the Unsecured Creditors Mike Rickman, a former supported Real Estate but also to cover employ- plant closed in 1975 he had but two did not show up at starting work at 14 or objected to tion; Committee, Fa owner of Liberty Denim, Diversiﬁed in its bid, is ees’ paychecks for a month, worked his way into man- agement, but by then life at textile mills had changed forever in the South. Car manufacturing plants culled mill workers with the courthouse for the was morelike Gaillard,nect 15 Others, waited common. 2 Havlin’s request. p.m. auction, said Liberty longer before theyfade Denim’s lawyer Randy rotating shifts.Liberty Denim started a lien on mov Atkins Machinery has with When Newry work-two ers ventured into Seneca,band Business consultant hopes sat next to Esrig during the bids. He declined to com- ment. interested in purchasing the mill for resale, but he would consider selling the Skinner said. The mill sold for twice as much as he and Rickman had hoped. promises of higher wages and better working condi- townspeople liked to calldiffe them lintheads becauseeach to revive Liberty Denim Howard tions. Cotton fabric pro- the cotton that ﬂew fromcord duction moved to Asia and looms stuck to theirPend Mexico, where it remains. PHOTOS BY NATHAN GRAY/INDEPENDENT MAIL clothes and hair. Com Many mills like Courte- The Newry mill is still standing and in poor condition. Vines cover the exterior, windows are broken out, and grafﬁti lines the Gaillard wore his cottonfor $ nay shuttered. Thousands walls in the interior of the empty building. with pride. Will By Jennifer of jobs went away, leaving “The president of the$1,40 shattered windows and ing stories echo through village, hard to see be- United States could callThir Crossley Howard abandoned brick behe- the Upstate. hind overgrown trees and me a linthead,” he said. “I Th email@example.com moths that had once knit The four-story Newry weeds. Faded graffiti is tat- wouldn’t care.” as Pe communities together. Mill, where Gaillard and tooed inside its brick walls The Newry mill owneding C 864-260-1248 Simple cotton mills have hundreds of others toiled, and trash is scattered on 700 or 800 acres wherelater long been extinct in Amer- sits sunken and dilapidat- the ﬂoor where 635 looms employees and their fami-the C ica, but their heartbreak- ed at the edge of its mill once stood. If the building lies worked and played. Anew LIBERTY — A Seattle busi- were a person, its head bell in the mill tower rangbuild ness consultant has plans would hang low. at 9 p.m., when kids andin th In their heyday, mill vil- adults were supposed to2000 to revive Liberty Denim, lages like the one in Newry be indoors. were contained post offices, gro- “It didn’t always work,mate the defunct mill that man- cery stores, churches and but if you kept your mouthhalf ufactured blue jean ma-Liberty Denim to close temporarily, may reopen schools. shut, nobody knew youLa Fr “It was a wonderful were out,” Gaillard said. dent terial until it closed last place,” said Gaillard, who Roaming the hillycline December, and her plan is 92. “The neighbors in 110 J.L. Gaillard recalls the 39 years he worked for Courtenay woods around the plant,and houses had commonality. Manufacturing and Abney Mills in Newry. “We kids thought wenot would eventually put its You didn’t have a rich man owned the whole world,”Mail ownership in the hands of here and a poor man there. he said. “We’d camp on it.plan You had all common atti- They’re closing down the The Boy Scouts would use Fo workers.BY VINCE JACKSON cipal Lori Gwinn said many sources. The Directory of tude and philosophy.” textile mill across the rail- it for stuff. It was a com-Gary Liz Havlin is the execu- INDEPENDENT MAIL FILE PHOTO If a man was born into monality that there willthe mSpecial to Independent Mail a mill family, there was an road tracks. Foreman says these tive director of WearUSA, A Seattle woman is trying to save Liberty Denim from being parents of students, former World Denim Mills lists on- obligation to uphold. never be again.” work 15 ye a Seattle-based nonproﬁt torn down to salvage its equipment. She has started an AdoptAND JENNIFER students and graduates de- ly four United States com- “You’re sort of captured jobs are going boys, and they ain’t STILL GOING befo into an experience,” Gail- Down the road frommill group that advises design- a Brick campaign to raise funds for the defunct plant. Names coming back to your hometown.” ers and prospective en-CROSSLEY HOWARD pend on the plant for in- panies currently making lard said. “Daddy worked at the mill, granddaddy Clemson, after a left turnand — Bruce Springsteen, “My Hometown” at a barbecue restaurant, is “I already cover some bricks on the mill facing Mills Avenue.Independent Mail come. denim product. The pro- worked at the mill. That’s the La France community.it wi trepreneurs on how to getjchoward@/260.1248 “With any business clos- ing, it kind of makes us duction, 98 percent of it, of cotton denim now is cen- Liberty Denim closes today what you’re expected to do, go to work and help pay You” hit No. 1 that year, tile community, and there across from a one-story Hu An elementary school sitssaid. expenses. I did it because I and it was almost a century were roughly 170 mills. In brick building that startedhour didn’t know anything else after the Civil War ended. 1950 there were 1.3 million as the oldest mill in An-$8.43 to compare it with.” But cotton was still king. mill workers in the United derson County. La Francelast y their clothing and accesso- ries produced in America. She heard about Liberty buy stock in it. She is plan- ning a cleanup Saturday, and has begun an Adopt a sion. “They keep me in- formed of who’s going in LIBERTY — One of the cringe this time of year be- tered in areas such as Mex- BY JENNIFER When Gaillard started States, according said school coun- once known as wards to the Industries, Denim in November when Brick campaign on Face- and out of the factory,” she CROSSLEY HOWARD selors would be looking for Manufactur-last of the domestic pro- cause so many of our stu- ico, India and Asia, accord- Independent Mail working at the Newry FARMING TO FACTORY Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pendleton signs of financial stress on she was in South Carolina book, where contributors said. “They ﬁll me in on mill, it produced 36-inch After the Civil War, By 1996 slightly more than ing Company, persevered howardjc@/260.1248 cloth squares for diapers, northern textile owners half a million remained. As churches mills closed, students. Area when other to source denim for Made- have written their names just about everything you’dducers of denim cloth used dents are needy she said. ,” ing toThe Plains Cotton Co- have always embraced fam- dresses and men’s under- quickly embraced the of September, the project- abandoning cotton fabric in-the-USA fashion show. in chalk on the side facing possibly want to know LIBERTY — Mayor Mike The cloth left the shirts. South for its mill land- ed number ilies in dire times, and Ed- to manufacture of textile mill productionto make popular brands of Not only will the plant’s operative Association. Sheriff said Liberty Denim went to a bleach- scape, moving production employees in South Caro- them to help fabrics, includ- mill and wards expects synthetic When she came back in Mills Avenue. about making denim.”blue jeans will close its closing affect students, but In August, a 41-year old ery, which applied patterns of transparent, coarse lina had fallen to 15,273.he said. car upholstery. is almost finished with ne- gotiations to reopenit.its this winter, ing Elwanda Nalley has “Jose” Hubbard December it had closed. The plant was once the Houston Chapman, a to Montgomery Ward or cloth to plants powered In the eastern part of the Donald Ola Mae Carver, 75, points to houses of people shewhich will close to- plant, knew Sears, Roebuck bought the by the region’s rivers and state were owned Nalley’s Bedding & the mill’s fruit- Havlin got samples of economic heartbeat of Lib- former weaver at Libertydoors Friday at least tem- , it could hurt the county tax man was killed at Liberty day . worked at the Newry mill while sitting on her front porch in material. Gaillard moved streams. mostly black witnessed sharecroppers. Mill own- downtown when workers Furniture in ful years Dale Earnhardt Jr. edition erty, employing nearly 200 Denim, said Havlin’s planporarily according to the , base for school funding, Denim when he fell into a The mayor from emptying quills to Newry. She moved into the house in 1951, when she was 15 said Thurs- Railroads, cotton and ers reasoned that white years.their families popu- Liberty for 26 and She years old. Her husband, Roy Earle Carver, worked at the mill not working in the cloth de- a thriving population at- farmers wouldshe is surprised the mill hill where he day he does know said need a lated that Wrangler jeans, and dis- people until it closed two might save the lives ofmayor of Liberty . Gwinn added. piece of manufacturing from Clemson University. Carver said she raised three children, six grand- open. partment. By 1957 he had tracted mill companies to new industry as farming has lived since 1966. Back almost 20 years, but later went on to retirewhether the plant will re- the plant stayed open as married Mae Honicutt and the Upstate. By 1905, one became less productive, then, workers didn’t need long as it did. played them at her fashion weeks before Christmas. older laid-off workers who Liberty Denim at 101 VINCE JACKSON Special to Independent Mail City Clerk Sue Woods equipment. The Liberty had two children. Elvis in every six white South said Howard “The timing iscars to get to work; they children and now has six great-grandchildren, most ofonly thing I was “They whom Bodenhorn, sad,” she PHO show in April at the top of Built in the early 1900s, it can’t ﬁnd work and have told of years ago. Presley’s album “Loving Carolinians lived in a tex- an economic historian at walked across a swinging were born in Newry. Her husband died a couple is that it was close,” he said. “That’s what makes it Seattle’s Space Needle. was the home to at least turned to drinking.Mills Ave. will cease pro- said she was receiving plant was cited and fined said. look worse.” Liberty workers wove two textile companies. “I’d about bend over Liberty Denim at 101 Mills Ave. will close, at least It was made public SEFTON IPOCK Independent Mail The closing of anotherduction, said recently elect- many calls from the public more than $3,000 by South Wednesday, 11 days before The Liberty Denim plant will close its doors today. Liberty business is bad those jeans, and show at- The mill fell on hard backward to help her to geted Liberty Mayor Michael temporarily, beginning Friday, said Liberty Mayor concerning rumors about Carolina Department of La- Christmas, that the denim news to the already small tendees were impressed times when the economy what she’s trying to do get plant would shut its doors largest employers in the need help paying for lunch number of businessesSheriff. Michael Sheriff. the plant. bor, Licensing and Regula- at least temporarily. It small city along U.S. 178. Ac- and field trips. He said the there, said her son, Travis by their pure smell, free of began faltering about four done,” he said. opened in the old Green- cording to the 2010 U.S. Cen- school’s parent-teacher or- Nalley He is vice president . chemicals that many for- years ago, Havlin said, and Chapman, who is 19, “We have been working The plant employed One worker, who asked “This is a shock a few tion regarding the accident, wood Mills plant in 2002 and sus, 3,269 people live in Lib- ganization will help stu- of Nalley’s. created 230 jobs. About 120 erty The city’s population dents pay for field trips, and . He expects the closing to eign jeans contain, Havlin later relied on a sole cus- sits in a tiny shack acrosswith them for some time to about 230 people soon after not to be identified, said he weeks before Christmas,” according to News Channel people will lose their jobs has grown by fewer than that parents will be in- affect the family store. said. tomer, textile giant Vanity from the red-brick build- with the closure. 300 residents since the 2000 formed about the school’s “There’s a good chancehelp them find a buyer for it opened in 2002. Around was not surprised. she said. “It is terrible 7. South Carolina Depart- census. free lunch program. they’re not going to come Then she told them the Fair. With the rising cost ing where he used to workthe plant,” Sheriff said. “I 120 employees will be with- “They laid off several news.” It was not known ment of Unemployment City leaders and business “We do have a number of buy a new mattress,” he plant that made them had of yarn, a risky situation and watches for intruders. and Workforce representa- owners fear the layoffs will children whose parents are said. tives will meet with plant send aftershocks through employed there,” he said. Ken Chappell, owner of been shuttered. worsened. He has heard some, but hetalked with plant manager out jobs as a result of the up- workers this week,” he said. Sheriff said a deal is in Wednesday whether the ac- employees two days next Liberty that could be felt for “That gives us concern. another downtown busi- “People said wow, I Liberty Denim ﬁled for hasn’t seen any yet. Chap-Gerald Smith Wednesday , coming closure, according Asked what his plans the works with a potential cident played a part in the week to find jobs for them, years. the mayor said. Those in- Middle school children tend ness, The Framery said it’s Sheriff said Liberty Den- to react differently than easy to think one business , wish we could save it, and bankruptcy in January, man got the job after heand he told me the plant to Independent Mail cover- were for the future, the man buyer to assume responsi- plant closing. terested should call City im provides a large chunk younger children or older will not affect smaller busi- I thought wow, I had better Havlin said, weeks after was laid off, and his duties Hall at (864) 843-3177. of revenue for the city that children. They wear their nesses. In the 1990s when start saving it,” Havlin said. negotiations with invest- include walking throughwould close temporarily on age partner WSPA News replied, “Draw unemploy- bility of the plant. Ray Farley executive di- , A dozen employees left it will now lose. He said he emotions on the surface.” the plant after their shift did not have an amount of National Cash Register Edwards said he had closed on the edge of Lib- Investors are ﬂying in ment groups in Nashville, the plant twice a day andFriday The hope is a deal . Channel 7. ment for nine months while Liberty Denim is one of rector of the economic de- ended at 3 p.m. Thursday, revenue, but that the plant heard no rumors that the erty, he assumed it would to see the mill next week, California and Washing- driving around it every most carrying cardboard uses 25 percent of the city’s plant was in trouble, and have little effect on his busi-can be negotiated with a Workers arriving at the looking for another job.” only a few textile companies velopment organization Al- boxes. One female worker water. that some Liberty residents ness. Havlin said. Her business ton, D.C., fell through. hour.buyer and (the plant will) re- plant on Wednesday after- Sheriff said no produc- that can still make a profit liance Pickens, was not said employees were under “It has a negative impact were unaware Thursday He was wrong. plan includes the mill man- She travels to South “Walking through it is strict instructions not to on the community and on that the plant was closing “Throughout the year we ufacturing for multiple Carolina for two weeks a just like the world ended,”open soon.” noon to start their shift said tion is planned for the tex- producing and selling do- aware of the closing talk to media, and that su- the city Sheriff said. pervisors were watching ,” because they were busy would realize we hadn’t Donivan Edwards, prin- preparing for Christmas. seen somebody and then re- customers and transfer- month, checking in with he said. But, “everything Calls to Smith on Wednes- they were unaware of the tile facility next week. mestic cotton denim cloth, Wednesday evening. He de- them to make sure they did cipal of Liberty Middle not. Winter break for public alize they worked at NCR, School, said teachers will be school students in Pickens and they’re not here,” he ring the mill’s ownership laid-off mill workers who you would need to makeday were not returned. closing. Liberty High School Prin- according to industry clined to comment. The plant is one of the watching for students who County begins Monday Ed- said. . to workers who would seem to support her mis- denim is still in there.”
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BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division A19: Saturday, April 28, 2012 MEET THE BOEING DREAMLINER JetBlue will fly into town Direct flights to, from N.Y., Boston About BY WARREN L. WISE York’s John F. Kennedy International the airlineTHIRD PLACE: firstname.lastname@example.org Airport twice a day and once a day from Boston’s Logan International Airport. JetBlue Airways The skies over Charleston will soon The closest airports currently served get a little more blue. by JetBlue are in Charlotte and Jackson- Founded: 1999 Low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways will ville, Fla. First flight: Feb. 11, 2000 announce today that it will start three “We are pleased to welcome South FILE /AP Based: New York nonstop, daily flights between Charles- Carolina into our growing route net- Destinations: 71 ton International Airport and two ma- work, and we believe the addition of Incentives jor Northeast destinations on Feb. 28. flights to the Northeast will foster even Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: $694,300 The direct flights, the first for the air- more loyal fans of JetBlue throughout Charleston County Aviation Authority: $202,000 The Post and Courier line to an airport in South Carolina, will Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce: $117,700 carry passengers to and from from New Please see JETBLUE, Page A12 PHOTOGRAPHS BY GRACE BEAHM/STAFF Christina Burris reaches for a ticket while she serves lunch to the crowd at Big Billy’s Burger Joint in North Charleston. Warren Wise The Boeing boost Neighboring businesses benefit from assembly workers’ spending BY WARREN L. WISE The impact of email@example.com the facility onThe Post and Courier Monday, April 2, 2012: D3 Boei ng’s a i r pla nes a re confined to its sprawling the region isSniffing out bedbugs, mold manufacturing campus near enormous. The Charleston International Air- port. spending by the But its employees are cer- JOE RILEY: Mayor objects to a “structural CHIP LIMEHOUSE: Aviation Authority tainly more visible at the employees equals change” at the airport that gives hiring chairman wants the airport director to and firing authority to one person. report only to one person — him. businesses surrounding the that of the visitorBY WARREN L. WISEwwise@postandcourier.com She operates her business from Washington, D.C., to At a glance aerospace giant’s 787 Dream- liner assembly plant in North impact on the local MOUNT PLEASANT —Trace walks around the hotel Teen turns love of horses into business Was aviation vote a Charleston and hasn’t de- tected bedbugs in every place she’s been hired to inspect but NAME: Ellen Douglas AGE: 54 Charleston. From restaurants to barber- shops and hotels, many of the tourist market. Mary Graham, a chamber power grab?room, sniffing the carpet, a has found plenty of the mostly FROM: Spartanburg more than 6,000 employees at senior vice presidentchest of drawers and a night-stand before stopping at the Rising college studentMount Pleasant andages 15-20Pleasant creates new gadget, starts enterprise RESIDENCE: nocturnal blood-sucking from Mount FAMILY: Divorced; four children, creatures in every type of Charlotte the newly minted passenger jet factory off International Bou- who worked on the Boeing economic impact analysisfoot of a bed in the room. building out there. EDUCATION: Graduated from Columbia College in levard can be seen sporting the The dog’s owner, Ellen Nursing homes, assisted-liv- BY WARREN L. WISE 1979 with a degree in psychology Boeing insignia on their shirtsDouglas, calls her pause an ing centers, hospitals, hotels, firstname.lastname@example.org OCCUPATION: Owner of Carolina K-9 Detection, at diners, gas stations, hotel“alert” and commands her, apartments and homes — all which does business as Carolina K-9 Bedbug Detec- lobbies and other businesses“Show me.” Trace points her have been found tohave the Not many people carry tion and Carolina K-9 Mold Detection; Orkin Pest Con- flanking the massive plant.snout at a spot near the foot dull-brown insects aboutathe invented something with trol for two years; former insurance claims adjuster for In all, the payroll from Dave Cobbs gives a shave and a haircut to Travis Baker at Trimsetterz Barber Shop inof the bed and then again on provisional patent by their size of an apple seed at matu- 10 years until 1992; customer service representative Boeing trickles through the North Charleston.a second command. 18th birthday. rity. If they are rust-colored, it for conveyor belt maker; and other odd jobs. Charleston region with nearly Blumenstock couldn’t esti- Douglas pulls up the blan- Even fewer people can say means they have just finished WEBSITE: www.ncbedbugdog.com and www. a $5 billion impact, according mate the percentage of busi-ket, lifts up the mattress and feeding. president of their they are ncmolddog.com to a study last fall from the ness Boeing brings to the hoteldiscovers a hidden vial filled own a nursing home near At company before they go Charleston Metro Chamber group because the account iswith bedbugs. to college. Washington, she found bed- of Commerce. lumped in with other na- Douglas, owner of Carolina Somer Hand can. bugs in 50 of 86 rooms. At an tracted to humans, she treats plosion of them. It is coming The rising college student The study, based on 5,000 tional accounts, but he saidK-9 Detection, planted the assisted-living center in North her dogs with a topical solu- faster than we can keep up employees at the time, esti- Boeing generates bookings insealed vials in the hotel bed Carolina, Douglasand used from Mount Pleasant her love of horses discovered her tion to repel bedbugs, just like with it.” mated the economic impact Charleston from its many di-to demonstrate how Trace, a PHOTOS BY BRAD NETTLES/STAFF another 12 infested rooms. curiosity of how things work ticks and fleas. He doesn’t know of any other at $4.6 billion, sustaining visions and its presence liftedblack Labrador retriever mix, Ellen Douglas guides Trace around a bed in a hotel to develop a new gadget in in “Visitors bring them in She also recommends put- local businesses beside Doug- another 12,000 jobs in the Charleston out of the recessiondetects bedbugs and to make room as the dog checks for bedbugs. pocketbooks and bookbags,” the horse business. ting luggage in a tied-up gar- las’ that use dogs, but he be- region. Boeing now has more more quickly.sure she is on her game. she said. “Peoplecompany, She, through her bring in bage bag and placing it in a lieves detection canines could than 6,000 workers in North “It would not have been as She also owns Mason, a Rat in search of employment. boxes of personal items from Equinnovation LLC, invent- car in the summer heat to help become more prevalent given Charleston. rapid as it was if they weren’tTerrier mix. Both are trained “I love animals, and I wanted home, and bedbugs are hitch- ed a clip that allows horses kill any possible hitchhikers. the scope of the problem. Dave Cobbs sees a lot of here,” Blumenstock said.to detect not only bedbugs but to find a business that not only hikers. They move in, too.” to break free when they are Items inside luggage should “The place they will be ben- them. And the Boeing effect on thelurking mold as well. I could enjoy but also make a spooked or of 10 times, bed- Eight out frightened, in- immediately be placed in a eficial the most is in clearing Over the last two years, ma- local economy may only just “They are 90 to 96 percent living at,” Douglas said. bugs areremaining tethered stead of found behind head- dryer on the highest setting as and making sure they are ny of the curls and clippings be beginning.effective,” Douglas said. “A vi- With all of the talk about boards attached to walls in ho- to a stable or pole. a precaution. There are chem- completely gone,” Bishop said. Hand explains how her invention, EqueSafe, works. in his Trimsetterz Barber Shop “I think we are just startingsual inspection alone is only the explosion of bedbugs telThe four-part product is rooms because those areas icals that can be used to get The rise in bedbugs, which and Salon in the nearby Mc- to see the impact,” said Mary30 percent effective.” across the country near the called EqueSafe. It allows a can’t be reached to be cleaned. rid of bedbugs, but Douglas were all but eradicated in Call Center on International Graham, a chamber senior Douglas added that thetrained dogs point out the pres- end of the past decade, she investigated it a little further Another free himself when horse to part of hotel rooms it applies 250 pounds of that’s rarely cleaned are skirts recommends people contact the Western world until the a pest control company. 1980s, can mainly be attrib- At a glance Boulevard belonged to Boeing vice president who worked on employees. the Boeing economic impactence of bedbugs by a scent they A vial of adult bedbugs and decided to look into going force to the gadget. The clip around bed bottoms, she said. The same goes for mold. She uted to the transient world of COMPANY: Equinnovation School, North Charleston; includesa good place for them LLC. will attend Virginia Tech this “We get a whole lot of busi- analysis as part of an overallemit, but she said it’s equally that Ellen Douglas uses to into the canine bedbug- and “That’s a retractable coil, a is certified in mold inspection today, Bishop said. The rise of ness from over there,” Cobbs airport complex study.important to visually inspect train her dogs. mold-detection business. to hang out,”for the clip and sleeve cover she said. but not mold remediation. second-hand stores and ille- OWNER: Somer Hand. fall and major in mechanical a carabiner. AGE: 18. engineering with a minor in said as he snipped away at a “The impact of the facilitythe area as well since dogs are She talked with a dog trainer Though she worked for Or- gal immigrants may also have customer’s hair in his shop. on the region is enormous,”not 100 percent accurate and and send off to a laboratory in in Florida at Florida Canine Usingdifferent parts made With caution kin for two years to help pay contributed to the spread of FAMILY: Parents, Lisa and equine science. in Pennsylvania andbedbugs Barry Hand; sister, Sarah. EXTRACURRICULAR AC- Cobbs estimates 30 percent Graham said. “The spendingcan provide false alerts. Dallas. She also takes pictures Academy, where he matched To avoid taking Taiwan, the bills and get experience in bedbugs, he said. of his business is directly re- Jillian Carroll works at Buffalo Wild Wings in North Charleston near Tanger Outlet by the employees equals that of “I always do a complete vi- of an infested area, jots down her up with Trace, an ani- the Academic MagnetaHigh home with you from hotel, pest control, Douglas said she “We starting seeing them in PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRAD NETTLES/STAFF EDUCATION: Graduate TIVITY: Riding horses, be- Somer affiliated with any pest the ’90s, then in the 2000s we lated to Boeing’s presence Center. the visitor impact on the localsual inspection if there is an a lot of notes and tries to scoop mal shelter rescue. She paid Douglas250 and initially that School graduate ordered recommends has already is not Hand has developed this new tool for the horse industryLLC. she calls Eque- Safe. She now markets it through her company, Equinnovation that of Academic Magnet High ing on crew team. just down the street, and his tourist market.”alert,” she said. up any bedbugs she finds with $10,000 for the dog and at- visitors put luggage in the sold one-fifth of them. control company. got one or two calls a month, BRAD NETTLES/STAFF decision to relocate his shop to head back to work. area too.” ager of Homewood Suites by Yet to be realized will be the Sometimes they are hard to a cup, since they tend to con- tended classes for certification. bathtub. When guests are in It didn’t happen overnight, would get one.” joined thefather, now it’s three to five calls laugh. “I was up against She recently and an engineer, watched a Conti guided them through were either too weak or too A move to place Airports Director Sue Stevens under direct oversight of Aviation Authority to McCall Center two years “We come here almost every At Buffalo Wild Wings near Hilton across from North effect of international visitorssee, but there can be telltale gregate. Mason came on board last the shower, they should place though. a day,” Bishop said. Greater Charleston Pest Con-the former TV show “Robot cures for cancer and things She started riding lessons the process. strong, they didn’t include Chairman Chip Limehouse has caused an uproar. ago was greatly influenced by day,” he said, before wheeling Tanger Outlet Center, Boeing Charleston’s convention cen- coming to Charleston to picksigns of an infestation such year, initially as a pet from their bags on the sink coun- trol Association. at 7 and at 10 got her first Wars.” a medium infestation that.” For like “He’s been an incredible the stretchable coil or theyas small black dots, which On the hunt a shelter adoption in North ter and never on inclined Mechanically the bed or horse, aminimum named $125 “People would buildthe cost ofAs part of a her senior Her grey mare fee is in one bedroom, ro- the proximity of the airplane away. employees love to hang out ter complex. “We are grateful up their planes and do busi-indicate bedbug excrement,skins shed through molting Douglas started her dog- sniffing bedbug- and mold- Carolina, but she decided in August to send him to Florida furniture. of horses start- Hand’s love “Bedbugs can’t climb up the ed from her earliest memory, Ellie.it goes up from there basedbots, and they would fight $400, and The next year, she got remediation can start at Cookies ’n footage in aAmer- orto he said. she said. “I on square Cream, an house the death,” thesis at Academic Magnet, she redesigned the device, help,” Hand said. She took it to local tack shops, where it is being sold used varieties of twine that were inconsistent. “This has been kind of a Riley, others denounce ‘illegal’ move to manufacturer. “Fifty percent of my decision to come here was because of Inside, general manager Brian Sullivan estimated 20 percent to 30 percent of his there too, restaurant workers said. “You can’t get in here at hap- to have been the home away from home for many of Boe- ing’s team members as they ness with Boeing. Not only will they eat in local restaurants and stay in localand blood smears on sheets. The bloody stains can occurwhen the bedbug is feeding detection business in Char- lotte in 2009 after getting laid off the previous fall as a cus- for five months of training, paying out another $7,000. “You can take something that sidesshe tubs,”up with a fasci- and of grew she said. They also prefer mechanicalto their nation for to be close parts. food source, jokinglyare hu- Her mother which called ican Warmblood, which she inwanted to know how they in the number of inspected rooms continues to ride. In fact, a hotel or nursing home. she’s already transported Treatment can come keeping the coiled cable on a commercial building such asworked. of either chemicals or top and shrinking the form My father said then the heheat. I would be an engi- clip down by a third of its knew for $29.99. But she also took it to the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010. dream come true for me,” she said. “It’s really satisfy- ing and a lot of fun to come give Limehouse oversight of airports chief Boeing,” said Cobbs, who has been cutting hair for more business comes from the air- plane builder. py hour,” said Mark Puckett, president of ACI Holdings, relocated to our area. The Boe- ing plant has definitely been a hotels, but “those high-level visitors may see the region andon human skin and the per- tomer service representative society has thrown away and mans in bed at night. her cursed with her affection him toproblem of bedbugs is soneer when Iand Douglas recom- The Virginia Tech, where Bishop grew up.” original size. There she met John Nunn, up with a crazy idea and than nine years. “This is a Several tables in the restau- the franchise owner for two market driver in this area.” decide to bring their operationson rolls over and smashes at a conveyor belt company. make it worthwhile,” she said. for horses they are running “Unless because of what she will begin majoring in prevalent that the past presi- Hand started people not waitShe tested it in a lab where mend that scribbling a discriminating distributor take it all the way to market. BY WARREN L. WISE the vote, the 25-year airport employee growing area with all the new rant filled with Boeing work- Buffalo Wild Wings in the here too,” Graham said.it, Douglas said. They tend “I hate sitting at a desk, and The Spartanburg native re- around on the her mother happened when carpet, you mechanical engineering for down a problem to arise before father worked before dent of the Greater Charles- for ideas for inventions in her for international equestrian I would love to be the head email@example.com earned $207,000 a year. hotels, too.” ers served as a testament to the Charleston market. Visitor impact Blumenstock, who alsoto bite arms, legs, necks and I didn’t like that job anyway,” cently set up residency near won’tup riding from walking took get one again after product design and minor- ton Pest Control Associationa notebookfor an inspection. asking long before high testing it in the field. retailer Bit of Britain. of a Fortune 500 company Before Tuesday, Stevens and previous Many of his customers stop amount of business the mas- “We’ve seen growth every Just down the street and even serves as chairman of theshoulders, but can bite any- said the divorced mother Mount Pleasant and contin- into a room,” a baby. said. trying to have Douglas ing in he, too, is consideringschool. said equine science later Quarterly sweeps, especially“I probably went through a She gave her 30-second one day as long I get to ride In a move some called a power grab airport directors reported to the entire by the nearby Starbucks cof- sive industry brings in. They year since we opened in 2007,” closer to Boeing sit a Holiday Travel Council with thewhere on the body. of four and former insur- ues to keep a home outside “The first day out, they “But I say, ‘Never say never.’ ” this month.in dogs to inspect “I came upis a good approach, investing of hotels, with this idea million different prototypes spiel about the product. horses on the side.” and a violation of the state’s Freedom of board, but she will now answer to Avia- fee shop before walking over declined to be interviewed. he said. “Since Boeing decided Inn and a Hilton Garden Inn, Charleston Area Convention “They feed on you at night, ance claims adjuster. She re- Charlotte, but she plans to put her onofpregnant white Because a that, she leaves forwanted somewhere close my freshman year,”they are pro- “I bedbugs. Douglas said. “If Hand before it was perfect,” she Nunn congratulated her for As for those other ideas in Information Act, the Charleston Coun- tion Authority Chairman Chip Lime- for a trim. “After they get off work in to come to Charleston, we’ve two of the four local properties and Visitors Bureau, echoedand they are easier to pop entered the workforce after move to the Lowcountry per- her shoes outside “A week horse,” Hand said. when she to “It’s very hard to find themsaid. home, a place that offered active, it is less likely to be said. a “an amazing product,” add- her notebook, she has a rev- ty Aviation Authority strayed from its house. “We should have stock in Star- the afternoon, a lot of Boeing had double-digit sales growth of Lowcountry Hotels. Opera- her remarks.than a tick,” she said. her children, now ages 15-20, manently when her daughter later my mom was preg- gets home from work and engineering and horse stud- with a visual inspection During her she said. problem,” sophomore ing “ ‘I don’t say that very olutionary saddle concept. posted agenda Tuesday and voted to give Limehouse said it was important that bucks,” he said with a chuckle. employees come over here,” year over year. We are getting a tions director Dan Blumen- “As we move forward, we will If there is an alert, she uses a grew into teenagers. begins college here in about nant.” shakes them out very well ies, and it has a gorgeous tool,”year, she developed a, bulky From stable to store without some type of often,’ ” according to Hand. “It’s something the saddle “They go over there first, and Sullivan said. “It’s a big help huge return on Boeing.” stock said there is no question see large groups and meetings Hand said her affinity for landscape,” Hand said. “It ofeight-part forerunner to the at Then she had to try to sell “That was a big moment for world has never seen be- oversight of the airports director to the all employees have someone to overseemagnifying glass, flashlights Being out of a job during 18 months. since bedbugs can crawl down said Randy Bishop, owner Reach Warren L. Wise they always bring a cup in here.” at happy hour.” Hotels around the plant at that Boeing has had a direct from the aeronautical world was pretty much everything EqueSafe design as part of a it, and neither she nor her chairman of the board. them directly. Stevens declined to com-and swabs, if necessary, to the recession left her plenty inside shoes. because she horses is innate 937-5524 or twitter.com/ father had any experience in IAllPro Pest Management inscience fair project. me.” fore,” Hand said. “It’s really The move came after the board voted ment. Sue Stevens has Since many have a short Charleston International Air- impact on business. coming to Charleston,” saidtake samples for bedbug DNA of time to scour the Internet Hitchhikers doesn’t remember ever not Even though bedbugs are at- wanted.” West Ashley. “There is an ex- She won the Lowcountry warrenlancewise. He bought 15 and placed unique and innovative, but it ‘Big help’ break for lunch, he fields many port benefit as well. “Whether its one of our Blumenstock. “I think we are wanting a pony. marketing. the product on his website is very much under wraps.” to give Airports Director Sue Stevens a 2 After the vote, Limehouse said the been airports A few doors down, Boe- call-in orders ahead of their “Boeing’s presence in North hotels or others, you see a lot seeing the tip of the iceberg.” “I have always loved hors- Head start Science Fair and went on to They contacted the Score and in his stores. percent cost-of-living increase, since she director since ing quality specialist Mitch arrival. Charleston has been instru- of people coming in and out es,” Hand said. “My mom Her curiosity for gadgetry the International Science Coastal chapter, which helps Hand said others have Reach Warren L. Wise at had not had a raise in two years. Before Please see AIRPORT, Page A5 2007. McDougal walked out of Big “Boeing has definitely made mental in our ability to achieve with Boeing shirts on,” he Reach Warren L. Wise at told me that when I turned became apparent when, as Fair in San Jose, Calif. people start up businesses, tried somewhat similar 937-5524 or twitter.com/ Billy’s Burger Joint after lunch this a great location,” Sullivan growth year over year,” said said. “Anybody can see the 937-5524 or twitter.com/ 10, if I still wanted a horse, I a young girl, she and her “I didn’t win,” she said with and chapter chairman Joe designs before, but they warrenlancewise. and jumped on his motorcycle said. “It’s a great asset for the Cori Lovern, general man- foot traffic.” warrenlancewise.
BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division Wall saves condo community $411K on flood insurance BY DAVID SLADE firstname.lastname@example.org Coming Sunday John Collins’ condo is just a stone’s STORM OF MONEY: throw from the expansive marsh be- Hurricanes, insurance and the tween Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s black boxes that can make orSECOND PLACE: Island, where kayakers and crabbers were enjoying a recent afternoon. That proximity to water affords ex- pansive views, but it also resulted in unaffordable insurance premiums for Collins and the owners of 89 other con- dos at Simmons Pointe. break homeowners. A Post and Courier special report looks at your risk of being affected by a hurricane (It might be less than you think); how insurance rates skyrocketed; and what our state regulators do and don’t do. The Post and Courier With f lood insurance for all the homes costing $425,000 yearly and ris- ing fast, the Mount Pleasant residents their federal flood zone designation went looking for a solution, and the one and cause their annual insurance to they found had stunning results. drop to $14,000. By installing a barrier known as a trip “It saved me,” said Collins, president WADE SPEES/STAFF wall to protect the development from of the Simmons Pointe homeowners John Collins said flood insurance premiums for residents of Simmons potential hurricane-driven waves, Pointe in Mount Pleasant have dropped dramatically since the home- David Slade condo owners were able to change Is real estate Please see FLOOD, Page A9 owners association had a trip wall built.What’s at stake with Savannah dredging? rebounding?We answer questions, tell what’s next More houses are now affordable Interest rates sit at record lowsBY DAVID SLADE RON BRINSON: Haley muddies the By one measure, a middle- 30-year mortgage interest income family could afford rate hovers around 3.5%,email@example.com water on ports, environment. 13A 75% of the homes for sale. the lowest ever recorded. The Port of Savannah has leap- Health and Environmental Control’sfrogged ahead of Charleston to be- board on Nov. 10 approved permits to Sales and prices The market is nocome one of the nation’s busiest ports, deepen the Savannah River — which are moving up longer gluttedand some fear that deepening the South Carolina and Georgia share 2012 home sales up 8.4% 11,500 for sale in mid-2007Savannah River could tip the scales — critics said the decision would Median sale price up 4.5% 6,500 for sale in June 2012further in Georgia’s favor. harm the environment and the Port An Army Corps of Engineers study of Charleston.said “the proposed deepening of the “It’s an attack on South Carolina’sSavannah harbor would not take economy and our workers,” said Liana GRACE BEAHM/STAFFbusiness from another port,” and Orr, executive director of Conserva- The State Ports Authority is moving these two super-post-Panamax cranes from Charleston’s Columbus Street Terminal to thethat increased shipping will require tives for Truth In Politics, which is Wando Welch terminal in Mount Pleasant. The $10 million cranes must be partially dismantled in order to fit under the Cooper River bridge.deepening both the Savannah and running a TV advertisement this FILE/APCharleston ports. DHEC’s decision to issue a water quality permit to dredge the port of 10D.Monday, January 9, 2012 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTANDCOURIER.COM _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Monday, January 9, 2012.10D Move a TALL order But when the S.C. Department of Please see DREDGING, Page 5A Savannah is the latest skirmish in a more than decade-old dispute. High-end What $1 million will buy Million dollar home sales 400 Ho mm houses es 300 ket Port transferring 2 container cranes to Wando Terminal so mar ld on Days 200 BY DAVID SLADE compete 100 Daniel Is. . firstname.lastname@example.org Co Coop ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 oR Year Charleston area real estate market has been nd er R. PROVIDED Wa Wando Imagine taking one of the tallest Welch buildings in the city of Charleston, Top of the market $1,050,000: Daniel Island, 847 Dunham St., 4,000 sq ft. showing encouraging signs of improvement Arthur Ravenel Jr. Terminal putting it on a floating barge and for sales Bridge Charleston maneuvering it across Charleston BY DAVID SLADE Mt. Pleasant Harbor, under the Arthur Ravenel The five most expensive residential listings in the Charleston region: ◗ 85 Blue Heron Pond, Kiawah Island $26 million email@example.com Months supply of inventory Bridge and up the Wando River to A healthy real estate market has about a six-month supply of Ash Columbus St. Ravenel Bridge Mount Pleasant. A ◗ 32 Legare St., Charleston fter five years of de- homes for sale. More than that, the market is described as a ley Terminal $23 million clining real estate val- R. Then imagine making that trip buyer’s market; less, and it’s a seller’s market. Inventories have Buyers take their time shopping Meredith and John Dunnan put their historic six-bedroom home on Charleston’s High Battery up for sale for $10 million in 2010, when this FILE/STAFF ◗ 2 Concord St., Charleston $17.5 million ues that crushed U.S. household wealth, sent fallen faster in the Charleston area than they have statewide. 572’ twice, and you’d have a fair idea of the task the State Ports Authority is for multimillion-dollar property photograph was taken in their grand living room. The asking price for 2 Water St. has since been reduced to under $8.5 million, reflecting the hesitation seen among buyers in the high-end housing market. ◗ Medway Plantation, Berkeley County $15 million buyers into hiding and played a 15 This week the State Ports Authority is expected to move the first of two 1,500-ton super- preparing for — to move two “super- ◗ 1 Captain Maynards Island, Kiawah $14.95 million key role in the nation’s deep re- post-Panamax” container cranes BY DAVID SLADE Thin air “We’ve had a couple of offers, and cession, is the residential market Charleston area post-Panamax cranes from the Columbus Street Terminal to Wando Welch Terminal. To make firstname.lastname@example.org High-end hot spots The area’s record-price home sale, we’re hoping the right buyer comes – Sources: MLS; Kiawah Island Real Estate PROVIDED finally turning the corner? that possible, engineering crews have been bracing the massive booms on the cranes, and from the Columbus Street Terminal the $14 million sale of 181 Ballybun- along,” said Dunnan an artist and gal- $985,000: Kiawah Island, 17 Arrowhead Hall, 3,470 sq ft. In the greater Charleston area, 10 lowering and bracing the supporting structure atop the cranes, so that they will fit under in Charleston to the Wando Welch D espite the big drop in Local areas with the most mil- ion Drive on Kiawah in the summer of lery owner whose family has another real estate prices, more lion-dollar-plus homes for sales: 2010, came only after the huge ocean- home at Yeamans Hall in Hanahan. the answer appears to be a tenta- Statewide the Ravenel Bridge. The cranes will be mounted on dollies and rolled onto barges for the trip. Terminal in Mount Pleasant. than one out of 10 Kiawah/Seabrook: 198 front property was on the market for “Obviously, it takes a particular kind Buying time tive “yes.” Each of the towering cranes is 236 homes for sale in the Charleston peninsula: 127 more than five years. of buyer in that price range. erty is priced right, it will sell quickly, “The honest answer is that it Charleston area today has a price tag Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes: 101 There are five homes for sale today “We’ve come down a million and a Brokers say high-end buyers are but the price a buyer thinks is right 5 feet tall, or 32 feet taller than the of $1 million or more. Mount Pleasant: 78 with higher asking prices, but it’s half,” he said. “I simply don’t think taking their time, particularly if they might strike a seller as too low. depends on which corner you Roadway at apex Top lowererd for move nearby 18-story Dockside condomin- That’s more than 700 homes with Folly Beach: 38 anyone’s guess when they might sell we’ll lower the price any more.” are looking for a second home. Tight “If you don’t have to sell, then you live on,” said Michael Scarafile, Working seven-figure asking prices — and a Daniel Island: 37 and for how much. Less common are the one-of-a-kind bank lending standards have thinned shouldn’t sell, because the buyer men- president of Carolina One Real iums. Each crane weighs about 1,500 handful of those are listed at more Sullivan’s Island: 36 “Certainly the air gets pretty thin up properties now listed for millions their ranks. tality today is that if something is on height tons and they are nearly the tallest Estate, the area’s largest real es- than $10 million. at that level,” said Rick Vale, broker- more than what they sold for last “It’s just a much more conservative the market it’s because they have to tate firm. “Following growth in 0 2004 2006 2008 2010 ’12 of crane: structures on the peninsula; only St. “There aren’t 700 people out there – Sources: Multiple Listing Service, in-charge at Daniel Island Real Estate. time. The 10,000-square-foot Col. buyer,” said Harrington, whose agen- sell,” said Vale of Daniel Island Real Boom 236’ to buy them,” said Daniel Ravenel – Kiawah Island Real Estate “Based on sales, there’s probably a PROVIDED John Ashe House at 32 South Battery, cy is based near Kiawah and Seabrook Estate. “You could have a house listed the number of homes sold ... we Matthew’s Church reaches higher. of Charleston-based Daniel Ravenel four-year inventory of homes priced Kiawah Island’s 181 Ballybunion Drive sold in 2010 for $14 million for example, changed hands in 2003 islands. “They want to feel like they for $2 million and someone might of- are now seeing price appreciation teaches math at the College of even healthy, but it does mean Sotheby’s International Realty. at $1 million-plus.” in the largest residential real estate transaction ever in Charleston for $6.9 million, and now is offered at are getting a good buy, and are pay- fer $1.4 (million).” 202.75’ clearance “This is the first time we’ve moved in selective parts of the market Charleston and crunches statis- prices appear to have stopped His Broad Street firm’s listings in- tional 127 million-dollar-plus homes That means if no new listings came County. The Robert Stern-designed oceanfront mansion sits on 2.3 $9.875 million. ing the lowest they could pay for the But buyers are out there, he added. based on the basic principles of tics for his website, Charleston falling, the supply of homes for at mean any this tall,” said David Smith, the clude the two most expensive residen- were listed privately, not through the on the market, it could take four years acres. “It’s a one-of-a kind, it’s historically quality they are getting.” “We have a house listed for over $5 low Boom crutch Folded tial properties on the market; a $26 public MLS database. to sell those currently for sale in that important,” said listing agent Pam While historic mansions and million, and we’ve had showings,” supply and demand.” RealEstateStats.com. sale has been greatly reduced and (temporary) height million estate on Kiawah Island and Chris Drury, president of Kiawah Is- price range. at William Means Real Estate, said the listing for $26 million hit the market Harrington of Pam Harrington Ex- oceanside estates typically command Vale said. “We had a guy fly in from As the area’s monthly statistics “We’ve certainly turned the sales are perking up. water Please see CRANES, Page 6F a $23 million South of Broad man- land Real Estate, said the number of Generally speaking, the higher the market is pretty strong in the $1 mil- at $29 million about two years ago. clusives. the highest prices, most of the seven- New York and look.” $1 million: of crane: sion. properties for sale on Kiawah is at the price, the longer it takes. lion to $2 million range. But homes $3 At the other end of the spectrum, figure homes are in the $1 million to While million-dollar homes have 48 Savage St. on supply and demand, prices corner in terms of number of For an example of bad-but-im- 183’ “Most of these houses are wonderful. lowest point in four years, and about The inventory of million-dollar-plus million and up are a different story. Price adjustments properties in the low-seven-figure $2 million range. become commonplace in the Charles- downtown and sales stack up, it’s clear the transactions and buying activ- proving statistics, consider that They are loved,” Ravenel said. “There’s 200 sales closed last year. homes peaked in the summer of 2008 Price reductions in that category have Charleston resident John Dunnan is range are selling well in Mount Pleas- Some carry high prices due to loca- ton market, it was only 25 years ago Charleston, trend lines have turned in a posi- ity,” he said. “We will sell over nationwide builder confidence Dolly just a lot of uncertainty out there right now, so they aren’t selling.” But there’s still plenty of hesitation among potential buyers, he added. at 1,186 and has been declining since then, MLS figures show. But at the been common. In Goose Creek, for example, the among those hoping to sell a high-end home, the historic Nathaniel Ingra- ant, according to Will Jenkinson, bro- ker in charge at Carolina One New tions at the beach or in downtown Charleston’s Historic District. Others when the first million-dollar home sale was recorded in Charleston. LEROY BURNELL/STAFF 2,175 sq.ft. tive direction. 10,000 homes this year, and we in the market for newly built, Barge with 5’ freeboard MORE PHOTOS Multiple Listing Service data shows “There’s lack of confidence in the same time, the number of days on the 6,728-acre Medway Plantation, home ham House on the city’s High Battery. Homes. are swanky suburban mini-mansions “I remember when I sold my first “The Charleston real estate have not done that since 2007.” single-family homes remains in Go to postand ON THE WEB market is in a state of transi- negative territory but increased that 204 homes sold for $1 million or government, the financial system market has increased every year since of the state’s oldest masonry structure, The six-bedroom house at East Bay “The million-dollar market in in the 4,000-square-foot-plus range million-dollar home, and I was so courier.com/galleries. more last year in the Charleston area, and the global economy, and those the housing bubble burst several years is listed by Geer’s firm for $15 million and Water streets went on the market Mount Pleasant is at about an eight- in Mount Pleasant and on Daniel Is- proud,” Geer said. “I remember, it Check out the hundreds of million-dollar-plus homes for tion from a buyer’s market to a Not good, but better to a more than five-year high SOURCE: STATE PORTS AUTHORITY GILL GUERRY/STAFF and there were 689 for sale at year’s things weigh heavily on the mind of ago, while the percentage of the ask- today versus $25 million in 2010. The in 2010 and has since been reduced month supply,” he said. “Once you land. was a big deal.” sale (and others of lesser value) through the local Multiple end. The figures do not include most the discretionary buyer, which is what ing price paid has fallen steadily. 15,000-square-foot, 12-acre Kiawah from just under $10 million to under get up above $2 million, it’s a differ- Every broker interviewed about the Listing Service. Go to www.charlestonrealtors.com and healthy balanced market,” said An uptick does not mean the properties on Kiawah, where an addi- we have on Kiawah,” Drury said. Helen Lyles Geer, broker-in-charge estate that Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s is $8.5 million. ent story.” high-end market said that if a prop- Reach David Slade at 937-5552. click on the property search icon. Doug Holmes, a Realtor who real estate market is good, or Please see REBOUND, Page F4
BUSINESS REPORTING Boeing Dreamliner Welcome to the big leagues Daily Over 50,000 Division With delivery of first S.C.-made 787, Charleston’s business profile soars The Boeing union Machinists trying to make inroads question with employees of S.C. plantFIRST PLACE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY TYRONE WALKER/STAFF Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, leads Air India officials on a tour Friday of the first 787 Dreamliner built in South Carolina. BY BRENDAN KEARNEY “We’ve been always a kind of Navy town Inside The Post and Courier email@example.com driven by tourists and governments jobs, for the most part,” Benson said. “Now Hospitality in- ROLLOUT: BOEING’S HISTORIC MOMENT Charleston has been an international business address for centuries thanks to its port, but with Friday’s delivery of Boe- ing South Carolina’s first 787 to Air India, suddenly we’ve got an outside influencer coming into the fold, which we never had before.” Over the past couple years, thousands of dustry opens its arms. A6 A timeline lead- the Lowcountry has officially reached a Charleston-area workers have had a hand ing up to Friday’s higher elevation. in building the inaugural 787 Dreamlin- delivery. A6 Speaking this week, economist and Col- er. Now a high-level delegation from the lege of Charleston President George Ben- South Asian national carrier has come to Who are the son predicted just how high the region pay for it and take it home. global Dream- could rise on Boeing’s wings. He said his- And that’s a big deal for everyone in- liner buyers? A6 torians will view the aircraft maker as the volved. most “transformative” economic force on Local business First local Dreamliner the Charleston area since the Civil War. Please see PROFILE, Page A6 leaders respond Brendan Kearney to Boeing. A6 Supplier busi- ness has yet to take off. A7 is ready for the world GRACE BEAHM/STAFF Boeing employee Kanhaka Wcislak signs a banner for the India-bound 787. MORE COVERAGE For more photos and a video of the plane, go to postand courier.com/ The assembly line inside the Boeing plant in North Charleston. An 8-year journey multimedia. ‘I think it is worth the wait’ 2005: Vought Aircraft Indus- For more Boeing coverage, go to postand BY BRENDAN KEARNEY BY BRENDAN KEARNEY tries and Global Aeronautica ered.” courier.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com boeing. (a “aJones noted coming,” and a seniorbeen that the milestone has Vought-Alenia Aeronautica long time Air joint venture) begin construc- Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina’s top India executive referred to “all the delays They trickled in and out of the North executive, was characteristically direct that we have incurred.” and mid- tion of their 787 aft- Charleston hotel meeting room, men in Friday as his plant’s first 787 Dreamliner But the day was less about Boeing’s body factories at Charleston was officially handed over to Air India. infamous technical and supply-chain Boeing polo shirts meeting with a pair in “Cycle complete,” Jones said. “Airplane difficulties withAirport. Theyor Air International the 787 program are red International Association of Machinists built, airplane flown, and today, with twocompleted the next year, and and Aerospace Workers polos. big exclamation points, airplane deliv- Please see WAIT, Page A7 production begins in the fol- The workers had come to learn more about lowing months. organizing their plane-making plant, and the union representatives were there to field their questions and concerns. During a lull in the intermittent meetings, Tommy Mayfield, the IAM Grand Lodge representative for the Southern territory, walked over in a pair of well-worn cowboy boots to explain what has been happening largely out of the public eye. PROVIDED “I’ve been meeting with these South Carolina-built Dreamliner made the turn down the backstretch On Feb. 26, the first folks for a 2008: Boeing buys Vought’s in- while,” said Mayfield, a gruff-talking but in North Charleston. On Friday, the historic jet will leave the of the U-shaped assembly line terest in Global Aeronautica in friendly Alabama native. “Support isthis time for good. massive facility again — very March. First Dreamliner delivery strong.” out of Everett, Wash., was sup- That’s right, Boeing’s biggest union is back BY BRENDAN KEARNEY aplenty. There was doubt, and there posed to be in May, but supply-12D.Monday, October 17, 2011 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTANDCOURIER.COM ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Monday, October 17, 2011.12D in the Lowcountry, and despite the recent firstname.lastname@example.org were hiccups. chain and other problems led FILE/WADE SPEES/STAFF history and South Carolina’s right-to-work But if all goes according to plan, to delays.Kevlar plant to help weave strong future Tom Powell, Workers in the aft floor fabrication area at Boeing South Carolina. laws, it’s making inroads. Mayfield said there Made in South Carolina. Friday afternoon will be the physical president could be a vote administered by the National of Dupont There may be no explicit label on the demonstration that, for the first time Labor Relations Board “within a year.” Dupont dossier Protection Technologies, talks about Boeing management has other union first Dreamliner that rolls out of Boe- While only about 10 employees passed ing’s North Charleston final assembly through over the course of an hour Tues- since World War II, Boeing has built a jet outside the Puget Sound region ofDuPont to expand the opening building Friday, but everyone knows Washington state.global production FOUNDED: 1802. Formal name is E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. of the new Dupont Cooper River issues on its plate that could affect S.C. day afternoon, Mayfield said there were more earlier in the point. that “close to that’s the day and Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina’s Kevlar Facility two dozen people” met plane him after the over Parts of the with came from all vice president and general manager,with Berkeley site BUSINESS: Science and technology company that targets seven businesses: agriculture, electronics, chemicals, coatings, high-performance materials, safety as Jerry Good, manager of BY BRENDAN KEARNEY Despite appeals from the union, Boeing would the world, but thanks to thousands of ‘Many weren’t wasn’t shy about the accomplishment second shift let out around midnight. He said there are “greater than 50 people” re- sure we could. in a recent interview. South Carolinians, both natives and and pharmaceuticals. Its brands include Teflon; Corian, Kevlar and Tyvek. the CooperBY BRENDAN KEARNEY River plant, email@example.com not budge on certain retirement and medical firstname.lastname@example.org HEADQUARTERS: Wilmington, Del. watches. efits provisions. And on Oct. 1, the membership re- signed up cent likely more who are sympa- came We removed the and imports, the final product “Many weren’t sure we could,” he 2009: Boeing announces it will thetic or attogether here. But the anti-union doubt.’ said. “We removed the doubt.” buy Vought’s North Charles-G OOSE CREEK — Listen- EMPLOYEES: 60,000 in about 90 countries. The Machinists’ organizing effort in North soundingly rejected the company’s opening offer. least curious. ing to DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman dedicate her com- 2010 REVENUE: $34.2 billion, making it the 86th largest Charleston is not the only union situation poised Though the union’s contracts from 2008 were sentiment in the state makes the organizing Na- There was the politically charged — Jack Jones The moment of the occasion can ton facility in July. In October, pany’s new Kevlar plant in U.S. industrial/service corporation on the Fortune 500 rank- to affect Boeing South Carolina in the near term. set to expire on Oct. 6, the new deadline for a process very sensitive. Relations Board litigation tional Labor scarcely be overstated. Boeing picks North CharlestonBushy Park this month, it was clear thechemical company cherishes its 209- ings. This month in Washington, the company’s deal is Nov. 25. Talks are scheduled to continue that thing is the fear factor,” he There were en- “That day is guaranteed to be a great day in “The biggest clouded the plant’s future. as the site for its second 787year history. A painting of E.I. DuPont TOP EXECUTIVE: Ellen Kullman became DuPont’s 19th CEO ongoing negotiations with the Society of Pro- Wednesday. said. gineering and workforce integration challenges South Carolina,” Gov. Nikki Haley said in an final assembly line and beginsand Thomas Jefferson negotiating the at the start of 2009 and was named board chair later thatsale of the first black powder to the U.S. year. She has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering fessional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, Spokesman Bill Dugovich said the negotiations There has been a regular Machinist pres-government hangs in Kullman’s Wilm- from Tufts University and a master’s degree in management which represents some 23,000 white-collar Boe- and their outcome could affect Boeing South ence in and around what is now the Boeing Please see DREAMLINER, Page A8 Please see JOURNEY, Page A8ington, Del., office. from Northwestern University. She grew up in DuPont’s But it’s the next couple of centuries,and how an exploding global popula- Kullman hometown. ing workers in the Puget Sound region, have been Carolina in several ways. South Carolina complex for years, but lasttion will survive them, that is the com- a hot topic. First, dozens of its members are working week’s meeting came into public view afterpany’s focus. Illustrating the point, Kullman, the River plant, said DuPont supplies Boeing Co. with Kevlar to provide DuPont plant Boeing and union officials have been in talks stints at the North Charleston Boeing plant at recent news reports.company’s first woman chief execu- honeycomb reinforcement around its Moncks Corner Moncks Corner since at least the summer about prospective newtive, recently traveled to Sao Paolo, the airplane wings.sprawling metropolis on the southern According to recent news reports, it’s contracts. Please see UNION, Page F6 Please see BOEING, Page F6coast of Brazil. also been used to patch Mount Rush- She wanted to know more about a more and to protect Eagles quarterbackKevlar application called DuPont Ar- Michael Vick’s injured hand. Cypres Cypres s Gard s Gard Coo Coomura, low-cost car armor designed to Minshon Chiou, a DuPont fibers 176 ens ens p p pprotect that city’s middle class from its researcher, summed up the seemingly Rd. Rd. er Ri er Riinfamous street crime. endless applications of Kevlar, such as a ver ver 17A 52 She ended up meeting two men whose puncture-proof version of the polymer Alex Blair, territory sales manager for Dupont, shows S.C. House Rep. Joelives were saved by the bulletproof fiber. to protect prison guards from possible Daning gloves that have Kevlar in them. “Their car was surrounded, it was violence involving inmates. 26 Goose Gooseshot at, and the car, the glass and the “Different architecture gives differ- Creek SOURCE: ESRI Creek SOURCE: ESRI DuPont sold about $1.4 billion worth future growth, specifically addressingbody panels withheld. The bullets did ent performance,” he said at the plant of Kevlar and Nomex, a flame resistant Good, the plant manager.not penetrate, and they were able to dedication. Willie Martin was plant manager at fiber also used in firefighter gear, last “And Jerry,” Davis said at the open-get away,” Kullman said at the Oct. 6 Cooper River during the decline of Da- year. Total sales were $31.5 billion. ing ceremony, “we look forward to ... asribbon cutting. “And so it’s a real testa- Room to grow cron. Now vice president of operations “It’s one of their growth businesses,” DuPont considers its next expansion,ment to how technology that’s 40 years The expansion along the Cooper Riv- for North America, he couldn’t help Gulley said last week. “They’ve been we look forward to working with youold is still being deployed in unique PHOTOS BY BRAD NETTLES/STAFF er, which was announced in December but smile at the new life at his old campus. talking about this expansion for a long on that.”ways to create solutions around the Jeff Fackler, North American marketing manager for Dupont, talks to guests before the opening of the Cooper River Kevlar Facility earlier this month. At 2007, harks back to the sort of market “I never thought we’d have the oppor- time.” Any expansion must be motivated byworld to protect people.” far right is S.C. Highway Patrol Corporal Quincy Brown, who was shot during a traffic stop and likely survived only because of his Kevlar vest. optimism in 1970 that prompted Du- tunity to grow again here at the site,” he And DuPont may not be done at demand for the product, which DuPont The official opening of the world’s Pont to buy the 2,100-acre Dean Hall said, recalling the job cuts and neces- Bushy Park. Directly behind the new seems intent on growing through in-fourth Kevlar production facility comes per River plant represents the “largest Kevlar is also made in Maydown, for this month’s plant-opening festivi- tires, not for a way to stop bullets and Plantation and eventually build a huge sary retraining of other workers. “This Kevlar Facility, between Golden Thread creasingly diverse applications.at a time when the product seems as single investment ever made in the Northern Ireland, and Tokai, Japan. ties. blades. Dacron polyester manufacturing facil- has been a good day for me.” Row and Polymer Parkway, is a huge, A possible hint of what’s in store wasin-demand as ever and is being used in entire 40-year history of the product Application development and support It’s almost as if the delay in bringing Bringing that experiment full circle, ity there. Mark Gulley, who covers DuPont for empty lot, once used as a construction on display at the plant this month,perhaps more ways than ever before. line,” said Thomas Powell, president of operations also span the globe, Powell the plant online, attributed principally Kullman proclaimed this month that The company hopes Kevlar has more Ticonderoga Securities in New York, staging area. courtesy of students from Whitesville Just last month, a Richmond jury DuPont Protection Technologies. said. to the broader economic slowdown over Kevlar is “back in the tire industry.” staying power than polyester. When said while Kevlar represents only a Powell, the head of the company’s and Cane Bay elementary schools whoawarded DuPont $919.9 million in “There’s more demand for Kevlar the past three years, has only height- And it’s in just about every other indus- global demand for that fabric ebbed, small percentage of the company’s over- Protection Technologies division, ac- were asked to envision future uses ofdamages from a South Korean com- New apps than there’s been supply in the recent ened expectations. try, too. DuPont was forced to scale back the all sales, DuPont has high hopes for its knowledged the space and said “the Kevlar.petitor that DuPont has alleged stole The Berkeley County plant, which past,” said Mark Mordecai, director “Basically, we built it during the glob- Kevlar is featured in several other car local workforce in the mid-1980s and newest South Carolina facility. main process building has room for One drawing, titled “undestruct ableand used proprietary information will produce Kevlar filament and of business development for Pittsfield, al financial crisis,” Kullman acknowl- parts; it’s woven into clothing, includ- again in the mid-1990s. “It is something they’ve talked about expansion of another production line watch,” showed a wristwatch retainingabout Kevlar to make its own Heracron staple, will increase the famous fiber’s N.H.-based Globe Manufacturing Co., edged. “It was never a straight line be- ing firefighter turnout gear, police vests The original plant eventually was sold a lot, and I’m sure they’ll talk about it sometime in the future. its form as flames leaped from its length.Aramid fiber. production capacity by 25 percent right which incorporates Kevlar in its fire- cause of the external environment.” and gloves; and it’s also in mattresses, to a Mexican company in 2001 and is when they discuss earnings,” Gulley “But there’s nothing planned right In conjunction with a $50 million away, and Powell said the company sees fighting suits, and was one of dozens of Kevlar was invented in 1965 by Steph- fiber optics and sports and audio equip- still operating today, along with a Du- said last week, referring to company’s now,” he said. Reach Brendan Kearney at 937-5906infusion into DuPont’s Richmond, Va., “a path forward” to up to a 40 percent DuPont customers who descended on anie Kwolek, whose team actually was ment of various kinds. Pont Hytrel plastics plant on the Bushy Oct. 25 conference call with analysts Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Da- and follow him at twitter.com/kearney_Kevlar facility, the $500 million Coo- uptick. It is not currently hiring. the Lowcountry from all over the world looking for a replacement for steel in Jerry Good, manager of the Cooper Park campus. and investors. vis twice alluded to the possibility of brendan.
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LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 Division THE TIMES AND DEMOCRAT | WWW.THETANDD.COM MAGAZINESUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012 / SECTION CSECOND PLACE: The Times and Democrat Dionne Gleaton PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER HUFF/T&D Sidney Zemp poses with some of his works in Bamberg. Below are more examples of Zemp’s portrait, landscape and animal drawings and paintings. For more photos of Zemp’s work, visit TheTandD.com. Freedom of EXPRESSION Ex-prisoner ﬁnds peace, liberty with artistic pursuits By DIONNE GLEATON was determined to learn how to paint. ” T&D Staff Writer His mother, Annette Dwight, had his paint- ing — titled “Around the Bend” — reproduced B AMBERG — Sidney Zemp’s love of as limited edition prints, and his name “really art saved him from losing his spirit started to get out there.” during the more than two decades he “I did that painting in memory of a friend spent in the violent, unpredictable of mine that had gotten killed when we were world of prison. younger, because that was the spot where He dabbled in drug use and was eventually we’d always hang out and swim, Zemp said. ” handed a lengthy prison sentence in Missis- “I just had a lot of memories from that place. sippi for thefts to support his habit. Once that painting went into a limited edition But it was what he found behind bars that print, people were then inquiring about my went on to inspire him to do something better paintings. ” with his life. He soon mastered pastels and even began “I didn’t let it just engulf me like a lot of teaching art classes. people do, Zemp said, his voice cracking with ” “The reason I wanted to teach was for the emotion. “Your mind is what sets you free, so I experience, he said. “I had a dream one day ” pursued positive things in my life. I found out I would get out and be a professional artist. I what drove me and fed me. Art feeds my soul, wanted to know everything about my craft, so I and I latched onto that. ” started studying as much as I could. The 46-year-old, who was released from “You have to put time in for anything worth prison on Jan. 17 and spent 90 days in a half- having, and I had plenty of time on my hands. ” way house, is now relishing new opportunities Zemp began a mural project, where he would in which to use his talent. He began drawing paint huge works to hang throughout the portraits while he was incarcerated, recreat- prison. ing people from photographs as well as fellow “My dream was to have an arts show, he ” prisoners. said. Zemp’s dream came true on May 20 at the “I eventually realized that I was pretty good Bamberg home of his ﬁfth-grade art teacher, at what I was doing, and I was enjoying it, ” Lorelle Wise. Zemp said. “It was ﬁlling a void inside me that “I spent a week rounding up pictures, calling I had never felt, and the reaction I was getting people whose portraits I had done, and taking from other people when I would do a portrait things off courtroom walls and people’s man- of them or draw a scene made me feel good tles, he said. “Everyone was so supportive of ” about myself and made other people feel good, me, as if they were sharing in my excitement. too.” The support that I got was just really touching. His graphite drawings eventually led to The show was just a great experience and was a foray in oil painting. He loves the bucolic very successful. ” scenes of his youth, and most of his paintings Zemp has indeed found much success since are of the Edisto River, a natural treasure that gaining his freedom. He has his own busi- he said he has always respected. ness, Zemp Art, and has moved into his own “What I learned was that the fundamen- studio in Bamberg. This month, he will be tals of every medium is knowing how to draw, ” going to New York, where he has secured a Zemp said. “So it was really a good thing that I position to study under famed portrait artist had spent so much time drawing because when Daniel Greene, and later will begin teaching oil I picked up a paint brush, all I had to do was ﬁgure out how to make the colors. It was a very complicated thing, but just like the drawing, I See EXPRESSION, C6
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LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division RockTHIRD PLACE: of ages ■ Petroglyphs tell tales Independent Mail of prehistoric ages By Mike Ellis email@example.com 864-260-1277 a Pickens County natural- ist and outdoor writer with roots in the area going back for 200 years. They Mike Ellis The pictures appear like talked about where petro- magic. glyphs could be found; if With the proper angle they existed, and if they of a ﬂashlight in the dark, were still around. images dug into rocks a Topography is a big clue. thousand years ago can Petroglyphs tend to be be lifted from their prema- where the ancient people SUBMITTED PHOTOS ture graves and brought to gathered. Rivers, streams, life once more. natural features, rock out- Ed Bolt shines a ﬂashlight on the spot where petroglyphs were carved on a large rock at Hagood Mill in Pickens County. The The pictures are petro- croppings. rock is currently covered with foam and plastic as construction of a building around the rock is completed. glyphs, rock carvings “The same things that made by prehistoric peo- people are drawn to these be fully understood today. portant part of archaeol- ple. They tend to be geo- days,” Chastain said. It’s that mystery that ogy,” Charles said. “There metric ﬁgures or animals, Chastain suggested a keeps the rock carvings are not enough archeolo- circles and snakes. One rock outcrop about 1/4 of interesting. gists and money in the rare rock in Pickens Coun- an acre large and near the “We may never know world to properly survey ty has 17 human ﬁgures peak of Pinnacle Mountain why the people did it just one county. Nobody that reach out through in Pickens County. They but we know they did it knows the land as well as the centuries, asking ques- climbed for about two and and the wonder of why the people who own the tions that will never be an- a half hours and found the they did it is a fascinat- land, who hunt, ﬁsh and swered. ﬁrst carved circle about ing thing,” Charles said. farm it.” Thousands of these two hours after reaching “You see a bird and I know Charles and the rest of carvings have yet to be the rock, with a 40-mile what a bird is but maybe the petroglyph explorers unearthed in the Upstate, vista in each direction. not what it meant to them. want to get photographs, hidden on farms, ﬁshing They found about 600 You never get it ﬁgured out GPS coordinates and mea- holes and hunting camps. petroglyphs on their ﬁrst beyond a certain point.” surements of the finds It’s hard to spot the carv- time out. Drawings replicating the petroglyphs on a rock at Hagood Mill Chastain said archeolo- before they ﬁnally disap- ings after time, weather That ﬁrst day explor- were placed on plastic a plastic covering that is on the rock as gists are loath to nail down pear. One day they will and, more recently, acid ing for petroglyphs was a construction of a building is completed. speciﬁc dates. disappear. Even a carefully rain have worn them away. banner day that accounted “But Tommy is retired, placed ﬂashlight cannot Carved into tough rocks for about half of the petro- of the good location of buried 50-foot rock.” and I’m not an archeolo- bring back the carvings like granite, the lines are glyphs they found over the the stream, a natural nar- Charles dug and found gist,” he said. “I believe it’s once they are ground 1/4 to 1/8 inch deep these years. There are 64 South rowing of the waters that more human ﬁgures. A probably a Hopewell cul- down for good. days. Carolina sites with more would have appealed to backhoe carefully pulled ture from between 1,500 “Nothing is permanent Some are so slight they than 1,000 images that prehistoric people as well. out the dirt and rocks, ex- and 2,000 years ago. They and that even goes for can only be felt, not seen. have been recorded. They found a historic posing a dozen more stick were the mound builders.” rocks that are hundreds Others require a ﬂash- But Chastain, Charles carving, easily distin- ﬁgures. There are likely thou- and thousands of years light, a rainy day or catch- and few others had only guished from prehistoric The rock has 17 human sands of the carvings hid- old,” Charles said. “I ing a glimpse at the right just begun and their most ones because it used the figures. There are two den in the Upstate, which would think we’ve hardly dawn or dusk moment. important find, a large alphabet, of “J.H.” — be- more known human petro- has hard rocks that are not scratched the surface.” “I’ve visited some sites bolder, was still hidden by lieved to be James Hagood, glyphs in South Carolina. as common in the middle Charles and Chastain time and time again to see earth and rock. founder of the mill. Being on public land and and coastal parts of the got interested out of an it,” said retired state arche- “During the whole In- There was a carving of being buried mean that state. Those who hunt the exploring instinct. People ologist Tommy Charles. dustrial Age it was bur- “Thoma,” with no s, which the Hagood Mill site was petroglyphs are hoping who look for rocks, ar- “Sometimes it will just ied,” said Ed Bolt. He is they took as a historic nod preserved and soon will be more people become in- rowheads, insects, birds rise up out of the rocks like the curator of the Hagood to Charles’ ﬁrst name. accessible to visitors. terested in scavenging for or animals can also stop magic.” Mill site in Pickens, where “It would have been a “You can see some of the historic treasures. to peek for petroglyphs in The images are well the most signiﬁcant petro- man who went to the mill them from 20, 30 feet “I’d like folks who have the right light. known in Western states glyph rock in the state is and began carving his away,” Bolt said. Oth- these on private land to un- “If you like to get out, and in other sites on every covered by protective name and stopped when ers will require carefully derstand that these things ramble and explore, then continent save Antarctica foam while a building has someone called out, ‘Hey placed lighting to bring are not going to be conﬁs- archaeology and rock art but are now being redis- been erected around it. Thomas, your grain is them to life. cated,” said Rich Otter, an are a natural extension of covered throughout the The rock is expected to ready,’ ” Chastain joked. The building around the Anderson attorney who that,” Charles said. South. go on display by the end But they hadn’t found rock is complete. A ramp photographs the ancient Otter began taking pic- “They were not sus- of the year if not this sum- anything prehistoric. guides visitors to look art. “They’re just going to tures of wildlife before pected as being in South mer, Bolt said. “Just on a lark we looked down on the rock, which is be recorded so there’s a he became interested in Carolina,” Charles said. Chastain knew that the on a raining, misty day,” covered for now. There is record.” petroglyphs and picto- “We started thinking Hagood Mill, with the Chastain said. “We saw some more work to make a Geographic features can graphs, which are prehis- there could be some. We state’s only working wood- something. It looks like a railing and install movable give clues but sometimes toric paintings. Only four had never looked for them en mill wheel, was a good human ﬁgure that a kin- lights close to the rock, the best way to ﬁnd the pictographs are known in before.” candidate for petroglyphs. dergartner would draw. which will illuminate the ancient pictures is to talk South Carolina; one was In 1998, Charles got in A grist mill was built there The boulder was sticking petroglyphs and resurrect to people. touch of Dennis Chastain, in the early 1800s because out of a historically half- pictures that can’t possibly “People are the most im- See HISTORY, page 6C
LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division SECOND PLACE: Morning News Ellen Meder How I learned to shoot like a girl
LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division FIRST PLACE: Morning News Ellen Meder Healing hidden war wounds
LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE: The Greenville News Donna Isbell Walker By Donna Isbell Walker | Staff writer | firstname.lastname@example.org I n rock ’n’ roll’s early days, life on the road wasn’t about trashing hotel rooms or smashing instruments on stage. The Blue Caps, backing band for rockabilly singer Gene Vincent, rarely saw the inside of a hotel room. Most of the time, they’d pack their gear in a station wagon and drive all night to the next tour stop. They worked as their own roadies, hauling and setting up the equipment leased to them by the Fender guitar company for every show. If there was time, bassist Bobby Jones of Simpsonville recalls, he was dispatched to the nearest department store to purchase “the flashiest shirts I could find” for the band’s stage clothes. It’s been more than 50 years since the Blue Caps were rocking the house to hits ONLINE like “Be-Bop-A-Lula” See a video of Bobby and “Say Mama,” but Jones as he describes they’re getting some his days with the Blue long-overdue recog- Caps. Go to nition from the Rock GreenvilleOnline.com and Roll Hall of and click on Fame. Entertainment. The Blue Caps are among several back-up bands — the powerhouses behind singers such as James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Bill Haley — set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. The induction recognizes mu- sicians who weren’t always in the Bobby Jones of Simpsonville, a former member of Gene Vincent’s band, is spotlight but who nonetheless “are joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. OWEN RILEY JR./STAFF pioneers in the development of the music we call rock and roll,” accord- years as Blue Caps in the late1950s, will be inducted posthumously. ing to Joel Peresman, president and and both will head to Cleveland in Although Jones is now 78, and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of April for the ceremony, which also arthritis has taken its toll on his hands, Fame Foundation, who announced the will honor the Red Hot Chili Peppers, his smile hints at the lively rocker who honor earlier this month. Guns N’ Roses and the Small Faces. often played bass while lying on his Jones and his band mate Johnny Another Blue Caps member, Paul Meeks, also of Simpsonville, spent two Peek, was a native of the Upstate and See ROCKIN’, Page 2D
LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division LIFESTYLE arts BOOKS Passage of Power reveals LBJs vision, determination, D10 D SUNDAY,2012 MAY 6, K1SECOND PLACE: BEYOND DOWNTOWN The Greenville News BOOKS Downtown library evolves into a bustling Anna Lee digital hub, hangout, watering hole By Anna Lee, Staff Writer, email@example.com hree sights unfold as soon as the glass doors E-BOOK TUTORIAL T to the Hughes Main Library slide open to reveal its airy depths. To the left is a wide staircase leading to maps, Reporter Anna Lee shows you how to download an e-book for your Kindle through the Greenville County Library System at GreenvilleOnline.com. archives and all things dealing with the past. Then a honey-oak circulation desk curves like a sickle moon, and beyond that, a long hallway opens up to the Pal- metto Bean Co. Café, where museum workers and next door’s BB&T bankers are queuing. It’s Thursday, and that means the salmon special served on a bed of rice with honey mustard sauce. In this corner of the library, office talk is exchanged. Blenders churn; an espresso machine hisses. It’s by no means quiet, but a librarian hasn’t turned up to shush anyone. The noise level here, li- See LIBRARY, Page 3D Café dining at the Hughes Main Library. MYKAL MCELDOWNEY/STAFF
LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division BOOKS C O L U M B I A ɀ S O U T H C A R O L I N A A new young adult LIFE&STYLE novel re-imagines the Cinderella story in a sci-fi world. Review, Page E2 SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2012 ɀ WWW.THESTATE.COM ɀ SECTION EFIRST PLACE: The State Otis R. Taylor Jr. GERRY MELENDEZ/GMELENDEZ@THESTATE.COM BREE BOYCE Marvelle Hancock of Cheraw hugs Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce during an event at 701 Whaley. Boyce will be competing for the 2012 Miss America crown. Hometown: ‘Something you have to Florence College and major: Francis Marion Univer- sity, theater Local pageant: Miss Capital City Platform: Eat- ing healthy and fighting obesity work at every single day’ Talent: Classi- Miss S.C. stands tall as cal vocal Miss America contest Favorite food: Salt and vine- approaches Jan. 14 gar popcorn ished Did you know? By OTIS R. TAYLOR JR. con- firstname.lastname@example.org Boyce placed crete in the top 10 T hink, for a few seconds, of beau- floor with in the 2010 ty pageant contestants as fairy the ease of Miss South tale princesses. The enemies of a Swiffer – Carolina com- the crown – wardrobe malfunc- until an enemy petition. She tions, junk food, judges, other prin- emerged. In this had lost 75 to cesses and the wicked mothers of oth- case, a crevice. 80 pounds at er princesses – are conspicuously Boyce’s toothpick-thin that point. plentiful. heel stepped into a crack. Her But let’s not forget the almost im- knee buckled, and the guests, in ON THE AIR perceptible forces that can trip up a unison, gasped like a horrified talk reign. We’re talking about walking – show audience after a big reveal. The 2012 Miss or, rather, falling. Is there a less grace- Boyce only stumbled, and she quickly America Pag- ful and more embarrassing demise regained her balance. Oxygen was eant airs at 9 for a pageant contestant than a stum- mercifully restored to the room. p.m. Saturday ble that results in her diving head first Her face didn’t stiffen with fright- on WOLO-25, to the floor, arms splayed like a base- ened disappointment. Instead, she Time Warner ball player stretching a single into a smiled like she had just finished a joke Cable channel double? by skipping the punch line. Boyce 5. Bree Boyce, the reigning Miss isn’t like other beauty pageant contes- South Carolina who will compete in tants because, one assumes, she MORE the Miss America Pageant this week would’ve led the crowd in post-fall in Las Vegas, was walking in front of laughter – once it was assured that she ONLINE those gathered at her pre-Christmas Bree Boyce, send-off celebration and wardrobe SEE BOYCE PAGE E3 Miss South showing. Strutting at a perfected Carolina, in pace, which is no faster than the time Boyce sings during the talent pictures. Look it takes a dollop of honey to slide portion of the Miss South for a link with down the inside of a mug, Boyce Carolina Pageant July 2. looked regal and elegant in her gown. this story at Her periwinkle blues eyes twinkled. thestate.com Guests at 701 Whaley intently watched as Boyce navigated the pol- FILE PHOTOGRAPH/THE STATE
NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Island Packet Tom BartonA fight to preserve ‘An American History’
NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionSECOND PLACE: The Item Nick McCormac
NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE: The Item Robert J. Baker
NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Sun News Issac Bailey General laid raid ground work
NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division CATAWBA MILL EXPLOSION: A VICTIM’S STORYFIRST PLACE: The Herald Andrew Dys MELISSA CHERRY - email@example.com Mitch Altman speaks emotionally about the accident in which he was burned by a chemical substance at the Resolute Forest Products plant in May. He had 30 percent burns to his body and spent 19 days in a burn center recovering. ‘God ... give me one more chance’ I t started out as a normal work- Altman knew then he was one of through what I have gone through, ing Saturday for Mitch Altman. those two. He and three others were and my friend Wayne is even worse,” The 44-year-old left home in burned after a caustic chemical – said Altman. Rock Hill before 5:30 a.m. May known to workers as “white liquor” Altman, when wearing long pants 19 to get to the Resolute Forest Prod- – burst from a ruptured plumbing and a long-sleeved shirt, looks al- ucts paper mill near the Catawba Andrew Dys unit and burned Altman over 30 most like a regular guy – except for River for the 6 a.m. shift. Columnist percent of his body. some burns on his face, hands, Because it was so early to go the Wayne Vinson – still in critical fingers. plant – still known as “Bowater” for condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Then he lifts his shirt. the longtime owner’s name – Altman One of the last things Altman Center at Doctors Hospital of Augus- His right arm is covered with skin didn’t wake up his wife or his two overheard before being loaded onto ta – was burned over 70 percent of grafts from burns. His left leg is as young daughters to kiss them good- a helicopter headed to a hospital his body. Two other workers were bad or worse. His stomach and back, bye and say, “I love you.” burn unit was a voice saying, “It burned – thankfully, as Altman puts more burns. He almost never got another looks like we are gonna have two it, less severely. chance to do just that. fatalities.” “I wouldn’t want anybody to go See EXPLOSION ● 6A
NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE: The State Dawn Hinshaw PHOTOGRAPHS BY C. ALUKA BERRY/CABERRY@THESTATE.COM Carrie LeNoir, 91, laughs with her son, Steve LeNoir, 54, as he sorts mail at the Horatio Post Office last winter. The post office has been operating from the family’s general store since 1900 but faces closure by the U.S. Postal Service. An important little spot A Sumter County community, worried about a landmark store’s future, rallies around the LeNoir family, who has run the Horatio mercantile/post office for 7 generations By DAWN HINSHAW stopping by the LeNoir homesick. She told the ONLINE firstname.lastname@example.org Store, so she pays $44 a postmaster, Steve LeNoir, year to rent a post office that her mother was send- A photo gallery and HORATIO video about the LeNoir box instead. ing her a homemade pecan Deborah Tallent could When she and her hus- pie from Arkansas. As soon get her mail delivered to Store and post office, band first moved to rural her house, but she likes Sumter County, Tallent was at thestate.com SEE LENOIR STORE PAGE A8
NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division DECADE OF GROWTH FOLLOWS CAMPERDOWN BRIDGE REMOVALSECOND PLACE: The Greenville News Lyn Riddle The Reedy River Falls, hidden for decades beneath a state bridge demolished in 2002, have spurred growth as the visual centerpiece of Falls Park and a revitalized downtown Greenville. MYKAL MCELDOWNEY/STAFF FREEING THE FALLS By Lyn Riddle Staff Writer DOWNTOWN “ The waters tumbled and foamed in their mad leap to the placid pond.” CHARLES A. DAVID wrote in a column in the 1920s The Greenville Daily News I email@example.com t was never intended to be pretty. It served a purpose. The Camperdown bridge was a slab of concrete across the Reedy River, one of four ways to cross the river in downtown Greenville. It linked the West End with Church Street and the residential neigh- borhoods beyond such as Cleveland For- est, Crescent Avenue, Haynie-Sirrine. And it hid the view of the falls, the place the Che- rokee traded and lived, the place Greenville began, the place the area’s first mill was built. For many, even when the river ran blue or red or black, de- pending on what color the textile mills were using, it remained a sacred place. The river was so pollut- ed, it was common for people to say, “smells like the Reedy” when describing something particularly The Reedy River Falls was hidden before a See BRIDGE, Page 3A bridge demolition in 2002.
NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE AND BEST OF THE BEST: The Post and Courier Andrew KnappMurder in the forestA hunt for answers in the deaths of 2 young womenBY ANDREW KNAPP “I would never hurt your daughter,”firstname.lastname@example.org Guerry recalled him vowing. The boy was kind to June and brought Nearly a decade ago, Linda Guerry her home at night.stepped from her mobile home, notched At the time, their relationship amountedinto the forest at the end of a dirt lane in to innocent hugs and kisses. The two kept inAlvin. touch by telephone, but they went separate The mother sat under an oak tree and ways. Each parented children of their own. ANDREW KNAPP/STAFFnext to the outdoor fireplace over which Woods Guerry But it’s the promise Caleb Matlock madeher five girls and one boy sometimes roast- as a child that has June’s parents now ask- Linda Guerry holds a photo of her daughter, June, and hered food. She looked at her pre-teen visitor: He wanted to date Guerry’s daughter, ing: Why? granddaughter, Emma, as she wonders why the 22-year-The boy’s hair was spiked with gel, and his June, and Guerry wanted the boy to treat old mother was shot and her body discarded about a mileface was dabbed with makeup. her daughter right. Please see HUNT, Page A5 from their Alvin home.
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Under 20,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Beaufort Gazette Rachel Heaton Beaufortian in every sense of the word
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Under 20,000 Division PRODUCING HIS FUTURESECOND PLACE: Index-Journal Erin Owens MATT WALSH | INDEX-JOURNAL Paul Coleman and his pet turkey, McLovin’. Coleman grows vegetables, fruit, animals and herbs at his homestead farm on Highway 25 in Hodges. OVERFLOWING FIELDS Coleman happy to be on his farm and out of ‘rat race’ By ERIN OWENS About Paul Coleman CLOSER LOOK email@example.com Occupation: Local farmer I f it weren’t for Corona, Paul Coleman Family: Wife, Lori, one son and one daughter would never go to the grocery store. Favorite food: Mutton It’s because he has all the food he Best seller: Tomatoes Paul Coleman needs right in his own yard. At his Local farmer homestead farm on Highway 25 in a garden the size that I do, you don’t really have to Hodges, Coleman has fields full of veg- worry about feeding yourself. There’s so much, it’s year, he received a certified South Carolina road- etables, fruit, animals and herbs. like what do you do with the excess? So I started side to sell from. The farmer said he is happy to Coleman spent much of his life working in car- selling.” see the increased interest in local farming in the pentry in Florida and then moved to South Caro- Walking around Coleman’s 10-acre farm, chick- last few years and expects it to only get better. lina to work for Monsanto. Eventually, he became ens clucking, turkeys gobbling, sheep baaing and “People want to know where their food comes tired of working for “The Man” and decided to dogs barking make the farm a lively place. Of from today. I do,” he said. “The Upstate is really start farming full time. course, the dogs are pets, not food, as is McLo- showing a lot of interest in local stuff now. It’s a Along with his wife of 28 years Lori, Coleman vin’, Coleman’s favorite turkey, there just to “look good time to be green and growing stuff. I think started the Early Bird Worm Farm, primarily rais- pretty.” Greenwood’s doing a good job of starting a mar- ing worms for bait. Eventually, the farm grew into The fields are full of nearly every vegetable ket.” much more, with more food than they even knew imaginable, including mushrooms, lettuce, pota- In addition, Coleman sells his produce to local what to do with. toes, beets and more. Tomatoes are his best seller, restaurants, like R3 Bistro, The Mill House and “We primarily raise it for ourselves. That was and this year, Coleman expects to sell 2,000-3,000 Montague’s. the whole intent originally, to become self-suf- pounds of tomatoes. ficient and be able to take care of all our own Coleman sells his vegetable at Uptown Green- needs,” Coleman said. “But farming and running wood’s farmer stands, as well as at his farm. This See FARM, page 4A
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE: The Island Packet Grant Martin
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division HONORABLE MENTION: The Sun News Maya T. Prabhu Learning something new
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Sun News David Wren Rape victim keeps fighting
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionSECOND PLACE: Herald-Journal Lee Healy
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE: Herald-Journal Jenny Arnold
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Over 50,000 Division Cannon under fire We live in a time whenTHIRD PLACE: people are very critical of elected officials, and politicians tend to tell you what you want to hear. I have never been The Post and Courier that way. I tend to — sometimes to my own detriment — say what I am thinking. Glenn Smith Al Cannon Controversial chase, high-profile unsolved cases THE CHASE: Cannon stands accused of slapping suspect Timothy McManus have led to unprecedented criticism of sheriff after a high-speed chase. CHILD KILLED: Cannon has made no BY GLENN SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org arrest in the slaying of young Allison Griffor, killed on Oct. 25. A l Cannon picked his way through the thick brush, pushing aside branches MISSING MOM: Gayle McCaffrey was and debris as he waded farther into the West Ashley woods in search of last seen March 17. Cannon has named a woman he never met. her husband a suspect. The emergency workers who had scoured this scrubby acreage for days were gone, as were the television crews who’d followed their every move. On this warm Saturday afternoon, it was just Cannon, his black shepherd “Miss Priss” and a whole lot of ground to cover. Cannon, Charleston County’s sheriff for 24 of Cannon’s nearly quarter-century tenure as years, knew chances were slim that he’d find the county’s top cop, earning him the respect something hundreds of others had missed in of many in the community and an easy ride to the search for Gayle McCaffrey. But he had to re-election in past races. look for the mother of two, who disappeared But Cannon’s style has drawn critics as well. in March, if there were some chance of finding And at few times in his career has that been answers for her family, more evident than this past year. “I don’t want to sit there doing nothing. I The veteran lawman is under investigation want to get out and do my part,” he said. “I’ve for slapping a handcuffed suspect in a mo- ON THE WEB: To see an interview with always been that way. If I find out something’s ment of anger after a sprawling car chase that Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon going on, I go.” and photos from his career, go to This hands-on approach has been a hallmark Please see CANNON, Page A10 postandcourier.com/multimedia.
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Over 50,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Greenville News Amy Clarke Burns Happy Ending
PROFILE FEATURE WRITING COLUMBIA COLLEGE OR STORY Whitson Daily Over 50,000 Division wants to lift women of the world By CAROLYN CLICKFIRST PLACE: email@example.com Caroline Whitson has spent more than a decade convincing young women that a single-gender college education, leavened by a strong dose of civic responsibility, can be transfor- The State mative — even life-changing. Now, as she prepares to exit the presidency of Columbia College, Whitson, 65, wants to change the lives of girls in the underdeveloped world, in places like Thailand and Afghani- stan, Guatemala Carolyn Click and on the conti- nent of Africa where they toil, uneducated, awful and in domestic sex-trade work. In short, Whit- son wants to un- leash the potential of at least a few Whitson more young wom- en. “Girls are so unvalued and cheap,” in many parts of the world, she said. She would like to set in motion a gen- eration of learners, girls who could become a first wave of educated fe- males in their countries. She envi- sions a foundation and strategies to persuade reluctant families to allow girls to go to school. “If you could provide a bag of beans and rice to the family for every day the girl goes to school, wouldn’t that be something?” she said. She has the ear of her fellow Arkansan and friend, for- mer President Bill Clinton, whose Clinton Global Initiative aims to de- velop partnerships to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Clinton will be in Columbia on May 5 to deliver the commencement address to Columbia College graduates. It is a heady post-retirement scenar- io for a woman who has methodically redrawn the face of this small, private, United Methodist-affiliated women’s SEE WHITSON PAGE B6
SHORT STORY Daily Under 20,000 Division THIRD PLACE:The Beaufort Gazette Patrick Donohue Stolen horns turn up
SHORT STORY Special Daily Under 20,000 Division squirrel hunterSECOND PLACE: stopped The Times and Democrat T&D Staff Report North is being overrun by squirrels, requiring the tem- porary assistance of hunters, the mayor says. Gene Zaleski “We are not making any nuts in town, Mayor Earl Jeffcoat ” said Monday. “The squirrels are eating them before they are drying out.” Even worse, they seem to be ﬁnding their way into com- mode vents. There have been three instances of squirrels coming up through toilets, he said. “One woman had to kill a squirrel while it was in the commode, Jeffcoat said. ” Some people trap the squir- rels and carry them across the North Fork of Edisto River, he said. ”Sometimes the squirrels beat them back to town. ” To deal with the problem, Jeffcoat has handed out spe- cial permits to people autho- rizing them to hunt squirrels in town. One of the permitted squir- rel hunters was stopped by an Orangeburg County deputy Saturday afternoon. The 75-year-old man was seen driving around with a pellet riﬂe sticking out of his white Toyota, according to the deputy’s incident report. The man was “advised of the danger of driving around with a riﬂe out the window and shooting the riﬂe into the neighborhood,” the report said. Jeffcoat said, “We will take care of that.”
SHORT STORY Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE: The Times and Democrat Gene Crider Fire consumes house; neighbors fear worst By GENE CRIDER T&D Managing Editor The Rev. Hayes Gainey stood outside the house like a rock, immovable, the light from the ﬁre illuminating his face. He waited for word on his parishioner. Around him, neighbors stood and waited, too. The crowd was large, but silent. They were waiting as ﬁre consumed their neighbor’s home on Sherrie Lane. Waiting to ﬁnd out if she was in the home as ﬂames slowly, methodically consumed the roof. Late Wednesday night, the ﬁreﬁghters still hadn’t reached the point where they could enter the home. They couldn’t say if she was inside. They couldn’t say if she EMERY GLOVER/T&D was alive. Fire consumes a car on Sherrie Lane. Find another photo on the front page But her neighbors expected the worst. and more photos and a video at TheTandD.com. The retired teacher, who was in her 80s, never left home at night. was too hot,” Jackson said. Someone 27 and 25, Jackson said. “She kept my ” Her only known relative was called. broke down the door, but too much children. She wasn’t staying with her. smoke billowed out for them to enter. “She was a person who watched out She had to be home, her neighbors While she tried to break out the neigh- for the community. ” said. bor’s bedroom window with a ﬂowerpot, Carr said she’d been a neighbor of “We tried to break the window. We someone called 911. the resident of the burning home for 39 pulled the screen and tried to break the “This is where we are. This is where we years. window, said Gloria Carr, a neighbor. ” are, Jackson said. She paused. ” “She was just out there working in Merylin Jackson said she learned of Jackson moved to the neighborhood the yard today, Carr said. “She was still ” the ﬁre when someone spotted smoke near Rivelon Elementary School in 1987. working in her yard. coming from the gable. She ran to the The resident of the burning home had “She was a ﬁne, Christian woman. She house. been her friend since then. was a wonderful person. “I knocked on the door, but the door “She kept my children and they’re “We lost a wonderful person. ”
SHORT STORY Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE: Toilet heist, drugs keep man behind bars Anderson Independent Mail BY MIKE ELLIS Independent Mail ellism@ /260.1277 “You put your faith in me. I fell out, got Mike Ellis His lawyer called it a toi- let heist. Bobby Harvey was denied bond Wednesday as he ap- mixed up with some wrong people. I’ve got my head back peared in court on burglary , together.” larceny and drug charges. Harvey 38, of Anderson, , was caught trying to take a Bobby Harvey toilet out of a model home in denied bond October. Harvey and another man, sympathy for his drug prob- who was not in court lems. Wednesday had pulled the , “But it is one thing to toilet off the floor and caused SEFTON IPOCK Independent Mail hurt yourself and another some water damage by the Bobby Harvey speaks to Judge Cordell Maddox to put police in jeopardy, time police arrived, said As- during his plea hearing. Harvey pleaded guilty Wednesday making them respond to sistant Solicitor Jenn Byford. to burglary in the first degree. you,” Maddox said. “Ulti- She said officers found, in mately I’d like to see you in the getaway car, hundreds of cupied dwelling, would have ary court hearing last year, some sort of rehab. If I let keys and an electronic de- been appropriate, and By- the two men said. you out on bond I know vice that could emit radio ford conceded. Maddox set a bond for what I’d do if I were you and signals to allow access to gat- The defense attorney said Harvey at the time. I know what you’d do.” ed communities. Harvey had seven other “I feel like I let you down Harvey pushed again to Harvey’s defense attorney , charges, which he said were as much as I let me down,” have a bond set but was de- Jeff McLeod, said officers mostly for small quantities Harvey told the judge nied. should never have charged of methamphetamine. Wednesday “You put your . “I find you to be a flight him with first-degree bur- McLeod said Harvey has faith in me. I fell out, got risk and a danger,” Maddox glary because no one had a problem with the drug but mixed up with some wrong said. “Truthfully I’m doing , ever lived in the home, should be able to have a bond people.I’ve got my head back it so you’re not tempted.” which he said was intended set after being in jail since together. I regret what I’ve Harvey spoke again to as a sales model for other the Oct. 24 theft. done.” apologize to Maddox and homes. Harvey and Judge Cordell Maddox said he was not said, “I’m probably where I McLeod said second-de- Maddox had a long talk with disappointed, as Harvey had need to be when this hap- gree burglary for an unoc- , each other during a Febru- suggested, but instead had pens.”
SHORT STORYDaily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionSECOND PLACE: The Sun News David Wren Burnouts
SHORT STORYDaily 20,000 - 50,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Sun News Maya T. Prabhu Unclaimed funds
SHORT STORY Daily Over 50,000 Division LAST WEEK OF SCHOOLTHIRD PLACE: The State Dawn Hinshaw GERRY MELENDEZ/GMELENDEZ@THESTATE.COM Rocky Creek Elementary custodian Steve Wooten gets a hug and handmade card Wednesday from fourth-graders Tori Taylor, Katie Castleman, Taylor Spires and Megan Harrison. ‘Mr. Steve,’ custodian of hearts INSIDE: Students By DAWN HINSHAW Under the table went the home- surprise retiring firstname.lastname@example.org made, oversized card with “YOU principal with flash mob RULE” written inside. Six girls hovered at the end of a The fourth-graders giggled and dance. Kershaw mentor remote cafeteria table, pushing blushed and tried to act casual as watches his “kids” their lunch trays aside in favor of a Wooten stopped to say hello, part graduate. Irmo seniors bucket of colorful magic markers. of his lunchroom routine at Rocky walk the stage. Page B1 Zoe Aragon kept an eye on the Creek Elementary School. janitor, making sure he didn’t head With the school year winding to AT THESTATE.COM: their way. a close, the boys and girls at Rocky Irmo, Chapin and Dutch “Alarm! Alarm!” one of the girls Creek are going to miss “Mr. Fork join our graduation hissed as Steve Wooten photo gallery-palooza. approached. SEE MR. STEVE PAGE A5
SHORT STORY Daily Over 50,000 Division Simple blessingsSECOND PLACE: Thankful hearts gather at old country church The Post and Courier Bo Petersen WADE SPEES/STAFF “This church is about warmth,” Sauldam Baptist Church Pastor John Moore said. “We join our hearts in fellowship with God — and his gift to us of each other.” BY BO PETERSEN // email@example.com R AVENEL — The church is ageless yellow pine, with wood panels, cross sills and lumbered pews worked by hand more than a century ago. It echoes with the past. On Thanksgiving Eve, the Sauldam Baptist Church congregation goes back into the old sanctuary under “It’s the closest place to everybody’s heart. I know my great-great-grandparents have been in this church the live oaks for a night of skits, readings, songs and celebrating the same service we are,” said deacon Buck worship that opens with recitations like Rudyard Dukes. Kipling’s “If” and closes with timeless hymns such This is Thanksgiving. Ask Mable Hill, the church as “How Great Thou Art.” secretary and historian, who can recall the days she The service is a throwback to another time, a sort of walked barefoot as a child through the old baptismal harvest celebration that isn’t as common these days. pool in a spring behind the sanctuary. The church families in the farming community near “We bring people together, have a special program Rantowles Creek have been celebrating this way for and thank the Lord for all he has given us in abun- almost 30 years. Kin who have moved away come dance,” she said. home for it. A lot of these families go back to when the church Reach Bo Petersen at 937-5744 or follow him was founded in 1841. on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bopete.