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SCPA Weekly Awards Presentation

  1. 1. Recognizing the best in S.C. newspaper journalism WEEKLY & ASSOCIATE AWARDS LUNCHEON
  3. 3. Samuel A. Cothran 1915-2010 Hall of Fame South Carolina Press Association
  4. 4. REMEMBERING THOSE WE’VE LOST... SEE PAGE 7 FOR FULL NECROLOGY Phillip Jerue Babb Rick Bacon Mandy Criswell Thomas Newton Harbin Jimmie Haynes Sue Garvin Howard Dean B. Livingston Anthony D. Morris Add Penfield Jack Ragsdale Bunny S. Richardson John Carter Shurr Jessie T. Smith Arthur Manigault Wilcox Hal Zorn
  5. 5. Enjoy Lunch!
  6. 6. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING Open Division SECOND PLACE: Free Times Porter Barron Jr.
  8. 8. TABLOID PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO Open Division SECOND PLACE: Charleston City Paper Scott Suchy , T H E R A V E N E L B R I D G E I S C U R S E D | FREE BEN TILLMAN WAS A RACIST, TERRORIST, AND MURDERER. IT’S TIME TO REMOVE HIS STATUE FROM THE STATEHOUSE GROUNDS. Page 18 ScottSuchyphotoillustration;Columbia,S.C.photographybySeanRayford Cool Teachers Cary Ann and Darius school CofC students on music biz basics p.48 Feeling Saucy Prohibition serves up more than just fine cocktails p.34 , JonathanBoncek M O T H E R N AT U R E I S O F F H E R M E D S | FREE PAGE 22 This is Jessie. You’re not going to believe what she does for a living. WARNING Adult Content The CP ’s brief and biased guide to YALLFest Robert Moss talks about the perils of small-scale, sustainable farming The CP ’s brief and biased guide to YALLFest Robert Moss talks about the perils of small-scale, sustainable farming , ScottSuchyphotoillustration GOOD PAIRINGS: Emmylou Harris has a thing for collaborations p.56BOWLED OVER: Super Bowl eats and drinks around town p.54
  9. 9. TABLOID PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO Open Division FIRST PLACE: Daniel Island News Jan Marvin 843.471.2064 843.478.7875 (cell) 135PierView#302 1411 Elfe Street U N D ER CO N TRACT Renee Reinert IRON GATE REALTY’S FEATURED LISTINGS OF THE WEEK FOR RENT 2 Pagett, Daniel Island Park FO R R E N T SO LD CONDO WEEK! Let one of our agents show you Daniel Island on a 20 minute tour. Need to see more? View inside current condos, townhomes and homes currently for sale! Call for your appointment! 843 478-7875 or 843 471-2064 INSIDE this issue See page 33 The 10 YEARS FAMILY CIRCLE CUPFAMILY CIRCLE CUP PREVIEW EDITION pgs. 15-24 Annexation to cost more! 02 07 Exchange Club 26 Black Belt FREE FREEFREE Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2014 The IRON GATE REALTY’S FEATURED LISTINGS OF THE WEEK 14 Pagett St..........................$1,180,000 Daniel Island Park. 1183 Fort Lamar ...........$1,300,000 Private dock. James Island. 250 Furman Farm Dr.......$725,000 2876 Rivertowne Parkway 843.471.2064 843.478.7875 (cell) reneereinert@gmail.comRenee Reinert 28 Pagett......................$1,285,000 U N DER CO N TRACT SO LD The 10 YEARS Page 5 Close encounter with gator 07 Buddy Walk 20 and much more! March of Dimes 14-15 DR IVE-THRU COFFEES HOP gains traction PG. 2 FREEFREE The Cara SchaafsmaLeah Frey Edie Coupe Ron Pote, CommercialCathie Saucier Liz BakerRenee Reinert/Owner WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! 843.471.2064 843.478.7875 (cell) Annexation Commission meets DINA seeks to grow School News The 10 YEARS & much more! See page 19 Home Edition & Garden P. 12-15 Resident owned construction businesses start, grow and blossom through the recession
  10. 10. CARTOON Open Division SECOND PLACE: Myrtle Beach Herald Ed Wilson
  11. 11. SPORTS MAGAZINE Open Division HONORABLE MENTION: Chronicle-Independent Staff Winter Edition HOPE COOPER Camden’s First Lady of Horses, History and Hospitality
  12. 12. DIGITAL NEWS PROJECT Open Division FIRST PLACE: Carolina Forest Chronicle Michael Smith
  13. 13. ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION Associate/Individual Division THIRD PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal Beverly Barfield and Chris McCandlish
  14. 14. ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION Associate/Individual Division SECOND PLACE: S.C. United Methodist Advocate Jessica Brodie and Matt Brodie
  15. 15. ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION Associate/Individual Division FIRST PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal Staff
  16. 16. EVENT MARKETING Associate/Individual Division SECOND PLACE: S.C. Farm Bureau Federation Bill Johns For The State For SC Farmer This event is a fund-raiser for the Friends of Farm Bureau Political Action Committee. Once again, we’re matching SC’s best chefs with the best locally  grown food for SC’s best evening of food and fun! July 24, 2014 • 6:00 – 9:00 pm • 701 Whaley Street, Columbia SC For tickets, call 803.936.4215 or visit For the FREE TIMES Green issue earlier in the year. Mark Your Calendars G O L O C A L . B U Y L O C A L . D I N E L O C A L . Once again, we’re matching South Carolina’s best chefs with the very best locally grown food for an unbelievable evening of food and fun! July 24, 2014 • 6:00 – 9:00 pm 701 Whaley Street, Columbia SC 24 25 22 This event is a fund-raiser for the Friends of Farm Bureau Political Action Committee.
  17. 17. EVENT MARKETING Associate/Individual Division FIRST PLACE: Charleston Regional Business Journal Jane Mattingly
  18. 18. PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAM Associate/Individual Division FIRST PLACE: S.C. Farm Bureau Federation Bill Johns SC Farm Bureau Federation Prescription Savings Card Bin# 009265 PCN# AG Group# SCFB ID# SCFB23202 Name: _________________________________________ Pharmacy Help Desk: 1-800-847-7147 THIS IS NOT INSURANCE - DISCOUNTS ONLY By using this card, the holder agrees to the terms under which it was issued. Void where prohibited. Process all prescriptions electronically. Choice Hotel Special Rate ID #00209800 • 800.258.2847 Money SavingIdeas WYNDHAM HOTEL GROUP Farm Bureau Special Discount ID Number: 1000000510 • 877.670.7088 Benefits subject to change without notice. For details, go to merchandise SC Farm Bureau Products Program or call (803) 822-8636 or (800) 849-3778 Grainger Industrial Supply FB Account #802160051 or call (800) 323-0620 to find a store near you Staples Business Advantage Go to, click on Member Benefits, then Merchandise financial SC Farm Bureau Insurance Services Call your County Farm Bureau or (800) 799--7500 Farm Bureau Bank or call (800) 492-FARM (492-3276) eLegacyConnect go to, click on Member Benefits then Financial Services Accidental Death & Dismemberment Benefit Call your County Farm Bureau transportation & travel Chevrolet, Buick & GMC Call your County Farm Bureau or go to Avis or 1-800-331-1212 (savings code: A298840) Farm Bureau Auto Buying Program Choice Hotels Go to on “Select Rate,” then click on “Special Rate/Corp ID,” and enter the SCFB account number 00209800. or call (800) 258-2847. Wyndham Hotels Call (877) 670-7088 and use discount ID number 1000000510 or go to on the farm Natural Resource Services Call (803) 360-3954 Polaris Call your County Farm Bureau or go to Case IH Go to Click on Member Benefits, then On the Farm or call your county office home & family Palmetto Alarm or call (803) 996-3200 AmeriGas or call (866) 767-1100 health care Agelity Discount Prescription Drug Plan Go to, click on Member Benefits, then Health Care QualSight Lasik Surgery or call (866) 979-9212 ClearValue Hearing (888) 497-7447 or visit LifeStation Medical Alert System (877) 288-4958 any time or visit Use code FB103 LifeLine Screening (888) 787-2873 or visit member benefits ad 0814.qxp_Layout 1 11/28/14 12:31 PM Page 1 H O T E L S   Members save on standard rates at participating CHOICE HOTELS® locations worldwide. The discounts are available only by making reserva- tions in advance by booking online at or by calling (800) 258-2847. To start saving, follow these easy steps: 1) Visit and click on “Select Rate” on the top tool bar, then click on “Special Rate/Corp ID” 2) Enter the SCFB Special Rate ID (00209800) in the assigned field 3) Click “yes” to confirm you are a member and then click “Find Hotel” to make your reservation! Choice Privileges® members: make sure you sign in so you can earn points while you save. If you choose to make your reservation by phone, be sure to give the agent both the SCFB Special Rate ID (00209800) and your personal Choice Privileges number. Save up to 20% off the “best available rate”* at any participating property within the Wyndham Hotel Group brands. Call the member benefits hotline (877) 670-7088 and give the agent the SC special discount ID 1000000510 at the time of booking to receive your discount. You can also make your reservation online by going to, In the booking widget, click “Special Rates and Codes”. Here enter the above code into the Corporate Code field and click enter. Fill in your destination information and then click Find It. Your discount will be pro- vided at time of booking. F O R   T H E   H O M E   &   FA M I LY PALMETTO ALARM offers SC Farm Bureau members special rates on home security systems. Get a new land-line based system or transfer your present system’s monitoring for only $24.95 a month or get a new cell-phone based system for only $39.95 a month. Plus you’ll receive no-cost installation on new systems which include fire protection, remote control, & lifetime warranty. Call (803) 996-3200 or visit for more information. * “Best Available Rate” is defined as the best, non-qualified, unrestricted, pub- licly available rate on the brand sites for the hotel, date and accommodations requested. The discount for some properties may be less than 20% off Best Available Rate. Certain restrictions may apply. To redeem this offer, click our URL link on Organization’s website or call the phone number listed and give ID at the time of reservation. Offer not valid if hotel is called directly, caller must use toll free numbers listed above. Advanced reservations are required. Offer is subject to availability at participating locations and some blackout dates may apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers, group rates, or special promotions. Discounted rates vary by location and time of year. Offer is void where prohibited by law and has no cash value. Planet Hollywood is not a current participant in the member benefit program. **Offer valid for new subscribers only. Toll free number above must be used to receive discount ***Free standard installation valid on Lease option only. Cost of equipment is additional. **** See terms and conditions at Banking services pro- vided by Farm Bureau Bank, FSB. Farm Bureau, FB and the FB National logo are registered service marks owned by, and used by Farm Bureau Bank FSB under license from, the American Farm Bureau Federation. All member benefits subject to change without notice. . Choice Hotel Special Rate ID #00209800 • 800.258.2847 WYNDHAM HOTEL GROUP Farm Bureau Special Discount ID Number: 1000000510 • 877.670.7088 Go to for the latest SC Farm Bureau Member Benefits updates. M O N E Y S A V I N G I D E A S M E M B E R B E N E F I T S G U I D E memberbenefits2014_TC9990101-LAYOUT-MQ1.qxd 4/24/14 1:07 PM Page 1 M E R C H A N D I S E D I S C O U N T S Save 15-40% off catalog list prices on office supplies and furnishings when you order online. And get FREE SHIPPING for orders over $30. You must register, order, and pay online. This program does not apply to store locations. Items must be shipped directly to members. Register online at Click on Member Benefits, then Merchandise. It may take a few days to activate your registration. You won’t be able to log in to until you get an email confirming your registration (a few days after submitting the form). • 10% off all Grainger catalog items • 35% off farm-duty motors • up to 55% off MSRP* on Proto hand tools • up to 48% off MSRP* on DeWalt tools • up to 45% off MSRP* on Blackhawk tools • up to 46% off MSRP* on Milwaukee tools • up to 52% off MSRP* on Stanley hand tools • up to 60% off MSRP* on Westward tools • FREE SHIPPING on all internet orders • SAME DAY SHIPPING on most catalog items Get your discount by calling Grainger at (800) 323-0620, or stopping by your local Grainger store. You must provide your SC Farm Bureau Grainger account number (802160051). * Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price H E A LT H   C A R E / E N V I R O N M E N TA L • FREE prescription drug discount card accepted at over 57,000 pharmacies • Good for both name-brand & generic drugs Cut out the card on the right of this brochure and take it to a participating pharmacy. Ask them to enter the info into their electronic billing system. The card is NOT an insurance benefit and will not offer additional savings on pharmacy discounts offered through insurance plans. To find a local pharmacy or learn more go to, click on Member Benefits, then Health Care. Estimated Cost is $945/eye for Traditional and $1380/eye for Custom LASIK giving a savings of 40% to 50% off the national average. • Access – Over 700 locations • Convenience – Online appointment scheduling • Experience – 3.5 million procedures performed • Financing – Flexible options with payments as low as $54 a month Call QualSight at (866) 979-9212 or visit An emergency medical alert system provides security, peace of mind and independence for the ones you love. • Only $25.95 per month ($4.00 per month discount) • 30 day money back trial • No long-term contracts • Cancel anytime with no penalty • Free shipping Call (877) 288-4958 any time or visit Take advantage of the Clear Value Comprehensive Hearing Benefits for Farm Bureau members and their families. • Free hearing aid assessment & consultation • Up to 60% Off MSRP on all Starkey Hearing Instruments (Starkey, Audibel, NuEar, AudioSync & MicroTech • 60 day trial • Free batteries (1 case per instrument with purchase) Call (888) 497-7447 or visit F I N A N C I A L   S E RV I C E S An ACCIDENTAL DEATH BENEFIT is included with each Farm Bureau membership at no extra cost. The benefit is provided under a policy issued to the county Farm Bureau by South Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, and it provides coverage in the amount of $1000 on member and spouse and $500 on each dependent child under 21 residing in the household. Membership dues must be paid on or before the due date. Please contact your county Farm Bureau office to make a claim. FARM BUREAU INSURANCE® agents offer an extensive line of insurance products, including Auto, Home, Life, Health and Farm Property. Retirement planning and annu- ities are also available. Our Customer Service Call Center is available 24/7 to offer friendly, convenient service. And our six conveniently located Claims Service Centers help resolve your claims quickly and fairly. 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Get started today. · South Carolina Farm Bureau members may access eLegacyConnect via the Farm Bureau Member Advantage! page, or go directly to eLegacyConnect, and enter the Membership Code: farmbureau. · Have your Farm Bureau Membership ID number available. · Membership (less 25% Farm Bureau discount) is only $180/annually, or $18.71/monthly. Your mem- bership begins after the 14-day free trial, and you may cancel at any time. $500 Off Your Next GM Vehicle SC Farm Bureau members can get a $500 private offer toward the purchase or lease of most new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles. This offer can be stacked with one other private offer available to eligible Farm Bureau members. Only customers who have been active members of an eligible Farm Bureau for a minimum of 30 days will be eligible to receive a certificate. Customers can obtain certificates at Go to, Call your county Farm Bureau office or visit your local GM dealer for details. SCFB members now have a better way to buy a new or used vehicle through the Farm Bureau Auto Buying Program. It’s easy to use and members have saved an average of $3,078 off MSRP.* The best part? A $500 GM incentive for Farm Bureau members is already built into the system for qualifying vehicles. Get started at *See site for details. Get your member discount from Life Line Screening. Our mission is to help make people aware of unrecog- nized health problems and encourage them to seek follow-up care with their personal physician. In about an hour, you can be screened with painless, non-invasive ultrasound technology for stroke, aneurysms and heart disease. To find a screening site nearest you, call (888) 787-2873 or visit NATURAL RESOURCE SERVICES, LLC Save 20% on environmental and regulatory assistance with: •  State agricultural permits • Manure broker permits • Permit modifications • Transfer of ownership • On-farm assessments • Construction storm water permits • Computerized mapping • Hunting/fishing lease agreements •  Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) plans Call (803) 360-3954 or e-mail Use code FB103 SC Farm Bureau Federation Prescription Savings Card Bin# 009265 PCN# AG Group# SCFB ID# SCFB23202 Name: _________________________________________ Pharmacy Help Desk: 1-800-847-7147 (pharmacist only) THIS IS NOT INSURANCE - DISCOUNTS ONLY By using this card, the holder agrees to the terms under which it was issued. Void where prohibited. Process all prescriptions electronically. For your next rental, save up to 25% when you mention AVIS Worldwide Discount (AWD) #A298840. For reservations, call AVIS at (800) 331-1212, or visit AMERIGAS, the nation’s leading marketer of propane, offers SC Farm Bureau members a 5 cent per gallon discount* on propane deliveries plus free installation of above ground cylinders/tanks (excluding pump stations). Members also receive a free complete system check and flexible billing and payment options. To receive your discount, provide your local AmeriGas supplier with your Farm Bureau membership number and set up your account today! To find your nearest AmeriGas location, call (866) 767-1100 or visit * Prepaid or price guaranteed programs are not eligible for discount. T R A N S P O RTATION O N T H E FA R M THE FARM BUREAU PRODUCTS PROGRAM saves you money on: • Passenger, pickup, medium truck & tractor tires • Batteries & lubricants • Baling twines, net wraps & tillage tools • Disc harrow blades, bearings & roller chains • Cutting parts for hay equipment or combines • Agricultural pumps For more information, or to place an order, call (800) 849-3778. Or browse all our products at Open 8:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. CASE IH provides a manufacturer’s incentive discount of $300–$500 for Farm Bureau members on the tractor or implement acquired. Members should negotiate their best deal with their preferred dealer and then add the incentive discount to the bottom line. There is no limit to the number of incentive discounts that a Farm Bureau member may use so long as it’s not more than one per unit acquired and the acquisiton(s) is/are made for their personal and/or their business use. Membership in Farm Bureau must be current and must be verified using the American Farm Bureau Membership Verification System (MVS). Eligible members will print an authoriza- tion certificate that must be presented to the Case-IH dealer IN ADVANCE of the delivery of the acquired tractor or implement to receive the incentive discount. For more information visit, Auto Buying Program memberbenefits2014_TC9990101-LAYOUT-MQ1.qxd 4/24/14 1:07 PM Page 2
  19. 19. FOOD WRITING AllWeekly Division THIRD PLACE: The Lancaster News Erin Kirby See SAMBO’S I Page 9A “I was the only employee to get a whuppin’ and then be back out on the floor takin’ orders.” – Cecil Faile celebrates 45 years with regional honor Erin Kirby All the world’s problems could be solved in the small back room tucked away behind the counter at Sambo’s 903 Diner and Drive-In on Flat Creek Road. Steeped in the sound of crackling grease, nobody is a stranger here for long. For 45 years, local residents have cele- brated anniversaries, proposals and birthdays – one woman even went into labor – over roast pork sandwiches and hand-cut french fries with Sambo Faile behind the cash register. Recently recognized as one of the best places in the South to eat a hamburger by Garden and Gun magazine’s readers, Sambo attributes the restaurant’s success and notoriety to a commitment to good service and good food. “We still make food the old-timey way. We cut the french fries out of real pota- toes and make the hamburgers by hand. I’ve been using the same grill for 25 years,” Faile said. Now that grill is seasoned with years of quality food and ingredients. Not to men- tion drinks poured over chewy ice. The good food is also thanks to the restaurant’s seasoned staff. Most of the cooks have more than 20 years of service under their aprons, said Faile, and after watching them grow up and have chil- dren, he considers them family. His son, Cecil Faile, agreed. “Everybody starts carhopping when they’re young and then, about 10 years later, they’re working in the back,” he said. Cecil himself was only 7 years old when Sambo bought the restaurant from his brother, Williford Faile, on Aug. 1, 1969. Williford left the restaurant business to join the sheriff’s office and was eventually elected sheriff. Cecil remembers standing on drink crates just to be tall enough to take drive-in orders. “I was the only employee to get a wh- uppin’ and then be back out on the floor takin’ orders. Everybody else could get fired, but the boss was my ride home. I never left early and always had to be on time,” Cecil remembers, with a laugh. One of the restaurant’s most memora- ble cooks, the late Earl Deese, even had a burger named after him after he died. The Earl Burger is a double cheeseburger with everything on it – chili, slaw, mus- tard and onions. The relationship between Sambo and his customers is due to much more than exceptional customer service. In an era when chain restaurants dot every corner, Best Burgers Southin the Lancaster: 45 years ago Here is a little glimpse at what was happen- ing around Lancaster around Aug. 1, 1969, when Sambo Faile took over the former 903 Drive-In, now Sambo’s 903 Diner and Drive-In: Last-minute touches were underway on the new $1.5 million Andrew Jackson High School, which was scheduled to open Aug. 25. Apollo astronaut Charles Duke and his family flew into Coulson Field to spend a little vacation time with his parents here and at Myrtle Beach. Johnnie Hinson was named the top sergeant major in the state by the S.C. National Guard. Springs Mills announced it would con- vert the Gayle Plant in Chester to pillowcase productions and cut about 225 jobs. Springs also announced that WBTV anchorman Doug Mayes would emcee the upcoming 25-Year Club meeting at Springs Park on Sept. 1. Lynn Leaphart was awarded an all-ex- pense paid trip to the S.C. 4-H Electric Confer- ence for her outstanding achievement. The 18-2 Lions topped the Shrine twice to win the local Dixie Youth Little League base- ball crown. Team members included Phil Pow- ell, Jeff Hammond, Chris Hilton, Randy Jordan, Jim Richards, Ricky Roney, Allen Griffin, Johnny Boling, Mark Robertson, Mike Threatt, Phil Mahaffey, Jim Hodges, David Manus, Bobby Carter and Johnny Stroud. Team coaches were Grady Robertson and James Stroud. – Compiled by Gregory A. Summers photo above courtesy of CECIL FAILE; photo below by ERIN KIRBY/ Above, Bubby Cudd works the grill at Sambo’s 903 Diner and Drive-In on Flat Creek Road. Below, Sambo Faile serves up a club sandwich to go at Sambo’s, recently chosen as one of the best burger places in the South.
  20. 20. FOOD WRITING AllWeekly Division SECOND PLACE: Greenville Journal Sherry Jackson 18 UPSTATE BUSINESS JOURNAL October 10, 2014 Carrying on the family tradition of serving home-cooked Italian food, Tina Berardinelli Cody, her husband, Matt Cody, and cousin Denice Kelly are preparing family recipes and delivering them to customers in their new “take and bake” concept business in Greenville. Dishes are homemade at Susie and Ed’s Italian Kitchen and pre- pared with fresh ingredients from scratch. The meals arrive uncooked so customers can either bake for dinner right away or freeze for later. Most dishes feed a family of four to six people, but other sizes can be made. Entrées comes with a loaf of Italian bread. The business is named after Tina’s grandparents, Susie Capri and Edward Berardinelli, who in 1952 arrived in Greenville to assist with a family business called Capri’s, located on West Washington Street down- town. This is where their son Norman (and Tina’s father) learned the business from his parents as a young teenager, said Tina Cody. The former Greenville Italian restaurant had “quite the following,” she said, and was considered a Greenville tradition by many. Also, in the late ’40s Julius “Cap” Capri, Susie’s brother, “introduced pizza to Greenville,” she said. In 1959, Susie and Ed opened another Capri’s location in Clemson, and in the early ’70s, son Norman operated the Augusta Road location with his cousin for more than 20 years. Over the years, Capri’s slowly faded away as family members aged or moved away. The last Capri’s in Greenville onWoodruff Road closed in 2013, and the Capri’s building on Stone Avenue has been for sale for several years. Susie and Ed’s Italian Kitchen is “a legacy business,” said Matt “Andiamo a Mangiare” is Susie and Ed’s Italian Kitchen’s motto. It means “Let’s Eat” in Italian. >> SHERRY JACKSON | STAFF FAMILY TIES The next generation of family businesses “Let’s eat,” says the next generation of the family that started Capri’s Restaurants, bringing home-cooked Italian food right into Upstate homes Andia mo a Man giare Edward Berardinelli and Susan Capri Berardinelli PhotoProvided
  21. 21. FOOD WRITING AllWeekly Division FIRST PLACE: The News & Reporter Brian Garner BY BRIAN GARNER Blue Oyster Cult said it best. Seasons don’t fear the Reaper, Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain, (We can be like they are) Ed Currie of Rock Hill doesn’t fear the pepper he calls The Carolina Reaper. In fact, he developed it. Currie’s pepper was recently named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest pepper in the world. Currie grows the pepper in loca- tions in York and Chester Counties and has stores that sell products that are made from the pepper in Fort Mill and at the 7th Street Market in Charlotte. Currie said he and his partners tried out several names before set- ting on the dangerous-sounding name of The Carolina Reaper. The name isn’t the only thing that’s dangerous. The pepper mea- sures 1.56 million Scoville heat units. “One point five-six million, almost one point six million,” Currie points out. The Scoville heat unit scale is used to determine how many doses of sugared water it takes to negate the heat and burn of the pepper, Currie explained. Effectively, a person would have to take 1.56 million doses of the sugar water to put out the burn from the Carolina Reaper. Currie created the Reaper about 11 years ago by cross-breeding other pepper varieties using a method that BY BRIAN GARNER/THE N&R In a greenhouse in Rock Hill, Ed Currie looks over the next crop of Carolina Reaper peppers. Inset, top left: This small pepper has been measured at an average of 1.56 million Scoville heat units and is the world’s hottest pepper. Don’t fear the (Carolina) Reaper t C m b C A C f t t o m C s t t a o 9 c c a p See PEPPER, Page 2-A
  22. 22. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITING AllWeekly Division THIRD PLACE: Daniel Island News Jennifer Johnston JENNIFER JOHNSTON On any given Saturday morning, you can walk into the Peace Love Hip Hop (PLHH) dance studio and feel inspired by the uninhib- ited fun that is taking place there by a diverse group of dancers. And that exact emotion is kind of how it all started. It was several hundred miles away, at a 2013 dance competition in Ohio, where an unfamiliar group of young muses stirred PLHH owner Angel Roberts’ soul to the point of almost immediate mobilization. She was a member of the audience watching a group of kids with Down syndrome perform a number to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” “It was just so awesome,” Roberts recalls. “I thought, ‘why am I not doing this? Why am I not reaching out more to this community?’” PLHH had been a mainstay performer at the annual Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry Buddy Walk, and her dance pro- gram had a presence through those buddies’ siblings. There had even been special needs kids who had integrated into the weekday unsure of their “place” within this energetic, purposeful environment. When she returned home, Roberts an- nounced that she would begin offering a dance class for special needs kids and their friends, old and new. The class would take place Saturday mornings under the name Rock Stars of Hip Hop. “I just felt that it was a really ap- propriate name for them, because that’s how I think of them,” Roberts shares. “And I thought they would like that as well.” Though there’s no question who the real Rock Stars are, everyone is invited to partici- pate. Beyond the superfun steps and irresist- ible music mixes, Roberts says that what truly makes this concept work is the participation of the young dancers who take her recreational and competitive classes. “It’s a mixture, so no one feels like it’s one kind of class or another,” Roberts explains. “My weekday dance kids inspire the Rock Stars, and vice versa.” She says the dancers from her other classes were a little apprehensive coming to the Rock Stars Saturday morning dancers as another part of their crew. Ella King, a fourth grader at Daniel Island School who has Down syndrome, comes every week. Some days, it’s a stretch, as she has recreational basketball just before Rock Stars. But once the music starts pumping, Ella gets recharged. When asked who her favorite singer is, she replies without hesitation, “Tay- The Rock Stars you may not know about, but should JENNIFER JOHNSTON Dancer Ella King gets silly with instructor Allyson Salvucci. ARTS thedanielislandnews.com22 The Daniel Island News March 20 - 26, 2014 This dance floor is for everyone See ROCK STARS on PAGE 23
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  24. 24. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WRITING AllWeekly Division FIRST PLACE: The Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County Ashley Ghere Takiya Rocks the Runway Named Top ModelAshley Ghere Contributor May 30, 2014 • • 7 Holding up her trophy, Takiya ac- knowledges her adoring fans. Takiya Willingham won the Rockin’ the Runway award for ‘best model’ at the Runaway Runway Show on April 5 at the Township Auditorium – but she isn’t just your average toast-of-Columbia su- permodel. For one thing, she designs her own runway couture. Foranother,she’sjust12yearsold. Willingham is a sixth-grader at the Fair- - ence and a student in Kimi Daly’s art class. Daly, who was recently named the school’s TeacheroftheYear,recognizedWillingham’s interest in designing a project for the show and encouraged her. She said that Willing- ham’s meteoric rise to fashion fame came only after months of toiling away on a dress thatstartedoutas,well,apileoftrash. Runaway Runway is an elaborate annual fashionshowproducedbytheColumbiaDe- - must be created from used materials that “It’s a show that combines fash- ion, fun, creativity and environmental awareness,” Daly said. Willingham learned about the potential of recycled fashion when Daly showed the class two recycled dresses that were mod- eled at Runaway Runway competitions by her daughter, Tagan, who attends high school in Chapin. The students in Daly’s class were inspired and wanted to make - plained that it would take a lot of work, and wouldhavetobeasideproject.Willingham was clearly up for the challenge to design and create, and it wasn’t long before she decided to take it to the runway. Her cre- ative vision was sparked while helping her grandmother clean out her house. There, Willingham discovered a bunch of old VHS tapes and magazines destined for the trash heap. “I thought they would make nice materi- als,” she said, “so I brought them to the art room at school. I broke open the videos, pulled all the tapes out and tore out my fa- voritepagesfromthemagazines.” “Ilookedaroundatthisbigmess,”Dalyre- called with a laugh, “and I said, Takiya, what areyouplanningtodowithallthis!?Andshe said,‘I’mgoingtomakeaskirt.’” howtolayerthestripsofvideotape.Firstshe triedtapingthemtogether,atediousprocess that took two months of after-school time. But when she put the skirt on and wore it downthehall,itfellapart. “Then she tried hot glue and duct tape,” Dalysaid.“Itwasanordeal!” So it was a stroke of luck when Lois Rob- inson, a classmate’s grandmother, stopped by the art room one afternoon and noticed Willingham’sfrustration. “Lois said, ‘let me show you how to sew, honey,’” Daly said, “and she taught Takiya somestitches.” “Sewing was easy,” Willingham said, “ex- After sewing the skirt, she wove together contrastingstripsofmagazinepagestoform a bodice. Then she combined both parts to completely cover a $5 Goodwill dress that functioned as the underlying structure – a designoptionallowedinthecompetition. Normally quite shy, Willingham said she started getting nervous as the date of the competition grew near. A practice runway walk was organized during a school assem- bly, but Daly said Willingham had some dif- ofwalkingandturning. “She tripped a few times,” Daly said, “and she was so shy as she walked – just pressed her arms against her body. But she still wantedtodothecompetition.” Soonitwastimetozipupthegarmentbag andheadtoColumbia. “Iwasverynervous,”recalledWillingham. “But everyone at the show was nice and re- ally helpful. I loved being in the dressing room with the models and makeup mirrors andotherartists.” with her,” Daly said, “and all the older mod- els were fussing over Takiya and just loved her!Shehadhermakeupandhairdone,and reallygotintothewholeexperience. “But we were still worried about how to getheraroundthatrunway!”Dalysaidwith a nervous laugh. Eventually, the team came up with a plan – while Willingham hadn’t mastered smooth catwalk turns, she did like to dance. So that’s what she would do. Justbeforeshewentonstage,Willingham caughtaglimpseofherselfinamirror. “Icouldn’tstopsmiling,”shesaid.“Iwasso excited. But then I walked out on stage, and I was shocked to see all those people in the audiencelookingatme!” DalysaidthatdespiteWillingham’sinitial stagefright,sheblossomedinthelimelight. “Takiya began, literally, dancing her way around the runway and had a great time,” Dalysaid.“Andthecrowdjustwentbananas forher.Theyknewshewasn’tjustthemodel, but had also designed and made her own dress, and she was adorable. She took three turns around the runway – and by the third timearound,shewasrockin’!” Willingham said that when she heard her nameannouncedaswinnerofthemodeling award,shecouldhardlybelieveit. “I looked around,” she said, “and asked, ‘aretheytalkingaboutme?’” The event was televised, and the evening andinterviews. “She was truly the star!” Daly said. “Win- - dence she’s gained has helped her in her otherclassesatschool,too,topersevereand workhard.” Does she plan to do more modeling and designinginthefuture? with a big grin and an eye to the trash can. “I love it.” After finding it difficult to make gliding catwalk turns, Takiya decided to dance her way around the runway to the delight of the audience – and the judges. After being named top model, Takiya posed with her art teacher, Kimi Daly.
  25. 25. 2014 ELECTION/ POLITICAL COVERAGE AllWeekly Division FIRST PLACE: The Lancaster News Staff NewsThe Lancaster FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014Two sections/14 pages 75 CENTS Barbara Carter Melvin Champion Billy Crenshaw Michael Crockett Evelyn Gamble Roy Lea Willie McGriff Grace Patterson Madeline Spera Linda Threatt Emily Waits Deaths, 4A 162nd year, No. 131 Two sections 20 pages Subscriber services (803) 283-1145 Index Church News ...............4B, 5B Classifieds ............................6B Coming Events ....................3B Entertainment .....................4B Looking @ Lancaster ........1B Opinion .............................10A Sports ...................................7A Sports Sidelines .................9A Staff reports Sunday morning is the time change, when we fall back one hour and daylight saving time ends. Make sure to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night to avoid being one hour early for every- thing on Sunday. It’s also a great time to change smoke detector bat- teries and check to make sure the device is properly working, said Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chuck Small. “Change your clock and change your (smoke detector) bat- tery,” Small said. Remember to ‘fall back’ PHOTO SUPPLIED K.D. Wright is right on in Bruins’ rushing attack. Sports, 7A Game night spotlight Political patchwork Candidates square off at USCL forum LAURA CASKEY/ Sixth Circuit Solicitor candidate William Frick (D) Sixth Circuit Solicitor candidate Randy Newman (R) Lancaster County Council District 4 candidate John Hess (R) Lancaster County Council District 4 candidate Larry Honeycutt (D) Lancaster County Probate Judge candidate Sandy Estridge (D) Lancaster County Probate Judge candidate Jerry Holt (R) U.S. House of Representatives candidate Mick Mulvaney (R) U.S. House of Representatives candidate Tom Adams (D) Before You Vote candidate forum co-moderator Rick Jiran From left, Lancaster City Council candidates Racarda Blackmon and Kenny Hood, city council and mayoral candidate Anthony Elder and mayor candidate Joe Shaw Denyse Clark and Christopher Sardelli Staff reporters As voters weigh their options this election season, a slew of candidates made their cases for why they’re the best person for the job during the Before You Vote – 2014 Candidate Forum on Tuesday night, Oct. 28. See FORUM I Page 2A Reece Murphy The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control earlier this year is- sued a cease and desist or- der against an Indian Land recycler it sanctioned in 2012 for regulatory viola- tions. The April 2014 cease and desist order against Press- ley’s Recycling Inc. and its parent company, Crisis Hill Inc., came to light re- cently as DHEC attorneys interviewed local residents in preparation for a Janu- ary administrative court hearing in Columbia. In researching the or- der, The Lancaster News also discovered DHEC fined the company, locat- ed at 9531 Charlotte High- way, in early 2013 for vio- lating the terms of an air quality permit it granted the company only five months earlier. The cease and desist or- der, issued April 15, orders Pressley’s Recycling to im- mediately stop accepting or bringing waste or other material onto the proper- ty, burying waste or other material and accepting, grinding and processing asphalt shingles. The order notes a num- ber of violations leading to the decision, most dis- covered during four site inspections in January, February and March. Among the violations noted by inspectors were: Unpermitted landfill- ing activity consisting of commingled piles of con- struction and demolition waste, concrete, asphalt and unprocessed land- clearing debris that had been “pushed, covered or buried” without a landfill permit Grinding operations being conducted outside the permitted area and improperly maintained windrows of unprocessed materials, with 50-foot wide fire lanes either blocked or nonexistent No drainage and storm water runoff con- trols resulting in “pond- ing” in several areas and evidence of “spillage, staining and liquid accu- mulation” Failure to hire an as- bestos inspector to con- duct sampling, testing, record keeping and re- porting on asphalt shin- gles taken in for grinding as required by DHEC reg- ulations and the compa- ny’s air quality permit A significant portion of the DHEC order targets recycler Agency cites Indian Land business for regulatory violations See DHEC I Page 12A
  26. 26. EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES AllWeekly Division THIRD PLACE: Union County News Graham Williams Prior to every meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, board secretary Kim Petty sends me a copy of the agenda. The agenda lists each activity, from the superintendent's report to the finance report, along with whether or not the board is expected to take action on a particular item and the administration's recommended course of action. The agenda also notes if additional information about a particular item is in the board members' packets. For exam- ple, four agenda items at tonight's meet- ing have the word “enclosures,” “enclo- sure” or “enclosed” beside them in parentheses. What do you suppose is contained in these “enclosures”? That's for board members to know and the rest of us to guess. When Union City Council and Union County Council meet, I get emails with PDFs of everything on the agen- da, including minutes of previous meetings, pages of proposed ordinances and applications for various boards. Nothing is withheld. Because of this transparency, city council and county council meetings are very open and relaxed. Reporters covering the meetings know ahead of time what is going to be discussed, as well as the background for each agen- da item. Contrast that with school board meetings, where reporters are kept in the dark about everything. We listen in silence, taking notes about things we know little or nothing about. We can ask questions after the meeting, when board members are heading out the door, or call the district office the next day. That wouldn't be necessary if we were given same i f i b d b Graham Williams Why so much secrecy for school board meetings?
  27. 27. EDITORIAL OR COLUMN IN SUPPORT OF FOI/OPEN GOVERNMENT ISSUES AllWeekly Division SECOND PLACE: The Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County James Denton Redaction JacksonW h e n t h o s e c h a r g e d with enforc- ing the law take it upon themselves to parse the finer points of our stat- utes, ordinances and codes, interpret- ing the law for themselves, it is not unlike a registered nurse performing open heart surgery. It is dangerous and it should be avoided entirely. The law is a malleable, yet delicate thing. It should be handled by those whose profession, education and ac- creditation is the law. When law en- forcement begins probing those wa- ters, interpreting when it should be enforcing, the membrane that sepa- rates powers begins to lose its integ- rity; and when those who make the laws and those who enforce the laws become indistinguishable, we may find we are flirting with what is com- monly known as a Police State. The laws designed to keep our gov- ernment open to the public whom it serves are no different than laws governing speed limits or laws that define murder or theft as crimes. These are the rules as adopted by the elected representatives of our society, rules that reflect the general attitude of the people and rules that have been upheld by the courts. And while one public body or another may, however futilely, challenge these open govern- ment laws, those challenges are made in the courtroom, by legal profession- als. The law is not picked apart piece- meal before a judge can get ahold of it. And yet, portions of our state’s Freedom of Information Act laws are being systematically ignored or sub- verted by some of the very people we expect to enforce the laws in our society. A recent review of incident reports indicates that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department ap- pears to take a broad – and legally unsupportable – attitude toward what is and what is not exempt from public disclosure. As The Voice re- ported last week on a series of vio- lent crimes in the Blythewood area, The Voice Speaks James Denton editor Thus, the “policy” of the Sheriff’s Department appears to have no rhyme or reason to it; and the “pol- icy,” if one actually exists, is a policy to violate the law. To date, the Sher- iff’s Department has not been able to define for us their policy or to provide us with their legal justifica- tion for it. The law, however, is quite clear. In- cident reports are to be made avail- able upon request. There is no waiting period. From these reports, only the names of undercover informants, in- vestigatory techniques not otherwise known outside the government and contents of wire taps may be with- held. Information that may endanger the life or property of a person may also be withheld, an exemption that, as agencies combat gang violence, is understandable, but one that may be most widely abused. It is a common misconception that there exists an exemption for the identity of minors. There does not. Not in the FOIA or in any other S.C. statute. Similarly, according to Bill Rogers, Executive Director of the S.C. Press Association, a law exempting the names of sexual assault victims has been ruled unconstitutional. That does not mean, however, that a news- paper would somehow be compelled to publish the names of victims of any crime or contact the victim for their input on a news story. Typically, The Voice does not, nor would any media outlet that wanted to retain the trust and respect of the public. Only unique circumstances, such as our report last fall on an armed robbery at the Dollar General in Ridgeway during which a victim acted with considerable cour- age when facing down a pair of gun- men, would ever lead us to contact the victim of any crime. And there is no reason of which we can readily con- ceive that would ever lead us to con- tact or publish the name of a victim of sexual assault. But the law clearly places the re- sponsibility for making that determi- nation in the hands of the media, not in the hands of law enforcement. An atmosphere of trust, therefore, must exist between law enforcement and
  29. 29. REVIEW PORTFOLIO AllWeekly Division THIRD PLACE: The Greer Citizen William Buchheit Rating: 7 out of 10 T hings change as they get older, and rock bands are no excep- tion. Alabama’s Drive-By Truckers have gone through three stages in their 16-year career. In the late ’90s, they were more or less a raucous country group. Then, in 2001, they picked up young guitarist/song- writer Jason Isbell and became one of the best and hardest rocking bands in the world. When Isbell left in 2006, they mellowed out somewhat, relying as much on Jay Gonzales’ keyboards and John Neff’s pedal steel as the “three-ax attack” that had become their trade- mark. Yet, through the tor- nado of divorce, line-up changes and record company disputes that’s leveled the band over the last decade, one thing has remained as sturdy as that old brick well behind your grandparents’ house – the superior lyrics of singers Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood. From a musical stand- point, DBT’s new album, “English Oceans,” is their most diverse record since 2009’s “Brighter Than Creations Dark.” Cooley and Hood seamlessly blend Stones-inspired rockers (the opener, Cooley’s “Shots Count”) with pure country (Hood’s “Hanging On” and Cooley’s “First Air of Au- tumn”) and booze-fueled blues (Cooley’s “Natural Light”), the last of which sounds unlike anything the band has ever record- ed. The same can be said for Cooley’s “Made Up English Oceans,” a venom- ous political allegory set to the beat of an old Hol- lywood Western. Hood offers some political commentary of his own on “The Part of Him,” in which he slams a tea-party politician who “never worked an honest day, just kissed up to a better way / to sell the cow that you could get for free.” But while this band, like most others, has be- come more political with age, they’re wheelhouse remains the intimate and philosophical. While more obtuse than most of Cooley’s work, “First Air of Autumn” may well be the album’s finest song, a meditation on age, ideals and their inevitable disap- pointment: “Memory only shows the promise beauty broke / of beauty ageless in its time. / Light attracts the same, you glance away and the glory fades / and being on your arm has lost it’s shine.” It’s the album’s quieter moments where Hood shines as well. Gonza- lez’s piano gives “When Walter Went Crazy” a somber beauty, even as Hood sings of a man who burned his house down with his wife still inside. The record’s closer, “Grand Canyon,” is an epic along the lines of earlier album finales like “Angels and Fuselage” and “World of Hurt.” The difference is the new tune is less literal than existential. “We roll on in the dark- ness to some city far away, lug our sorrows, pains and angers and turn them into play. / There’s no time to dwell upon it. It’s the life we chose that made it all worth living through the horrors that life throws.” The song is dedicated to Craig Lieske, who trav- eled with DBT and sold band merchandise at their concerts for many years. I got to talk to him at enough shows to see that he embodied the same passion for music and life of the band he served. In the wake of his untimely death, that band has made a record he’d have been proud of. Though he won’t be with them for their summer tour, his spirit will surely be felt each time the lights darken and DBT goes on. ALBUM REVIEW WILLIAM BUCHHEIT New Truckers’ album reveals more mature band ART | SUBMITTED Drive-By Truckers’‘English Oceans’ album is dedicated to late roadie Craig Lieske. Rating: 7 out of 10 Run time: 149 minutes Rated:‘R’for language, violence and nudity I didn’t like Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl” as much as most people. I thought it was an unpredictable and en- ertaining story hurt by clichés, heavy-handedness and unlikable principal characters. David Fincher’s two- and-a-half hour adapta- ion of that work is a bit more compelling and fun han the book was. It’s a supense/thriller but also a black comedy, a disturb- ng and distasteful satire on marriage and 24-hour TV news. The plot is about Nick Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunn (Rosamund Pike), a couple of writers who met n NYC and then moved o Missouri when Nick’s mother got cancer. Since hen, it’s been a steady downhill slide propelled by financial problems, n-laws and infidelity. When Amy goes missing on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the primary suspect. A few days later, t’s the biggest story in he news, and Nick enlists the aid of his sister (Car- rie Coon) and a bigshot lawyer (Tyler Perry) to try to clear his name and discover what happened to his wife. I won’t give anything away, but like Flynn’s book, the film is full of delicious plot twists. It’s also loyal to the novel, not surprising consider- ing Flynn was selected to write the screenplay. While “Gone Girl” isn’t one of Fincher’s best films, it does put his filmmaking talents on full exhibit. In the hands of a lesser director, this would likely have ended up a mess. But Fincher delicately balances sus- pense with dark comedy, psychological horror with social satire. He juggles the source material with deft hands, and could well end up with his third Oscar nomination. As is now standard for Fincher’s flicks, the acting is superb. Affleck is as good as he’s ever been and Pike delivers a break- through performance that will likely make her a star. As the twin sister, Coon provides the voice of hu- manity and reason, while Neil Patrick Harris is well cast as an obsessed boy- friend from Amy’s past. Predictably, for those who’ve read the book, “Gone Girl’s” primary flaw is the inherent selfishness of both main characters. It impedes viewer sym- pathy, and makes the drawn-out ending even flatter than it should have been. Trimming the last half hour would have tightened the film up, though it might have cost Fincher a few swings at the piñata known as the American media. MOVIE REVIEW WILLIAM BUCHHEIT ‘Gone Girl’ a twisted blend of suspense, satire PHOTO | COURTESY OF 20TH CENTURY FOX Theplotof‘GoneGirl’revolvesaroundNick(BenAffleck)andAmyDunn(RosamundPike), two writers who met in NYC and moved to Missouri when Nick’s mother got cancer. RATING: 7 OUT OF 10 W eezer’s concerts are a lot like their albums – fun, fast, rocking and over before you know it. The Califor- nia quartet’s show last Wednesday at Charlotte’s Fillmore Music Hall didn’t disappoint, taking the capacity crowd on an exciting if somewhat predictable 80-minute trip down memory lane. New York garage rock- ers The Last International opened things up at 8 p.m., putting together a spirited half-hour set that included both original ma- terial and one cover song. When I saw the trio open for Scott Weiland at the Fillmore last Fall, they did an absolutely spellbinding version of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun.” This time, the cover they chose was “Cod’ine,” a 1963 folk song about ad- diction by Beverly Saint- Marie. Like most of the tunes they perform, it was a showcase for singer Del- ilah Paz’s soulful vocals and guitarist Edgey Pire’s speedy solo runs. With former Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk joining the group last year, this is certainly an act to look out for. As one might expect, Weezer came out right at 9 p.m., smashing out their anthemic 1994 rocker, “My Name Is Jonas.” Within seconds, fists were pumping in the air and heads were swaying side to side as the mostly Gen-X crowd sang along with every lyric. In his geeky cardigan sweater, Harvard graduate and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo ripped through the songs with minimal interruption. He did, however, repeatedly thank the Charlotte crowd and encouraged them to sing along on “Perfect Situa- tion” and “Say It Ain’t So.” The only real break in the 80-minute set came seven songs in when the group went into “Island in the Sun.” Though that breezy, unlikely 2001 single is probably my least favorite by the band, most fans gleefully sang along to it as they tipped a half-dozen beach balls around the club. There were two other facets of the performance that I took issue with. The first was Cuomo’s deci- sion to relinquish lead vocals to bassist Scott Shriner on “Dope Nose,” and later to drummer Pat Wilson on “Photograph” (as he took over the drums). The results were choppy, abbreviated ver- sions of those songs. The other thing that disap- pointed me was that they played just a single song from their wonderful 1997 album, “Pinkerton” (“The Good Life”) They did atone for those shortcomings by playing five songs off their debut record, includ- ing the crowd favorites “Undone (Sweater Song)” and “Buddy Holly,” the last of which closed the show with a flurry. I guess at my own ideal Weezer concert, the band would play their first two al- bums all the way through. But musicians don’t like to live in the past. Cuomo and crew are working on another album, and they gave us a little preview of it Wednesday night with the brand new tune “Back to the Shack.” The song indicated the band still has some catchy melodies left in the tank, and Cuomo still has some nasty guitar hooks to go along with them. 1. My Name is Jonas 2. Hash Pipe 3. Perfect Situation 4.Troublemaker 5.The Good Life 6. SurfWax America 7. Island in the Sun 8. Beverly Hills 9. Dope Nose 10. Back to the Shack 11. Say It Ain’t So 12. IWon’tYouTo 13. Pork and Beans 14. Undone (Sweater Song) 15. Photograph Encore 16. Memories 17. Buddy Holly CONCERT REVIEW WILLIAM BUCHHEIT Weezer gets back to ‘The Good Life’ in Charlotte PHOTO | SUBMITTED Weezer took a capacity crowd in Charlotte’s Fillmore Music Hall on an 80-minute trip down memory lane lastWednesday night. SETLIST |
  30. 30. REVIEW PORTFOLIO AllWeekly Division SECOND PLACE: Greenville Journal Vincent Harris Linda Rodney, a.k.a. Chocolate Thunder 1956-2014 Forces of Nature aren’t supposed to be mortal, and if you ever saw Linda Rodney, a.k.a. “Chocolate Thunder,” raise the roof off of any venue she played, you know that she was a natural force like no other. She was a blues singer who radiated joy; a gritty, low-down R&B belter who praised a higher power at every opportunity; she was both glamour and sweat personified. She was a guaranteed show-stealer who owned whatever stage she occupied. She was cer- tainly a gifted songwriter, but her true tal- ent lay in performance, where her voice took on standards and originals like the true instrument it was, full of vigorous life. It was quite a shock to me, then, to hear of her passing on June 30, after battling an undisclosed illness. It was all the things an unexpected passing usually seems to be: surreal, unfair, confusing – and that’s just as a bystander; someone who simply loved being in her audience. I decided to reach out to the musicians she played with over her 57 years, and try to get a sense of what she meant to them. “Linda was one of the most creative people I’ve ever known. She wrote lyrics 24/7, even in her sleep. She found music in everything – trees, birds, dirt roads, old broken-down barns, it didn’t matter. Whatever song she was singing, she be- came that song.” – Max Hightower, former bandleader, arranger, guitarist and harmonica player for Chocolate Thunder. “One of the hottest gigs (literally) I have ever played in my life was with her band down near Charleston. It was well over 100 degrees, we were outside, and Linda was still dancing up a storm and doing her signature splits. She only had one gear when she performed: Full out, all the time! I will always cherish hav- ing played on her albums, performed onstage with her, and known her as a per- son. She will be celebrated, remembered and missed.” – Craig Sorrells, trumpet player, singer and bandleader. “I’ve worked off and on with Linda since the 1990s. She tore the house down with two amazing performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2009, which I believe led directly to her signing with Alligator Records. We’ll never know what might have happened from there. We were supposed to perform on Main Street in front of the Hyatt on June 13, but she was unable. We left an open mic on stage as a tribute.” – Kym MacKinnon, guitarist for Zataban, an Upstate blues-rock band. “Linda was an amazing performer who always demanded the crowd’s atten- tion and didn’t mind working hard to keep it. I’m blessed to have known her and called her my friend.” -Tez Sherard, drummer for various groups including Zataban and the Craig Sorrells project. “Linda was the epitome of rhythm and blues. Every musician who ever worked with her was blessed. She was an incredible lady and talent. She will live on in her music and our hearts.” – Frank Wilkie, former Marshall Tucker Band bassist and producer of Chocolate Thunder’s “Ear Candy” album. “She was a dynamic performer and a beautiful, sweet person. Anyone who met her felt the love she had for people. She will never be forgotten.” – Freddie Vanderford, former harmonica player for Chocolate Thunder. “She was a dynamic performer and an even better human being. Her presence and huge heart will be missed.” – Spartanburg blues guitarist Shane Pruitt. And now to give Mrs. Rodney the last word with her final message to the audi- ence at every show: “It’s time to go,” she would say. “I just want to tell you that Jesus loves you, and so do I.” VINCENT HARRIS | CONTRIBUTOR SOUND CHECKWITH VINCENT HARRIS J-CDESINOR,2009 Last call The Handlebar prepares for the next act Let’s get one thing straight from the start: For every person who reads this col- umn with interest, there’s probably at least one more who’s going to roll his eyes and say, “ANOTHER piece about The Handlebar?” The venue, which is closing its doors on Stone Avenue at the end of April after 13 years in operation, has always had its share of detractors. And that’s just fine with The Handlebar’s co-owner and talent booker, John Jeter. “I totally get it,” he says. “It’s the same way I feel about venues that are bigger than The Handlebar. When another venue down the street gets a band we had, I get that same feeling. But when my brother and my wife and I started this 20 years ago, we said, ‘It’s not about the competition, it’s about the art.’ And if you can provide the very best art you can in the best facility you have available, let everybody else worry about themselves.” No one can argue that The Handle- bar Listening Room has provided the very best art. Since opening its original location on Mills Avenue in the 1990s, the venue’s stage has played host to thousands of musicians, building an impeccable roster of future stars and past titans. You want rock legends? How about Ace Frehley, Johnny Winter, Todd Rundgren, Joan Baez, Little Feat and Arlo Guthrie? You want critically acclaimed, massively in- fluential songwriters? How about Guy Clark, John Hiatt, The Flatlanders and Steve Earle? You want the platinum-plated stars of today? How about the Zac Brown Band, John Mayer, Shinedown and Nickel Creek? And that’s just a few from each category. So why, after all that success, is The Handlebar closing? That’s a bit compli- cated. Financial issues and disagreements between the club’s multiple owners are only part of the story. The other part is that The Handlebar has to grow, and its current digs simply aren’t getting the job done anymore. “The best way to put it is that in the last 20 years, we feel like we’ve really been the vanguard of the Greenville music scene,” Jeter says, “and we’ve built it to the point that we’ve outgrown this space.” Jeter, the public face of The Handlebar since the beginning (the venue’s logo, a handlebar mustache, is based on his own impressive facial fuzz), looks back on the venue’s accomplishments with a great deal of pride. “This is a natural place for bands to develop that nobody knows about at first. Bands like needtobreathe, Zac Brown and Shinedown all started out in smaller markets like this one. So The Handlebar was in a great spot for that,” he says. Unlike a lot of other venues (and businesses in general) The Handlebar has always had a fiercely loyal group of supporters and employees, and Jeter is quick to give credit for that feeling of family to The Handlebar’s lesser-known but just as important co-owner: his wife, Kathy Laughlin. “Well, that loyalty and love is because of Kathy,” he says. “She cares a whole lot more about her people than anything else, including herself. It’s just who she is. She’s created a culture here where people really care about each other.” So given that loyalty and affection, when the last show on The Handlebar stage – a four-band blowout featuring the Craig Sorrells Project, Milli Fungus, the Mar- cus King Band and Four 14 – is over, and the lights go off at 304 Stone Ave., how does John Jeter think he’s going to feel about all this? “I’m hugely excited because of the opportunities out there, but this is family. And when the family becomes homeless, even temporarily, it’s going to be hard,” he said. I had one last question for John: Where’s that new location going to be? “If I told you, I’d have to have you killed,” he said. Fair enough. He’s earned the right to tell us whenever he feels like it. VINCENT HARRIS | CONTRIBUTOR SOUND CHECKWITH VINCENT HARRIS Not your daddy’s bluegrass I suppose it’s possible that, for some casual music fans, Bruce Hornsby is still the guy who sang “The Way It Is,” and Ricky Skaggs is a mainstream country artist from the ’80s. But since the 1990s, both these men have stretched their musical boundaries tremen- dously, evolving into master mu- sicians who have earned the right to play whatever they want with whoever they want. After spending the ’80s as a ra- dio-friendly country artist, Skaggs signaled his creative rebirth with 1997’s defiantly titled “Bluegrass Rules!” album, and has created his own record label, Skaggs Fam- ily Records, to release albums of whatever he prefers to record. Hornsby broke his pop-radio mold with 1992’s jazzy “Harbor Lights” album, and has since dabbled in psychedelia (touring with the Grateful Dead), electronica, and more. Make no mistake: It was the trailblazer versions of Skaggs and Hornsby who played the Peace Center on Feb. 5. Taking the stage with Skaggs’ dazzling Kentucky Thunder quintet, the group quickly blasted through a couple of lightning-fast traditional-sounding bluegrass tunes, with Hornsby erasing any doubts about his grand piano’s place in the pro- ceedings. His adventurous solos ranged from barrelhouse boogie-woogie playing to quicksilver runs up and down the keyboard, spurring Skaggs to even greater virtuosity on his mandolin. But after that warm-up for the packed Peace Center house, the evening moved away from the traditional. Hornsby surprised the crowd with a nearly nine-minute version of “The Way It Is” with Skaggs taking the lead vocal and the band executing incredibly flex- ible soloing through jazzy jam sections, building to a delightful climax that both recalled and left behind the ’80s radio classic. The group then took on two standard bluegrass numbers in incredibly non-stan- dard fashion, turning “Darlin’ Corey” (most closely associated with Bill Monroe) into a moving, emotional piece that once again approached the 10-minute mark, with Hornsby commenting at the end of the breathtaking performance that the song was a little different every night. A later Monroe tune, “Blue Night,” was given a jaunty, almost pop-song-like treatment, and Skaggs even indulged the somewhat rowdy crowd’s demand for one of his older country hits, “Highway 40 Blues.” The playing was stellar throughout. Hornsby’s delight was obvious as he leapt from his piano bench during parts of his solos and even plucked the strings inside the piano on one number. Skaggs’ own soloing was masterful as always, but in general, he took a bit of a backseat to the ensemble, allowing guitarist Cody Kilby and fiddler Andy Leftwich to steal much of the instrumental spotlight. His voice was in amazing form, however, its clarity and range making it difficult to believe Skaggs is about to turn 60. The only real issue was that Hornsby’s high-end piano playing was occasionally swallowed up in the cavernous Peace Center acoustics. The set swung back towards more traditional bluegrass at the end, but the en- core was a real treat: You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby tear through Rick James’ “Super Freak,” with a few moments of John Anderson’s “Swingin’” thrown in for good measure. In short, this wasn’t your daddy’s bluegrass, and it was an outstanding show. VINCENT HARRIS | CONTRIBUTOR SOUND CHECKWITH VINCENT HARRIS
  31. 31. REVIEW PORTFOLIO AllWeekly Division FIRST PLACE: Free Times Jordan Lawrence
  32. 32. HEALTH BEAT REPORTING AllWeekly Division HONORABLE MENTION: The News & Reporter Nancy Parsons 4 • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014 • The News & Reporter • Surviving Cancer BY NANCY PARSONS Dequitta Kennedy of Great Falls said she no longer takes life for granted. “I’m happy to be alive,” said the Chester County Family Court deputy clerk. “Cancer has changed me in so many ways. My whole outlook on life is so much different. Every day is a gift and I am grate- ful that my cancer was diagnosed so early.” Kennedy, 44, said she had her first mammogram in August 2010 when she was 40-years-old. “Everything was fine,” she said. But her second annual mammogram in August 2011 showed cause for con- cern. The diagnostic and screening tool used in the early detection of breast can- cer, typically through detec- tion of characteristic masses and/or micro- calcifications, warranted a follow-up diag- nostic mammogram. Kennedy vividly recalls sitting in the waiting area at the Women’s Diagnostic Center in Rock Hill with other women who had been asked to come back for a second mammogram. It was first believed Kennedy’s problem area was calcification and was 80-percent benign. After the second mammogram was per- formed, the nurse navigator and doctor told Kennedy she needed to have a biopsy done because the area of concern was still visible and appeared to be cancer. Kennedy’s mother, Carolyn Kennedy, and her sister were supposed to go with her for the follow-up visit but were unable to. Friends also offered to accompany her but Kennedy believed everything would be fine and went alone. She had no idea she would be told the “c” word. “I went to my car and cried and cried,” she said. “It took forever to get to Great Falls. I cried all day and could not work the next day because my eyes were swollen so bad.” Kennedy said she performed monthly self-check breast exams but did not feel a lump.Shefeelsfortunatethecancershowed up on the mammogram. Kennedy said there is no history of breast cancer in her family and she became deeply concerned for her identical twin sis- ter, Jequitta Lynn of Fort Lawn. The twins have another sister, Teresa Kennedy of Lancaster. “I stress to my family to have mammograms,” she said. Kennedy said she, her family and church family at Paradise AME Zion Church began to pray and she found the faith needed to deal with her diagnosis. “My faith is what really helped me though this,” she said. “My faith is much stronger now.” She said loving and supportive family were also key elements in her determina- tion to beat the disease. “I hope I set an example for my family and other people. I hope people gain knowl- edge and strength from my experience,” Kennedy said. Kennedy was scheduled for a biopsy on Oct. 20, 2011. The diagnosis – ductal carci- noma in situ. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. Ductal means the cancer starts inside the milk ducts, carcinoma refers to any cancer that begins in the skin or other tissues (including breast tissue) that cover or line the internal organs and in situ means “in its original place.” DCIS is called “non-invasive” because it hasn’t spread beyond the milk duct into any BY NANCY PARSONS/THE N&R Dequitta Kennedy said she no longer takes life for granted after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. Fortunately Kennedy’s cancer was found early. She underwent surgery and radiation treatments and is now considered cancer free. ...“I’m stronger so now I ask myself ‘Why not me?’ You can survive breast cancer.” –DequittaKennedy
  33. 33. HEALTH BEAT REPORTING AllWeekly Division THIRD PLACE: Chronicle-Independent Martin L. Cahn New Interim CEO moving forward at KershawHealth Gunn on healthcare, family and muscle cars By MARTIN L. CAHN C-I (Camden, S.C.) editor The first thing Terry Gunn mentions is how the older of his two sons loves photography. “He buys all these cameras off eBay and refurbishes them,” Gunn said. When asked if his son loves film cameras, or digital, he points out that his older son is a 21-year-old student wrapping up an associate’s degree in com- puter engineering at Trident Technical College and doesn’t know anything about pre-digital cameras. Terry Gunn, who began as KershawHealth’s interim CEO a week ago, stands by a Christmas tree just outside his office. Gunn says he is encouraged by the healthcare or- ganization’s 100-year tradition of serving the community.See Gunn, Page A5 C-I photo by Martin L. Cahn
  34. 34. HEALTH BEAT REPORTING AllWeekly Division SECOND PLACE: Daniel Island News Elizabeth Bush May 8 - 14, 2014 The Daniel Island NewsThe Daniel Island News May 8 - 14, 201416 FEATURE ELIZABETH BUSH Imagine suddenly being dropped off in the middle of an intersection in a bustling, foreign city, bombarded with a language you can’t understand. Cars are honking and people are staring as you look for a way out. With a feeling of anxiety growing in your stomach, you frantically search for help, but see no way to navigate to a place of safety and comfort. Welcome to the world Daniel Island resident Mindy Allen and her hus- band, Haddon, found themselves in some 10 years ago. It wasn’t exactly a foreign country, but it sure felt like one. In 2004, their son, also named Haddon, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They were scared, alone and didn’t know where to turn. with all of these questions…And at that time of diagnosis, I was not given The Allens, who also have two other children, had moved into in Wilmington, North Carolina. During Mindy’s pregnancy with Haddon, they had been heavily involved in a renovation project at the house, which was built in the 1925. Within the year after Had- don’s birth, he began to experience troubling symptoms, said Mindy. He wasn’t cooing, couldn’t make eye contact, experienced bloody stools, and suffered tantrums punctuated by piercing screams. “I knew from day one there was about to give up. “I said ‘I know something is wrong, and it’s not teething, and it’s not At age one, Haddon was given a routine blood test for lead. It came and pushed on in their pursuit to determine what was making Haddon both reception and expressive language. A year later, they got the autism diagnosis. “When we got the diagnosis, we actually felt better, because at least we But getting information to help them process Haddon’s condition was answers to their many questions. As part of his treatment, Haddon began speech therapy. His caregiver opened a new door they had not considered. She noticed he had eczema and teary eyes and suggested that he be evalu- ated by an Environmental Medicine specialist. That visit would prove to be a game changer. DIGGING DEEPER The physician they went to see, Dr. Allan Lieberman, of the Center for - ducted a medical investigation of Haddon’s life, beginning with Mindy’s pregnancy. She told him of her experience supervising the renovation at their home, during which their kitchen was gutted, old radiators were ripped out, and paint was scraped off the walls. Dr. Lieberman then con- ducted a lead test of Haddon’s hair and urine. It was a much more intensive study than his previous test, as it looked within body tissues where lead toxins can hide. The results were shocking. Dr. Lieberman suggested that all of Haddon’s symptoms were likely the result of lead poisoning, and not autism. Haddon immediately began - tion process. “We got home and immediately did everything he suggested and more, added Mindy. “It became my alternate calling! And we saw overnight Soon, Haddon’s eczema and teary eyes were gone, and his developmen- tal delays showed marked improvement. “We would run to his bed every morning because it was like he was like experiencing a milestone from somebody with special needs. It is Dr. Lieberman pointed out that Haddon’s case was relatively unique, as to lead. Although, according to the Lead Safe America Foundation, the number of documented cases is continuing to rise. “An important principle to remember is, genetics loads the gun but individuality alters our susceptibility explaining why some children are Within a year of starting care at Lieberman’s clinic, Haddon was back down to the normal reference range for lead and was relatively symptom- free. In 2008, the family relocated from North Carolina to Daniel Island. with no signs of ASD lead toxicity. A NEW CALLING…. Although Haddon is no longer considered a special needs child, the pain of dealing with an unexpected diagnosis is still fresh for Mindy, whose heart goes out to all families struggling with disabilities. So much so, in fact, that she is determined to make their journey a little easier. - hensive web-based program that provides important information, as well as connectivity with key providers and groups, for those tackling a new diagnosis. explained. “That’s when we really started honing in on the vision…The questions are emotional…The main thing that we want parents to know is that the majority of families share that they are stronger and closer as a Giving families with special needs the right tools to process what they are experiencing, from cradle to career, will make a world of difference, said Mindy. In addition, the website will include master lists of support to enable the special needs community to connect the dots on a local and national level. Due to be completed July 1 by Bryan Boyd, the “Special Family on coping with disabilities, what to do when you get a diagnosis, sibling impacts, help for single parents, provider referrals, events and programs “I think this resource will be so good at providing bite-sized pieces that needs families are….So then it becomes an information highway and Mindy has also enlisted the help of many Daniel Island and Charleston area friends, such as Gisele Woodward, who, along with her husband, Mark, started the Woodward Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Mark and their two children suffer from the disorders. What Mindy is creating, those in need of support. as a resource on the site. “I completely support her efforts…The emotional aspects of having a child or a spouse diagnosed with a chronic condition is the same for the entire family, no matter the condition. Having a resource that lists unique information for each condition, but also shares resources… Mindy also commended island resident Laura Dolloff of InTown Dis- counts, a web-based network that promotes local businesses and causes, for lending her support to the project. InTown provides complimentary ser- visibility before the site’s growing audience (they had more than 98,000 visits last year alone). “God forbid this happens to your family and you don’t know where to - lection of information is just so powerful…Mindy will not only post her resource guide (on our site) but also relevant events and happenings that would be of interest to special needs families, but also to raise awareness in With the website soon to be complete, the hiring of a new Director of Business Development (Patricia Ewing), and a number of other partner- ships in the works, Mindy is excited to see where this new adventure takes them. Now, as opposed to that confusing and scary time so many years ago, her path has never been more clear. “The goal for me is that nobody walks around for two years before getting that information. Although I had a great outcome with our son, emotionally, I can’t even begin to tell you (how tough it was)….There is nothing more isolating than feeling like that. But everything I went through For additional information, such as how to become a Special Family MANDY HOSTETLER PHOTOGRAPHY Mindy Allen is the founder/creator of “Special Family Resource,” a compre- hensive web-based program that provides important information, as well as connectivity with key providers and groups, for those tackling a new diagnosis. MANDY HOSTETLER PHOTOGRAPHY The Allens presently live on Daniel Island. to help families with special needs DI MOM ON A MISSION ‘Special Family’ Resource to bridge gaps During Mindy’s pregnancy with Had- don, she had been heavily involved in a renovation project at her house, which was built in the 1925.
  35. 35. HEALTH BEAT REPORTING AllWeekly Division FIRST PLACE: Greenville Journal April A. Morris JOURNAL COMMUNITY Clemson and Dartmouth researchers debut computational jewelry for health care applications APRIL A. MORRIS | STAFF People interested in losing weight or tracking their physical activity can use a wearable device like Fitbit, Fuelband or others to track steps, calories burned and even sleep patterns. Phone apps help users log eating habits. Now Clemson University researchers are taking the technology a step further with what they are calling “computa- tional jewelry.” In coordination with an interdisci- plinary team of researchers at Dart- mouth College, Clemson researchers presented the wrist-worn Amulet pro- totype at the USA Science and Engi- neering Festival this spring. Amulet is designed to integrate appli- cations that monitor not only the wearer’s vital signs, but also external sensors like a scale or blood pressure cuff, said Kelly Caine, assistant professor in Clemson’s Human-Centered Computing Division. Caine and Dr. Jacob Sorber, assistant professor in the computer science divi- sion, both worked on the Amulet device and its supporting software. “In the near future and certainly in the long-term vision, these sorts of health applications are going to be per- vasive,” said Caine. “We’re going to have something with us all the time that can track physiological signals … there are going to be trackers for social interac- tion, even how you’re feeling.” Amulet will be able to monitor health conditions and could connect with po- tentially lifesaving devices, Sorber said. For a diabetic patient with an insulin pump, “this could take sensor measure- ments about your blood sugar, activity and heart rate, bring them together and decide when to give you the appropriate dose of insulin,” he said. Unlike a device that links to a mobile phone, Amulet is self-contained, the re- searchers said. Any data integration in current technology is done via an app rather than on a wearable device itself. Sorber said he also envisions a phar- macy-type model where a doctor could prescribe particular software for a pa- tient’s Amulet device. Sorber, who worked primarily on the software and programming portion of development, said the team worked to make the software easy to deploy, pro- gram and secure. Because the technolo- gy would be used for health purposes, it needs to be stable and sound, he said. “A Smart accessories poorly crafted piece of software could cause some sort of medical device to be- have incorrectly. The consequences of a bug could be much more significant.” TECH CHALLENGES Designing such a small, powerful device was part of the challenge for re- searchers, said Sorb- er, sometimes leading to “digital acrobatics” to ensure that mul- tiple apps could run simultaneously and separately “on a very small device that has very tight resource constraints.” Users are accus- tomed to inputting data through a mo- bile device, but de- signers had to invent unique interaction techniques, deter- mine what sort of display would work best and what sort of notifications, sound or vibrations, that users would prefer, said Caine. Because the device is used for health applications, there are also privacy con- cerns, whether it be a subtle notifica- tion that only the patient can detect or the secure transmission of information to a patient, doctor or family member, added Sorber. PERVASIVE TECHNOLOGY Just as mobile phones and applica- tions have permeated users’ lives in the last decade, Caine predicts that technol- ogy offering real-time feedback for health purposes will spread quickly. “People [us- ers] believe that everyone will have these devices in 10 years,” she said. Researchers are also dealing with de- vices that will always be worn, Caine said. Options include a behind-the-ear version, belts, rings, pendants and an- klets, depending on what information needs to be gathered. However, research- ers have to deter- mine which locations are acceptable to us- ers, she said. “Anklets have nega- tive connotations be- cause they’re worn by criminals. That per- vades our culture … anklets connote being tracked in a nega- tive way,” Caine said. Design and location are also affected by what sort of data the device needs to collect, Sorber said. In addition, the team must design a device that users will stick with, said Caine. Nearly one-quarter of people abandon their wearable devices after three months, and half give them up af- ter a year, she said. This summer, Caine’s group will be talking with existing users of wear- able devices about their experiences, she said. The teams will also continue to refine the Amulet prototype, the re- searchers said. A computational jewelry prototype. HALEYSUDDUTH,CLEMSONUNIVERSITY
  36. 36. FAITH REPORTING Associate/Individual Division THIRD PLACE: S.C. United Methodist Advocate Jessica Brodie ‘Showingupandbeingreal’ Greenville UMCs, other ministries form intentional relationships to serve people in poverty GREENVILLE—It’s daytime in Tent City 2. Safe time, when a so-called privileged woman like this writer can dig her low heels in the loose gravel and clay as she makes her way among the tents, cardboard boxes and wood planks, looking for stories, photos. Anything to show people what it’s really like to walk in these residents’ shoes. “Don’t come here after dark— you’d get eaten alive. Eaten clean up,” a man warns, his eyes soft as one hand clutches a giant-sized bottle of beer. He shows off the bruises on his face, bruises from when he himself was beaten up two nights before. “The days are OK, but the nights, well, it’s awful.” A dog, Baramas, roams the little tent village, belonging to anybody and nobody, his tail wagging as he noses a morsel near the garbage cans and snubs the black-furred tent cats who nuzzle random scraps of clothing and lick themselves clean, blatantly ignoring the humans in their midst. The humans gather in loose circles on collapsible folding camp chairs or around the lone picnic table. They tease each other, sometimes or just sit and keep company, wait- - See “Poverty,” Pages 16-17
  37. 37. FAITH REPORTING Associate/Individual Division SECOND PLACE: The Baptist Courier Butch Blume JULY2O14 THECOURIER IT IS AS MUCH A PART OF THE AMERICAN panta ta ethne S.C. BAPTIST VOICES JOIN EVANGELICALS CALLING FOR ‘JUST AND COMPASSIONATE’ IMMIGRATION REFORM BY BUTCH BLUME, Managing Editor Jim Goodroe Each year on July 4, dozens of immigrants are sworn in as citizens of the United States at Thomas
  38. 38. FAITH REPORTING Associate/Individual Division FIRST PLACE: S.C. United Methodist Advocate Jessica Brodie By Jessica Connor GILBERT—What happens when you mix God, a vil- lage in Africa and one rural South Carolina congrega- tion who opened their hearts to the Spirit? At least for the people of Kabanda village, outside Mzuzu, Malawi, you get a brand-new school and a place to worship the Lord who made it all happen, courtesy of the willing souls at Pond Branch United Methodist Church. neighbors 8,000 miles away, Pond Branch collected more than $20,000 to build a school for villagers outside Mzuzu—a staggering amount for a rural, sometimes-struggling church like Pond Branch. Most of the money was donated in just one month’s time. “It was just an immediate response: we have to help, and this is something we can do,” said Charlene Dunbar, chair of the missions committee at Pond Branch, who brought the idea to her congregation after a visit there in January 2013. Construction is going on now, and they hope the school will be complete in May. From a well to a church to a school It all started when the Rev. John Culp, pastor of Virginia Wingard Memorial UMC, Columbia, found out his infant granddaughter Reagan had cancer. Culp decided to dig a well for the people of Mzuzu, Ma- lawi, in Reagan’s honor; Reagan, 3, is now a survivor. Later, churches throughout the Columbia District of the UMC took aid to Malawi one step further, together funding construction of Mzuzu UMC. Pond Branch was one of the churches that helped build Mzuzu UMC, and the response from the congre- gation was far more than Pond Branch pastor the Rev. Michael Bingham anticipated. “John Culp was trying to get each church in the district to give $500 to help raise the money, and when I brought that up to church council, someone said, ‘How about you take up a love offering instead of us writing a check?’” Bingham said. “We raised just under $1,200, far exceeding it, which kind of shocked everyone.” After all, Pond Branch is a small church with lim- ited funds, and at the time, money was tight. When a team was sent in January 2013 to witness the building of Mzuzu UMC, Pond Branch sent two of its own: Dunbar and her teenage daughter, Jordan. While they were there, Dunbar got to see some- and an unsteady roof with some timbers jammed up trying to hold it in place over the children’s heads. “It was just falling apart,” Dunbar said. Yet the school was thriving despite this. Eager chil- dren gathered around their teacher, who only had the equivalent of a second-grade education in the U.S., school supplies beyond a tiny chalkboard and a stick used to draw concepts in the dirt. It touched her heart. “We got to meet these children, and they were pre- cious,” Dunbar said. “They just wanted to come up, hold your hand, walk around with you, and we just felt this was maybe what we were meant to do.” God’s plans Back in the U.S., Dunbar and Jordan took the thought they were just going to raise money to help build a roof for the school. But God had other plans. The building was disin- crumble as soon as the rainy season hit. They needed to replace the whole school, at an estimated $10,000. was a huge amount, Dunbar said, “But our mission team at our church decided to put our faith in God that the money could come in and we would commit to taking this on.” It became a church-wide commitment. Pond Branch member Ann Amick was one of the people who became integrally involved in the effort—some- thing that astonished Amick herself, who said she’d never had an interest in international missions before. But again, God had other plans. Soon, he would open Amick’s eyes and heart in a way that would transform her and the Mzuzu School Project forever. At a presentation in church one Sunday, Dunbar showed members a photo of a Mzuzu child holding a pet rock and a string—his only toys in the world. “It is the most captivating photo, and it became almost a haunting in my heart and mind,” Amick said. “I said ‘Let it go; there are so many people in need.’ You try to talk yourself out of it.” But then several weeks passed, and Amick started waking up at 3 and 4 a.m. with the Mzuzu School Project on her mind, wondering how her church would be able to raise that much money. “I kept saying, ‘Lord, I’m not part of the missions team, I don’t have to be concerned about the fundrais- er.’ I didn’t know what in the world was happening to me; I didn’t have a connection,” Amick said. “But that picture of the child kept coming back into my mind.” After several mornings, God showed Amick the way: the church needed to have a fundraiser. They would sell Mzuzu School Project Building Blocks in memory of or in honor of someone. Pond Branch meanwhile had adopted Ephesians 2:19 as their missions Scripture: “Now; therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners but fellow citi- zens with the saints and the household of God.” The church understood their household extended to Mzuzu, Amick said: “We are responsible for the little ones—not just the neighbor, but those miles away.” It was approaching Christmastime when the fund- raiser was rolled out, but even Amick was surprised at the magnitude of success. The fundraiser brought in about $18,000—far more than Amick ever imagined. - fore the congregation asking,” Amick said. “The last Sunday I was standing before them literally crying because the goal had been met and then some.” Evidence of God at work It wasn’t only the building block funds that helped the school. Children at Pond Branch got involved, would dump into a big collection box each Sunday. It became a learning experience, with children taking home photos of their Mzuzu brothers and sisters. “The children coming every Sunday with their - mony to everybody,” Dunbar said. By December, they had more than double the cost of the school construction. Culp said the way Pond Branch stepped up to fol- “We plant one seed and follow the dots, and every- thing just kind of connects when you’ve got love and faith,” Culp said. “It shows we are global Christians helping Christians 8,000 miles from here. … I think it’s neat that a small church in South Carolina can make such an impact on a small community in Mzuzu.” Bingham said evidence of God at work shone throughout the entire process—not only the way God spoke to Amick and the way the church responded just after Pond Branch learned they had raised more than two times what was needed, Bingham received an email: there had been a devastating storm in Mzuzu that blew the original roof off the school; could Pond Branch send some money now? “We believe God moved in our hearts to answer their prayer before they lifted it: not only can we help you, but go build it! It’s bought and paid for!” Bing- ham said. “This is astonishing.” Dunbar agreed: “God knew what was going to hap- pen to that school and He’d already made provision to take care of it.” Greatly needed Initial funds reached the village in mid-February, Dunbar said Pond Branch plans to send her and Jor- dan, now 17, to dedicate the building and celebrate when it is complete in May. In addition to a school, the building will also serve as a place for villagers to worship on Sundays. With the extra funds raised, Dunbar and the team hope to take books and other school supplies to the village. Eventually, they hope to fund a vacation Bible school or other educational assistance. “The teacher has a piece of chalk she draws on the all she has—no desks or chairs; they all sit on the Extra school supplies would give the teacher ad- ditional means of working with the children, which is greatly needed, Dunbar said. In Malawi, the education system is limited; elementary schools are typically the only education children receive. There are few preschools, and when children reach age 14, they have to pay to go to school. Most cannot afford this, so they drop out; many girls get married after age 14. “Getting this early education is going to be critical for these kids,” Dunbar said. To learn more about the Mzuzu School Project: 803-685-5707 or From Gilbert to Mzuzu, with love The village’s old school (above) was demolished during the December rainy season. Small rural church in S.C. steps out on faith to fund school in African village Submitted photos Above, the face that launched a school: This photo of a young boy holding his only toy, a pet rock and string, in- spired Pond Branch UMC to build a school in Malawi.