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Weekly Awards Presentation - Part 2 of 4
Weekly Awards Presentation - Part 2 of 4
Weekly Awards Presentation - Part 2 of 4
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Weekly Awards Presentation - Part 2 of 4
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Weekly Awards Presentation - Part 2 of 4
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  1. 1. SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly Division p , ,HONORABLEMENTIONNews and PressSouthern 500 ALSO INSIDE BRIAN VICKERS, 15 DRIVERS TO WATCH, 14 THE INTIMIDATOR, 13 HAULER PARADE, 7 RACEWAY MUSEUM, 6 THINGS TO DO, 17 MAP OF AREA, 18 KEVIN HARVICK, 5 A special publication of The News & Press, Darlington, S.C.
  2. 2. SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionTHIRD PLACEThe News & ReporterChester Co. Football2011
  3. 3. SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionSECOND PLACEThe Herald-Independent2011 Fall Sports Preview
  4. 4. SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly Division FIRST PLACE The Manning Times 2011 Clarendon Co. Hall of Fame
  5. 5. CRITICAL WRITING All Weekly Division S SCREEN freeze frameTHIRD PLACECharleston City PaperSusan CohenLife and Death 07.27.2011
  6. 6. CRITICAL WRITING All Weekly Division PAGE LABEL WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 ‘Tree of Life’ is worth the climbSECOND PLACE MOVIE REVIEW BY WILLIAM BUCHHEIT Though the term “mo- tion picture” rarely comes up in casual cinematic con- versation, it remains the best way to describe the work of Terrence Malick. RATING: 7 OUT OF 10 The reclusive Texas- born director has made just six films since 1973, the performances are stel- but there is no mistaking lar and honest. But while the beauty and depth of actors usually dictate the his movies. Almost every forcefulness of a film,The Woodruff News single frame looks like it belongs on a museum wall. And as one sequence bleeds into the next, we are continually astounded by Malick’s ability to make everyday life appear they are no more central to Malick’s work than the musical score, cinema- tography and voice-over narrative. I won’t pretend to fully understand a film as deep so strikingly beautiful. as this one. But like fineWilliam Buchheit Indeed, his works really poetry and literature, you are pictures in motion. don’t have to compre- It’s good that the hend good art entirely to onscreen imagery is so ar- appreciate it. Chances are resting, because Malick’s you won’t read Whitman’s films are usually rather “Leaves of Grass” and be difficult, with obscure able to tell someone im- narratives that can test mediately what it’s about.Tree of Life a viewer’s patience if he Yet you know within a few doesn’t know what to pages that it is brilliant expect. As millions of poetry. Likewise, you may people who saw the direc- find yourself 25 minutes tor’s 1998 WWII epic “The into “The Tree of Life” Jessica Chastain plays Mrs. O’Brien in “The Tree of Life” Thin Red Line” found out, looking at your wife (or he is usually more con- whoever you brought with cerned with the mysteries you) in a state of befuddle- more concerned with the writing is also to blame of life, love and nature ment. But hang in there. individual than the entire for the flimsiness of Chas- than he is with telling a I promise you it will all human race. It’s about the tain’s character. While it good story. make more sense by the beauty and pain of the is true that women of that But even that film was time the final credits roll. human experience as de- time were more subservi- more structurally con- One of the film’s central fined by our relationships ent and restrained, she ventional than his latest themes is the conflict with those who love us. could have certainly used work, “The Tree of Life,” between nature and Even if it didn’t make more substance and which attempts to chron- grace, a contrast personi- any sense at all, the film depth. icle the history of earth fied in the story by the would be worth watching These weaknesses in through the lens of a explosive father (Pitt) for it’s spectacular pro- plot, combined with the middle-class Texas family. and his quiet, tender wife duction values. Emmanuel incomprehensible sequenc- Led by Brad Pitt and new- (Jessica Chastain). Set in Lubezki’s cinematography es that begin and end the comer Hunter McCracken, idyllic 1950s America, the is the most stunning I’ve film, prevent it from reach- couple’s three sons find ever seen, while Malick’s ing the level of mastery themselves torn between heavy use of classical mu- that “The Thin Red Line” their dad’s cold survival- sic gives the images even did. Nonetheless, “The ism and their mother’s more weight. Tree of Life” is a must-see warm protectiveness. What keeps the work for any serious movie fan. With its grand scale from being a full-fledged Its glorious photography, and concentration on masterpiece is its lack of philosophical ambition time and space, Malick’s a compelling screenplay. and fixation on the human newest work has evoked The characters, setting experience make for a cele- inevitable comparisons to and dramatic tension are bration of life only an artist Kubrick’s “2001: A Space all there, but the storyline like Malick could muster. Odyssey.” The key differ- is meandering, with mini- (138 minutes, rated “PG- Don’t Miss the ence in the two films is that “The Tree of Life” is mal dialogue and a lack of narrative suspense. The 13” for adult themes and mild violence) Peach Festival
  7. 7. CRITICAL WRITING All Weekly Division FIRST PLACE Pickens County Courier Nicole Daughhetee Every Moment is a Gift
  8. 8. HEALTH REPORTING All Weekly Division 6A BOILING SPRINGS SENTRY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 SC’S MENTAL HEALTH MELTDOWNTHIRD PLACE An Inside Look at DMH Budget Cuts and Consequences A SERIES BY WILLIAM BUCHHEIT PART 1 - “THE DAMAGE THAT’S BEEN DONE” If, as they say, a state is ing at Columbia’s Charter Hospital before taking the head position at SC SHARE in 1998. She believes Mental Health Director Dr. John judged by how it treats its Magill “has done an ex- most unfortunate, SC is in cellent job” utilizing and bad trouble. In 2011, our managing the monies ap-The Woodruff News state’s mentally ill citizens propriated to his depart- are finding it more diffi- ment. Unfortunately, she cult and discouraging than also says that drastic cuts ever to seek help. Psychi- have forced state agencies atric hospitals, doctors, to treat only the sickest nurses and services have of the sick, slamming the been relegated from the door on thousands in need phone books to the his- of psychiatric help. tory books, leaving an es- Today, non-profits like timated 220,000 mentally the P.A.C.E. Center and SCWilliam Buchheit ill South Carolinians with SHARE are routinely asked nowhere to go. to assume responsibilities Last month, the National that formerly belonged to Alliance on Mental Illness those public agencies. For (NAMI) released a study instance, Rhoades says illuminating SC’s glaring the Spartanburg Mental indifference towards men- Health Department often tal healthcare. From 2009- refers patients to the PACE 2011, Alaska was the only Center for private counsel- state to reduce its Depart- ing because layoffs have ment of Mental Health forced the department to (DMH) budget more than move from one-on-one we did. In the last half- sessions to group therapy. decade, in fact, SC’s DMH And the ripple effect budget has been cut from nearly $192 million to began in earnest in the 1960s and gained steam “They took all the mental health clients of DMH cuts doesn’t end there. Fewer funds mean $139 million; and the state Ways and Means Commit- in subsequent decades. In theory, the movement and dumped them out into the street. ... fewer, more rundown psy- chiatric hospitals and clin- tee has proposed another $8.6 million cut for next sounded both progressive and practical, and state They didn’t get better, they just got more ics, which mean less jobs and less demand for men- fiscal year. Should it pass, that would be a full 33% and federal governments sold it as such. But like expensive by taxing the ambulances, tal health workers. As a result, there are fewer uni- cut since 2006. “I think [the reduction in most political agendas, the transition from large hospitals and police.” versity programs that of- fer psychiatric classes and budgeted funds] has put state hospitals to com- training for doctors and us back to the 1980s as far munity-based programs Roger Rhoades nurses. Inevitably, the best as the people we can treat was more about money Lead clinician at Spartanburg’s P.A.C.E. Center and brightest students and the damage that’s than helping those who On the flaws of deinstitutionalization choose another healthcare been done,” says Bonnie couldn’t help themselves. field altogether. Pate of SC SHARE, a Co- We will examine deinsti- So what can be done to lumbia non-profit organi- tutionalization in far more ety? No. They just taxed in 2010, the same decade forced every state in the reprioritize mental health- zation that helps victims detail later in this series, the system. They didn’t our state cut its mental US to tighten its belt, 15 care at the state level? of substance abuse and illustrating how the move- get better, they just got health budget by more states actually increased “I think if we educated mental illness. “There are ment ushered in many of more expensive by taxing than $67 million. their DMH funds since the state on the domino ef- just not many beds left in the problems that plague the ambulances, hospitals “We have at times been 2009 while 15 others were fect of mental illness, that SC for the mentally ill. We our mental healthcare sys- and police.” short sighted and SC has able to keep their mental would heighten aware- are not on people’s agen- tem today. Like most of his peers, paid deeply for that,” health cuts under 5%. NC ness,” says P.A.C.E. Cen- da and the general public Dr. Roger Rhoades, the Rhoades believes cutting Rhoades explains. “Long was one such state that ter Program Director Trez doesn’t seem to care.” lead clinician at Spartan- mental health services is term thinkers aren’t drop- significantly increased its Clarke. “This destructive Of the many statistics burg’s P.A.C.E. Center, wit- both unethical and eco- ping mental health. Across DMH budget over the last mentality is pervasive and that support Pate’s re- nessed some of the basic nomically impractical. the board, when you see two years (by 21% in fact). we’re just trying to get in marks, one is especially flaws of deinstitutional- After all, it is common ambulances, police, ER Today, their $377 million there and educate and ad- telling. In 1955, SC had ization as a grad student knowledge that mental rooms and all that, you re- budget is nearly two-and- vocate. Through those two 265 psychiatric beds per in New Orleans. patients invariably end alize the money is still go- a-half times larger than things is where it’s got to 10,000 citizens. By 2005 “They took all the men- up homeless or in jails ing. It’s just going out of a ours. happen.” that number had fallen tal health clients and or prisons. We presently different pocket.” “In our state legisla- In upcoming weeks, to 10.6, a 96% drop over a dumped them out into the have the nation’s eighth While SC continues to ture, everything is across Hometown News will try half-century. The impetus street,” recalls Rhoades, highest incarceration rate shred its DMH budget, the board cuts. Nobody to aid that endeavor by of that decline in decent who’s worked in the field and it is certainly no co- other states have worked seems to have the back- examining the people, pa- long-term care was the for the last two decades. incidence that SC’s inmate progressively to preserve bone to make some hard tients and public agencies national deinstitutional- “Did they magically vapor- population increased from theirs. Even in the wake decisions,” says Pate, who altered by the domino ef- ization movement, which ize into New Orleans soci- 20,979 in 2000 to 24,040 of a financial crisis that spent seven years work- fect of DMH budget cuts.
  9. 9. HEALTH REPORTING All Weekly Division SECOND PLACE The Press & Standard Linda Salsberry
  10. 10. HEALTH REPORTING All Weekly DivisionFIRST PLACE ■ Surfers Healing helps More than just local families ‘feel normal’ Wylie fish safe to eat a day at the beach with limits John Marks the only species tested for PCBs John Marks jmarks@lakewyliepilot.com in the latest round on Lake Wy- jmarks@lakewyliepilot.com LAKE WYLIE — Anglers hop- lie. So, he said, he can’t be sure ing to hook their dinners from species such as channel catfish LAKE WYLIE — If Julie De Sa Lake Wylie still can, but there’s a are any safer if they come out of catch. Lake Wylie than from Mountain has to drive four hours to the South Carolina health offi- Island Lake. beach with a hurricane approach- cials announced Thursday Only largemouth bass were tested for elevated PCBs be- Lake Wylie Pilot ing for her son to feel accepted, largemouth bass from Lake Wy- cause they are a large predatory lie and the Catawba River be- then he’d better get his swimsuit tween the lake and Fishing fish. The next step, Myrick said, ready. Creek Reservoir should not be is to test other species. He did eaten more than once a week. not know when more testing De Sa is one member of a small “People can still safely eat will be done or on which fish. fraternity of Lake Wylie parents fish taken from the state’s wa- “We’re going to go where the ters if they follow the fish con- data sends us,” he said. who use the sand and surf to help sumption advisory guidelines,” overcome social stigmas common said David Wilson, chief of the PCBs testing to their children – autism. Despite state Department of Health and In late 2009, the EPA released Environmental Control’s Bu- data for 500 lakes nationwide. threats of Hurricane Irene ap- reau of Water. All lakes showed the presence of proaching, De Sa wasn’t letting Public advisory signs will be PCBs, despite the material not posted at boat landings next having been produced commer- son Luke, 6, miss his day on the John Marks month, Wilson said. cially in decades. water. Also Thursday, North Caroli- However, 17 percent of those na experts said no channel cat- lakes, including Lake Wateree “For this one day,” De Sa said, fish should be eaten from Moun- downstream of Lake Wylie, ex- “we are accepted for something tain Island Lake, the nearest up- ceeded federal water quality stream reservoir to Wylie. standards for PCBs. that we’re usually rejected for.” The culprit is polychlorinated South Carolina in May issued On Aug. 24 at Folly Beach, the biphenyls, or PCBs, which test consumption advisories for Wa- results released Thursday show teree, limiting largemouth bass nonprofit group Surfers Healing – exceed levels for unlimited safe to one meal per week, and both founded by professional surfer Is- consumption. striped bass and blue catfish to rael and Danielle Paskowitz, The chlorine-based, synthet- one meal per month. ic compound was banned in the Chuck Gorman, director of themselves parents of an autistic - PHOTOS COURTESY OF JULIE DE SA 1970s after the Environmental the state’s water monitoring, as- child – hosted its fourth annual Professional surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz and Luke De Sa of Lake Wylie, left, enjoy time on the Protection Agency linked it to sessment and protection divi- “cancer, as well as a variety of sion, said in August that PCB camp. Camps bring professional water at Folly Beach, N.C., during Surfers Healing camp last week. other adverse health effects” on levels in Wateree and Mountain and experienced surfers who the immune, reproductive, ner- Island Lake tests by the Catawba vous and endocrine systems. Riverkeeper Foundation were share their boards with autistic The “blanket advice” state- such a concern, the state needed children, then award medals and Want to know wide is for pregnant women, to be “focusing more of our at- women who might become tention on the Catawba basin.” do whatever else possible to sup- port both child and family. Even more? pregnant or children to avoid eating more than one meal of “It’s quite alarming,” Cataw- ba Riverkeeper David Merry- Irene helped out by veering north- For more information about freshwater fish from any South man said of Thursday’s adviso- Carolina lake each week, and ry, “not only for Lake Wylie but east. Surfers Healing, visit avoid eating any fish under a for the entire Catawba River ba- “Seeing the smiles on the faces surfershealing.org. consumption advisory. sin in South Carolina. DHEC spokesman Adam My- of the children and their parents is rick said the largemouth bass is See FISH ■ 4A magical,” said Amber Ayers, ad- ministrative coordinator for Surf- What are PCBs? ers Healing and mom to her own said. Polychlorinated biphenyls are man-made compounds – banned in 1979 – that were often used in insulation, as fluids for electrical camper. “The very best part is Luke and Nolan were two of transformers and products like cutting oils and carbonless copy showing the parents their special five Lake Wylie children partici- paper. kids can do so much more than ev- pating in Surfers Healing camps ■ They remain a problem today because they do not break down er imagined.” this year. That number is a by- easily in the environment. ■ PCBs have been shown to cause cancer, as well as a number of Unlike the De Sa family, Kim p ro d u c t , G a r h a r t s a i d , o f a serious non-cancer health effects on the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems. Garhart and son Nolan weren’t “school district that gets how im- ■ If pregnant women eat fish containing PCBs, their babies could making a repeat camp trip Aug. 22 portant it is” to serve students suffer from lower birth weight, smaller head size, premature birth, developmental problems and learning disabilities. when they hit Wrightsville Beach, with autism. ■ PCBs build up over time in the fatty parts of the fish. They can N.C. “Families from surrounding also build up in your body if you eat fish contaminated with PCBs. ■ By cleaning or cooking fish to reduce fat, you can reduce the “It was our first year,” Garhart cities are moving into Clover just amount of PCBs you eat. said. “We could not keep him out to be a part of the program,” De Sa ■ SOURCE: S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control; of the water.” said. Environmental Protection Agency Nolan turned 6 on Friday. He As a solo sport focusing on What to eat ... and not to eat seldom if ever speaks, but woke pressure and balance, parents say A “meal” in South Carolina is considered an 8-ounce portion of fishPraise for leukemia breakthrough up in the middle of the night after surfing is soothing and therapeu- (uncooked), which is about the size of two decks of playing cards. surfing from 9 a.m. to almost 5 tic for autistic children. They also ■ Largemouth bass from Lake Wylie or the Catawba River from p.m. talking about the ocean, the say parents are far more nervous Wylie to Fishing Creek Reservoir should be eaten no more than one meal a week. sand, surfboards. It was the than their children as the waves ■ Largemouth bass from Fishing Creek and Cedar Creek reservoirs soundtrack to a joy his parents crash. There’s no cost for camps, should be eaten no more than one meal a month. ■ Largemouth bass from Lake Wateree should be eaten no more■ Locals laud progress, ditions improve drastically when their T-cells were removed and “Hearing it on the news was so, so exciting,” the Lake Wylie resident said. “They’re talking about us- search means so much.” Heading into Rock Hill’s Light the Night walk witnessed on the beach, in a boy refusing to leave the water. despite the need for about $75 per child for food, wet suits, surf- Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz meets with Luke De Sa last week at the than one meal a week. ■ Blue catfish and striped bass from Lake Wateree should beready to help modified to attack the cancerous ing it on leukemia first and then maybe trying it on Oct. 27, a benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma “It was all in his face,” Garhart See SURFER ● 8A Folly Beach camp for Surfers Healing. eaten no more than one meal a month. ■ Do not eat channel catfish from Mountain Island Lake, which is cells. Two haven’t had the cancer re- other cancers.” Society, Grubb and teammate Heidi Mendenhall between Charlotte and Lake Norman. John Marks turn in more than a year. The full Grubb received her leukemia diagnosis in a Pitts- have raised $98,000 in the past 11 years. That’s not ■ Do not eat largemouth bass from Mountain Island Lake if you are jmarks@lakewyliepilot.com pregnant, nursing or you might become pregnant, or if you are a study, led by Dr. Carl June of Univer- burgh hospital in 1992, with three daughters not yet counting more than $8,500 raised at a July event in child younger than age 15.LAKE WYLIE — It’s a story with global impact, but sity of Pennsylvania, was published 10 years old. At one point, doctors there gave her a Steele Creek, or any other money they’ll donate this Business .................. 4A F ishing & Boating...... 3B ■ Everyone else should eat no more than two meals a month ofto some in Lake Wylie the issue couldn’t be morepersonal. Aug. 10 by New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational year to live. Yet in 1994, she and husband Mike moved to Lake Wylie, where she’s been fighting the year. Jennifer Salane recently took over as director of INSIDE Church news ............. 4B Local news ................ 3A largemouth bass from Mountain Island Lake. Want to know more? Classifieds ............... 6B Opinions ................... 6A According to reports, a new therapy for leukemiashow signs of major progress toward treating the Grubb Magazine. For Joanie Grubb, turning on the television the disease financially ever since. “That’s why we do the fundraisers that we do, Light the Night walks in Rock Hill, Columbia and T O DAY Education ................. 5A Pet of the week ......... 1B For more information on PCBs in South Carolina lakes, go to scdhec.gov/fish. For North Carolina lakes, go todisease in a small sample. Three men had their con- following morning turned into a near celebration. isn’t it?” Grubb said of the recent news. “The re- See PRAISE ■ 6A Events calendar ........ 2A Spor ts ...................... 5B epi.state.nc.us/epi/fish.
  11. 11. EDUCATION REPORTING All Weekly DivisionTHIRD PLACEDaniel Island NewsElizabeth Bush
  12. 12. EDUCATION REPORTING All Weekly Division ‘Snoozing students’ page has 1,800 friends; Dr. TaylorSECOND PLACE apparently not one By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com Gaffney High senior Josh Lewis neverThe Gaffney Ledger expected his decision to feature pictures of sleeping students on a Facebook page would capture so much attention from students and even state lawmakers. Lewis simply thought it would be amusingScottP owell to feature pictures of students dozing off during class. The Facebook page has spawned a T-shirt, a trip to the school office, conversations among senators in Columbia, and caused Lewis to believe “I hope his first amend- people ment rights were violated in will look the ensuing at what storm after the is going page made its on in the debut March 31. class- “A fellow room at friend and I decided to make Gaffney High with a a Facebook different set of eyes page called rather than a fabricat- ‘Sleeping ed site on Facebook.” Students of GHS,’ where — Dr. Ed Taylor students could School district upload pictures superintendent of students sleeping in their classes and it would show up on the page,” Lewis said. “It got popular very fast with students, teachers and par- ents. It was quickly becoming a very-talked- about topic and of course my friend and I got
  13. 13. EDUCATION REPORTING All Weekly Division www.horryindependent.com Teachers’ efforts to get school boardFIRST PLACE meetings televised gathers support BY HEATHER GALE STAFF WRITER An effort by two Conway High School teachers to get “People have the misconception that we don’t want to hear from them. But that isn’t “Linking with the commu- nity is critical,” she said. “We have had a lot of participa- tion at the board meetings in the last six months and the the Horry County School the case. We want to hear from the public.” more communication we Board meetings televised or can foster with the con- streamlined on the internet stituents, the more we canThe Horry Independent has secured the support of several school board mem- bers and the superintend- ent. Over the past six months, difficult decisions on items including the budget, were televised, we could Will Garland Chairman “People have the miscon- strengthen our presence and the impact we have.” Elsberry said the board will probably discuss the issue at its workshop meet- ing Monday. “We have two main BHeather Gale teacher jobs, at-will employ- record them and watch ception that we don’t want things to discuss and that is ees, class size and new char- them when we had time.” to hear from them,” he said. whether to video stream the ter schools have garnered a With the possibility to “But that isn’t the case. We meeting on the internet or D lot of attention from the reach more of the public, want to hear from the pub- do a live broadcast,” she c public and school employ- many board members agree lic.” said. “There is cost involved B ees. At times, there has been the meetings should be tele- Board member Joe DeFeo with both, so it is some- M standing room only for the vised by live broadcast said he has always wanted thing we need to explore t meetings. and/or streaming on the in- the meetings televised. further.” A Melanie Abston and Deb- ternet. “Personally I would want The new Horry County g bie Johnson started the Chairman Will Garland the meeting to be taped and School District office board- d movement to ask the board said he doesn’t see any run once in the morning and room is ready for meetings t to televise its meetings to problems with televising or once in the evening and to be televised or streamed M better inform the commu- streaming the meetings. stream the meetings on the to the internet, Elsberry said. w nity and, hopefully, to get “I actually prefer that the internet. That way everyone “All we would need to buy m folks involved. meetings be streamed on- would have the opportunity is some equipment and we Abston said people have a line because not everyone to get the information.” would be ready to go,” she right to know what is going has HTC television services,” DeFeo said he doesn’t said. on at the meetings. he said. “If the video is think it would be worth tele- Even with the extra cost, “The meetings are streamed online people can vising the meetings live. Elsberry said any kind of crowded and sometimes access it at home, at school “The only reason I am op- linkage to the community is people who live in different or at the library.” posed to doing it live is the positive. areas of the county can’t Garland said televising or logistics, the cost and the “The best case scenario make it to the meetings,” she streaming the meetings is extra personnel that would would be that people would said. “If the meetings were good for the public, but said be needed,” he said. “Other attend the meeting,” she televised, more people could it could lead to lower atten- than cost of doing it live, I said. “But this would be an be involved and know what dance at the meetings. don’t see any disadvantages alternate option.” is going on.” “We can reach more peo- for televising the meetings.” As for the teachers leading Johnson said sometimes it ple, but I know if I could sit Board member Kay Loftus the cause, Elsberry said, she is hard for the public and on the couch and watch the said in an email that she is glad they are getting in- teachers to get to the meet- meeting, I wouldn’t go out agrees that the meetings volved. ings. on a rainy day or after work should be televised because “I am glad the teachers are “For teachers that work in to be at the meeting,” he the district has the technol- involved in this,” she said. “It one place and live in another said. “This will mean less ogy. demonstrates that they care or that work at the beach, it face-to-face time at the Superintendent Cindy Els- about system-wide issues.” is hard to get everything they meetings with the public.” berry said the board dis- The school board work- need done for the next day’s On the other hand, Gar- cussed televising meetings shop meeting is scheduled teaching and then go to the land said it could increase when she first came to the for 6 p.m. Monday at the meetings that often last ‘til the input they get from the district thinking it would Horry County Schools Dis- C 10 p.m.,” she said. “If they community. reach more people. trict Office. c
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